Thinking of a Career in Emergency Management?
- BY Nicole Pelette
Rapid and continued economic dynamism has translated into growth and reduced poverty levels in several countries in Asia and the Pacific. Greater foreign direct investments and capital movements, accentuated by higher regional mobility are reasons for further optimism in regional growth. This progress has often come at the expense of the human rights of minorities, marginalized and disadvantaged and at-risk groups in the interest of investments and financial gains.
The UNDP Asia-Pacific, Governance and Peacebuilding Team, Business and Human Rights Unit, is engaged in promoting the implementation of the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGP). The UNGP clarifies the duty of states and the responsibility of businesses to uphold international norms and treaties on human rights. These Guiding Principles rest on three pillars: 1) the State’s duty to protect human rights; 2) the corporate responsibility to respect human rights and; 3) the joint-responsibility of both the State and businesses sector to provide access to remedy for victims of business-related abuses.
Momentum supporting the implementation of the UNGP through National Action Plans (NAPs) is developing rapidly in the region. Government of India launched the National Voluntary Guidelines (NVGs) on Economic, Social and Environmental conduct of businesses in 2011, and is currently reviewing the Guidelines. The Guidelines, now known as National Guidelines (NGs) on Responsible Business Conduct are likely to serve as the first step in India’s effort and commitment to developing a National Action Plan (NAP) on Business & Human Rights. An impetus for responsible business conduct has been noted among the Indian businesses, particularly after the new provisions for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in the Companies Act in the year 2013. Additionally, leading national and multi-national corporations are embedding human rights due diligence approaches into their operational policies and corporate communication profiles. At the same time, the civil society organizations and the National Human Rights Institutions have been actively working to hold corporates accountable on their human rights impacts. In nut-shell, it is an opportune moment and environment to promote implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights in the country.
Based on the findings from the inception phase period, UNDP proposes to develop and implement the regional project, to which this consultancy is attached to Business and Human Rights in Asia: Promoting Responsible Business Practices through Regional Partnerships.
The goal of this project is to promote the implementation of the UN Guiding Principles in Asia through regional efforts focused on advocacy, policy development, technical advisory support, capacity building, awareness raising, innovation platforms, regional peer learning events, and South-South cooperation. Based on a year-long scoping and piloting phase, funded by the Regional Development Cooperation Section at the Embassy of Sweden in Thailand, the proposed project will be implemented by the UNDP Bangkok Regional Hub in collaboration with UNDP Country Offices in the region and in partnership with regional initiatives, National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs), Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), other UN agencies, and the UN Working Group on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises (UNWG).
Duties and Responsibilities
This position will work under the supervision of Joint Secretary, Ministry of Corporate Affairs, Government of India; Human Rights Focal Point, UNDP India; and Business and Human Rights Specialist, UNDP Bangkok Regional Hub.
The assignment will be structured around the following four (4) deliverables:
Scope of Work
The Project Assistant shall focus on four main workstreams:
Provide support to the Ministry of Corporate Affairs, Government of India in advancing the UNGPs and SDGs in India, including:
Provide support in increasing awareness and strengthening capacity of relevant stakeholders on business and human rights in the country through workshops, seminars and other events, including:
Prepare reports and documents as necessary for internal and external reporting, including:
Provide support to the Business and Human Rights Unit in Bangkok Regional Hub, India Country Office in effective implementation of the project
Required Skills and Experience
Language Requirements: Fluency in written and oral Hindi and English