The UNDP Asia-Pacific, Bangkok Regional Hub, Business and Human Rights unit (B+HR Asia), is playing a central role in promoting the implementation of the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs) in Asia. The UNGPs consist of three pillars and are grounded on a polycentric governance framework promoting a so-called “smart mix of measures”. While the first pillar of the UNGPs concerns the well-established State duty to protect human rights under international human rights law, the second pillar addresses the responsibility of business enterprises to respect human rights and (mainly) links the concept of human rights with corporate governance and private regulation. Finally, the third pillar stresses the need for both State and non-State actors to promote access to effective remedies to victims of business-related abuses through providing or cooperating in judicial and non-judicial grievance mechanisms.
Although the BHR discourse only took off recently in Asia, increasing awareness and uptake can be observed throughout the region. For example, Thailand adopted Asia’s first stand-alone National Action Plan on BHR (NAP), while various other States in Asia are developing such national frameworks. Nevertheless, serious challenges remain. Indeed, implementation of the UNGPs will require dedicated efforts to create and enforce policies and laws, and ensure policy coherence, among other things. Moreover, increasingly major economic actors (such as the European Union) to use their economic and political leverage to promote business respect for human rights in Asia.
Businesses also have challenges to overcome. Some large multinational enterprises have established human rights policy commitments and are conducting human rights due diligence (HRDD). However, usually such efforts have not yet translated into concrete improvements for rights holders. While encouraging examples exist of businesses carrying out HRDD in Asia, they remain rather isolated and fragmentary. And even if businesses engage in such efforts, individual and industry-wide purchasing practices can inhibit improved working conditions. Moreover, the question remains how to promote business respect for human rights among local, small and medium-sized companies, or what to do when businesses do not subscribe to the normative value of human rights and are not susceptible to the “business case” for promoting human rights.
Due to a whole plethora of reasons, victims of business-related human rights abuse have very limited access to effective remedies in Asia. Current grievance mechanisms, if available at all, severely fall short of what is prescribed by the UNGPs.
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) drives progress on BHR through technical advisory, awareness-raising, and capacity building support to governments, businesses, civil society organizations (CSOs), and independent national human rights institutions (NHRIs). Partnering with an array of champions including media professionals, technical experts, and human rights defenders, B+HR Asia works to ensure the effective implementation of the UNGPs.
B+HR Asia intends to hire an International Consultant (IC) to conduct a research study to assess and document the status of BHR in Asia and the Pacific and provide concrete recommendations (to at least governments, national human rights institutions and business enterprises) on how to advance the BHR agenda and engage with affected rights holders and communities, and other stakeholders. The idea is that this study can be repeated every two years to provide a continuous overview of progress and strategies in the region. Updated research will be instrumental in analysing how to move the BHR discourse forward.
The eventual knowledge product resulting from the research shall be comprised of four main sections. The first section shall contain an introductory chapter on BHR in South and Southeast Asia, outlining general developments and apparent trends in 2020. The first section must have dedicated space to elaborate on broader BHR ecosystem, the role of national stock exchange, the impact of various initiatives such as Shifts Beta indicator project, the role of global pressures (consumer advocacy, extraterritorial obligations) etc. The second section shall be comprised of three subsections, corresponding with the three pillars of the UNGPs (“protect, respect, remedy”). Each of these subsections shall include chapters on the specific themes outlined by the Guiding Principles of the respective pillar. The third section shall contain recommendations to governments, national human rights institutions and business enterprises, which shall be derived from the developments and corresponding challenges outlined in the second section of the report. There should be emphasis on the qualitative or lived experiences of right-holders – this can either be created as an exclusive section or be included as case studies under relevant sections. Note that the contents of these sections and chapters shall be created in consultation with UNDP, which is further detailed below. Please note that this is the suggested format for the report, but UNDP will be willing to consider other formats/structure basis preliminary research.
Ultimately, the research study aims at:
Duties and Responsibilities
The consultant will work under the guidance and supervision of the Manager of the Business and Human Rights project and in collaboration with support from project team members. Specific results to be achieved by the IC are listed below.
1. Produce a research plan in consultation with the manager of the business and human rights project. This result is comprised of following major tasks:
2. Report on the ‘Status of BHR in South and Southeast Asia’. This result is comprised of following major tasks:
3. Provide recommendations to progress BHR in Asia. This result is comprised of following major tasks:
4. Validate research findings and launch final report
Key outputs and derivables:
Final report in a layout and format ready to be published (printing costs are not expected to be borne in this IC contract).
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 the overall guidance of the Business and Human Rights Specialist, Business and Human Rights unit, Governance and Peacebuilding Team, UNDP Bangkok Regional Hub.
Fortnightly reporting will be required, and each deliverable shall be presented to the Business and Human Rights Specialist for review and approval.
The project will not be required to provide any facilities or other support, though the Business and Human Rights Specialist or other team members may provide guidance.
Duration of the Work:
The assignment is estimated to commence in May 2020. The assignment will need to be completed in December 2020 at the latest. Up to a maximum of 100 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.
Required Skills and Experience
Required Skills and Experience
The consultant should possess the following expertise and qualifications:
Education and Experience
Scope of Price Proposal and Schedule of Payments:
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, etc.) that could be incurred by the IC in completing the assignment are already factored into the lump-sum submitted in the proposal. Payments shall be done upon verification of completion of deliverables and approval by the consultant’s supervisor.
The lump-sum price is fixed regardless of changes in the cost components.
In the event of unforeseeable travel not anticipated in this TOR, payment of travel costs including tickets, lodging and terminal expenses should be agreed upon between the respective business unit and the Individual Consultant prior to travel and will be reimbursed.
In general, UNDP shall not accept travel costs exceeding those of an economy, most direct, round-trip ticket. Should the IC wish to travel on a higher class he/she should do so using their own resources.
Criteria for Selection of the Best Offer:
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:
The award of the contract shall be made to the candidate whose offer has been evaluated and determined as a) responsive/compliant/acceptable; and b) having received the highest score out of set of weighted technical criteria (70%) and financial criteria (30%).
Technical Criteria for Evaluation (Maximum 100 points)
Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 70 points for technical criteria (approx. 70% of the total technical points) would be considered for the Financial Evaluation.
For those passing technical evaluation above, offers will be evaluated per the Combined Scoring method:
a) Technical evaluation (70%)
b) Financial evaluation (30%)
The application receiving the Highest Combined Score will be awarded the contract.
Documents to be included when submitting the proposals:
Interested candidates must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications.
a) Duly accomplished Letter of Confirmation of Interest and Availability using the template provided by UNDP;
b) Curriculum Vitae;
c) Three examples of previous publications;
d) Brief description of why the individual considers him/herself as the most suitable for the assignment, and a methodology on how they will approach and complete the assignment.
e) Financial Proposal that indicates the all-inclusive fixed total contract price, supported by a breakdown of costs, as per template provided. If an Offeror is employed by an organization/company/institution, and he/she expects his/her employer to charge a management fee in the process of releasing him/her to UNDP under Reimbursable Loan Agreement (RLA), the Offeror must indicate at this point, and ensure that all such costs are duly incorporated in the financial proposal submitted to UNDP. The consultant should also indicate any travel and related costs for meetings etc;
Incomplete proposals may not be considered. The short listed candidates may be contacted and the successful candidate will be notified.
Annex I TOR_Researcher_Status_BHR_Asia
All documents can be downloaded at: https://procurement-notices.undp.org/view_notice.cfm?notice_id=65776
Any request for clarification must be sent in writing, or by standard electronic communication to E-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org under Subject : JobAds 91650 – Researcher on the Status of the Implementation of the UNGPs on Business and Human Rights in Asia .
|City, State:||Home-based with no travel.|
|Closing date:||May 23, 2020|