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Local consultant to provide support to the State Committee for Family, Women and Children’s Affairs (SCFWCA) on revision of the Initial Reports on implementation of Optional Protocols (OPAC and OPSC) to the Convention on the Rights of the Child

1. Program information:                           : 0039 Azerbaijan Country programme 2011-2015 
Program (No. & Name) :0039 YI 002. Improved Attitudes towards fulfillment of  Rights of Children and Young People.Project  (No. & Name)  : 0039 YI002-01, CRC coordination.Activity Reference    : 0039 YI002-01-001,  Technical assistance for the CRC implementation, reporting and coordination
2. Background and Context: 
Following the ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child in July 1992 Azerbaijan also ratified the Optional Protocol on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography (OPSC) and the Optional Protocol on involvement of children in armed conflict (OPAC) in 2002. In Azerbaijan the governmental structure coordinating state efforts to fulfill the obligations of CRC and conducting ongoing monitoring of actual CRC implementation is the State Committee for Family, Women and Children’s Affairs established in 2006. By undertaking such coordination and monitoring role, the State Committee could fill the gaps in the national efforts to implement the CRC and translate its provisions into law, policy and practice. In addition since 2008 the State Committee coordinates and the preparation of the State Periodic Reports on the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child and its Optional Protocols.
Recent (4th) State Periodic Report was submitted to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child in the end of 2009 and is due for Committee’s future session in 2012. In addition to the State Periodic Report on CRC implementation Initial Reports on the implementation of OPAC and OPSC will be also considered during the same session. Therefore, there is a need in revision of the Initial Reports prepared in 2004 for updating them and bringing in compliance with the reporting guidelines.
The State Committee for Family, Women and Children’s Affairs acknowledging the challenge of the assignment has requested UNICEF to support the Committee for the revision and making necessary changes to the Initial Reports on the implementation of CRC Optional Protocols. Thus, UNICEF will extend assistance for enabling the Committee in assuming this important duty, which is reflected in the Rolling Work Plan for 2011-2012 signed between UNICEF and the State Committee for Family, Women and Children’s Affairs. UNICEF will provide international and local expertise on developing an efficient methodology for data collection and drafting of the reports.  

3.  Purpose of the assignment
Provide technical assistance to the revision of the Optional Protocols to the Convention on the Rights of the Child 

4. Duty station: Baku, Azerbaijan (in and outside of the country)

5. Supervisor:  The work will be supervised by UNICEF Child Protection Officer with the general guidance of UNICEF Deputy Representative. The consultancy report will be submitted to UNICEF Representative and the Chair of the State Committee for Family, Women and Children’s Affairs.

6. Major tasks to be accomplished:
The consultant will be responsible for:
• Revision and providing comments on the Initial Reports on the implementation of OPAC and OPSC prepared in 2008 with the aim to update the content and improve its compliance with the CRC reporting guidelines and procedures;
• Preparing training module for two-day workshop on preparation of the OPAC and OPSC reports;
• Holding meeting with relevant governmental stakeholders;
• Delivering two day workshop for the task force of the SCFWCA on preparation of the OPAC and OPSC reports;
• Developing one-day workshop for locally recruited consultant and SCFWCA task force on compiling OPAC and OPSC initial reports;
• Developing questionnaires for collecting required data;
• Reviewing and providing comments on the filled in questionnaires;
• Developing consultancy report for UNICEF with recommendations on the next steps in OPAC and OPSC reporting. 

7.          Deliverables:
1. Training package on OPAC and OPSC reporting;
2. Two-day workshop for the task force of the SCFWCA;
3. One-day workshop for locally recruited consultant and SCFWCA task force
4. Questionnaires/tools for compiling the reports
5. Final consultancy report with recommendations  

8. Time-Frame:
The selected consultants will work for 13 days in April. The deadline for submission of final deliverables to UNICEF is 10 May 2011.

Phase 1: Out of country. Desk review of background documents; development of training module and questionnaires. 3 working days (early April)

Phase 2: In country. Conducting training and holding meetings. 4 working days (mid April)

Phase 3: Out of country. 6 working days. Development of consultancy report including recommendations and working on the questionnaires (end April – early May)

9.        Qualifications or specialized knowledge/experience required:
• Advanced university degree and/or academic background in human rights of children, law, social science;
• Minimum 10 years work experience in child rights related field;
• Proven experience in preparation of CRC and OPAC and OPSC state and alternative periodic reports;  
• Experience in providing training to state officials. Very good communications skills with government;
• High analytical and conceptual skills and ability;
• Fluency in English (written and spoken); knowledge of Russian would be an asset;
• Ability to work with international and multicultural environment.

10. Procedures and logistics:
All additional costs, if applicable, will be covered based on UNICEF standards. UNICEF does not provide or arrange health insurance coverage for consultants.

11. Application:
Interested individual should send:
• a cover letter
• individual resume
• expected remuneration
• reference of previous relevant work (if applicable)

via email to baku@unicef.org with cc to Munir Mammadzade, Child Protection Officer, mmammadzade@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: March 22, 2011

For further information please contact: Munir Mammadzade , Child Protection Officer,
mmammadzade@unicef.org  99412 4923013 (ext 102)

 

 

 
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