available languages: english April 10, 2019

Position Title: Human Rights Expert (Short term consultancy, approximately 9-12 days) 

Starting Date: As soon as possible / 1 May  

Contract Period1 May 2019 – 30 September 2019  

Background 

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. DRI helps support local ways of promoting the universal right of citizens to participate in the political life of their country, as enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). 

DRI has worked on human rights in Pakistan since 2014 with the support of various international donors. It has fostered domestic constituencies and political will for human rights and good governance reform in Pakistan through the framework of the EU’s Generalised Scheme of Preferences Plus (GSP+) mechanism and Pakistan’s international human rights obligations. In doing so, DRI has worked with various stakeholders including the Government of Pakistan, national human rights institutions, civil society through its network of Civil Society Working Groups (CSWGs) as well as other social and economic actors to advance the effective implementation of Pakistan’s international human rights commitments. To continue its work to enhance the capacities of civil society for effective monitoring and reporting on Pakistan’s human rights compliance, DRI is currently looking for a national Human Rights Expert.  

Objectives and Role: 

Inform and empower local actors, specifically civil society to become effective advocates and drivers of change, ensuring an enhanced understanding of how to monitor and report on core international labour and human rights conventions. 

For the assignment, DRI requires the short-term services of a Pakistan-based Human Rights Expert to design and deliver a training on human rights monitoring and reporting.  

Deliverables: 

The assignment’s scope of work is modulated and involves either one or both of the below tasks 

  1. Content development for and facilitation of training on human rights monitoring and reporting for civil society representatives in close coordination with the DRI team
  2. Review and editing of an alternative human rights report compiled by civil society actors.   

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: 

Module 1 (May 2019): 

  • Design and develop a clear and detailed outline for the civil society training on human rights monitoring and reportingincluding the development of the training agenda and training topics to be covered;  
  • Coordinate with the DRI team and some members of the CSWG to understand the needs of the workshop recipients, thereby determining the selection of topics to be covered during the training; 
  • Develop training content on data collection and methodological standards for human right reports, including the development of human rights indicators and how to report against indicators;   
  • Be available for in person meetings or Skype calls with DRI team during planning and drafting of the training content; 
  • Perform any additional task assigned relevant to the assignment. 

Module 2 (May-September 2019): 

  •  Write, review and edit the alternative civil society report based on input and in close coordination with civil society and DRI; 
  • Coordinate with DRI and its international expert to ensure quality control of the report. 

Qualifications  

  • University degree in human rights, development studies, social sciences, international relations, law or a relevant discipline; 
  • At least 10 years of professional experience in human rights or relevant field; 
  • Sound understanding of and experience in human rights reporting and/or monitoring and evaluation; 
  • Familiarity of working with civil society actors strongly desired; 
  • Excellent writing, communication and presentation skills; 
  • Excellent English and Urdu language skills (spoken and written); 

Duration and Location:  

The Human Rights Expert shall be able to travel to project sites for activity implementation and/or provide desk based home work with for the review and editing of the civil society report.  

 If you are interested in this position, please send your application (cover letter and CV) to asia@democracy-reporting.org. Please include “Pakistan National Human Rights Expert” in the subject line and indicate if you wish to apply for only one module or both modules. The deadline for applications is 20 April 2019, 23:59. Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. If you are shortlisted, DRI interviews will take place over Skype. 

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