Call for Consultancy – Senior International Consultant – Legal Environment Assessment – Mauritius
Call for Consultancy
Legal Environment Assessment – Mauritius
Mauritius is embarking on a national LEA to review laws, regulations and policies, access to justice and law enforcement in the context of HIV, to identify the nature and extent of stigma, discrimination, gender inequality, gender-based violence and human rights abuses affecting people living with HIV and key populations.
In this regard, we are hiring a Senior International consultant set up an LEA Task Team to provide research, analytical, coordination, implementation and writing support throughout the process of the national LEA.
Duties and responsibilities
The role of the Senior International consultant of the LEA Task Team is to:
- facilitate the implementation of the LEA by liaising with the Technical Working Group;
- develop the inception report/concept note and the final report in partnership with the Technical Working Group and in consultation with key stakeholders;
- coordinate the implementation of the LEA with the Technical Working Group and involved key stakeholders by ensuring that their feedback is considered;
- conduct a desk review to examine all HIV-related laws and policies as well as other laws relevant in the context of HIV, human rights and public health; and
- conduct focus group discussions and stakeholder consultations.
The responsibilities of the Senior International consultant of the LEA Task Team may include:
- implementing the national LEA in accordance with national priorities and recommended guidance, as a multi-disciplinary reference group;
- ensuring relevant ethical approval is sought and achieved as required;
- overseeing the quality of the research process—for example, by ensuring informed consent and that due confidentiality is protected throughout every stage of the process;
- drafting the inception report, final report and other summary policy briefs or specific thematic briefs as required according to the accepted methodology;
- thoroughly referencing the sources of information (e.g. literature review materials, interviews etc.);
- being responsive to the ongoing technical support from the Technical Working Group and peer review feedback throughout the process;
- reviewing and endorsing the LEA recommendations and supporting action planning to strengthen the legal and policy environment for HIV;
- reporting back on the outcomes of the process to key stakeholders; and
- collaborating in the process or forum for ongoing monitoring of the outcomes of the legal and policy framework, with the involvement of key stakeholders.
Scope of work
The national LEA should cover:
- a review of all international, regional and national human rights obligations and commitments, particularly those relevant in the context of HIV and AIDS;
- a review of all relevant current or proposed national laws, including common law, statutory law, case law, customary law and regulations; policies and codes of conduct relevant to HIV and/or to key populations;
- a review of relevant strategies and planning documents relating to HIV, health and other key sectors and populations at higher risk of HIV exposure, such as national strategic plans on HIV, national gender strategies, national disability frameworks etc.; and
- research, reports and case studies relating to HIV-related legal and human rights issues, such as:
- Stigma Index studies detailing the nature and extent of HIV-related stigma and discrimination;
- research, reports, submissions and case studies by civil society organizations—for example, on knowledge, attitudes and practices of communities, service providers, lawmakers and law enforcers; reports on stigma and discrimination, advocacy on HIV-related laws, access to justice and law enforcement issues within the country etc.;
- research and reports by statutory institutions (e.g. Human Rights Commission or Law Commission) on HIV, legal and human rights issues including the implementation and enforcement of laws and policies; and research and reports by international organizations (e.g. Human Rights Watch, UN organizations) on HIV, legal and human rights issues.
Qualifications and competencies for the Senior International consultant:
- A strong educational background in law such as international law and/or human rights law, public health and HIV law.
- Advanced knowledge and work experience of assessing and developing legal, regulatory and policy frameworks to respond to health, specifically HIV and AIDS, is required. Also, experience in conducting research, including developing interview and focus group discussion tools and conducting interviews, as well as desk research is required.
Individuals of the Task Team should be free of any conﬂict of interest and neutral towards the issues being screened by the LEA process.
Deadline for application: 22nd September 2017