International Consultancy on conducting a study on Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices towards children with disabilities

Baku

The proposed consultancy assignment is to support UNICEF Azerbaijan CO and its partners to conduct a Study on KAP towards CWDs in supporting the strategic communication efforts contributing to address attitudinal and behavioural challenges affecting child disability in Azerbaijan. The consultancy is expected to provide technical leadership in design, implementation and reporting of the survey through examining the experiences, opinions and positions of general population and stakeholders at different level in related to children with disabilities, their education, family environments, socialization, and to identify social cultural barriers toward CWDs.

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Purpose of the Assignment

The proposed consultancy assignment is to support UNICEF Azerbaijan CO and its partners to conduct a Study on KAP towards CWDs in supporting the strategic communication efforts contributing to address attitudinal and behavioural challenges affecting child disability in Azerbaijan. The consultancy is expected to provide technical leadership in design, implementation and reporting of the survey through examining the experiences, opinions and positions of general population and stakeholders at different level in related to children with disabilities, their education, family environments, socialization, and to identify social cultural barriers toward CWDs.

Assignment Tasks

Specific areas to be clarified through the KAP include:

General

  1. Experiences Practices of public with PWDs/CWDs in their daily life
  2. Knowledge of public on causes of disabilities;
  3. Perceptions of public towards PWDs/CWDs; Knowledge of general public of words with dignity/appropriate terminology suggested to describe persons with disabilities;
  4. Attitudes of public towards supports to PWDs/CWDs’ development including social assistance, medical rehabilitation, educational services and social participation;
  5. Attitudes of public towards an inclusive approach to support PWDs/CWDs;

     Disability and Health

  1. Knowledge and attitude of public in particular mothers/parents on milestones of early childhood development (early signs of developmental problems), the needs of early detection and early prevention, and their source of information;
  2. Knowledge and practices of parents on access of health facilities/services for consultation and counselling about disabilities;
  3. Knowledge of health worker on detection of disability/impairment, and management and referral of the children with disabilities.
  4. Attitudes and practices of health workers (mainly paediatricians and nurses) in provision of health services to CWDs;

     Inclusive Education

  1. Attitude of parents of children (girls and boys) with disabilities towards education of their children in mainstream schools;
  2. Attitudes of parents of children without disabilities towards inclusion of CWDs in in mainstream schools with their children;
  3. Attitudes of children without disabilities to CWDs;
  4. Attitudes of teachers to CWDs in mainstream schools;
  5. Knowledge and capacity of teachers to run inclusive classes; Knowledge of physical education teachers of how to include children with disabilities into PE classes;
  6. Attitudes of policy makers (education decision makers, parliament, and other key government entities) to inclusive education;

Protection of CWDs

  1. Attitudes of parent and relatives of CWDs towards child disability;
  2. Attitude of parents of typical children without disability towards the CWDs;
  3. Knowledge and awareness of parents on specific protection-related risks of CWDs;
  4. Knowledge and awareness of key government officials on rights of PWDs in general and rights of CWDs in specifically (appropriate implementation of rights of CWDs);
  5. Approach of private sectors knowledge and practices towards CWDs

Participation of Children/adolescents With Disabilities

  1. Attitudes of adolescent girls and boys without disabilities towards adolescents with disabilities in participating in activities and sports together;
  2. Knowledge and attitude of parents of adolescents with disabilities of their children’s right to participate in society and in decision making affecting their lives;
  3. Knowledge of parents of adolescents with disability of availability of relevant youth services and benefits at national and local level.
  4. Knowledge and awareness of key government officials about the physical barriers (no ramps) impeding CWDs’ participation in everyday life, including through public facilities;

     Key communication channels for social changes:

  1. Existing and the most commonly used communication channels and methods of getting information in Azerbaijan
  2. Understanding of the audiences/target groups and their rating of the existing channels in terms of content of the messages/information disseminated popularity, and trust.
  3. Impact of the messages/information in the daily life of the audience/target groups.
  4. Accessibility of existing communication channels to the target group of population disaggregated by geographical location, age and sex
  5. Constraints of the target groups to use/ access the existing communication channels
  6. To make recommendations for the use of appropriate information and communication channels and the regional communication disparities to be addressed in communication strategies

     Methodology and Technical Approach:

     The general methodology proposed for conducting the KAP study include both quantitative and qualitative methods, addressing different target groups and issues.

     Quantitative research

     A sample survey will be carried out to obtain the KAP of general public towards PWDs/CWDs using tools, such as questionnaires or equipment to collect numerical data. The survey will cover wider targets of publics from different categories regarding their age, sex socio-economic status, education level, and rural/urban settings. The survey will also identify the specific group of population including parents/caregivers and young people to understand their knowledge about disability, and attitude and practices towards inclusive approach to CWDs and their families.

      Qualitative research

     Specific qualitative research through three primary methods, such as group discussions, in-depth interviews and observations will be used to understand specific group of targets on their KAP to CWDs:

  • Parent and relatives of CWDs;
  • Adolescents with disabilities;
  • Students, teachers, and school headmasters in regular schools;
  • Health workers and social servants including NGOs/CSOs working for CWDs;
  • Government officials and policy makers at MoE and other ministries including the parliament and local government authorities.

Expected Deliverables

 

Tasks/Key Assignments

Timeframe

Deliverables

1

Conduct a literature study of international good practices on KAP study and Communication for Social Changes in related to PWDs/CWDs, and document review on situation of PWDs and CWDs in Azerbaijan and similar country contexts

 

3 working days

1)  An Inception Report includes:

-     Defined research methodologies, including sampling methods, sample size, and qualitative research proposals, as much as possible, explore the possibility to use innovative approach for data collection such as online survey, with the consideration of reaching the most disadvantaged groups.

-     A detailed work plan for the study with timeframe and requested local support.

-     A proposed study report structure with proposed Table of Contents and key research questions. 

2

Discuss with the UNICEF Country Office team on study methodology and scopes, and develop an Inception Report

5 working days

3

Develop research tools and training materials

5 working days

2)  A set of documents of research tools and materials:

-     Sampling framework and sample size;

-     Survey questionnaires and instruments for field data collection, group discussion and individual interviews and their training materials; 

-     Proposal for management of the study and field work.

4

Support the Country Office to identify and recruit local research assistants/institutes

2 working days

5

Conduct the first in-country visit to:

-       Finalize the study methodology and tools;

-       Facilitate training to the local research team and conduct test of the study tools;

-       Guide and support to manage a 10-day local data collection activity. Carry out selected focus group discussions and individual interviews with key stakeholders at national and local level.

-       Guide on data entry and interview discrepancy reporting

15   working days

3)  Completion of local data collection.

6

Conduct data quality control and in-depth analysis for both quantitative data and qualitative information. Draft the analytical study report and share with the UNICEF Country Office for review and comments 

15 working days

4)  Draft KAP Study Report

7

Incorporate comments and revise the draft report and prepare a PowerPoint presentation

3 working days

5)  Revised draft KAP report;

6)  A PowerPoint presentation for the key findings

8

Conduct the second in-country visit to present the key findings 

5 working days

7)  A presentation to the key stakeholders

9

Finalize and submit the final report

 

2 working days

8)  Final KAP Study Report

Qualifications of Successful Candidate

  • Advanced university degree in the social/behavioural sciences (Sociology, Anthropology, Psychology, Health, Education).
  • A minimum of 8-10 years’ work experience in the areas of communication for development, with proven experience in conducting mappings and systematic assessments, data analysis (KAP survey in particular) related to social norms towards CWDs.
  • 8-10 years of professional work experience relevant to research, surveys and assessment in related field
  • Good understanding of human rights based approach to programming and results based management principles
  • Proven expertise on child rights and social inclusion. Knowledge of global policies and development frameworks on children with disabilities, including Inclusive Education and issues of children with disabilities in general.
  • Familiarity with UNICEF's mission and mandate. Experiences of working with UNICEF/UN and working in the CEE/CIS region an asset.

 

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  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Baku
  • Grade: International Consultant
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Social studies
  • Closing Date: 2017-07-14