Montenegro: International consultancy for the provision of technical assistance to the Institute for Social and Child Protection

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Organization: UN Children's Fund
Country: Montenegro
Closing date: 02 Oct 2015
UNITED NATIONS CHILDREN’S FUND
REQUIRES
International consultancy

For the provision of technical assistance to the Institute for Social and Child Protection to strengthen their capacity to support the development of the social and child protection sector workforce (Continuation of the Child Care System Reform – IPA 2014)

Minimum Requirements:

· A university degree, preferably advanced, in social sciences, public administration or other relevant field; with a diploma/certificate in training management;

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· Proven expertise and at least ten years of experience in diagnostic/analytical studies of organisations and/or public administration and institutional capacity building in the social and child protection sector;

· Familiarity with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and relevant international standards in the area of social and child protection;

· Previous work experience in the region of Western Balkans/South East Europe will be considered as an advantage;

· Excellent knowledge of written and spoken English or local language;

· Excellent communication and facilitation skills;

· Excellent writing skills

Terms of Reference

International Consultant for the provision of technical assistance to the Institute for Social and Child Protection to strengthen their capacity to support the development of the social and child protection sector workforce (Continuation of the Child Care System Reform – IPA 2014)

Background and Context

Observance of human and child rights represents an essential value of the European Union and an important part of the enlargement policy for Montenegro and the Western Balkan countries. Montenegro recognized the need to undertake relevant measures to implement institutional, legislative and administrative reforms in order to make sure that the rights and needs of each individual child are observed and protected in accordance with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights.

Protecting children from violence, exploitation and abuse is an integral component of protecting their rights to survival, growth and development. The approach of UNICEF is to create a protective environment, where girls and boys are free from violence, exploitation, and unnecessary separation from family; and where laws, services, behaviours and practices minimize children’s vulnerability, address known risk factors, and strengthen children’s own resilience.

In Montenegro, the overall goal of the UNICEF Country programme for 2012-2016 signed with the Government of Montenegro is to accompany the country’s efforts towards increasing equity and ensuring the inclusion of children and women who are in need of special protection, live in poverty, or are socially marginalized so that they can enjoy and exercise their rights. A crucial segment of the on-going Country programme for 2012-2016 is the continuation of the *Child Care System Reform*initiative implemented by the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare (MoLSW) in partnership with UNICEF with the financial assistance of the European Union since the beginning of 2011 (through IPA 2010 followed by IPA 2014).

The reform follows a systematic approach to child protection, targeting all levels of the system and covering the areas of law reform, development of child protection standards and monitoring mechanisms, capacity building of professionals in the child protection system, deinstitutionalization and the transformation of residential institutions for children, the development of prevention mechanisms and the expansion of family and community based services for children and families.

Within the Child Care System Reform (IPA 2010), the legal framework in the area of social and child protection has been broadly aligned with international standards. In line with the new Law on Social and Child Protection adopted in 2013 (*Official Gazette of Montenegro* 27/2013), active participation of beneficiaries in the creation, selection and use of the rights in the area of social and child protection, respect for the best interest of the beneficiaries, prevention of institutionalization and access to services in the least restrictive environment[1], and pluralism of service providers are among the principles of social and child protection. Standards and quality in the provision of all services have been introduced through the introduction of licensing of professionals and service providers and establishment of the social inspection. The Law also prescribes the establishment of the Institute for Social and Child Protection (henceforth the Institute), which will play a complex role in the development of the social and child protection system, and perform advisory, research and other professional activities. The Institute will perform the following tasks:

  1. Advisory, research and professional activities in the field of social and child protection;
  2. Monitors the quality of professional work and services in institutions, in accordance with this Law;
  3. Provides professional supervisory support for the advancement of professional work and social and child protection services;
  4. Performs licensing of professional workers and issue operating license in accordance with this Law;
  5. Performs professional and organizational activities in the procedure of the program accreditation, that is, the accreditation of the program for service provision which provides vocational training to professional workers and professional associates and service providers;
  6. Passes the Code of Ethics for employees in the field of social and child protection;
  7. Investigates social phenomena and problems, activities and effects of social and child protection, prepares analyses and reports and proposes measures for the improvement in the field of social and child protection;
  8. Develops quality system in the social and child protection sector, coordinates the development of service standards and proposes to the competent state administration body improvement of the existing and introduction of new standards;
  9. Participates in the development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the effects of implementation of strategies, action plans, laws and other regulations relating to the development of activities of the social and child protection;
  10. Organizes vocational training for professional workers and professional associates;
  11. Create and publishes monographs, journals and collections of papers, professional manuals, guides, bulletins, studies and examples of good practice;
  12. Informs professional and general public about the implementation of the social and child protection, points out the needs and concerns of beneficiaries, especially beneficiaries from vulnerable social groups;
  13. Performs other duties in accordance with this Law (*Law on Social and Child Protection 2013, Article 121*).

The Institute was formally established in 2014 (*Official Gazette of Montenegro* 17/2014) and has been in operation since the beginning of 2015. The Institute consists of three departments: the Department for development and professional support (6 positions), the Department for strengthening capacities of professional workers (6 positions), and the Department for general and financial activities (6 positions). Most positions have been filled, including of the director of the Institute, with the exception of the positions of the heads of the first two departments and some of the professional posts.

The Department for development and professional support will perform advisory, research and professional activities, monitor the quality of professional work in services and institutions, provide supervisory support, prepare analyses, reports and proposals for enhancing social and child protection, coordinate the development of standards, participate in the drafting, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the effects of the implementation of strategies, action plans, laws etc. The Department for strengthening capacities of professional workers will perform activities pertaining to the accreditation of training or service provision programmes, licensing of professional workers and professional associates, preparation of the Code of Ethics for employees in the social and child protection sector, organize capacity strengthening of professional workers and professional associates, prepare publications etc., inform the public about social and child protection etc..

Although not fully staffed yet, the Institute has thus far been involved in drafting secondary legislation of the Law on Social and Child Protection, most notably of the bylaws on licensing of service providers and accreditation of training and service provision programmes (*Official Gazette of Montenegro*34/2015), supporting the ongoing reform of the centres for social work (CSWs) which includes the introduction of case management methodology[2], supporting the process of development of social and child protection services, preparing the publication of guidelines for CSW professionals etc.

In order to support the Institute for Social and Child Protection to perform tasks prescribed by the Law, international technical expertise will be provided with the objective to strengthen its capacity to develop professional capacities of the social and child protection workforce.

Purpose and Objective

The purpose of this activity is to support the newly established Institute to perform its functions related to the development of professional capacities of the social and child protection workforce, as prescribed by the Law.

The objectives of the assignment are:

1) to conduct a training needs assessment of the personnel of the Institute in order to devise a capacity building strategy to support the Institute in performing its functions related to the development of professional capacities of the social and child protection workforce.

2) To, based on the assessment described above, deliver a training programme involving relevant personnel of the Institute with the aim to strengthen its capacity to perform its functions related to the development of professional capacities of the social and child protection workforce. The training programme should address the following issues/topics: diagnosing social welfare workers’ training needs, organizing training programmes (by designing and delivering the required training programme or commissioning the required training from external providers), and evaluating the effectiveness of the delivered training programmes.

Methodology and Technical Approach

The methodology will include desk review, consultations with the Institute, the MoLSW, Faculty of Political Sciences University of Montenegro – Department for Social Work and Social Policy, UNICEF, representatives of centres for social work and other service providers as required, delivery of the training programme, preparation of a report etc.

The Consultant is expected to work both in the field (in Montenegro) and from home.

Activities and Tasks

The Consultant is expected:

· In preparation for the training needs assessment, to review strategic documents of the Institute and MoLSW as well as the Rulebook on internal organization and systematization of the Institute for Social and Child Protection (including organigram and job descriptions of key professional and managerial posts), especially in terms of its structure, requirements of the posts and allocation of functions. To familiarize oneself with the Law on Social and Child Protection and a selection of relevant bylaws, the Strategy on the Development of the Social and Child Protection System (2013-2017), mid-term and final evaluations of Child Care System Reform (IPA 2010), report on the capacities of the centres for social work from 2011, the recently conducted functional analysis of the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare, and other documents as required. To prepare questionnaires and interview questions for the assessment.

· To conduct the assessment, including through meetings/interviews with key stakeholders: the Institute for Social and Child Protection (particularly the staff members who will be engaged in the provision or organization of capacity building activities for social and child protection professionals), the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare, the Faculty of Political Sciences of the University of Montenegro – Department for Social Work and Social Policy, UNICEF, representatives of centres for social work and other service providers as required, in order to establish training needs of the Institute for Social and Child Protection and thus support the Institute to perform its functions related to the development of professional capacities of the social and child protection workforce. Focus shall be on:

  • Defining the vision, mission and strategic goals of the Institute with respect to its functions related to the development of professional capacities of the social and child protection workforce, as well as the roles of relevant staff members of the Institute and other key stakeholders in relation to the Institute’s aforementioned functions.
  • Assessing the skills and capacities of the Institute to perform the abovementioned functions, taking into consideration the following aspects: diagnosing social welfare and child protection workers’ training needs, designing training sessions and programmes, developing the most appropriate training methodology, evaluating the effectiveness of the delivered training programmes, procuring training from external sources. The Institute’s capacity to assess trainers and training programmes, to carry out the accreditation process for main training programmes, and develop a training policy/operational plan in line with the requirements of the ongoing social and child protection system reform should also be assessed.
  • Defining the gap between the current skills and knowledge and the required skills and knowledge of the relevant Institute staff.

· To prepare a report with a detailed proposal of a training programme, containing the subject/topics of training/capacity building activities, objectives, required participants, tentative length of each training/capacity building activity proposed, and estimation of resources required for the Institute staff involved in performing functions related to the development of professional capacities of the social and child protection workforce.

· To, based on the above assessment, deliver the proposed training programme (for approximately 8-10 participants). The training programme should include (but need not be limited to) the following:

  • presentational skills,
  • participative skills and methodology,
  • conducting training needs assessments (preparation techniques, questionnaire design, interviewing skills),
  • designing a training programme,
  • evaluation techniques.

The Consultant’s approach should be interactive and participatory and should involve work in small groups and realistic case studies from the area of social and child protection for the trainees to practice.

· A final mission report with the overview of the delivered training programme, process and recommendations.

Key Deliverables and Timeframe

The Consultant will be engaged for 50 working days in total, with the following tentative break down of days:**Task, location** Days 1. Preparation of the assessment, home based 2 2. Field visit, Montenegro 5 3. Writing of TNA report, home based 1 4. Preparation of training programme, home based 11 5. Delivery of training programme, Montenegro 30 6. Final mission report, home based 1 TOTAL 50

The Consultant is expected to produce the following key deliverables, by the following tentative deadline:

  1. Field mission to Montenegro to establish the training needs of the Institute for Social and Child Protection, 12th – 16th October 2015.
  2. First draft of the TNA report with a detailed proposal of a capacity building strategy, by 22nd October 2015.
  3. Final TNA report, based on UNICEF and Institute’s comments and feedback to the draft report, by 2nd November 2015.
  4. Delivery of training programme (in multiple sessions/stages, which will be further detailed and agreed on with the Consultant) and final mission report, by 15 September 2016.

Management and Organisation

Management: The Consultant will be supervised by the UNICEF Child Protection Officer.

Organization: International Consultancy, individual, with extensive experience in institutional capacity building in the social and child protection sector is required for this assignment.

The candidate is requested to submit a financial offer consisting of fee for the services to be provided, travel and subsistence costs, as applicable.

The consultant’s fee may be reduced if the assignments/deliverables are not fulfilled to the required standard. In a case of serious dissatisfaction with the consultant’s performance the contract may be terminated in line with UNICEF procedure in such matters and as spelled out in SSA.

Schedule: This assignment will commence on 7th October 2015.

[1] In line with this principle, transformation of residential institutions in line with transformation plans in order to provide services supporting independent living, counselling, therapeutic, socio-educational services is prescribed by the Law (Article 117). Placement in residential care became a measure of last resort and a child younger than three years of age cannot be placed in an institution unless in exceptional circumstances (Article 70).

[2] As per bylaws on CSW organization and standards of work Official Gazette of Montenegro 58/2013, 30/2015 and on professional activities in the social and child protection system Official Gazette of Montenegro 56/2013, 14/2014.

How to apply:

Terms of Reference for the position and P11 form can be found on the website**www.unicef.org/montenegro****or picked up at UNICEF Montenegro office.**

If you are a dynamic person who would like to contribute to delivering of long-lasting, positive changes for Montenegro’s children,**please apply with a CV, P11 form, financial offer** and cover letter by email, mail or fax quoting the position “Capacity building of the Institute for Social and Child Protection” to the following address:

UNICEF, UN Eco House, Stanka Dragojevica bb, 81 000 Podgorica

Fax: +382 20 447 400

Email: podgorica@unicef.org

Closing date for applications is 2 October, 2015 by 12:00h a.m.

Only short listed candidates will be contacted for interview.

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