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Current job posting and individual consultant opportunities with the UNICEF Office in Skopje
For individual applicants
For civil society organizations
Deadline: 10 October 2023 17h
Deadline: 21 September 2023 17h
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
Q: From the RFP we understand that the estimation of vulnerable children would be only for the children covered by European Child Guarantee. Kindly clarify if other vulnerable children covered beyond European Child Guarantee needs to be covered/mapped out?
A: The primary focus of the analysis is related to children with disabilities, children in precarious family situations, children in alternative care, homeless children or children experiencing severe housing deprivation, children with a migrant background or minority ethnic origin, particularly Roma. However, applicants should take into consideration that some aspects of the Guarantee may cover a broader group of children, depending on the selected implementation modality. E.g. the free school meal may be implemented for all primary/secondary school children (to prevent stigmatization or to promote adequate nutrition among all school age children which are facing growing trend of obesity), only for students in grades I to V, or only for students that are facing social risks.
Q: We understand that defining institutional, financial, and monitoring frameworks means development of frameworks for each domain for the ongoing program. Please clary on this.
A: Under institutional, financial, and monitoring framework UNICEF refers to defining the responsible institutions for implementation of the defined packages of services, the budgetary implications and monitoring system for tracking progress.
Q: We need more clarification for Stakeholder Workshop mentioned in 2.4. Who are the various stakeholders participating in the workshop? What is the mode and location advised for conducting the workshop.
A: Interested applicants are free to propose relevant stakeholders for the workshop, such as Government institutions, civil society organizations, development partners, or representatives of vulnerable groups. The preferred mode is a one day face-to-face event in Skopje.
Q: We understand that tools for local community will be in Macedonian language. Kindly clarify in what language the tools should be developed for officials and stakeholders who are part of intervention.
A: The tools for community, officials and other stakeholders should be developed in English, Macedonian and Albanian language.
Q: We believe that various stakeholders including children, families and officials will be a part of the stakeholder consultation. What is the preferred language in which the stakeholder consultation should be conducted.
A: The consultation should be conducted in Macedonian language, but depending on the composition of the participants interpretation in Albanian and English may be required.
Q: We would like to know the extent of support that UNICEF will provide accessing documents and materials related to this assignment?
A: UNICEF will issue a letter signed by the Country Office Representative informing relevant institutions of the activity, and asking for the contractor to be afforded access to relevant documents, materials and personnel that may provide relevant information. Most often, UNICEF also provides follow-up support in terms of reaching out to specific persons in institutions that have not been responsive/timely in their responses.
Q: In the RFP it is mentioned to “develop proposals on how to implement a free school meals/snacks programme in the country with several scenarios.” Is there any outline for the content and length of the proposal?
A: The selected applicant will be asked to propose a structure of the analysis in the inception report, and UNICEF will provide feedback. UNICEF expects a comprehensive analysis on this matter, taking into consideration all the aspects outlined in the Terms of reference.
Q: In the RFP it is mentioned regarding presenting the findings and recommendations to the working group. Does this need to be like stakeholder consultation or workshop? If yes, please tells us about the mode/location for the same.
A: This may be organized like a workshop or a meeting, where the selected organization will present the findings and recommendations and will invite feedback through a discussion and follow-up comments. The exact mode of this event will be agreed upon later. The work group is supported by an EU funded project and some of its meetings will be held in venues outside of Skopje. The exact location of this event will be agreed upon later.
Q: In the RFP it is mentioned that the organizations selected as consultant should consider some strategies and interventions. We understand that the listed interventions and strategies should be included in tools and should be a part of desk review. Kindly clarify on this.
A: The list of strategies and interventions provided in the Terms of Reference should be taken into account by the selected organization when identifying gaps in current approaches to address child poverty and social exclusion in the country, as well as during the process of drafting the innovative services/interventions/mechanisms of support.
Q: Does UNICEF has any advice or suggestions related to selection of samples in North Macedonia or the selected Agency is independent to select the samples in a scientific manner?
A: The selected Agency should propose the sampling based on a scientific approach, and UNICEF may provide comments to the proposal.