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UNICEF Georgia announces a bid for selection of the local consultant for the position of Kvemo

    Kartli Child Protection Regional Coordinator.

The application should be submitted in a sealed envelope with Ref.: UNICEF Vacancy Notice

    GEO/2008/SSA/00005 to the UNICEF Country Office at the UN House, 9, Eristavi St. Tbilisi

    0179, Georgia (vacancy box on the ground floor of UN House).

    Application deadline 10 AM, 22 April 2008

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    UNICEF, Georgia

    TERM OF REFERENCE

    Kvemo Kartli Child Protection Regional Coordinator

Background

    Child Welfare Reform The ongoing Child Welfare Reform focuses on the development of improved policies and

    institutional structures for child protection at the National and sub national levels. It intends to

    establish systems to prevent the institutionalization of children, provide alternative care models

    and establish linkages between child welfare system and cash assistance programs. The reform

    process is documented in the Government’s five year Inter-ministerial Plan of Action for De-

    institutionalization (2003-2007) and the Child Action Plan (CAP) 2008-2011. CAP 2008-2011

    distinct from the earlier plans has expanded beyond de-institutionalization, recognizing that

    protection of children is broader than those currently in state care. The plan includes three main

    problematic areas: poverty, use of large scale residential institutions, and child abuse and neglect.

    The CAP will also include a corresponding log frame with the relevant activities based on the

    results and recommendations of the recent research and assessments.

Violence against children is proving to be a growing concern in Georgia and worldwide. Data

    from the Georgia Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) 2005 and the National Study on

    Violence (2008), both commissioned by UNICEF, indicate that physical and psychological

    violence against and between youth and children are seen as acceptable behaviour. In response to

    the problem child abuse and neglect was included as a priority area in CAP 2008-2011. Besides,

    the Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia, in collaboration with UNICEF, is

    implementing the Safe School Initiative to reduce the incidence of peer violence. One of the

    issues identified in responding to violence against children, is the reluctance of those in contact

    with children to recognise the abuse and to then ensure that the support required for the child is in

    place.

The importance of providing quality child care services in residential and community based

    services has been widely acknowledged by the Government. This is illustrated by the ongoing

    testing of the family support and family substitute standards of child care developed by the

    Technical Secretariat of the Governmental Commission on Child Protection and De-

    institutionalization (GCCPD). Standards have already been approved by the Ministry of Justice

    and are expected to be enacted by September 2008. It is important that support is further provided

    to local service providers to ensure their implementation.

    As policies are developing nationally it is important to facilitate their implementation at a sub-national level. This would illustrate practical application of the policies at the sub-national levels. Operational linkages between the National and Regional levels would support the development of the child protection strategies based on the local needs and available resources integrating other related programs (health, early childhood development, education).

Institutional Structures

    Georgia predominantly has a centralized system of governance. The state has primary responsibility in health, education and social protection areas with some de-concentration to the municipal level. That said, it has devolved responsibilities in some areas such as preschool. Administratively, the country is divided into the capital, 10 regions, and 2 autonomous republics. The regions, while having no monetary or legislative responsibilities, are headed by an appointee of the president. The region is tasked to facilitate communication between the municipalities and the state. There are 69 local self-governing units (64 Municipalities and 5 self-governing cities) which have a mayors appointed by an elected council (Sakrebulo). With some of its own revenues (e.g. from property tax) and a recent equalization formula (in place less than 2 years) the municipality has scope to implement its own programmes.

    Kvemo Kartli For the purpose of this assignment UNICEF had identified one pilot region where it will support municipalities in the implementation of national policy, and to identify and respond to its own needs served with the local resources. Kvemo Kartli was selected considering the diverse composition of the population (e.g. Georgian and minority population, IDPs), existing statutory and alternative services, previous UNICEF experience in the region, as well as a joint UN approach to support development in the region.

    Kvemo Kartli Region has its administrative unit located in the City of Rustavi, bordering Tbilisi and is located in eastern Georgia. Geographically the Region it is diverse with its urban area closely linked to Tbilisi and extensive rural and mountainous regions, with poor communication networks. The Region consists of six municipalities (Bolnisi, Gardabani, Dmanisi, Tetri Tskaro, Marneuli, Tsalka) and is populated with over half a million inhabitants, about 140,000 of which are children.

    Statutory child care services in the Region are considered to be better developed then in most of the other Regions of Georgia. There is a Ministry of Education and Science Social Work team located in Rustavi, one social worker in each municipality of the Region, 2 orphanages, one day care, one small group home and about 15 foster placements. Together, all the forms of state care serve approximately 200 children.

    Initial steps in the development of a referral system from the police, healthcare settings, schools and kindergartens to the child welfare service, were made in 2006. Professionals were trained in referral and response mechanisms set forth by the draft Statutory Standards of Child Care (the same standards as mentioned earlier). Mandatory reporting and case conferences were introduced as key areas of child protection, to serve as instruments in an inter-agency work model in Rustavi. Currently, the basic system of providing referrals is in place though, the MoES social work team has limited response capacity. Importantly, local and international non-governmental organizations are primarily active in the City of Rustavi, with few services available in other municipalities.

It other areas of child protection, UNICEF supports the development of the rehabilitative scheme

    within the Rustavi probation department for juveniles in conflict with the law; supports the Civil

    Registry Agency as it strives to increase birth registration particularly of ethnic minorities and

    eco-migrants; and, support some of the pre-schools in the region.

The situation of child protection in Georgia has been studied and documented in a number of

    assessments, namely:

    - The National Study on Violence against Children (UNICEF/Public Health and Medicine

    Development Fund 2008)

    - Evidence-Based Assessment of Social Work Practice in Georgia (UNICEF 2008)

    - Survey Results on the First Phase of Piloting Child Care Standards (GCCPD Technical

    Secretariat/ACT Research 2007)

    - Baseline Data Analysis of Referrals to Residential Care and Social Services for Children (EU

    Support to Child Welfare Reform Project 2006)

    - Assessment of Social Inclusion of Children with Disabilities in Families Kvemo Kartli and

    Institutions Countrywide (UNICEF/Children of Georgia 2007)

    - Mapping of Child Care Services in Georgia (EU Support to Child Welfare Reform Project 2006)

    and other available materials will provide some input into the development of a baseline for the

    Strategy.

    - Institutional Baseline Mapping Report (UNDP 2008)

The UN agencies are active in the Region implementing projects in the areas of Social and Child

    Protection, Juvenile Justice, Regional and Local Governance, Health and Reproductive Health,

    Economic Development, etc. UNDP in partnership with the Kvemo Kartli authorities, EC and

    OSCE has drafted the Regional Development Strategy Framework. The framework does not

    contain child protection as a priority area. Due to the fact, that regions have no monetary and

    implementation authority, the regional framework does not include an action plan and a budget. It

    is expected that with UNDP facilitation, local strategies and action plans for each municipality

    will be developed by July 2008.

UNICEF will assist the local government in addressing child protection needs in the Region by

    including child protection in the regional and municipal strategies and supporting implementation

    of select activities needed for operationalisation of referral system and strengthening of

    alternative community based services in the Region.

Overview of the Assignment

    The overall purpose of the consultancy is to coordinate, guide, monitor, follow-up the progress

    and provide technical assistance in the process of the implementation of Child Welfare Reform in

    the Kvemo Kartli Region.

The purpose of the consultancy is to:

    ? Work with municipal and regional actors to develop and further implement child

    protection aspects of the municipal and regional action plans, which respond to national

    policy directions and local realities. This includes mobilising and animating local partners

    to contribute to the plans

    ? Provide continual technical assessment of capacity and progress on the implementation of

    the child protection reform. This requires monitoring reform advancement and plan

    realisation, identifying areas of strengths and difficulties and how to take advantage or

    overcome them,

    ? Provide regular technical input to those delivering services, as well as identify and

    mobilize technical input. This covers the implementation of standards, support to the

    referral mechanism implementation and expansion of coverage, development of

    complimentary local services

    ? Provide suggestions and recommendations for service development and provider capacity

    building. This requires having up-to-date knowledge of the relevant actors in the region

    (government, non governmental, private) as connects with child protection and related

    areas such as health, education, justice, etc.

    ? Develop and regularly update mapping document including information on relevant

    actors in the region as connects with child protection and related areas

    ? Provide administrative support to UNICEF staff and consultants by organising meetings

    in the Region, including roundtables

    ? Ensure information sharing and networking between UNICEF and relevant stakeholders

    at the local, regional and national levels involved in child welfare reform

    ? Provide translation services as required

Deliverables

    ? Monthly progress reports to UNICEF, which reports on all of the above

    ? Weekly and monthly work plans

    ? Recommendations for follow-up of the work

Qualifications

    ? Advanced university degree in social science, social policy or other relevant fields, which

    particular focus on child protection. Knowledge of health, education, justice areas an

    asset.

    ? At least 5 year professional knowledge and work related experience

    ? Good writing, speaking and reporting skills in Georgian and English languages

    ? Excellent communication and organisational skills

    ? Willingness to travel throughout the region regularly

    ? Computer literacy

    ? Knowledge and work experience in the regions of Georgia will be an asset

Supervision:

    The assistant will work under the direct supervision of the UNICEF Child Protection Officer and

    overall supervision of the UNICEF Child Protection Specialist

Liaison Requirements

    The consultant will work closely with the Ministry of Education and Science Child Care

    Department, Ministry of Labour, Health and Social Affairs, Kvemo Kartli regional and municipal

    authorities and UNDP.

Contract duration

    1 May 31 December 2008 with the possible extension in 2009.

Payment rates and terms:

    Monthly fee is prorated at UNICEF NoA level. Set amount for communication and transportation

    expenses are covered monthly by UNICEF. Total amount equivalent funds in GEL will be

    transferred monthly to the consultant’s bank account after submission of the monthly activity

    reports and requested deliverables.

The consultant will be based in Rustavi. Frequent travel in the Kvemo Kartli Region will be

    required. The consultant will work closely with the Kvemo Kartli regional and municipal

authorities and UNDP. UNICEF will provide office space (through UNDP Project in Rustavi) and

    office support throughout the assignment.

The consultant has no entitlement for annual leave, sick leave, maternity, adoption or paternity

    leaves.

How to apply

    Applications should be sent to the UNICEF, Georgia Country Office the vacancy box on the

    ground floor of UN House (UN House, 9, Eristavi St. Tbilisi 0179, Georgia). The application

    with Ref.: UNICEF Vacancy Notice GEO/2008/SSA/00005 must include:

    - Cover letter and curriculum vitae

    - Completed UN P11 form (see attached)

The Health Statement forms must be submitted to UNICEF prior to signing the contract.

Application deadline 10 AM, 22 April 2008

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