Social inclusion Working Group Technical Coordinator
Belgrade (Serbia) | Serbia
Background: Over the last few years in Serbia, significant progress was made in implementation of provisions of the new legislation in respect to fostering inclusion and preventing discrimination, as well as the provisions targeting the quality of education. One of the most important provisions of the umbrella Law in Education from 2009 was abolishment of categorization within the primary school enrolment process in special education and provision of additional support through municipal Inter-sectorial Committees (ISC) responsible for assessment of the needs for educational, healthcare and social support, responsible for the child and recommending measures to support the child, including assistive technologies.
The additional support is intended for vulnerable children i.e. children with disabilities or children from deprived or not stimulating environments, such as children from poor families, Roma children, children in social welfare institutions, children in particularly difficult situations in certain periods (e.g. children refugees and IDPs, children in the process of readmission, children victims of violence and abuse, children suffering from chronic illness, etc.).
The development of this type of social model for supporting vulnerable children is based on equal access to regular community based services (regular healthcare, social and education services). At the same time, the social model also offers individualized services in line with the needs of the child, as well as referral to specialized services when needed. The main aim of this support is to enable educational inclusion of vulnerable children and at a broader level, to enable their social inclusion.
The support requires additional financial resources and can be direct (e.g. for adapting textbooks, individual education plan 2 (IOP2), assistive technologies during class, training for using the Braille alphabet, personal assistant for the child, education in a kindergarten development group or a special school with the ISC's recommendation, etc.) and indirect (adapting the environment, training of teachers and other persons who work with the child, sensitization of the staff from the three systems, sensitizing peers, extended stay in school, transportation, food, free textbooks, etc.).
Different analyses have shown the need for capacity building of ISC members in order to ensure the quality of their work and the adequacy of the recommended support. There is also a need to build the capacity of local decision-makers to coordinate and monitor work of the ISCs, to plan additional support measures and to earmark the necessary local funds for their provisions. In order to strengthen capacities of the City of Belgrade for social inclusion, UNICEF and the City of Belgrade signed the MoU in 2015, with the aim to improve the position of children through technical support to the institutions and relevant stakeholders working in the area of education, healthcare, social welfare and child protection on the territory of the City of Belgrade, i.e. those founded by the City of Belgrade. The agreed cooperation was in line with UNICEF's annual work plans approved by the Government of the Republic of Serbia, i.e. relevant line ministries. In order to strengthen its internal coordination capacities and cooperation between different Secretariats on social inclusion issues, the City of Belgrade established the Working Group for Social Inclusion and nominated its members in August 2016.
The ToR of the Working Group is to oversee and support the work of inter-sectoral committees in the City of Belgrade and coordinate other activities aimed at improving the protection of children with difficulties and other children facing multiple risks as well as in securing the right to inclusive pre-school education for children and adolescents from vulnerable groups.
The Working Group is composed of representatives of the City of Belgrade Secretariats relevant for issues of social inclusion of children (health, education and child welfare, social welfare) and reports directly to the head of the city administration. Given the important mandate of the Working Group, UNICEF committed to strengthen its capacity by engaging an external technical assistance i.e. the Working Group Technical Coordinator (WGTC). The initiative is in line with the UNICEF WP in Education Programme and the programme for Justice and Child Rights Monitoring for 2016-2017.
Purpose of the assignment
The overall purpose of the assignment is to strengthen capacities of the WG for Social Inclusion through the provision of technical assistance i.e. engagement of the WG Technical Coordinator. The candidate selected as the WGTC will provide support to the Working Group for Social Inclusion of the City of Belgrade to strengthen inter-sectorial mechanisms in the City of Belgrade related to social inclusion (e.g. inter-sectorial commissions) as well as support in the planning, implementation and monitoring of other activities aimed at social inclusion of children coordinated by the WG for Social Inclusion. The selected candidate will be seconded to the Secretary of the City Child Rights Council
Estimated start Date:
12 December 2016
Estimated end Date:
Number of days/months
31 June 2017
Work Assignment Overview
Quarterly analysis of the efficiency and effectiveness of ISCs in Belgrade, based on e.g. the quality of individually recommended support and agreed indicators
Input to different policy documents (e.g. Child Policy for the City of Belgrade) provided
Throughout the contracted period
Capacity building programme for ISC members in Belgrade developed and delivered (min. 5 trainings and additional mentoring support e.g. in improving assessment skills, improving the provision and quality of individualized support etc.)
Throughout the contracted period
Recommendation for further development of existing policies developed
Final version of collected good practices
Inputs for developing procedures drafted and delivered
Throughout the contracted period
Travel Required: No
Workplace of Consultant:
City Secretariat for Education and Child Welfare
Will the consultant need IT access, email?
Qualifications required, specialised knowledge, specialised skills and work experience required for this assignment
· University degree in education, psychology, pedagogy, sociology or other related field;
· At least ten years of experience in areas concerning education is required;
· Excellent knowledge of policies and practices of early development and inclusive education;
· Knowledge on regulations, policies and practices concerning social inclusion;
· Excellent oral and written English skills required; computer skills, including internet navigation and various office applications;
· Work experience with UNICEF and /or other international organizations would be considered as an advantage
The application must include the following:
Daily rate in RSD
Important note: Incomplete applications will not be taken into consideration.
Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. UNICEF is a non-smoking environment. UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities to apply.
UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organization. To apply, click on the following link http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/?job=501073