Job Opening

Posting Title: Disability Rights Advisor
Department/Office: Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 02 May 2022 - 29 May 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights-180383-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

Within delegated authority, while the consultancy is planned for 12 months (50% part-time), the Consultant will be responsible for the following duties in support of OHCHR’s Administration of Justice Unit in implementing the project by 31 December 2022 (with additional outputs to be defined for the extension period 1 January 2023-30 June 2023):

1. Coordinate the UNPRPD-funded project in close cooperation with UNDP and UNESCO;
2. Liaise with relevant authorities. including within the Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth (MoSVY), the Ministry of Justice, and the Disability Action Council, as well as with relevant Disabled Peoples’ Organisations (DPOs) and CSOs to plan and implement the project activities;
3. Develop legal analyses and inputs into draft legislation, regulations and policies as necessary;
4. Provide technical input into the ongoing CRPD treaty-reporting;
5. Monitor the implementation of a Grant to Legal Aid of Cambodia to provide legal aid to persons with disabilities and mentoring for organisations of persons with disabilities to investigate and solve cases and a grant to Transcultural Psychosocial Organization (TPO) Cambodia to support and socially integrate persons with disabilities with psycho-social disorders (Operation Unchain);
6. Organise 1 x 1-day consultations with CSOs regarding drafting of new Disability Law and required sub-legislation aligned with CRPD ;
7. Organise 1 x 1-day consultations with government regarding the drafting of the new Disability Law and required sub-legislation aligned with CRPD;
8. Organise 2 x 3-day trainings for provincial Disabilities Action Councils on international human rights norms and standards and national law protecting persons with disabilities;
9. Organise 1 x 2-day trainings for justice actors on CRPD, national legislation and policies on disabilities;
10. Organise 1 x 2-day training of relevant CSOs/DPOs on engagement with CRPD review, UPR process and Special Procedures;
11. For each activity above, the Consultant will be responsible for the overall planning of the events, including drafting the agenda, preparing presentations and materials, making all logistical preparations, and drafting the reports of the activities;
12. Support the Communications Unit in developing communications content on the project, including by drafting web stories and texts to be posted on OHCHR Cambodia’s social media accounts;
13. Draft end of year report to be submitted to the UNPRPD;
14. Attend relevant meetings, trainings or workshops, as necessary;
15. Perform other duties as required.

Performance Indicators
• Timely planning of activities.
• Timely submission of monthly reports.
• Quality of concept notes and other deliverables.

Work Location

UN premises (other than Geneva) (so the candidates should be those that reside in Cambodia)

Expected duration

1 July to 31 Dec 2022

Duties and Responsibilities

Cambodia has a strong commitment to disability and to women’s rights, evidenced by the ratification of United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD), Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) and its Optional Protocol, and the signing of the Marrakesh Treaty. Cambodia has an extensive policy framework that has the potential to support post-COVID recovery with inclusion of persons with disabilities. However, understanding on disability inclusion remains limited at the national and sub-national level. The forthcoming adoption of a new disability law (expected in late 2022) that will reflect the rights-based approach of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) will lay a solid foundation for future action. The new law on access to information was drafted and consulted with persons with disabilities to ensure that the law addresses and considers their specific needs and concerns related to accessing information.

Furthermore, the National Disability Strategic Plan 2019-2023 (NDSP2) was launched in 2019 with a vision that “persons with disabilities and their families have a good quality of life and participate fully and equally in a society which respects their rights and dignity and is inclusive of disability in all sectors and in development.” It provides a strong framework for action across all ministries and agencies at the national and sub-national level including Disability Action Working Groups (DAWG) in line Ministries and provincial Disability Action Councils (DAC) to support national and sub-national responses.

The United Nations (UN) has been supporting the promotion of the rights of persons with disabilities through a range of programmes, including the joint UN Disability Rights Initiative Cambodia (DRIC) programme (2014-2018), followed by a first project on “Access to justice without barriers for persons with disabilities” (2018-2021), funded by the United Nations Partnership on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNPRPD) and jointly implemented by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Cambodia (OHCHR-Cambodia) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). A second proposal to the UNPRD by UNDP, OHCHR and UNESCO in 2021 was successful. This new Joint Programme intends to enable structural changes (improving legislative framework, enhancing implementation of policies, increasing participation in decision making etc.) which are necessary for the full inclusion of persons with disabilities into Cambodian society. Consequently, this should contribute to creating an enabling environment for diminishing societal misconceptions and negative attitudes towards persons with disabilities. The joint programme will be achieved through the delivery of three specific outcomes as follows:
- Outcome 1. Capacity of national stakeholders, especially of key duty bearers and rights holders, is enhanced, to ensure more effective contributions towards disability inclusive policies, systems and - for the implementation of the CRPD and SDGs);
- Outcome 2. Gaps in achievement of essential building blocks or preconditions to CRPD implementation in development and humanitarian programs are addressed; and
- Outcome 3. National development and humanitarian plans, budgets, programs and monitoring processes are disability inclusive.

Qualifications/special skills

Academic Qualifications: Advanced degree in Law, Social Sciences or other related fields.
Experience: At least 5 years of professional experience in law, human rights, social sciences or related field.

Experience working with persons with disabilities, organizations of persons with disabilities and/or on the rights of persons with disabilities

Experience in providing training to a variety of audiences

Knowledge of international human rights standards, especially those related to persons with disabilities.

Experience in carrying out legal analysis on the basis of international human rights norms and standards.
Language: Fluent in English and knowledge of Khmer is an asset

No Fee


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