United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

National Parliamentary Legal Consultants/Advisors

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Job Description

 

The Modern Parliament for a Modern Armenia (MAP) UNDP project is designed to strengthen the National Assembly (NA) in its new and fundamentally enhanced role within the governance system in carrying out key functions of law-making, oversight, and representation. With a long-term goal of enhancing the overall effectiveness of the Parliament as a policy-making institution, the project is designed to support the newly elected National Assembly to take the advantage of the modern governance tools and mechanisms that are focusing on improved quality, transparency and inclusiveness of parliamentary operations and enhanced parliamentary capacity for gender-responsive policymaking.

The three components of the project are focused on the areas of Legislative capacity, Legislative transparency, and Legislative responsiveness. To that end, a three-stage strategy will be applied: (i) catalytic stage of needs assessment, strategic agenda-setting, and pilots of the designed approaches, (ii) full-fledged implementation of the strategic agenda, tested approaches and activities, (iii) evaluation of the implementation, policy recommendations, and project closure.

The MAP Project is inviting applications for the top legal experts in Armenia to help the NA and especially Standing Committee on State and Legal Affairs to fulfil their role examining the implication of laws and bylaws within the scope of the Constitution and the NA Rule of Procedure being the subject to oversight or amendments. The Consultants/Advisors will perform researches and analyses to support implementation of the project activities and achievement of results.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Consultants/Advisors will act under the overall supervision of UNDP MAP Project CTA and provide legal advice, draft legal documents and conduct research and analyses for the National Assembly of the Republic of Armenia and a selected number of local assemblies in the following areas, particularly:

Scope-1. Support enhancement of skills for legislative drafting:

  • Prepare and/or support committees in drafting laws, amendments and addenda to different laws;

  • Support the drafting of legal documents and legal briefs necessary for enhanced functioning (comprising but not limited to encouraged citizens’ participation such as organization of mobile committee sessions and public hearings, two-way communication with citizens, e-parliament and live streaming helping the committees with their legislative work);

  • Prepare and deliver required trainings

Scope-2. Providing legal assistance for functioning of the parliament’s secretariats, bodies and members of parliament (MPs).

  • Provide accurate and timely legal advice to the National Assembly on all issues relating to the mandate and responsibilities of the parliaments, including the role of the National Parliament in the political system, the Rules of Procedure (RoP), and relevant laws; advice on relationships with the other state institutions (ministries, local self-governments, independent scrutiny bodies etc.);

  • Provide Advisory Services to the UNDP MAP Project on opportunities and challenges in terms of enhancing legal framework for more efficient and participatory parliament.

Scope-3. Conduct research and analyses for relevant training for the NA:

  • Prepare comparative reviews/analyses of different parliamentary practices such as particular aspects of the Regulatory Impact Assessment (RIA);

  • Prepare and deliver trainings to both national and local assemblies on pertaining topics (such as on public hearings, rules of procedure, legislative drafting etc.) or present results of conducted research/analyses.

The Consultants/Advisers will be expected to offer the committees, parliamentary secretariat and the UNDP MAP Project team impartial advice, regardless of any personal or professional interest, and should avoid being seen to favour a viewpoint when dealing with contentious issues.

Main deliverables:

Legal documents, briefs and amendments prepared and delivered.

Per deliverable

Trainings on research/analyses findings prepared and delivered

Per event

Legal advice on all issues relating to parliaments’ mandate and responsibilities prepared and delivered

Per deliverable

Research on legal matters of relevance to parliaments and comparative review of parliamentary models performed and approved

Per deliverable

Note: Services under this assignment are needed on an intermittent and repetitive basis. For each single specific call-offs, the respective detailed TOR with specified outputs and applicable number of working days will follow in line with the main scope of works of the assignment.

Payment Mode:

A daily based payable modality is envisaged upon submission of deliverables and acceptance/approval by UNDP MAP Project CTA for each identified task (reflected in the agreed and signed specific TOR) and based on cumulative number of spent days.

Competencies

Core Values:

  • Integrity - Demonstrate consistency in upholding and promoting the values of UN in actions and decisions, in line with the UN Code of Conduct.

  • Professionalism - Demonstrate professional competence and expert knowledge of the pertinent substantive areas of work.

  • Cultural sensitivity and respect for diversity - Demonstrate an appreciation of the multicultural nature of the organization and the diversity of its staff. Additionally, the individual should have an international outlook, appreciating difference in values and learning from cultural diversity.

  • Political neutrality is imperative.

Core Competencies:

  • Planning & Organizing – Develops clear goals in line with agreed strategies, identifies priorities, foresees risks and makes allowances accordingly.

  • Organizational Awareness - Demonstrates corporate knowledge and sound judgment.

  • Teamwork - Demonstrates ability to work in a multi-stakeholder environment.

  • Accountability – Takes ownership of all responsibilities and delivers outputs in accordance with agreed time, cost and quality standards.

Functional competencies:

  • Excellent writing and analytical skills

  • Ability to work independently and well in teams and deliver under tight deadlines;

  • Excellent problem-solving skills and organizational skills;

  • Ability to facilitate, consult and negotiate with a broad range of stakeholders;

  • Strong inter-personal and communication skills;

  • Excellent reporting and presentation skills.

Required Skills and Experience

Education

  • An advanced Degree in Law with specialization in public law, constitutional law, administrative law or public Administration and local self-government.

Experience

  • At least 7 years of professional experience as a legal expert including academia, public administration or consultancy;

  • At least 5 years of experience in coaching/mentoring/assisting teams;

  • Experience of working with the National Assembly is an asset;

  • Proven professional experience in drafting legal acts for the public administration in Armenia and following through with the approval process;

  • Demonstrate a well-established expertise in the fields of the Armenian law;

  • Demonstrate a strong understanding of how legislation is drafted;

  • Be able to advise on the effects of legislation clearly and concisely, setting provisions in their legal and constitutional contexts.

  • Be incisive, articulate and able to draft quickly and clearly for both a specialist and a non-specialist audience.

Language Skills:

  • Fluency in Armenian and English is required (written and oral)

CANDIDATES WILL BE EVALUATED BASED ON THE FOLLOWING METHODOLOGY:

Candidates will be evaluated using a cumulative Analysis method taking into consideration the combination of the applicants' technical qualifications, experience and financial proposal. The contract will be awarded to the Individual Consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as technically responsive/compliant/acceptable to the requirements of the ToR and received the highest cumulative (technical and financial) score out of below defined technical and financial criteria.

Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 49 points in the technical evaluation would be considered for financial evaluation.

Technical Criteria - 70% of total evaluation - max. 70 points

Financial Criteria - 30% of total evaluation - max. 30 points.

DOCUMENTS TO BE INCLUDED WHEN SUBMITTING THE APPLICATION.

  • Financial Proposal and Availability form: OFFEROR’S LETTER TO UNDP (The financial proposal shall specify the professional fee per day. In addition, Applicant is required to indicate for which Scope (s) he/she is applying. It is possible to apply for multiple Scopes

  • CV shall include Education/Qualification, Processional Certification, Employment Records /Experience

  • Cover Letter – explaining why you are the most suitable for the work should be included in the Offeror’s letter.

General Conditions of Contract is available here: http://www.undp.org/content/dam/undp/documents/procurement/documents/IC%20-%20General%20Conditions.pdf.

Note: Please note you can upload only one document to this application (scan all documents in one single PDF file to attach).

Contact emails for Inquiries: ruzanna.hayrapetyan@undp.org; silva.abelyan@undp.org

Engagement of Government Officials and Employees

Government Officials or Employees are Civil Servants of UN Member States. As such, if they will be engaged by UN under an IC which they will be signing in their individual capacity (i.e., engagement is not done through RLA signed by their Government employer), the following conditions must be met prior to the award of contract:

  • A “No-objection” letter in respect of the individual is received from the Government employing him/her, and;

  • The individual must provide an official documentation from his/her employer formally certifying his or her status as being on “official leave without pay” for the duration of the IC.

The above requirements are also applicable to Government-owned and controlled enterprises and well as other semi/partially or fully owned Government entities, whether or not the Government ownership is of majority or minority status.

UN recognizes the possibility that there are situations when the Government entity employing the individual that UN wishes to engage is one that allows its employees to receive external short-term consultancy assignments (including but not limited to research institutions, state-owned colleges/universities, etc.), whereby a status of “on-leave-without-pay” is not required. Under such circumstance, the individual entering into an IC with UN must still provide a “No-objection” letter from the Government employing him/her. The “no objection” letter required under (i) above must also state that the employer formally certifies that their employees are allowed to receive short-term consultancy assignment from another entity without being on “leave-without-pay” status and include any conditions and restrictions on granting such permission, if any. The said document may be obtained by, and put on record of, UN, in lieu of the document (ii) listed above.

UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.
UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.
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