Consultant – Implementation of project on access to justice for persons with disabilities


Location : Phnom Penh, CAMBODIA
Application Deadline :20-Sep-18 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :National Consultant
Languages Required :
English  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
17-Sep-2018
Duration of Initial Contract :125 working days ( September 2018 – 31 August 2019)
Expected Duration of Assignment :125 working days ( September 2018 – 31 August 2019)

UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.


Background

Cambodia has a strong commitment to disability rights evidenced by ratification of UNCRPD, signature of the Marrakesh Treaty, a legislative framework for rights protection, and a 700% increase from the previous year in the 2017 national budget for disabilities. Still, persons with disabilities face multiple challenges, particularly in accessing justice through the formal system and a lack of effective informal grievance mechanisms.

 The Royal Government of Cambodia has created institutional mechanisms for the protection of the rights of persons with disabilities such as the Disability Action Council (DAC) and the Disability Rights Administration in the Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth (MoSVY), but they operate with limited human and financial resources.

The UN has been implementing the joint UN Disability Rights Initiative Cambodia (DRIC) programme (2014-2018). The UN Partnership on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities accepted the proposal submitted by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Cambodia (OHCHR-Cambodia) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to implement a project on “Access to justice without barriers for persons with disabilities”. The project focuses on access to justice and to accessible mechanisms to protect the rights of persons with disabilities, including in detention.

 The project will enhance the capacity of duty bearers to implement the UNCRPD on access to justice and services. This includes training judges, prosecutors, court clerks, lawyers, prison officials, DACs/MoSVY officials on their obligations vis à vis the UNCRPD; ensuring that specific actions on access to justice are included in the National Disability Strategic Plan; increasing access to legal aid; and piloting grievance mechanisms in three provinces. The project also seeks to enhance the disability movement’s capacity to advance the rights of persons with disabilities and assist them in seeking justice, including through strengthened engagement with local authorities.


Duties and Responsibilities

The Consultant will assist OHCHR’s Rule of Law Unit in implementing the project. In particular, the Consultant will organize the following activities:

  1. Liaise with the relevant authorities within the Ministry of Justice, provincial courts, the General Department of Prisons, the Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth (MOSAVY) and the Disability Action Council to plan and implement the project activities;
  2. Organize two two-day training for judges and prosecutors, a one-day training for lawyers and a two-day training for prison officials on the CRPD and the rights of persons with disabilities to access justice in at least three provinces;
  3. Organize two three-day training for Provincial DACs/MoSAVY officials in the provinces on the CPRD, including practical ways to help persons with disabilities access justice;
  4. Organize one two-day training for CDPO/DPOs’ on collecting, documenting, reporting on and responding to cases of alleged human rights violations of persons with disabilities;
  5. For each activity above, the Consultant will be responsible for the overall planning of the events, including drafting the agenda, preparing presentations and materials, making all logistical preparations, and drafting the reports of the activities;
  6. Monitor progress of grants awarded by OHCHR Cambodia in the context of the project to and organize regular coordination meetings to verify progress and identify possible areas of support and/or follow up needed from OHCHR Cambodia;
  7. Monitor relevant trials involving persons with disabilities in selected provinces, as defined by the Head of the Rule of Law Unit;
  8. Draft texts to be posted on OHCHR Cambodia’s social media accounts;
  9. Report required: Monthly.

Interested Offerors must visit this link http://procurement-notices.undp.org/view_notice.cfm?notice_id=49335  to download Individual Consultant Procurement Notice, Terms of Reference, and Document Templates to be included when submitting this online application.


Competencies

  • Good communicator
  • Ability to build and maintain relationships
  • Good attention to detail
  • Effective time management skills
  • Knowledge of international human rights standards and of the Cambodian justice system.


Required Skills and Experience

Education: Master’s Degree in Law (A Bachelor’s degree in combination with four additional years of qualifying work experience may be accepted in lieu of the Master’s degree)

Experience:

  • At least three years of relevant professional experience working with persons with disabilities.
  • Experience working with persons with disabilities;
  • Experience in providing trainings to a variety of audiences;

Language Requirement: Fluency in oral and written Khmer and English

Interested Offerors must visit this link http://procurement-notices.undp.org/view_notice.cfm?notice_id=49335 to download Individual Consultant Procurement Notice, Terms of Reference, and Document Templates to be included when submitting this online application.

UNDP reserves right to reject any applications that is incomplete.

Please be informed that we don’t accept application submitted via email.

Interested Offerors are required to submit application via UNDP jobsite system as the application screening and evaluation will be done through UNDP jobsite system. Please note that UNDP jobsite system allows only one uploading of application document, so please make sure that you merge all your documents into a single file. Your on-line applications submission will be acknowledged where an email address has been provided. If you do not receive an e-mail acknowledgement within 24 hours of submission, your application may not have been received. In such cases, please resubmit the application, if necessary. Please combine all your documents into one (1) single PDF document as the system only allows to upload maximum one document.

Any request for clarification/additional information on this procurement notice shall be communicated in writing to UNDP office or send to email sereyvattana.chan@undp.org  and cc procurement.kh@undp.org . While the Procurement Unit would endeavor to provide information expeditiously, only requests receiving at least 5 working days prior to the submission deadline will be entertained. Any delay in providing such information will not be considered as a reason for extending the submission deadline. The UNDP's response (including an explanation of the query but without identifying the source of inquiry) will be posted in Individual Consultant (IC) Procurement Notice page as provided above. Therefore, all prospective Offerors are advised to visit the page regularly to make obtain update related to this Individual Consultant (IC) Procurement Notice.



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