Consultant on Social Work with Children and Families

Title of Assignment:Social Work with Children and Families

Purpose: Provision of direct social work for children and families, capacity building of stakeholders in social work case management

Section: CP

Location: Baku, Azerbaijan

Duration:11 months

From:  1 April 2019                                 To: 28 February 2020

 

  1. Background

Azerbaijan has achieved significant progress in economic and social development since its independence. The country’s economic development has been accompanied by the reforms in social protection system which encompasses main components as social insurance, social assistance, social compensation and social services. Recent transformations were particularly evident in the social services system.

Adoption of the Law on Social Services (2012) triggered development and reorganization of various social services provided to the most vulnerable groups, including children. However, despite some recent positive advancements in terms of the development of social services, the country is still in its early stages of developing social work profession. Although the Law on Social Services defined the role of social workers in the social protection system, specific guidelines and instruction on social work are missing. Besides this, para- professional social service workers employed by state entities in child protection system do not have relevant qualifications and are not implementing most of the core social work functions.  Staff is not trained/skilled in counselling, casework and effective case management, and outreach function. In this context, there is a need for integration of qualified social workers with relevant academic degrees with the existing para-professionals in terms of training and supervision. Another area that needs technical support is the capacity development of para-professionals as well as provision of quality services to the vulnerable children and their families.

UNICEF Country Office in Azerbaijan is in collaboration with the Government of Azerbaijan to develop and strengthen an integrated case management system for reintegration of children. State Committee for Family, Woman and Child Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan (SCFWCA) requested UNICEF to provide technical assistance in conducting professional clinical social work with children and families through outreach and supporting local authorities to build integrated case management practice.

  1. Purpose of the consultancy

Based on the request of the State Committee for Family, Women and Children Affairs, UNICEF CO in Azerbaijan is announcing the recruitment of a professional social worker who will work in collaboration with SCFWCA and local Commissions of Minor’s Affairs and other relevant state entities of the districts of Baku and neighboring regions.

Under the supervision of the Child Protection Specialist and consultation with SCFWCA, the social worker will provide professional support in case management of vulnerable children and support the capacity building of local stakeholders in this field.

  1. Description of tasks

Following an existing guideline on social work for vulnerable children, the consultant will be engaged in accomplishment of the following tasks:

  • conduct professional social work services for repatriated children and their extended family members;
  • monitor the status of the returned children, identify the needs of the children and their receiving families, and provide direct counselling and support in a regular basis;
  • In collaboration with the family, provide the needs/strengths assessment and involvement of the family in the implementation of the development plans for children;
  • case management of children at risk in district and community level;
  • capacity building of local stakeholders (members of local commissions of Minor Affairs) on social work case management practices with a particular focus on reintegration of children;
  • develop and maintain accurate client records in electronic format, including intake, assessment, service plan, progress notes;
  • provide Supervisor with all assigned information and reports in a timely manner;
  1. Deliverables and time-frame
  • Monthly narrative reports on case management progress of vulnerable children and families focusing on results achieved;
  • Quarterly report on capacity building activities and advocacy work with state stakeholders.

The assignment should start on 1 April 2019 and end by 28 February 2020. The assignment is full-time.

  1. Qualification requirements

An individual national consultant meets the following requirements:

Education

  • Advanced university degree (master’s or equivalent) in Social Work, Social Sciences or another related field;

Experience

  • In-depth knowledge and / or experience on clinical social work with children;
  • 3-5 years of professional working experience in the field of social work and social services;
  • Strong experience and expertise on issues of social work, social services, child protection in Azerbaijani and international context;
  • Minimum two years working experience with local and/or international technical assistance providers;
  • Analytical and conceptual ability; communication skills;
  • Planning and monitoring skills; ability to organize work and projects;
  • No restrictions to have regular trips to the districts of Azerbaijan;
  • Ability to make timely and quality judgments and decisions;
  • Computer skills, including internet navigation, and various office applications;
  • Commitment to UNICEF’s mission and professional values;
  • Good problem-solving skills;
  • Fluency both in English and Azerbaijani;
  1. Supervision

The national consultant will be directly supervised by the Child Protection Specialist of UNICEF Azerbaijan with overall supervision of the Deputy Representative and work in close collaboration with the focal point of the SCFWCA.

  1. Administrative and travel arrangement
  • The consultant is expected to work independently. All planned expenditures for travel and the daily subsistence allowance as per UN-approved rate will be covered separately.
  • The SCFWCA and UNICEF will provide support to secure meetings with relevant stakeholders and provide administrative support for the organization of any national and local level workshops/training. The consultant will use his/her own computer and communications equipment (laptop, telephones, etc).
  • No work or travel may commence unless the contract is signed by both UNICEF and the consultant.
  • The consultant must be fit to travel, be in a possession of the valid UN DSS Basic and Advanced Security certificates.
  • The consultant will be required to sign the Health Statement for consultants/Individual contractors prior to taking up the assignment, and to document that they have appropriate health insurance.

Mandatory training: 

All consultants regardless of contract duration must complete the applicable mandatory training. The link to these online training will be provided during the selection process for the successful candidates.

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce and encourages applications from qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including people with disabilities.

Application

Interested parties should submit an application through the link https://www.unicef.org/about/employ/with?job=520337 the following documents:

  1. Cover letter
  2. Resume of consultant
  3. Financial proposal

Incomplete application missing any of the key components above will not be considered.

Deadline: 18 March 2019

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