CONSULTANCY FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF A PRACTICAL GUIDANCE ON NHRIS MONITORING AND REPORTING ON HUMAN RIGHTS & CLIMATE CHANGE AND OTHER ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES
• Title: Consultant
• Type of Consultancy: Home-based
• Term of Contract: Individual Contract (competitive procedure)
• Duration: 55/60 working days (over a period of three/four months)
BACKGROUND AND CONTEXT
The Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions (GANHRI)is the worldwide membership-based network of national human rights institutions (NHRIs).
GANHRI promotes and strengthens NHRIs to be in compliance with the Paris Principles and provides leadership for the promotion and protection of human rights.
GANHRI provides a framework for NHRIs to work together and cooperate at the international level. It coordinates a wide range of activities, including annual meetings, international conferences, networks, training and capacity building.
GANHRI works in close partnership with the United Nations Human Rights Office – specifically with the National Institutions and Regional Mechanisms Section (NIRMS) – and with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). GANHRI also works closely with the four Regional Networks of NHRIs in Africa (NANHRI), the Americas (RINDHCA), the Asia Pacific (APF) and Europe (ENNHRI).
GANHRI is registered in Switzerland as a not-for-profit association. The Head Office is located in Geneva at the Palais des Nations.
Climate change and its impacts are one of the greatest challenges of today, directly and indirectly impacting on the full enjoyment of human rights, including social, economic and cultural rights as well as civil and political rights, the right to development and the right to a healthy environment.
NHRIs recognize the importance of protecting the environment and biodiversity for present and future generations and that protecting the environment and biodiversity means taking care of water, air, land, animals and plants.
Climate change and its human rights impact is a strategic priority for GANHRI and its members moving forward. NHRIs from all world regions are applying their mandates and functions, to monitor and report on human rights impacts, advise their states on human rights-based climate action, engage with communities and rights holders, and hold to account.
GANHRI provides a global platform for NHRIs to exchange experiences, discuss strategies, and collectively through GANHRI engage in global climate action. GANHRI is encouraged by the UN system-wide support to GANHRI’s climate change activities moving forward. GANHRI will continue to support NHRIs to make progress on these commitments and pursuing the work in strengthening the existing fruitful partnerships with the UN system in order to assist and encourage the work of NHRIs across the world.
Fundamental rights – including the rights to life, self-determination, development, food, health, housing, water and sanitation – are under grave threat.
National human rights institutions (NHRIs) have jointly committed to human rights-based action on climate change to support communities and preserve the environment.
NHRIs are staunch supporters of climate justice. This means that efforts to address climate change must leave no one behind. Specifically, climate justice means:
• Addressing the climate crisis with a human rights-based approach while making progress towards a just transition to a zero-carbon economy
• Ensuring that decisions on climate change are participatory, non-discriminatory and accountable, with the benefits and burden of climate action shared equitably
• Those most affected by climate change have access to effective remedies, including financial support.
While States are the primary duty bearers, National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) as independent institutions of the State with a broad mandate and powers to promote and protect human rights which can play an important role in helping to prevent human rights violations and to promote rights-based environmental action. NHRIs can do so by applying their unique functions in line with the United Nations Paris Principles and with international human rights norms and standards.
At the 2020 GANHRI Annual Conference, NHRIs from all regions pledged to work individually and collectively to promote human rights-based climate action. The conference statement – Climate Change: The Role of National Human Rights Institutions – sets out the practical ways that NHRIs will work for climate justice.
At the national level, NHRIs will:
• Report to and advise government and other stakeholders on a human rights-based approach to climate mitigation and adaptation measures
• Promote sound policy measures related to climate change and the environment
• Promote and monitor environmental, social and human rights risk and impact assessments prior to the start of project
• Advocate for climate action policies that integrate the expertise of local communities and traditional knowledge of indigenous peoples
• Include climate change and environmental perspectives into our investigation of complaints and base our advocacy and policy advice on our findings
• Support individuals who are negatively impacted by climate change or mitigation measures to have an effective access to remedy
• Advocate protection for environmental human rights defenders, who can face various forms of violence and prosecution.
At the international level, NHRIs will:
• Play a ‘bridging’ role to support the exchange of information between policymakers, civil society and other stakeholders, including groups most affected by climate change
• Engage in national, regional and international processes to promote human rights-based action on climate change, including in relation to nationally determined contributions (NDCs) under the Paris Agreement.
In undertaking monitoring and reporting, NHRIs will:
• Report the findings of monitoring the human rights implications of climate change, including mitigation and adaptation measures, to national, international and regional human rights mechanisms
• Make monitoring results publicly available, including to climate action processes
• Collect disaggregated data and promote the participation of groups that can be particularly at risk to climate change, such as women and girls, elderly people, persons with disabilities and indigenous peoples
NHRIs will act cooperatively with:
• Existing environmental and climate initiatives, as well as movements that uphold human rights standards and principles
• NHRIs in their region and collectively through GANHRI
• The UN system, in particular OHCHR, UNDP and UNEP, recognizing the Secretary- General’s Call to Action for Human Rights.
NHRIs also committed to share knowledge and good practices, through building a group “NHRI Caucus” which will support GANHRI’s implementation of the outcome declaration.
In recognition of NHRIs’ critical role in promoting environmental rights and protecting human rights from environmental degradation, the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions (GANHRI) recently concluded an agreement with UNEP to support NHRIs implementation of the Outcome Statement, in particular to build the capacity of NHRIs in monitoring and reporting on climate change and other environmental issues.
SCOPE OF THE CONSULTANCY
To support NHRIs worldwide to make progress on the above-mentioned commitments, individually and collectively, GANHRI is looking for an experienced consultant.
The consultant shall develop a Practical Guidance for NHRIs on their role in monitoring and reporting on Human Rights and Climate Change and other Environmental Issues, in collaboration with the NHRIs Caucus and with UN partners (UNEP, OHCHR and UNDP). The guidance aims to be a methodological and tailored instrument that provides NHRIs a set of techniques and issues to be monitored and reported on Human Rights & Climate Change and other Environmental Issues. It also aims to address NHRIs’ engagement with international and regional human rights mechanisms such as the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) and the Human Rights Council (Special Procedures); with human rights treaty bodies and with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) processes including Nationally Determined Contributions, Action for Climate Empowerment, the Global Stocktake, the UNEA work and other environmental processes. This comprehensive and practical guidance is intended to be an innovative tool that provides a value-added methodology for NHRIs.
DETAILS OF THE ASSIGNMENT
In other not to duplicate but build up on what has been done and provide a practical and tailored instrument, the first phase of this assignment should focus on making a State of the Art of the NHRIs’ current tools and practises on the monitoring and reporting on Human Rights & Climate Change and other Environmental Issues, especially:
• Mapping the existing tools and good practises from the UN, CSOs and academia using a human rights- based approach to monitoring and reporting on Human Rights & Climate Change and other Environmental Issues that has been successfully developed, implemented and used by NHRIs
• Reviewing the engagement modalities for NHRIs at the COPs and related review mechanisms under the Paris Agreement (e.g. global stocktake)
• Identifying the opportunities including relevant Human Rights international and regional partners and processes in the area of Human Rights and Climate Change in which NHRIs can engage to grapple science and environmental issues in order to be able to monitor and report on concrete data about emissions, oceans, agriculture etc.
• Assessing the remaining needs of NHRIs in terms of awareness, knowledge and capacity – building to be tackled in the area of human rights and climate change
Following the outcomes of the first phase, the second phase of this assignment should then focus on:
• Defining the best format, nature, structure and content of the Practical Guidance (Tool)
• Developing of the initial draft of the tool and pilot testing with selected NHRIs
• Integrating feedbacks and findings of the pilot testing to develop a second draft of the tool
Following this first assignment, a third phase of this project that can be the subject of another consultancy contract, would include the development of the first interface of the community of practises and knowledge sharing platform for NHRIs, as follows:
• Creation of a first pilot tool and testing of tool, through webinars organised in collaboration with OHCHR, UNEP, UNDP and the NHRIs Caucus
• Compiling feedbacks and finalisation and launch of the tool
• Supporting webinar series development on the tool capacity building and the publication of report on the webinar series
The Consultant will work in close cooperation and collaboration with the UN partners and with NHRIs (Caucus) and will provide support to GANHRI team in liaising and coordinating with the partners.
Practical Guidance on NHRI’s monitoring and reporting on Human Rights and Climate Change and other Environmental Issues including an advocacy material and guidance documents on disaggregated data collection on inclusive participation of groups at risk in climate action.
REVIEW AND ANALYSIS
• Existing case studies on good practices on NHRIs’ human rights-based approach to climate change and other environmental issues
• Review and analysis of existing documentations/tools/reports, including the EPS/UNDP mapping
DEVELOPMENT OF THE PRACTICAL GUIDANCE
Outline and proposal on the tool format and structure
TOOL PILOT TESTING PROCESS
Selected NHRIs will be testing the initial draft tool and providefeedbacks and inputs to be incorporated
The consultant shall submit, together with the application, a note, which provides an overview of how the consultant understands the Terms of Reference (ToR) and intends to deliver the expected tasks. This note should include timelines for completing all the tasks the consultant will undertake during the assignment.
After an initial meeting with GANHRI, the successful applicant will identify those individuals and partners to be consulted and propose a more detailed methodology for the assignment. In addition, work outputs should be shared regularly with the GANHRI team to ensure alignment between the ToR and actual work completed.
ACTIVITIES AND TIMELINES (TO BE COMPLETED BY THE APPLICANT AS PER THE PROPOSAL)
• Estimated Time to Complete
• Detailed Activity & Output
The consultant will work collaboratively with the GANHRI team, similar regional groupings, and partners and will also be coordinating with the wider Call to Action group to ensure alignment with the broader Right to Environment framework. The Geneva Representative and the Operations Manager will provide the necessary oversight. The Human Rights Officer will provide assistance liaising with members and organising consultations.
The Consultant will regularly report back to GANHRI in writing and orally on the status of the activities and engagement with partners.
This consultancy is scheduled to run from June to September 2021 and should not exceed 60 working days in total.
REQUIRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE
• Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in law, human rights, political science, international relations, data science and collection, environmental studies or any related field.
• A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in human rights. Experience applying a human rights-based approach to climate change and other environmental issues is required
• Experience in human rights monitoring, analysis, advocacy and reporting is required
• Experience working with an international organization, NGO, or similar organization is desirable
• Demonstrated ability to deliver quality results within tight deadlines
• Working experience with or in National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs), global or regional networks, is an asset
• Fluency in English required. Spanish, French and Arabic – an asset
Interested consultants must submit the following documents / information to demonstrate their suitability for the assignment:
• CV and motivation letter
• Technical and financial proposal
• Three (3) references from previous employers/partners
The award of the contract shall be made to the consultant who has received the highest score based on technical (70% weight) and financial criteria (30%), specific to the consultancy.
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS
Submissions must be emailed to [email protected] and be received by 5pm (CEST) on 7th June 2021.
 GANHRI Strategic Plan 2020-2022: https://ganhri.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/GANHRI_Strategic-Framework_final.pdf
 UN Secretary General Call to Action by Anto´nio Guterres, United Nations Secretary-General
on the occasion of the seventy-fifth anniversary of the United Nations, see here : https://www.un.org/sg/sites/www.un.org.sg/files/atoms/files/The_Highest_Asperation_A_Call_To_Action_For_Human_Right_English.pdf
 Paris Agreement (https://unfccc.int/process-and-meetings/the-paris-agreement/the-paris-agreement)
 Example : Climate Change and Human Rights The Contributions of National Human Rights Institutions. A Handbook, German Institute for Human Rights – CIEL : https://www.ciel.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Climate-Change-and-Human-Rights_final.pdf