The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which aims to encourage and ensure the full and equal enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedom for people with disabilities, and to strengthen respect for human dignity, was signed by Turkey in 2007. Services for disabled people are provided by different ministries and institutions. The Presidency Decree No. 1 and the General Directorate of Disabled and Elderly Services, under the Ministry of Family, Labor and Social Services (MoFLSS) were established to promote the implementation of the rights of people with disabilities and to develop policies and services for the disabled.
UNICEF supports the MoFLSS to strengthen the child protection system and enhance access to both preventive and specialized services for children and families at risk, including for children with disabilities. The Rolling Work Plan (RWP) signed between UNICEF and the Ministry includes as one of the key interventions the development of the family-based early intervention programme, which is aimed at detecting potential disabilities at an early stage and providing effective services to the families.
Early intervention programmes are known for optimizing children’s developmental potential and reducing the secondary effects of chronic disease and other disabilities. Such programmes promote and reinforce attachment as a determinant factor in development, minimize the negative influence of risk factors, and strengthens as well as enhances the child’s ability to live in society. For the family, early intervention reinforces appropriate patterns of interaction and parental skills, helping to reduce family stress. It also allows for the strengthening of formal and informal networks of social support for the family and can help reduce elements of social exclusion. At the community level, it also plays an important role by promoting the articulation between services and bringing them closer to the target population, increasing quality and making resources more cost effective. Finally, it promotes social inclusion, because the different partners are focused on problem-solving.
Within this assignment, the companies are expected to assess the current services provided for children with disabilities and their parents, identifying gaps, strengths and opportunities in order to inform policy development. The assignment will also serve to document and analyze early intervention systems in other countries and propose a system for Turkey, as well as to develop a plan for its pilot implementation.
The purpose of this assignment is to assess services provided to children with special needs and children with disabilities in Turkey, and to analyze the weaknesses and strengths of these services provided to children with disabilities and their families in the area of early identification and response. The assignment also aims at documenting and analyzing early intervention systems in other countries and, based on best practices and lessons learned, propose a system for Turkey, as well as at developing a plan for its pilot implementation. The key tasks to be undertaken under this assignment are as follows:
- Task-1: Conduct a desk review to analyze examples of early intervention systems in other countries to better identify and understand best international practices
- Task-2: Analyze the services available for children with special needs and children with disabilities to identify weaknesses, strengths and opportunities of the current system in Turkey
- Task-3: Propose a system model and make recommendations for the establishment of a National Family Based Early Intervention for Turkey
- Task-4: Develop a pilot implementation plan for the establishment of a National Family Based Early Intervention Programme in Turkey
The consultancy company should be comprised of relevant specialists with the necessary skills to achieve the targets of these terms of reference. While assigning the specialists, it should be kept in mind that the assignments as mentioned above require multidisciplinary approaches. The minimum criteria for assignment shall be as follows:
The consultancy company must prove that they hold the following qualifications:
- Experience on working with international organizations and government institutions
- Previous professional experience in analyzing data and social services
- Knowledge and experience in conducting literature reviews and analyzing country data in multisectoral topics
- Experience in collaboration and coordination with academia
- Ability to ensure high standards of project outputs in both English and Turkish.
The Proposals MUST be received at the above address by latest 20 April 2021 at or before 10:00a.m. Due to the nature of this RFP, there will be no public opening of proposals. Proposals received after the stipulated date and time will be invalidated.
- An online pre-bid meeting will be held on 06 April 2021, at 10:00a.m. via Teams Meeting for interested bidders. Please check the meeting link from the tender advertisement and confirm your participation to the email address: [email protected]