National Junior Consultant to support implementation of the joint UN programme on the rights of persons with disabilities: Accelerating Disability Inclusion for Children and Adults with Dis

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UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

And we never give up.

For every child, a fair chance.

The United Nations in Montenegro implements the United Nations Development Assistance Framework for the period 2017-2021, with an extension to 2022. It is committed to working together with the Government of Montenegro and with the people of Montenegro, to make a lasting contribution to national human rights and development priorities, especially for the most vulnerable and disadvantaged children and families. The Government of Montenegro and the UN System pursue the achievement of national development priorities, the Sustainable Development Goals framed by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, as well as commitments of the Government of Montenegro in line with UN global summits, international human rights obligations and the reform agenda linked to the EU accession process.

Within the United Nations Development Assistance Framework, the United Nations in Montenegro has embarked on a two-year programme to promote the rights of persons with disabilities in the country. The programme, which is funded through the UN Partnership on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNPRPD), was preceded by an Inception Phase in 2021, in which different governmental stakeholders, persons with disabilities and their representative organizations, Organizations of Persons with Disabilities (OPDs) were consulted on priority areas. Based on their inputs, the Resident Coordinator’s Office (RCO), UNDP and UNICEF developed a two-year programme to promote the rights of persons with disabilities.

The Programme aims to support State institutions and OPDs to advance implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and disability inclusive Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in particular the pre-conditions for disability inclusion of equality and non-discrimination, service delivery, CRPD compliant budgeting, and accountability. Under Goal One, it will a) support Government to prevent institutionalization and to take key steps to facilitate the transition of persons with disabilities from institutions to family and community-based services and b) facilitate closer engagement between OPDs and the National Human Rights Institution (NHRI) - The Protector for Human Rights and Freedoms - to monitor implementation of CRPD. Under Goal Two, it will assist the UN to ensure strong disability inclusion in the new UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (SDCF) for the period 2023-2027 and the Common Country Analysis on which the SDCF is based.

The program will ensure meaningful participation of persons with different types of disabilities, both women and men, and of children with disabilities and parents in all activities, at all stages.

The objective of the consultancy is to support the national coordinator to ensure the overall implementation and monitoring of the two-year Joint UN Programme Accelerating Disability Inclusion for Children and Adults with Disabilities, with a specific focus on achieving successful cooperation with OPDs and ensuring meaningful participation of persons with disabilities in UN activities (programmatic and operational).

How can you make a difference?

Under the direct supervision of UNICEF Child Rights Monitoring Specialist, the national consultant is expected to undertake the following tasks:

  • Liaise with and support OPDs to assess the meaningful participation of persons with disabilities in UN activities (programmatic and operational);
  • Support implementation of the recommendations from the assessment performed by OPDs on the meaningful participation of persons with disabilities in UN activities (programmatic and operational);
  • Organize capacity building activities of UN staff on disability inclusion and on increasing meaningful participation of persons with different types of disabilities, both women and men, and of children with disabilities and parents in all UN activities, programmatic and operational, at all stages;
  • Ensure regular consultations with OPDs and higher level of meaningful participation of persons with disabilities in UN work;
  • Provide overall support to the national coordinator in implementation and monitoring of the two-year Joint UN Programme Accelerating Disability Inclusion for Children and Adults with Disabilities.

Tasks/Milestone:

Deliverables/Outputs:

Timeline

Support organization of regular meetings of the participating UN agencies and OPDs, consultants and stakeholders

Regular meetings organized, meeting minutes developed, follow up action points taken further.

In continuity

Provide direct support and lease with OPDs to help them conduct the assessment of the meaningful participation of persons with disabilities in UN activities (programmatic and operational).

The assessment of the meaningful participation of persons with disabilities in UN activities (programmatic and operational) conducted

By end 2022

Support implementation of the recommendations from the assessment performed by OPDs on the meaningful participation of persons with disabilities in UN activities (programmatic and operational),

Implementation of recommendations from the assessment performed by OPDs on the meaningful participation of persons with disabilities in UN activities (programmatic and operational) supported and made operational.

In continuity

Organize capacity building activities of UN staff to increase meaningful participation of persons with different types of disabilities, both women and men, and of children with disabilities and parents in all UN activities, programmatic and operational, at all stages.

100% UN personnel educated on meaningful participation of persons with different types of disabilities, both women and men, and of children with disabilities and parents in all UN activities, programmatic and operational, at all stages.

2022-2023

Ensure more regular consultations with OPDs and higher level of meaningful participation of persons with disabilities in UN work.

At least quarterly consultations with OPDs organized thus higher level of meaningful participation of persons with disabilities in UN work is supported.

In continuity

-Provide overall support to national coordinator in implementation and monitoring of the two-year Joint UN Programme Accelerating Disability Inclusion for Children and Adults with Disabilities.

Continuous support to national coordinator in implementation and monitoring of the two-year Joint UN Programme Accelerating Disability Inclusion for Children and Adults with Disabilities provided.

In continuity

Prepare monthly report

Monthly report

In continuity

Payment schedule: The payments will be made upon successful completion of the deliverables and submission of monthly reports and invoices. UNICEF reserves the right to withhold all or a portion of payment if performance is unsatisfactory, if work/outputs is incomplete, not delivered or for failure to meet deadlines.

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

Education:

  • Bachelor’s degree in social science;
  • A minimum of three (3) years of professional work experience in working with CSO sector in partnership building and project implementation;
  • Knowledge of the social inclusion area and programming and direct work with children and adults with disabilities;
  • Previous work with UN system will be considered as an asset

Language:

  • Excellent command of local language (spoken and written);
  • Sound knowledge of English language.

Other:

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Excellent writing skills;
  • Demonstrates integrity and high ethical standards;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF's values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA). To view our competency framework, please visit here.

Mandatory eLearning in UNICEF: Upon conducting the recruitment process and prior to the signing of the contract, the consultant will be required to complete the following online courses. All certificates should be presented as part of the contract: Ethics and Integrity at UNICEF, Prevention of Sexual Harassment and Abuse of Authority (PSEAA), Sexual Exploitation Abuse (PSEA).

Consultants and Individual Contractors must complete BSAFE security training before commencement of any travel on behalf of UNICEF. Any consultant or individual contractor who is issued a UNICEF email address must complete the following courses no later than 30 days after signature of contract: Fraud Awareness, and Information Awareness Security Course (only for consultants/individual contractors with a UNICEF email address). The above courses can be found on Agora through the following link: AGORA (unicef.org) . Course completion certificates should be shared and retained with the human resources unit of the hiring country office.

Selection methodology: All applicants will be screened against qualifications and requirements set above. Candidates fully meeting all the requirements will be further evaluated based on the criteria below. The proposal will be evaluated against the following criteria:

A) Technical criteria – Technical evaluation process / Maximum points: 70 1. Technical Criteria – Interview/Written test – 70 % of total evaluation– max. 70 points

  • Education: 10 points;
  • Previous experience: 30 points;
  • Technical questions at the interview: 25 points;
  • Other: 5 points.

Only candidates who obtained at least 70% of points from the technical part (who will score at least 49 points) will be qualified for considering for financial proposal evaluation

B) Financial criteria – evaluation of financial proposal - Maximum points: 30 The applicants are requested to submit their financial proposal consisting of a professional fee only for the services to be provided.

  • Financial scores will be calculated using the formula [lowest offer / financial offer of the candidate x 30].

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.

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.

UNICEF offers reasonable accommodation for consultants/individual contractors with disabilities. This may include, for example, accessible software, travel assistance for missions or personal attendants. We encourage you to disclose your disability during your application in case you need reasonable accommodation during the selection process and afterwards in your assignment.

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 be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.

Remarks:

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

Individuals engaged under a consultancy or individual contract will not be considered “staff members” under the Staff Regulations and Rules of the United Nations and UNICEF’s policies and procedures, and will not be entitled to benefits provided therein (such as leave entitlements and medical insurance coverage). Their conditions of service will be governed by their contract and the General Conditions of Contracts for the Services of Consultants and Individual Contractors. Consultants and individual contractors are responsible for determining their tax liabilities and for the payment of any taxes and/or duties, in accordance with local or other applicable laws.

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.

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