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Local consultant to assist in conducting mid-term evaluation of the State Programme on De-institutionalization and Alternative Care (SPDIAC)

UNITED NATIONS CHILDREN'S FUND

Terms of Reference for Local consultant to assist in conducting 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.  The mid-term review of the State Progarm will be carried out by independent international expert, who will require an assistance of local consultant

3.  Purpose of the assignment
To assist international expert in providing support to the Government of Azerbaijan Republic to  conduct 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  

5. Supervisor: 

The work will be supervised by the international consultant and 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:         

Under the guidance of principal expert the national consultant will perform the following tasks:

1. Update the  quantitative data  on  children and staff  in residential institutions in the dimensions relevant for the process of deinstitutionalization , on the number and profile of children who have left institutions in accordance with the State Programme for deinstitutionalization (since its inception until 2011.) as well as other quantitative data regarding entry and exit in residential care and accomplishment of  other quantitative targets  regarding  prevention of family separation and alternative services (community based services , foster care and guardianship  etc.)

2. Summarizing the main regulations (laws, by-laws , standards, guidelines , protocols of collaboration between sectors and between central and local authorities etc.) relevant for assessment of child needs and making decisions about child placement in services or  family support in cash and kind , as well as all other decisions or other courses of action which have a role in preventing child institutionalization and accelerating deinstitutionalization process

3. On the basis of written guidelines conduct focus group discussions with staff  and examine documents and care  practices in a selected number of institutions  focusing on their achievements, obstacles and constraints in carrying out improvements in service provision and carrying out tasks related to family reintegration or other forms of alternative care for institutionalized children. List the activities undertaken  in staff training  , (re)definition of job descriptions, deployment or separation 

4. Apply a questionnaire and carry out interviews with selected number of children, who were deinstitutionalized or are in the process of change in placement, with the goal of assessing quality of the process of selection , preparation and adjustment of children in the new setting  The opinions of . their present care takers and their parents or other representatives  will be consulted as well..

5. Assist the principal researcher in analysis of collected information and other tasks geared towards the provision of recommendations on further steps in the reform of services and provision of social inclusion opportunities to the most vulnerable children and families.

6. Translate questionnaires and other research instruments developed by international expert from English into Azerbaijani

7. Submit mid-term and final consultancy progress reports to UNICEF Azerbaijan office.

7.  Deliverables:
1. Mid-term progress report to include the tasks outlined in the Section 6.
2. Final  progress report upon the completion of the consultancy

8. Time-Frame:
The selected consultants will work for 2 month during May - June. The deadline for submission of final deliverables to UNICEF is 5 July 2011.

Phase 1: updating the data and summarizing national normative legal documents (mid May)

Phase 2:  conducting focus group discussions, interviews and provide analysis of collected data (end June)

9. Qualifications or specialized knowledge/experience required:
• Advanced university degree and/or academic background in social work, research and/or statistics, communication;
• Minimum 5 years work experience in related field; Previous working experience in child protection sector;
• Proven very good communication skills with government and community members;
• High analytical and conceptual skills and ability;
• Fluency in Azerbaijani and English (written and spoken), knowledge of Russian would be an asset

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
• reference of previous relevant work (if applicable)

via email 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: April 29 , 2011

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

 

 

 
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