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Individual Consultant for Strengthening the capacity of the ZHRC in the UPR processes

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  • Post Date: August 10, 2020
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Job Overview

Location : Harare, ZIMBABWE
Application Deadline : 14-Aug-20 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract : Individual Contract
Post Level : National Consultant
Languages Required : English
Starting Date : (date when the selected candidate is expected to start) 01-Sep-2020
Duration of Initial Contract : 154 working days
Expected Duration of Assignment : 154 working days


Background and Rationale

The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is a mechanism established by the United Nations General Assembly on the 15th of March 2006 by Resolution 60/251. The same resolution established the Human Rights Council (HRC) and urges the HRC to work in close cooperation with NHRIs and to ensure their most effective contribution to its work. The UPR recognizes that effective national systems which protect and promote good governance, the rule of law, and the realization of human rights are important for sustainable human development.

As an interactive and co-operative process, the UPR examines the fulfillment of human rights obligations and commitments by all 193 UN Member States every 4/4.5 years. The UPR proceeds by way of three reports namely, the National Report drafted by the State; the UN country team (UNCT) compilation done by UN Country Teams and stakeholder submissions provided by NGOs and/or National Human Rights Institutions. The UPR provides an opportunity for all States to declare actions undertaken to improve the human rights situations in their countries and to overcome challenges to the enjoyment of human rights.

A review of a State is based on: (a) a national report prepared by the State under review; (b) a compilation of United Nations information on the State under review prepared by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR); and (c) a summary of information submitted by other stakeholders (including civil society actors, national human rights institutions and regional organizations), also prepared by OHCHR.

Each five-year cycle has three stages, and during each of them, contributions from all these groups are encouraged:

Stage 1: Preparation for the review.
Stage 2: Review and adoption.
Stage 3: Implementation of the recommendations.

As the UPR mechanism nears the end of its third cycle (2017-2021), Zimbabwe is due for review during the 40th session of the Human Rights Council in October 2021. During the second cycle review, Zimbabwe accepted 151 recommendations.

As part of the preparation for the third review, stakeholders such as the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission (ZHRC) are expected to prepare and submit a report by the 18th of March 2021. As independent bodies with constitutional or legislative mandates to protect and promote human rights, Paris Principles compliant NHRIs contribute effectively to all stages of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process.

The functions of the ZHRC as outlined in the Constitution include promoting awareness and respect for human rights and freedoms at all levels of society; promoting the protection, development and attainment of human rights and freedoms; monitoring, assessing and ensuring observance of human rights and freedoms; and receiving and considering complaints from the public and taking all action with regard to the complaints it receives.

As part of extending its capabilities and ensuring its mandate, the ZHRC has engaged in different projects and programs with the support of development partners that seek to capacitate its staff, strengthen the institution and enable the smooth and effective delivery of services.

This includes comprehensive programming to end all forms of Gender-Based Violence (GBV) and Harmful Practices (HPs) and promote Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR) of women and girls. The ZHRC is one of the institutional stakeholders benefitting from the Spotlight Initiative Funding in Zimbabwe. The overall vision of the Spotlight Initiative in Zimbabwe is that women and girls realize their full potential in a violence-free, gender responsive and inclusive Zimbabwe. The Spotlight Initiative is expected to directly contribute to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): SDG 3 and SDG 5. One of the key entry points and area of focus for the Spotlight initiative is addressing contemporary SGBV, HP and SRHR concerns, particularly for women and girls who face intersecting forms of discrimination. In addressing these contemporary concerns, the SI aims at strategically investing in strengthening systems, policies, and accountability to SGBV and SRHR mandates, addressing the cultural norms and values, and, capacity development of staff in relevant institutions.

The ZHRC stakeholder submission to the HRC will form part of the basis for the review in October 2021. Thus, the report should focus on, inter alia, the implementation of the accepted recommendations and the development of the human rights situation in Zimbabwe since the last review in 2016. Many of the 151 recommendations accepted by the Government of Zimbabwe (GoZ) focus on efforts to prevent GBV and Violence against women and children.

It is within this background that UNDP seeks to support the ZHRC to engage a consultant to (1) sensitize the ZHRC (staff and commissioners) on processes to produce an NHRI stakeholder submission to the HRC in accordance with the UPR technical guidelines. (2) Facilitate consultations [with a focus on SGBV, HP and SRHR for women and girls with disabilities] for the UPR as necessary across the 10 provinces (3) assist the ZHRC to collate the data collected and draft a report to be validated by stakeholders and eventually submitted to the HRC.

Purpose and Objectives of Consultancy

The overall purpose of the Consultancy is to strengthen the capacity of the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission to monitor and bring accountability for compliance on SGBV/SRHR/HP issues in the UPR processes and recommendations.

The specific objectives are to:

  • sensitize ZHRC staff on the best practice to the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Process;
  • facilitate consultations and collation of data (with a focus on SGBV/SRHR, HP) for the ZHRC draft report;
  • produce a final ZHRC stakeholder submission report validated by stakeholders.

Duties and Responsibilities


Specific Objective 1: The Consultant should closely mirror the guidelines on reporting (https://www.upr-info.org/sites/default/files/general-document/pdf/ohchr_guidance_national_report_3rdcycle_en.pdf) and it is expected that the process will be a consultative one. The process of producing the report is expected to follow the principles of inclusiveness, participation and ownership.

Specific Objective 2: The Consultant will support the ZHRC to sensitize its staff on the UPR process. Specific attention should be paid to UPR second cycle recommendations, contemporary SGBV, HP and SRHR issues, access to justice for women and girls with disabilities in the Zimbabwean context.

Major Tasks to be Accomplished

Under the direct supervision of the ZHRC and with the support from UNDP, the consultant is responsible for the following:

  • Desktop review of second cycle UPR recommendations. Specific attention should be given to recommendations on SGBV/HP/SRHR;
  • Desktop review of efforts to implement second cycle recommendations by stakeholders (CSO, GoZ, Independent Commissions). This may include interviews with interlocuters;
  • Desktop review of COVID-19 prevention implementation for Human rights violations. Specific attention should be given to SGBV/HP/SRHR violations and unexpected consequences/violations to vulnerable groups as a result of initial actions;
  • Conceptualization and implementation of a training programme on the UPR processes
  • Development of a methodology/process and data collection tools towards the drafting of the report (note that vulnerable groups such as women and girls with disabilities must be part of the consultations);
  • Facilitation of all meetings and consultations as part of the drafting the report and other efforts towards compiling/consolidating data on progress in the implementation of the UPR recommendations;
  • Drafting, validation and finalizing the ZHRC’s Stakeholder Submission report (according to the 3rd cycle UPR guidelines).

Roles and Responsibilities

  • ZHRC and UNDP will oversee and guide the consultant. The consultancy will be directly managed by the ZHRC focal person and UNDP Team Leader Governance (or delegated) with support from the UN Spotlight Initiative inter-agency technical team;
  • The ZHRC focal person will be responsible for convening, coordinating and supporting the assessment in close collaboration with ZHRC and other relevant stakeholders;
  • UNDP will be responsible for convening, coordinating and supporting the capacitation and drafting processes in close collaboration with the SI Technical Coordination Unit;
  • Consultant needs to comply with global and local PSEA (Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse) guidelines and standards.

Time Frame and Expected Deliverables

The time frame for the entire consultancy should not exceed 154 working days. The Individual Consultant is expected to produce the following deliverables.

  • Inception Report – 8 days, upon signing the contract;
  • Inception Meeting (1/2-day workshop) – 14 days, upon signing the contract;
  • Sensitization workshop on the UPR – 21 days, upon signing the contract;
  • Draft ZHRC stakeholder submission report – 90 days, upon signing the contract;
  • Validation of Draft report (2-day workshop) – 110 days upon signing the contract;
  • Final Validated ZHRC Stakeholder Submission Report – 120 days upon signing of the contract.

Milestone Payments

Payment will be linked to deliverables as indicated below:

  • 10% Payment upon completion of inception workshop and submission of report;
  • 20% Payment upon completion of Sensitization workshop on the UPR;
  • 30% Payment upon submission of Draft ZHRC Stakeholder Submission Report;
  • 20% Payment upon completion of Validation of Draft Stakeholder submission report and incorporation of stakeholder feedback;
  • 20% Payment upon submission of Final ZHRC Stakeholder Submission Report.

Note that payment to a contractor is dependent on the satisfactory completion of deliverables.


The Individual Consultant will meet frequently with the ZHRC and UNDP to discuss progress updates. Ad hoc meetings may be convened as necessary.

The consultant will submit the following reports:

  • An inception report : within 8 days from the signing of the contract, the consultant should submit an inception report that details assessment work plan/ workshop schedules/Detailed list of key research questions to be addressed/Details on Methodology to be followed/Bibliography of policy and other documents reviewed/People contacted and met (if any)/Proposed budget to carry out assessment/Quality assurance and risk management strategies/Referral protocol for respondents in situation of risk;
  • A Sensitisation Workshop Report: Within 14 days from the signing of the contract a detailed workshop report detailing the capacitation of the ZHRC on how to engage with the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process, which is one of the mechanisms of the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC);
  • A draft ZHRC stakeholder submission report: Within 140 days from the signing of the contract a draft report documenting the submissions by stakeholders and findings of the ZHRC analysis on the state of human Rights in Zimbabwe should be submitted. Additionally, UNDP requests the submission of a Power Point Presentation outlining the key findings from the drafting and validation process;
  • A final report: Within 154 working days from the signing of the contract a final report that incorporates comments and changes by relevant stakeholders shall be submitted. The text of the report and annexes should be illustrated, as appropriate, with maps, graphs and tables, if necessary. The consultant is expected to assist in the production of candid, uncompromising, high quality reports, containing well evidenced findings and clear conclusions and recommendations. The final report will be endorsed only when the quality of the document is approved by the UNDP.

Procedures and Logistics

The Individual Consultant is expected to work from their own premises.

For the entire period of this project/contract all travel (international and within Zimbabwe), including all travel for consultations and discussions, meetings for planning and execution of potential works, travel to target towns etc. will have to be borne by the Contractor and must be included in the Financial Proposal submitted. The Individual Contractor is responsible to make all relevant travel arrangements, including Visa, hotel, transportation and other relevant costs.

UNDP may facilitate through the provision of a letter of certification that travel is related to this project/contract, but all arrangements are the responsibility of the Contractor, both financially and action-wise.

UNDP has a zero-tolerance policy towards sexual exploitation and abuse.

The data and information collected during this data is sole and full ownership of the Spotlight Initiative.


  • Demonstrates integrity by modelling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
  • Promotes the vision, mission and strategic goals of the UN;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Treats all people fairly without favoritism.

Required Skills and Experience


  • At least a master’s degree in Law, Human Rights/Child Rights, Social Sciences, Social Development or any other relevant field.


  • At least 5 years of experience and expertise working in the field of human rights, law, economics (or a related field);
  • Experience in drafting of international treaties reports.
  • Experience working with the UPR mechanism is an advantage;
  • Demonstrated professional capacity and experience in facilitating consultative processes with government, development partners and civil society at both national and regional levels.


  • Good communication and report writing skills in English.

Application Procedure

Interested Individuals are requested to submit a proposal on this platform which includes the following:

  • A CV highlighting the relevant experience;
  • A technical proposal showing how the task will be undertaken;
  • A financial proposal and budget breakdown based on expected daily rates and work plan.

Please group all your documents into a single PDF document as the system only allows you to upload one (1) document.

Incomplete applications will not be given consideration.

Please note that only applicants who are short-listed will be contacted.

Evaluation Criteria

The award of the contract shall be made to the applicant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as responsive and having received the highest score out of a pre-determined set of weighted technical and financial criteria specific to the ToR.

  • Technical Criteria weight: 70%;
  • Financial Criteria weight: 30%.

Selection Criteria

Technical Evaluation: Constitutes 70% of total evaluation:

Criteria A: Education and Experience (maximum 60 points);

  • Master’s degree in Law, Human Rights/Child Rights, Social Sciences, Social Development or any other relevant field (15 points);
  • At least 5 years of experience and expertise working in the field of human rights, law, economics (or a related field) (15 points);
  • Experience in drafting of international treaties reports. Experience working with the UPR mechanism is an advantage (15 points);
  • Demonstrated professional capacity and experience in facilitating consultative processes with government, development partners and civil society at both national and regional levels (10 points).
  • Good communication and report writing skills in English (5 points).

Criteria B: Technical Proposal / Methodology (maximum 40 points);

  • Have the important aspects of the task been addressed in enough detail? 10 points;
  • Are the different components of the project adequately weighted relative to one another? 10 points;
  • Is the scope of task well defined and does it correspond to the TOR? 10 points;
  • Work plan – Is the presentation clear and is the sequence of activities and the planning logical, realistic and promise efficient implementation to the project? 10 points.

Note: Only the highest ranked candidates who have obtained a minimum of 70 points (70%) on the technical evaluation will be considered for the financial evaluation.

Financial Evaluation: Constitutes 30% of total evaluation.

Please submit an all-inclusive lump sum price based on a daily fee. Financial proposals must be all inclusive and must be expressed in USD. The term “all inclusive” implies that all costs (professional fees, communications, consumables, insurance, etc.) that could possibly be incurred in discharging this assignment should be factored into the financial proposal.

UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

Job Detail
  • Career LevelConsultant
  • QualificationDegree
  • Experience5-10 Years
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