Organization: UN Children's Fund
Closing date: 23 May 2019
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Azerbaijan has made significant progress in economic and social development since independence which resulted in poverty reduction as well as improvement of the quality of education and health services. The reforms in social protection have been undertaken in parallel with the major developments in child protection system. As a result of continuous advocacy efforts and partnership of UNICEF with the key stakeholders in Government, State Program on De-institutionalization and alternative care (2006-2015) was adopted and implemented. Although the implementation of the State Program has not been successful in terms meeting expectations and targets fully, there has been achieved certain results in terms of transformation of state institutions.
The current status of the De-institutionalization program is that number of state institutions was reduced from 55 to 19, number of children staying overnight was reduced from 4055 (2008) to 3132 (2018). Currently the Ministry of Education (main government entity owning child institutions) has 13 boarding schools (8 boarding schools for children with disabilities, 3 boarding schools for children deprived of parental care and 2 boarding schools of sanatorium type) with total number of children staying overnight 1895 (2018). Number of children residing at the two boarding homes of the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of Population for children with disabilities is 331 (2018). While the main target of De-institutionalization program has not been achieved in terms of establishment of full functioning gate keeping system and a range of alternative care services, protection of children staying in the institutions and ensure quality of residential care remain important. Children living in institutions having multidimensional deprivation (loss of parental care, disability, low income families, lack of parental skills) and are in need of individual professional care.
UN Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children is intended to enhance the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and of relevant provisions of other international instruments regarding the protection and well-being of children who are deprived of parental care or who are at risk of being so. The Guidelines explicitly emphasizes the importance of the quality of care in alternative care, including residential institutions. Article 71 of the Guidelines states that “Special attention should be paid to the quality of alternative care provision, both in residential and in family-based care, in particular with regard to the professional skills, selection, training and supervision of careers”.
In respect of this requirement, The Ministry of Education (MoE), The Minstry of Labour and Social Protection of Population (MoLSPP) and UNICEF are having collaboration to improve the quality of care in institutions and in this context to have a capacity building program for the staff of boarding schools and boarding homes (care givers) functioning under both ministries. The main outcome of this capacity building program would be the application of new knowledge and skills on child care and protection, in particular elaboration of Individual Development Plans.
How can you make a difference?
The objective of this assignment is to support capacity building of care givers providing training package and conducting training program on “Development, implementation and monitoring of Individual Development Plans (IDP) for children”.
Training package also includes topics related to child rights, child development, disability, child protection.
Description of tasks
Within this assignment, the following tasks should be fulfilled:
Stage 1. Revise and update a training package (methodology, presentations and handouts) on “Development, implementation and monitoring of Individual Development Plans (IDP) for children” in Azerbaijani language which will include minimum:
- Child rights (basic information on international and national standards);
- Child development;
- Social and psycho-pedagogical work for children with disabilities;
- Basics of child protection:
- Child abuse and its consequences;
- Prevention of child abuse, violence and exploitation;
- Rehabilitation of victims of violence and abuse;
- Child and teenager psychology;
- Development, implementation and monitoring of Individual Development Plans.
Stage 2. Conducting 10 days (minimum 30 hours) training program for each group of care givers selected from 4 boarding schools of MoE (#3, #5 #6, #9) for children with disabilities, and for the caregivers of the residential institution of MoLSPP # 2 for children with disabilities with total 50 days. (MoE and MoLSPP will arrange groups for training).
Deliverables and time-frame:
In the period June 3 to December 30, 2019 the following deliverables are expected:
Suggested delivery duration
Description of deliverables using result language
Number of working days
Revised training package (methodology, presentations and handouts)
Final draft version of the Training package incorporating feedbacks from UNICEF
Conduction of trainings on “Development, implementation and monitoring of Individual Development Plans (IDP) for children”, including pre and post-test for the 75 staff members of MoE and MoLSPP
The national consultant will be directly supervised by the Child Protection Specialist of UNICEF Azerbaijan with overall supervision of the Deputy Representative.
All consultants regardless of contract duration must complete the applicable mandatory training. The link to these online training will be provided during the selection process for the successful candidates.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
An individual national consultant meets the following requirements:
- Advanced university degree (master’s or equivalent) in Social Work, Psychology, Pedagogy, Child development, or other areas of Social Sciences;
- Minimum 5 years of consultancy experience (particularly as a trainer) in the area of child development, child psychology and social work with children
- Strong presentation skills and experience as a public speaker;
- In depth knowledge of social work, social services and child protection,
- Ability to work in a team with tight deadlines;
- Familiarity with UNICEF’s mission and mandate;
- Fluency in Azerbaijani.
Interested individuals should submit an application through the e-recruitment portal including the following:
- Cover letter
- Resume of consultant
- Financial proposal
Incomplete application missing any of the key components above will not be considered.
Consultancy fee is to be proposed by a potential individual and agreed with UNICEF in line with UN rules and regulations based on his/her level of expertise. UNICEF does not provide or arrange health insurance coverage for consultants.
For every Child, you demonstrate…
UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.
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UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.
UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.
Deadline: 23 May 2019
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.
How to apply:
UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organization. To apply, click on the following link http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/?job=522104