Consultancy On Rapid Capacity Needs Assessment for The Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission

Deadline: 12 noon 17 October 2016

The Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission (ZHRC) is a national hybrid human rights institution with a strong mandate to assume a primary role in the protection, promotion of human rights and administrative justice in the country.  To continue strengthening the work of the ZHRC in the country a new four-year project (2016-2020) entitled “Strengthened access to quality inclusive and responsive human rights delivery in Zimbabwe” has been launched in partnership with UNDP.  Due to the specialised nature of the ZHRC as a National Human Rights Institution, it is important that the Commissioners and Secretariat are equipped with relevant and comprehensive knowledge, skills and technical expertise for the delivery of their functional positions. To ensure this, continuous tailor made learning through various modes and linked to functional delivery for the Commissioners and Secretariat is critical which should cater for both short term and longer term needs of the Commission to ensure sustained growth.

Assignment objective
The overall objective of the assignment is to carry out a rapid capacity needs assessment to identify capacity development gaps and institutional, technical and functional needs of the Commissioners, Secretariat and thematic working groups, which are core for the delivery of the mandate of the ZHRC. Additionally, a capacity support strategy will be expected with clear recommendations for the ZHRC.

Scope of the assignment
The scope of this assignment is limited to the Commission, Secretariat and Thematic Working Groups; The assignment shall be rapid yet comprehensive and consultative; The consultation shall involve both internal and external stakeholders as necessary; The assignment shall look at all critical areas and functions of the Commission departments in both Programmes and Administration departments and identify gaps.

Participatory techniques and other approaches for gathering and analysing data should be paramount in the assessment. The Methodology of the assignment must show that the assessment is a set of activities and not a solution. In addition, it must define desired capacities through assessing capacity assets and strengths, needs and gaps that will be used to design a framework for capacity support strategy.

Deliverables and reporting arrangements
An inception report submitted within five working days of signing the contract (detailing the work-plan, literature reviewed, stakeholders to be met, checklists and questionnaires, reports to be produced and an indication (Methodology) of how the Consultant (s) intends to carry out the assignment.); Draft Capacity Needs Assessment Report detailing initial findings and Capacity Development Strategy which includes a comprehensive training plan; A validation report/minute of the Draft Capacity Needs Assessment; Final Capacity Needs Assessment Report and Capacity Development Strategy.

Duration of assignment
This assignment will be conducted over 45 days

Reporting arrangements
The consultants will be reporting to the Executive Secretary of the Commission through the Human Resources Focal Person. The consultant(s) will also liaise closely with UNDP through the Programme Specialist for Justice and Human Rights and the Assistant Resident Representative of the Governance and Gender Mainstreaming Unit.

Competencies and qualifications
Education and Training Master’s degree in Law, International Human Rights, International Relations, Political Science, or related field; A higher post graduate qualification will be a distinct advantage

Experience and knowledge
A minimum of 7 years’ experience in Human Rights and a Law environment; Demonstrable experience in research and analysis; Demonstrates practical knowledge in capacity development approaches; Displays knowledge of human rights processes, procedures and international best standards; Experience working in a multi-cultural and/or international work environment; Experience in capacity building initiatives; Demonstrable experience in monitoring and evaluation; Knowledge of working with National Human Rights Institutions is an added advantage

Organisational awareness; Working in Teams; Communicating Information and Ideas; Self-management and Emotional Intelligence; Conflict Management / Negotiating and Resolving Disagreements; Knowledge Sharing / Continuous Learning; Appropriate and Transparent Decision Making

To apply
Technical and financial proposals (separately) clearly marked: “Proposal for Enhanced Capacity Needs Assessment for Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission”, should be emailed

For any inquiries kindly contact the Human Resources Director on 04-700710