Strategic Litigation and Non-Discrimination Expert

Published: 13.04.2020 13:13:58
Deadline: 17.04.2020 23:59:59 The deadline for applications has expired
Salary: According to the interview results
Location: Bishkek
Type of involvement: full time

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BACKGROUND: The UN Human Rights Office in Central Asia (OHCHR ROCA) is currently implementing the Judicial and Social Equality Programme (JSEP), funded by the European Union’s Instrument for Stability (IfS) and the Peacebuilding Fund (PBF). The programme is designed to comprehensively address inequality and discrimination issues in Kyrgyzstan, with a specific focus on establishing an environment conducive for human rights-compliant countering and prevention of violent extremism. A crucial part of the programme focuses on engendering adequate responses of Kyrgyzstan’s judiciary to discrimination-related legal issues. The programme for this purpose will implement a long-term learning programme for human rights lawyers and defenders from Kyrgyzstan on strategic litigation, focusing on issues of discrimination and ensuring equality. This learning programme consists of two elements. (1) Human rights lawyers and defenders are going to be exposed to a comprehensive strategic litigation school, consisting of seven multi-day trainings on the topic of strategic litigation, non-discrimination and human rights in the context of countering and prevention of violent extremism in various locations of Kyrgyzstan. (2) Participants of the school and other interested parties are eligible for ongoing support in their litigation efforts of strategically relevant cases. In order to ensure successful implementation of both the (1) strategic litigation school and the (2) ongoing strategic litigation support, the UN Human Rights Office in Central Asia requires the services of an individual consultant with specific experience in strategic litigation and human rights.

Qualification requirements

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS

  • University degree in Law
  • Minimum 5 years of work experience in strategic litigation and human rights related work, on both the national and international level
  • Demonstrated experience on cases related to combatting discrimination;
  • At least 3 years’ experience in couching/mentoring of lawyers and students on human rights issues.
  • Fluency in Russian.

Duties

The objectives of the assignment are three-fold:

1. Help ensure implementation of strategic litigation school in Kyrgyzstan by way of assuming the function of experts and facilitator throughout all learning activities of the school

2. Provide technical and substantive support to human rights lawyers and defenders for the development of strategic litigation aimed at eliminating discrimination and ensuring human rights in the context of countering and prevention of violent extremism. This is include strategic litigation retreats in order to enable human rights lawyers and defenders to proficiently litigate discrimination, inequality and violent extremism cases in Kyrgyzstan with a view to increase relevant case law.

SCOPE OF WORK

Under the supervision of the OHCHR Human Rights Officer, and guidance provided by the OHCHR Programme Coordinator the individual consultant will be engaged in the following areas of work: Implementation of the Strategic Litigation School (16 effective person days)

The individual consultant will act as a trainer and facilitator in all four (4) three-day training sessions of the strategic litigation school in various locations of Kyrgyzstan. This work includes:

  • preparation of training materials in coordination with all other trainers and the UN Human Rights Office, including programme, training materials and other handouts as well as preparing examination material;
  • conduction of specific sessions during the trainings, in coordination with the UN Human Rights Office, including both substantive sessions as well as interactive sessions for discussing litigation strategies;
  • Preparation of an outcome report for each training;

Provision of ongoing litigation support (36 effective person days)

The individual consultant is required to provide continuous and ad-hoc advisory support to human rights lawyers and defenders trained in the strategic litigation school in at least ten (10) strategically important cases. This includes:

  • To help develop, initiate and litigate strategically important cases, based on the recommendation of, and discussion with the UN Human Rights Office in Central Asia.
  • To substantively support the process of ongoing litigation, address written and oral questions of human rights lawyers and defenders arising in connection with their litigation efforts;
  • To provide recommendations for enhancing the litigation, such as providing written commentary to draft documents relevant to court cases, consulting human rights defenders and lawyers orally on issues relevant to their cases;
  • To prepare a comprehensive file and report for all advisory services rendered, if applicable jointly with other involved parties.

Preparation and tracking of assignments for independent work of participants between trainings (14 working days) Preparation of four training sessions for independent work for participants:

  • Development of four types of homework for school participants (including topics from previous trainings, theoretical and practical tasks);
  • Monitoring of homework by participants, maintaining feedback with participants;
  • Prepare outcome reports, if applicable jointly with other involved parties. As a final result of the work the IC holder will prepare a final analytical report, including all information gathered and an analysis of litigation, including both substantially and statistically. (6 effective person days)

Conditions

ll interested candidates should submit cover letter, confirmation of interest and filled in P-11 form in English with indication of position title not later than 15.00, 17 April 2020 to: procurement_roca@ohchr.org. Applications missing P-11 will not be considered.

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Управление Верховного комиссара ООН по правам человека (УВКПЧ) олицетворяет собой стремление мирового сообщества к достижению всеобщих идеалов человеческого достоинства и отвечает за поощрение и защиту прав человека во всем мире.

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