Terms of Reference – Local Consultant Research Adviser   Position: Research Adviser on Rule of Law and Human Rights Location: East Yangon University and Dagon University (Yangon) Assignment: 21 worki…

Terms of Reference – Local Consultant Research Adviser


Position: Research Adviser on Rule of Law and Human Rights

Location: East Yangon University and Dagon University (Yangon)

Assignment: 21 working days over a period of 7 months

Application deadline: 19 April 2019

Indicative starting date: 1 June 2019

Supervisor: Senior Legal Adviser

 1) Background


The Denmark-Myanmar Programme on Rule of Law and Human Rights (2016-2020) (hereinafter Programme) supports the Union Attorney General’s Office (UAGO), the Office of the Supreme Court of the Union (OSCU), lawyers, CSOs as well as the law departments of Dagon and East Yangon Universities in strengthening capacities on core aspects of rule of law and human rights and supporting reform in relevant areas. The programme which has a total grant of DKK 70 million (approximately USD 11 million) is based on participatory approaches supporting partners to identify their own needs and priorities and taking lead in implementation of activities


The governance of the programme is based on joint decision-making with partners through co-chaired Steering Committees. The programme is part of the Denmark-Myanmar Country Programme (2016-2020) endorsed by a bilateral government-to-government agreement between Myanmar and Denmark as well as MoUs with all key stakeholders. A Joint Venture (JV) comprised of the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) and the Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR) has been contracted to provide technical assistance to the programme through a team of experts supporting implementation.


 2) Description of the Assignment

The law faculties from programme’s partner Universities, Dagon University and East Yangon University are going to conduct applied legal research projects under their 2019 work plans with the programme. Research is crucial for all fields of knowledge. Academic research promotes evidence-based knowledge that can be used to propose practical and sustainable changes. Human rights research can contribute to the improvement of the human rights situation in different countries. Academic legal human rights research is crucial for influencing how the rule of law is considered, applied or even contested in given domestic contexts. However, researchers have limited capacity in developing research problems, research questions, appropriate research methods, in-depth legal analysis and writing papers with proper citation formatting.


Supporting the capacity building of research at Law Faculties aims at securing that a critical mass of independent legal knowledge on human rights is produced to inform the protection and promotion work of the state and civil society. Human rights research also serves as a basis for high quality teaching on human rights at universities where human rights practitioners (civil servants, judges, lawyers, etc.) are educated. Thus, the purpose of research is to increase the research capacity of law faculties of East Yangon University and Dagon University, including data collection, in-depth legal analysis, comparative legal analysis and evidence-based policy making in both institutions. The primary objective of the Consultant’s assignment is to provide technical advice and quality assurance. Importantly, the consultant will not be delivering the research themselves but will be advising and supporting the university researchers, in particular on the design, implementation, write-up, and dissemination of the research.


Towards this end, the technical consultant will also be responsible for delivering a 3 days training workshop and 2 days of face to face coaching in person with approximately seven members of the law faculties on research methodology, research design, data analysis, report writing, publication, or a topic related to applied legal research. The specific design and topic of the training will be determined in collaboration between the consultant and the Programme team. 


Given the need for continual technical support over 7 months, the assignment requires an ongoing, flexible commitment to deliver one 3 day workshop, and one two-day face to face session, with dates for each output to be fixed based on the specific needs for each research project.


The local consultant will be expected to work independently in the ongoing mentoring support to the 7 researchers and manage the deliverables against the deadlines agreed while working closely with the Programme Senior Researchers (Senior Legal Advisor and National Legal Adviser) working with the two Universities. 



 3) Deliverables


The deliverables of the assignment are:

Strengthen the legal research capacity of 7 researchers at the law faculties of Dagon and East Yangon University; including their skills to

  1. Design research projects;
  2. Collect data and apply quantitative and qualitative research methods;
  • Conduct Analysis and
  1. Present their research and findings.


4) Specific Outputs


The following outputs shall be produced:

  • Review researchers’ new proposals
  • Conduct a 3 day research methodology workshop and set the deadline for research proposals submission
  • After the 3 day research methodology workshop, conduct two rounds of review of proposals/papers submitted by researchers and provide feedback to researchers for strengthening their submission
  • Meet with the researchers of the Dagon and East Yangon Universities and engage them in 2 days of face-to-face feedback and coaching while ensuring fixed deadline for the submission of revised papers
  • After two days of face-to-face coaching, conduct two rounds of review of the evolving research papers, providing additional technical advice, comments and feedback with suggestive readings to further develop
  • Write a brief activity report after workshop and face-to-face coaching which includes reactions to responses of the researchers



 5) Timing and Cost Schedule




Required Resource Inputs

Days/ Hours

Preparation: Review of new research proposals



Prepare for the workshop  

2 days

Conduct workshop

June/ July

Facilitate basic research methodology workshop focus on qualitative approach and applied legal research

3 days


Remote feedback


Need to review the papers, provide comments to revise on the research questions, literature review, as well as other relevant feedback, and fixed the deadline for revised papers submission date  

2.5  days

Remote feedback


Need to review the papers again, provide comments on application of appropriate research methodology, as well as other relevant feedback, and fixed the deadline for revised papers submission date and set the date for face-to-face coaching

2.5 days

Evaluation and giving general guidance for the next step

Middle of October

To provide an activity and evaluation report on papers and workshop

1 day

Total inputs for 1st workshop

11 days

Preparation: Review of revised papers



Review the revised papers before the face-to-face coaching

2 days


Meet with faculty researchers


Facilitate face-to-face coaching and provide comments to individual and set up the date for re-submission of the papers to review

2 days

Remote feedback

Early December

Need to review the papers, provide comments to revise and fixed the deadline for revised papers submission date

2.5 days

Remote feedback

End of December

Need to review the papers in a second round, provide comments to revise and fixed the deadline for revised papers submission date

2.5 days

Activity report and evaluation of face-to-face coaching

Within a week after face-to-face coaching

To provide short evaluation report on papers and face-to-face coaching

1 day

Total inputs for the face-to-face coaching

10 days

Total inputs for 2 activities - 21 days


6) Activities of the Short-term Expert

The short-term expert will:

  • prepare the training agenda and reading materials for the workshop
  • hold one research workshop and one face-to-face consultations and advice for the authors of the papers in each workshop
  • Provide a list of recommendations on how to go about the research after each workshop/face to face engagement;
  • Provide guideline to develop full proposals and set the deadline for proposal submission dates;
  • Continuous two rounds of remote assessment on the revised papers received after each workshop/face to face engagement and giving comments to be able to write a proper academic paper;
  • Provide the faculty researchers with recommendations for enhancing further academic legal research and analysis and the distribution of their research



7) Qualifications of the short-term expert


The short-term expert should have:

  • PhD or Master in Law or social cultural studies, preferably in international human rights law;
  • Additional experience conducting research in law or human rights strongly preferred
  • Experience in working with universities in developing countries;
  • Experience in advising researchers in developing countries
  • Experience in working in projects related to improving the rule of law and human rights in developing countries




  • Application


Applicants for the consultancy may be Myanmar based, or located outside the country. Applicants need to provide 1) their CV, 2) a technical bid/cover letter of no more than 3 pages outlining their qualifications and expertise in undertaking the assignment, including in response to the “qualifications of the short term expert”  3) 2-3 professional references that can speak to the consultant’s capacity for this assignment, and 4) a financial bid that includes daily rates and any other expected expenses (not including local travel in Myanmar).


Applications will be evaluated both on technical and financial grounds, however, technical factors will be given greater weight if the consultant’s offer is within the activity budget.


The following financial arrangements will apply:


  • Fees for services

The applicant will propose a daily rate for the services under these terms of reference.


  • Travel expenses

All travel related expenses (including accommodation, per diem, etc.) for work under this consultancy must be included in the offeror’s bid.


Applications conforming to these requirements should be sent to the email address asia-recruitment@icj.org by no later than 19 April 2019.


For any further information, please contact: maau@humanrights.dk 




The Programme reserves the right to change or cancel this TOR at any time during the selection process.



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