Re-advertised: National Consultant for coordination and implementation of the inception phase of joint UN project on the rights of persons with disabilities

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  1. Background and Context:

The UN in Montenegro is embarking 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, will commence with a four-month inception phase. UNICEF, as the administrator of the funds for this inception phase, is seeking a national coordinator to support the United Nations Resident Coordinator`s Office and UN agencies throughout the Inception phase.

UN agencies will closely work together and consult with key Government institutions, the Protector of Rights of and Freedoms National Human Rights Institution, organizations of persons with disabilities, persons with disabilities and other stakeholders working to further the rights of persons with disabilities, in this inception phase.

  1. Purpose and Objective:

    The overall purpose of the consultancy is to further strengthen the implementation of CRPD and disability inclusive SDGs. The consultancy aims to enhance knowledge and skills of the UN, State Institutions and Organizations of Persons with Disabilities to design, implement, monitor and support disability inclusive frameworks and services.

The immediate objective of the consultancy is to ensure the effective coordination, support for, monitoring of and reporting on the inception phase of a new joint UN project on the rights of persons with disabilities in Montenegro.

  1. Methodology and Technical Approach:

The methodology will include preparation of an implementation plan, implementation, monitoring, substantive and financial reporting, maintaining communication with various UN agencies and other stakeholders, logistic, financial and technical assistance to short-term consultants and technical assistance for the implementation of grants by national counterparts. The Consultant will also facilitate the participation of children, families and overall of persons with disabilities in the Inception phase.

The consultant will work closely with the relevant UNICEF Country Office staff (in particular the Child Protection Officers, Deputy Representative) and other UN agency staff.

  1. Activities and Tasks:

Under the direct supervision of UNICEF Child Protection Officer, the consultant is expected to complete the following tasks:

  • Organize regular coordination meetings between UN agencies, consultants and stakeholders to discuss and report on the status of implementation of the three key activities in the inception phase,
  • Support the delivery of a five-day induction training and reporting on the outcome of the workshop,
  • Support consultants conducting a situation analysis and in the validation of the findings,
  • Support the recruitment of consultants who will develop a full-fledged project proposal, except in case of a conflict of interest, and assist them in their work as needed with organization of consultations and in validation of the proposal
  • Support the tracking of the status of financial expenditures for the inception phase activities and regular report on this to the UN project team
  • Prepare a final report on the implementation of the three key elements of the inception phase, including a financial report.
  1. Deliverables and Timeframe

Under the guidance and supervision of UNICEF’s Child Protection Officer, the Consultant is expected to deliver the following with the below provided tentative dates:


Due Date

Review and Approvals Required

A five-day induction workshop for UN and stakeholders/partners on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and disability inclusive SDGs and the preconditions for disability inclusion organized in line with UNPRDP instructions

End May 2020

Joint UN project team

Situational analysis of factors affecting CRPD and SDG implementation and disability inclusion in Montenegro successfully completed

Mid July 2021

Joint UN project team

A full programme proposal outlining objectives, activities, outputs, and outcomes, and the structure and nature of the multi-stakeholder two-years partnerships developed and validated by UN agencies and national stakeholders

Mid-August 2021

Joint UN project team

Submission of a final report on the implementation of the three key elements of the inception phase, that includes a financial report

15 August 2021


The consultant will be engaged on full-time basis for the period from 15 April 2021 to 15th August 2021, with possibility for extension. The Consultant on full time engagement will have 1.5 day of PTO per month.

  1. Travel

The consultant may be required to visit persons with disabilities and engage in work at the community level, accompanying consultants conducting the situational analysis and developing the full programme proposal. This will be needs based and depend on the epidemiologic situation as regards COVID-19.

The consultant will work upon need from the UNICEF Office in Podgorica and from home, in line with UNICEF business operation procedures that take into account the COVID-19 epidemiological situation.

7.Management and Organization:

Management: The Consultant will be supervised by UNICEF’s Child Protection Officer. The consultant will work from the office/home in line with UN Eco House policy related to adherence to COVID-19 epidemiological measures.

Organization: National Consultancy, individual, is required, meeting the criteria described below. A UNICEF email account will be provided to the Consultant.

Schedule: This assignment will be carried out from 15th April to 15th August 2021.

  1. Minimum qualifications and requirements


  • University degree in social science (law, political science, social work or another relevant technical field will be considered as an advantage);
  • Advanced university degree will be considered as an advantage.


  • A minimum of two years of professional work experience in coordination, planning, implementation and/or monitoring of programmes/projects;
  • At least two years of working in the area of disability and/or the rights of persons with disabilities;
  • Prior experience in social inclusion of persons with disabilities in Montenegro;
  • Experience in working with/for an organization of persons with disabilities is considered as an asset.


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


  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills;

  • Excellent writing skills;
  • Demonstrated tact and high sense of responsibility and discretion;
  • Demonstrates integrity and high ethical standards;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.
  1. Application procedure:

To apply for a vacant position, a P-11 form and motivation letter should be submitted through “apply” button;

The candidates are requested to submit a financial offer as a separate document consisting of a daily fee for the services to be provided, travel and subsistence costs as/ if applicable.

Note: Qualified applicants with disabilities are highly encouraged to apply.

Inclusion of needs and estimated costs for reasonable accommodation in financial proposals are highly welcomed.

  1. Selection method:

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.

1. Technical Criteria - Interview – 70 % of total evaluation– max. 70 points

  • Education: 10 points
  • Previous experience: 20 points
  • Technical questions at the interview: 30 points
  • Other: 10 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.

2. Financial Criteria - 30 % of total evaluation – max. 30 points.

  • The lowest price proposal will be awarded the full score assigned to the commercial proposal as per formula: lowest offer / financial offer of the candidate x 30.

The recommendation for award of contract will be based on best combination of technical and financial score. Based on verified nominations and final scores, contract negotiations could be initiated with one or more successful candidates.

Mandatory learning: Upon concluding the recruitment process and prior to signing the contract, all Consultants and Individual Contractors, including those working from home, must complete the following online courses:

  • Ethics and Integrity at UNICEF
  • Prevention of Sexual Harassment and Abuse of Authority (PSHAA)
  • Sexual Exploitation Abuse (PSEA)

​Consultants and Individual Contractors must complete the following course before commencement of any travel on behalf of UNICEF.

  • BSAFE security training

​​​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
  • 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:

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  1. Budget and Remuneration:

    Payment schedule

The payments will be made upon successful completion of the deliverables and submission of 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.

Budget and Remuneration

Interested contractors are requested to submit their financial offer consisting of fee for the services to be provided, travel and subsistence costs, as applicable.


UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities to apply.

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.


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

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