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Terms of Reference for International consultant to conduct mid-term evaluation of the State Programme on De-institutionalization and Alternative Care (SPDIAC)

1. Program information:                           : 0039 Azerbaijan Country programme 2011-2015 
Program (No. & Name) :0039 YI 001 Access to Responsive Child Friendly Services
Project   (No. & Name)    : 0039 YI001-02, Child Care Reform  
Activity Reference    : 0039 YI001-02-001,  Advocacy and technical support to the implementation of the State Program on De-Institutionalization and Alternative Care (SPDAC)
2. Background and Context: 
In March 2006 the President of the Azerbaijani Republic endorsed the State Program on De-Institutionalization and Alternative Care for 2006-2015 aimed at reintegration of children residing currently in various state institutions (de-institutionalization) with biological or foster families and at creation of alternative care services to support the de-institutionalization process.  The major focus of the Program is to reduce the number of children placed in the residential care institutions and to establish a sustainable system of alternative child care and family support. The desirable aim is to gradually phase out the institutional care and to move to more family oriented community services.

Considerable amount of work has been carried out since the adoption of the State Programme, including establishment of the specialized Department on De-institutionalization and Child Protection under the Ministry of Education, adoption of the Master Plan of Transformation of Child Care Residential Institutions, cost comparison analysis of state child care services vs. alternative ones, launching of the pilot project on Establishment of local level child care services etc. The outlined activities resulted in decrease in the number of institutionalized children, capacity development of relevant governmental structures in the area of child protection, and raising the awareness of relevant governmental structures and general public on the overall issue of de-institutionalization and alternative care.

The year of 2011 is the momentum for conducting a mid-year review of the SPDIAC, which would be an excellent milestone to ensure smooth implementation of the State Programme, reveal challenges and define further steps. From the outset UNICEF has been supporting the implementation of the SPDICA mainly through providing technical expertise concerning all key activities. In accordance with the Rolling Work Plan for 2011-2012 signed between UNICEF, the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of Population UNICEF will also extend its assistance for involving international expert for conducting of mid-term evaluation of the State Progarmme on De-institutionalization and Alternative Care’s implementation. Outcomes of the consultancy will be further presented to the Government of the Republic of Azerbaijan and civil society organizations at the special devoted to this occasion event to be held in April 2011.     

3.  Purpose of the assignment
To support the Government of Azerbaijan Republic in conducting mid-term evaluation of the State Programme on De-institutionalization and Alternative Care implementation with the particular focus on:
 Assessing  effectiveness and efficiency of the State Programme actual implementation;
 Identifying lessons learnt and recommending future development and adjustment from a strategic, structural and implementation point of view.
 

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 shared with the Government of Azerbaijan Republic.

6. Major tasks to be accomplished:
The consultant will be responsible for:
• Desk review of relevant policies, consultancy and governmental reports developed during the period of 2005-2011.
• Meet the key stakeholders, mainly the Cabinet of Ministers, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of Population, Ministry of Health, State Committee for Family, Women and Children’s Affairs, Parliament, local authorities, Heydar Aliyev Foundation, and other governmental and   non-governmental organizations involved in the State Programme’s implementation.
• Site visits to the selected institutions targeted by the State Programme
• Develop a final evaluation report for the SPDIAC implementation in line with UNICEF evaluation standards
During the evaluation following questions should be assessed:
- quality of programme structure
- efficiency of implementation
- effectiveness
- impact
- coordination
- application of human rights-based approach and result based management strategies
- gender mainstreaming  
- potential for sustainability
- recommendations for future steps 
•  Present the evaluation report to UNICEF, Government and civil society during the Mid-term Meeting on the SPDIAC implementation. The presentation should be supported by the power point presentation

7.          Deliverables:
1. Comprehensive mid-term evaluation report of the implementation of the State Programme on De-institutionalization and Alternative Care in line with UNICEF Evaluation Report Standards (attached). The evaluation report should include the executive summary prepared in line with UNICEF guidelines (attached) 
2. Power point presentation for the Mid-term meeting on  the SPDIAC implementation

8. Time-Frame:
The selected consultants will work for 1,5 month during March - May. The deadline for submission of final deliverables to UNICEF is 10 May 2011.

Phase 1: In country:  Desk review of background documents, holding meeting, undertaking site visits, developing report, preparing and delivering power point presentation (end March - end April)

Phase 3: Out of country.  1 week. Finalization and fine tuning the evaluation report (early May)

9.        Qualifications or specialized knowledge/experience required:
• Advanced university degree and/or academic background in a social field;
• Minimum 10 years work experience in strategy planning and evaluation of social projects (preferably in child care area);
• Proven very good knowledge on child care system, social trends and social reform processes in EEC and/or CIS countries;
• Previous experience in evaluation of UNICEF implemented project would be an asset
• Proven very good communication skills with government and community members;
• High analytical and conceptual skills and ability;
• Fluency in English (written and spoken), knowledge of Russian is preferrable;
• Good knowledge of computer applications;
• Proven ability to negotiate/interact with senior level government;
• Ability to work within the international and multicultural environment.

9. 10.      Estimated cost :
The total envisaged consultancy fee be $15000 to be paid as a lumpsum upon the completion of the consultancy.  All travel related costs of a consultant will be covered by UNICEF Azerbaijan.

11. 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.
 
12. 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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