Oxfam is an international confederation of 19 organizations working together with partners and local communities in more than 65 countries. One person in three in the world lives in poverty. Oxfam is determined to change that world by mobilizing the power of people against poverty. Around the globe, Oxfam works to find practical, innovative ways for people to lift themselves out of poverty and live a life with dignity. We save lives and help rebuild livelihoods when crisis strikes. We campaign so that the voices of the poor influence the local and global decisions that affect them. In all we do, Oxfam works with partner organizations and alongside vulnerable women and men to end the injustices that cause poverty. Oxfam also working together with local partners, private sector, academia and above all working in collaboration with relevant government bodies and ministries in putting its supreme efforts as a strong advocate to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
National Commission for Human Rights (NCHR) has been established under National Commission for Human Rights Act, 2012. The Commission is mandated to work for the promotion and protection of human rights with the powers to take suo-moto action on cases of human rights violation. The National Commission for Human Rights Act, 2012 stipulates a broad and overarching mandate for the promotion, protection and fulfillment of human rights, as provided for in Pakistan’s Constitution and international treaties. As an impartial state body, the NCHR works independently of the Government and is directly accountable to the Parliament of Pakistan. The primary functions and powers of the NCHR include, among others, to conduct investigations into allegations of human rights abuse(s), either on petitions filed by individuals or institutions, or through suo-moto action; review existing and proposed legislation in relation to human rights principles; carry out research and advise on policy matters pertaining to the situation of human rights in Pakistan; contribute to national human rights awareness-raising and advocacy initiatives in the country; review and report on the Government’s implementation and monitoring of the state of human rights; make technical recommendations and follow up on the implementation of treaty obligations and develop a national plan of action for the promotion, protection and fulfillment of human rights in Pakistan.
Human rights are the bedrock principles which underpin all societies where there is rule of law and democracy. Since the end of World War II, the core importance of human rights has been universally acknowledged. Governments and other duty bearers are under an obligation to respect, protect and fulfil human rights, which form the basis for legal entitlements and remedies in case of non-fulfilment. Without realization and protection of these rights, inherent human dignity cannot be protected and it remains questionable.
While understanding the importance and significance of human rights, Pakistan has remained active actor in the human rights movement at global level. Pakistan is state party to various treaties, covenants, statutes, protocols and conventions, declarations and principles along with institutions established to monitor their implementation. Pakistan has ratified seven out of the nine key human rights treaties. Pakistan's acquisition of its GSP+ status from the European Union requires compliance with 27 conventions covering Human Rights and Good Governance. These conventions cover obligations to protect and promote political, economic, sociocultural rights, eliminate gender-based and racial discrimination, eradicate torture and protect the rights of children and persons with disabilities. At national level, the Constitution guarantees fundamental rights from Article 8 to 28. In addition to this, Pakistan has established various national human rights institutes including National Commission for Human Rights, National Commission on the Status of Women and treaty implementation cells across all provinces.
State of Pakistan is to ensure inexpensive and expeditious justice enshrined in Article 37-d of the Constitution. There are many human rights protection/redressal entities and services available for access to justice and protection of the human rights established by the government of Pakistan. These entities function in isolation and there are deficiencies in consolidated and updated information, absence of adequate institutional collaboration and integration and unclarity in their functional roles and mandates. Resultantly, establishment of a coherent, up to date and comprehensive protection referral roadmap remains pertinent to ensure that services are adequately provided to citizens. NCHR has the mandate to ensure the redress and protection services to the citizens and is committed to address the challenges highlighted above. In order to strengthen the coordination mechanism and improve the service delivery, NCHR in collaboration with Oxfam GB in Pakistan to undertake a multi-layered study to develop improved and efficient human rights response mechanisms in the Islamabad Capital Territory in the first phase. The exercise will help NCHR to develop an effective coordination and referral mechanism for improved and efficient service delivery.
Following are the key objectives of the assignment;
The timeline of the assignment is 30 working days starting from signing of agreement.
The Consultant is required to report to Team Leader ARC Project.
The proposals will be evaluated through a competitive selection process. Following criteria will be followed.
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Oxfam’s vision is a just world without poverty: a world in which people can influence decisions that affect their lives, enjoy their rights, and assume their responsibilities as full citizens of a world in which all human beings are valued and treated equally. Oxfam in Pakistan has been working in the country since 1973. In the Pakistan, our goal is to contribute to the eradication of poverty by supporting women and other vulnerable groups in saving lives and building livelihoods, enhancing their resilience to crises, shocks and stresses, and making their voices heard to hold duty-bearers accountable.