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National Consultant to conduct a situation analysis on children in Akmola and Mangistau regions (open Kazakhstan residents)


UNICEF Office in Astana, Kazakhstan is looking for a National Consultant to conduct a situation analysis on children in Akmola and Mangistau regions.

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 goal of the assignment is to conduct a situation analysis (SitAn), which aims at providing an authoritative, objective and verifiable analysis of the situation of the rights of children in Akmola (UNICEF has never had the local interventions in the area) and Mangistau (UNICEF has been supporting the local government in implementing the child-related interventions in 2015-2017 in frames of the Joint UN Grogramme) regions, which may be used by all partners in addressing key challenges that currently prevent children, especially the most vulnerable and disadvantaged, from enjoying their rights. The findings and recommendations will be considered in UNICEF’s potential support to the local authorities of Akmola and Mangistau regions in the future. Furthermore, the SitAn is expected to:
• To increase the knowledge basis on progress and existing gaps affecting children’s rights and wellbeing in Akmola and Mangistau regions;
• To identify further actions and support needed to advance child rights at the local level;
• To inform and provide evidence-based analysis to foster local level dialogue and child-focused local level advocacy;
• To strengthen the efforts of the local institutions in order to strengthen the realization of rights.
For this purpose, the key objectives of the SitAn are:
• Identification of the current status of children’s rights in Akmola and Mangistau regions, and an analysis of the causes of gaps and inequities and the barriers and bottlenecks that prevent children, especially the most vulnerable, from enjoying their rights to full potential. The analysis will fully consider and articulate disparities related to gender, income, geographic location, ethnicity and level of ability.
• Identification and assessment of prevalent and potential shocks and risks and their impact on the vulnerability of children and their families, especially the most disadvantaged, including on the capacities and coping mechanisms of families, communities, local institutions to mitigate these risks and deal with such shocks.
The consultant will:
• Conduct a desk review and analyze the available information on the situation of children in Akmola and Mangistau regions. The Human Rights-Based Approach to Programming (HRBAP) should be a conceptual framework of the assignment. Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and its optional protocols, the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and SDGs as well as the Kazakhstan 2050 Strategy, the 2030 Concept on Social Development and other relevant government national and local strategic documents should be considered in frames of the analysis. Sectorial reviews undertaken by World Bank, OECD, ADB, WHO etc. will inform the analysis. The analysis should be centered on vulnerable groups of children, and their families living in Akmola and Mangistau regions. The groups include children living under or close to the national poverty line, children living in disaster prone areas/harsh climate/unsafe environment, children with disability, children without parental care, children victims of violence, abuse and neglect, children in contact with the justice system, marginalized, stigmatized, and socially excluded children and adolescents. 

Child Rights streams

• Survival and development: rights to adequate food, shelter, clean water, formal education, primary health care, leisure and recreation, cultural activities and information about children’s rights.
• Protection: rights for protection from all forms of child abuse, neglect, exploitation and cruelty.
• Participation: right to express opinions and be heard, the right to information and freedom of association. 
The CRC also stresses that in addition to governments’ obligations, children and parents are responsible for respecting the rights of others—particularly each other. Children’s understanding of rights varies depending on age and parents in particular should tailor the issues they discuss, the way in which they answer questions and discipline methods to the age and maturity of the individual child.
UNICEF will provide the consultant with the following documents:
• The fourth periodic report of Kazakhstan to the CRC, 2015;
• Early Childhood Development/Early Childhood Education evaluation report, 2017;
• Thematic reports (health, patronage nurse system, justice for children, suicide prevention, disaster risk reduction, social protection, child-friendly city etc.);
• 2016 Annual report of the Child Rights Protection Committee;
• 2016 Annual report of the Child Rights Ombudsperson;
• 2016 Yearbook on Children of Kazakhstan;
• Multi-Indicator Cluster Survey, 2016;
• 2016 Knowledge, attitudes and practices report on violence against children and justice for children;
• The consultant will develop and agree with UNICEF a brief methodology for conducting analysis. The methodology should be based on the proposed below structure:   
• Statement of the problem (assessment of manifestations of shortfalls in child rights and inequities).
What child right is not fully fulfilled and why?
• Equity gaps: rural/urban, girls/boys, age, location, minorities etc. Comparison with country average indicators, international data.
Are there any children who are more affected and how? Is there evidence of children been more disadvantaged and vulnerable? In what dimensions/areas? Are these children visible?
• Analysis of the major causes of child rights shortfalls and inequities.
Why is that so or what causes it to happen?
• Solution for the problem, system changes needed.
What needs to be done and who is supposed to do something about that?
• Capacity gaps.
What capacities (knowledge, commitment, resources, etc) are lacking for duty bearers to better carry out their duty and for right holders (children, parents, community members) to claim their rights. Are there any mechanisms in place that can help both the duty bearers and right holders?
• Validation of analysis for the realization of child rights with equity (mapping of partners and their activities and positioning of the Situation Analysis for use).

Below is a brief outline of an indicative methodology for conducting the situation analysis. The consultant is required to propose a methodology. UNICEF guidance on conducting a situation analysis  is recommended as a reference for this purpose.

The consultant will collect both primary and secondary data and will use quantitative as well as qualitative information by applying:

• Desk review aimed at understanding the overall context of children in Akmola and Mangistau regions, analyzing trends and child outcomes to enable the in-depth understanding of key social, cultural and economic issues.
• Primary research: observation, focus groups and interviews with UNICEF programme staff, local level authorities, specialists and service providers, NGOs, children, adolescents and youth.
• Comparative analysis of available territorial development programmes and plans, budget allocation and utilization.

The analysis must fully consider and articulate disparities related to gender, income, geographic location (regional perspectives), ethnicity and level of ability.

Ethical considerations
UNICEF requires its consultants to adhere to ethical principles and standards when doing research. These standards  provide clear information on engaging children as research subjects and further reporting on them. In addition, UNICEF follows Procedures for Quality Assurance in Research that are an important guide in ensuring high quality of its studies and research . Overall, the task is low ethics risk level. The methodology and data collection should consider ethical safeguards, including protection of privacy, confidentiality, dignity, rights and welfare of human subjects particularly children, and respect of the values of the local community.  Interviews/focus group discussions with children must comply with ethical guidelines on interviewing children. When engaging human subjects, informed consent must be sought from all participants (including assent from children).   

• Conduct consultations with UNICEF programme staff to collect initial information on situation of children in Akmola and Mangistau regions and verify the proposed methodological approach. 
• Visit Akmola and Mangistau regions to meet and interview partners and stakeholders: akimats’ departments, representatives of the maslikhats, NGOs, medical, educational, social welfare facilities for children, adolescents and youth.
• Based on the results of the mission develop two separate reports assessing the situation on children in Akmola and Mangistau regions.

Quality requirements for the reports
• The Reports should be written in English with peer-review of the Russian translation;
• The Reports should give answers to all ToR’s requirements and should recommend solutions to the determined gaps and bottlenecks;
• The Reports should be brief, concise and systemic as much as possible;
• The Reports should be evidence-based i.e. it should contain verifiable facts and data (presented in the form of graphs, tables and diagrams);
• The report language should be appropriate without unknown terminology complicating the perception of the information;
• Conclusions and recommendations should be well-grounded and applicable to the local context;

Each report should have the following structure:
• 20 pages each plus matrix with the most updated data for key child-related indicators in the identified thematic areas;
• Executive summary for the high level decision makers of both regions;
• Trends in changing situation in children in Akmola and Mangistau regions for the last five years;
• Overview of the situation of children following the proposed format (see the item 2 of the current ToR);
• Underline the most urgent findings/challenges/opportunities for children, adolescents and youth;
• Strategic areas of cooperation between UNICEF and local authorities of Akmola and Mangistau regions to further advance child rights implementation in line with the CRC;
• Conclusions, evidence-based recommendations, and lessons learned;
• Annexes (methodology, instruments and interview results, etc.).
• To finalize the reports in line with the comments of UNICEF.
• To present the findings and recommendations of the SitAns to UNICEF and the local authorities of Akmola and Mangistau regions.


Expected Deliverables

  • Middle of October 2017: To conduct a desk review based on the data and documents provided by UNICEF and Government’s national and local strategies and programmes, sectoral reviews by World Bank, OECD, ADB, WHO etc.  
  • End of October 2017: To develop a methodology and tools for data collection and analysis
  • Beginning of November 2017: To visit Astana, Akmola and Mangistau regions and interview relevant stakeholders. To develop two draft reports (Akmola and Mangistau regions) with outcomes, recommendations for UNICEF’s review.
  • Middle of December 2017: To finalize reports based on the UNICEF’s comments. To peer-review translation of the reports into Russian. Translation will be arranged by UNICEF. To present the findings to akimats of Akmola and Mangistau regions and UNICEF.

Type of employment: off-site, with travels as per agreed work schedule.

Payment terms: Payment upon completion of all deliverables at the end of assignment.

Qualifications of Successful Candidate


Advanced degree in social sciences (sociology, anthropology, development studies) or related fields relevant for the assignment.



- Experience in quantitative and qualitative data analysis (including experience in the consistent use of age and sex-disaggregated and gender sensitive data) and report preparation;
- In-depth knowledge of children’s rights and relevant international legal instruments including the Convention on the Rights of the Child, CEDAW and the Sustainable Development Goals;
- Previous experience with UNICEF is an advantage;
- Demonstrated experience applying the Human Rights Based Approach to Programming (HRBAP) as a conceptual framework;
- Familiarity with Kazakhstan’s current national and local development priorities and challenges;
- Strong writing skills in English and experience writing reports with reference to development work;
- Excellent report writing skills as well as communication, interviewing and presentation skills.


Please indicate your ability, availability and daily/monthly rate (in US$) to undertake the terms of reference above (including travel and daily subsistence allowance, if applicable). 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.




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  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Astana
  • Grade: International Consultant - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Social studies
    • Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Closing Date: 2017-10-08

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