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 Announcement - Terms of Reference [ National Institutional Consultancy to Support the Study on Knowledge Attitude and Practices towards Children with Disability in Azerbaijan ] (UNICEF)

 Duration: 18.08.2017 - 27.08.2017


Terms of Reference 

National Institutional Consultancy to Support the Study on Knowledge Attitude and Practices towards Children with Disability in Azerbaijan


  1. Purposes of the KAP Study and Justification

The objective of this KAP Study will be to assess the knowledge, attitudes and practice of the society towards children with disabilities, children with disabilities themselves and their peers without disabilities in generating evidence for the development of a communication strategy for promoting an inclusive education and combat stereotypes, prejudices and harmful practices relating to children with disabilities enabling the establishment of an inclusive society.

The study is expected to respond to but not limited to the following research questions:

  1. What are the beliefs, local attitudes and level of knowledge that hinder equal participation of Persons with Disabilities/Children with Disabilities with disabilities?
  2. What are the experiences and practices of the public with Persons with Disabilities/Children with Disabilities in their daily life
  3. What are the perceptions of people towards Persons with Disabilities/Children with Disabilities
  4. What is the magnitude of people’s knowledge, attitude and practices towards children with disability? Why is it happening? Who supports/hinders attitudes and current practices towards CwD? Why? What other factors influence the existing practices? How, when and where?
  5. What are the bottlenecks and other factors that hinder children with disabilities’ access to basic services across: support for early learning; education (primary, secondary, vocational or other); sports; child protection; health and other social services?
  6. Are there any existing initiative for, inclusive community development (do they cover children with disabilities) and what is the interest for such initiatives?
  7. What kind of support or service exists for parents and families to care for their children with disabilities?
  8. How conducive is the public and institutional environment in including Persons with Disabilities/Children with Disabilities in decision making process regarding issues that concern their lives and wellbeing?
  9. What are the existing communication practices, networks, influencers and channels we can use to influence change?

Considering the complexity of the KAP study, a combined international experts and national research team will provide technical support to complete this study.

  1. Objectives of the consultancy

The proposed national consultancy assignment is to support the international consultants to complete the KAP study towards the children with disability in Azerbaijan to examine the level of knowledge, the prevailing attitudes and current practices of general public with focus on children with disabilities.

The national research team  is expected to follow the methodologies and tools developed by the international consultants, to conduct a quantitative survey through examining the experiences, opinions and positions of general population and stakeholders at different level in related to children with disabilities, their education, family environments, socialization, and to identify social cultural barriers toward Children with Disabilities.

  1. Tasks, timeframe:

This survey will be undertaken as joint research of UNICEF and the Ministry of Education, with the involvement of other relevant ministries and NGOs/CSOs. The local research team needs to work closely with UNICEF Office, UNICEF international consultant and supervising team of the Ministry of Education.

The timeframe is September – November 2017.

The key tasks and assignment to the national research team will include:

Preparation work:

  • Prepare a survey proposal with detailed plan for the outlined assignments as per Terms of Referenсe, including field team compositions and timeframe within the first week after the signing of the contract.
  • Form a project team compositions for each step of the survey covering sampling, training, pre-test, field interview, quality control, data entry and data processing along with assigned roles and responsibilities. Team leaders are to be nominated to liaise with UNICEF and Ministry of Education.
  • In cooperation with the international experts, finalize the work plan for the survey including activities, timeframe, resource persons and budget.

Training and pre-test:

  • Translate the training and survey materials from English into Azerbaijani language.
  • With the support of UNICEF and the Ministry of Education, coordinate and schedule with the selected local communities to arrange field work activities based on the sampling results and timeframe.
  • Support the international consultant to conduct a one-day pre-test of the survey tools including logistic arrangement.
  • Prepare for organizing and carrying out survey training logistically, administratively/financially and assign fieldwork teams to attend.
  • As a results of the training facilitated by the UNICEF international consultant, ensure that the assigned fieldwork teams are trained on the survey methodology and sample requirements, demonstrate full familiarity of the questionnaires, proficiency of interviewing skills and techniques, data entry, as well as following ethical guidelines..
  • Arrange and administer the translating and printing of the survey tools, including survey questionnaires if data collection will be paper-based. Or prepare and test data collection interface if digital (tablet based) data collection will be used.

Field data collection:

  • Conduct field data collection with the sampled households and within the agreed timeframe, including all coordination, monitoring and quality control. Transportation and logistics expenses for all survey teams should be covered and coordinated by a local research institute.

Data entry and data processing:

  • Develop data entry program (if paper-based data collection is used);
  • Accurately undertake data entry of the questionnaires into the e-database (if paper-based data collection is used);
  • Conduct data cleaning and data validation.
  • Conduct preliminary data processing and tabulation based on the analytical framework and outlines provided by the international consultant.

Final reporting:

  • Complete a detailed consultancy report and financial reports, and photographs upon completion of the survey field work and data entry.

For more details, please refer to the full Terms of Reference (TOR) attached.

Required qualifications, competencies and skills:

A local research institute should offer a research team with below qualifications:

  • A team leader with at least university Degree in social sciences with focus on audience research, and business administration, and statistics;
  • Experience in conducting the household survey and face-to-face interviews and community research. Be familiar with survey methodology and process;
  • Availability of sufficient and qualified human resources to form up the fieldwork teams with strong knowledge of national context and cultural norms of Azerbaijan.
  • Availability of technical professionals and capacity on supervision, quality control and date entry and processing including knowledge on SPSS, STATA or other analytical software.
  • Experience in organizing training and planning of studies;
  • Experience in working with International organizations/clients on social development related surveys. Working experience with UN/UNICEF or other international development organizations will be an asset.
  • Team leader and team members with good English and Azerbaijani.

Work supervision and reporting

Assigned institution will be directly supervised by the Communication for Development Officer of UNICEF with overall guidance of the Deputy Representative.  The UNICEF programme team and international consultants should be consulted whenever necessary and relevant.

Timing and duration

The duration of the technical assistance is from early-September to the end of November 2017.


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

All materials and primary collected data including the database will remain the copyright of UNICEF and the local research institute should not share with any others or use for other purposes without permission of UNICEF.


UNICEF accepts applications from companies and institutions.

Interested institutions are requested to submit a Technical Proposal , which will include the followings through the link: 

  • A letter of interest;
  • Detailed consultancy plan of activities and timeline;
  • Proposed budget;
  • Institution’s inception/registration;
  • Proposed institutional profile, individual team leader’s CV, and justification of the availability of the qualified personnel for the research team;
  • A summary and/or examples of experience in similar assignments;

Closing date for all applications is 27th August 2017.

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