Legal Consultant on Telemedicine

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Application deadline 4 months ago: Monday 12 Sep 2022 at 21:55 UTC

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UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all qualified candidates, irrespective of nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, gender identity and sexual orientation, as well as persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization. UNICEF’s office is accessible to a certain extent, and employees are entitled to reasonable accommodations that are needed for ensuring equitable working conditions.

UNICEF supports Serbia’s efforts in promoting and protecting the rights of every child and adolescent. Adolescence is a difficult emotional period under any circumstance, but COVID-19 pandemic has made things much worse. Many of the things that teenagers rely on for emotional stability and growth have been suspended – social activities, sports, normal schooling, dating and more. Children and adolescents can struggle with a variety of symptoms such as anxiety, stress, hopelessness, fear for the future and more. Unless we provide adolescents in need with early support through community and innovative methods, the risk of developing more serious and long-term mental health problems could increase. At the same time, it is difficult for young people to talk about mental health issues and their struggles due to social stigma and toxic cultures that might prevent them from seeking early support and counselling. The multi-sectoral nature of support systems further complicates their support-seeking behaviour, and the lack of inter-sectoral coordination and early detection systems result in a lack of a well-organized system that addresses the varied needs of young people in Serbia.

To help address the existing prevention and response gaps in mental health and psychosocial support services for children and adolescents, UNICEF has developed a digital platform with the main purpose to increase mental health literacy of young people, parents and caregivers, as well as teachers and youth workers, and to connect young people with service providers through online means.

The purpose of this assignment is to create a middle ground approach to ensure that children’s and young people’s personal data is protected, and at the same time to meet all legal regulations.

Work Assignment Overview:

The consultant will provide advice on the personal data protection, with a special focus on defining the confidentiality policy with children under 18 years of age (involvement and information of parents, guardians, etc.). Bearing in mind that our goal is to ensure children’s safety and anonymity as much as possible, revision in accordance with the law of the Republic of Serbia is necessary.

Duration of the assignment: October – December 2022 (part-time, remote, up to 20 workdays)

Task description:

  1. Perform a desk research and consultations with UNICEF and partners to define a path to booking sessions. Collect examples of good practice (in the world and in Serbia) as part of desk analysis and the engaged consultant, UNICEF Youth Programme, UNICEF IT Specialist, the engaged IT Company and the service provider NADEL.
  2. Develop the personal data protection procedure that will be applied at the website; collect feedback from relevant partners and participate in piloting the model.
  3. Prepare the final documentation and the policy to be implemented on the platform, ready for the immediate implementation.

Knowledge/Expertise/Skills required:

  • Advanced university degree in Law.
  • Minimum 3 years of experience in a relevant field of law and privacy policy.
  • A solid understanding of protection of minors’ legislature in the Republic of Serbia.
  • Flexible work attitude: the ability to work productively in a team environment and independently, and to handle requests or issues as they arise.
  • Understanding of issues related to child safety and protection.
  • Proficiency in Serbian and English, written and spoken.
  • Previous experience in medical law and of developing similar mechanisms will be an advantage.

How to apply:

The application must include a financial proposal in RSD as a separate document, providing the following information:

  • Daily rate (all costs included, e.g. usage of mobile phone).

Important notes:

Incomplete applications will not be taken into consideration.

Only shortlisted candidates will be notified and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

For every child, you must demonstrate UNICEF's core values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, Accountability and Sustainability.

UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.

Selected candidates are subject to confirmation of fully-vaccinated status against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) with a World Health Organization (WHO)-endorsed vaccine, which must be met prior to taking up the assignment. It does not apply to consultants who will work remotely and are not expected to work on or visit UNICEF premises, programme delivery locations or directly interact with communities UNICEF works with, nor to travel to perform functions for UNICEF for the duration of their consultancy contracts.

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