The UN Human Rights Office (Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights – OHCHR) represents the world's commitment to universal ideals of human dignity. It has a unique mandate from the international community to promote and protect all human rights.
The OHCHR field presence in Moldova, led by the Human Rights Adviser, assists the UN RC Office, UN Country Team in Moldova (UNCT), Government and civil society in strengthening human rights and human rights-based approaches, working closely with the UN Country Team on capacity building and mainstreaming human rights in their work, as well as providing support in engagement with national actors on human rights, including advising national authorities upon request. Thematic priorities for the work of the Office are: (i)Strengthening rule of law and accountability for human rights violations; (ii) Enhancing equality and countering discrimination Integrating human rights in sustainable development; (iii) Enhancing civic space and people’s participation.
Starting from 2019 UN OHCHR Moldova jointly with other UN entities will be implementing the Programme One UN Joint Action “Cross-river support to Human Rights” (2019 -2021) .
Under the direct supervision of the Programme’s Thematic Area Coordinator, in close collaboration with the National Human Rights Coordinator and overall guidance and supervision of the Human Rights Adviser, the consultants will undertake field visits to the Transnistrian region to map the actions required for the creation of a Roma community mediators institution in the region. Based on the conclusions of the field visits and the experience of creating a Roma community mediators’ institution on the right bank of Nistru river, the consultants will prepare an Action Plan for the creation of a Roma community mediators’ institution. As part of their assignment, the consultants will organize meetings with Roma in Roma communities located on the left bank of Nistru river.
Scope of work
The team of consultants works under the direct supervision of the Programme’s Thematic Area Coordinator, in close collaboration with the National Human Rights Coordinator, OHCHR/UN staff, project partners, organisations and underrepresented groups. They will also work with other stakeholders for the effective achievement of results, anticipating and resolving complex program-related issues and information delivery.
Under present Terms of Reference, the Team of Consultants will:
- Undertake up to 7 field travels to the left bank of Nistru river to collect information on the actual number of Roma people living in the area;
- Undertake the analysis of the regulatory framework on the left bank of Nistru river relevant to the rights of Roma and instauration of Roma community mediators;
- Develop a roadmap for the creation of the Roma mediator’s institution in the Transnistrian region based on the observance of the actual situation in the field, coupled with the best practices from the right bank of Nistru river;
- Develop a multi stakeholders action plan for the creation of Roma community mediators’ institution on the left bank of Nistru river.
This assignment envisages extensive amount of time to be spent in the Transnistrian region of the Republic of Moldova, and first-hand knowledge of the regional context and environment. Related local travel expenses for the consultants should be included in the submitted financial proposal. Meeting costs will be covered by OHCHR Moldova.
For detailed information, please refer to Annex 1 – Terms of Reference.
Requirements for experience
- University degree in social science, law, human rights or other relevant discipline;
- Experience of at least 5 years in the field of Roma rights may be considered in lieu of University degree;
- Post-graduation education/courses in human rights would be considered an advantage.
Experience and skills:
- At least 3 years of professional experience in organising capacity building, community mobilisation and/or awareness raising activities for community groups especially in the field of Roma rights;
- Previous experience in working in Transnistrian region of the Republic of Moldova on human rights and empowerment of vulnerable groups, would be considered a strong advantage;
- Previous experience of working with NGOs, decision-makers- at the regional and local levels in the Transnistrian region of the Republic of Moldova would be considered a strong advantage.
- Fluency in oral and written Russian; working knowledge of English language; working knowledge of Romanian language would be considered an advantage;
- Knowledge of one or more relevant minority languages, including Bulgarian, Ukrainian or Romani, as well as sign language(s), will be a strong advantage.
Diversity Clause: Applicants – particularly women – from under-represented groups (persons with disabilities, Roma and other ethnic, linguistic or religious minorities, persons living with HIV, refugees and other noncitizens) will have an advantage during the selection process. OHCHR is committed to reasonably accommodate the working environment for the persons with diverse needs.
Deadline for applications: 28 October 2019.