National Consultant on aligning UNICEF’s program activities to the inclusive concept of disability

Title of Assignment: National Consultant on aligning UNICEF’s program activities to the inclusive concept of disability

Purpose: Provision of support to UNICEF’s programmes to support children with disabilities

Section: Front Office

Location: Baku, Azerbaijan

Duration: 11 months

From:   15 April 2019   To: 14 March 2020

  1. Background

Azerbaijan has made significant progress in economic and social development since independence which accompanied by the reforms in legislation and practice to bring the country in line with the international standards on social rights. Within the context of social reforms, welfare increase of persons with disabilities have been the major focus. Azerbaijan is one of the pioneers in the post-Soviet region that ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The reforms reinforced by the harmonization of national legislation and practice on disability to the requirements of the UN CRPD envisage the transformation of policy approach from so called “medical” to “social”. This new tendency ensures full implementation of rights of persons (including children) with disabilities through creating equal opportunities for them to integrate to the social life. In other words, the Convention recognizes disability as matter of fact as well as People with Disabilities not as an object of protection but a member of society with equal rights. This concept contains adjustments in the spheres of health, education, employment, accessibility, participation in political and public life and others in order to synchronize the efforts made by the Government with the standards of the UN CRPD. Concluding observations on the initial report of Azerbaijan on the implementation of UN CRPD[1] (11th May 2014) also includes numbers of recommendations to improve the policy on disability. Following these recommendations, Azerbaijan has adopted a new Law on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in 2018 founding a legal basis for next phase of reforms in this field.

UNICEF is one of the key stakeholders in Azerbaijan aiming to contribute to the reforms in the context of children and youth. The approach would be involving persons with disabilities in the process of reforms that concern them through regular consultations as one of the requirements of Human Rights Based Approach in designing and implementing policy and programmes. Contributions of persons with disabilities will add value to the broad range of UNICEF projects in Child protection, Education, Youth and adolescent development, Communication for Development, Communication and Partnership, Child Rights Monitoring, and Health and Nutrition.

  1. Purpose of the consultancy

The objective of this assignment is to ensure UNICEF-supported programmes to be in line with the concepts of rights-based approach, participation and inclusiveness stated by the UN CRPD, UN CRC and other international standards. The contribution of a person with disability in UNICEF programme’s planning, design and implementation will ensure that the programmes reflect voice of persons/children with disabilities and meet their special needs. This assignment will also allow UNICEF to demonstrate its commitment with an inclusive working environment and support to people with disabilities.

  1. Description of tasks

Within the position of part-time national consultancy, the following tasks and responsibilities are specified:

  • Providing continuous consultation to the UNICEF Country Programme evidence generations and overall strategy development including but not limited with:
    • Review design, methodologies (such as ToRs) and report of all research, studies and evaluations to ensure disaggregated information collected and analyzed to reflect situation of children with disabilities. Involve in the Situation Analysis development process to provide disability lens.
    • Be part of the Child Action Plan development process, provide input to its contents to ensure disability inclusiveness.
    • Participate in and contribute to the new UNICEF-Azerbaijan Country Programme of Cooperation (2021-2025) development process.
  • Developing and coordinating partnership with NGOs working on disability programmes, Disable Persons Organizations (DPOs) and influential individuals to support children with disabilities.
  • Building capacity of national and local stakeholders (Government and CSO/NGO’s) on the UN CRPD;
  • Supporting all programme components in their planning, programming, implementation and reporting process, specifically
    • Contribute to programme efforts in improvement of legislation and policies to ensure rights of children with disabilities are properly considered and reflected.
    • Provide consultation to inclusive health and nutrition, education, child protection and social services, as well as adolescent and youth participation and development
    • Contribute to child rights and monitoring, in particular for monitoring and reporting of CRPD.
  • Being as a strong advocator and promotor for rights of children with disabilities on behalf of UNICEF through
    • Support public advocacy and awareness raising campaigns for promotion of social inclusion and inclusive education.
    • Facilitate communication and dialogues to allow voice of persons/children with disabilities are heard and their opinion are considered in policy making and programme planning.
    • Contribute to mobilization of public and private investment to support building an inclusive society including through new technologies and innovations.
  • Support UNICEF Country Office to set up an inclusive and disability-friendly working environment.
  1. Deliverables and time-frame

A monthly report in a proper format is required to summarize key activities, results, and plan for next month.

The assignment is part time with 11 working days per month and cover the period of 11 months starting from15th April 2019 and ending on 14th March 2020.

  1. Qualification requirements

An individual national consultant meets the following requirements:

Education

  • Advanced university degree in Social Sciences, Political Sciences, Education, Social work or related field;

Experience

  • Minimum 3 years of work experience in the area of social development, human rights, and empowerment of persons with disabilities;
  • In depth knowledge of UN CRPD, UN CRC and social inclusion concept;
  • Strong communication and presentation skills;
  • Ability to work in a team with tight deadlines;
  • Familiarity with UNICEF’s mission and mandate;
  • Fluency both in Azerbaijani and English;
  1. Supervision

The consultant will be directly supervised by the Deputy Representative of UNICEF Azerbaijan, in close cooperation with respective programme officers.

  1. Administrative and travel arrangement
  • The consultant is expected to work independently. All planned expenditures for travel and the daily subsistence allowance as per UN-approved rate will be covered separately. The Country Office will provide necessary support in travel arrangement in particular when needed due to impedimental conditions
  • The consultant will work in a flexible arrangement of both home- and office-based modalities as needed. He/she will use his/her own computer and communications equipment (laptop, telephones, etc).
  • No work or travel may commence unless the contract is signed by both UNICEF and the consultant.
  • The consultant must be fit to travel, be in a possession of the valid UN DSS Basic and Advanced Security certificates.

Mandatory training: 

All consultants regardless of contract duration must complete the applicable mandatory training. The link to these online training will be provided during the selection process for the successful candidates.

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

Application

Interested parties should submit an application through the e-recruitment portal https://www.unicef.org/about/employ including the following:

  1. Cover letter
  2. Resume of consultant
  3. Financial proposal

Incomplete application missing any of the key components above will not be considered.

Deadline: 19 March 2019

 

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