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National Consultant on Child’s Rights in Tbilisi , Georgia

Tbilisi (Georgia)

UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential. Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone. And we never give up.

  1. Background

Georgia is a party to the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). The implementation of the CRC requires a comprehensive review of policy, legislative framework and the establishment of various mechanisms for the implementation of child's rights.

The CRC also specifically requires that children ‘be provided the opportunity to be heard in any judicial and administrative proceedings affecting the child, either directly or through a representative and an appropriate body, in a manner consistent with the procedural rules of national laws (CRC, art. 12.2).

Access to justice is both a right and a pre-requisite for the realization of other rights. The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) establishes that any person whose rights or freedoms are violated has a right to an effective remedy, and that this right be determined by competent judicial, administrative or legislative authorities, or by any other competent authority provided for by the legal system of the State (art. 2).

UNICEF is one of the main partners assisting the Government of Georgia to initiate and implement reforms in the field of child's rights including children's access to justice. On the other hand, UNICEF is supporting the establishment of effective child's rights independent and ministerial monitoring mechanisms.

Within the frame of the Justice for Children system reform UNICEF continues supporting the Government and the Parliament of Georgia to revise the legislation in line with CRC and other international child's rights standards. Furthermore, UNICEF continues supporting the sustainability of multidisciplinary cooperation for the implementation of the Juvenile Justice Code which requires additional efforts for the assessment and addressing of legal, practical and system challenges. In addition, UNICEF is planning to prepare a manual and instruments for monitoring children`s rights in places of deprivation of liberty and support the Government to establish an effective mechanism for the prevention of juvenile crime.

UNICEF, therefore, seeks to engage a local consultant to support the revision of national legislation, the development of a crime prevention mechanism and instruments for the monitoring of child's rights in places of deprivation of liberty.

  1. Responsibilities of the Consultant
  • Develop recommendations on the revision of civil, administrative and criminal legislation; 
  • Assist the process of drafting legislative amendments to civil, criminal and administrative legislation;
  • Provide technical assistance to analyse shortfalls in the implementation of the Juvenile Justice Code and other legislation concerning children in the justice system identified through the multidisciplinary cooperation mechanism and development of relevant recommendations; 
  • Provide technical assistance for the harmonization of the national legislative framework with the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD);
  • Provide technical assistance for addressing legal gaps concerning the right of the child to be protected from all forms of violence as enshrined in the CRC, its Optional Protocol on the Rights of the Child on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography and other international and regional legal acts;
  • Provide technical assistance for follow-up and implementation of the Concluding Observations of UN Convention on the Rights of the Child on the Fourth Periodic Report of Georgia (2017) concerning legislative measures of implementation;
  • Provide technical assistance for the development of a manual and instruments for monitoring children`s rights in places of deprivation of liberty;
  • Provide assistance in the process of developing a juvenile crime prevention mechanism;
  • Identify relevant draft legislation and/or amendments to pieces of legislation before the Parliament with the aim of harmonization of national laws with the Convention on the Rights of the Child and other international standards on children; 
  • Regularly scrutinize the international and national legislation related to children to highlight any major developments and provide recommendations for possible legislative amendments; 
  • Coordinate and facilitate meetings/discussions around the legislative review process;
  • Liaise with relevant stakeholders to support the legislative review process.
  1. Deliverables
  • Monthly progress reports;
  • Recommendations for relevant new draft laws or amendments to current legislation to ensure compatibility with relevant international standards as required;
  • Package of draft legislative amendments to civil, administrative and criminal legislation;
  • Analytical reports concerning implementation challenges of the Juvenile Justice Code identified through the multidisciplinary cooperation mechanism;
  • Draft child-specific manual and instruments for monitoring children`s rights in places of deprivation of liberty;
  • Recommendations and legal amendments concerning the establishment of a juvenile crime prevention mechanism;
  • Other deliverables as required.


4. Required skills and qualification

  • Advanced university degree in law;
  • At least 10 years of professional work experience in human rights, child's rights, juvenile justice/access to justice or other related fields at the national and/or international levels;
  • Excellent knowledge of the national legislation concerning children, the Convention on the Rights of the Child and other international standards on children;
  • Excellent analytical, negotiating, communication and advocacy skills;
  • High interpersonal capabilities, excellent team working skills with respect to diversities;
  • Computer skills, including internet navigation, and various office applications;
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a multi-cultural environment, and establish harmonious and effective working relationships both within and outside the organization;
  • Fluency in Georgian and English;
  • Ability to work through networking and in partnership.

5. Contract duration

UNICEF will contract the selected candidate for 5 months.


6. Supervision


The consultant's day-to-day work will be supervised and facilitated by UNICEF Georgia's Justice for Children Project Coordinator. Overall supervision will be provided by UNICEF Georgia's Chief / Child Protection.


7. Performance indicators

The consultant's performance will be evaluated against the following criteria: timeliness, responsibility, initiative and quality of the products delivered.


8. Remuneration


The consultancy fee and possible travel costs will be negotiated between UNICEF and the contractor based on an offer from the contractor. The consultancy fee will be paid to the contractor in one or several instalments upon submission and approval of relevant reports and quality deliverables.


9. Termination of contract

The contract may be terminated by either party before its expiry date by giving a 14 days'€™ notice in writing to the other party.However, in the event of termination on the ground of misconduct, UNICEF will be entitled to terminate the contract immediately, without earlier notice. In case of early termination of the contract, the Contractor will be compensated on a pro-rata basis for no more than the actual amount of work completed to the satisfaction of UNICEF.

10. Duty Station

Tbilisi with occasional travel to the regions of Georgia.


11. The application must include:


The deadline for the submission of applications is 20th July 2018. Applications should include:

  • CV;
  • Cover letter;
  • Description of the proposed work plan, timeline, and working methodology;
  • Proposed budget with indication of proposed fees.





Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Tbilisi (Georgia)
  • Grade: National Consultant - Locally recruited Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Children's rights (health and protection)
  • Closing Date: 2018-07-20

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