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VAGA : UNDP – International Consultant to provide 2 trainings on mediation and conciliation techniques, Bissau, Guinea-Bissau

  • Cidade: Bissau
  • Estado: Guiné-Bissau
  • País: Guiné-Bissau
  • Criado: 01/05/2020 10:14
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Descrição

Location : Bissau, GUINEA-BISSAU
Application Deadline : 09-May-20 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract : Individual Contract
Post Level : International Consultant
Languages Required : English French Portuguese
Starting Date : (date when the selected candidate is expected to start) 15-May-2020
Duration of Initial Contract : 45 working days
Expected Duration of Assignment : 3 months

Background

Guinea-Bissau has been in a vicious cycle of political instability since its independence, which primarily stems from a series of intertwined causes, including lack of access to justice and impunity. Despite the consecration of fundamental political, civil, economic and social rights by the Constitution, laws are barely implemented or enforced, resulting in limited and inequitable access to quality justice services for the population and an overall decline in confidence in the modern state system of justice institutions. The State has been unable to fulfil its mission to guarantee justice and security throughout the territory, particularly in rural areas and especially for women and children/youth. Since the independence, there has been a coexistence of both the formal justice system and forms of traditional justice system, based on customary law – which was recognized during the colonial period. The formal justice system is costly, slow and still widely discredited by the public. As a result, and for historical and cultural reasons, large parts of the population use Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) mechanisms – with an emphasis on Mediation and Conciliation. Moreover, most conflicts are settled by local conflict resolution entities, namely the family, heads of district, village chiefs, tribal and/or ethnic chiefs, civil society organizations and, since 2012, the Legal Aid Centres (CAJ). Given the scope of action and the national limited training and knowledge in terms of ADR techniques and mechanisms – specially in terms of mediation and conciliation -, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), through a PBF (United Nations Peacebuilding Fund) funded project focusing on ADR and Restorative Justice (RJ), is organizing 3 trainings Guinea-Bissau has been in a vicious cycle of political instability since its independence, which primarily stems from a series of intertwined causes, including lack of access to justice and impunity. Despite the consecration of fundamental political, civil, economic and social rights by the Constitution, laws are barely implemented or enforced, resulting in limited and inequitable access to quality justice services for the population and an overall decline in confidence in the modern state system of justice institutions. The State has been unable to fulfil its mission to guarantee justice and security throughout the territory, particularly in rural areas and especially for women and children/youth. Since the independence, there has been a coexistence of both the formal justice system and forms of traditional justice system, based on customary law – which was recognized during the colonial period. The formal justice system is costly, slow and still widely discredited by the public. As a result, and for historical and cultural reasons, large parts of the population use Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) mechanisms – with an emphasis on Mediation and Conciliation. Moreover, most conflicts are settled by local conflict resolution entities, namely the family, heads of district, village chiefs, tribal and/or ethnic chiefs, civil society organizations and, since 2012, the Legal Aid Centres (CAJ). Given the scope of action and the national limited training and knowledge in terms of ADR techniques and mechanisms – specially in terms of mediation and conciliation -, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), through a PBF (United Nations Peacebuilding Fund) funded project focusing on ADR and Restorative Justice (RJ), is organizing 3 trainings on mediation techniques for actors working on conflict resolution – from the grassroot level to the higher level – in the country. Overall objective of the assignment: Contribute to sustainable peace and security in Guinea-Bissau. Specific objective of the assignment: Strengthen national technical capacities with regards to mediation and conciliation for peace consolidation in the country.

Duties and Responsibilities

The International Consultant, under the general supervision of the UNDP Deputy Resident Representative and the technical supervision of the Chief Technical Adviser for Justice, is expected to perform the following activities:

  • Review available documentation to adequately understand the project, the Bissau-Guinean context and this consultancy’s objectives;
  • Interviews with key informers;
  • Design and lead 3 trainings on mediation and conciliation: 1 training for 15 technicians of the Legal Aid Centres (CAJ) and 5 prosecutors; 2 trainings destined 40 (20 each class) members of civil society organisations directly involved in mediation and conciliation actions in Guinea-Bissau;
  • Develop a short and concise mediation and conciliation practical guidance handbook and a trainer’s manual;
  • Draft a report summarizing the trainings and proposing adequate follow-up initiatives for each target-group.

Expected deliverables: The following products/outputs are expected:

  • A concept note – with a clear methodology and training contents to be presented to the target groups;
  • 2 training sessions – each with the duration of 15 working days;
  • A concise mediation and conciliation practical handbook and a Trainer’s Manual in Portuguese language.
  • A final report.

Assignment duration: The duration of the assignment is 45 days working days of which 30 working days in Bissau and the remaining remotely. The assignment should be conducted within 3 months.

Competencies

  • Demonstrable ability to produce high quality training contents in a timely manner;
  • Demonstrable ability to provide technical trainings to justice sector and civil society organizations;
  • Strong ability to write clearly and convincingly, adapting style and content to different audiences, speak clearly and convincingly;
  • Strong capacity to communicate clearly and in a concise manner;
  • Excellent writing, research, analysis and presentation skills;
  • Ability to focus on impact and results;
  • Strong inter-personal and liaison skills;
  • Demonstrates integrity by modelling the UN’s values and ethical standards.

Required Skills and Experience Education

  • Master’s degree in political science, conflict resolution and/or management, peace studies, human rights, or other relevant topics;
  • Specialization in Mediation and Conciliation.

Experience:

  • Proven at least 10 years of experience working in conflict and peace related issues;
  • Strong experience of at least 5 years on ADR – particularly mediation and conciliation – at the international level;
  • Strong knowledge and experience on the challenges and relationships between the traditional and formal justice systems;
  • Proved experience in providing trainings to civil society and justice sector staff;
  • Experience in providing trainings on ADR, specifically in terms of mediation and conciliation;
  • Curricula design experience;
  • Knowledge and experience on Access to Justice fields in fragile States, including cross-cutting issues such as human rights and gender; and rights-based approaches is considered an asset;
  • Demonstrable experience in developing countries is mandatory;
  • Knowledge of Guinea-Bissau’s general country context is strongly desirable;
  • Experience using computers and office software packages as well as web-based management systems.

Language:

  • Proficiency in written and spoken Portuguese is mandatory;
  • Proficient spoken and written French and/or English is considered an added value.

?Payment conditions: The financial disbursement will be processed as follows: * after approval and validation of Concept Note and Training Materials (20%);

  • following the finalization of the 3 trainings in the field (40%);
  • after approval and validation of the short practical handbook and the Trainer’s Manual in Portuguese language (20%);
  • after approval and validation of the final report (20%).

GUIDELINES FOR APPLICATION:

Required documents:

  • A cover letter explaining why you are the most suitable candidate for this assignment;
  • A brief methodology on how you will approach and conduct the tasks, describing the tools and workplan proposed for this assignment;
  • A financial proposal;
  • A personal CV including past experiences and at least 3 professional references.

Lump sum contracts: The financial proposal shall specify a total lump sum amount, and payment terms around specific and measurable (qualitative and quantitative) deliverables (i.e. whether payments fall in installments or upon completion of the entire contract). Payments are based upon output, i.e. upon delivery of the services specified in the ToR. In order to assist the requesting unit in the comparison of financial proposals, the financial proposal will include a breakdown of this lump sum amount (including travel, per diems, and number of anticipated working days). Travel: All envisaged travel costs must be included in the financial proposal. This includes all travel to join duty station/repatriation travel. In general, UNDP should not accept travel costs exceeding those of an economy class ticket. Should the Individual Consultant wish to travel on a higher class he/she should do so using their own resources. In the case of unforeseeable travel, payment of travel costs including tickets, lodging and terminal expenses should be agreed upon, between the respective business unit and Individual Consultant, prior to travel and will be reimbursed. Evaluation: Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the following methodologies: Cumulative analysis When using this weighted scoring method, the award of the contract should be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:

  • Responsive/compliant/acceptable; and
  • Having received the highest score out of a pre-determined set of weighted technical and financial criteria specific to the solicitation;
  • Technical Criteria weight – 70 points;
  • Financial Criteria weight – 30 points.

Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 70 points would be considered for the Financial Evaluation. Evaluation criteria: * Education background – 10 points;

  • Experience as defined in the ToR – 20 points;
  • Competences as defined in the ToR – 10 points;
  • Understating of the ToR – 15 points;
  • Methodology and overall approach – 25 points;

Overall quality of the proposal (comprehensiveness, structure, language and clarity) – 20 points.

More information and how to apply at : https://jobs.undp.org

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