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Support to the Development of Services for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children in Abkhazia, Georgia

Sukhumi (Georgia)

Support to the Development of Services for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children in Abkhazia, Georgia

Introduction

 UNICEF and its partners have been working in Abkhazia, Georgia  to improve basic health, education and other social services for children and their families. One of the achievements in the field of social protection has been the establishment of three Child Development Centers located in the Gali, Tkvarcheli and Ochamchira districts. These three centers provide a range of services to children with disabilities and their families including educational activities, development of speech and life skills, physical therapy and psychological counseling. 272 children with disabilities benefit from services of the Child Development Centers. In addition, UNICEF supports the capacity development of the staff of the newly established Rehabilitation Center for Children with Disabilities in Sukhumi. However, medical treatment and social rehabilitation of children with disabilities still remain a serious challenge in Abkhazia, Georgia  and one of the groups of children lacking appropriate services are the deaf and hard of hearing children.

Subsequently, UNICEF in August 2016 carried out an assessment of the situation of deaf and hard of hearing children in Abkhazia, Georgia . Upon the request of the df Minister of Labor, Employment and Social Protection and in cooperation with the df Ministry of Health the assessment results have shown that there are significant barriers to accommodating the needs of deaf and hard of hearing children in Abkhazia, Georgia . There is a lack of data on children with hearing problems and a lack of specialists and technical facilities to diagnose and treat hearing problems in children. In August 2016 equipment for the diagnoses of hearing problems in children, including for early identification, was purchased by UNICEF and the hearing diagnostics center was organized in the Rehabilitation Center for Children with Disabilities in Sukhumi. In September and November 2016 awareness sessions for local professionals including otolaryngologists, speech therapists, psychologists and others involved in the diagnosis and rehabilitation of deaf and hard of hearing children were conducted by UNICEF. Also, practical training for the specialist appointed responsible for the implementation of the diagnosis of hearing problems in children in Abkhazia, Georgia  was conducted and hearing diagnostics services were launched.

 

Further efforts are needed to support the development of services for deaf and hard of hearing children in Abkhazia, Georgia  with the focus on early intervention. Especially, there is a need to improve referral of children with or at risk of hearing impairment by specialists of various institutions and organizations (maternity wards, children's polyclinics, special needs schools, CDCs etc.) to hearing diagnostics service as well as to enhance professional capacities of relevant specialists on the rehabilitation of children with hearing impairment.

 

Objective

 

UNICEF seeks to engage a consultant to carry out, in close cooperation with UNICEF's Sukhumi Field Office and their local partners, meetings and consultations with key stakeholders to facilitate the referral of children with or at risk of hearing impairment by specialists of various institutions and organizations (maternity wards, children's polyclinics, CDCs etc.) to hearing diagnostics service. The consultant will also conduct training sessions to enhance professional capacities of relevant specialists on the rehabilitation of children with hearing impairment.

 

Deliverables and Timelines

 

  1. Key Actions: Carry out consultations and meetings with MoH and other key stakeholders (staff of maternity wards, children's polyclinics etc.) to improve referrals of children with or at risk of hearing impairment to hearing diagnostics service

 

Deliverables: Consultations with key stakeholders to improve referral rates conducted

 

Delivery Period: By 22 June 2018

 

Number of Working Days:  3

 

Location: In Abkhazia, Georgia

 

 

  1. Key Actions: Prepare and carry out training/awareness raising sessions for specialists on the rehabilitation of children with hearing problems, especially, on the specific aspects of rehabilitation of children with cochlear implants.

 

Deliverables: Good quality training sessions for relevant specialists to enhance their professional capacities carried out

 

Delivery Period: By 22 June 2018

 

Number of Working Days: 4

 

Location: 2 days preparation of materials from home. 2 days in Abkhazia, Georgia  for delivery of training sessions.

 

 

  1. Key Actions: Develop a report outlining conclusions and recommendations for the further improvement of services for children with hearing impairment with the focus on early intervention.

 

Deliverables: Good quality report with recommendations for the further improvement of services for children with hearing impairment developed.

 

Delivery Period: By 25 June 2018

 

Number of Working Days: 3

 

Location: From home

 

 

TOTAL Number of Working Days  

 

10 days (5 days in Abkhazia, Georgia  and 5 days from home)

 

Qualifications/experience required

 

  • Advanced university degree in medicine, specialization in Otolaryngology;
  • At least 10 years' experience in working with children with hearing impairment, including hearing testing and diagnose of deaf and hard of hearing children;
  • In-depth understanding of medical and social needs of and services for children with hearing impairment, as well as knowledge international best practices and standards in this field;
  • Fluency in Russian and at least working level English.

 

Supervision and Reporting Responsibility:

The selected consultant will work under the supervision of the Chief of Sukhumi Field Office and the National Child Protection Officer, and in close cooperation with the Child Wellbeing/Protection Assistant

Remuneration:

Applicants are required to submit a financial proposal for the requested services. The remuneration will be negotiated between the applicants and UNICEF on the basis of the applicant's proposal and will be paid as a lump sum after the delivery of a quality report with recommendations and its acceptance by UNICEF.

 

Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.
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  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Sukhumi (Georgia)
  • Grade: Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Children's rights (health and protection)
    • Public Health and Health Service
  • Closing Date: 2018-05-09

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