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Project ”Promoting the social rights of persons with disabilities by building the capacity of Armenian civil society organisations to engage with the Council of Europe monitoring mechanisms”

 

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: 13 DECEMBER 2017

TERMS OF REFERENCE FOR NATIONAL TUTOR

 

 The Armenian adaptation and tutoring of an e-learning course on the rights of persons with disabilities and relevant Council of Europe standards under the HELP Programme platform, targeting civil society in Armenia

 

Project implemented by the Advocacy Centre on Council of Europe Standards (ACCESS) and the Armenian Association for the Disabled ”Pyunic” (Pyunic)

Funded by the European Union, in the framework of the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights

 

Strasbourg, November 2017

 CONTENT

1 – The purpose and objectives of the Terms of Reference

2 – Description of the project and the context

3 – The Council of Europe HELP Programme

4 – The e-learning course on the rights of persons with disabilities and its Armenian adaptation

4.1 – Target group

4.2 – Consultant’s tasks and responsibilities

4.3. – Timeline, deliverables and fees

4.4 – Application instructions

 

1. The purpose and objectives of this Terms of Reference

This Terms of Reference lays out the tasks and responsibilities of the National Tutor (hereinafter referred to as the Consultant) for the Armenian adaptation and moderation of the online course on the rights of persons with disabilities which has been developed under the platform of the European Programme for Human Rights Education for Legal Professionals (HELP). The objectives of this Terms of Reference are:

  1. To outline the Consultant’s tasks for the adaptation, moderation and final evaluation of the course;
  2. To define the target group of the course;
  3. To set the deliverables and the timeline of the contract;
  4. To define the Consultant’s fee;
  5. To define the role of ACCESS, Pyunic and the HELP Secretariat of the Council of Europe in providing the Consultant with necessary information and materials.

2. Description of the Project and the context

Armenia counts approximately 200,000 persons with disabilities, which makes up close to 7% of the country’s population. Despite Armenia having adopted and ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and the Council of Europe European Social Charter revised (ESC(r)), persons with disabilities in Armenia face a multitude of obstacles in the protection of their rights, including in participating in the socio-economic life of the country. Among others, this is due to inaccessible environments, discriminatory attitudes, stereotypes, lack of proper social and medical services, lack of accessible public transportation, and flaws in the legislative framework. The situation is worse in more remote regions of Armenia, where there is little awareness with regard to disability rights issues among the local communities, putting persons with disabilities at a higher risk of exclusion, discrimination and violence. 

Combining the expertise of the Yerevan-based ”Pyunic” non-governmental organisation (NGO) on the situation and challenges faced by persons with disabilities in Armenia, and that of the Advocacy Centre on Council of Europe Standards (ACCESS) on building the capacity of national civil society organisations to promote the implementation of human rights through the Council of Europe (CoE), the two co-applicant NGOs have designed the Project to bridge the gap between Armenia’s NGOs and European institutions and human rights standards. 

The project therefore aims to achieve the following specific objectives:

  1. To increase awareness of civil society on European and international standards and procedures on the protection of social rights of persons with disabilities.
  2. To enhance the capacity of civil society in Armenia to sustainably and autonomously participate in and report to the CoE monitoring mechanisms, and in particular the European Committee on Social Rights (ECSR).
  3. To promote dialogue on the ratification of the ESC(r) complaints mechanism and its additional provisions.
  4. To raise awareness on the multiple discrimination and violence faced by persons with disabilities, especially women, children, the elderly and migrants.

 

3. The Council of Europe HELP Programme

The HELP Programme supports the CoE member States in implementing the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) and other CoE human rights standards. This is done by enhancing the capacity of judges, lawyers and prosecutors in all 47 member states to apply the ECHR and other CoE standards such as the ESC.  In brief, HELP is:

  • an e-learning platform on human rights;
  • a human rights training methodology for legal professionals;
  • the only pan-European network of national training institutions for judges, prosecutors and lawyers in the 47 CoE member States.

The proposed e-learning course stands out in two important ways: it will be the first HELP course targeting civil society, and it will be the first fully-fledged course on the rights of persons with disabilities in the HELP curriculum. 

Its central aim will be to increase the knowledge of civil society and other relevant stakeholders on the applicable international and CoE standards. This will be achieved by a complementary set of trainings, combining a four months long distance learning course based on the methodology of the HELP Programme via the online HELP platform, and supplemented by two in-face training sessions with participants at the beginning and at the end of the course (the dates and venues will be announced soon).

More information on the HELP Programme and its courses can be found at http://www.coe.int/en/web/help/help-training-platform.

 

4. The e-learning course on the rights of persons with disabilities and its Armenian adaptation

The model English e-learning course on the rights of persons with disabilities has been developed in collaboration between ACCESS and the HELP Programme Secretariat. In 2017, two ACCESS international experts on the rights of persons with disabilities prepared the training material in English, in close cooperation with ACCESS and the HELP programme.

The newly designed model English course is comprised of the following modules which correspond to the priorities established in the CoE  Disability Strategy 2017-2023:

  • Introductory module;
  • Non-discrimination and intersectionality;
  • Legal capacity and independent living;
  • Accessibility and independent living;
  • Social rights of persons with disabilities. 

The model course will subsequently be open to any user who creates an account on the Platform, making this free course available to anyone with a computer and internet.         

The Armenian adaptation of the model English course is expected to meet the specific needs of the direct beneficiaries to this project – the NGOs working on the rights of persons with disabilities. They will benefit both from a face-to-face training and distance learning, led and guided by the Consultant.

To fulfil this task, ACCESS, in close collaboration with its Armenian partner NGO, Pyunic, and the HELP Programme, is recruiting a human rights expert for the role of the national tutor. The Consultant is expected to adapt the HELP model course on the rights of persons with disabilities into the national legal order of the Republic of Armenia and conduct the training of the Armenian participants. The Consultant’s task and responsibilities are described in Chapter 4.2.

 

4.1. Target Group

The target group is made up of Armenia-based and Armenian-speaking members of NGOs working in the field of the rights of persons with disabilities (both mental and physical), legal and human rights practitioners, faculty students specialising in disability rights, as well as local authorities and government representatives working to ensure the welfare of persons with disabilities. They will be selected by the project based on their backgrounds, expertise, work experience, and interest. Particular attention will be paid to obtaining a geographical balance between participants based in Yerevan and those working in the provinces.  

 

4.2. The Consultant’s Tasks and Responsibilities

During the implementation of the HELP course on the rights of persons with disabilities, the Consultant is expected to fulfil the following tasks:

  • Proofread and edit as necessary the initial Armenian translation of the model course and ensure that the quality is of a high standard, using correct and precise legal terminology in Armenian;
  • Adapt the course into the Armenian legal order to be able to develop further the Armenian content of the curriculum. The adaptation may include the following tasks:
  • Summary of the relevant national legal framework with references;
  • Examples of relevant national judicial practice (summaries and/or references);
  • Compilation of useful material in Armenian on the topic (including articles etc.);
  • Compilation/analysis of relevant judgements of the European Court of Human Rights  (ECtHR) against Armenia, CoE reports etc.;
  • Assignment (approximately 3 case studies);
  • Evaluation tests (up to 10 multiple choice questions).
  • Assist selected participants with enrolling in the course
  • Prepare the course page;
  • Prepare and carry out at least one face-to-face meeting with the selected participants to explain the distance learning and the course objectives;
  • Provide the training calendar;
  • Provide logistical information and assistance to the participants;
  • Provide additional materials and information on the course forum;
  • Send regular reminders to the participants;
  • Prepare the course assignments and the final evaluation;
  • Monitor the course activity and results;
  • Keep ACCESS, Pyunic and the HELP Secretariat, regularly updated on the developments of the course;
  • Prepare a final activity report, including with a summary of the evaluations;
  • Meet all the deadlines set by this Terms of Reference.

 

4.3. Timeline, Deliverables and Fees

The Consultant undertakes, on the conditions and in the manner laid down by common agreement hereafter excluding any accessory verbal agreement, to perform the following deliverables within the indicated deadline:

 

Deliverable Deadline Fee  
Proofreading

Proofread and edit as necessary the initial Armenian translation of the model course and ensure that the quality is of a high standard, using correct and precise legal terminology in Armenian;

January 15 € 500  
Development of the national adaptation

Adapt the model curriculum of the HELP course on the rights of persons with disabilities to the specific needs of the target group, incorporating the Armenian legal order, case law and relevant country-specific information. This should be line with the HELP Training Methodology, which includes the following steps:

·       Confirm/adapt the learning objectives from the model course;

·       Draft training materials on the implementation and application of the European standards (mainly ECHR and ESC) and on the rights of persons with disabilities in Armenia, when necessary;

·       Draft assignments;

·       Collect and make use of those existing training materials that are relevant to participants.

February 21 € 750  
Moderation of the Armenian adaptation of the course on the rights of persons with disabilities in the HELP e-learning platform

This includes the following tasks:

·       participants to enrol in the course, contact them in order to obtain all information needed and keep them informed of course deadlines;

·       Upload the training materials for the duration of the course (4 months), adding relevant news, information and materials throughout its completion;

·       Participate in the kick-off meeting for the launch of the HELP course on the rights of persons with disabilities in  Yerevan (the exact date to be announced later) and present the course to the participants;

·       Post topics related to the course, questions and messages on the forum, in order to stimulate discussion among the participants and build a network (at least one new discussion per module should be posted in the HELP e-learning platform);

·       Ensure that the questions addressed by the participants through the forum are answered in a timely manner;

·       Keep track of the most frequently asked questions;

·       Have the final physical meeting with the course participants in order to evaluate the overall implementation of the course by posting the HELP Evaluation Questionnaire after the completion of the last module;

·       Submit the final report on the execution and results of the course by using the HELP format;

·       Provide the list of participants who successfully participated in the course for the issuance of certificates.

July 15 € 1750  
In total, the above-mentioned tasks amount to a fee of EUR 3,000 (three thousand euros) including VAT.  
TOTAL ► EUR 3,000

 

The ACCESS, Pyunic, and the HELP Secretariat will provide the Consultant with the following information and material:

  • List of participants
  • Translation of the HELP course into the national language (in a Microsoft Word document format);
  • HELP course in the Shareable Content Object Reference Model (SCORM) package in the national language;
  • Access to the model course on the rights of persons with disabilities in English;
  • Link to the HELP Guidebook on Human Rights Training Methodology for Legal Professionals (including the HELP Evaluation Questionnaire and the Template Report of an online course by a national tutor).

 

4.4 Application instructions

If you are interested in this consultancy, please send an email with your curriculum vitae and a brief letter of interest explaining your qualifications and relevant experience to info@accessrights.org by 13 December 2017.

 

 



 

 

 

Deadline: Monday, January 23, 2017, by midnight Central European Time (closed)

Location: Strasbourg, France

ABOUT THE VACANCY

The Advocacy Centre on Council of Europe Standards “ACCESS” is recruiting a Project Coordinator for the implementation of its project “Promoting the social rights of persons with disability by building the capacity of Armenian civil society organisations to engage with the Council of Europe monitoring mechanisms”. The project is funded by the European Commission under the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights and co-implemented with our Armenian partner NGO, the Armenian Association for Persons with Disabilities “Pyunic”.

This project aims to improve the protection of the rights of persons with disabilities in Armenia. As its main outcome, the project will strengthen the capacity of a network of Armenian civil society organisations to engage with the Council of Europe mechanisms and to promote domestic implementation of the social rights of persons with disabilities. It therefore seeks to achieve four objectives:

  • Increase the capacity of civil society to promote the implementation of Council of Europe standards and participate in its monitoring procedures;
  • Improve the national legal and policy framework for the social rights of persons with disabilities in Armenia;
  • Raise awareness in Armenian society and law and policy makers on the rights of persons with disabilities;
  • Increase understanding of the intersectional approach to discrimination among the civil society in order to better address multiple forms of discrimination faced by persons with disabilities and other social groups.

The approach combines the recognised and established expertise of Pyunic on the situation of the rights of persons with disabilities in Armenia, as well as the experience and the know-how of ACCESS on the applicable Council of Europe human rights standards and monitoring procedures.

The project will be implemented over a two-year period.

DESCRIPTION OF RESPONSIBILITIES

Under the supervision of the Director of ACCESS, and in close cooperation with Pyunic and the Yerevan-based project team, the Strasbourg-based Project Coordinator will be responsible for the implementation of the project and will carry out various duties to meet the overall and specific objectives of the project. Key duties will include: 

  • Plan, organise, and implement project activities in accordance with the project work plan and calendar of activities, in close cooperation with the local partners;
  • Engage and coordinate the cooperation with the relevant representatives of the CoE Secretariat, international experts and international civil society representatives;
  • Ensure cohesion between the international and national components and activities of the project, engaging and communicating regularly with international experts and civil society representatives;
  • Ensure the project’s work plan remains on schedule and the logical framework is fulfilled, with regular documentation of outputs and monitoring of results;
  • Oversee compliance with EU reporting and financial obligations and related quality control, including budgetary follow-up of expenditures in coordination with the finance officer in Yerevan;
  • Develop effective communication and cooperation with civil society organisations in Armenia, the authorities and other national stakeholders and experts as regards the project implementation;
  • Draft and contribute to the drafting of reports, thematic and other documents related to project activities and objectives; provide input for publications;
  • Draft contracts in consultation with the Director; take care of administrative and logistical matters for engaged international experts and service providers;
  • Identify additional opportunities to increase the impact of the project;
  • Help lobby and raise the profile of the project by disseminating information to those concerned and ensuring adequate information flow between the project stakeholders, relevant partners and experts;
  • Ensure quality and relevance of programmes for activities, secure speakers, prepare documentation and oversee preparation of activities; report any problems encountered; provide guidance and feedback for the implementation of activities on the ground;
  • Provide regular updates to the Director on the implementation of the project and on developments in the legal and policy framework relevant to the project; inform the Director in case of problems or changing situational priorities, and advise on action to overcome them;
  • Prepare and participate in relevant meetings, draft meeting minutes and lists of decisions, and conduct proper follow-up;
  • Carry out other responsibilities as may be requested.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

A bachelor’s degree in political science, human rights, law, or a related humanities field is required; a master’s or other graduate-level degree will be preferred.

A successful candidate will have proven experience in project management and human rights, working with civil society or international organisations, as well as a familiarity with the issues central to the protection of the rights of persons with disabilities. Knowledge of relevant procedures and previous experience with projects funded by the European Union will be a strong advantage.

REQUIRED SKILLS

  • Fluency in written and spoken English
  • Excellent drafting skills
  • Commitment to quality work-product, attention to detail and accuracy
  • Vision and strategic insight on influencing social change
  • Independence, motivation, and results orientation
  • Team player with excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to work under pressure and adapt to changing priorities and needs
  • Commitment to human rights
  • Being able to demonstrate the right to work in France
  • Knowledge of Armenian will be an asset

PROCEDURE FOR APPLYING

To apply please submit by the date indicated above the following to the address info@accessrights.org:

  • Curriculum vita
  • Personal statement of maximum one page indicating why you would be a good fit for this position
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