International Consultancy to support teachers to cope with professional burnout, motivation and professional growth in Abkhazia, Georgia

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The COVID-19 outbreak in Abkhazia led to major education system disruptions including school closures. The education process has been virtually halted since the middle of Spring 2020, without clarity on how and when classes could resume. The local education authorities were also not very efficient in providing up to date and constant communication and support for the teachers and the wider education population. This unclear situation and lack of established mechanisms on professional support for teachers led to growing confusion and frustration among the teachers of Abkhazia.

UNICEF intends to provide teachers and education professionals with expert support on how to cope with teacher burn-out, staying motivated and how to cope with stress related to the COVID-19 situation and continue providing education for students. In addition to the online training, a series of short practical videos addressing these issues will be developed by the expert to be shared with wider audiences of teachers in Abkhazia.


The objective is to develop a training programme for teachers on stress management, burnout prevention, and motivation which will contribute to improving the quality of education in Abkhazia by supporting the psychological wellbeing of teachers and education professionals.

Scope of Work

The consultant will develop relevant training programmes for teachers on stress management, burnout prevention and motivation. The training programme will be based on international best practices and approaches. It is expected that the consultant prepares all the necessary materials and provide the training as required.

The consultancy activities will be carried out between March and April 2021, with the possible extensions as needed, and will be implemented from home. During the work from home, the consultant will use email, skype and telephone for regular communication with UNICEF and supervisors. Depending on further progress in UNICEF's consultations with relevant decision makers, as well as with interested donors, the consultancy might be extended and amended to include additional tasks and deliverables in line with those established in this TOR.


  1. Design and develop a training programme for teachers on professional burn-out, stress management and motivation at workplace;
  2. Conduct eight (8) 2-days long online trainings for teachers;
  3. Develop and record five (5) 15-minute videos for teachers and education experts on stress management and burn-out (upon editing these videos will be shared with local teachers).

    Deliverables and Timelines

    1. Key Actions: Preparation of a training programme and conducting trainings for teachers.

Deliverables: Quality training programme; conducted trainings/workshops

Delivery Period: March – April 2021

Number of Working Days: 20 days (16 days training programme; 4 days for programme development)

Location: From home

  1. Key Action: Development and recording of 5 15-minute videos for teachers on stress management, burnout prevention and motivation.

Deliverables: Quality videos recorded providing the viewers with practical and relevant advice on how to cope with the work stress.

Delivery period: March – April 2021

Number of working days: 5 days

Location: In Abkhazia and from home

Total number of working days: 25 days

Supervision and Reporting Responsibility:

The consultant will work under the direct supervision of the Chief of UNICEF Field Officer in Sukhumi.

The consultant’s performance will be evaluated against the following criteria: timeliness, responsibility, initiative, communication, and quality of the products delivered.

Required qualifications:

  • Advanced university degree in Education, Psychology;
  • At least 8 years of work experience in areas of education, social work, psychology and professional education; work experience in countries of the former Soviet Union is considered an asset;
  • Proven experience in conducting trainings and supervisions;
  • Excellent English language skills and ability to lead trainings in Russian or any other locally used languages;
  • Very good analytical and organizational skills;
  • Familiarity with UNICEF's work in the area of education;
  • Excellent communication and teamwork skills; ability to work with minimum supervision in a multi-national environment with team members from different cultural backgrounds;
  • Good knowledge and use of Microsoft package.

Consultancy period:

The estimated duration of the consultancy is 2 months from 1 March to 30 April 2021.


The consultant will be paid at a consultancy fee rate negotiated between the consultant and UNICEF Georgia, based on an initial proposal of the consultant and taking into account the consultant’s level of experience and evaluations of his/her earlier work. Payment will be carried out in one installment upon submission of good quality deliveries with an accompanying report and the approval of deliverables and report by UNICEF. UNICEF reserves the right to withhold all or a portion of payment if performance is unsatisfactory, if deliverables are incomplete or not submitted at all, or for failure to meet deadlines.

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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.


Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.

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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