Uganda nationals: Consultant (Human Rights and Sustainable Development)

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Kampala, Uganda
Position Type: 
Consultancy
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
Senior (10+ Years)
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)

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Background

In 2000, the Millennium Declaration committed Member States of the United Nations towards a new global partnership aimed at reducing extreme poverty.[1] At the summit, eight time bound targets commonly referred to as the Millennium Development Goals were developed as a basis for a common achievement. By 2015, more than one billion people throughout the world were lifted out of extreme poverty, child and maternal mortality rates were reduced, net primary school enrolment and the overall Official Development Assistance were increased.[2]  In the same period, Uganda achieved 33% of the MDG targets including, inter alia, a reduction in household income poverty and malaria incidence, increased access to safe drinking water and net primary school enrolment.[3]  However, progress has been uneven across regions in Uganda thus leaving significant gaps,[4] and particularly widening inequalities among regions, poverty and between genders. On the latter, women continue to endure discrimination in access to work, economic assets and participation in private and public decision-making processes, thus significantly limiting their contributions to national development. During the period, Uganda continued to register high Maternal Mortality Rate (MMR),[5] and HIV/AIDS prevalence.[6] There was a negative HIV/AIDS trend reversal with prevalence rate increasing from 6.4% in 2004/2005 to 7.4% in 2012/2013.[7]

In an effort to address these gaps, Uganda launched in April 2013, Vision 2040,[8] ahead of the post-2015 development summit and committed as a model country in the implementation of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. This was through a strategic policy shift within a Comprehensive National Development Planning Framework (CNDPF) including, the Vision 2040,[9] the National Development Plan (NDP), and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) framework. In addition, Uganda developed the SDG coordination, monitoring and reporting frameworks including, inter alia, the National SDG Roadmap.[1] The National Development Plan II (NDPII) currently integrates 69% of the SDG targets,[2] and up to 76% by the United Nations Development Assistance Framework.[3] Also, the 2030 Agenda coordination structure including, inter alia, the SDG Policy Coordination Committee (PCC), the SDG Implementation Steering Committee (ISC), the SDG National Task Force (NTF), and the SDG Technical Working Groups (TWGs) were established in readiness for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda.  Through these frameworks, the government of Uganda envisages addressing gaps in the implementation and realization of the SDG targets and equally realize its commitment to leaving no one behind in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. OHCHR intends to contribute to this process through demonstrating, in practical terms, the linkages between the Government of Uganda’s SDG framework to international human rights standards and principles, and how human rights can be used as an important tool in advancing the overall vision of Vision 2040 and the SDGs. 

[1] As part of the efforts to operationalize the SDGs Coordination Framework, a National SDGs Roadmap - a costed multi-year roadmap to be implemented during the NDPII period (2015/16-2019/20) – is being finalized. The Roadmap will provide a framework for SDGs implementers to argument their efforts to mobilize internal and external resources for SDG specific initiatives, and will help inform and prioritize which activities needs urgent attention to ensure effective implementation of the SDGs.

[2]NDPII alignment rate with the SDGs stands at 69% (170 SDGs targets addressed by NDPII).

[3] UNDAF, 2016/2020

Duties and Responsibilities

The main objective of this project is to; develop a simplified resource handbook on the linkages between human rights and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development framework for Uganda. This is with a view to create awareness among the populace including, grass-root or community persons, State institutions, civil society, local leaders, and academia on the linkages between human rights and the SDG, and strengthen participation of the rights-holders in the implementation processes. Further, the resource handbook is intended to increase integration of international human rights standards and principles into the SDG framework for Uganda. The handbook builds on “Uganda, Our Constitution, Our Vision, Our SDG”, [1] publication by the United Nations in readiness for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.[2]

[1] Uganda, Our Constitution, Our Vision, Our SDG. Link http://ods.ceipaz.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Our-SDGs-Uganda.pdf

[2] Report on Uganda’s readiness for implementation of the 2030 agenda, 2016. Link http://ngoforum.or.ug/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2016/07/Review-Report...

Scope of Work :

Under the overall leadership and supervision of OHCHR in Uganda, the project consultant is expected to carry out the following tasks:

Undertake research on Uganda’s legal, policy and institutional framework established to support the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development;
Undertake research on Uganda’s international commitment and particularly, State’s human rights commitment relating to human rights and international law i.e. regional and international human rights commitments and linkages with the current SDG framework;
Undertake thematic research broadly on who is considered vulnerable or marginalized within the framework of a Comprehensive National Development Planning Framework;  
Develop a simplified easy to comprehend resource handbook linking the above framework.

Output and Deliverables:

A simplified resource handbook on the linkages between human rights and the Sustainable Development Goals for Uganda. The consultant is expected to make broad consultations with the relevant stakeholders while carry-out the review and analytical reviews of relevant information/materials.

Required Skills and Experience

Education:

A minimum of a Master’s Degree in field of international Law preferably in Human Rights or Sustainable Development or International Development Studies.

Experience:

The consultant should have a minimum of 10 years of work experience in the area of human rights; and should demonstrate record of handling similar assignments particularly, in research work in the area of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ESCR), Millennium Development Goals or Sustainable Development Goals.

Language requirement:

Ability to communicate in English Language.

Institutional Arrangement:

The project consultant shall be under the supervision of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in Uganda. Principally, the consultant shall be expected to provide a weekly update on progress with the assignments contracted.

Duration of the Work:

The duration of the assignment is for 30 days inclusive the validation date/period. This assignment is expected to commence on the 1st of November 2018 and end on the 30th of November 2018. The consultant is expected to achieve the above outputs within this timeframe.  Please note that given the urgency of this project, no additional time adjustments shall be made upon expiration of the stated dates/period.

Duty Station:

The contractor has to regularly meet with OHCHR team for ease of coordination. The OHCHR headquarters, Kampala, Uganda is located at Plot 24 Prince Charles Drive, Kololo. This means an agreed meeting schedule between the contractor and OHCHR team shall be drawn to help in the coordination of this project.