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Terms of Reference for Consultants and Contractors

UNITED NATIONS CHILDREN'S FUND

Terms of Reference for Consultants and Contractors

Strengthening child/youth participation in Azerbaijan


1. Programme information:
 
Programme (No. & Name) : Policy, Planning and Advocacy 
Project   (No. & Name) :  Young people’s Participation and Sport
Activity Reference : ( AWP on  Young people’s Participation and Sport, 2010):

                 Technical assistance to UNICEF for developing concept paper and action plan on child/youth development and participation, concept on comprehensive study on child participation and elaborating effective strategy for summer camps.


2. Background and Context: 
This consultancy will provide the technical assistance to UNICEF for assisting the GoA in strengthening child/ youth participation indirectly contributing to meeting MDGs 2,3 and 7, and UNICEF MTSP priority 5 (Policy advocacy and partnerships for children’s rights).

Significant efforts have been made so far for promotion of child/youth participation which included organization of various conferences, meetings where children and young people spoke openly on their vision, desires, achievements and challenges in front of governmental officials and parliamentarians.

Based on evidence from researches UNICEF initiated discussions in parliament on child friendly budgeting, indicating country’s losses in monetary terms due to absence of simple public interventions. 

In 2007 UNICEF supported technically and financially election of child parliament representing all the regions of Azerbaijan and members of the child parliament initiated number of discussions related to early child marriages, girls’ education and healthy life styles, contributing to development of new SPPRS for 2009-2015 by sharing the outcomes of the discussions with parliament members and government officials. Later in 2008 child parliament merged with Youth parliament.

3 lobby groups established at the Youth Parliament contributed to development of the draft law on Child and Youth Sport.
 
The Young Voices Opinion Poll conducted among men and women aged 14-24 in 2008 made an effort to identify the problems and issues that young people themselves see as priorities.

Despite the significant efforts made by UNICEF to promote participation of boys and girls in making decisions that affect their wellbeing, effective and sustainable child/youth participation is still an issue in the country.


The GoA has prioritized achievement of child/young people sustainable participation in the country, and UNICEF is keen to assist in achievement of this goal. Therefore, as a step towards institutionalization of the sustainable child/youth participation mechanisms in the country UNICEF initiates learning and adoption of best available practices  on child/youth development and participation including assessments of child/youth participation that based on unbiased indicators clearly measuring various dimensions of participation.

 Current consultancy is necessary to assist in clarifying the features of child/youth friendly policies, developing the concept and action plan for their utilization. The consultancy will also provide technical assistance for assessment of child/youth participation against clear indicators and various dimensions. Such an assessment might give definite evidence about strong and weak points of child participation in Azerbaijan and will be a roadmap for further programming.
Another objective of the consultancy is to bring a fresh air into summer camps suggesting new towards institutionalization of the sustainable child/youth participation mechanisms in the country UNICEF initiates learning and adoption of best available practices  on child/youth development and participation including assessments of child/youth participation that based on unbiased indicators clearly measuring various dimensions of participation.

 Current consultancy is necessary to assist in clarifying the features of child/youth friendly policies, developing the concept and action plan for their utilization. The consultancy will also provide technical assistance for assessment of child/youth participation against clear indicators and various dimensions. Such an assessment might give definite evidence about strong and weak points of child participation in Azerbaijan and will be a roadmap for further programming.
Another objective of the consultancy is to bring a fresh air into summer camps suggesting new ideas using sport events as a tool for promotion of awareness and action of young people towards taking part in bettering lives and wellbeing of children and young people, creating equal opportunities for girls and disabled children, promoting healthy life styles etc .   

3. Purpose of the assignment

Support UNICEF in strengthening child and youth participation mechanisms in Azerbaijan

Objectives:

National consultancy  will meet following objectives:
• development of a child/youth development and participation concept and elaboration of an action plan to strengthen child and young people’s participation practices;
• development of a concept for assessment of child and young people’s participation in Azerbaijan,
• elaboration of a strategy for summer camps that best combine sport activities with promotion of knowledge and skills in the field of child/youth development and participation (leadership, tolerance, healthy life styles etc);
facilitation in organization and conduction of summer camps


4. Duty station: Baku, Azerbaijan

5. Supervisor: Natik Umarov, Youth Development Officer  


6. Major tasks to be accomplished:

 Desk review of child/youth development and participation  concepts and best practices; studies on assessment of child/youth participation;
 Development of a concept paper and action plan on child/youth development and participation in consultation with UNICEF and its partners.
 Development of a concept to assess child/youth participation in various fields, including decision making in consultation with UNICEF and its partners for identification of the best indicators for child/youth participation. 
 Analysis of UNICEF summer camp experiences. Elaboration of few detailed scenarios (options) of summer camps with involvement of disabled children and where sport activities are best used  for stimulation of discussions and conveying the knowledge on child/youth participation, place of disabled children in the society, street children, leadership, tolerance, healthy life styles etc.; Identification of organizations (individuals) who could effectively implement approved scenarios of summer camps and necessary arrangements and negotiations for conduction of summer camps


7. Outcomes and deliverables, deadlines :
 Reports and presentations on child/youth friendly policies and child/youth development and participation concepts and studies (including effective indicators of child participation)  ( by March 15);
  Concept paper on child/youth development and participation  ( by March 20)
 Action plan for strengthening child/youth participation   ( by April 15 )
 Concept for assessment of child/youth participation in Azerbaijan (  by March 31)
 Options/scenarios for summer camps ( by March 31)
 Preparations and arrangements for summer camps (April 20)
 Final overall report in English and Azerbaijani (both electronic and hard copy)
 


      8.       Time-Frame:
Consultancy will continue during 2 months from March 01 to April 30, 2010 to carry out tasks outlined in the TOR in a consequent and coherent way.

     9.       Qualifications or specialized knowledge/experience required:

 Advanced degree in  social sciences
 5 years of practical experience in the field of child/youth development and participation;
 Advanced training on child/youth development and participation;
 Experience in researches on children/young people
 Good analytical and report writing skills
 Experience in leading activities discussions/consultations with governmental officials
 Fluency in Azerbaijani and English 


    10. Procedures and logistics:

The consultants will be provided with computer and internet access in UNICEF office. Field trips will be organized by UNICEF.

UNICEF will also introduce the consultant to the major related counterparts and facilitate meetings and consultations

UNICEF reserves the right to withhold all or a portion of payment if performance is unsatisfactory, if work/outputs are incomplete, not delivered or for failure to meet deadlines.
Moreover, in case if deliverables submitted with 3 to 10 days delay 10% from respective payment will be withheld. In case of delay in submission of deliverables from 11 to 20 days penalty will be 20 % of respective payment, further delay no payment will be issued.
All materials developed will remain the copyright of UNICEF and that UNICEF will be free to adapt and modify them in the future.

11.     Application:
Interested individual should send:

a) a cover letter;
b) individual resume;
c) reference of previous relevant work (if applicable);
in a sealed envelop/email to:
Head of Section
__________________________
United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
24 S.Dadashev St., AZ1073
Baku, Azerbaijan
or send the documents mentioned above electronically  to baku@unicef.org
All applications will be treated with strict confidentiality. UNICEF is an equal opportunity employer.

UNICEF is mandated by the United Nations General Assembly to advocate for the protection of children's rights, to help meet their basic needs and to expand their opportunities to reach their full potential.

Deadline: February 22, 2010

For further information please contact: Natik Umarov , Youth Development Officer, numarov@unicef.org; 99412 4923013 (ext 117)

 

 

 
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