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Local Individual Contractor to support components on inclusion and protection of the rights of children affected by migration in UNICEF in Kazakhstan

Astana (Kazakhstan)

Individual contractor to support components on inclusion and protection of the rights of children affected by migration in UNICEF in Kazakhstan

Local Individual Contractor to support components on inclusion and protection of the rights of children affected by migration in UNICEF in Kazakhstan


Type of contract: Individual contractor/office-based

Duration09.08.2018 - 24.07.2019


UNICEF works in some of the world's toughest places, to reach the world's most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

And we never give up.

For every child, a fair chance




For more than two decades, UNICEF has been working closely with the national government, local representatives and civil society to improve the situation of children in Kazakhstan, ensuring equal access to quality social services, and primarily, healthcare and education.

The Government of Kazakhstan and UNICEF are currently implementing another five-year program of cooperation, based upon national priorities and strategies, for 2016-2020. Along with those national priorities and strategies, however, the country has also taken its international obligations, including attainment of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, into account. The establishment of the Ombudsman for Children, moreover, has presented new opportunities for coordinating activities amongst all organizations dealing with childhood issues. Ensuring equal opportunities for children is the most important task for UNICEF, both in Kazakhstan and around the world. Equality means, that all children are able to survive, develop and fully realize their potential in accordance with the Convention on the Rights of the Child, which Kazakhstan ratified in 1994. The social agenda of the Republic of Kazakhstan is focused on the protection of children's rights, with close attention paid to children from the most vulnerable groups, including children with special mental and physical developmental characteristics.


In December 2017, EU-UNICEF entered into new Agreement MIGR/2017/392-759 - "Protecting Children affected by migration in Southeast, South, and Central Asia" between European Union and UNICEF signed in Brussels in December 2017 brings new opportunities for further close cooperation. The duration of the Action on Protecting Children affected by Migration is 42 months, from 19 December 2017 to 18 June 2021, covering 8 countries in Southeast, South and Central Asia regions.



How can you make a difference?


The involved expert will provide expertise on implementation of the EU-UNICEF Action "Protecting Children affected by migration in Southeast, South and Central Asia" and the Country programme Action plan signed between Government of Kazakhstan and UNICEF in Kazakhstan.  The contractor will closely contribute to the UNICEF Country Office's work on protection of children affected by migration and access to services of excluded groups especially to education.


The overall purpose of the assignment is to provide expert support to UNICEF Country Office in implementing the programme "Protecting children affected by migration in Southeast, South, and Central Asia" and in achieving country programme results in areas of child protection, namely: 

  • Child protection system, including alternatives to detention, are inclusive of children affected by migration, including those trafficked;
  • Children affected by migration, including those trafficked, benefit from an enhanced enabling environment that provide better access to child protection system; and
  • The rights of children affected by migration, including those trafficked, are recognized by relevant international, regional and national bodies.

The expert will:

  • maintain contacts with regional authorities and implementing partners on planning, implementation and monitoring of enhancement of child protection system in 3 locations.
  • support to strengthening protective arrangements and case management in service provision to children affected by migration in 3 regions. 
  • support in institutional capacity building of the regional immigration officials, social workers and civil society organizations.
  • support activities on improvement of access to education for children affected by migration and establishment of early warning mechanism to prevent and respond to school drop outs.
  • support evidence generation work-plan activities: research and evaluation. 


The consultancy is based on 2018-2019 Work Plan (WP) with MOES, MOI, MHSD and the Commissioner for Human Rights and the UNICEF-EU Contribution Agreement MIGR/2017/392-759 - "Protecting Children affected by Migration in Southeast, South and Central Asia".

The expert will perform his/her duties in line with UNICEF standards and procedures. 

Duty station: Astana office with travel to the regions. 


Key Ongoing tasks and deliverables:

1. Technical expertise development

Tasks/Milestone: Deliverables/Outputs: Date
Support and coordination discussion with partners Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Labour and Social Protection, Ministry of Education and Science, Human and Child Rights Ombudspersons on children affected by migration - agenda and minutes of the meetings, information briefs and  recommendations. - monthly
Support in development of child friendly environment in migration cross-border points and offices. Assist with development of child-friendly specifications for equipping migration and law-enforcement offices
-  technical support provided to equip 3 child-friendly rooms;
-  specifications are drafted.
By 10 July 2019
Support on inclusion into policies and practices enhanced standards of early warning mechanisms for prevention of school drop outs and access to services of all children

- minutes of the meeting with government;

- policy recommendations are finalized;

- instructions for social pedagogues finalized. 

By 30 November 2018
Liaising and coordination with local authorities, TSANs and NGOs in three selected regions. Supervision of the NGOs delivering services for children affected by migration

- PCAs with NGOs in three selected regions are concluded;

- monthly and quarterly monitoring reports from NGOs are collected and reviewed.

By 1 Feb 2019



- by 15 Sep 2018;

-  by 15 Dec 2018;

- by 15 Mar 2019;

- by 15 Jun 2019.


2.  Institutional capacity building of the specialists in area of migration and inclusive education

Tasks/Milestone: Deliverables/Outputs: Date
Supporting development of training curricular on social work and needs of children affected by migration - training module is drafted - by 31 March 2019
Contributing to delivering an inter-sector cross-country capacity building workshops, cross-sector trainings to professionals working with children affected by migration - agenda elaborated, contact and briefing of experts, handouts for participants are disseminated, key results and needs assessment are documented. - by 10 July 2019
Supporting in development, testing and monitoring of framework for early warning system of preventing and responding to cases in children at risk of dropping out and dropped out from schools, based on collected evidence

- piloting of the services for children drop out of schools in selected regions;

- support to international experts.

By 31 March 2019
Contributing into documenting and strengthening the capacity of selected schools in Astana with the knowledge and guidance to pilot an early warning mechanism

- quarterly progress reports from the partner include M&E analysis;

- milestone coordination meetings and workshops are documented;

- case management process is described in one document

25 December 2018

31 January 2019

3. Evidence generation

Tasks/Milestone: Deliverables/Outputs: Date
Supporting UNICEF international or national experts in conducting review of national legislative framework and its implementation in area of migration, with focus on quality assurance - results of research assistance and literature review are documented - by 31 Dec 2018
Supporting in conducting a capacity gap analysis of child protection system to respond to the needs of children affected by migration - contributing and accompanying meetings within analysis, results of the meetings are documented - by 1 March 2019
Organizing presentation and dissemination of findings of research and analysis, including through supporting conduct of the conferences or workshops - events on presentation and dissemination of findings of research and analysis are organized - by 31 March  2019

4.  General

Tasks/Milestone: Deliverables/Outputs: Date
Supporting arrangement of UNICEF thematic events and monitoring field visits

- identified and involved international experts for the conference on presenting research and analysis together with Human Rights Ombudsperson;

- trip reports and events minutes, results of the thematic events and monitoring field visits are documented.

- March 2019

- monthly

Attending partner events, office planning and coordination meetings - minutes of the meetings, proposed actions, recommendations and follow-up of the results are documented and followed - monthly

5. Other duties as required in consultation with the Child Protection Officer

Monthly reports in English will be submitted along with request for payment prior to 24th day of the reporting month. Final deliverables are due on 24 July 2019.


Supervision, Work Relations & Oversight

The individual contractor will be under direct supervision of and reporting to UNICEF Child Protection Officer.


Payment conditions

Payment on a monthly basis upon acceptance of monthly reports and agreed deliverables.


To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have...


  • Bachelor or Master degree preferably in one of the following disciplines: Human Rights, Child Rights, Social Policy, International Law, Law, Social science, Public Administration and/or other education related to the project's goals
  • Minimum 3 years of professional experience in human/child rights related fields, including development of documents and research;
  • Proven very good knowledge on the situation of children, migration and inclusion issues, access to services and current political and social trends and social reform processes in Kazakhstan;
  • Experience in organizing discussions with the government and community members;
  • Very good communication skills with government and community members;
  • High analytical and conceptual skills and ability;
  • Fluency in Russian and English mandatory (written and spoken), knowledge of Kazakh is an asset;
  • Ability to work within the international and multicultural environment;
  • Good knowledge of computer applications.


Deadline: 31 July 2018, 6:30 PM Astana time

For every Child, you demonstrate...

UNICEF's core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

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UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.


Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

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: Astana (Kazakhstan)
  • Grade: International Consultant - Internationally recruited Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Security policy
    • Social Affairs
    • Children's rights (health and protection)
    • Migration
    • Poverty Reduction
    • Protection Officer (Refugee)
    • Human Resources
  • Closing Date: 2018-07-31

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