International Consultant on Expansion of features on the Online Platform for Public Consultations
ISSUED BY OSCE Mission in Kosovo
VACANCY NUMBER VNKOSC02288
VACANCY TYPE Experts/Consultants
NUMBER OF POSTS 1
DUTY STATION Prishtine / Pristina
DATE OF ISSUE 29 September 2020
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION 11 October 2020 - 23:59 Central European Time (CET/CEST)
In 2016, the Government adopted a Regulation on the Minimum Standards for the Public Consultation Process, which aims to encourage and ensure a public consultation process between public institutions, stakeholders and the public for an inclusive participation in the decision and policymaking process of public interest. The Regulation also aims at increasing transparency and accountability of public authorities towards the stakeholders and the public. The Regulation specifies the minimum standards, principles and procedures of the public consultation process between public institutions, interested parties and the public, in the process of drafting policies and legislation. The minimum standards for public consultation set in this Regulation are applicable for all documents, the drafting process of which requires public consultations starting from 1 January 2017 .
To that end, the online platform was launched in October 2018 to ensure the implementation of minimum standards for public consultations. This platform provides the opportunity for all relevant parties to be invited and included in the decision and policymaking process. This platform ensures the communication process between public institutions, stakeholders and the public for an inclusive participation in the decision and policymaking process of public interest and the improvement of the transparency and accountability of public institutions towards stakeholders and the public. However, members from the civil society are still not fully utilizing the opportunity to get engaged in this process, therefore a need arose to think about possibility of adding new features to the platform in order to make it more viable for targeting specific interests.
The objective of the consultancy is to propose to the Office of Good Governance (OGG) within the Prime Minister’s Office concrete recommendations for the expansion of features on the Online Platform for Public Consultations.
The duration of consultancy is twenty (20) days.
Tasks and Responsibilities:
Under the supervision of, and in co-ordination with the Project Manager, the consultant will:
- Develop a proposal on how to expand the existing online platform to more systematically notify interested parties of the opportunity to review and comment on legislation;
- Develop an agenda and hold either online or in person a workshop to receive feedback from technical and professional staff from the Office of the Prime Minister as well as NGOs, non-majority communities, women and youth;
- Provide a final report to the Project Manager on findings and results of the workshop by the end of the consultancy, which will also contain concrete recommendations for the expansion of features on the Online Platform for Public Consultations (10 December 2020).
Provide either online or in person workshop to receive feedback from technical and professional staff from the Office of the Prime Minister as well as NGOs, non-majority communities, women and youth. [By 10 November 2020] A proposal on how to expand the existing online platform submitted after workshop and feedback is concluded and submitted to the Chief of LJS, for onward transmission to the OGG. [By 20 November 2020] Final report with feedback from participants and concrete recommendations for the expansion of the Online Platform features, submitted on time as well as final activity report to Chief of LJS.[By 15 December 2020]
- The workshop material is prepared on time, in the agreed form and of satisfactory quality to the Chief of LJS;
- The workshop either online or in person with technical and professional staff from the Office of the Prime Minister as well as NGOs, non-majority communities, women and youth is timely delivered and meets the needs of the participants;
- A proposal on how to expand the existing online platform is included in the final report and submitted to the Chief LJS, for onward transmission to the OGG.
- Expertise on the general Kosovo Legal Framework and public consultations processes;
- Extensive knowledge of international standards related to Human Rights and Rule of Law;
- Extensive knowledge and experience in IT and/or web related applications;
- A minimum three (3) years of experience in training delivery;
- Excellent oral and written communication skills in English;
- Ability and willingness to work as a member of a team, with people of different cultural and religious backgrounds, different gender, and diverse political views, while maintaining impartiality and objectivity; and,
- Ability to link international standards to Kosovo-specific laws, treaties and secondary legislation.
- Previous working experience in the region is an asset.
Remuneration will depend on the qualifications and experience of individual experts as well as the detailed work plan to be agreed upon and will be based on the current OSCE consultancy rates.
How To Apply
In order to apply for this position you must complete the OSCE's online application form, found under https://jobs.osce.org/. Applicants are encouraged to use the online recruitment and only fully completed OSCEapplications will be accepted. However, if you have technical difficulties with the system you may use the offline application form found under https://jobs.osce.org/resources/document/offline-application-form and forward the completed form quoting the vacancy number by e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org. In line with yourqualifications please indicate preference to one or more field of expertise listed above (while using the onlineapplication the field of expertise preference can be indicated in the cover letter part). Kindly note that applications received after the deadline, submitted in different formats than the OSCE Application Form or in other languages than the English language would not be considered. The OSCE is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious, ethnic and socialbackgrounds to apply