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Offer: INTL CONSULTANT FOR CONDUCTING A WORKSHOP ON COVERING OF HUMAN RIGHTS OF PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES BY MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES - Application Deadline: 06-May-13

Home-based with one two-day mission to Ashgabat, Turkmenistan.
Type of Contract: Individual Contract
Post Level: International Consultant
Languages required: English, Russian
Starting Date: (date when the selected candidate is expected to start) 20-May-2013
Expected Duration of Assignment: 10 working days in May/June 2013

Background
The European Union (EU), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Turkmenistan and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) are currently implementing a joint project entitled “Strengthening the national capacity of Turkmenistan to promote and protect human rights”. This project started in September 2009 with duration of 46 months.

The overall objective of the project is to engage the Government of Turkmenistan on its duty and capacity to comply with its international human rights standards and to improve the knowledge and capacity of rights holders to claim their rights. The main implementing partner is the Turkmen National Institute for Democracy and Human Rights under the President of Turkmenistan.

One of the activities foreseen under the project entails the conducting of training for journalists on covering the rights and interests of people with disabilities in line with the Convention on the rights of people with disabilities in the media. Turkmenistan was the first Central Asian country to accede to the Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities (CRPD) in September 2008 and ratify its Optional Protocol in 2010 without any reservations. Over the last 4-3 years, accession to the Convention has resulted in changes in legislations, policies and existing practices. However, these changes are not automatically translated into practice. Often, it is hard to change the peoples’ mind and attitude towards people with disabilities. Each member of a society has his/her role to play in ensuring that people with disabilities enjoy their full and equal rights. To sensitise the whole society with respect to the rights and needs as well as constraints and limitations of persons with disabilities, the journalists have to cover the disability issues widely. To do so, the journalists themselves need to be properly trained and equipped with necessary knowledge and skills to highlight the constraints and limitations the people with disabilities face in their everyday life.

The need for involvement of mass media in the promotion of the rights of people with disabilities is acute. As a response to the request and acute need of the national partners, activities aimed at developing capacity of media representatives to cover human rights of people with disabilities is envisaged in the Annual Work Plan of the project for 2013.

> Required Skills and Experience
1. Education:
Advanced university degree in a relevant field, such as law, political science, international relations or a related field with a particular focus on human rights
2. Experience:
At least 5 years of relevant working experience - working in or with the media in communicating human rights, the rights of people with disabilities in particular
Experience in capacity and institution building in the area of human rights, in particular targeting journalists
Knowledge and experience of work in the CIS or Central Asia an advantage
3. Language Requirements:
Excellent written and spoken English. Fluent Russian advantage.

> Submission of applications
Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications:
1. Cover letter explaining why they are the most suitable candidate for the assignment
2. Filled P11 form including past experience in similar projects and contact details of referees (blank form can be downloaded from http://europeandcis.undp.org/files/hrforms/P11_modified_for_SCs_and_ICs.doc ); please upload the P11 instead of your CV.
3. A brief methodology on how they will approach and conduct the work
4. Financial proposal: All applicants shall submit a detailed, carefully considered and justified financial statement based on a lump sum specifying (1) a daily fee for the tasks and an estimated duration as specified in this announcement and (2) any other possible costs (including vaccinations, travel to and from the mission, dwelling, etc.).

Application Deadline: 06-May-13

Source: http://jobs.undp.org/cj_view_job.cfm?cur_job_id=37227

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