Archival Research Coordinator
|Location :||CMP, Nicosia, CYPRUS|
|Application Deadline :||18-Sep-16 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Time left :||9d 20h 1m|
|Additional Category :||Management|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English French|
|Duration of Initial Contract :||1 year|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||1 year|
|The principal mandate of the Committee on Missing Persons (CMP) in Cyprus is to establish the fate of the people that went missing as a consequence of the tragic events of 1963-1964 and 1974 and to provide answers to anguished families. One important aspect of this work is to exhume, identify and return remains of missing persons. This process enables the relatives of the victims to recover the remains of their loved ones, arrange for a proper burial and provide closure to a long period of anguish and uncertainty, thereby promoting a process of reconciliation, healing and dialogue between both communities. This project also aims to strengthen the capacity for civil society to engage in sustained cooperation and reconciliation, through the important participation of bi-communal scientific teams in all stages of the process. This bi-communal cooperation will strengthen civic participation toward an issue that is critical for the healing of old wounds, and will sustain partnerships of cooperation and trust between both sides.|
The CMP Project includes the following phases:
Faced with increasing difficulties to locate new burial sites, the CMP urgently needs to broaden efforts to obtain information that may lead to the discovery of burial sites. This includes the review of archival material of international organisations, state actors and domestic authorities that were present during the events of 1963/4 and 1974. To this end, the CMP is creating an archival research team.
The United Nations Development Programme Partnership For the Future (UNDP PFF) in Nicosia, Cyprus, seeks to contract on behalf of the Committee on Missing Persons in Cyprus (CMP) an information management professional with extensive experience in archival research, hereinafter referred as the “Archival Research Coordinator” (ARC), to coordinate the work of this team. The primary role of the ARC is to lead a team of two Cypriot researchers in an effort to access, analyse and manage information from relevant archives. While some of these archives are publicly accessible, others, including certain UN archives, are not.
The ARC reports to the Committee of Missing Persons in Cyprus, a 3-Member Committee whose Greek- and Turkish-Cypriot Members are appointed by the leader of their respective community and a United Nations (Third) Member, selected by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and appointed by the Secretary-General of the United Nations (for additional information visit www.cmp-cyprus.org). Considering the sensitive nature of the material under review, with regards to the review of classified UN Archives, the ARC reports exclusively to the Third Member of the CMP. On all other matters the ARC reports to the three CMP Members.
Duties and Responsibilities
|The ARC will lead a team of two Cypriot CMP researchers and oversee and coordinate the process of archival research and information management. The team will be responsible to collect information from relevant archives, analyse and share this information with CMP Members and their offices, including through the creation of an appropriate information management system. He/she will personally conduct research in the not publicly accessible UN archives under direct supervision by the Third Member. For all other tasks, the ARC will coordinate closely with all three CMP Members.|
The ARC will lead efforts by the research team to:
The research carried out by the team deals with politically and emotionally sensitive matters and will require a high degree of experience and sensitivity in dealing with such information in a post-conflict environment.
The ARC is expected to spend significant time conducting archival research abroad, e.g. in NY, Geneva, or the UK.
Required Skills and Experience
Submission of Applications, Evaluation and Payment Terms
Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications:
All applicants will be screened against qualifications and the competencies set above. Candidates fully meeting the requirements will be further evaluated based on the criteria below.
Technical Criteria (CV review and interviews) – 70 % of total evaluation– max. 70 points:
CV review: 30 points;
Interview: 40 points
Financial Criteria – 30 % of total evaluation – max. 30 points.
• Financial scores will be calculated using the formula [lowest offer / financial offer of the candidate x 30].
UNDP applies the “Best value for money approach” – the final selection will be based on the combination of the applicants’ qualification and financial proposal.
Monthly lump-sum payable upon submission of the monthly time-sheet, the monthly report and approval of the UNDP.
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.