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«Լիարժեք կյանք» բարեգործական հասարակական կազմակերպությունը աստճաններ մագլցող սարքի ձեռք բերման համար հայտարարում է գնառաջարկների բաց հարցում՝ մատակարար կազմակերպություն ընտրելու նպատակով: Ներբեռնել այստեղ:

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Within the frameworks of LIFE program Save the Children announces Grants program tender to promote employment provision for people with disabilities in Armenia. Details on the tender and the Armenian application form can be downloaded here.

On November 29th, at 3PM all interested organizations are welcome to participate in the application procedures and the information session (address: Yerevan 0014, Armenia, 27 Azatutyan Street, 3rd floor, Yeraz business center).

The deadline for application submission is December 16, 2013, 5PM. Late applications will not be considered.

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TITLE: Business Consultant
ANNOUNCEMENT CODE:
START DATE/ TIME: February 2013
DURATION: 30 working days (within 6 months)
LOCATION: Yerevan and marzes
JOB DESCRIPTION: The aim of this initiative is the involvement of a qualified individual consultant, who will support Save the Children LIFE program in terms of developing the preliminary feasibility analysis, business proposals, budget planning, giving expertise on business proposals and sustainability plans.
JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:

  1. Preparation phase - Development of tender packages (February)
  2. Consultation phase – Provide consultation to the interested representatives from state, social and business sectors, introduce the specific financial and budgetary requirements (February)
  3. Selection phase – jointly with the steering committee select the best business proposals based on their feasibility, innovativeness, competitiveness and sustainability (February)
  4. Monitoring phase – once three months
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:
  • At least 5 years of experience in developing grant and business packages;
  • Experience of work with business and NGO sectors;
  • Background in Economics or Finance;
  • Problem solving skills;
  • Flexibility in working schedule;
  • Knowledge of Armenian and English languages;
  • Experience of working in such assignments will be advantageous
APPLICATION PROCEDURES: Applicants are requested to send a cover letter describing their interest in the position, outlining major skills and experience, as well as their CV to the following e-mail address: maria.gevorgyan@savethechildren.org

OPENING DATE: 29 January 2013
APPLICATION DEADLINE: 05 February 2013
ABOUT COMPANY: Save the Children established its presence in Armenia in 1993, with a mission to achieve immediate and lasting change in children’s lives. Starting 2012 Save the Children implements "Livelihood Improvement through Fostered employment (LIFE) for people with disabilities” program funded by USAID. The Goal of the LIFE program is to promote equal employment opportunities and access to employment as a basic human right for people with disabilities.

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“We All Have the Right to Work” Campaign on Disability Employment Issues

On November 06, the LIFE program announced the start of the “We All Have the Right to Work” campaign aimed at highlighting the right and equal opportunities for people with disabilities (PWDs) to work. The campaign is initiated by the USAID-funded Livelihood Improvement through Fostered Employment for People with Disabilities (LIFE) program.
The need for the campaign was emphasized by the public opinion poll recently conducted by the LIFE program. The study revealed lack of or limited public awareness on PWD issues, especially the challenges faced by PWDs during and after the hiring process and their needs in a work environment.
Although the LIFE program is implemented in 10 communities in Yerevan and in Ararat, Gegharkunik, Lori and Shirak marzes, during the campaign, a number of events will be organized in all marzes of Armenia. Public awareness raising activities, round table discussions, job fairs, exhibitions, marz coordination council meetings and press conferences will be organized with active involvement of major stakeholders, media and PWDs.
The events will be organized in close cooperation with marz and town authorities, employment centers, LIFE program partner organizations, PWDs, technical and vocational education and training institutions and employers.

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

With participation of GoA USAID, SESA, International and local, organizations Businesses
November 15 Campaign in Lori Marz: POP presentation and RT Discussion with participation of Marz administration, Marz Council on PWD issues, Marz Coordination Group, ECs, NGOs, Businesses, TVETs Vanadzor, Lori Marz Marzpetaran Building
November 16 Campaign in Kotayk Marz: LIFE presentation, RT discussion with participation of the Marz administration, Marz Council, ECs, NGOs, Businesses, TVETs JOB FAIR Hrazdan Youth Center, Kotayk Marz 11.00
November 19 Campaign in Gegharkunik Marz: POP presentation and RT Discussion with participation of Marz administration, Marz Council on PWD issues, Marz Coordination Group, ECs, NGOs, Businesses, TVETs Gavar Employment Center Gegharkunik Marz
November 20 Campaign in Vayots Dzor Marz: LIFE presentation, RT discussion with participation of the Marz administration, Marz Council, ECs, NGOs, Businesses, TVETs JOB FAIR Yeghegnadzor, Vayots Dzor marz
November 21 Campaign in Syunik Marz: LIFE presentation, RT discussion with participation of the Marz administration, Marz Council, ECs, NGOs, Businesses, TVETs JOB FAIR Kapan, Syunik Marz TBD
November 22 Campaign in Aragatsotn Marz: POP presentation and RT Discussion with participation of Marz administration, Marz Council on PWD issues, Marz Coordination Group, ECs, NGOs, Businesses, TVETs Ashatarak, Aragatsotn mazpetaran
November 23 Friday

Round Table with Employers in cooperation with SESA

Yerevan, Congress hotel Ball Room 10.00-13.00
November 27 Campaign in Tavush Marz: LIFE presentation, RT discussion with participation of the Marz administration, Marz Council, ECs, NGOs, Businesses, TVETs JOB FAIR Ijevan,Tavush, Marz
November 27

Campaign in Shirak Marz:
POP presentation and RT Discussion with participation of Marz administration, Marz Council on PWD issues,
Marz Coordination Group,
ECs, NGOs, Businesses, TVETs

Giumry, Shirak Marz, Pyunik NGO, Avstriakan taxamas, Mocarti 37a at 12.00
November 30 Campaign in Ararat Marz: LIFE presentation, RT discussion with participation of the Marz administration, Marz Council, ECs, NGOs, Businesses, TVETs Artashat Marzpetaran at 11.00
December TBD Campaign in Armavir Marz: LIFE presentation, RT discussion with participation of the Marz administration, Marz Council, ECs, NGOs, Businesses, TVETs JOB FAIR Armavir, Armavir marz
December 3 International Day of PWDs Campaign Closing Event: Annual press conference Photo exhibition Yerevan, Congress Hotel 11.00

LIFE Program Presents Findings of the Public Opinion Poll about Persons with Disabilities and Their Employment

On November 6, Save the Children presented the “Report on Public Opinion Poll about Persons with Disabilities and Their Employment" which was conducted within the framework of the USAID-funded Livelihood Improvement through Fostered Employment for People with Disabilities (LIFE) Program. Jemma Baghdasaryan, Deputy Minister of Labor and Social Issues, Stephen Brager, Head of the USAID/Armenia Democracy, Social and Health Office, Irina Saghoyan, Save the Children Country Director and Jina Sargizova, LIFE Program Director delivered welcome remarks at the event, followed by a presentation of the main findings of the research.

The study, carried out by the Civic Development and Partnership Foundation, examined public opinion and attitude toward people with disabilities (PWDs), particularly in relation to PWD employment.  The survey revealed lack of or limited public awareness on PWDs, types of disabilities, common challenges faced by PWDs during and after the hiring process and their needs in a work environment.

The study highlighted the urgent need for large-scale awareness raising on PWD typology and related terms. In the context of the topic of this research, there is a pressing need to provide educational activities on PWD working abilities and employment opportunities among both the public and especially among employers. Awareness raising and educational activities would also contribute to the formation of public opinion so that apart from stereotypes about PWDs as "sick people" or those with "limited abilities", the phenomena of pitying, compassion, admiration will be addressed, and finally, the public will consider a person with a disability as an equal society member in his or her own right.

The study’s complete findings are available here

 

Training on Psychiatric and Psychological Aspects of Disability

On October 1-4, 2012 the State Employment Services Agency (SESA) hosted a training workshop on “Psychiatric and Psychological Aspects of Disability” to be conducted by Dr. Paul de Rooij, Activa International Foundation, the Netherlands. Participants of the training are a team of SESA Core Trainers and six social workers, representing LIFE Program partner NGOs.

The main goal of the training is to get participants familiar with the different forms of disabilities, mainly psychiatric and the ways of supporting people with such problems in their employment searching/ placement/ adjusting efforts. Among the topics covered during the program are:

  • “The difference between Mental and Psychiatric Disorders”,
  • “Forms of Psychiatric, Anxiety, Personality Disorders”,
  • “The Guidance Chart”

The last day of the training will be dedicated to the main principles of adult education and modern techniques of interactive trainings, since after the session the participants will share the acquired skills and knowledge with the staff of 29 Employment Centers of Yerevan, Ararat Shirak, Lori and Gegharkunik Marzes.

Greenhouse for seedlings and young plants will open 20 vacant positions

Within the LIFE Program, two main approaches will be trailed and implemented to ensure access to integrated work environments:
a. Adaptation of existing work environment by employers who are willing and ready to integrate and allow access of people with disabilities (PWDs), and
b. Creation of new integrated work places.

The later will be achieved through cooperation with several target municipalities to create inclusive municipal enterprises. The proposed approach is grounded on the idea that on the one hand the state and the local authorities should be model employers for PWDs, and on the other - the authorities are the purchaser of certain goods and services which can be performed by PWDs promoting their equal employment opportunities.

As a result of number of meetings, SC /LIFE Program team maintained agreement with Yerevan Municipality on establishment of the first municipal “social” enterprise in Yerevan city. As per the agreement, the municipality will provide the reconstruction space for an integrated greenhouse for seedlings and young plants (1000 sq m) and will ensure employment of up to 20 persons among who 14-15 will be PWDs.

Moreover, the Municipality will resolve product realization issue.

The enterprise reconstruction will start in September and will open doors for the unemployed persons in October. If required, Yerevan Municipality and Save the Children will arrange internship for the selected candidates.

Upcoming Activities

September 11-13: Training on vocational education skills development for 10 CTTs & 6 Social Workers of DPOs, 2 SESA staff members facilitated by experts from Netherlands.
September 27, 28: Beginning of the script selection and filming process of the PSA on disability and employment.
October 1-4: Training on Fine-Tuning for 10 CTTs & 6 Social Workers of DPOs, 2 SESA staff facilitated by experts from Netherlands.
October 8-10: Training on the development of Individual Professional Development Plans (IPDP) & Individual Employment and Job Placement Plans for 10 CTTs & 6 Social Workers of DPOs, 2 SESA staff facilitated by experts from Netherlands.
October 11-12: Training on Observation methodology (part 2) for 2 CTTs, 2 Gyumri ECs & 3 employees of WRC facilitated by an expert from Netherlands.
October 24-26: ToT on MAST Test (part 2) for 10 CTTs & 6 Social Workers of DPOs, 2 SESA staff members facilitated by an expert from Netherlands.

LIFE Program launched in Armenia

There are 179,257 officially registered people with disabilities (PWDs) in Armenia, many of whom continue to face problems caused by societal perceptions of disability, poorly enforced regulations, and discrimination in the workplace. In recent years, significant works and noticeable improvements have been implemented in Armenia to promote the solution of employment issues faced by PWDs nevertheless, the needs of PWDs remain mostly unmet, and there is a pressing need in the country for a holistic approach to the issue. To overcome the barriers facing PWDs in Armenia, Save the Children under the funding of the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and in partnership with Activa International Foundation, Unison NGO, Human Dignity and Peace (HDP) Foundation and Full Life NGO will implement Livelihood Improvement through Fostered Employment (LIFE) for People with Disabilities Program in 2012-2015. The goal of the Program is to promote equal employment opportunities and access to employment for PWDs as a basic human right, through vocational education and job placement of PWDs at the age of employment. The program will be implemented in 10 communities of Yerevan and in Ararat, Gegharkunik, Lori and Shirak marzes. The LIFE Program was presented to the high-ranking officials of the Ministry of Labor and Social Issues (MLSI), who suggested presenting and discussing the program also to the National Commission on Disability Issues. The extended session of the National Commission on Disability Issues took place on March 21 and was opened with welcoming speeches of the U.S. Ambassador John Heffern, USAID Armenia Mission Director Jatinder Cheema, RA Minister of Labor and Social Issues Artur Grigoryan, and Save the Children International Armenian Representative Office Director Irina Saghoyan. The LIFE program was presented by the Program Director Jina Sargizova. Ambassador Heffern noted at the event that meaningful employment for Armenians with special needs is a critical area. “For this project to be successful, a lot of people, a lot of organizations will have to work together, and we’ll be cooperating with public institutions and the Ministry of Labor and Social Issues along with the NGOs and civil society. We need to look for continued interest by the media and the press to build public awareness in this area,” he said, noting that the private sector is also critical in terms of employment opportunities for PWDs. The Program was presented also to the members of Regional Commissions on Disability Issues of Ararat, Shirak, Lori and Gegharkunik marzes. To view pictures from the official launch of the LIFE program, click here.


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