Consultant Contract for CI Unit


Unit: Communication and Information (CI) Unit, UNESCO Office in Jakarta
Duty Station: Remote
Type of contract: Consultant contract
Languages required: English
Starting date: 1 July 2018
Duration: 1 month
Closing Date: 20 June 2018



UNESCO’s Communication and Information (CI) sector aims to promote freedom of expression, free, independent and pluralistic media, and to build an inclusive knowledge society. The CI Unit within the UNESCO works with all stakeholders including the government, civil society, academia, and media to achieve these goals. Under the overall authority of the Director of UNESCO Office in Jakarta and the direct supervision of Advisor for Communication and Information, the incumbent shall provide assistance to the CI Unit in the implementation of the activity “Alignment of National Laws with International Standards on Freedom of Expression”.


1. The Consultant is engaged primarily to conduct a detail review of the existing body of laws in Malaysia that directly or indirectly have an impact on freedom of expression (or speech), freedom of the press, access to information, safety of journalists and human rights defenders. The Consultant may also include major national policies in this review if relevant.

2.  The review shall identify problematic parts (or weakness) in the laws especially that are not in line with established international standards on freedom of expression. The review may also include “good examples” found in national laws that are already in line with international standards.

3. Subsequently, the review shall link the weakness identified to corresponding international standards in a comparative way with the aim to help concretely identify what needs to be improved/reviewed so that national laws can be aligned to international standards.

4. The Malaysian laws and major national policies in the review should include, but not limited to, the following:

  • Sedition Act (1948)
  • Printing Presses and Publication Act  (1984)
  • Official Secret Act (1972)
  • Penal Code 1997 (including criminal defamation)
  • Communications and Multimedia Act (1998)
  • Film Censorship Act (2002)
  • Prevention of Terrorism Act (2015)
  • Anti-Fake News Bill (2018)
  • Freedom of Information Enactment of the state of Selangor and Pulau Pinang
  • MSC Bill of Guarantees

5. The Consultant may reference the following international  and regional human rights instruments:

  • Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR)
  • International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) as well as the General Comment 34 on Article 19
  • UNESCO 196th Executive Board Decision (196 EX/31) on Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity (adopted on 20 April 2015)
  • UNESCO-IPDC Decision on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity (2014)
  • Universal Periodic Review (UPR) (relevant sections)
  • The various reports from relevant United Nations Special Rapporteurs including
  • Human Rights Council Resolution on the Safety of Journalists (A/HRC/RES/21/12) in 2012; (A/HRC/RES/27/5) in 2014; (A/HRC/RES/33/2) in 2016
  • UN General Assembly Resolution on Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity (A/RES/68/163) in 2013; (A/RES/69/185)  in 2014; (A/RES/70/162) in 2015
  • UN Security Council Resolution S/RES/2222 (2015)
  • African Charter on Human and People's Rights for Africa (1981, in force since 1986)
  • American Convention on Human Rights for the America (1969, in force since 1978)
  • European Convention on Human Rights for Europe (1950, in force since 1953)
  • Guidelines of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe on protecting freedom of expression and information in times of crisis (2007)
  • Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly’s Recommendation on the protection of journalists´ sources (2011)
  • Arab Charter on Human Rights (2004, in force since 2008)
  • ASEAN Declaration on Human Rights

6. The Consultant shall take note that this research will be used as a guiding document for a regional symposium that will take place in September 2018.

7. The Consultant shall agree to regularly update UNESCO with the latest draft of the research and avail him or herself to regular communication via electronic means.

8. At the conclusion of the contract, the Consultant must submit for UNESCO’s approval a final document that is between 20-25 pages, suitably laid-out, well-cited, proof-read, and ready for public distribution no later than 1 August 2018.

9. UNESCO shall retain all rights to this research conducted including the right to use part or all of the study as necessary. The Consultant shall be duly credited in the use of this document.


  • A minimum of university degree or in the field of law, journalism, public policy or highly related field;
  • At least 5 years of relevant experience the field of law, journalism, public policy or highly related field;
  • Candidates with strong record of peer-reviewed publication is preferred;
  • Prior experience in conducting similar research is preferred;
  • Strong knowledge in international human rights instrument is a strength;
  • Strong computer skills and Internet literate;
  • Excellent written and spoken English is a must;
  • Knowledge of the UN rules, procedures and regulations would be an asset.


  • All applications in English, with the most recent Curriculum Vitae and UNESCO Personnel History (P-11 form), and a non-returnable passport–size photo should be sent to the Finance and Administrative Officer, UNESCO Jakarta, and received by COB 20 June 2018, to one of the following:

    By mail for hard-copy to:

    UNESCO Jakarta
    Jl. Galuh II No. 5
    Kebayoran Baru
    Jakarta 12110

    By email to jakarta(at) with subject the “Consultant for Legal Research”.

    Only short-listed candidates will be contacted and no telephone enquiries will be accepted.

    Applications received after the closing date will not be considered. UNESCO reserves the right to accept or reject any application.

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