National Consultancy on capacity building of CSO’s/NGO’s in Agjabedi and Shirvan on Basic principles and methods of social inclusion services for children with disabilities
The objective of this assignment is to support the capacity building of the staff of NGO’s providing community-based social services for children with disabilities in Shirvan and Agjabedi districts in the framework of Integrated Social Services Project by elaboration of the training package and conducting training program on “Basic principles and methods of social inclusion services for children with disabilities”. The development of the training package needs to be guided by the internationally recognized principles and practices of child development services.
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Azerbaijan has made significant progress in economic and social development since independence which resulted in poverty reduction as well as upgrading of the quality of public services. According to official data, the proportion of the population living below the national poverty line fell sharply, from 49 per cent in 2001 to 5 per cent in 2014, whereas the proportion of people living in the poorest quintile declined slowly, from 17.3 per cent in 2008 to 13.8 per cent in 2013. Other social development indicators such as health and education are also significantly improved, although some might remain behind those of other European countries.
Within the context of social reforms, welfare increase of persons with disabilities have been the major focus. Azerbaijan is one of the pioneers in the post-Soviet region that ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The reforms reinforced by the harmonization of national legislation and practice on disability to the requirements of the UN CRPD envisage the transformation of policy approach from so called “medical” to “social”. This new tendency ensures full implementation of rights of persons (including children) with disabilities through creating equal opportunities for them to integrate to the social life. In other words, the Convention recognizes disability as matter of fact as well as People with Disabilities not as an object of protection but a member of society with equal rights. This concept contains adjustments in the spheres of education, employment, accessibility, participation in political and public life and others in order to synchronize the efforts made by the Government with the standards of the UN CRPD. Concluding observations on the initial report of Azerbaijan on the implementation of UN CRPD (11th May 2014) also includes numbers of recommendations to improve the policy on disability.
Social approach to disability is particularly important when it comes to Children with Disabilities. This means that early detection of development delays and following child development interventions finally contribute to the inclusion of children to the mainstream education and other development services. Child development services would also support children to benefit their fundamental right as living in the family and within native community while integrating to society.
In order to address these challenges the Government of Azerbaijan continuously implementing reforms for expansion of social services for children with disabilities. In this context, one of the priorities of the Rolling Work Plan on Social Protection and Child Protection between UNICEF, The Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of Population (MoLSPP) and The Ministry of Education for 2018-2019, is the modelling of Minimum Package of Social Services (MPSS) for vulnerable children and families. Community-based social services for children with developmental delays and disabilities is one of the core components of the MPSS. UNICEF and MoLSPP agreed on piloting community- based social services in Agjabedi and Shirvan districts involving local NGOs. UNICEF will support local NGOs providing training module on “Basic principles and methods of social inclusion services for children with disabilities”. Social inclusion services mainly focused on building life skills, gross and fine motor skills, communication and cognitive abilities for children with different kinds of development delays. There are internationally accepted practices for these services, such as active therapy, speech and communication therapy, sports and art therapy. The outcome of this capacity building exercise will be application of the methodology and skills by the participants in their daily work with children with disabilities.
A national consultant is expected to support the implementation of this assignment.
 MDG Indicators of the Republic of Azerbaijan,www.stat.gov.az/source/millennium/source/MDG_en-14.08.2015.pdf, accessed 22 October 2015.
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The objective of this assignment is to support the capacity building of the staff of NGO’s providing community-based social services for children with disabilities in Shirvan and Agjabedi districts in the framework of Integrated Social Services Project by elaboration of the training package and conducting training program on “Basic principles and methods of social inclusion services for children with disabilities”.
The development of the training package needs to be guided by the internationally recognized principles and practices of child development services.
Within this position national consultant has the following tasks and responsibilities:
Develop a training package (methodology, presentations and handouts) on “Basic principles and methods of social inclusion services for children with disabilities” in Azerbaijani language which will include minimum:
- Basics of child development and inclusive child development;
- Medical versus Social Models of Care;
- Working with common diagnosis;
- Modern methods of rehabilitation;
- Basic principles and ethic in working with a child and family;
- Child abuse and child protection
Conducting approximately one month training programme with 14 days of theoretical and 14 days of practical sessions for the staff of NGO’s providing community-based social services for children with disabilities in Shirvan and Agjabedi districts (trainings will be carried out in Shirvan and Agjabedi districts).
- Conduct pre- and post-test evaluation of the programme and provide recommendations on improvement of the quality of child development services based on the outcomes.
- Provide all logistical arrangements (coffee breaks, printing handouts, training tools, etc.) to organize training sessions.
In the period of 3rd September and 20th December 2018, the following deliverables are expected:
10 working days, by 17 September
1. Draft training package (methodology, presentations and handouts) on “Basic principles and methods of social inclusion services for children with disabilities”
2 working days, by 28 September
2. Final draft version of the Training package incorporating feedbacks from UNICEF
56 working days by 15 December
3. 14 days of theoretical and 14 days of practical sessions (28 days) on “Basic principles and methods of social inclusion services for children with disabilities” in 2 districts
2 working days by 20 December
4. Consultancy report to summarize the work including feedbacks and recommendations on improvement of the quality of child development services based on post training evaluation
- Advanced university degree in Social Sciences, Social Work, Psychology, Child development, or related field;
- Minimum 8 years of work experience (with a minimum 5 years’ experience as a trainer) in the area of child development;
- In-depth knowledge of child development, social inclusion services for children with disabilities, social work and child protection;
- Strong communication and presentation skills;
- Ability to work in a team with tight deadlines;
- Familiarity with UNICEF’s mission and mandate;
- Fluency in Azerbaijani.
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Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.
It is necessary for consultants and individual contracts to complete the following online courses no later than one month after signature of the contract:
- Basic security in the field;
- Advanced security in the field;
- Ethics and integrity at UNICEF;
- Prevention of sexual harassment and abuse of authority;
- Sexual exploitation and abuse (PSEA);
- UN Human rights and responsibilities.
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The contract with national consultant will cover the period from 3rd September 2018 to 20th December 2018 with a total number of 70 working days.
The consultant will be directly supervised by the Child Protection Specialist of UNICEF Azerbaijan with overall supervision of the Deputy Representative.
Interested consultants must submit the following documents/information to UNICEF for application:
- A motivation letter;
- CV’s of trainers;
- Financial proposal: inclusive of all fees (consultancy and logistical (coffee breaks, printing).
- 1-2 written examples for similar assignments in the past.