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African Commission on
Human and Peoples' Rights

REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST PROCUREMENT NUMBER: EOI ACHPR/AUC/IS / 01/2022 REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST: INDIVIDUAL CONSULTANTS FOR TRANSLATION, EDITING AND REVISION SERVICES CLOSING DATE: 30 September 2022


BACKGROUND;
 
The African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) is an Organ of the African Union (AU) established by the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights (the African Charter). The ACHPR’s Secretariat is in Banjul, The Gambia. It is the oldest and most accessible continental human rights treaty body in Africa. The ACHPR is mandated to promote and protect human and peoples’ rights in Africa, interpret the African Charter and to perform any other tasks which may be entrusted to it by the AU Assembly of Heads of State and Government. In this regard, the ACHPR carries out sensitization, public mobilization and information dissemination through seminars, symposia, conferences, workshops and missions in execution of its human rights promotion mandate. Within the framework of its protection mandate, the ACHPR ensures protection of human and peoples’ rights through its communication/human rights complaints handling procedure, amicable settlement of disputes, referral of cases to the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights, state reporting (including consideration of Non-Governmental Organizations’ shadow reports), provisional measures, urgent appeals and other activities of special rapporteurs and working groups and missions. With regards to the interpretation of the African Charter, the ACHPR is mandated to interpret the provisions of the Charter upon a request by a State Party, Organs of the AU or individuals.  
 
The Commission consists of eleven members chosen from amongst African personalities of the highest reputation, known for their high morality, integrity, impartiality and competence in matters of human and peoples' rights. Members of the Commission are elected for a six-year term and are eligible for re-election. The Commission elects a
Bureau for a term of two years, which is responsible for coordinating the activities of ACHPR, including supervising and assessing the work of the ACHPR Secretariat.  
 
 Article 45(1)(c) of the African Charter empowers the African Commission on Human Rights and Peoples’ Rights to co-operate with other African and international institutions concerned with the promotion and protection of human and peoples’ rights.  
 
 
OBJECTIVES

For efficient execution of ACHPR’s mission and mandate the Comission’s Secretariat seeks to provide translation, revision and editing services for its working documents and reports.  In light of the foregoing, the ACHPR hereby invites qualified individual consultants to express their interest to provide translation, revision, and editing services for various ACHPR documents into and from French, Portuguese, Arabic and English primarily, and, occasionally, into& from Swahili and Spanish.
 
The ACHPR will select successful candidates and sign an Individual framework contract for the service. 

  SCOPE OF THE SASSIGNMENT

• The Secretariat will use the services of the selected consultants, as and when needed, to meet the Institution’s translation, revision, editing and proofreading needs throughout the duration of the individual contracts.

• The consultants will be required to perform quality translation, revision, editing or proofreading services as and when needed.

• There shall not be any lump sum payments and the consultants shall be paid for the services effectively provided.

• For each   assignment, the consultant and the ACHPR, through the Conference Management Unit, shall agree on the duration, completion date and cost of the service to be provided; the costs shall be based on defined rates set by the African Union and taking into account international standards; and

• The payment of consultants, continuation and subsequent renewal of contracts shall be contingent upon satisfactory periodic and annual performance
 
ADMINISTRATION AND REPORTING

The consultants shall report to the Executive Secretary or the Translation Services Coordinator (as the case may be), who shall be responsiblee for Performance assessment as well as guidance of the consultant.  

DURATION OF THE CONTRACT

The Individual contract to be signed with the ACHPR shall be for a duration of one-year renewable. It shall commence in October 2022. The contract shall be renewable for a similar duration subject to satisfactory assessment of the performance of the consultant over the preceding contract period. 

 
QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE

Prospective consultants must be nationals of African Union Member States and shall possess the following qualifications and skills, in keeping with the AU’s procurement policies:

• At least a Master’s degree in any field from a recognized institution with a minimum of 10 years’ relevant experience in translation, revision or editing, preferably within or in collaboration with an international organization/institution; OR

• A Bachelor’s degree in translation or related fields from a recognized institution with a minimum of twelve years’ experience in translation, revision or editing, preferably within or in collaboration with an international organization/institution.

• A degree in translation from a recognized tertiary institution would be an added advantage;

• Experience working for the African Union and/or other international organizations would be an asset;

• Excellent writing skills in English, French, Portuguese, Spanish, Swahili or Arabic as applicable;

• Ability to work reliably, independently and effectively, even under pressure, and to meet agreed deadlines;

• Adequate knowledge of the core business, activities and operations of the African Union and the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights 

• Computer literacy and familiarity with standard software, CAT tools and similar software will be an added advantage;

• Ability to work in a multicultural and multilingual environment; and

• Experience in translation management projects.  

HOW TO APPLY

1. Interested candidates are hereby invited to electronically submit (i) a letter of expression of interest and (ii) a curriculum vitae indicating their nationality and language combination, and (iii) scanned copies of qualifications and relevant academic credentials.

2. Expressions of interest must be submitted via E-mail at: achpr.humanresources@africa-union.org. on or before 30th September  2022 at 11:00hrs The Gambia time. 

3. Since this call is for individual consultant assessment of qualified candidates will be based on qualifications and experience indicated above as guided by AU Procurement Manual.
 
4.  Submission Title:    REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF   INTEREST: INDIVIDUAL CONSULTANTS FOR TRANSLATION, EDITING AND REVISION SERVICES

1. Only bids submitted on time shall be accepted.

2. Bids submitted with wrong submission title shall be rejected.

3. Shortlisted candidates MAY be subjected to a written translation test after which a final list of selected consultants will be published.


Interested candidates may obtain further information by contacting achpr.humanresources@africa-union.org during office hours (8h00-17h00 GMT).  
 
The selection procedure shall be done in accordance with the AU Procurement Manual, version 2.0 dated July 2016.