National experts (Bulgarian) to support the evaluation of the prevention of violence in school
Deadline: 25 Apr 2022 FLE Daylight Time
Job no: 549827
Contract type: Consultancy
Duty Station: Sofia
Categories: Research, Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation
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.
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In June 2019 an expert group was established within the Ministry of Education and Science to develop program intervention based on a whole-school approach which addresses violence and bullying in schools. The main goal of the programme is to raise the awareness, commitment and capacity of the entire school community to prevent and tackle school violence.
The program builds on the whole-school approach, a social-ecological model to addressing the problem. Under this approach violence is looked at as social phenomenon with drivers on several levels (individually, interpersonally-the class, the school and the local community). Tackling the problem requires a response on each level, as well as from every participant in the school community (students, pedagogical and non-pedagogical staff, principals and parents).
How can you make a difference?
The evaluation will assess the Program in terms of the following criteria: relevance to the child rights and equity agenda, effectiveness, efficiency, relevance to national priorities/context and needs, coherence, sustainability, and impact (as defined by OECD/DAC) with a key target of the evaluation will be UNICEF CO and Ministry of Education and Science (МЕS) and pilot schools of the Program.
National experts will assist an international consultant, based on a proposal for the scope of their engagement, provided by him/her. Guided by the international consultant they may further expand and refine them during the inception phase in consultation with UNICEF and implementing partners and the Reference Group. The need of assessment of relevant human rights, equity and gender equality aspects should be considered while formulating the questions. Local dimension (with respect to the five towns, where the Program is implemented) should be explored as well
The specific objectives will be:
- Assess and evaluate the Program, its implementation, relevance, efficiency, effectiveness, coherence and sustainability and, to the extent possible, its impact on teachers, children and parents.
- Assess the Program’s equity and child rights perspective both in terms of the capacities to reach out to and deliver support for prevention of violence and bullying in school and ensure safe school environment.
- Identify the enablers and challenges for institutionalizing and upscaling the Program nationally.
- To examine the integration of the Program into the school life and school management in pilot schools.
- To examine the impact of the Program on the operationalization in schools of the Mechanism for Countering Bullying and Violence in the Institutions in the System of Preschool and School Education.
- Provide recommendations for the process of institutionalizing and scaling up of the Program nationally and for actions to ensure its quality and sustainable implementation in the future.
Full details of the work assignment are available here: ToR national experts external evaluation Steps Together.pdf
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
- Advanced degree in social sciences, law, psychology, public health policy or related fields;
- Extensive experience in conducting evaluations, assessments and analyses, with a focus on VAC prevention and response;
- Еxperience in evaluations, assessment and analyses of programs and policies on prevention of school violence and bullying is an asset;
- Proven knowledge on child rights;
- Ability to work in an international environment;
- 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.
For every Child, you demonstrate…
UNICEF's values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA).
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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 be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.
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.
Individuals engaged under a consultancy or individual contract will not be considered “staff members” under the Staff Regulations and Rules of the United Nations and UNICEF’s policies and procedures, and will not be entitled to benefits provided therein (such as leave entitlements and medical insurance coverage). Their conditions of service will be governed by their contract and the General Conditions of Contracts for the Services of Consultants and Individual Contractors. Consultants and individual contractors are responsible for determining their tax liabilities and for the payment of any taxes and/or duties, in accordance with local or other applicable laws.
Advertised: 04 Apr 2022 FLE Daylight Time
Deadline: 25 Apr 2022 FLE Daylight Time