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Georgia: Food Safety Regulation in Georgia: Assessment of the GoG Reform Efforts in 2016
Closing date: 2017-01-30Application : Apply for the job
Organization: Europe Foundation
Closing date: 30 Jan 2017
Europe Foundation (EPF) seeks an international expert or a team of international experts to assess the efforts of the Government of Georgia (GoG) concerning food safety reforms, which are informed, in part, by the EU-Georgia Association Agreement.
About Europe Foundation
Europe Foundation s mission is to empower people to effect change for social justice and economic prosperity through hands-on programs, helping them to improve their communities and their own lives. To achieve its mission, EPF strives (1) to strengthen the capacity of individuals and institutions, empowering them to address pressing issues and (2) to mobilize relevant stakeholders in issue-based dialogue, through raising public awareness and creating various coalitions, platforms or working groups, so as to effect positive change. EPF s work is guided by the following approaches: (1) creating opportunities for civic participation in public policy making, (2) engaging youth, (3) fostering culture of corporate and community philanthropy, including through formation of public-private-NGO partnerships, (4) promoting evidence-based advocacy and decision making, and (5) building confidence across religious, ethnic, and community divides. Some of EPF s flagship programs include: (1) Engage and Monitor for Change, (2) European Integration,(3) Youth Integration,(4) Social Enterprise and(5) Open Door Grantmaking. Together, they feed into achieving the Foundation s mission and provide opportunities for Georgians to engage in social, economic, and political developments, in order to effect substantive and sustainable positive change at the local and national level.
The post-Rose Revolution Government of Georgia was steadfast in undertaking various measures to combat rampant corruption in the public sector and to undertake reforms designed to foster free market economy. Apart from other activities, the GoG began rapid deregulation of the previously regulated spheres, such as food safety, which included abolition of the then existing standards (mostly remnants from the days of the Soviet Union) and public regulatory agencies responsible for monitoring their fulfillment. The GoG rationale for these decisions was two-fold. The Government representatives argued that only by eliminating regulatory agencies or public regulatory functions could they address the Government s two main objectives of eradicating corruption and promoting laissez faireconomy. As a result, food safety control measures were abolished and the field was almost completely deregulated. Unfortunately, this led to widespread distribution of tainted food products and decreased the competitiveness of Georgian food producers on the EU and other more regulated markets.
The adoption of the ENP AP and the ensuing discussions on the DCFTA pushed the GoG to make significant changes in this area, including the creation of the National Service for Food Safety, Veterinary and Plant protection (later renamed as the National Food Agency) and the adoption of the first food safety strategy that aims at aligning this sector with EU standards. The country also started to revise its food safety related legislation, albeit at a slow pace. The past four years have seen an unprecedented increase in the activity of the National Food Agency (NFA) and notable improvements can observed in food safety legislation. Nevertheless, Georgia has a long way to go before it succeeds in setting up a fully functional food safety system. As the country progresses, it is important to assess the effectiveness of the GoG reform efforts in this field, so as to highlight progress, identify shortcomings, and develop recommendations for substantive improvements.
The Assessment Goaland Objectives
The overall goal of the assignment is to assess both de factoand de jureprogress of the food safety reforms, which took place during 2016 in Georgia. As part of the assessment, the consultants are to look into the fulfillment of the GoG obligations under the EU-Georgia Association Agreement.
More specifically, the consultants are asked to
- analyze the 2016 legislative reforms, in order to identify factors that impede the creation of a fully functioning food safety system in Georgia,
- assess the performance record of relevant state institutions (e.g. NFA, Ministry of Agriculture, Revenue Services, and others), including, among other, with respect to the existing Government strategies, programs and/or action plans related to the food safety field,
- assess whether the reforms undertaken by the GoG are transparent and participatory in nature, considerate of legitimate interests of both consumers and business operators, and
- develop actionable, locally grounded, and internationally informed recommendations on how to foster more effective reforms toward a fully functioning food safety system.
For the list of government institutions dealing with food safety in Georgia and relevant documents by the end of 2015 please refer to the EPF report Food Safety Regulation in Georgia: Assessment of Government s Reform Efforts in 2015, Tbilisi, 2016
The methodology to be applied for the assessment will be qualitative in nature. When collecting the necessary data, the consultants are encouraged to review of secondary sources of data, as well as gather data from primary sources, including through individual and/or focus group interviews with major stakeholders and beneficiaries.
The consultant(s) will be responsible for developing the study design and methodology, in order to meet the goal and objectives of the evaluation. Details about the approach, as well as sampling and data collection methods to be employed, must be included in the bid.
Both, individuals and legal entities are eligible to apply, provided that they are not in a conflict of interest situation, whereby the assessors personal or professional affiliations and involvement in particular activities could lead to subjectivity or perception of subjectivity when making determinations.
EPF has allocated Euro 12,000 (gross) for this service, including travel and lodging expenses. Price competitiveness will be a consideration during the selection process, and proposals exceeding this amount will be declined.
EPF management and program staff will review the applications. During the review process, the applicant may be requested to present additional information. The applicant will be given three working days to submit the requested data. EPF will select the winning candidate based on maximum compliance with the competition requirements.
The proposals will be reviewed based on following criteria:
- Degree to which the proposal adheres to the goal and requirements of the terms of reference
- Quality and feasibility of the proposed methodology and work plan
- Qualifications of the bidding organization and/or the personnel involved in the assessment, including past experience in conducting similar studies
- Cost-effectiveness of the proposal.
Timeframe and Report Format
The following deliverables are expected in either English or Georgian:
- Final assessment report(not more than 40 pages, without annexes), A4, Times New Roman 12 (for English) and Sylfaen 11 (for Georgian), single-spaced) no later than April 15, 2017. The report should include an introduction, executive summary, conclusions and recommendations, as well as all relevant annexes, including the list of respondents.
- Presentation of the assessment reportto be delivered at an event that will be organized by EPF in Tbilisi.
The costs for translation and publication of the report, as well as its presentation, will be borne by Europe Foundation. However, the assessors time allocated to the final presentation will have to be considered within the budget of this assignment.
The report will be the sole property of EPF, which will retain the right to use it for internal and external purposes.
 The term food safety is meant in its broader sense covering the issues such as animal health, plant protection, food counterfeiting and ways of misleading consumers -- all those spheres that directly or indirectly affect, or can affect, the delivery of safe food and consumer health.
How to apply:
Request for Bids
Proposals are to be submitted via email to Ms. Lela Berdzuli, Program Associate at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please indicate Food Safety Regulation Report in the subject line of your email.
Applicants should submit a proposal in Georgian orEnglishthat includes:
- Detailed description of researcher s qualifications;
- Description and justification of proposed evaluation methodology including sampling strategy, description of tools and techniques that will be used to collect and analyze information;
- Draft work plan;
- Copy of a report on food safety or a similar subject completed by the applicant.
Only complete applications will be considered.
The deadline for the submission of applications isJanuary 30, 2017.
Europe Foundation, 3 Kavsadze Street, 2ndfloor, Tbilisi, Tel.: +995 32 225 39 42/43, website: www.epfound.ge.
For question and inquiries about this ToR please contact Vakhtang Kobaladze, Senior Program Manager at email@example.com.
Georgia: Child Protection Officer, NOA, Sukhumi, Georgia
Closing date: 2017-02-10Application : Apply for the job
Organization: UN Children's Fund
Closing date: 10 Feb 2017
I. Organizational Context and Purpose for the job
The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the organization does in programs, in advocacy and in operations. The equity strategy, emphasizing the most disadvantaged and excluded children and families, translates this commitment to children's rights into action. For UNICEF, equity means that all children have an opportunity to survive, develop and reach their full potential, without discrimination, bias or favoritism. To the degree that any child has an unequal chance in life in its social, political, economic, civic and cultural dimensions her or his rights are violated. There is growing evidence that investing in the health, education and protection of a society's most disadvantaged citizens addressing inequity not only will give all children the opportunity to fulfill their potential but also will lead to sustained growth and stability of countries. This is why the focus on equity is so vital. It accelerates progress towards realizing the human rights of all children, which is the universal mandate of UNICEF, as outlined by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, while also supporting the equitable development of nations.
Job organizational context: The Child Protection Officer GJP is to be used in a Country Office (CO) where the Child Protection Program is a major/key component of the Country Program (or UNDAF). The Officer reports to the Chief of Sukhumi Field Office who is at Level 4.
Purpose for the job: The Child Protection Officer reports to the Chief of Sukhumi Field Office for close guidance and supervision.
The Officer provides professional technical, operational and administrative assistance throughout the programming process for the child protection programs/projects through the application of theoretical and technical skills in researching, collecting, analyzing and presenting technical program information while learning organizational rules, regulations and procedures to support the development and formulation of the Child Protection Program within the Country Program.
II. Key function, accountabilities and related duties/tasks
Summary of key functions/accountabilities:
1. Support to program development and planning2. Program management, monitoring and delivery of results3. Technical and operational support to program implementation4. Networking and partnership building5. Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building
1. Support to program development and planningResearch and analyze regional/national political, protection, social and economic development trends. Collect, analyze, verify and synthesize information to facilitate program development, design and preparation.
Prepare technical reports and inputs for program preparation and documentation ensuring accuracy, timeliness and relevancy of information.
Facilitate the development/establishment of sectoral program goals, objectives and strategies and results-based planning through research, collection, analysis and reporting of child protection and other related information for development planning and priority and goal setting.
Provide technical and administrative support throughout all stages of programming processes by executing/administering a variety of technical program transactions, preparing materials/documentations and complying with organizational processes and management systems, to support program planning, results based planning (RBM) and monitoring and evaluating results.
Prepare required documentations/materials to facilitate the program review and approval process.
2. Program management, monitoring and delivery of results.
Work closely and collaboratively with internal and external colleagues and partners to collect/analyze/share information on implementation issues, suggest solutions on routine program implementation and submit reports to alert appropriate officials and stakeholders for higher-level intervention and/or decisions. Keep record of reports and assessments for easy reference and/or to capture and institutionalize lessons learned.
Participate in monitoring and evaluation exercises, program reviews and annual sectoral reviews with government and other counterparts and prepare minutes/reports on results for follow up action by higher management and other stakeholders.
Monitor and report on the use of sectoral program resources (financial, administrative and other assets), verify compliance with approved allocation/goals, organizational rules, regulations/procedures and donor commitments, standards of accountability and integrity.
Report on issues identified to ensure timely resolution by management/stakeholders. Follow up on unresolved issues to ensure resolution.
Prepare inputs for program/donor reporting.
3. Technical and operational support to program implementation
Undertake field visits and surveys and/or collect/share information with partners/stakeholders to assess progress and provide technical support and/or refer to relevant officials for resolution. Report on critical issues, bottlenecks and potential problems for timely action to achieve results.
Provide technical and operational support to government counterparts, NGO partners, UN system partners and other country office partners/donors on the application and understanding of UNICEF policies, strategies, processes and best practices on child protection and related issues to support program implementation, operations and delivery of results.
4. Networking and partnership building
Build and sustain effective close working partnerships with government counterparts and national stakeholders through active sharing of information and knowledge to facilitate program implementation and build capacity of stakeholders to achieve and sustain results on child protection. Draft communication and information materials for CO program advocacy to promote awareness, establish partnership/alliances and support fund raising for child protection programs.Participate in appropriate inter-agency (UNCT) meetings/events on programming to collaborate with inter-agency partners/colleagues on UNDAF operational planning and preparation of child protection programs/projects and to integrate and harmonize UNICEF position and strategies with the UNDAF development and planning process.
Research information on potential donors and prepare resource mobilization materials and briefs for fund raising and partnership development purposes.
5. Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building
Identify, capture, synthesize and share lessons learned for knowledge development and to build the capacity of stakeholders.
Apply innovative approaches and promote good practice to support the implementation and delivery of concrete and sustainable program results.
Research, benchmark and report on best and cutting edge practices for development planning of knowledge products and systems.
Participate as resource person in capacity building initiatives to enhance the competencies of clients/stakeholders.
IV. Impact of Results
The efficiency and efficacy of support provided by the Officer to program preparation and planning and implementation of programs/projects, contributes to the achievement of sustainable results to create a protective environment for children against harm and all forms of violence and ensures their survival, development and well being in society. Success in child protection programs and projects in turn contributes to maintaining/enhancing the credibility and ability of UNICEF to provide program services for mothers and children that promotes greater social equality in the country.
V. Competencies and level of proficiency required (based on UNICEF Professional Competency Profiles)
Commitment Diversity and inclusionIntegrity
Communication (II)Working with people (I)Drive for results (I)
Formulating strategies and concepts (I)Analyzing (II)Applying technical expertise (II)Learning and researching (II)Planning and organizing (II)
VI. Recruitment Qualifications
Education: A University Degree in international development, human rights, psychology, sociology, international law or other social science field is required.
Experience: A year of professional experience in social development planning and management in child protection and/other related areas at the international and/or in a developing country is an asset.
Language Requirements: Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language or a local language is an asset
How to apply:
UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organization. To apply, click on the following link http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/?job=502428