Consultancy - Human Rights Institutional Support | PAK-NGOs
Background & Description

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. With support from the German Federal Foreign Office, DRI Pakistan is currently implementing a project entitled “Consolidating Democratic Stability in Pakistan”. The overall objective of the project is to strengthen local constituencies, both on the governmental and non-governmental side, to consolidate the democratic transition process in Pakistan, specifically with a view to human rights protection and effective, decentralised governance.

Context  

According to the EU’s 2018 GSP+ review report, Pakistan’s overall human rights situation remains largely precarious and even worsened in some cases. A lack of political will and institutional weaknesses are key challenges on the way to improving human rights protection in Pakistan. Yet, some  developments are significant, including the establishment of Treaty Implementation Cells (TICs), the founding of national and sub-national human rights institutions, and the formulation of the National Action Plan for Human Rights (NAP-HR). The government has also established a National Task Force (including its provincial chapters) to pursue the implementation of the NAP-HR.

DRI, under its ‘Consolidating Democratic Stability in Pakistan’ project, has devised a strategy to support Pakistan’s human rights institutions, thereby enabling them to play an active role in the promotion and protection of human rights. DRI now seeks the services of a Pakistan-based ‘Human Rights Institutional Support Expert’ to facilitate DRI’s Pakistan team in providing technical support to improve the policy delivery of Pakistan’s provincial human rights bodies.

Your duties and responsibilities:

DRI requires expert services on flexible terms to address strategic needs of sub-national human rights structures. Key tasks and deliverables will be defined based on the institutions’ strategic needs assessment, particularly in the following key areas:

  1. Provide technical inputs, in line with international standards and best practices, to bring improvement to systems and strategies of provincial human rights institutions;
  2. Design and facilitate/organise policy engagement sessions/meetings/workshops to improve capacities and efficiency in services delivery of provincial human rights bodies;
  3. Design and produce briefing papers on the role of human rights institutions to ensure a high degree of human rights protection, in compliance with international standards and best practices.
Requirements and Skills
  • University degree in Human Rights/ International Law/ Political Science or equivalent;
  • Excellent understanding of international human rights frameworks and mechanisms in comparison with Pakistan’s relevant policies, laws and systems;
  • Excellent communication, research and writing skills;
  • Demonstrated experience in engaging/working with public institutions.
How to Apply

If you are interested in this position, please send your application (cover letter and CV) to asia@democracy-reporting.org. Please include “Pakistan: Human Rights Expert” in the subject line and refer to the source you have found this opportunity. 

About Organization

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 has been operating in Pakistan since 2010. It supports Pakistani stakeholders in undertaking electoral reforms, human rights compliance and strengthening parliamentary institutions. DRI has been working with the federal parliament, the provincial assemblies, the Pakistan Institute for Parliamentary Affairs (PIPS), the National Commission for Human Rights (NCHR) and the Sindh Human Rights Commission (SHRC).