International Consultant to assist United Nations Country Team in Turkmenistan to develop a joint Programme for “Improving the system of social protection through introduction of inclusive community-based social services
|Location :||Home based with 1 mission to ASHGABAT, TURKMENISTAN|
|Application Deadline :||26-Aug-19 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Sustainable Development and Poverty Reduction|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :
|Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||1.09.2019-30.11.2019|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||15 working days|
Turkmenistan’s policy reforms in the area of social protection aimed at better meeting the financial, educational and medical needs of the most vulnerable group of the society are underway. The necessity for integrated social support services for families and children in Turkmenistan stems from the country's commitment to achieve global goals for sustainable development (SDGs 2015-2030), which include the objective of providing accessibility and quality of social services for all children and eliminating the inequalities in access to services among vulnerable groups of population.
Development of the civil society and wider engagement of the civil society into provision of inclusive quality community-based support services is identified as one of the priorities in the Partnership Framework for Development PFD for 2016-2020 between the Government of Turkmenistan and UN. Development of social services is also central to the attainment of all Sustainable SDGs to benefit all vulnerable children, people with disabilities and other vulnerable groups. However, the positive results of these reforms are not palpable yet, and people with disabilities are not fully included and their participation in society is limited.
In 2018, UNDP conducted a rapid assessment of the social service sector in Turkmenistan that revealed gaps in provision of social services to vulnerable groups. The quick assessment of the national legislation also showed that the CSOs are eligible to be contracted by the government to deliver social services. It also confirmed the interest of CSOs to provide such services to their target groups. In addition, during the technical consultations with the government institutions, the Ministry of Health and Medical Industry of Turkmenistan expressed interest to further explore possible opportunities for comprehensive socio-medical service delivery and to pilot integrated services to vulnerable groups.
This year, UNICEF, UNDP, UNFPA and UNODC, under the leadership of the UN Resident Coordinator, developed a joint concept note on “Improving social protection through the introduction of inclusive quality community-based social services” which was submitted to the SDG Fund. The concept note was shortlisted and will now need to be developed into a full joint program proposal.
Given the above context, UNDP in Turkmenistan is going to recruit an international consultant to support UN Country Team and partners to develop a technically sound detailed joint program proposal to SDG Fund on social services, which reflects the country’s priorities and is adapted to the specific context.
The purpose of the consultancy is to provide technical inputs and advice to UN Country Team for the development of a full two-year joint program proposal on introducing quality community based social services in Turkmenistan, jointly with UNICEF consultant hired for the same purpose and design a pilot model of comprehensive socio-medical services for social contracting with the Ministry of Health and Medical Industry of Turkmenistan, including roles and responsibilities, and cost estimates for the implementation.
Duties and Responsibilities
The selected consultant will undertake the following:
The international expert will work with UNDP on a daily basis. He/she is expected to work closely with UNICEF consultant and the other participating agencies including the Resident Coordinator’s office in this assignment. The consultant will report directly to UNDP Portfolio Manager.
Deliverables and timeframe:
The consultancy duration is 15 working days, covering the period of 1 September 2019 – 30 November 2019. The distribution of days by tasks is suggested below. The consultant is expected to work home-based most of the time (10 days home-based) undertaking one country visit (5 working days in-country) during the consultancy period.
This is an installment-based contract that should cover the costs of consultancy and all other costs required to produce the above deliverables. The final schedule of payments will be agreed upon in the beginning of consultancy.
Payment will be released in 2 installments: 1st installment: 50% (for completion of the deliverable 1 and 2), and 2d installment 50% (for deliverable 3 and 4) – upon timely submission of respective deliverables and their acceptance by UNDP Turkmenistan.
Required Skills and Experience
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.