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Request for proposals : Consultancy on Child Protection


TERMS OF REFERENCE FOR
CONSULTANCY ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF DATA COLLECTION SYSTEM ON PROFILES OF CHILDREN IN STATE RUN INSTITUTIONS AND DEVELOPMENT OF A MASTER PLAN FOR REFORMING RESIDENTIAL CHILD CARE INSTITUTIONS.

 

I. Background

According to the UNICEF Azerbaijan Country Program for 2005-2009, which is based on the UNDAF(United Nations Development Assistance Framework)  for Azerbaijan, the child welfare reform, as a part of the child protection work, is one of the priority areas. Additionally, UNICEF Azerbaijan signed with the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Labor and Social Policy and the State Committee on Family Woman and Children Issues annual work plans for 2007, in which all parties agree to work jointly towards the implementation of the Child Protection Reform.

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 first to limit new admission to necessary minimum through strong gatekeeping mechanism and then to reduce the number of children placed in the residential care institutions by establishing a sustainable system of community based 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. Currently, the state institutions are the only place where the children from vulnerable families are placed. At the community level, there is no proper mechanism of “gate-keeping” and there are no any adequate procedures to prevent the widespread “institutionalization” of children.

UNICEF Azerbaijan and the European Commission launched a joint project on supporting the implementation of the State Program and the Child Welfare Reform in Azerbaijan as a part of a wide Child Protection System Reform. Within this project UNICEF already undertook series of activates aimed at facilitating and enhancing the reform process. These included ongoing capacity building of the local Commissions on Minors and head of child institutions on basic networking, case management and gatekeeping procedures as well as UNICEF is working on the development of the grounds for future child welfare polices and structures. At the same time, UNICEF mapped and supports several community based child care services to prove its feasibility and necessity in Azerbaijan.

The Child Welfare Reform in currently entering the phase of its actual implementation, however, there is still lack of adequate data or mechanisms required for planning of the concrete activates. As a part of UNICEF’s support to the Azerbaijani Government, there is a plan to conduct two related activities in upcoming months aimed at: (i) enabling the Ministry of Education to regular identify and update the profile of children residing the state run institutions, their families and institution graduates, incl. reason for placement and gender dimensions as well as mapping the family support mechanism in region/s where children come from, and (ii) support the government in developing of a master plan for reforming residential child care institutions, including identification of reform budget estimation and responsible actors.

II. Request for Consultancy
UNICEF invites individual consultants to submit applications for:
(i) Supporting the Ministry of Education in creation of a system/mechanism for identification and updating the profiles of children in state run institutions, their families and institution graduates, incl. reason for placement and gender dimensions to enable adequate planning of the future de-institutionalization process. The data collection should not be limited only to the information on the child/family situation but should also include mapping of the family support mechanism provided in the region/s the child/family originate from.
(ii) Supporting the government in developing of a master plan for reforming residential child care institutions, including identification of reform budget estimation and responsible actors.

III. Objectives of the consultancy

Provide the Azerbaijani Government with an adequate support in creation of a master plan for reforming residential child care institution as well as to develop a tool for systematic data collection on profile of children in the public care system under the Ministry of Education required for planned, in a near future, major de-institutionalization exercise.    

IV. Tasks/Work assignment

1. Desk review of existing child protection materials developed in last two years. Study the available data developed by UNICEF/Government and other international and national organizations related to Azerbaijani child protection system.
2. Meet the key government partners mainly from the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Labor and Social Protection, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Finance and State Committee of Family, Women and Children Affairs and other governmental and non-governmental organizations involved in the child welfare reform.
3. In-depth desk review and analysis of current laws, policies and practice with regard to children deprived of parental care to develop, in a participatory manner, a master plan for reforming residential child care institutions in order to enable the planning and implementation of the child welfare reform, including the de-institutionalization process (in line with the CRC and other international standards, as well as the State Program on De-institutionalization and Alternative Care).
The Master Plan for institutions with targets, deadlines and guidelines for Directors and staff in institutions in regard to their future activities, depending on their inclusion in one of the three regimes:
• moratorium on new entries
• closure of the institution
• institution in transformation

The Master plan should aim at reducing the number of all types of present residential care facilities for children to the minimum and provide that the residential care is carried out in small size and family like institutional arrangements. Proposals will be developed for each institution in terms of the size to be reached over a defined period of time and in terms of program profile and staff.

4. Jointly with the Ministry of Education to design a system/mechanism for identification and updating the profiles of children in institutions, their families and institution graduates, incl. reason for placement and gender dimensions to enable adequate planning of the de-institutionalization process. The data collection should not be limited only to the information on the child/family situation but should also include mapping of the family support structures provided in the region/s the child/family originate from.
5. Train the relevant staff of the Ministry of Education in the use of developed data collection methodology. Test system/methodology in a selected child care institution and make adequate adjustments if required.
6. Present the develop master plan for institutions reform as well as the design of a comprehensive data collection system for institutionalized children to the relevant governmental and non-governmental bodies. 

V. Deliverables

1. A final draft of master plan for reforming residential child care institutions, including identification of reform budget estimation and responsible actors developed and presented to the government. The draft should include deadlines and guidelines for Directors and staff in institutions in regard to their future activities, depending on their inclusion in one of the three regimes: moratorium on new entries, closure of the institution or institution in transformation.

2. A design of system/mechanism, with a comprehensive methodology, for identification and updating the profiles of children in institutions, their families and institution graduates, incl. reason for placement and gender dimensions to enable adequate planning of the de-institutionalization process developed and presented to the government. It should also include the training of the MoE’s staff on the use of the developed methodology and testing it in a selected child care institution.

3. A final implementation report with the recommendations for follow up action presented to UNICEF.

VI. Qualifications

• Advanced university degree and/or academic background in social work, research and/or statistics, communication;
• Minimum 7 years work experience in related field;
• Experience in working in child protection/welfare reform, including the de-institutionalization process;
• Proven very good knowledge on child rights and current political and social trends and social reform processes in EEC and/or CIS countries;
• Proven very good communication skills with government and community members;
• High analytical and conceptual skills and ability;
• Fluent in English (written and spoken), knowledge of Azerbaijani and/or Russian an asset;
• Good knowledge of computer applications;
• Ability to work within the international and multicultural environment.

VII. Reporting procedure/Supervision

The consultant will be supervised and report to the UNICEF Child Protection Manager with regular de-briefing with the UNICEF Representative and Deputy Representative about the progress of the project.
The consultant will work on daily basis with UNICEF Child Protection Team. The Child Protection Team will interact with the chosen candidate in negotiation and communicating through e-mail correspondence while outside of Azerbaijan as well as support the consultant in the country. The consultant will be based in UNICEF Baku Office and at the Ministry of Education. Filed trips outside of Baku (districts) could be required as per the work plan. The consultant should be equipped with necessary equipment, including the laptops, to be able to work with minimum UNICEF’s logistical support while conducting the activities in Azerbaijan.

VIII. Duration

The exact duration of the consultancy will be decided based on the selected project proposal. It is estimated that the consultant should complete its work by December 2007. The schedule of the activities will be agreed with the consultant based on the interactive communication between UNICEF and consultant. The initial deadline for submission of deliverables to UNICEF is 21 December 2007.

IX. Remuneration
 
The consultant is required to submit a project proposal explaining the planned activities and envisaged budget - the actual fees will be negotiated based on the UNICEF remuneration policy. UNICEF does not provide or arrange health insurance coverage for consultants. UNICEF will cover the international travel costs and DSA for the period spent in the country. Whenever the consultant will be required to travel within Azerbaijan a travel authorization (TA) will be issued to the consultant and travel expenses provided on the basis of UNICEF standards.

X. Required documentation for the tender

Applications for the implementation of the consultancy should be submitted to:

UNICEF Azerbaijan Country Office
C/o Radoslaw Rzehak – Child Protection Manager
24, Suleyman Dadashov Street
Baku AZ-1073, Azerbaijan
e-mail: rrzehak@unicef.org
phone: 994 12 4923013, 4921782
fax:      994 12 4922468

The applications should include:

- Detailed project proposal (incl. methodology, time schedule, work plan and envisaged detailed budget)
- CVs of proposed international consultant/s
- Proven record of experience in implementation child welfare related projects and/or in drafting of social legislation

The deadline for submission of project proposal is 7 October 2007

 

 
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