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Research Coordinator (VA.No. RO-03/2017(P)-Extended

หมดเขตวันที่ : 07 สิงหาคม 2017

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

Regional Office for South-East Asia

Vacancy Announcement No. RO-03/2017(P)-Extended   

 

Position Title:

Research Coordinator

 

Contractual period:

5 months

 

 

Date Issued of the Announcement:

13 July 2017

 

Fee Proposed:

USD 20,000

 

Report To:

Regional Protection Officer (Statelessness)

 

 

Closing Date of the Announcement:

07 August 2017

 

 

Section:

Protection Unit

 

Duty Station:

Regional Office for South-East Asia in Bangkok, Thailand

Contractual Status:

Individual Contractor Contract

 

Project Title: Promoting inclusion and sustainable development in building the ASEAN Community through ensuring the recognition of the legal identity of all women and children in ASEAN

 

Duration of this assignment and dates:          15/08/2017 (TBC) to 31/12/2017

 

General Background of Project or Assignment:

 

At the 13th Meeting of the ASEAN Commission on the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Women and Children (“ACWC”) in Singapore, a Project was adopted on inclusion and sustainable development in building the ASEAN Community through ensuring the recognition of the legal identity of all women and children in ASEAN. The Project will be implemented as part of the ACWC’s Work Plan 2016 – 2020 and is led by ACWC Viet Nam.  The project aims to implement the recommendations from three joint workshop on these issues co-hosted by ACWC Viet Nam and UNHCR.

 

The rationale behind the project is that undocumented women and children are often vulnerable to being left behind and can be unable to benefit from sustainable development. ASEAN Member States (“AMS”) are making significant progress in promoting inclusion of vulnerable groups and increasing sustainable development by increasing the recognition of the legal identity of women and children, primarily through increasing civil registration coverage and access to identity documentation as well as preventing statelessness and realizing the right to a nationality through the implementation of national laws. These developments contribute to the implementation of the relevant provisions of the Convention on Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (“CEDAW”) and the Convention on the Rights of the Child (“CRC”), which all AMS are Parties to. Further progress in these areas has an important role to play in contributing to the ASEAN Community Vision 2025 and the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community (“ASCC”) Blueprint and the ASEAN Regional Plans of Action on the Elimination of Violence against Children and Women. It will also facilitate the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals.

 

The Project aims at contributing to the enhancement of the ACWC’s capacity in these areas and to promote the implementation of the relevant provisions in the CEDAW and CRC for women and children in ASEAN. The project has 3 workstreams: research (2017-2018); national and regional capacity building (2019), and; sharing of good practices and project documentation online (2017-2019).

 

UNHCR’s Regional Office in Thailand has agreed to support the ACWC’s implementation of this project in 2017.  This will include making  supporting ACWC Viet through contracting a Research Coordinator who will be responsible for developing and coordinating the research phase of the Project and undertaking desk-based research. The study will focus on inclusion, sustainable development and the building of the ASEAN Community through increasing civil registration coverage and access to identity documentation, preventing statelessness and realizing the right to a nationality through the implementation of national laws. The first part of the research phase will be implemented between 15 August 2017 and 31 December 2017 (TBC).  The second part of the research phase, which will include reviewing the completed questionnaires from national focal points, the drafting of and consultation on a research report, will be implemented between 1 January 2018 and 31 December 2018. The coordination of the second part of the research phase is planned to be the subject to a separate individual contractor agreement.

 

The findings from the research will support the Project’s second and third which focus on national and regional capacity building and the exchange on good practices between AMS.

 

Purpose and Scope of Assignment:

 

The purpose of the Individual Contractor’s role is to design and coordinate a study on inclusion and sustainable development and the building of the ASEAN Community through increasing civil registration coverage and access to identity documentation, preventing statelessness and realizing the right to a nationality for women and children in ASEAN through the implementation of national laws, as well as to undertake specific desk-based research. The Research Coordinator will implement the research phase of the Project in close collaboration with ACWC Representatives, nominated National Focal Points and project partners.

 

The research phase will include:

 

  1. Identification of the content of the relevant national legal frameworks and jurisprudence and potential actions that can be taken in order to further implement the relevant provisions of CRC and CEDAW, taking into account any relevant reservations entered by AMS and respecting the sovereignty of each AMS.

 

  1. Identification and sharing of good practices and lessons learnt, including bilateral cooperation between AMS, the development of relevant policies and national strategies, measures to further realize these objectives for women and children or address the situation of vulnerable women and children who are undocumented or who do not yet fully enjoy their legal identity.

 

  1. Identification of good practices and lessons learned in the areas for research in other regions, including Europe, the Americas and Africa.

 

  1. Identification of areas for further capacity building at regional and national levels.

 

The Individual Contractor will be required to take the following steps:

 

  1. Undertake a desk analysis of secondary sources;
  2. Devise a research questionnaire and report outline;
  3. Plan and lead the facilitation of the Preparation Workshop for national focal points and ACWC Representatives (date TBC)
  4. Finalize the research questionnaire taking into account the feedback received, including at the Preparation Workshop;
  5. Provide support to national focal points and ACWC Representatives in the completion of the research questionnaire.
  6. Undertake desk-based research relating to good practices and lessons learned in the areas of research in other regions.

 

Monitoring and Progress Controls:

 

Progress requirements

Due date

  1. Workplan for the Research Phase of the Project (2017 and 2018)

Within 2 weeks of the start of the assignment

  1. Concept Note and Agenda for the Preparation Workshop

Within 3 weeks of the start of the assignment

  1. Draft Research questionnaire and Research Report outline

Within 5 weeks of the start of the assignment

  1. Coordinate and contribute to the facilitation of the Preparation Workshop (Viet Nam, 2 days)

TBC

  1. Finalize  research questionnaire

Within 3 weeks of the end of the Preparation Workshop.

  1. Supporting National Focal Points/ACWC Representatives to complete the research questionnaires

To 31 December 2017

  1. Finalize desk review of secondary sources in ASEAN and in relation to good practices in other regions

1 December 2017

  1. Report of the work undertaken in 2017 and recommendations for 2018

31 December 2017

 

Definition of the Final Product:

 

1.   Workplan for the Research Phase of the Project produced

2.   Research questionnaire and draft report outline produced and finalized following consultation.

3.   Preparation Workshop devised and facilitation coordinated and undertaken.

4.   Distribution of the research questionnaire and support to national focal points in the completion of the research questionnaire.

5.   Desk analysis of secondary sources on the research topic in ASEAN and in relation to good practices in other regions produced.

6.   Report of the work undertaken in 2017 and recommendations for 2018

 

Qualification and Experience of the Individual Contractor:

 

a.        Education

Advanced University Degree in Law, International Relations, Human Rights and/or Social Sciences

 

b.        Work experience

    Essential

·           At least 7 years of experience of working in matters relating to women and children’s right to birth registration, documentation, inclusion, legal identity and nationality.

·           Knowledge of statelessness, human rights, and related international norms and standards and knowledge of relevant national laws, policies, rules and procedures;

·           Familiarity with regional human rights mechanisms in ASEAN;

·           Proven experience of devising research methodologies and conducting research in related areas including the delivery of a high-quality final product.

 

    Desirable

·           Experience of working with government and international organizations, preferably in ASEAN, is highly desirable.

 

c.         Skills

·           Ability to coordinate and undertake collaborative research.

·           Ability to provide a concise, accurate and accessible analysis of regional and country issues.

·           Excellent inter-personal and team-working skills

·           Ability to be flexible

·           Excellent drafting skills in English, negotiation and working in a multi-cultural and multi-functional teams.

 

d.        Languages

Fluency in spoken and written English.  Fluency in one or more national language in the region is desirable.

 

 

Please submit sample of research/publication in related scope and Curriculum Vitae indicating the vacancy announcement number and position title to: tharobkk@unhcr.org

 

Applications will not be acknowledged.  Only the successful candidate will be notified of the outcome of the selection process.