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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 preparation of revised versions of the State Reports on the implementation of the Optional Protocols to the Convention on the Rights of the Child 

4. Duty station: Baku, Azerbaijan

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 of 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;
• Undergo trainings delivered by international consultants on preparation of the OPAC and OPSC reports;
• Working closely with the SCFWCA task force and relevant governmental stakeholders in connection with the preparation of the OPAC and OPSC reports;
• Following up with governmental stakeholders on collecting data based on the questionnaires developed by international consultant;
• Continuously consult with the international consultant to develop State Reports on OPAC and OPSC implementation;
• Writing up the revised versions state reports on implementation of OPAC and OPSC jointly with the task force of the SCFWCA. 

7.          Deliverables:
1. Taking parts in the trainings on preparation of OPAC and OPSC delivered by ;
2. Revised versions of reports on the implementation of OPAC and OPSC.  

8. Time-Frame:
The selected consultants will work for 3 months throughout March-June. The deadline for submission of final deliverables to UNICEF is 30 June 2011.


9.        Qualifications or specialized knowledge/experience required:
• Advanced university degree and/or academic background in human rights of children, law, social science;
• Excellent report writing skills
• Very good communications skills for working with governmental stakeholders;
• High analytical and conceptual skills and ability;
• Excellent writing skills in Azerbaijani.  Fluency in English (written and spoken); knowledge of Russian would be an asset;
• Ability to work with international and multicultural environment.

9. 10.      Estimated cost :
The total envisaged consultancy fee be $1200 per month (3,600 in total) to be paid upon the completion of the consultancy. 

11. Procedures and logistics:
Consultant will be based in the State Committee for Family, Women and Children’s Affairs. 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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