Short-Term Expert   Terms of Reference: Academic Trainer for Rhetoric, Communications and Presentation skills training for Human Rights Education for three universities in Yangon and Mandalay   Locat…

Short-Term Expert


Terms of Reference: Academic Trainer for Rhetoric, Communications and Presentation skills training for Human Rights Education for three universities in Yangon and Mandalay


Location: Yangon and Mandalay


Assignment: 23 working days from February to April, 2020 (TBC)


 1) Background


The Denmark-Myanmar Programme on Rule of Law and Human Rights (2016-2020) supports the Union Attorney General’s Office, the Office of the Supreme Court of the Union, lawyers, CSOs as well as the law departments of Dagon and East Yangon Universities (DU and EYU) in strengthening capacities on core aspects of rule of law and human rights and supporting reform in relevant areas. From 2020, the programme will also support and work together with Mandalay University (MU) as an additional partner to implement the activities in Mandalay. The programme which has a total grant of DKK 70 million (approximately USD 10 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 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


There is increased awareness around Human Rights Education (HRE) at university. The HRE programmes and trainings have been conducted since 2014-2015. Previously, human rights courses were taught part time with small number of lecturers but now it is taught at eighteen universities in at least two degrees – LLB and International Relations degree – by more than fifty lecturers.


In connection with the Programme’s work with the law departments partners have expressed a strong interest in applying Human Rights Education teaching methods, enhancing class interaction and discussion to ensure student-centered learning. This approach is still new to the Myanmar law departments and hence the law departments have requested training of lecturers in communications and presentation to enhance their skills, as well as rhetoric training to support them in effectively teaching HR law and applying student-centered learning approaches in their teaching.


During the process of elaboration of the 2020 work plan, the Programme identified the need for an expert who would have the required expertise to design and deliver communications, presentation and rhetoric’s training for the three law departments in Yangon and Mandalay between February to April 2020.


This is as per the 2020 approved workplan and budget specifically Activity 1.1.2 - Introduction of new teaching methodologies focusing on case studies, analysis, and critical thinking, specifically activity 1.1.2a and 1.1.2b.


3) Objectives


The objective of the assignment is to


  • strengthen the capacity of the law department staff to enhance their teaching skills and methods


  • improve the communication and presentation skills for effectively integrating HRE teaching methodology with the law departments, lectures and tutorial classes


4) Outputs


The following outputs have been identified:


  • Organize and deliver two 4-day workshops focusing on strengthening communication and presentation skills for teaching Human Rights as well as rhetoric training;


  • Evaluation of the participants through the training and provide recommendations to the Programme in a brief report highlighting key issues and challenges and areas where there might be needed additional support;


5) Activities of the Short-Term Expert


The short-term expert will:


  • Develop and deliver two 4-day workshops focusing on strengthening communication and presentation skills for teaching Human Rights as well as rhetoric training;


  • Include international and/or national NGOs in Myanmar as appropriate who have the expertise in strengthening communication and presentation skills for teaching Human Rights


  • Ensure evaluation by participants of the training and deliver a brief final report (not more than 10 pages) outlining key issues and recommendations for the Programme


6) Timing and Costs Schedule





Preparation of a 4-day workshop (2 times)

February 2020 (TBC)

9 days

Workshop on HRE teaching methods and rhetoric training (2 times x 4 days) for DU, EYU and MU

Tentatively one in February and one in April (Exact days to be confirmed)

8 days

Produce two reports (one for DU and EYU and another for MU) evaluating the training, including recommendations for the HRE teaching methods and rhetoric training

April 2020

2 days

Travel (2 days for each training, February and April)


4 days


Total inputs – 23 days


7) Qualification of the short-term expert


The short-term expert should have:


  • Communications Specialist with knowledge and/or expertise in Human Rights and communicating around human rights, background preferably with a background in journalism and media studies or relevant area of education;
  • Experience working with academics and communication sectors and institutions;
  • Experience delivering training related to human rights, communications and rhetoric’s for academics and/or civil society organisations;
  • Experience in working with universities in developing countries;
  • Experience in working in projects related to improving the rule of law and human rights in developing countries desirable;


8) 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 2 pages outlining their qualifications and expertise in undertaking the assignment, 3) 2-3 references that can speak to the consultants training and/or human rights capacity, 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.


Supervisor: Deputy Team Leader of HRE and/or her assignee where appropriate


The following financial arrangements will apply:

  • (a) Fees for services

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

  • (b) Travel expenses

All travel related expenses for work under this consultancy (visa fees, hotel, airport transfers, local transportation and daily subsistence allowance to cover food and incidental expenses) will be covered. Any international travel must be included within the financial bid.


Applications conforming to these requirements should be sent to the email address not later than 27 January 2020.


For any further information, please contact Ei Yin Yin Phyu:



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

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