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.
While the pandemic began as a health crisis, it has now turned into a multi-dimensional crisis with far-reaching socio-economic implications. The speed and scale of the spread, the severity of cases, and the societal and economic disruption is dramatic. The effects on people and the formal and informal economy is worsening an already weak and fragile world economy. The COVID-19 crisis is having a significant impact on people’s lives at the global level– in terms of jobs, livelihoods, delivery of basic services – and particularly for those already in vulnerable situations who have been hit the hardest. Short to medium term socio-economic implications on vulnerable group’s resilience and ability to cope is already evident particularly from already exposed groups.
The costs of institutional response to the crisis are not equally distributed amongst the population and are affecting social groups differently. While policy responses must be just, fair, and equal for all, they should also attempt to address diverse needs be it of women, youth, minority communities, or disabled individuals.
The inadequacy of the system has become more evident with the sharp increase of social vulnerability as a result of the pandemic. The Social Assistance Scheme (SAS) absorbs approximately 88% of the budget for social assistance with the relative total spending on SAS declining over the last decade. The pandemic has exposed a series of gaps in the governance system which has affected the work of institutions and service delivery not least in provision of social services; it has directly affected the work of Centers for Social Work (CSW) as they are also engaged in other activities to help their citizens - despite limited capacities - either through the provision of professional social services, administering measures of the emergency package, or through direct assistance in providing food and hygiene packages.
To address some of these issues, the Humanitarian Assistance project shall enhance the provision of social services by CSW and improve access to equitable, qualitative, integrated social protection for the most vulnerable groups, including women and girls. The project is funded through EU IPA II/Action Document (Kosovo).
While the parameters for a specific financial formula for social services funding was developed, its implementation is not foreseen in the next two years, which poses a challenge for the provision of social services by CSWs. The work of CSW is augmented through licensed NGOs who cooperate with CSWs, municipal departments and MLSW. While NGOs are operational and provide adequate services, a key challenge is their financial sustainability. Most provide project-based services that are mainly complementary services to support beneficiaries with education activities, health support, alleviation of poverty, psycho-social activities and other community-based services. However, there is a limited number of NGOs that can support the CSWs and beneficiaries with sheltering, longer term support and emergency support services—which is what the CSWs need the most.
Assignment will be conducted in line with UN 8 Point Agenda and the UNDP Gender responsive mandate.
Objectives of Assignment
Duties and Responsibilities
1. The expert shall work under direct supervision of the Project Manager and in consultation with the Director of the Department of Social Policy and Families in MLSW, to analyse and review:
a. Identify recommendations from studies and analyses of different institutions and international organizations for residential housing for adults with disabilities and mental health.
b. Undertake comparative analyses of the international standards, national legislation and best practices applied in the region and wider on related and similar policy solutions, procedures and practices for residential housing for adults with disabilities and mental health.
c. Gather information from residential institution, CSW/Social workers, local and international practitioners and experts as well as all other stakeholders (International/local NGO’s).
d. Identification of the legal basis and needs for the review of the secondary legal framework and conducting consultations and interviews with public service providers.
e. Presentation of the practical or model from the region of organization of institutional mechanisms for the Regulation of residential housing for adults with disabilities and mental health.
f. Facilitate and support the work of the working group for drafting the administrative instruction
g. Provide advice to the working group on identifying best options on the content of Administrative Instruction.
2. Drafting and consultation process:
a. Facilitate meetings/workshops with members of the working group within MLSW during drafting, harmonization, and structuring process of administrative instruction in line with Kosovo’s legal framework.
b. Prepare draft Administrative Instruction on regulating the residential housing for residential housing for adults with disabilities and mental health
c. Support the MLSW on conducting public consultations and facilitating the work of the working group/responsible official, for the inclusion of comments during the public consultation process.
d. Prepare final report on produced documents including recommendations.
Remuneration - Lump Sum Amount
The Contract is based on lump sum remuneration and shall be processed subject to deliverables as per the schedule listed below:
Required Presentation of Offer:
The following documents must be submitted:
Criteria for Selection of the Best Offer
Combined Scoring method – where the qualifications and methodology will be weighted a max. of 70%, and combined with the price offer which will be weighted a max of 30%.
Required Skills and Experience