About UNICEF in Georgia
• When did UNICEF started its work in Georgia?
The UNICEF office in Georgia was opened in Tbilisi at the end of 1993 in order to provide humanitarian assistance in response to the conflicts and social crises in the country. As the political, economic and financial situation stabilised, UNICEF shifted its emphasis from emergency to rehabilitation and development.
• What are the priorities of UNICEF Georgia and how are these priorities defined?The Convention on the Rights of the Child is a major driving force behind UNICEF and their actions for children.
UNICEF defines its priorities together with the Government of Georgia. At the beginning of every five-year country programme, UNICEF and the Government of Georgia conduct a comprehensive analysis of the situation of women and children in the country to reveal potential areas of cooperation. Post analysis, UNICEF, in cooperation with the Georgian Government, prepares its five-year Plan of Action.
The 2011-2015 the Government of Georgia/UNICEF country programme seeks to help the country achieve its commitments to children under the 2015 Millennium Development Goals. The new country programme, through its two major components – ‘Integrated and inclusive systems for children’ and ‘Social policy, child rights monitoring & communication’ – is designed to ensure that children, especially those living in the poorest families, are able to benefit from quality social services, enabling them to enjoy life in a family environment. The programme will also support the Government in providing quality education to all school-aged children, and will contribute to reducing child mortality by strengthening perinatal services in the country. Children in conflict with the law will remain an important target for UNICEF, and the programme will work to ensure that more children are diverted from the penitentiary system, with greater support from social workers and psychologists. UNICEF will also work with the Government and civil society partners in the implementation and monitoring of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
• How do I request funding from the UNICEF Georgia Office for a project?The main partners and recipient of funds of UNICEF is the Government. However, some projects are carried out by NGOs. The potential NGO contribution should clearly be defined within the Annual Action Plan of UNICEF and the Government of Georgia. The NGO/CBO is typically selected on the basis of its specific technical expertise, the professional skills and integrity of the staff, its geographic reach and its ability to represent and involve marginalised groups.
• Can I sponsor a child through UNICEF?
UNICEF does not promote individual child or family sponsorship. Alternatively, we support long-term programmes in 150 countries, helping governments and local people to provide essential services to improve the lives of all children.
• How can I obtain brochures, posters and videos from UNICEF?You can contact the UNICEF Georgia Communication Section for obtaining UNICEF resources, materials or publications.
• Are there UNICEF internships available in the country?Any call for internships will officially be announced.
• What is the procedure for consultancy with UNICEF?Any need for international or local consultancy is defined by Government of Georgia and UNICEF joint plan of action. Consultants are selected through an open tender.
• How can I monitor the existing vacancies in UNICEF Georgia?