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Technical Advisor on strengthening the child protection system to the De-I Unit established for the implementation of the Sate Program on De-Institutionalization and Alternative Care

The purpose of the consultancy is to strengthen and enhance the implementation of the child protection reform within the implementation of the State Program on De-Institutionalization and Alternative Care through providing technical assistance and advice to the De-Institutionalization (De-I) Unit under the Ministry of Education.

Specific Objectives of the consultancy:

1. Support the advocacy for strengthening the coordination mechanism for the implementation of the State Program on De-I and Alternative Care.
2. Increase the child protection reform related capacities of the De-I Unit established for the State Program implementation.
3. Provide technical assistance to the MoE in piloting the implementation of the National Master Plan for Transformation of Institutions.
4. Provide technical assistance to the MoE in development of an electronic database of institutionalized children and their families to facilitate future identification of required national family support mechanism.
5. Provide technical assistance to the MoE and MoLSP in piloting a district level child protection mechanism.
6. Provide technical assistance to the MoLSP and local authorities in modeling of local level integrated social services for children in four districts.
7. Provide assistance to the MoE and International Expert in conducting a study on cost-effectiveness of the National Transformation Plan for Child Care Institutions

Duty station: Baku, Azerbaijan with field trips

Time-Frame: The selected consultant will work for the period of 6 months (March-August 2009).

Qualifications or specialized knowledge/experience required:
• Advanced university degree and/or academic background in a social sector;
• Minimum 5 years work experience in social protection (preferably in child protection) planning, administration, implementation, monitoring and evaluation;
• Proven excellent knowledge on current political and social trends and reform processes in Azerbaijan;
• Proven excellent communication skills with government and community members;
• Understanding of Azerbaijani legislations;
• High analytical and conceptual skills and ability;
• Fluency in Azerbaijani and English (written and spoken), knowledge of Russian is an asset;
• Good knowledge of computer applications;
• Practical experience in working in the CIS and/or child welfare and De-institutionalization process;
• Ability to work within the international and multicultural environment.

Remuneration: The consultancy fees will be calculated based on the selected candidate’s educational backgrounds and work experience in line with UNICEF’s national consultancy fee scale. 

Deadline for application: 25 February 2009, 18:00

Application: Interested individuals should send in English: a cover letter, individual resume (CV), and reference of previous relevant work (if applicable) in a sealed envelop or by email to:

Radoslaw Rzehak
Child Protection Manager
United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
24 S.Dadashev St., AZ1027
Baku, Azerbaijan

All applications will be treated with strict confidentiality. UNICEF is an equal opportunity employer.

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