|Manager to support implementation of project on Reading and Early Literacy Activities for Young Children in Kyrgyzstan and mobile libraries component of Gulazyk project
|Expire date Четверг, 01 Май 2014
|Individual Consultancy Contract
|10 months (May 2014- February 2015)
|Bishkek, field trips are envisaged.
|Terms of Reference
Objective of the consultancy/services
Individual contractor services are required to support implementation of Reading and Early Literacy Activities for Young Children in Kyrgyzstan project.
For about 86 per cent of children in the Kyrgyz Republic, early stimulation and involvement in literacy activities fully depends on their family members, as they have no access to kindergartens or other early childhood development programmes. According to a UNICEF assessment only 10 per cent of the caregivers from rural areas read books to children regularly, 41 per cent read books seldom and 48 percent never read books to their children. Children tend to be left on their own, without age-appropriate stimulation. Knowledge about early childhood care and education in families is poor, and families lack books, journals or possibilities to exchange their concerns. Families have a very limited access to children’s books and underestimate the importance of early childhood stimulation, including the involvement of children in early literacy activities by primary caregivers. There is also a shortage of children’s books in the Kyrgyz language. Kindergartens and village libraries have not renewed their collections for many years, and school libraries are not considered for public use.
Based on the abovementioned facts, UNICEF decided to engage in project aimed at promoting reading and early literacy activities for young children. The main strategy of the project is a communication campaign on the important role that parents and communities have in giving children the best start in life through reading and other literacy activities.
Overall, there is a growing interest of donors to the area of early reading. USAID supported project on Reading started in late 2013; AKF has a project on Family reading; and on a global Early Grade Reading is also an area of focus for GPE, Open Society Foundation allocated funds for mobile libraries under Gulazyk project. Thus, it is expected that the contractor will contribute to UNICEF’s role in strengthening partnership, collaboration and alignment to Government priorities of all partners active in the area.
The given initiative contributes to Outcome one: Equitable, Quality and Responsive Systems for Children.
The assistance of individual contractor is required due to the integrated nature of the project interventions which require participation of multiple stakeholders and agencies from different areas like Education and Health, involvement of several implementing partners in project implementation: PF Initiative of Roza Otunbayeva, Education Initiatives Support Foundation, and National Library as well as the geographical distribution of the project (5 provinces: Batken, Jalal-Abad, Talas, Chui and Issik-Kul).
The incumbent will cover the following tasks:
3. Deliverables and timeframe
The incumbent will be adhering to the following timeframe and deliverables (some changes in dates are possible after negotiations with project partners):
The incumbent will be contracted for 10 months between May 1, 2014 and February 28, 2015.
The contractor will work under the direct supervision of Saltanat Builasheva, ECD Officer in close collaboration with Galina Solodunova, Communication for Development Specialist.
Interested candidates should submit their offers accompanied with the proof of experience in project implementation and conducting relevant activities.
UNICEF will provide the contractor with:
Travel will be undertaken only upon receiving an approved Travel Authorization from UNICEF. Air travel will be as per UNICEF rules: the most direct, most economical route.
80% of the Daily Subsistence Allowance (DSA) will be transferred to the expert before the start of travel. DSA is to cover expenses associated with the expert’s boarding, lodging and minor miscellaneous expenses, and will be provided for travel days as per UNICEF rules.
The Contractor’s performance will be evaluated against the following criteria: timeliness, responsibility, initiative, communication, and quality of the products delivered.
Minimum Requirements for incumbent:
Qualified candidates are requested to submit the following documents:
· P11, Cover letter with references to relevant experience and qualifications;
· Proposed rates for the above-mentioned consultancy.
in closed envelope by COB, 01 May 2014 with the vacancy refrence number- VNC/KIRA/12/14
to the address below:
160 Chui avenue, UN House, Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic.
|p.11.eng.unicef.zip (Размер: 17 Kb)
|Early Reading Coordinator TOR 2014.docx (Размер: 32 Kb)
|Дата Вторник, 22 Апрель 2014