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TERMS OF REFERENCE:measure the proposed implementation of the Disaster Risk Reduction in Education for the consultancy to conduct interim Base-Line Survey and End-of-Action to project funded by DIPECHO.


1. Programme information:              Education     
Project   (No. & Name):                 DIPECHO Disaster Risk Reducation in Education
Activity Reference:                       Result 2
                                   

2. Background and Context: 

The structure of the landscape, climate and infrastructure makes Azerbaijan Republic vulnerable to number of natural disasters like earthquakes, seasonal floods and landslides and man-made disasters like technological disasters and transport accidents. Every year floods and landslides particularly cause significant damage to agriculture in rural areas and to infrastructure in urban areas as well as serious human casualties. Occurrences of landslides during heavy rains cause significant damage to human settlements, industry, farms and roads.  .
 
Disaster risk reduction is a systematic approach to identifying, assessing and reducing those risks. It targets the national, sub-national, and, in particular, the community level, and requires governments, civil society, the private sector, and other actors to partner with the most vulnerable people to:

 prevent disasters (the flood that does not happen due to improved river basin management; the buildings that do not collapse in an earthquake);

 prepare –including early warning – for the worst (the school children who practice an evacuation drill, the stocks pre-positioned ahead of the hurricane season).

 mitigate the impact of hazards (the cholera awareness campaign and child protection network established ahead of the flood season);


UNICEF has worked in Azerbaijan since 1993 actively supporting the Government in realizing the rights of all children to survival, development, protection and participation and the creation of an enabling environment to ensure strengthened accountabilities for children.  At the national level, emphasis is given to state policies to provide a better framework for the protection of children’s rights. At sub-national (provincial) level, major focus is on capacity building of provincial and district governments in managing results for children. At the community level, families adopt improved child-rearing practices. With mandate for children, UNICEF is well positioned and has comparative advantages to work at all levels in Azerbaijan.  Globally UNICEF is committed to Hyogo Framework  for Action (HFA) and has been a member of United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction system since 2006.
Under the priority number 3 of the Hyogo Framework for Action to improve ‘Knowledge, innovation, education for culture of safety and resilience’.  UNICEF Azerbaijan is implementing a project funded by the Disaster Preparedness umbrella of the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid Organisation (DIPECHO) to Support Disaster Risk Reduction amongst Vulnerable Communities and Institutions through education.  The project is being implemented with the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Emergency Situations.  Expected Results of the Project are:
R 1 – Governments’ disaster preparedness and educational policy addresses needs and concerns of children, thereby contributing to the building of a culture of safety and resilience at all levels by reviewing the national education curriculum and disaster preparedness policy documents to enhance the DRR in education elements and strengthen teacher training methodologies.
R 2 – Strengthen capacities of the local and national authorities and children services in implementing disaster preparedness and risk reduction by targeting 10 model schools in the most vulnerable areas by empowering the children, teachers and community members with the knowledge and materials to prepare themselves.
R 3 – Good Practices identified, compiled and disseminated to all DRR stakeholders in the sub-region and public awareness-raising campaigns organized on disaster preparedness and risk reduction.

Under Result 2, special attention will be given to vulnerable children, such as those living in areas exposed to high level of disasters risks and hazards.  The project will also target teachers and sector managers in education in selected local communities, specifically in schools and pre-school institutions. The project will primarily reach out to this group of beneficiaries by training and capacity development activities. It is estimated that up to 3,280 children, teachers and sector managers will benefit from UNICEF interventions.  The direct beneficiaries are school children of 6-11 grades in 10 pilot schools, officials of the local authorities, community leaders and parents in the most vulnerable and disaster prone areas in the selected districts and cities which are Baku, Shaki, Zagatala and Shamakha) and along with Kura and Araz rivers (Hajigabul, Sabirabad, Shirvan, Saatli.

UNICEF will be conducting specific activities to strengthen various aspects of school safety, including knowledge and skills of children, school-based disaster management and non-structural mitigation, where applicable. Before any of the planned activities are conducted, it is important to collect concrete data on the current status of the said aspects of school safety and at the end of the project.

The issue of school safety is a global concern and UNICEF has been part of the global effort to establish broad parameters and elements in this area. These parameters are as follows:

1. Hazards and risks awareness and knowledge
 2. Systems, procedures and skills
 3. Structural and non structural safety

The Baseline Survey will take place in November before the end of the first school term before any interventions in the target schools. .
The End-of-Action Survey should take place at the end of the school year in May after the completion of the preschool/school level activities.

Objective of the consultancy
The consultancy  will, in particular, a) help establish a baseline line against which the impact of our project activities could later on be measured and b) inform and shape our specific preparedness and risk reduction interventions in schools and pre-schools in the future. Specifically:
 
• To conduct a Base-Line Survey for Children and Teachers and School Administrators in each of the ten pilot schools; and
• To conduct an End of Action Survey for children and teachers in each of the pilot schools and evaluate the increase in knowledge and change of attitudes of the proposed beneficiaries at the end of the project.

3.  Purpose of the assignment

Under the supervision of the UNICEF Azerbaijan Office and in consultation with Ministry of Education and Ministry of Emergency Situations to conduct assessment and end-of-action surveys to evaluate the progress of DRR programmes in 10 schools in 6 (Baku, Sheki, Zagatala and Shamakha) and along with Kura and Araz rivers (Sabirabad, Saatli) pilot districts and provide analysis into the changes in knowledge and behaviour as determined by the surveys.

4. Duty station: Baku, Azerbaijan with field visits to 10 Pilot schools

5. Supervisor:  Aisling Falconer, Education Officer

6. Major tasks to be accomplished:

• Agree with UNICEF the initial base-line questionnaire and other required tools;
• Conduct Base-Line Survey by visiting pilot districts and interview parents, teachers, school administration and children in the pilot schools and districts;
• Assess the level of knowledge on disaster preparedness and risk reduction of  teachers and children and levels of understanding by students and parents at the beginning of the programme;
• Prepare and submit an initial report of the findings to UNICEF;
• Agree with UNICEF the final End-of –Action survey;
• Conduct End-of-Action Survey by visiting districts and interviewing parents, teachers, school administration and children
• Provide final evaluation report including evaluation of the degrees of change of knowledge and attitudes related to disaster risk reduction of the beneficiaries
• Present final report in a workshop to the DRR in education working group in Baku, Azerbaijan
• Ten bound printed copies of Final Report and Annexes, including Instruments
• Two CD copies of Final Report and Annexes, including Instruments
• Sample Audio interviews of Key Informants

7.          Outcomes and deliverables:
20  December 2010:
1. Proposed methodology agreed with UNICEF
2. Base-line survey completed with field work and data collection
3. Evaluation report submitted in UNICEF format;
13 May 2011 2010(tentative) –
Final End-of-Action Survey to be completed and Evaluation Report Workshop (Please note final end of action dates may be changed due to circumstances)

8.        Time-Frame:

29th November  - 20 December 2010 (21 days including preparation time)
25 April – 13 May 2011 (21 days tentative)


9.        Qualifications or specialized knowledge/experience required:

The organisation or firm/institution should submit the proposal,which includes:

• Proposed methodology for data collection of both surveys;
• Time-frame for data collection and analysis;
• Detailed team composition with responsibilities, work plan and time frame (profile of key professionals who are to be involved with and their percentage of time to be allocated for carrying out key acitivities);
• Description of previous experience in similar studies;
• Organisational Capacity.


The competencies required from the firm/institution will be the following:

 An advanced degree in education or a related field
 Experience of conducting Base-Line and End-of Action Surveys of educational programmes
 Experience in the development of evaluation tools and instruments,
 Excellent Azerbaijani and English communication, writing and analytical skills; and
 Practical experience and knowledge in Disaster Risk Reduction in Education preferable.
9. 10.      Estimated cost :
      Fee is to be proposed by a potential individual or organization and agreed with
      UNICEF in line with UN rules and regulations.

11. Procedures and logistics:

UNICEF will provide the background information, organize meetings and filed visits and provides comments on the drafts.  All additional costs will be covered based on UNICEF standards.

12.     Application Deadline:
Interested parties should send:
a) A Project Proposal;
b) the organizational profile or individual resume;
c) in case of an organization the resume of each of the proposed team members;
d) reference of previous relevant work (if applicable);
in a sealed envelope/email to:

Aisling Falconer, Education Officer
United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
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: 12th November 15:00hrs GMT+4
For further information please contact: Aisling Falconer, afalconer@unicef.org

 

 

 
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