Job no: 528015
Position type: Consultancy
Department/Office: Minsk, Belarus
Categories: Child Protection, Social and Economic Policy, Support: Programme, Early Childhood Development, Consultancy
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National Consultant on Social Inclusion and Realizing the Rights of Children with Disabilities and their Families
Type of contract: National Consultancy
Location: Minsk, Belarus
Duration: January 2020 – December 2020 (11,5 months, Office based)
- Background and Justification:
UNICEF in Belarus Country Office (CO) has been assisting Ministry of Health, in strengthening the national system to children U3. Primary prevention of severe child disability seen through strengthening early identification, timely intervention and family centered early rehabilitation of young children and families with special needs for greater attention or referral and quality home visiting services.
Another priority area of UNICEF is to assist national non-governmental and governmental stakeholders with the advancement of inclusive education for children with disabilities and special educational needs and track the progress of inclusion through the addressing legislative, institutional and organizational gaps that hinder decision making to make the shift towards meaningful inclusion of children with disabilities into regular school settings. The intervention will support the existing education system through systemic changes, strengthening the capacity of the duty bearers and providing opportunities to empower children with disabilities and their families to realize their rights for quality education. Mainstreaming the spirit of both CRPD and CRC is one of the most pressing and challenging tasks in Belarus, where the medical approach has continuously perpetuated the marginalization of children with special educational needs and disabilities.
Given the increased mandate on the issue of realizing the rights of children with disabilities of the UNICEF Belarus and therefore technical support in inclusive early childhood intervention, learning and education, the CO seeks the services of a contractor, to implement a number of tasks. This area of engagement is complex, multi-sectoral, and assistance is needed to focus on the areas where UNICEF can provide value added to country partners with evidence-based technical guidance combined with a solid rights-based approach.
To provide technical expertise and organizational support to the implementation of UNICEF Belarus programme activities on realization of the rights of children with disabilities.
- Key Tasks and deliverables:
Provide technical expertise and organizational support for the successful implementation UNICEF programme programme on realization of the rights of children with disabilities re:
(1) early childhood intervention and early rehabilitation, inclusive early learning;
(2) prevention of stigma and discrimination of children with disabilities;
(3) social assistance to families with children with disabilities and responsible parenting.
Specifically, tasks in these three programme directions would comprise:
- Support to prepare programme related documentations/materials/data to facilitate the program implementation and monitoring
- Actively contribute to the development of capacity building programmes for specialists (seminars and training)
- Support the organisation of major meetings and events, including those that indirectly related to the assigned programme, but include child disability components
- Resourcefully support development of the data analyses, knowledge generation materials and analytical documents, including development of informational and promotional materials on child disability
- Conduct regular programme field visits and surveys and/or exchange information with partners/stakeholders to assess progress and provide technical support, take appropriate action to resolve issues and/or refer to relevant officials for resolution
- Provide technical and operational support to national partners and other country office partners/donors on the application and understanding of UNICEF policies, strategies, processes and best practices on ECD related issues to support programme implementation, operations and delivery of results
progress reports on results achieved
- Management and Reporting
This consultancy is under the supervision of ECD specialist. Selected consultant will closely work with other colleagues in the office. He/she will also work with the government and non-government partners on daily basis.
If UNICEF determines that the Contractor needs to travel in order to perform his or her assignment, that travel shall be specified in the contract and the Contractor’s travel costs shall be set out in the contract: In cases where travel costs have not been set out in the individual contract, the consultant and individual contractors are expected to submit, within ten days of completion of a specific travel, a voucher for reimbursement of travel expenses to the Operations section. Reimbursements shall only be processed if travel was duly authorized in the individual contract or by an authorized manager of the contracting section, in writing and prior to the travel. Consultants and individual contractors are responsible for assuming costs for obtaining visas and travel insurance.
The DSA for in-country travel will be paid in accordance with UNICEF rules in addition to the consultant’s fee.
6. PAYMENT CONDITIONS:
The fee will be paid through the wire transfer to the consultant’s account on monthly basis after the submission of invoice and a report with main deliverables approved by supervisor.
The employment is full time, 8 hours a day.
7. UNSATISFACTORY PERFORMANCE:
Payment of fees to the Contractor under this contractor, including each installment or periodic payment (if any), is subject to the Contractor’s full and complete performance of his or her obligations under this contract with regard to such payment to UNICEF’s satisfaction, and UNICEF’s certification to that effect.
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. All materials developed will remain the copyright of UNICEF and that UNICEF will be free to adapt and modify them in the future. This ToR is an integral part of the contract (SSA) signed with the consultant.
8. Qualifications, Experience and Skills required:
- Higher Education in either psychology, psycho neurology, pediatrics, special pedagogy or other relevant field;
- At least 7 years of technical expertise in the field of inclusive early childhood development, early childhood rehabilitation and intervention, social assistance to children with disabilities, social inclusion of children with disabilities;
- Good knowledge of innovative approaches in the area of inclusion of children with disabilities into the society, specifically in education related to assistive technologies, universal design and reasonable accommodation.
- Report writing and presentation skills, such as concept notes, donor reports and strategy/policy briefs
- Strong analytical skills and ability to work well under tight deadlines
- Advanced communication skills.
- Ability to meet deadlines.
- Fluency in Russian and English required.
- Fluency in Belarusian is an asset.
UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results. View our competency framework at
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 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, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.
9. PROCESS FOR APPLICATION
Interested candidates are kindly requested to apply and upload the following documents to the assigned requisition in UNICEF Vacancies
- Samples of writing, preferably on similar topics;
- Three references of similar consultancy assignments (if available).
- Financial proposal (with the indication of daily & monthly fee)
- CV / a completed P-11 form(UN Personal History Form).
- Cover letter.
Applicants should submit their applications in English on-line by closing date 8 December 2019 to be eligible for consideration.
All applications will be treated with strict confidentiality. UNICEF is an equal opportunity employer.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.
Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.
Advertised: Nov 20 2019 Russian Standard Time
Application close: Dec 08 2019 Russian Standard Time
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Closes Dec 08 2019
National Consultancy on Social Inclusion and Realizing the Rights of Children with Disabilities and Their Families, Belarus in Belarus
Appointment: National Individual Consultant, office-based, full time Location: Minsk, Belarus Duration: January 2020 – December 2020 (11,5 months) PURPOSE: To provide technical expertise and organizational support to the implementation of UNICEF Belarus programme activities on realization of the rights of children with disabilities.
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