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TERMS OF REFERENCE for the consultancy to carry out a data collection for the Impact Assessment on the 10-week School Readiness Programme for remote districts

UNITED NATIONS CHILDREN'S FUND

 

TERMS OF REFERENCE

for the consultancy to carry out a data collection for the Impact Assessment on the 10-week School Readiness Programme for remote districts

Background and Context: 

UNICEF, in cooperation with the Ministry of Education and with support of the Ministry of Finance, carried out a new pilot initiative on 10-week Summer School Readiness programme targeting 6-year old children from remote communities of Gedabey, Yardymly and Shabran having no or very limited access to preschool education. The programme implementation period was June – August 2013.

This initiative demonstrates a cost-effective model of school readiness to support the Government in providing preschool education to children who are going to start school in the following year. A community-based school readiness programme is intended to prepare these children for school and support their development so that they become better prepared for - and subsequently more successful in - school.  The initiative has been successfully implemented in 135 schools of Shabran, Yardymly and Gedabey covering 2,163 children or about 88% of 6-year-old child population of 3 pilot rayons who will go to the 1st grade at school in September 2013.

Purpose of the assignment:

Under the supervision of UNICEF Azerbaijan Office and with support of the local education departments to do a data collection within the framework of the Impact Assessment on the 10-week School Readiness programme in the remote and under-privileged communities of Gedabey, Yardymly and Shabran in 2013.

 

Major tasks to be accomplished:

-    to do a data collection with a selected group of primary school teachers to identify the immediate outcomes of the School Readiness Education programme for schools and local communities;

-    to do a data collection with a selected group of parents of children who participated in the pilot programme to identify the immediate outcomes of the School Readiness Education programme for families and local communities;

-    to carry out testing of a selected group of children using the tests suggested by UNICEF. The tests were designed to reveal a level of age-specific child development and learning outcomes;

-    to submit the questionnaires and test results to UNICEF for further review and analysis.

 

Outcomes and deliverables:

- to submit a schedule of trips to the designated areas in Gedabey, Yardymly and Shabran for field work within the Impact Assessment to UNICEF,

- to submit the survey questionnaires filled in by teachers and parents and test results from children to UNICEF experts.

 

Time-Frame:

October 7 – 31 (18 working days, including 5 w/days of preparations, 8 w/days of fieldwork and 5 w/days of report writing)

 

Qualifications or specialized knowledge/experience required:

The consultant should  have:

·   A degree in pedagogy, child psychology or any other relevant area

·   Experience in data collection 

·   Familiarity with education programmes, including preschool education

·   Familiarity with impact assessment methodologies and techniques

·   Excellent Azerbaijani communication and writing skills

 

Procedures and logistics:

UNICEF is going to provide the background information, survey instruments and methodologies, help organize meetings in the field as required.

 

Application:

Interested organizations should send:

a)      An individual resume;

b)      reference of previous relevant work (if applicable);

in a sealed envelope/email to:

 

Human Resources

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

Dalgha Plaza

24 Neftchilar Avenue, AZ1095

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: 31 October  2013, 17:00 hours

 

For further information please contact: Leyla Hasanova, lhasanova@unicef.org

 

 
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