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National Consultancy to develop curriculum/learning materials on Birth Registration and Child Rights for introducing e-learning in CR System of Tajikistan

Dushanbe (Tajikistan)

  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Dushanbe (Tajikistan)
  • Grade: Consultant - Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Children's rights (health and protection)
    • Education, Learning and Training
    • Population matters (trends and census)
    • Refugee rights and well-being
    • Procurement
  • Closing Date: 2021-05-13

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To analyze legislation, literature, and available materials on civil registration, specifically related to child rights – birth, death, adoption, establishment of paternity and develop curriculum and learning materials for course/module “Civil Registration of Birth and Child Rights” for introducing e-learning in Civil Registration System of Tajikistan.

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,

BACKGROUNG
Civil Registration and Vital Statistics in Tajikistan and in the world in general is a primary source of obtaining legal identity by registering birth events which is in turn ensure protection of rights, specifically children in case of timely birth registration. UNDP in Tajikistan within project “Civil Registration System Reform in Tajikistan” supported introducing information system for civil registration in all Civil Registration (CR) Offices in cities and districts of the country. Capacity building were done in 2018 and 2019 covering 300 and 360 CR staff subsequently. Due to COVID-19 pandemic conducting standard classroom-based training was not possible in 2020. For sustainability, transfer of knowledge and products and as a response to pandemic UNDP is planning to support MoJ with introducing distance or electronic learning which may replace or complement standard training. The work include design, development and introducing learning management system (LMS) based on Moodle platform and electronic courses.

With a plan to introduce distance (electronic) learning for Civil Registration System by UNDP, UNICEF joining effort to support with development of training modules on “Civil Registration of Birth and Child Rights”. It is expected to engage a national expert who will work with other stakeholders – a company on development of learning management system and electronic courses, expert group consisting of Ministry of Justice, Department of Civil Registration under MoJ, Institute of Advanced Legal Education under MoJ and practitioners from Civil Registration Offices - all acting as subject matter experts. The module “Civil Registration of Birth and Child Rights” will have a focus on child rights and will be crosscutting with other modules on civil registration courses. The current module will be integral part of course “Providing timely and qualitative civil registration services using digital technologies (laws, processes, procedures, and rules for each type of CR services including information system CROIS2)”.

PURPOSE:

To analyze legislation, literature, and available materials on civil registration, specifically related to child rights – birth, death, adoption, establishment of paternity and develop curriculum and learning materials for course/module “Civil Registration of Birth and Child Rights” for introducing e-learning in Civil Registration System of Tajikistan.

DESCRIPTION OF THE ASSIGNMENT:

There are three main tasks of this assignment:

Task 1. Research and analysis:

  • Review legislation and regulatory documents on civil registration specifically related to child rights – birth, death, adoption, establishment of paternity.
  • Review guidance, training materials and other knowledge products on civil registration.
  • Collect and analyze at least 10 real cases on civil registration dealing with child rights.
  • Conduct short user experience or human-centered design thinking research (qualitative research) with selected civil registration offices/staff to identify their views and needs on learning module on civil registration and child rights.

Task 2. Design and development:

  • Develop a curriculum and training plan/programme
  • Develop structure of learning materials including learning outcome, required workload, content, assignment etc.
  • Develop at least 10 case studies based on Task 11 which will be part of individual and/or group assignments.
  • Develop learning materials on Civil Registration in a form of Word, pdf, PowerPoint presentation.
  • Modules to be developed in Tajik language.

Task 3. Implementation and support:

  • Collaborate with a company on development of LMS and electronic courses and working group under MoJ and contribute on design and development of electronic courses.
  • Conduct testing of modules in LMS jointly with CR staff for provision of feedback.
  • Submit a final narrative report including all developed materials, source documents etc.

KEY DELIVERABLES/TIMEFRAME/PAYMENT SCHEDULE:

The assignment will be carried out in 30 days spread over a period starting from 1 June 2021 to 15 July 2021.

 

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Tasks/Milestone

Deliverables/ Outputs

Number of days

Timeline

Payment schedule

1

 Review of legislative and regulatory documents, guidance, training materials and other knowledge products on civil registration, specifically related to child rights – birth, death, adoption, establishment of paternity. Specifically, this may include current procedures, processes, challenges, and bottlenecks in civil registration for child rights.

Progress report

5 days

June 2021

15%

2

Conduct short user experience or human-centered design thinking research (qualitative research) with selected civil registration offices/staff to identify their views and needs on learning module on civil registration of birth and child rights.

Questionnaire and brief resport on outcomes of the qualitative research

5 days

June 2021

20%

3

 Develop a curriculum and training plan/programme;

Develop structure of learning materials.

Develop learning materials on Birth Registration in a form of Word, pdf, PowerPoint presentation.

Training package on birth registration (training plan, curriculum, learning materials)

10 days

June – July 2021

25%

4

Collaborate with a company on development of LMS and electronic courses and working group under MoJ and contribute on design and development of electronic courses.

E-courses on birth registration (consultant is expected to contribute only)

5 days

June – July 2021

15%

5

Submit a final narrative report including all developed materials, source documents etc.

Final report with all deliverables

5 days

July 2021

25%

 

Below are sample qualities for each type of content/criteria of e-learning module to be developed by the expert:

 

Criteria

Qualities

Learning Objective

  • Outcome oriented (Learners will be able to…)
  • Meaningful to the learner’s work or life
  • Achievable based on learner’s abilities

Assignments

(including Case studies)

  • Provides opportunity for immediate practice/application of concepts.
  • Clearly stated instructions/process for completion
  • Clearly defined standards of expected quality

Content

  • Enable content processing through varied media (visual, text, audio, etc.), supporting different learning styles.
  • Incorporate a variety of perspectives/sources to encourage deeper understanding.
  • Hooks the learner to pique interest and grab attention

Community / Group works

  • Assignment effectively incorporates peer sharing or collaboration during creation process.
  • Learner receives feedback on submitted assignments from peers and/or experts.
  • Discussion enables deeper reflection and/or learning from peers and/or experts

Overall

  • All components (assignments, content, community) align with the learning objective.
  • Logical progression of content and tasks
  • Reasonable workload corresponding to audience and stated expectations

The course should have a structure as per below example:

Sample Course Structure and qualities can be found by following link: Download File Sample Course Structure and qualities.pdf

The final report should be provided in electronic format in preferably in Russian or Tajik language, or in English optionally. The structure of the report can be discussed separately.

Note: Due to COIVD-19, the work and deliverables are subject to change. Consultant need to be flexible to adjust to any unforeseen adjustments that might occur during the implementation

Performance indicators for the evaluation of results:

The evaluation of the results will be based on:

1. Technical and professional competence (quality of the products delivered to UNICEF);

2. Scope of work (e.g. No. of meetings with the stakeholders);

3. Quality of work (quality of methodology, draft, and final report);

4. Quantity of work (completing the tasks indicated in the table above within the set timeframe)

In addition, such indicators as work relations, responsibility, drive for results, and communication will be taken into account during the evaluation of the Consultant’s work.

Estimated duration of contract and remuneration: Assignment will be for the duration of 30 working days starting from 01 June 2021 ending by 15 July 2021.

Location: Dushanbe, Tajikistan.

Supervision: Child Protection Specialist (Social Protection/Social Work)

Reporting to: Chief, Protective Environment Section, UNICEF Tajikistan

Insurances: UNICEF does not provide or arrange life or health insurance coverage for consultants and individual contractors, and consultants and individual contractors are not eligible to participate in the life or health insurance schemes available to United Nations staff members. Consultants and individual contractors are responsible for assuming all costs related to required inoculations, vaccinations and medical examinations.  
Consultants and individual contractors are fully responsible for arranging, at their own expense, such life, health and other forms of insurance covering the period of their services as they consider appropriate. The responsibility of UNICEF is limited solely to the payment of compensation for service-incurred death, injury or illness as per the provisions detailed below.

Recourse: UNICEF reserves the right to withhold all or a portion of payment if performance is unsatisfactory, if work/outputs is incomplete, not delivered or for failure to meet deadlines.

Ethical considerations: Adequate measures should be taken to ensure that the process responds to quality and ethical requirements. The contracted consultant should be sensitive to beliefs, manners, and customs and act with integrity and honesty in their relationships with all stakeholders. It should also protect the anonymity and confidentiality of individual information.

Mandatory trainings: Consultants and individual contractors, regardless of contract duration, must complete the applicable mandatory trainings. The link will be provided during the selection process for the successful candidates.

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

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:

  • Advanced university degree (master's or equivalent) in economics, public administration, law, social sciences, pedagogy, or other related fields.
  • At least 5 years of professional experience in developing training materials, providing training and capacity building activities.
  • Solid knowledge of the development context of Tajikistan, including the Civil Registration and Child Rights; experience in conducting a legislative review and preparing regulatory documents; strong knowledge of data collection and data processing methods and techniques, experience in conducting quantitative and qualitative research.
  • Strong analytical and conceptual thinking, proven experience in preparing reports, policy briefs, instructions, guidelines, manuals, or other relevant materials at the national level for both governments and international organizations; excellent writing skills, excellent communication and presentation skills, excellent facilitation skills, and ability to work under pressure and commitment to work to tight timeframe
  • Fluent knowledge of Tajik and Russian languages. Knowledge of English language is an advantage.

REQUIREMENTS:

Qualified candidates are requested to submit:

  • Cover letter/application/CV.
  • A technical proposal with the proposed methodology/approach to managing the project, showing understanding of tasks.
  • Financial quote for the consultancy in TJS per deliverable, stating also the timeframe for completion of deliverable and/or daily rate (as well as travel and subsistence costs, as applicable).
  • Examples of previous, relevant work related to the deliverables.
  • At least two references

Queries can be sent to tad-procurement@unicef.org  with the subject line “National Consultancy to develop curriculum/learning materials on Birth Registration and Child Rights for introducing e-learning in CR System of Tajikistan”. Applications must be received in the system by 13 May 2021 on our website: http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/index.php.  

Travel costs and DSA will be covered in accordance with UN rules and regulations. No other remunerations apply. As a general principle, the fees payable to a consultant or individual contractor follow the “best value for money” principle, i.e., achieving the desired outcome at the lowest possible cost.

Please note that consultants and individual contractors are responsible for assuming costs for obtaining visas and travel insurance.

EVALUATION PROCESS AND METHODS:

Individual consultants/contractors will be evaluated based on a cumulative analysis methodology. The award of the Contract shall be made to the individual contractor whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:

a) responsive/compliant/acceptable, and

b) having received the highest score out of a weighted set of technical and financial criteria.

During the selection, the ratio between the technical evaluation and commercial offer is 70 to 30.

Criteria

Weight

Max. Point

TECHNICAL QUALIFICATION (max. 70 points)

70%

70

University education (master’s or equivalent) in economics, public administration, law, social sciences, pedagogy, or other related fields

 

10

At least 5 years of professional experience in developing training materials, providing training and capacity building activities.

 

15

Solid knowledge of the development context of Tajikistan, including the Civil Registration and Child Rights

 

15

Experience in legislative review and preparation of regulatory documents; strong knowledge of data collection and data processing methods and techniques, experience in conducting quantitative and qualitative research

 

15

Experience in preparing reports, policy briefs, instructions, guidelines, manuals, or other relevant materials at the national level for both governments and international organizations

 

5

Previous experience in the UN structure

 

5

Free proficiency in Tajik and Russian. English proficiency is an advantage

 

5

FINANCIAL PROPOSAL (max. 30 points)

(daily rate, lump sum, per deliverable, Economy Air Ticket)

30%

30

TOTAL SCORE (max. 100 points)

 

 

Only candidates who obtain a minimum of 49 points in the Technical Criteria evaluation will be considered for the Financial Evaluation.

Financial Proposal: Please provide an all-inclusive price for delivering professional services in accordance with the assignment described under this TOR.

The formula for the rating of the Financial Proposals will be as follows: FP Rating = (Lowest Priced Offer / Price of the Offer Being Reviewed) x 100 

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF's values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results. To view our competency framework, please visit here. Click here to learn more about UNICEF’s values and competencies.

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.

UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles.

All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.

Remarks:

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

Individuals engaged under a consultancy or individual contract will not be considered “staff members” under the Staff Regulations and Rules of the United Nations and UNICEF’s policies and procedures and will not be entitled to benefits provided therein (such as leave entitlements and medical insurance coverage). Their conditions of service will be governed by their contract and the General Conditions of Contracts for the Services of Consultants and Individual Contractors. Consultants and individual contractors are responsible for determining their tax liabilities and for the payment of any taxes and/or duties, in accordance with local or other applicable laws.

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