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Azerbaijan: International Consultancy on Development of a Child-Focused Social Protection/ Services Strategy in Azerbaijan

NGO/UN Job Vacancy

Organization: UN Children's Fund
Country: Azerbaijan
Closing date: 21 Jun 2017

If you are a committed, creative professional and are passionate about making a lasting difference for children, the world's leading children's rights organization would like to hear from you.

For 70 years, UNICEF has been working on the ground in 190 countries and territories to promote children's survival, protection and development. The world's largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.

Purpose of the Assignment

The objective of this assignment is to develop the Child-Centered and Equity focused Social Protection/Services Strategy – a policy document, which will set the vision on the government’s Social Services System. The development of the Strategy needs to be guided by the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and recommendations of the UN CRC Concluding Observations 2012, in meeting the request of the MoLSP and support the realization of rights of the vulnerable population groups as deemed necessary.

Assignment Tasks

The consultant contract will cover the period 26th June 2017 to 13th October 2017 with a total number of 51 working days.

Within this position the consultant has the tasks and responsibilities as described below.

  1. Conduct a desk review and analysis of the key studies, research, policies, legislation and other documents, and prepare an Inception Report for the assignment (6 working days).

The key documents to be reviewed include but not limited with:

  1. International models and good practices on social protection/service system development
  2. “Assessment and mapping of social services for families and children in Azerbaijan” (2014), UNICEF, MLSPP
  3. “Social protection system in Azerbaijan – a comprehensive assessment with focus on children’s outcomes” (2015)
  4. “Mechanisms behind the Skewed Sex Ratio at Birth in Azerbaijan: Qualitative and Quantitative Analyses” Baku, 2014, UNFPA, SCFWCA
  5. “National Survey Report on Violence against Women in Azerbaijan”, UNFPA, 2011.
  6. “Law on Social Services of Azerbaijan Republic” and other related laws, state programs and regulations;
  7. Draft of “Social services concept” elaborated by the MLSPP.

    The Inception Report (not more than 10 pages) will include:

  8. A summary and analysis of the key findings of the desk review, with specific analysis on gender equality in social protection and service and identify knowledge gaps;

  9. A plan for the in-country visit (12 days including travel), including design of a one-day workshop with relevant partners to introduce international practices and sensitize and share information about social protection and services in the country;

  10. An outline of the strategy paper.

    1. Conduct the first in-country visit (10 working days excluding travel):
  11. Meeting with the MLSPP, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Health, State Committee for Family, Woman and Children Affairs;

  12. Facilitating a one-day workshop with relevant partners including the above ministries, as well as Parliament, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Internal Affairs, Ministry of Youth and Sports;

  13. Meeting with leading NGO's working in the field of social services for children, and academic institutes on social work courses;

  14. Meeting with the development partners working in social protection areas, such as EU and WB;

  15. Conducting field visits to at least two districts to understand local infrastructure and social service practices and needs;

  16. Update and finalization of the Inception Report.

    1. Draft Social Services Strategy (15 working days)
  17. Prepare the zero draft strategy paper encompassing following aspects and directions:

  18. Current international trends in social services for most vulnerable populations, e.g. vulnerable children, elderly, victims of domestic violence, persons released from penitentiary institutions, victims of trafficking, drug abusers;

  19. Assessment of current social services system for vulnerable population in Azerbaijan;

  20. Social work mechanism, referral system and coordination of social services;

  21. Strategies on development of social services system for vulnerable groups of population at both national and local level in Azerbaijan;

  22. Strategies on effective design, development, implementation and monitoring of various social services;

  23. Costed Action plan with M&E framework for the implementation of the Strategy (excluding from the zero draft).

The Strategy will particularly focus on a minimum package of social service for children covering the following child protection issues that are concern in Azerbaijan**:**

  1. Child poverty and social protection of vulnerable families;
  2. Access to quality early childhood development (health, nutrition and early learning) for the most vulnerable girls and boys
  3. Access to quality education and development services for the most vulnerable girls and boys.
  4. Alternative care for children deprived of parental care and children with disabilities;
  5. Child disability and Early childhood development services;
  6. Violence, abuse and neglect against children in domestic and institutional level;
  7. Access to Justice and protection of rights of children in contact and conflict with the law;
  8. Child marriage;
  9. Drug abuse;
  10. Child suicide and psycho-social needs of adolescents;
  11. Linkage between the social protection schemes and social services.

    b. Share with UNICEF and MLSPP for review.

    1. Incorporate feedbacks and develop the first draft of the Strategy (5 working days)
  12. First draft strategy paper

  13. A plan for the second in-country visit for validation the draft strategy and consultation on the costed Action Plan

  14. Conduct the second in-country visit (7 working days including travel)

  15. Facilitate a 2-day workshop for validation of the draft strategy and participatory discussion on the Action Plan

  16. Collection financial data and information for costing of the Action Plan

  17. Finalize the strategy paper and a proposed costed action plan (8 working days)

  18. Incorporate any further feedbacks and comments and finalize the Strategy Paper

  19. Develop a costed Action plan with M&E framework based on the strategy.

Expected Deliverables

6 working days, by 3 July

  1. Inception Report for the assignment after the desk review
  2. Plan for the first in-country visit and list of financial indicators needed

10 working days, 10-21 July

  1. The first in-country visit
  2. One-day workshop with relevant stakeholders
  3. Final inception Report.

15 working days, by 14 August

  1. Zero draft of the Strategy (including gender analysis) to share with UNICEF office and MLSPP for comments (three weeks for comments by 8 sept.)

5 working days, by 22 September

  1. First draft strategy paper

  2. Plan for 2nd in-country visit

7 working days,

25 September- 3 October

  1. The second in-country visit
  2. 2 days workshop

8 working days, by 13 October

  1. Second draft Strategy incorporated comments received
  2. Final draft costed Action Plan

Qualifications of Successful Candidate

  1. Advanced university degree in Social Sciences, Policy Analysis, Economics, or related field;
  2. Minimum 10 years of international consultancy experience in the area of Child Protection, Policy Analysis and Social Policy;
  3. Strong experience in provision of a high level policy advice, development of policy documents, drafting the legislation, costing and evaluations;
  4. In depth knowledge of international trends in social protection, social services and child protection systems, as well as developments in Eastern Europe and post-Soviet countries;
  5. Knowledge of poverty, deprivation and social exclusion issues; women and child related issues; social and economic aspects of wellbeing;
  6. Ability to work in a team with tight deadlines
  7. Familiarity with UNICEF’s mission and mandate.
  8. Fluency in English; knowledge of the Azerbaijani or Russian is an asset

To view our competency framework, please click here.

Interested individual consultant must submit the following documents/information to UNICEF for application:

a) CV and motivation letter.

b) Financial proposal: inclusive of all fees including international travel expenses. Daily subsidies will be paid based on the UN standard rates for Azerbaijan.

c) 1-2 written examples for similar assignments in the past.

Applications submitted without a daily/monthly rate will not be considered.

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organisation.

How to apply:

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organization. To apply, click on the following link