Bridging the gap between human rights goals and reality in Pakistan

by Shaheera Syed,  DRI Pakistan

Strengthening political support for democracy and human rights in Pakistan was at the centre of a conference organised by DRI Pakistan on 10 March 2021. This event brought together key human rights stakeholders from the country’s four provinces including policymakers, high-ranking officials, activists, experts, as well as international partners.  

The conference was an opportunity for constructive discussions on the future of democratic and human rights reforms in PakistanThe conference’s objective was to help combine political support for these reforms and strengthen engagement between stakeholders.  

Speakers notably included German Ambassador Bernhard Schalagheck, who highlighted the importance for Pakistani legislators, officials, and civil society to champion human rights reforms. He added that Germany would continue to lend its support to these efforts.  

The panellists reflected upon how human rights formulate the foundation of democracy. The safety, protection, and promotion of these rights is essential for a fully functional democratic system. The speakers asserted that political support is vital to stop the violation of human rights. They agreed that although federal and provincial governments have made certain inroads in this regard, there remains a long road ahead. This lukewarm political support is coupled with human rights institutions that are only partially operationalWhen mechanisms like parliamentary standing committees can play a tremendous oversight role, they seldom do so. Similarly, the national human rights institutions (NHIs) severely lack resources which in turn limits their power to fulfil their mandate and achieve any substantial progress.    

Veteran politicians shared their own experiences during the discussions on how to make parliamentary oversight effective. They pointed out that significant opportunities exist in the provinces of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, where local assemblies have amended rules to particularly empower parliamentary committees. The event also featured DRI’s toolkit for effective parliamentary reforms.   

Finally, participants also stressed the need for bridging the gap between civil society and government to bring democratic and human rights reforms. They added that concerted efforts were needed to reduce the gap between government and civil society and emphasised the importance of all components of the human rights machinery to collaborate to steer human rights policy reforms in Pakistan.   

This event took place as part of the project Consolidating Democratic Stability in Pakistan, dedicated to supporting institutional reforms aimed at consolidating democratic gains and improving human rights protection in Pakistanfunded by the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs (GMFA).  

Programme Agenda – Inter-provincial Exchange Democratic and Human Rights Policy Reforms

Pakistan: Helping Khyber Pakhtunkhwa prepare its first human rights plan

DRI Pakistan’s Shaheera Syed looks at how DRI worked with local authorities in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to introduce the province’s first comprehensive plan to protect human rights.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, which borders Afghanistan, has long been undermined by conflict. Since 2010 DRI has been working with the provincial government, legislators, and civil society to strengthen democracy and respect for human rights.

In February 2016, Pakistan introduced its first national plan to protect human rights. Since then, the country’s provinces have been introducing new measures. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) first developed a policy on human rights in 2018 to ensure the protection, promotion, and enforcement of human rights within the province. However, until recently, there was no concrete plan to guide the implementation of this policy.

This is where DRI’s Pakistan office comes in. In collaboration with the provincial Department of Law, Parliamentary Affairs and Human Rights, we started working on developing an implementation plan in 2019.

The first step was to take stock of the human rights situation in the province. We met with human rights defenders, civil society groups and government officials to get their input on the situation and their ideas for turning KP’s policy into a concrete plan.

Basing ourselves on the findings, we helped write the province’s first ‘Human Rights Action Plan’ in alignment with the national action plan, KP’s human rights policy and Pakistan’s international human rights commitments.

The plan will help improve how government policies are designed, delivered, and overseen to better protect human rights. This includes measures ranging from establishing child units in each district of the province to developing women-oriented legislation.

The plan also provides a way forward for improved coordination between provincial government entities to streamline how the plan goes into effect.

The Human Rights Action Plan is a milestone achievement of the provincial government and DRI’s engagement with the human rights bodies and women parliamentary caucus was extremely helpful,” said Maliha Ali Asghar Khan, Chairperson of the Woman Parliamentary Caucus (WPC) and member of the Standing Committee on Law, Parliamentary Affairs, and Human Rights KPK. She added that DRI’s assistance helped with the activation of the provincial human rights committees which will enable parliamentary oversight, improving the protection of human rights, especially of women.

“The work we have done with the authorities in KP helps bridge the gap between the international commitments Pakistan has made to human rights and the specific needs on the ground in the province,” says Javed Malik, DRI’s Country Representative in Pakistan.

“We were happy to help facilitate the process, which was led by those who will be directly affected by it. Ultimately, the success of this plan rests on active involvement and political support from local elected representatives to make sure that it turns into reality.

Find out more about DRI’s work in Pakistan here: http://democracy-reporting.org/pakistan/

MEL Consultant: External evaluation for human rights and local governance project (m/f/d)

Form of Employment: Consultancy

Starting Date: December 2020

Duration: The total number of days required for the work is somewhat flexible and should be specified and logically justified in the proposal being submitted. We do however envisage a maximum workload of 25-30 days.

Location: Islamabad with possible travel to Peshawar and Lahore

Background

Democracy Reporting International (DRI) is a non-partisan, independent, not-for-profit organisation registered in Berlin. DRI promotes political participation of citizens, accountability of state bodies, and the development of democratic institutions worldwide.

DRI is currently recruiting a part-time MEL Consultant: External Evaluation for Human Rights and Local Governance Project for its Country Office in Pakistan. In collaboration with the Project Officer MEL, and under the supervision of the Country Representative, the expert will design and conduct a Final Project Evaluation of DRI’s project “Consolidating Democratic Stability in Pakistan”. The assignment will be conducted in Islamabad with possible travel to Peshawar and Lahore. Depending on the situation of covid-19 in the country, some work might need to be done remotely.

The DRI country office in Pakistan is implementing “Consolidating Democratic Stability in Pakistan” project since July 2019 with the support of the German Federal Foreign Office. The Overall Objective of the Project is to strengthen local constituencies, both on the governmental and non-governmental side, to consolidate the democratic transition in Pakistan, especially with a view to human rights protection and effective, decentralised governance.

The project focuses on enabling the democratic structures to promptly deliver on human rights protection and expanding democracy to the local level to empower the local population within the political system, especially marginalised sections of society such as women, minorities, and youth. Specifically, the project aims to contribute to increasing the capacity of key human rights actors and institutions to improve human rights advocacy and protection in Pakistan (Outcome 1). It furthermore aims to enhance the effectiveness of political stakeholders and civil society actors to drive forward the reform process on decentralised governance in Pakistan, with a special focus on built-in rights protection (Outcome 2).

The project’s main focus is on the province of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa because new local government laws were introduced in these provinces. However, there are some interventions that are implemented across Pakistan (inter-provincial exchanges).

Context of the Evaluation

The project duration was initially 18 months (from July 2019 to December 2020). Due to the global pandemic of covid-19, the project has been extended for three months due to the delays in implementation and is due for completion in March 2021. An extensive needs assessment and baseline assessment was concluded in December 2019. With most of the planned activities completed by the end of December 2020, the final evaluation will be initiated in December as DRI-Pakistan is in the process of finalizing its organizational strategy and the findings and recommendations from the evaluation will be useful to inform future programming and strategy.

Purpose of the Evaluation

The purpose of this final evaluation is to document learning, gauge effectiveness of DRI’s programming approach and assess the results delivered through the project. The findings should support the DRI-PK team in its future programming and organisational strategy. The consultant will be required to assess the project against the OECD-DAC criteria of relevance, effectiveness, coherence, and sustainability of the project interventions. The consultant should also review the effectiveness of gender and social inclusion in the project’s delivery.

In particular, the evaluation will:

  • Evaluate the extent to which the project has met its expected results as per the project’s logframe
  • Identify the most significant change that occurred as a result of the project activities
  • Assess the strengths and weaknesses of the project and provide recommendations regarding areas for improvement for a potential continuation of the project
  • Formulate lessons learnt from the project’s implementation and introduce recommendations to improve the design and delivery of a potential continuation of the project
  • Identify success stories and clearly describe the role of the project activities and partners
  • Identify opportunities for the sustainability of the project outcomes
  • Assess the extent and modes of gender inclusion in the project activities and how they were affected by the project
  • Provide recommendations as to how to improve outcomes and inclusion for youth, women and other marginalised groups in a potential continuation of the project

Audience of the Evaluation

The target audience of the evaluation is the project team as well the management at country office and HQ level to share lessons learnt and recommendations. The findings of the evaluation will also be shared with the donor and project beneficiaries.

Scope of the Evaluation

The evaluation will be a detailed exercise where data collected against the baseline and throughout the project implementation along with some new data collected will be used to inform the evaluation questions and report findings. The evaluation will cover the period July 2019-December 2020 to assess the project results in light of the following evaluation criteria and questions: [1]

  • Relevance
    • How relevant is the project to target groups, including Governments’ needs and priorities?
    • Are the project objectives still relevant to other key stakeholders (project donor, implementing partner, other donors)? What can the team do to stay relevant to the needs of the beneficiary and donor?
  • Effectiveness
    • What expected and unexpected results have been achieved so far?
    • What are the main constraints for implementation/reasons for any delays in implementation?
    • Is there a need to modify the objectives for a follow-up programme? If yes then what can be the revised objectives?
    • What changes have occurred so far? And how significant are they?
  • Coherence
    • To what extent is the project engaging with other national and international stakeholders?
  • Sustainability [2]
    • How has the project ensured the sustainability of its interventions? What can be done to ensure increased sustainability?
    • How can the team maximize its outreach to ensure the sustainability of the interventions?
  • Gender and Social Inclusion will be used as a cross-cutting theme throughout the review.
    • To what extent has the project integrated a gender sensitivity lens?
    • Are there any constraints for gender and diversity inclusion? If yes, what measures can be taken to improve?
  • MEL
    • Are there any questions about implementation, change or lessons that cannot be answered through current MEL processes?
    • Are current indicators, methodologies and approach appropriate?

Evaluation Methodology

A mixed-method approach for evaluation will be used for the evaluation where qualitative as well as quantitative data will be collected against the evaluation questions and analysed to inform the findings. An analysis of the following data sources is required:

  • desk review (baseline assessment, progress reports, MEL data, any secondary sources, etc.)
  • interviews/focus group discussions
  • surveys/questionnaires

Data triangulation should be guaranteed as much as possible while analysing the data to ensure the validity of the findings.  As part of the assignment, the consultant will be required to conduct a lesson learned workshop in December with the project team in Islamabad, which will enable him/her to collect evidence against change through the project interventions. Further data will be collected through interviews/FGDs and surveys/questionnaires with the team as well as the beneficiaries in the provinces. Some of the key stakeholders for the evaluation are listed below:

  • Project team based in Islamabad- 1 Focus Group discussion and 2-3 interviews
  • Relevant staff members from the Human Rights Departments in the provinces- 6-8 Interviews
  • DRI Provincial coordinators –2 interviews
  • Members of Provincial Assemblies (particularly members of standing committees of human rights and local government) – around 6 interviews
  • Civil society members – 2 Focus Group Discussions
  • Area experts – 2-3 interviews
  • Other relevant stakeholders (donor community, organisations working on human rights and local government interventions)- surveys/interviews

After finalization of the report by the evaluation committee, the findings will be presented in a workshop to the team members in February.

Team and Partner Responsibilities

An internal review committee comprising of Programme Officer- MEL, Country Representative and HQ MEL focal person will be responsible for the evaluation and will work in close coordination with the consultant. The internal committee will provide the consultant with relevant project documents and data, support in liaising and coordinating meetings with stakeholders and review and approve the assignment deliverables.

Key Deliverables of the Evaluation and Timelines

  • Inception report, including evaluation plan, survey design, methodology, data collection tools and templates (by 10.12.2020)
  • Design and deliver lessons learned workshop with the project team (by 16-12-2020)
  • Recommendations to inform implementation for the remainder of the project (by 17.12.2020)
  • Data collection including FGDs and interviews with stakeholders (by 08.01.2021)
  • First draft of Evaluation Report (by 15.01.2021)
  • Final Evaluation Report, including findings, conclusions and recommendations (by 29.01.2021) and
  • Presentation to the team (by 04.02.2021)

Qualifications and Experience Required

  • Advanced degree (Masters or higher) in law, political science, development studies, social sciences, human rights and/or other related fields;
  • At least 5 years demonstrated working experience in project/programme monitoring and evaluation, particularly regarding human rights-related and governance activities;
  • In-depth knowledge of the political context of the country, and experience of working with relevant stakeholders which include the National Human Rights Bodies, the Parliament and the Civil Society of the country,
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Ability to work as part of a diverse team -cultural and gender sensitivity;
  • Flexibility in working hours and ability to travel;
  • Fluency in written and spoken English and Urdu.
  • Proven report writing skills

What We Offer:

DRI offers you flexible working hours, training options, and the opportunity to work as part of an international and diverse team.

How to Apply:

If you are interested in this position, please send your application (CV, technical and financial proposal (4-5 pages) and details of three professional references) to [email protected]. Please include “MEL Consultant: External evaluation for Human Rights and Local Governance project” in the subject line and refer to the source where you have found this opportunity. This position is subject to funding. Applying for this position by post mail is possible, please find our address details below.

Closing date for applications: 22 November 2020. The position may be filled before the deadline has been reached, so early applications are encouraged.

Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview.

DRI is committed to diversity and does not discriminate in employment based upon gender (including pregnancy), race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, sexual orientation, age, ability, socio-economic status, or any other status protected by the laws in the locations where we operate.

Organisation responsible for this vacancy:

Democracy Reporting International gGmbH

Elbestraße 28/29
12045 Berlin, Germany

Tel +49 30 27877300

Fax +49 30 27877300-10

Data processing of personal data in third countries will not take place. We process your data in accordance with the provisions of § 26 German Federal Data Protection Act. More information about processing your personal data: privacy policy.

[1] The scope of work may be revised/slightly changed after the initial discussion.

[2] For reference, please refer to OECD-DAC’s evaluation criteria: https://www.oecd.org/dac/evaluation/revised-evaluation-criteria-dec-2019.pdf

Request for Proposal – Production & Broad-casting of Radio Programmes – Pakistan

Date: 09 October 2020

Subject: Request for Proposal – Production & Broad-casting of Radio Programmes

Please find here the full request for proposal. 

Dear Sir/Madam,

 

Democracy Reporting International (DRI) is a nonpartisan, independent, not-for-profit international organization registered in Berlin, Germany, which promotes political participation of citizens, accountability of state bodies and the development of democratic institutions worldwide. DRI’s Berlin, Germany contact details are: Prinzessinnenstraße 30, 10969 Berlin, Germany, phone +49 (030) 27877300. DRI Country Office Islamabad is located at 1st Floor, Ufone Tower, Jinnah Avenue, Blue Area, Islamabad, Pakistan. Tel: +92-51-2310575.

DRI is seeking the services of a professional media firm for production and broad-casting of radio programmes. Interested firms may submit their proposal on official letter head with the name, signature and stamp of the concerned official with other complete documentations listed in Annex-II.

 

The deadline for submission of proposal is Friday, 16 October 2020 by COB 1500 Hrs. To address the COVID-19 safety precautionary measures, bidders can submit signed and scanned proposals via email to [email protected] and originals via courier or drop in person, in a sealed envelope, marked to:

 

“(RFP # DRI-PK-2020-09)”

“Production & Broad-casting of Radio Programmes”

Logistics & Procurement Associate

Democracy Reporting International, Country Office, Pakistan

1st Floor, Ufone Tower, Jinnah Avenue,

Blue Area, Islamabad, Pakistan

Tel: +92-51-2310575-2310576

Email:  [email protected]

 

For any further information, clarification, please contact undersigned via email.

 

Thank you and best regards.

 

 

Sincerely,

 

 

Touseef Ahmad Jan

Logistics and Procurement Associate

Democracy Reporting International, Country Office, Pakistan

1st Floor, Ufone Tower, Jinnah Avenue,

Blue Area, Islamabad, Pakistan

Tel: +92-51-2310575-2310576

Email: [email protected] 

 

 

 

(RFP # DRI-PK-20120-09)

Request for Proposal (RFP)

 

“Production & Broad-casting of Radio Programmes”

 

1. About Democracy Reporting International

Democracy Reporting International (DRI) is a nonpartisan, independent, not-for-profit international organization registered in Berlin, Germany, which promotes political participation of citizens, accountability of state bodies and the development of democratic institutions worldwide. DRI’s Berlin, Germany contact details are: Prinzessinnenstraße 30, 10969 Berlin, Germany, phone +49 (030) 27877300. DRI Country Office Islamabad is located at 1st Floor, Ufone Tower, Jinnah Avenue, Blue Area, Islamabad, Pakistan. Tel: +92-51-2310575.

2. Assignment Background

With support from the German Federal Foreign Office, DRI Pakistan is currently implementing a project entitled “Consolidating Democratic Stability in Pakistan”. The overall objective of the project is to strengthen local constituencies, both on the governmental and non-governmental side, to consolidate the democratic transition process in Pakistan, specifically with a view to human rights protection and effective, decentralized governance. DRI’s work in reference to local government focuses on the following objectives:

  • Improve the understanding of the sub national legal framework through local government act assessments;
  • Facilitate policy exchanges of sub national parliament and government actors on decentralization and multi-tier systems.

DRI’s call for proposals aims to allow organisations to submit their ideas, contributing to the delivery of the objective of “Increase civic awareness of local government structures for efficient protection of citizens’ rights. Each radio programme will feature guests from Civil Society Working Groups (CSWG) and experts from across Pakistan”. The radio programmes will be aired on FM radio stations as an avenue to reach as large a segment of the population as possible.

Contract Duration & Total Contract Value:

DRI will sign a deliverable based service contract with the selected bidder. The deliverable based service contract will start from the date of award of contract in October 2020 till 15 December 2020. Production and Airing of the radio programme show must be completed within above time frame.

 

Submission Timeline:

The deadline for submission of proposal is Friday, 16 October 2020 by COB 1500 Hrs. To address the COVID-19 safety precautionary measures, bidders can submit signed and scanned proposals via email to [email protected] and originals via courier or drop in person, in a sealed envelope, marked to:

 

“(RFP # DRI-PK-2020-09)”

“Production & Broad-casting of Radio Programmes”

Logistics & Procurement Associate

Democracy Reporting International

Country Office, Pakistan

1st Floor, Ufone Tower, Jinnah Avenue,

Blue Area, Islamabad, Pakistan

Tel: +92-51-2310575-2310576

Email:  [email protected]

 

 

Contents of this Proposal Document:

The document consists of the annexes indicated below, and should be read in conjunction with any Addendum that may be issued by the DRI.

 

Annex I:            Terms of Reference

Annex II:           Proposer Information Form

Annex III:          Sequence of Technical & Financial Proposal Submission

Annex IV:          Technical and Financial Evaluation Form

 

Disclaimer:

The submission for this proposal document does not entail any commitment on the part of DRI, either financial or otherwise. DRI may cancel the proposal process, any time, without assigning any reason.

 

Copyright:

The selected frim will pass the exclusive ownership of the radio programmes to DRI including all their use and distribution rights connected to them.

 

Other Terms and Conditions:

 

  1. Submitted Offers/ Price Proposal shall be in English language;
  2. All amounts shall be in shown in PKR and inclusive of applicable taxes as per Pakistan Law. DRI Pakistan will deduct with-holding tax at source according to Pakistan Law.
  3. The contract will be awarded on best value for money basis.
  4. The entire evaluation procedure is confidential.
  5. The successful bidder will be informed in writing that its proposal has been accepted.

 

 

Annex – I

Terms of Reference

 

The Assignment:

The Balochistan assembly passed its local government Act in 2010 while the assemblies of Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Sindh passed their local government acts in 2013. In 2019 the ruling party PTI made amendments to the KP local government act 2019 which is now known as the LG Amendment Act 2019 and in Punjab introduced a new law entitled “The Punjab Local Government Act 2019”. Currently there are no local governments in all the provinces except Sindh and elections are expected to take place in KP and Punjab in 2021.

 

DRI’s aim is to initiate the process of awareness raising of the different local government acts to inform the citizens and how the law is likely to impact local governance at the different tiers and the rights of the citizens while especially integrating human rights information.  This will be done through an information campaign at the district, village and provincial level through radio shows.

 

Tasks and deliverables:

  • Prepare scripts for a series of at least four radio programmes, each lasting approximately 20 minutes, covering topics assigned by DRI; scripts and programmes will be in provincial languages, but translation will be required for internal review.
  • Incorporate additional information to strengthen the content of the programmes, where necessary;
  • Produce the radio programmes, including all post-production work (editing, mixing etc.), which should last approximately 20 minutes;
  • Arrange broadcast of the programmes on suitable FM radio station(s) that can provide maximum outreach across the country.
  • Develop a suitable and convenient mechanism for collecting listeners feedback on the programmes. Collate such feedback and provide them to DRI.
  • Coordinate with concerned DRI staff members for timely completion and correspondence on all tasks.   

Experience and profile:

  • Possess a minimum of 5 years of professional experience in media production and preparation and production of radio programmes; Linkages and experience of working with suitable FM radio stations for broadcast of the programmes is required.
  • Demonstrate an extensive knowledge of communications/media (relevant qualifications preferred) and abilities in production and post-production;
  • Experience producing similar awareness raising programmes for NGOs and related organisations will be considered an asset;
  • Capacity to produce deliverables in local languages such as Sindhi, Pushto, Balochi and Punjabi will be considered an asset

 

Note: DRI reserves the right to reduce or increase the number radio programmes as it deems necessary and will aggregate costs and rates accordingly.

 

 

 

 

Annex II

Proposer Information Form

 (Note: Please complete this section in full)

 

About the Company/Firm/Details Group of Experts:

 

Company/ Firm’s Registered Name/ List of Experts:
Trading Name (If applicable):
National Tax Number (NTN)

(attach certificate):

Sales Tax Registration Number (STN) (attach certificate):
Company Address with telephone / email:
Proposer’s Authorized Representative:

(Name/Designation/ Address/ Tel/Cell, Fax/ Email)

Branch Offices/address (if any):

 

 

Total years of experience in Media / Programmes Producing / making field:

 

Official Banking Details:

 

 

 

 

 

Annex III

Sequence of Technical & Financial Proposal

& Documents Submission

S# Documentations
Technical Proposal:
1. Organizational Profile, total years of relevant experience in media field since inception of business operations

 

2. A one-page narrative on methodology for production
3. Submission of Firm/ Expert(s) Profile (Brief) of each of the following:

·       CEO / Senior Management;

·       Producer/Director;

·       Script writer;

·       Translator;

 

4. Letter of appreciations from other clients with complete references with contacts (authorized representative of the Company/ firm, telephone, fax, email) (DRI may contact for reference check)

 

Financial Proposal:
5. Financial Proposal (as per Terms of Reference):

 

a)     Cost of Script Writing:

b)     Cost of Radio-programme productions:

c)     Cost of Radio-programme broad-casting:

d)     Cost of Other Related expenses (if any):

 

6. National Tax Number (NTN) (please attach certificate)

 

7. Sales Tax Registration Number (STN) (please attach certificate)

 

   

 

 

Annex – IV

Technical & Financial Evaluation Form

S# Description of Technical/ Financial Evaluation Max Marks Obtained
TECHNICAL EVALUATION PART (40 Marks):
1. Organizational Profile, total years of relevant experience in media field since inception of business operations

(2 mark per year, max 10 marks for 5 years plus experience)

 

10
2. A one-page narrative on methodology for production 10
3. Submission of Company’s Expert Profile (Brief):

CEO / Senior Management;

Producer/Director;

Script Writer;

Translator;

 

10
4. Provide letter of appreciations from other Clients with complete references with contacts (authorized representative of the Company/ firm, telephone, fax, email) (DRI may contact for reference check) (1 mark for each letter, maximum 10 marks) 10

 

  FINANCIAL EVALUATION PART (35 Marks):    
5. Marks Obtained on Price Quoted in Section:

Marks Allocation Formula:

Lowest Financial Proposal/ Proposal Under Review x 100 =

The lowest will get full 30 marks and the rest will get proportionate marks as per their financial offer in relation to the lowest bid submitted;

30  
6. National Tax Number as active tax payer 2.5  
7. Sales Tax Registration Number 2.5  
  Total Marks: 75  

 

Policy Experts – Pakistan (m/f/d)

Form of Employment: Part-time

Starting Date: November 2020

Location: Pakistan

Background:

Democracy Reporting International (DRI) is a non-partisan, independent, not-for-profit organisation registered in Berlin. DRI promotes political participation of citizens, accountability of state bodies, and the development of democratic institutions worldwide.

DRI is currently recruiting a pool of Policy Experts for its Country Office in Pakistan. In collaboration with, and under the supervision of the Project Manager/Democratic Governance Expert with Country Rep DRI as a quality assurer, you will develop need-based technical inputs for parliamentarians in the form of written briefs on key policy areas, in light of the impact of Covid-19 and in line with international best practices.

Your Tasks:

  • Develop policy briefs on the government’s covid-19 response with a focus on one or more of the following areas:
  1. public health,
  2. social protection,
  3. education,
  4. industry, livelihoods and the economy,
  5. and inter-provincial/federal coordination mechanisms.

The policy briefs could have a federal or provincial focus or can cover both depending upon the need and will be based on secondary analysis/desk review from sectoral experts often having deep knowledge in one or two key areas.

DRI briefs are succinct and easy to follow and read while covering all important issues. We do not envisage very lengthy documents.

  • Provide evidence-based, comprehensive analysis on the existing status of the government response, future needs, implementation bottlenecks and preparation in case of any future waves of the pandemic
  • Provide insights focused on the federal government and/or the Sindh and Punjab governments, depending on assignment requirements and particular areas of expertise
  • Work with DRI communications team to develop supporting infographics
  • Brief stakeholders, project staff and experts on policy brief findings and recommendations
  • Other relevant duties, as required.

Your Skills and Experience:

  • University degree in Development Studies/Human Rights /Law/ Political Science/public health/Economics or equivalent; Masters preferred.
  • In-depth knowledge of the political context of the country and demonstrated expertise in at least one of the five policy areas in the context of covid-19: public health, social protection, livelihoods and economy, education, and inter-provincial/federal coordination mechanisms
  • Track record of published work in journals, think tanks, newspapers, or the development sector strongly preferred
  • Experience in supporting graphic designers/content editors to produce infographics and other supporting visuals is preferred
  • Excellent communication and negotiation skills and ability to work as part of a culturally diverse team
  • Fluency in written and spoken English and Urdu
  • Report writing skills.

How to Apply:

If you are interested in this position, please send your application (cover letter and CV), as well as a writing sample of no more than 5 pages, to [email protected]. Please include “Policy Expert” in the subject line and refer to the source where you have found this opportunity. This position is subject to funding. Applying for this position by post mail is possible, please find our address details below.

Closing date for applications: 20 November 2020. The position may be filled before the deadline has been reached, so early applications are encouraged.

Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview. If you are one of those shortlisted, we will contact you within one week after expiration of the deadline.

DRI is committed to diversity and does not discriminate in employment based upon gender (including pregnancy), race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, sexual orientation, age, ability, socio-economic status, or any other status protected by the laws in the locations where we operate.

Organisation responsible for this vacancy:

Democracy Reporting International gGmbH

Prinzessinnenstraße 30

10969 Berlin, Germany

Tel +49 30 27877300

Fax +49 30 27877300-10

Data processing of personal data in third countries will not take place. We process your data in accordance with the provisions of § 26 German Federal Data Protection Act. More information about processing your personal data: privacy policy.

Human Rights Policy Expert (Pakistan)  

Starting Date: October 2020 onwards

Duration: 10 days (approximately)

Location: Home-based/remote; should be available for visits to Islamabad and Lahore.

 

Background

Democracy Reporting International (DRI) is a nonpartisan, independent, not-for-profit international organization registered in Berlin, Germany, which promotes political participation of citizens, accountability of state bodies and the development of democratic institutions worldwide.

With support from the German Federal Foreign Office (GMFA), DRI Pakistan is currently implementing a project entitled “Consolidating Democratic Stability in Pakistan”. The objective of the project is to strengthen local constituencies, both on the governmental and non-governmental side, to consolidate the democratic transition process in Pakistan, specifically with a view to human rights protection and effective, decentralised governance.

DRI is seeking the services of a Human Rights Policy Expert/Consultant to facilitate the Punjab Human Rights and Minorities Affairs Department in review of Punjab Human Rights Policy 2018. The review is broadly aimed to identify key challenges and to pose recommendations to bring improvements in provincial human rights policy design, delivery and oversight.

 

Duties and responsibilities

The expert will work under the supervision of DRI’s Country Representative and in close coordination with DRI’s Senior Human Rights and Advocacy Expert as per the following tasks:

 

  • Carry out review of Punjab Human Rights Policy 2018 with a view to identify technical issues pertained to contents and processes involved in policy formulation, flaws in arrangements for policy delivery and oversight;
  • Ensure that policy review is carried out keeping in view Pakistan’s domestic and international human rights obligations and in conformity with international standards and best practices;
  • Facilitate the Punjab Human Rights and Minority Affairs department in assessment of legislative and administrative arrangements to ensure effective implementation on Punjab Human Rights Policy 2018;
  • Carry out any other relevant tasks.

Deliverable

  • Develop and share policy review document, based on research and assessment, providing a comprehensive roadmap to improve policy formulation, effective implementation and systematic monitoring.

Qualification

  • University degree in human rights/law/international law/social science or equivalent;
  • Proven experience of working with national/provincial human rights bodies particularly in the areas of policymaking;
  • Sound understanding of international as well as Pakistan’s domestic human rights systems and frameworks;
  • Excellent understanding of international standards and best practices of human rights policy design and delivery at national and sub-national levels;
  • Excellent research and writing skills, proficient in English and Urdu languages.

 

Location 

The Human Rights Policy Expert/Consultant will primarily work at its own however should be available for periodic visits/meetings with the office bearers of Punjab’s Ministry and Department of Human Rights and Minority Affairs.

 

If you are interested in this position, please send your application (cover letter and CV) to [email protected]. Please include “Human Rights Policy Expert/Consultant” in the subject line. The deadline for applications is 15 October 2020.

 

National Parliamentary Engagement Expert (Pakistan)

Form of Employment: Part-time

Starting Date: September 2020

Duration: Up to 40 working days over a period of 6 months

Location: Islamabad 

Background:

Democracy Reporting International (DRI) is a non-partisan, independent, not-for-profit organisation registered in Berlin. Democracy Reporting International promotes political participation of citizens, accountability of state bodies and the development of democratic institutions world-wide.

DRI is currently recruiting a part-time National Parliamentary Engagement Expert for its country office in Pakistan. In collaboration with, and under supervision of the Project Manager/Democratic Governance Expert you will engage with and provide technical support to the Parliamentarians at the National level and the country’s political leadership to highlight the socio-economic and health effects of covid-19 in the country. The engagement with these stakeholders will be through briefings, consultations and one-one meetings.

Your duties and responsibilities:

  • Identification of key parliamentarians, members of relevant parliamentary committees and politicians who have an interest and will have an influence on addressing the various issues arising due to the covid-19 pandemic.
  • Design and deliver briefings for various stakeholders including parliamentarians and politicians in the Federal Capital to increase their awareness of various health and socio-economic concerns from covid-19.
  • Provide technical advice to the Parliamentary bodies for sustained efforts to move the discussion forward.
  • Show progressive development towards graduating the debate leading to public action (statement, resolution, public resolution or a successful meeting etc.) through individual and public engagement making sure the engagements are well knit, coherent and goal oriented.
  • Other relevant duties, as required.

 

Qualifications we require:

  • University degree in Development Studies/Human Rights /Law/ Political Science or equivalent.
  • In depth knowledge of the political context of the country and demonstrated experience in engaging/working with public institutions and senior politicians ideally in a campaign setting. Should bring to the table a vast contact based and engagement history with key stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated understanding of how laws and policy works and what can be the role of various institutions, procedures, mechanisms to advance a policy agenda.
  • Excellent understanding of the issues being in the country in light of covid-19
  • Excellent communication and negotiation skills and ability to work as part of a culturally diverse team
  • Fluency in written and spoken English and Urdu
  • Report writing skills.

 

DRI values diversity and aims to be an equal opportunities employer. Women are encouraged to apply!

 

Moreover, DRI offers you flexible working hours, training opportunities and working as part of an international and multicultural team.

 

If you are interested in this position, please send your application (cover letter and CV) to [email protected]. Please include “National Parliamentary Engagement Expert” in the subject line and refer to the source you have found this opportunity. This position is subject to funding. Applying for this position by post mail is possible, please find our address details below.

Closing date for applications: 6 September 2020. The position may be filled before the end of the deadline so early applications are encouraged.

 

Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview. If you are one of those shortlisted, we will contact you within one week after expiration of the deadline at the latest.

 

Organisation responsible for this vacancy:

Democracy Reporting International gGmbH

Prinzessinnenstraße 30

10969 Berlin, Germany

Tel +49 30 27877300

Fax +49 30 27877300-10

 

Data processing of personal data in third countries will not take place. We process your data in accordance with the provisions of § 26 German Federal Data Protection Act. More information about processing your personal data: privacy policy .

 

 

 

 

National Expert: Provincial Policy Oversight (Punjab and Sindh)

Form of Employment: Part-time

Starting Date: September 2020

Duration: Up to 6 months consulting agreements (up to 30 days for each consultant)

Locations: Lahore and Karachi        

Background:

Democracy Reporting International (DRI) is a non-partisan, independent, not-for-profit organisation registered in Berlin. Democracy Reporting International promotes political participation of citizens, accountability of state bodies and the development of democratic institutions world-wide.

DRI is currently recruiting two part-time Provincial Policy Oversight Experts for its country office in Pakistan. In collaboration with, and under supervision of the Project Manager/Democratic Governance Expert you will engage with and provide technical support to the Parliamentarians and political leadership at the Provincial level on policy initiatives needed in the wake of covid-19.

Core function of the job:

We would expect high quality research and writing capacity (50%) as well as policy engagement experience and skills (50%) to work with the relevant government authorities.

Your duties and responsibilities:

  • Researching laws/policies around covid-19 pandemic at the national/regional and international level
  • Analysing and advising on policies, laws, and regulations to minimize the health and socio-economic effects of covid-19 in the province.
  • Identification and engagement with key parliamentarians, members of relevant parliamentary committees and politicians who have an interest and will have an influence on addressing the various issues arising due to the covid-19 pandemic in the provinces.
  • Provide technical advice to the Parliamentary bodies for sustained efforts to move the discussion forward.
  • A progressive “ can do” attitude with ability to easily move in various ministries and ability to work with them according to their needs.
  • Other relevant duties, as required.

 

Qualifications we require:

  • University degree in Human Rights /Law/ Political Science or equivalent.
  • Demonstrated understanding of how laws and policy works and what can be the role of various institutions, procedures, mechanisms to advance a policy agenda.
  • Experience assessing policies or legislation and presenting analysis and recommendations to policy makers in particular on gender and social inclusion.
  • Excellent understanding of the issues in the country in light of covid-19
  • In depth knowledge of the political context of the country and demonstrated experience in engaging/working with public institutions and senior politicians ideally in a campaign setting.
  • Excellent communication and negotiation skills;
  • Fluency in written and spoken English and Urdu, knowledge of Punjabi and Sindhi is an asset

 

DRI values diversity and aims to be an equal opportunities employer. Women are encouraged to apply!

 

Moreover, DRI offers you flexible working hours, training opportunities and working as part of an international and multicultural team.

 

If you are interested in this position, please send your application (cover letter and CV) to [email protected]. Please include “National Expert: Provincial Policy Oversight (Punjab/Sindh)” in the subject line and refer to the source you have found this opportunity. This position is subject to funding. Applying for this position by post mail is possible, please find our address details below.

Closing date for applications: 6 September 2020. The position may be filled before the end of the deadline so early applications are encouraged.

 

Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview. If you are one of those shortlisted, we will contact you within one week after expiration of the deadline at the latest.

 

Organisation responsible for this vacancy:

Democracy Reporting International gGmbH

Prinzessinnenstraße 30

10969 Berlin, Germany

Tel +49 30 27877300

Fax +49 30 27877300-10

 

Data processing of personal data in third countries will not take place. We process your data in accordance with the provisions of § 26 German Federal Data Protection Act. More information about processing your personal data: privacy policy .

 

Graphic Designer/ Expert Illustrator (Pakistan)

Position Title: Graphic Designer/ Expert Illustrator (Pakistan)

 Starting Date: April 2020 onwards

 Duration: Deliverable based for the entire year of 2020

 Location: Home-based/remote; possibly working one day/week at the DRI Islamabad office

  

Background:

Democracy Reporting International (DRI) is a nonpartisan, independent, not-for-profit international organization registered in Berlin, Germany, which promotes political participation of citizens, accountability of state bodies and the development of democratic institutions worldwide.

With support from the German Federal Foreign Office (GMFA), DRI Pakistan is currently implementing a project entitled “Consolidating Democratic Stability in Pakistan”. The objective of the project is to strengthen local constituencies, both on the governmental and non-governmental side, to consolidate the democratic transition process in Pakistan, specifically with a view to human rights protection and effective, decentralised governance.

DRI is seeking the services of Graphic Designer/ Expert Illustrator to facilitate us with our social media campaign on local governance and human rights.

Duties and responsibilities:

The Graphic Designer/ Expert Illustrator will work under the supervision of DRI’s Country Representative and in close coordination with DRI’s Communications Associate as per the following tasks:

  • Making infographic posters from the Briefing Papers and other publications being produced by DRI – these posters will also include creative data visualization;
  • Designing the informational material for the organization including newsletters, one or two-pagers for events, brochures etc.;
  • Assisting with the visualization and drafting of the human centric news stories produced by the organization;
  • Provide technical input to improve the social media strategy and implementation of the campaign;
  • Suggesting creative designing for the PR merchandises such as calendars, notebooks etc. to reach out to a wider audience;
  • Provide any additional support, if necessary.

 

Qualifications:

  • University degree in communications/graphic designing/illustration/data visualization;
  • At least 5 years of experience of producing communications products and delivering social media campaigns for the development sector ideally on topics related to local governance and human rights; s
  • Excellent graphic designing, illustration, and data visualization skills;
  • Should be willing to share a sample of the products s/he has developed ideally with reputable NGOs/INGOs/donors/UN system or the government.
  • Proficiency and fluency in both English and Urdu languages (the materials will be in both languages). The selected firm/team of individuals may be requested to produce materials in other major regional languages as well.

 

Duration and Location:  

The Graphic Designer/ Expert Illustrator will primarily work remotely however, it is possible that they are asked to work one day a week with the DRI team in Islamabad for review and approval of the content.

If you are interested in this position, please send your application (cover letter, CV, portfolio, and financial proposal) to [email protected]. Please include “Graphic Designer/ Expert Illustrator (Pakistan)” in the subject line. The deadline for applications is 08 April 2020.

Organisation responsible for this vacancy:

Democracy Reporting International gGmbH

Prinzessinnenstraße 30

10969 Berlin, Germany

Tel +49 30 27877300

Fax +49 30 27877300-10

 

Data processing of personal data in third countries will not take place. We process your data in accordance with the provisions of § 26 German Federal Data Protection Act. More information about processing your personal data: privacy policy.

Request for Financial Proposal (RFP): Local Government Awareness Raising Sessions

Read full request for proposal (RFP) document

 

Date: 28 February 2020

Subject: Request for Financial Proposal (RFP)

                 Local Government Awareness Raising Sessions

                 Provincial & Local Levels

 

Democracy Reporting International (DRI) is a nonpartisan, independent, not-for-profit international organization registered in Berlin, Germany, which promotes political participation of citizens, accountability of state bodies and the development of democratic institutions worldwide.

DRI is pleased to invite a Request for Financial Proposal (RFP) from Individual Experts or Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) for carrying out local government awareness raising sessions in Punjab, Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan. The sessions will focus on how the decentralised, multi-tiers system structures of local governance impact civil society actors and local citizens especially focusing on human rights issues.

Interested candidates / Civil Society Organizations may submit their CV / Organizational Profile and financial proposal as per attach Terms of Reference (Annex-I). Please submit your complete proposal with cover letter via courier or deliver in person at the given address.  The deadline for submission of financial proposal is Thursday, 12 March by 15:00 Hrs.

 

For any further information and clarification, please contact undersign.

 

Thank you and best regards.

 

Sincerely,

 

 

Touseef Ahmad Jan

Logistic & Procurement Associate

Democracy Reporting International

1st Floor, Ufone Tower, Jinnah Avenue,

Blue Area, Islamabad, Pakistan

Tel: +92-51-2310575, 2310576

Email: [email protected]

 

 

Human Rights Communications Expert (Pakistan)  

Position Title: Human Rights Communications Expert (Pakistan)

 Starting Date: March 2020 onwards

 Duration: 10 days (approximately)

 Location: Home-based/remote; should be available for visits to Islamabad, Lahore and Peshawar

  

Background:

Democracy Reporting International (DRI) is a nonpartisan, independent, not-for-profit international organization registered in Berlin, Germany, which promotes political participation of citizens, accountability of state bodies and the development of democratic institutions worldwide.

 

With support from the German Federal Foreign Office (GMFA), DRI Pakistan is currently implementing a project entitled “Consolidating Democratic Stability in Pakistan”. The objective of the project is to strengthen local constituencies, both on the governmental and non-governmental side, to consolidate the democratic transition process in Pakistan, specifically with a view to human rights protection and effective, decentralised governance.

 

DRI is seeking the services of a Human Rights Communications Expert/Consultant to facilitate the Punjab Human Rights and Minorities Affairs Department and KP Law, Parliamentary Affairs and Human Rights Department in development of short briefs on their work related to development and implementation of provincial human rights policies/action plans. Short briefs may also serve as communication tool for departments to showcase their successful interventions and/or technical issues on the ways to improve human rights protection at sub-national levels in KP and Punjab.

 

Duties and responsibilities:

The external expert will work under the supervision of DRI’s Country Representative and in close coordination with DRI’s Senior Human Rights and Advocacy Expert as per the following tasks:

  • Work with provincial human rights bodies of KP and Punjab, in collaboration with DRI team, for the development of short briefs on institutional interventions for human rights protection at grassroots levels;
  • Provide technical inputs to the officials of relevant government department officials in improving research and development of quality of written outputs;
  • Ensure that produced documents fulfill communication need as well as propose a way forward to strengthen sub-national human rights protection systems, in compliance with international standards and best practices;
  • Provide any additional support, if necessary.

 

Qualifications:

  • University degree in social sciences/law/human rights/international law or equivalent;
  • Proven experience of producing human rights knowledge/communication products. Should be willing to share a sample of the products s/he has developed ideally with government or with known communication/media companies or reputable donors, UN systems/INGOs.
  • Sound understanding of international as well as Pakistan’s domestic human rights systems and frameworks;
  • Ability to distinguish between mandates and functions of different actors of National Human Rights System (NHRS)
  • Excellent research and communication skills, proficient in English and Urdu languages.

 

Duration and Location:  

The Human Rights Communications Expert/Consultant will primarily work at its own however should be available for periodic visits/meetings with the officials of human rights bodies in KP and Punjab as well as with DRI team in Islamabad.

If you are interested in this position, please send your application (cover letter and CV) to [email protected]. Please include “Human Rights Institutionalisation Expert/Consultant” in the subject line. The deadline for applications is 15 February 2020.

 

Organisation responsible for this vacancy:

Democracy Reporting International gGmbH

Prinzessinnenstraße 30

10969 Berlin, Germany

Tel +49 30 27877300

Fax +49 30 27877300-10

 

Data processing of personal data in third countries will not take place. We process your data in accordance with the provisions of § 26 German Federal Data Protection Act. More information about processing your personal data: privacy policy.

Booklet: How Pakistan is increasing its exports abroad while improving human and labour rights at home

Booklet on the EU GSP+ status for policymakers to help Pakistan further benefit from the scheme.  

DRI published this booklet (in English and Urdu) to highlight the impact of the GSP+ facility in Pakistan and to provide a snapshot of the economic and trade benefits Pakistan has reaped since receiving the GSP+ status. The Generalised Scheme of Preferences (GSP) of the European Union (EU) allows developing countries to pay less or no duties on their exports to the EU. GSP+, a component of GSP, offers additional trade incentives to developing countries in return for the implementation of 27 international conventions related to human and labour rights. The European Union is mandated to review Pakistan’s human rights progress every two years under GSP+.

DRI has been working on human rights in Pakistan since 2014 and in 2016, an earlier version of this booklet was published, which outlined the implications of Pakistan’s inclusion in the European Union’s Generalised Scheme of Preferences Plus (GSP+).

This booklet serves as a useful resource guide for all Pakistanis, especially policymakers and businessmen who are interested in learning more about GSP+ and how Pakistan can leverage the scheme for economic development while transforming compliance structures and increasing diversification of its exports. You can find out more about GSP+ here.

 

This project is funded by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).