National Consultant to support monitoring of the National Plan of Deinstitutionalization 2020-2022- UNICEF Albania Office

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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.

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In September 2020, the National Action Plan for Deinstitutionalization (De-I) 2020-2022 was approved by Council of Ministers as the first strategic document, specific for the deinstitutionalization of the Government of Albania. The action plan document has been drafted by the Ministry of Health and Social Protection of the Albanian Government with the technical support of UNICEF in Albania, in the framework of the National Reform of Social Care Services. The NAPD is the uttermost important policy document that articulates the vision and commitment of the Government of Albania on reforming the provision of care service system from residential institutions into daily care services and other effective options such as community-based alternative services while respecting the best interests and protection of each child.

MoHSP has extended the request to UNICEF for technical expertise to prepare a monitoring report of the NAPD 2020-2022, and plan of actions for the next policy document. There is a need for an in-depth analysis of the impact of this very sensitive process taking also in consideration the complete national wide lockdown imposed due to COVID-19, in Albania, which brought unprecedented challenges and slowed timely implementation of the DI Process. The report will identify the core actions and results achieved from the MoHSP, UNICEF and other partners in the implementation of the DI Action Plan and will provide detailed information on their impact. This report will identify all documents drafted in the framework of this process, products, updates on its progress and achievements, activities undertaken, inputs supplied, money disbursed, key findings, conclusions and recommendations from other monitoring and evaluation activities.

Moreover, key conclusions obtained from this exercise will pave the way forward towards the right strategy in planning effectively and efficiently the next phase of the Deinstitutionalization process in alignment with the National Reform of Social Care Services, as part of the new Social Protection Strategy and in view of EU acquis requirements

How can you make a difference?

Considering the complexity and importance of the task, an external expertise is being sought to lead the efforts as outlined above, and more detailed under the section of ‘work assignment overview’. The consultant will be closely supervised by the Child Protection Specialist and Child Protection Officer at UNICEF in Albania and is expected to interact with entire UNICEF child protection team, MoHSP, State Social Service, LGU’s, Implementing Partners and other members of the DI Steering Committee as well as other stakeholders engaged in the process to provide comprehensive documents/deliverables.

Specific deliverables for the consultancy will be:

1. Preparation of the inception paper (to be completed within September 2022) 5 working days


  • Draft the roadmap, timeline, methodology, and outline of the final report
  • Present to UNICEF, MHSP
  • Finalize inception paper

2. Documentation and data collection (for status of activities and indicators until 2022 (to be completed within September-October) 20 working days


  • Desk review of all the products and deliverables of the DI
  • Identify achievements during implementation and their impact
  • Analyze monitoring reports conducted from other public institutions
  • Prepare customized templates for data collection (actions and indicators) from MoSP, NGOs, and municipalities, and other institutions
  • Validate the tools with MHSP and UNICEF

3. Report 2020-2022 (to be completed within October - November) 10 working days


  • Review the information collected from responsible stakeholders at central and local level
  • Analyze the collected information
  • Draft Monitoring Report
  • Present the findings

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

  • Master degree in the discipline of social sciences.
  • At least 5 years of experience in information analysis/report writing.
  • Strong knowledge and previous engagement in sectorial strategies development/monitoring.
  • Strong skills in team interactions.

What to submit:

  • Cover letter, clearly articulating the roadmap / outline of the process proposed by the consultant to undertake the TOR.
  • Updated CV/P11 with reference/links to previous work relevant to the ToR.
  • Financial proposal in Albanian Lek per working day, inclusive of taxes.

For every Child, you demonstrate:

UNICEF's values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, Accountability and Sustainability (CRITAS).

To view our competency framework, please visit here.

If you have any question related to the consultancy, please contact Elvana Pernaska at

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 offers reasonable accommodation for consultants/individual contractors with disabilities. This may include, for example, accessible software, travel assistance for missions or personal attendants. We encourage you to disclose your disability during your application in case you need reasonable accommodation during the selection process and afterwards in your assignment.

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.


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.

The selected candidate is solely responsible to ensure that the visa (applicable) and health insurance required to perform the duties of the contract are valid for the entire period of the contract. Selected candidates are subject to confirmation of fully-vaccinated status against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) with a World Health Organization (WHO)-endorsed vaccine, which must be met prior to taking up the assignment. It does not apply to consultants who will work remotely and are not expected to work on or visit UNICEF premises, programme delivery locations or directly interact with communities UNICEF works with, nor to travel to perform functions for UNICEF for the duration of their consultancy contracts.

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