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1. Background and justification: 
Over 150,000 children are born each year in Azerbaijan. Health and wellbeing of those children highly depend on quality of both medical and parental care. While knowledge and skills of health care professionals related to neonatal care currently being updated, pivotal role of parents in health and early and comprehensive development of children is underestimated. Many of infant deaths and complications happen because either parents do not know essential infant care practices, simple first aid rules to deal with common infant disorders, or because of late appeal to doctor for medical aid. It emphasizes importance of health education for parents and especially for mothers for better care of their children.
About half of the families are not adopting a special diet for young children and simply sharing their food with them. Cow’s milk and cereals are the most common form of supplemental food given to children younger than 6 months.
Also DHS 2006 revealed availability of just 1% vaccination cards (with specified vaccination schedule) at home. 
Most of these indicators might have been considerably better if mothers receive comprehensive information on how appropriately care on their children and when to apply for health care.
Another important issue is that mothers and health care professionals in child health care facilities do not always know the latest evidence to support early child development which is to accelerate new-borns’ cognitive and psychological development being the foundation for educational successes of children in their further life cycle. Therefore, development of a handbook for parents containing comprehensive information on child care and early child development tips is considered essential as will be used as a tool to protect health and ensure development of children.

2. Objectives:
• Develop a questionnaire for mothers and conduct survey to measure current knowledge on child care
• Conduct panel review of available materials
• Develop and pre-test among newly delivered   mothers/pregnant women the handbook for parents on care of children under 1 year old ensuring most creative and attractive design
• Carry out impact surveys; review and upgrade the handbook accordingly
• Conduct training for the relevant health staff on child care and early child development
• Revitalize existing “mother school” practices in pilot PHC level facilities

3. Expected results:
• New handbook for parents on care of children under 1 year old based on latest evidence on child health care, nutrition and development finalized and printed
• Handbook piloted among randomly selected mothers at different levels of maternities
• The relevant health staff of pilot facilities upgraded on  parenting education on the base of newly developed material
• “Mother schools” in pilot facilities revitalized

4. Selection procedures:
The following call is opened to a registered non-profit civil society organization with experience/qualifications provided below:
• Professional experience in health related projects implementation
• Working experience in designing   of evidence based education materials  on infant and child health, nutrition and development
• Proven experience in provision of trainings on infant and child care for health staff and  at community level 
• Previous experience with UNICEF health programme is an asset

5. Time-Frame:  The expected period of project implementation is 10 months

6. Supervisor: The selected partner organization will work under supervision of UNICEF Health Specialist

9. Application:
Interested  organization requested to send:
a) Project proposal with detailed description of project, methodology and strategy of the activities, action plan, M&E indicators (qualitative and quantitative) and budget in compliance UNICEF guidelines on Collaboration with NGOs/CSO, format is attached
b) reference of previous relevant work (if available);
in a sealed envelop/email to:
United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
24, Neftchilar avenue, Dalga Plaza Business Center,  AZ1095
Baku, Azerbaijan
or send the documents mentioned above electronically  to
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.

Submission Deadline: April 24, 2011. Proposals submitted after the closing date will not be considered.



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