Asia has long been synonymous with economic dynamism. Over the last several decades, hundreds of millions of people have been lifted out of poverty, health and educational provision has been enhanced, and new industries have taken root. Still, rapid economic growth has not been without steep social and environmental costs, with long-term implications for the well-being and prosperity of states, communities and individuals in the region.
Almost a decade has passed since the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs) were endorsed by the UN Human Rights Council. Today, the UNGPs are the main reference framework for the complementary duty of States to protect human rights and responsibility of business enterprises to respect human rights. Although there seems to be increasing global awareness and uptake of the UNGPs, knowledge and implementation gaps remain.
UNDP’s regional project on Business and Human Rights, titled “Business and Human Rights in Asia: Promoting Responsible Business Practices through Regional Partnerships”, (B+HR Asia) aims to promote the implementation of the UNGPs as a means to mitigate business-related human rights risks and impacts, level the playing field to allow responsible businesses to remain competitive, while promoting multilateral solutions to global challenges. The project works to ensure the uptake of BHR through technical advisory, awareness-raising, communications outreach and capacity building support to governments, businesses, civil society organizations (CSOs), and national human rights institutions (NHRIs).
Communications activities, as one of the key indicators of the project, aim to capture a wide range of audiences including governments, state officials, members of the business sector and corporations, civil society, NHRIs, UN entities and international organizations, and influencers in the area of business, human rights and socioeconomic policy. Audiences also include consumers and the general public in both Asia and Europe.
Duties and Responsibilities
The B+HR Asia programme in Malaysia intends to produce focused and localised knowledge and communication products to enhance understanding of the UNGPs, highlight the trade and human rights nexus, spotlight emerging issues in Business and Human Rights and facilitate outreach on policy issues in Malaysia and Asia.
Under the direct supervision of the Business and Human Rights National Specialist, and overall supervision of the Programme Analyst, Governance for Development Unit, UNDP Malaysia, the Communications Consultant will assist in implementing the communications strategy, co-developed with the B+HR regional team:
1. Development of knowledge and advocacy products/communications content on Business and Human Rights
2. Support production of audio-visual products and narratives to increase visibility
3. Project support through other communication activities
EXPECTED OUTPUTS AND DELIVERABLES
The consultant will use his/her own equipment and software.
All information and production of report to the assignments as well as outputs produced under this contract shall remain the property of the UNDP who shall have exclusive rights over their use. The products shall not be disclosed to the public nor used in whatever format without written permission of UNDP in line with the national and International Copyright Laws applicable.
The consultant will work under direct supervision of the Business and Human Rights National Specialist, and overall supervision of the Programme Analyst, Governance for Development Unit, UNDP Malaysia.
Weekly reporting will be required, and each deliverable shall be presented to the Business and Human Rights Specialist for review and approval.
The project may require other related support and will be provided guidance by the Business and Human Rights Specialist or other team members.
DURATION OF ASSIGNMENT, DUTY STATION AND EXPECTED PLACES OF TRAVEL
The assignment is estimated to commence on 1 August 2021. The assignment will need to be completed 31 January 2022 at the latest. Up to a maximum of 80 working days.
The consultancy will be home-based and shall set-up a schedule to engage with the project team through video conference or other remote communication tools.
Management and Leadership:
Demonstrates openness to change/comments/suggestions and ability to manage
Required Skills and Experience
Required Skills and Experience
The consultant should possess the following expertise and qualifications:
Education and Experience
DOCUMENTS TO BE INCLUDED WHEN SUBMITTING THE PROPOSALS
Interested individual applicants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications:
How to Apply:
General terms & conditions to be downloaded:
Reimbursable Loan Agreement (RLA): A legal instrument between UNDP and a Company/institution, according to which, the latter makes available the services of an individual delivering time-bound and quantifiable outputs that are directly linked to payments
Incomplete proposals may not be considered. Only short-listed candidates may be contacted, and successful candidates will be notified.
Evaluation Method and Criteria
Only candidates which are responsive and compliant will be evaluated. Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the following methodology:
Combined Scoring method and Cumulative Analysis
The award of the contract shall be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as responsive/compliant/acceptable; and having received the highest combined score out of:
1. Technical Criteria for Evaluation (Maximum 100 points, 50% of the combined score)
Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 70 points for technical criteria would be considered for the Interview and Financial Evaluation.
2. Interview for Evaluation (20% of the combined score)
Shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend a virtual interview to ascertain suitability, motivation and competencies.
3. Financial Criteria for Evaluation (30% of the combined score)
Candidates shall quote a lump-sum “all-inclusive” fee for the completion of each deliverable. The term “all-inclusive” implies that all costs (professional fees, communications, consumables, translation and other services, travel costs within state, etc.) that could be incurred by the IC in completing the assignment are already factored into the lump-sum submitted in the proposal.
The application receiving the Highest Combined Score will be awarded the contract.
|Closing date:||August 6, 2021|