Independent Evaluation of the Services for children victims of violence supported by UNICEF Bulgaria

Closing Date Wed Oct 09 2019

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Независима оценка на услугите за деца, жертви на насилие, подкрепени от УНИЦЕФ България

Job Number: 526475 | Vacancy Link
Locations: Europe and Central Asia Region: Bulgaria
Work Type : Consultancy

UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

And we never give up.

For every child, childhood.

Over the past decades recognition of violence against children (VAC) has grown and Bulgaria has been addressing the issue of VAC at multiple levels to ensure prevention, identification, reporting, response and redress through stakeholders at multiple levels of government, judiciary, civil society, academia, and professionals.

Since the adoption of the Child Protection Act in 2000 Bulgaria has been building a nation-wide child protection system, which also addresses issues related to prevention, identification and response to violence against children. Progress has been made with regard to knowledge generation; development and implementation of prevention programmes and services; raising sensitivity and awareness; coordination and referral mechanisms; support to children victims of violence and abuse; monitoring and inspection system.

How can you make a difference?

The purpose of the evaluation of the model service Child Advocacy Centers “Zona ZaKrila” is to lead to improvement of the structure, functioning and quality of the services, and eventually to ensure their national scale up and sustainability through their legal and administrative institutionalisation and state budgeting.

The specific objectives of the consultancy will be:

  • Assess and evaluate the model, its implementation relevance, efficiency, effectiveness and sustainability and, to the extent possible, its impact on children and parents;
  • Assess the CACs equity and child rights perspective both in terms of the capacities to reach out to and deliver prevention and support services to victims of violence.
  • Identify and document lessons learnt, including in terms of service design, scope of support provided, resourcing, implementation, reach, involvement of state partners (police, child protection system, educational system and health system), for meeting the complex needs of children and parents.
  • Identify the enablers and challenges for institutionalising and upscaling the service nationally.
  • To assess the situation with VAC in a municipality without comparable services. 
  • To examine the relationships and integration of the services into the local systems of services for children and parents in Sofia, Shumen and Montana regions.
  • Provide recommendations for the process of institutionalizing and scaling up of the CaC model and services nationally and for actions to ensure their quality and sustainable implementation in the future.

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

  • Advanced degree in social sciences, law, medicine, psychology, public health policy or related fields;
  • Extensive experience in conducting evaluations, assessments and analyses, with a focus on VAC prevention and response;
  • Proven knowledge on child rights; 
  • Ability to work in an international environment; 
  • Previous experience of working in CEE & CIS countries is an asset;
  • Excellent analytical and report writing skills;
  • Familiarity with UNICEF’s mission and mandate is an asset;
  • Familiarity with UNICEF Global evaluation report oversight system is an asset;
  • Knowledge of the country context is an asset;
  • Expertise on gender equality and human rights will be considered an asset;
  • Excellent knowledge of English.  

Full details on the assignment are available in the attached ToR:Download File Bulgaria ToR evaluation Zona ZaKrila.pdf

Candidates meeting the above requirements are invited to present as part of their application a detailed financial proposal in accordance with the Terms of Reference, including:

1) professional fee (daily consultancy rate);

2) travel related expenses (per diem, local and international travel, accommodation);

3) other relevant cost.

The price must include all costs to be borne by the applicant for undertaking the assignment.


UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.

UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.


Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service. 
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

Opening Date Tue Sep 17 2019 09:00:00 GMT+0300 (Eastern European Summer Time) FLE Daylight Time
Closing Date Wed Oct 09 2019 23:55:00 GMT+0300 (Eastern European Summer Time)