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Terms of Reference for National Consultant to collect and analyse data about NGOs, think tanks and companies active in Child Protection, Education, and Social Protection/Budget Analysis

UNITED NATIONS CHILDREN'S FUND

 

Terms of Reference

for National Consultant to collect and analyse data about NGOs, think tanks and companies active in Child Protection, Education, and Social Protection/Budget Analysis      

 

1.         Program information:                      Azerbaijan Country Program 2011-2015  

Program (No. & Name)                    Improved attitudes towards fulfillment of child rights

Project   (No. & Name)                     CRC Coordination and Monitoring; Access to Child Friendly Education

Activity Reference                             Report on Violence Against Children

2.         Background and Context: 

Azerbaijan weathered the recent global economic crisis much better than many other countries. According to the IMF, GDP in Azerbaijan was 0.1% in 2011, 2.2% in 2012 and is projected to be 3.5% in 2013[1]. In 2012, 3 % of GDP was allocated for Education, 1.2 % for Health and 3.6 % for social security and protection (mostly pensions). Proportion of GDP spent on education and health therefore remains low compared to the rest of the region.

 

As a result of earlier double-digit economic growth, the poverty rate has fallen sharply, from 49 per cent in 2001 to 6 per cent in 2012[2]  largely due to increase in real wages and social cash benefits. At the same time, concerns remain about poverty and social exclusion for the categories of population that benefited from the economic growth less than others.

 

Due to the very low share of health sector expenditure in GDP (1.2% in 2012), the Government is unable to fulfil all its commitments to children. According to the UN estimates, under-five mortality in Azerbaijan U5MR was 35 in 2012[3], which is high for an upper-middle income country, but also represents a halving of Under-Five Mortality Rates since 1992. The Government has initiated health system reforms, but much remains to be done to increase the quality and accessibility of health services.

 

The prevalence of HIV/AIDS is less than 0.2 per cent among the adult population[4] and still concentrated among certain high-risk groups, mainly injecting drug users. There is an urgent need to increase awareness about HIV and AIDS among the general population, including young people: only 17 per cent of women and 13 per cent of men have a comprehensive knowledge of HIV prevention.

 

The coverage and quality of preschool education for children 3 – 5 years old remains challenging: enrolment is only 14.8 per cent in 2013 with disparities between urban and rural areas: 21.8 and 8.1 per cent respectively. This shows a downward trend compared to 16.9 per cent in 2011 (24.6 per cent for urban and 9.2 for rural areas)[5]. There is also clear evidence that the secondary education system currently is not of high quality, including low success rates in university entrance exams, low scores in the PISA international testing, and the high number of families who seek assistance from private tutors for their children to pass their university entrance exams. Children with disabilities and girls who have entered child marriages are not attending schools while IDP children face challenges in access.

 

Despite the efforts of the Directorate for Child Protection and Deinstitutionalization, at the end of 2012, there still were 42 institutions, which serve more than 8,300 children, out of which about 1/3 were children with disabilities.[6] Currently, 168 children aged under 3 are in baby homes under the Ministry of Health[7]. Reforms are slow, mainly due to challenges in coordination between different Ministries, and there is a need to build substantial community-based services to support families so that they do not have a need for institutional care.

                                                    

According to the official statistics, the number of children in conflict with the law who committed a crime and were convicted has been declining since 1995. In 2012, 466 children were through justice system.[8] The majority of the cases concerned robbery (231 cases) and only 42 were grave crimes.

 

In 2013 UNICEF Azerbaijan has also commissioned a Study on the Child Protection System Response to Violence Against Children in Azerbaijan. The Consultancy discussed below is expected to contribute to this Study and other UNICEF efforts in the fields of Child Protection, Education and Social Protection.  

 

3.         Purpose of the assignment:

 

The purpose of this assignment is to prepare detailed information/report about NGOs, think-tanks, commercial companies and CBOs active in Azerbaijan, which implement projects and analysis in the fields of child protection, education, and social protection/social budgeting.

 

The assignment will be a part of Stakeholder Analysis and will focus on organisations implementing research/analysis, advocacy and service provision in the fields detailed below.

 

Child Protection: 

· Violence against children

· Child abuse

· Child legal aid services

· Juvenile justice

· Access to justice

· Child sexual exploitation

· Sexual violence against children

· Child labour

 

Education:

· Teacher Training/Teacher Development

· Community Participation /Parents

· Research /Assessments

· Disaster Risk Reduction

· Inclusive Education of Children with Disabilities

· Early Child Education

· Parent Education

 

Social Protection/Budget Analysis:

· Poverty and inequality

· Cash benefits and benefit incidence analysis

· Impact of economic and social policies on household wellbeing

· Econometric analysis and simulations

· Public Financial Management 

· Public Expenditure Reviews

· Budget analysis

 

The report should be as detailed as possible to offer data about the organization’s experience, expertise, available resources, geographic areas of coverage, staffing capacity, current projects and also needs. The report should highlight the potential for growth. Contact information of the organization should also be provided.

 

Consultant should not aim at covering all existing organisations in the areas mentioned above. Rather, the information should be collected only from those organizations/companies that have real operations and achieved concrete outcomes for children and or their immediate families in the above-mentioned thematic areas.

 

The results of this assessment will further current reforms on child care, social protection and poverty reduction in the country through informing decision makers and will also support the implementation of many State Programs.  

 

The implementation period is: January – February 2014.

 

Key intended users of this assessment are:

· UNICEF and international partners;

· Government of Azerbaijan (optional)

· Other interested parties as necessary.

 

 

4.         Duty station:  Baku, Azerbaijan

 

 

5.         Supervisor: Natalia Astapova, Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist

 

 

6.         Deliverables

The national consultant should work to meet the following deadlines and produce the following deliverables: final report of maximum 20 pages (excluding Annexes, if any), which will highlight all the elements discussed above, and PPT presentation to the Country Office.

 

§  Analysis Report in English (maximum 20 pages excluding Annexes) having the following structure:

 

Executive Summary (Summary of the Report; 1 page)

I. Introduction and background (overview of NGOs, CBOs, and companies working on child issues; 1 page)

II. Methodology and methodological limitations (sources of information and data, data availability issues; 1 page)

III. Key findings and results of the data collection (16 pages)

- Child Protection

- Education

- Social Protection/Budget Analysis

IV. Conclusions and Recommendations (2 pages)

                Annexes (tables, list of people interviewed, etc). 

 

§  Presentation of the results of the Analysis to UNICEF Azerbaijan Country Office 

 

Schedule of deliverables:

By January 24, 2014: Contract signed

By February 24, 2014: First draft report available

By February 28, 2014: Final report available

 

 

8. Time-Frame:

 

The selected consultant will work during the period of January – February 2014 based on deliverables and the exact schedule of activities.

 

9. Qualifications or specialized knowledge/experience required:

 

The qualifications, experience and competencies required from the national consultant will be the following:

§ 3-5 years of professional experience at the national level with previous experience of research and documentation of organizations/companies in Azerbaijan.

§ Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

§ Strong analytical and conceptual thinking.

§ Strong organizational skills.

§ Familiarity with UNICEF’s mission and mandate an asset.

§ Familiarity with think tanks, NGOs and CBOs in Azerbaijan. 

§ Fluency in Azerbaijani.

 

9.     10.    Estimated cost :

 

Consultancy fee is to be proposed by a potential individual and agreed with UNICEF in line with UN rules and regulations.

 

UNICEF does not provide or arrange health insurance coverage for consultants.

11. Prepared by:

 

Natalia Astapova

Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist Signature and Date: 26/12/2013

12. Authorized by:

 

Rashed Mustafa

Deputy Representative Signature and Date:

13. Read and signed by:

          

Consultant

            (Name and Title)                                                                Signature and Date:

14.     Application:

Interested individuals should send:

a) A Technical Proposal;

b)      Individual resume;

c)      Reference of previous relevant work (if applicable);

in a sealed envelope/email to:

 

Human Resources

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

Dalgha Plaza, III floor

24 Neftchilar Ave,

Baku AZ1095, 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 for applications: January 17, 2014, 15:00 hrs. GMT +4

 

 

 

 


[1] IMF, Regional Economic Outlook, Middle East and Cenral Asia, 2013.

[2] State Statistical Committee of Azerbaijan, MDG Indicators of the Republic of Azerbaijan, at http://www.stat.gov.az/source/millenium/source/MDG_en.pdf

[3] IGME Child Mortality Estimations, at http://www.childmortality.org 

[4] UNAIDS, at http://www.unaids.org/en/regionscountries/countries/azerbaijan

[5] State Statistical Committee of Azerbaijan, at http://www.stat.gov.az/source/education/indexen.php

[6]  Figures provided by the Ministry of Education Directorate of Child Protection and Deinstitutionalization.  

[7] State Statistical Committee of Azerbaijan, TransMonEE Database, 2013.

[8] State Statistical Committee of Azerbaijan, at www.stat.gov.az – Crime and Sentencing among children aged 14-18, 2012. 

 

 
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