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Purpose of Activity/Assignment:
The United Nations in Montenegro i.e., UNDP, UNICEF, and Resident Coordinator’s Office (RCO) have been implementing a two-year UN Partnership on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNPRPD) funded program to promote the rights of children and persons with disabilities in the country. The program aims to support the state institutions and organizations of persons with disabilities (OPDs) to advance the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and disability inclusive Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as well as pre-conditions for disability inclusion, equality and non-discrimination, service delivery, CRPD compliant budgeting, and increased accountability.
The initiative aims to support the Government to prevent institutionalization and take key steps to facilitate the transition of persons with disabilities from institutions to family and community-based services and facilitate closer engagement between OPDs and the National Human Rights Institution (NHRI) - The Protector for Human Rights and Freedoms - to monitor implementation of CRPD. Also, the Project is supposed to assist the UN to ensure strong disability inclusion in the new UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (SDCF) for the period 2023-2027 and in the Common Country Analysis which served as a basis for the SDCF development. The program`s key dimension is meaningful participation of children with disabilities and their parents, and persons with disabilities in all activities at all stages.
The initiative was originally planned to be implemented in the period January 2022-December 2023, however the UNPRPD Secretariat has approved 6 months non-costs project extension, so that some of the delayed activities may be implemented in a proper and quality manner. From this reason, UNICEF seeks for a half time UNPRPD Project Consultant
to provide technical support to the Government of Montenegro, Ombudsperson’s Institution and DPOS to implement Joint UN program Accelerating Disability Inclusion for Children and Adults with Disabilities
. The consultant will be focusing on remaining activities belonging to UNICEF and OHCHR components, with a focus on prevention of institutionalization, capacity building of main stakeholders, further strengthening of capacities of Institution of the Protector for Human Rights and Freedoms to maintain and sustain the Independent Monitoring Mechanism (IMM) for joint monitoring of CRPD implementation, in active cooperation with representatives of organizations of persons with disability and following up the implementation of the recommendations from the OPDs led Analysis on the level of inclusion of children and persons with disabilities in UN programmes and activities.How can you make a difference?
Scope of Work: Under the direct supervision of UNICEF Child Rights Monitoring and Evaluation (CRME) Specialist, and in close cooperation with UN RC Office, the consultant is expected to support:
- strengthening implementation of the CRPD and SDGs in the country.
- strengthening service delivery, and accountability of services providers and duty bearers.
- provide support the Government of Montenegro and key stakeholders in preventing institutionalization and taking key steps to facilitate the transition of children with disabilities from institutional to family and community-based care.
- facilitating closer cooperation between OPDs and the Institution of the Protector for Human Rights and Freedoms in monitoring the implementation of CRPD.
- supporting the implementation of the recommendations of the OPDs led Analysis on the level of inclusion of children and persons with disabilities in UN programmes and activities.
- preparing and submitting the joint final report to UNPRPD Technical Secretariat.
More specifically, the national consultant is expected to undertake the following tasks:
- Provide support to the international consultant and Programme consultant in defining minimum package of services for children with disabilities and their families, and development of SOPs for cross-sectoral coordination.
- Support the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare in preventing institutionalization and transition of children with disabilities from institutional to family and community-based care through supporting the development of standards for foster care centres and piloting/establishing the first Centre for Foster Care in Montenegro.
- Support the Institution of the Protector for Human Rights and Freedoms in continuous strengthening of the CRPD implementation, IMM and capacity building for its members.
- Support the UN in Montenegro to implement the recommendations from the OPDs led Analysis of the level of inclusion of persons with disabilities in their programs and activities.
- Communication with the UN Joint Communication team in Montenegro to ensure visibility of the implemented activities.
- Communication with the Joint UN Program team in Montenegro and the Technical Secretariat of the UNPRPD for inquiries, guidance, and reporting.
- Support organization of at least one meeting and functioning of the Project Steering Committee.
- Prepare the final Project report to be submitted to UNPRPD Technical Secretariat.
The consultant will be supervised by UNICEF CRME Specialist, while she/he will also closely cooperate with the members of the Joint UN program team.Tasks/Milestone
Provide support to the international consultant and Programme consultant in defining minimum package of services for children with disabilities and their families, and development of SOP for cross-sectoral coordination
- Support and comments provided to the analysis and SOP for cross-sectoral coordination drafted by international consultant
By end November 2023
Technical assistance to International Consultant to support development of standards for specialized foster care and piloting/establishing of the first Foster Care Centre in Montenegro
- Up to 3 online/offline consultations/meetings organized with participation of at least 20 stakeholders for development of standards, statutory documentation, and relevant report for the first Foster Care Centre in Montenegro
By end January 2024
Continuous support to the Institution of the Protector for Human Rights and Freedoms in strengthening of the CRPD implementation, IMM and capacity building for its members, organization of meetings, provision of guidance, ensuring interlinkages with UN and UNICEF programming
- Up to 3 IMM field visits organized
- Functioning of the IMM monitored monthly
By end June 2024
Support the UN in Montenegro to implement the recommendations from the OPDs led Analysis of the level of inclusion of persons with disabilities in their programs and activities
- The UN staff plan/s for the implementation of recommendations from the OPDs led Analysis drafted and implementation followed up
By end February 2023
Communication with the Joint UN Program team in Montenegro
- Up to 7 monthly project team meetings organized and meetings ‘minutes prepared
By end June 2024
Communication with the Technical Secretariat of the UNPRPD
- At least 1 meeting for addressing inquiries, guidance and reporting organized and follow up ensured
By end April 2024
Communication with the UN Joint Communication team in Montenegro to ensure visibility of the implemented activities
- Presentation on implemented activities prepared and updated, information for the UN Snapshot, newsletters, etc. prepared at least once in two months
By end June 2024
Support organization of at least one meeting and functioning of the Project Steering Committee
- Presentation of the Programme progress drafted
- At least one Steering Committee meeting organized
- Minutes from the meeting delivered to Steering Committee members
By end April 2024
Prepare the final Project report to be submitted to UNPRPD Technical Secretariat
- Final report developed and submitted to UNPRPD
By end June 2024To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
- Bachelor’s degree in social science
- A minimum of two years of professional work experience in coordination, planning, implementation and/or monitoring of programmes/projects.
- Sound knowledge and familiarity with CRPD.
- Extensive experience in working with OPDs and children and persons with disabilities.
- Experience in working with UN joint programmes is an asset.
- Knowledge of the social inclusion, child protection, health, and education in programming with children with disabilities is an asset.
- Excellent command of local language (spoken and written).
- Excellent 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.
Persons with disabilities, particularly women with disabilities, are strongly encouraged to apply.
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