Human Rights Expert (Pakistan)

Category:                           Short-term Consultant

Location:                           Home-based, with possible travel to the Federal and provincial capitals of Pakistan

Contract period:              October – November 2018


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 world-wide.

With support from the German-Federal Foreign Office, DRI’s Pakistan office is currently implementing the project entitled “Supporting Human Rights, Good Governance, and Elections in Pakistan”. Among other things, the project aims to strengthen the state’s Human Rights Institutions to promote human rights and enhance democratic stability in Pakistan.

Objective of the assignment

Pakistan formulated its first Action Plan for Human Rights in February 2016 which was approved by the Prime Minister. The Action Plan broadly aims to improve the human rights situation in Pakistan, and specifically covers six thematic areas including policy and legal reforms, implementation of key human rights priorities for the country, cross cutting interventions for human rights promotion and protection, UN treaty implementation, interventions related to national human rights institutions and mechanisms to monitor implementation of human rights.

Pakistan’s civil society has an essential role to play in monitoring the implementation of the Action Plan and advocating for effective compliance with its stated objectives and international human rights standards. DRI aims to develop a comprehensive report analysing the implementation of the Action Plan, which will form the key output of the assignment. The report will review and analyse the progress towards implementation of the Government’s Action Plan on Human Rights and contribute towards sustained advocacy with the Government to strengthen areas where implementation may be weak or lacking.

For the assignment, DRI requires the short-term services of a Pakistan-based Human Rights Expert to develop the report.

Scope of the assignment

The assignment involves research as follows:

  • Assess the progress made in achieving the proposed actions related to each thematic area against the time frame provided;
  • The key areas of the proposed action where implementation must be improved;
  • In-depth gap analysis of some of the key areas of the Action Plan;
  • Implementation of the Action Plan in accordance with international standards and best practices;
  • Recommendations for strengthening implementation of the National Action Plan in accordance with the country context and international standards, which should include:
  • Clear and practical measures for addressing any implementation gaps identified in the report;
  • Identify which stakeholder is responsible for delivering each recommendation for improving implementation.

Tasks and deliverables

The Human Rights Expert will work under the overall supervision of DRI’s Country Representative in Pakistan and in coordination with the project team to deliver the following:

  • Design and develop a clear and detailed outline for the report based on the scope of the research and identify additional areas for research where needed;
  • Conduct research, including a desk review and analysis of existing qualitative and quantitative information, including international standards, on all areas relevant for the report;
  • Conduct consultative sessions with civil society and key stakeholders at provincial and national level as part of the research if required;
  • Design reporting format, including how to present the results in a condensed fashion, e.g. infographics;
  • Draft the report addressing all points identified in the scope of research;
  • Adhere to DRI’s Style and Formatting Guidelines in writing and formatting the document;
  • Be available for in person meetings or Skype calls with DRI team during planning and drafting of the paper;
  • Perform any additional task assigned relevant to the assignment.


  • University degree in human rights, development studies, social sciences, social work, international relation, master’s in law or a relevant discipline;
  • At least 15 years of professional experience in human rights or relevant field;
  • Sound understanding of and experience in planning, monitoring and evaluation;
  • Excellent analytical skills and ability to conceptualise policy formulation within the subject area;
  • Excellent report writing, communication and presentation skills;
  • Excellent English and Urdu language skills (spoken and written);
  • Ability and willingness to travel to all four provinces and Federal Capital of Pakistan.

Closing date for applications: 28 September 2018

Applicants are requested to submit a brief expert methodology, no longer than three pages, explaining how they will address the points identified in the scope of research, which should include a short outline of the paper. Methodologies should be submitted along with applications (CV and Cover Letter) to [email protected] with “Human Rights Expert” as the subject heading and supporting documents in the following format: SURNAME_FIRSTNAME_DOCUMENTNAME.

DRI values diversity and is an equal opportunity employer.

This position may be filled before the end of the deadline, so early applications are encouraged.

Only shortlisted candidates will be notified.

DRI reserves the right to re-advertise for or cancel the recruitment of this position at any time, or to offer appointment at a position lower than the one advertised or offer the position with a modified job description or period of engagement. This is a locally recruited position. DRI offers a competitive remuneration according to donor regulations and incumbent experience.

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