|A number of countries in the Asia Pacific region have made a concerted push towards economic growth leading to unprecedented achievements in the reduction of poverty. However, while overall statistics have improved, much of that growth is characterised by increasing inequality. In many areas of the region, instances of hunger have actually risen. |
One of the most catalytic and sustainable responses to inequality, hunger, and poverty is to ensure that poor people have decent jobs and income to buy the food and services they need, and are empowered to demand accountability from institutions that hold a duty towards them. Empowering the poor and marginalised to claim and access social and economic rights, and extending the protections and opportunities of the rule of law to their efforts, can greatly affect an individual or a family’s economic and human development.
In 2011, the UNDP Asia-Pacific Regional Centre will support UNDP’s commitment to accelerating progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The APRC Democratic Governance team will develop a detailed ‘ways and means’ document elaborating pathways for protection and realisation of economic and social rights in order to accelerate MDG achievement in the region.
Duties and Responsibilities
|Objectives of the Assignment |
1. Coordinate research and publication processes for the UNDP APRC ‘Ways and Means’ document focusing on the realization of economic and social rights to accelerate MDG achievement in the region: The ‘Ways and Means’ document and research project will examine certain legal ‘strategies’ for claiming economic and social rights, in the context of MDG acceleration. These will include public interest litigation, legal aid services, remedy for grievance, community organisation, and others. The consultant will identify collaborative partners, within and external to UNDP APRC. The Consultant will develop concept notes and TORs and coordinate contracting for background papers and assist with the background and synthesis of research. Where possible, components (modules) of the paper should be shared at or shall contribute to regional events and other relevant initiatives, such as MDG regional reports, regional forums, or other.
2. Implement knowledge management processes for the justice and human rights team: UNDP APRC’s justice and human rights team is developing a number of publications and knowledge products as well as managing the ap-a2j email network and related COP and a web portal. The consultant will oversee the KM processes including knowledge management review committee approval, design and layout, as well as procurement processes with publishers for the publications in the pipeline. The Consultant will provide support to the ap-a2j community of practice by maintain the Asia-Pacific Access to Justice Network as well as finalizing the A2J portal and will identify opportunities for interface with teamworks.
3. Develop justice and human rights team response to the Access to Justice Consortium General Assembly and LEAP Regional Meeting, hosted in Chiang Mai early August 2011 as well the LEAP Regional Meeting which will take place in Mongolia. This will include developing concept note and inputs from UNDP, coordinating civil society participation with the organizers, preparing UNDP substantive inputs to the meeting.
Scope of Work
1. Coordinate research and publication processes for the ‘Ways and Means’ publication:
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UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.
Justice Research Analyst at Bangkok, Thailand