Background

The Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (NIALS) with the support of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) invites eligible Consultants to submit proposals of various tasks in support of the Access to justice and rule of law Project in North East Nigeria in the following categories:

       Category A:     Experts / Consultants

       Category B:     Services

       Category C:     Goods/Equipment

Additional information on Specific Areas under the three Categories and  Competencies

Category “A”

1.    Capacity Development and/or Transition and Sustainability Planning:

  • ·    Carry out capacity assessments or facilitate self-assessments of public institutions and/or Civil Society Organizations for development of strategic interventions for institutional strengthening;
  • .    Facilitate capacity development and/or transition planning processes with the participation of key stakeholders and partners;
  • ·    Based on capacity assessment, develop a prioritized Capacity Development Plan and or transition plan to achieve the milestones identified and address the identified capacity gaps;
  • ·    Develop target specific training tools/toolkits and manuals based on training needs assessment;
  • ·    Support the Country Office, national entities, partners and the relevant donor(s), in development of a transition plan in relevant contexts;
    ·    Capture and document capacity development results and lessons learnt in concise evidence based case studies;
  • ·    Conducting an in-depth analysis of the relevant legal, policy and regulatory frameworks for health and identify different options for government and / or civil society; and
  • ·    Contribute to the support for strengthening of systems for health by developing manuals, guidance, templates, tools,SOPs and trainings for the following areas: (1) Financial Management (2) Program Management and Contract Management; (3) Health Management Information Systems (MIS)and Monitoring and Evaluation; and (4) Human Resource Management in health and relevant sectors.

2. National Strategic Plan/Policy (for HIV, TB and/or malaria, NCDs, tobacco control), and funding Proposals development:

  • ·    Consult with stakeholders (government, civil society organizations and networks, communities, technical partners, etc.) to develop a National Strategic Plan (for HIV, TB and/or malaria, NCDs and tobacco control) and leading the writing and editing and costing of national strategic plans;
  • ·    Develop Global Fund Concept Notes (or other donor funding proposals) through a consultative and iterative process including key stakeholders.

3. Prevention and Control of Non-communicable diseases:

  • ·    Support analysis and conduct research and modeling on the economic burden and its distribution, of non-communicable diseases and the impact of key NCD and tobacco control interventions, including return-on-investment analysis of action on NCDs and tobacco control;
  • ·    Capture and document political and contextual factors relevant to national and local NCD/tobacco responses, including anti-corruption and policy incoherence, provide recommendations for stronger cross-sectoral responses, and support national entities to accelerate action;
  • ·    Support analysis and policy/technical advice on co-morbidities between NCDs and infectious diseases; and
  • ·    Facilitate capacity development on NCD/tobacco control governance, including through South-South cooperation modalities.

4. Financial Management:

  • ·    Effective and accurate financial resources management and oversight;
  • ·    Development of financial reporting tools for CSOs;
  • ·    Implementation of operational strategies and procedures;
  • ·    Programme budget management and proper control of accounts;
  • ·    Ensure close financial monitoring of the implementing partners;
  • ·    Support donor required financial reporting requirements;
  • ·    Facilitation of knowledge building and sharing in the project management team;
  • ·    Support the design of workflows between Sub Recipient (SR) or implementing partners, vendors and the finance unit of the Programme Management Unit (PMU);
  • ·    Support the design of workflows, based on UNDP internal control framework, between the PMU and the Country Office; and
  • ·    Support a Quality Assurance plan for SR or implementing partner financial reporting.

5.Health Emergencies:

  • ·    Support analysis, policy advice and technical support for the integration of pandemic preparedness into universal health coverage, disaster risk reduction and management processes and plans;
  • ·    Support assessments and technical support on compliance regarding the International Health Regulations;
  • ·    Support cross sectoral engagement during acute phase of health emergencies;
  • ·    Design and coordinate of epidemic impact assessments in mitigation planning; and
  • ·    Integrating vector management design, operational research, good practice support and capacity building.

6.Prevention and Control of Non-communicable diseases:

  • ·    Support analysis and conduct research and modeling on the economic burden and its distribution, of non-communicable diseases and the impact of key NCD and tobacco control interventions, including return-on-investment analysis of action on NCDs and tobacco control;
  • ·    Capture and document political and contextual factors relevant to national and local NCD/tobacco responses, including anti-corruption and policy incoherence, provide recommendations for stronger cross-sectoral responses, and support national entities to accelerate action;
  • ·    Support analysis and policy/technical advice on co-morbidities between NCDs and infectious diseases; and
  • ·    Facilitate capacity development on NCD/tobacco control governance, including through South-South cooperation modalities.

7.Addressing the Social, Economic and Environmental Determinants of Health:

  • ·    Support analysis, research, policy and programmatic work on the environmental determinants of health, including links to climate change, land degradation, pollution and/or urbanization;
  • ·    Develop, use and improve methods (including economic modeling) to capture spill-over/co-benefits of interventions across multiple SDG targets, to inform planning and budgetary decisions; and
  • ·    Support design, financing and operationalization of health-sensitive social protection, including through assessments, planning support and capacity building.

8.Rights, Laws, Key Populations:

  • ·    Support research, analysis, policy and programme work on law and policy reform, including through addressing punitive and promoting enabling legal and policy environments, universal coverage, and social protection; and
  • ·    Support analysis, policy advice and technical support on key HIV, TB and malaria populations, addressing stigma and discrimination, access to justice programming, removal/reducing of human rights and legal barriers to access services, promoting sustainable responses to HIV, TB and malaria (including through social contracting, capacity development and sustainability planning).

9. Treatment Access:

  • ·    Support research, analysis, policy advice and technical support to promote innovation and access to health technologies;
  • ·    Support policy advice and technical support on review and reform of regulatory, legal and policy frameworks, including IP, registration, licensing, competition, pharmaceutical production, procurement and pricing, selection and prioritization in order to increase access to health technologies;
  • ·    Support analysis, policy advice and technical support to mitigate possible harmful impacts of Treatment Access-plus provisions on access to treatment, while remaining compliant with international legal obligations; and

10.Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women and Girls:

  • ·    Conduct research and/or support programmatic activities on the prevention of gender based violence and support for survivors (including programme design, implementation and capacity building, Support analysis, resource mobilization, policy advice and technical support and facilitate processes focused on an enabling legal and policy environment for sexual and reproductive health and rights, including for youth and adolescents; and
  • ·    Support analysis, research and policy advice for gender equality mainstreaming in national HIV, SGBV and other health programmes, including engaging men and boys for gender equality.

11. Diversity Inclusive Development:

  • ·    Support analysis, research and policy advice for addressing violence and discrimination against people, including for reforming discriminatory laws, supporting efforts to protect individuals from discrimination, supporting and for addressing rights challenges including through law and policy reform, strengthening national institutions, education, trainings and other initiatives to respect, protect, promote and fulfil the human rights of all  people;
  • ·    Support research, analysis, policy advice and technical assistance and inclusive development, including through indicator and index development and implementation, data collection and analysis, generation of new data;
  • ·    Support research, work on Human rights and Rule of Law issues in regional and local contexts, including through capacity support to institutions and civil society; and
  • ·    Support evaluation of country work on Urgent related issues.

12. Communication Support:

  • ·    Research and write case studies, web news stories, and interviews drawn from UNDP /NIALs work;
  • ·    Provide research, analytical and writing support on communication related matters such as Op-Eds, press releases, news stories and blogs;
  • ·    Initiate, draft, edit communication multimedia materials, including press kits, fact sheets, infographics; and
  • ·    Write, edit and manage social media content to engage audiences.

Category “B”

Videography and Photography:

  • ·    Produce high quality videos and photographs aimed at raising visibility of UNDP amongst target audiences;
  • ·    Work with project Teams to identify success stories which creatively showcase results the impact of UNDP’s work through human-interest led stories;
  • ·    Develop and edit content for a wide range of audiences and distribution channels, including providing video broadcast audio and video quality and shorter videos for social media; and
  • ·    Shoot high quality and well composed images.

Competencies which applies to Category “A”

  • ·    Strategic vision, strong technical and analytical capabilities;
  • ·    Strong reporting and writing abilities;
  • ·    Ability to work in a team, develop synergies and establish effective working relations with government counterparts, donors, NGOs and other development partners;
  • ·    Strong interpersonal and communication skills, resourcefulness, initiative, maturity of judgment, tact, and negotiating skills, and the ability to cope with situations which may pose conflict;
  • ·    Integrity, modeled by the UN's values and ethical standards;
  • ·    Sensitivity and adaptability to culture, gender, religion, nationality and age;
  • ·    Openness to change and ability to receive/integrate feedback;
  • ·    Ability to accommodate additional demands on short notice;
  • ·    Ability to work under pressure and stressful situations;
  • ·    Ability to manage heavy workload and solve complex problems with minimum supervision;
  • ·    Excellent drafting and formulation skills; proven record of official reports or papers/studies in the selected area.
  • ·    Fluency in spoken and written English, knowledge of Kanuri/Hausa languages would be an asset.
  • ·    Full IT literacy;
  • ·    Ability to operate with on-line web-based applications;
  • ·    Knowledge and/or hands-on experience with the statistical or data-analysis software are an asset.

Competencies which applies to Category B and C

  • ·    Integrity, modeled by the UN's values and ethical standards;
  • ·    Sensitivity and adaptability to culture, gender, religion, nationality and age;
  • ·    Openness to change and ability to receive/integrate feedback;
  • ·    Ability to accommodate additional demands on short notice;
  • ·    Ability to work under pressure and stressful situations;
  • ·    Fluency in spoken and written English, knowledge of Kanuri/Hausa languages would be an asset.