OHCHR Consultant to conduct an assessment and to develop recommendations for CRPD compliant regulatory framework on the left bank of Nistru River.

Vacancy Number: Pr21/02200

Location:Chisinau, Moldova
Application Deadline: 05 Apr 2021, 23:59 (GMT+2:00)
Application Extended deadline:
18 Apr 2021, 23:59 (GMT+2:00)
Application Extended deadline:
28 Apr 2021, 23:59 (GMT+2:00)
Application Extended deadline:
12 May 2021, 23:59 (GMT+2:00)
Type of Contract:Individual Contract
Starting date: 15 Apr 2021
Reference to the project: Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
Expected Duration of Assignment:April – December 2021 (up to 30 working days)
Submission Instructions:

Proposals should be submitted online only, by following the “Apply online” link, no later than 5 April 2021. The applicant, following the job application process, should receive a confirmation e-mail. Confirmation of successful application should be forwarded to the following e-mail: liachim@ohchr.org

Requests for clarification only must be sent by standard electronic communication to the following e-mail: liachim@ohchr.org. UNDP will respond by standard electronic mail and will send written copies of the response, including an explanation of the query without identifying the source of inquiry, to all applicants.

Supporting Documents:
UNDP General Conditions of Individual Contract


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 (iii) Integrating human rights in sustainable development; (iv) Enhancing civic space and people’s participation.

Starting from 2019 OHCHR Moldova jointly with other UN entities is implementing the One UN Joint Action “Cross-river support to Human Rights” (2019 -2022). Under one of the project outputs, it is envisaged to support the process of developing regional regulatory framework in compliance with the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). It is planned to conduct a preliminary assessment on social services for people with disabilities against international standard to advance interventions in three main directions: a) regulatory framework in the field of deinstitutionalization of persons with disabilities; b) disability determination system; c) regulatory framework in the field of employment of persons with disabilities. The results of the assessment will serve as a basis for amending the regulatory framework and will be used in the advocacy efforts by CSOs to further promote the community-based services concept in the region.


Scope of work

Under the direct supervision of the Programme’s Thematic Area Coordinator and close overall guidance and supervision of the Human Rights Adviser, the consultant will conduct an assessment and develop a set of recommendations for a CRPD compliant regulatory framework in three particular areas (regulatory framework in the field of deinstitutionalization of persons with disabilities; disability determination system; regulatory framework in the field of employment of persons with disabilities) on the left bank of Nistru River.

Under the present Terms of Reference, the Consultant will:

  1. Perform a desk review of available documents (primary and secondary normative documents) relevant for three particular arears (regulatory framework in the field of deinstitutionalization of persons with disabilities; disability determination system; regulatory framework in the field of employment of persons with disabilities);
  2. Perform data collection, including interviews, meetings with relevant CSOs working with people with disabilities and other stakeholders acting in the field, and conduct an interim validation of the findings;
  3. Conduct a data analysis and develop an assessment report with key findings, recommendations, including on proposed normative and institutional changes, based on all sources of information used;
  4. Present and validate the findings from the assessment report during a multi-stakeholder meeting, including persons with disabilities, CSOs working with people with disabilities, organisations of persons with disabilities, representatives of relevant institutions, activists and other stakeholders;
  5. Develop, upon agreement with OHCHR, at least 2 recommendations of the assessment into concrete advocacy actions in partnership with CSOs and activists working with and for persons with disabilities on the left bank.

This assignment envisages work and travel in the Transnistria region of the Republic of Moldova, with transportation arrangements being covered by the Programme.

For detailed information please refer to Annex 1 -Terms of Reference.

Requirements for experience

Academic Qualifications:

  • University degree in law, human rights, social science or other relevant discipline;
  • Post-graduation education/courses in human rights would be considered an advantage.

Experience and skills:

  • At least 5 years of professional experience in in the field of human rights, policy drafting and working with underrepresented groups;
  • At least 4 years of professional experience of working in the context of international human rights standards of persons with disabilities;
  • Previous experience of work in the Transnistria region of the Republic of Moldova on human rights and empowerment of vulnerable groups, would be considered a strong advantage;
  • Previous experience of work with NGOs, decision-makers at regional and local levels would be considered a strong advantage.

Language Requirements: 

  • Fluency in oral and written Russian; working knowledge of English and 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), would be considered a strong advantage.

Diversity Clause: Applicants 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 special needs.

Documents to be included

Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications:

  1. Cover Letter, explaining why they are the most suitable candidate for the work;
  2. A methodological note explaining the approach to the tasks to be accomplished;
  3. Financial proposal (fee per day in USD, including local transportation, communication and other relevant costs);
  4. Personal CV, including past experience in similar assignments and contact details of at least 3 reference persons.
  5. Offeror's Letter confirming Interest and Availability.

Financial proposal

The financial proposal shall specify a total lump sum amount, and payment terms around specific and measurable (qualitative and quantitative) deliverables (i.e. whether payments fall in installments or upon completion of the entire contract). Payments are based upon output, i.e. upon delivery of the services specified in the TOR.

In order to assist the requesting unit in the comparison of financial proposals, the financial proposal will include a breakdown of this lump sum amount (including fees and taxes, and number of anticipated working days).


All envisaged travel costs must be included in the financial proposal. This includes all travel to join duty station/repatriation travel. In general, UNDP should not accept travel costs exceeding those of an economy class ticket. Should the IC wish to travel on a higher class he/she should do so using their own resources. The meeting costs will be covered by OHCHR. 

In the case of unforeseeable travel, payment of travel costs including tickets, lodging and terminal expenses should be agreed upon, between the respective business unit and Individual Consultant, prior to travel and will be reimbursed.