Organization: UN Children's Fund
Closing date: 13 Mar 2019
Background and Context
In December 2018 UNICEF Montenegro became part of the sub regional initiative ‘Equitable Access to Justice for Children in the West Balkans States of Albania and Montenegro’ (2019 -2020) funded by the Government of Norway. This initiative is focused on two key result areas: 1) The justice and social welfare systems are adapted to the rights of children participating in justice processes and b) Children, especially the most vulnerable, have knowledge and support to enable them to access justice. During the last decade, the Juvenile Justice reform demonstrated the importance of local ownership and consistent leadership in successful programme implementation. Limited efforts are currently devoted to promotion of broader child access to justice agenda and child-friendly justice systems, which is seen as one of the key priorities in the EU’s agenda for the rights of the child.
Following this initiative and in line with the access to justice agenda in the country, it will be necessary to strengthen advocacy efforts towards integration of the Child Access to Justice Agenda into the Rule of Law Agenda and EU accession related processes. Additional support is required for implementation of the legislative frameworks and strategies, dialogue with communities, justice sector professionals and other actors to increase their understanding of the needs of children in the justice system and how to respond to them.
To ensure integration of the Child Access to Justice Agenda into the Rule of Law Agenda in the country international technical assistance will be provided to relevant national institutions. This is primarily related to providing support to the Ministry of Justice of Montenegro which leads the process of drafting the new Strategy of the Reform of Judiciary (2020-2023). Technical expertise will be provided to the Working Group established by the Ministry of Justice for drafting the Strategy on how to better incorporate child access to justice into national strategic framework.
Purpose and Objective(s)
- The purpose of this activity is to support integration of child access to justice agenda into national rule of law, justice sector and child rights reform strategies.
- The objective of this assignment is to support relevant national institutions, primarily the Ministry of Justice in integrating access to justice agenda into child rights related strategic documents, primarily the Strategy of the Reform of Judiciary (2020-2023).
Methodology and Technical Approach
The methodology will include:
- desk review of the relevant legislative and policy documents and available publications/reports on access to justice available through administrative data sources;
- interviews with representatives of relevant sectors at the national level;
- consultations with the working group of the Ministry of Justice established for drafting the Strategy for the Reform of the Judiciary (2020-2023);
- preparation of a report with concreate solutions and recommendations on integration of child access to justice into policy and strategic documents;
- validation of the proposed by national stakeholders.
The Consultant is expected to work from home and travel to Montenegro for a number of visits. Further details are presented in the section below “Activities and Tasks”.
Activities and Tasks
The activities of the assignment will be conducted in close cooperation with the relevant representatives of the Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare and UNICEF’s Child Protection Team. The consultant is expected:
- To use as a reference relevant international instruments: UN CRC and the CRC Concluding Observations for Montenegro (2018), General Comment No.12 on children's right to be heard; General Comment no 14 on the right of the child to have his or her best interests taken as a primary consideration; European Convention on the Exercise of Child Rights; Council of Europe`s Guidelines on Child Friendly Justice, UNICEF CEECIS Regional Study: Children’s Equitable Access to Justice, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights on Access to justice for children from 2013 and its addendum from 2014, etc.;
- To review, within the preparatory phase, Action Plans for Chapters 23 and 24 of the EU Acquis, Strategy on the reform of Judiciary (2014-2018); Strategy on prevention and protection of Children from violence (2017-2021); National Action Plan for Children (2013-2017); draft versions of the Strategy for realization of child Rights (2019-2023) and draft Strategy for the Reform of Judiciary (2019-2023) that will be shared only for internal use;
- To communicate with respective officials from the relevant institutions, the working group of the Ministry of Justice established for drafting the Strategy for the reform of Judiciary (2020-2023) and UNICEF to receive in-depth guidance to develop an assessment with recommendations;
- To produce a draft report with concrete recommendations for integration of access to justice agenda (together with proposed output and outcome statements, indicators, activities, timeline and budget) that will be shared with respective counterparts and UNICEF for comments;
- Based on received inputs and comments, to finalize the report;
- To present the main findings to national stakeholders.
Key Deliverables and Timeframe
This assignment is expected to commence on 8 April 2019. The consultant is expected to spend a total of 20 working days on this assignment, out of which he /she will spend up to 6 working days in Montenegro while rest of the time s/he will be home based.
The Consultant is expected to produce the following key deliverables:
Number of days
Desk review (international documents, country relevant policy and strategic document)
4 days (home based)
By end April 2019
Field work in order to communicate with respective officials from the relevant institutions to receive in-depth guidance to develop an assessment with recommendations
3 days (in Podgorica)
Draft report with recommendations for integration of access to justice agenda into relevant documents (including proposed output and outcome statements, indicators, activities, timeline and budget)
10 days (home based)
By end May 2019
Finalization of the report based on received inputs
2 days (home based)
By end June 2019
Present the main findings to national stakeholders
1 day (in Podgorica)
By mid September2019
Total number of days
Management and Organization
Management: The Consultant/s will be supervised by the UNICEF Child Protection Officer. Organization: International Consultant/s will be required for this consultancy. If more than one consultant is engaged for the assignment, the fee for each consultant will be negotiated depending on their qualifications, the scope of work required from each consultant and the duration of their engagement. Schedule: This assignment will commence on 8 April 2019.
Qualifications/specialized knowledge/experience required to complete the task: The Consultant is expected to have the following qualifications/specialized knowledge/experience required to complete the task:
Education: • Master’s degree in law or other related social science; •PhD in law or other related social science will be considered as an advantage;
Experience: •Five (5) or more years of experience in child rights, child protection, justice for children;•Familiarity with the local context in Montenegro with respect to the justice, access to justice is a strong asset;•Proven experience in report writing and data compilation;•Previous work experience with UN/UNICEF or other international organization will be considered as an advantage;
Language: •Excellent command of English, whilst knowledge of Montenegrin language will be considered as an advantage;
Other: •Effective communication skills;•Demonstrate abilities to meet deadlines.
- To apply for the vacant position please submit P-11 form through “apply” button;
- Candidates are requested to submit a financial offer as a separate document consisting of a daily professional fee, travel costs for two visits to Montenegro and DSA costs for up to 6 days to be spend in Podgorica, Montenegro.
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. •Financial scores will be calculated using the formula [lowest offer / financial offer of the candidate x 30].
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 three online courses:
- Ethics and Integrity at UNICEF
- Prevention of Sexual Harassment and Abuse of Authority
- Sexual Exploitation Abuse (PSEA)
In addition, Consultants and Individual Contractors must complete the following course before commencement of any travel on behalf of UNICEF.
- BSAFE security training
The courses can be found on the following link: UNICEF Mandatory Training/Learning Classes .
Budget and Remuneration
Payment schedule: The payments will be made upon successful completion of the deliverables and submission of invoices. Recourse: 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.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process;
How to apply:
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 to become a part of our organization. To apply, click on the following link http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/?job=520215