National individual consultant on specific social protection services
Application deadline 8 months ago: Sunday 18 Jun 2023 at 21:55 UTCOpen application form
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Purpose of Activity/Assignment:
The overall purpose of this consultancy is to provide support to the UNICEF North Macedonia office, in providing technical support to the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy on differentiating between different categories of counselling services provided under the Social Protection Law, as well as to develop model programmes for different categories of counselling services.
Scope of Work:
Under the direct supervision of the Social Policy Specialist, and in close consultation with other consultant(s) contracted by UNICEF the consultant(s) will be expected to carry out a range of tasks and activities:
Developing a model for delivery of counselling services
- Engage with relevant stakeholder representatives and examine comparative experiences from the country and abroad to determine different categories of counselling services under the Social Protection Law, and develop model programmes for such counselling services
- Assist the National individual consultant on costing/pricing/budgeting of specific social protection services – contracted by UNICEF – to engage with relevant stakeholder representatives and examine comparative experiences from the country and abroad to determine the need for introducing potential co-funding scheme by certain groups of beneficiaries of counselling services
- Engage with relevant stakeholder representatives to draft changes in the standards for the needed resources for different categories of counselling services (with the assistance of the National individual consultant on costing/pricing/budgeting of specific social protection services, also engaged by UNICEF)
- Assess the annual quantity needed for different categories of counselling services.
Work Assignment Overview
Developing a model for delivery of counselling services (Counselling in particular on preparation for family life, preparation for parenthood, preparation for family planning, counselling during divorce, family mediation for families with broken family relationships, psycho-social support for victims of domestic violence, and other specialized types of counselling (e.g. children victims of violence, children at risk, etc.).
1) Proposal for categorizing counselling services under the Social Protection Law, and developing model programmes for such services
Timeline: By end of June (categorization proposal); end of August (model programmes), total 60 days
2) Assistance to the National individual consultant on costing/pricing/budgeting in determining the need for introducing potential co-funding scheme by certain groups of beneficiaries of counselling services – and if justified – proposal for such co-funding, while ensuring equity in service delivery
Timeline: By end of August, total 4 days
3) Draft changes in the standards for the needed resources for different types and groups of counselling services – especially in terms of differentiating between different types and groups of counselling services)
Timeline: By end of August, total 3 days
4) Assessment of the annual quantity needed for different categories of counselling services
Timeline: By end of August, total 5 days
5) Incorporating feedback from UNICEF and work group with representatives of relevant institutions
Timeline: By end of September, total 2 days
Total working days: 74 days
 Counselling in particular on preparation for family life, preparation for parenthood, preparation for family planning, counselling during divorce, family mediation for families with broken family relationships, psycho-social support for victims of domestic violence, and other specialized types of counselling (e.g. children victims of violence, children at risk, etc.).
 The other consultant(s) will have expertise in the field of costing/pricing/budgeting of specific social protection services.
 The standards are described in the Rulebook on the manner, scope, norms and standards for providing counselling services, and for equipment, funds, personnel and required documentation for counselling services (Official Gazette No. 21/2019)
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
▪ Degree in Social Policy, Social Protection, Social Work, Pedagogy, Psychology, Special Education and Rehabilitation, or other relevant social science; An advanced degree in relevant fields will be considered an asset. ▪ At least five (5) years of relevant professional experience in social protection, social work, or other basic social services; experience in organizing counselling services or preparing training/mentoring for counselling services will be considered an advantage ▪ Experience in developing or analysing or delivery of social protection services is desirable ▪ Experience in developing or analysing or delivery of counselling services, will be considered an asset ▪ Experience in development or analysis of laws, bylaws or other legal acts will be considered an asset ▪ Excellent analytical thinking skills ▪ Proven effective communication and interpersonal skills, and sensitivity to diverse cultural contexts and situations ▪ Previous experience with the UN will be considered an asset ▪ Fluency in written and spoken Macedonian language is required, knowledge of another local languages will be an asset ▪ English language verbal and writing skills are desirable
For every Child, you demonstrate…
UNICEF's values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, Accountability, and Sustainability (CRITAS).
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The selected candidate is solely responsible to ensure that the visa (applicable) and health insurance required to perform the duties of the contract are valid for the entire period of the contract. 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.