“Joint actions to end bullying in Moldova”
Republic of Moldova
Type of Contract:
Duration of Assignment:
15 working days [within the period of January – March 2021]
Working in Moldova since 2004, Terre des hommes (Tdh) is dedicated to ensuring the fulfilment of all children’s fundamental rights and to contributing to the improvement of the Moldovan child protection system. By means of its projects, Tdh Moldova aims for sustainable prevention of and response to violence, neglect and exploitation against children at the community, district and national levels. Tdh Moldova is geographically operating in the entire country. Currently, Tdh’s work in Moldova is built along three complementary axes – Child Protection Systems, Children Affected by Migration and Access to Justice, and seeks to develop synergies between them as well as with other key thematic areas of Terre des hommes Foundation.
Violence in schools, in all its forms, is a breach of children’s rights to education, health and wellbeing. Qualitative and equitable education cannot be ensured if adolescents are confronted with violence in the school environment. Violence in schools can take the shape of single actions, or the shape of regular intimidation, degrading treatment and harassment (bullying).
According to “Bullying among adolescents from the Republic of Moldova” Study conducted in 2019 by UNICEF Moldova, 86,8% of the total number of students of 6th to 12th forms are affected by bullying. The report revealed that adolescents involved in situations of bullying, either as aggressors, victims or witnesses, are more inclined to absenteeism, school drop-out, and have low academic performance. Aggressors or victims of bullying are more likely to encounter symptoms of depression and anxiety, have a low self-esteem, feel lonely, and sometimes loose interest in any activities.
Aware of the existing challenges, Terre des hommes Moldova is implementing, with support of UNICEF Moldova the project “Joint actions to end bullying in Moldova” that is committed to prevent and to respond to peer violence in the schools.
The project, Joint actions to end bullying in Moldova, is built on the recommendations of the 2019 UNICEF’s Study “Bullying among adolescents from the Republic of Moldova” and the Roadmap to accelerate ending violence against children in the Republic of Moldova 2019-2025, and is coming forth to strengthen a broader programme implemented by Tdh in Moldova on preventing childhood violence.
The project will work to achieve its objectives through a combination of policy review, capacity building of professionals, empowerment of youth and awareness raising about bullying prevention and response. Professionals from schools, psychological services, including Psycho-Pedagogical Assistance Services, education departments, Youth Friendly Health Clinics, but also young people from the Tdh’s supported Youth Clubs “ALEG” (Adolescenti Lideri pentru Egalitate de Gen), including young people registered on U-report Moldova platform will be empowered and engaged into prevention, response and raising awareness initiatives about bullying. Combined, these efforts are expected to prevent childhood violence, improve social norms, and generate an evidence based and context specific model for primary prevention efforts in Moldova.
One of the project’s expected output is related to deliver a capacity building program for professionals involved in providing direct services to children and adolescents affected by bullying.
Scope of work
In this context, the Terre des hommes Moldova is searching for an Individual International Consultant (hereinafter Consultant), that will work remotely in a team with a National Consultant, to identify the training needs of the target groups and to design, based on this, a practical manual/guideline which will serve professionals in providing direct services to children and adolescents affected by bullying.
Target groups: specialists from Youth Friendly Health Centres; psychologists; specialists from Child helpline service, etc.
Tasks and estimated workload
In order to achieve the stated objective, the Consultant, together with National Consultant, shall perform the following tasks:
Task 1. Training Needs Assessment of the target group.
The consultant, together with the national consultant and Tdh’s team, shall assess the training needs of the target audience in order to understand the overall training framework needed, and the content for the practical training package to be used by professionals in providing direct services to children and adolescents affected by bullying.
Expected Deliverables for Task 1:
- Training needs analysis
Task 2. Design of capacity building package
Based on this analysis, the Consultant shall design one training package, that includes trainings curricula and materials focused on providing direct services to children and adolescents affected by bullying. Further, this will serve in provision of a series of training activities for target groups.
Expected Deliverables for Task 2:
- One training package for professionals in providing direct services to children and adolescents affected by bullying.
Task 3. Delivery training to target groups (specialists from Youth Friendly Health Centres; psychologists; specialists from Child helpline service) on providing direct services to children and adolescents affected by bullying.
Expected deliverables for Task 3:
- One training delivered for target groups (circa 80 persons), including training agenda, materials, support information, examples and case studies, handouts, evaluation forms and training assessment report.
The International Consultant will work under the supervision of the project manager of the Joint actions to end bullying in Moldova project. The work will be performed online, due to pandemic situation. The Consultant shall work together with a national expert. The Consultant shall also coordinate all activities with the Tdh project designated staff.
Disbursements shall be made only after the endorsements of the submitted deliverables to the project manager and Tdh programme manager.
Note: all logistical arrangements for all activities included in this ToR (training needs assessment) shall be ensured by the project.
Terre des hommes is part of the Keeping Children Safe coalition and will require all contracted personnel to abide by its Child Safeguarding Policy and live up to and sign its Code of Conduct.
Qualifications and Skills required
- Relevant academic education;
- Strong understanding of bullying and all its forms, cultural practices and attitudes and behaviours that relate to it.
Knowledge and Experience:
- At least 5 years of professional working experience in the field of providing direct counselling services to children and adolescents affected by bullying;
- Proven experience in developing training materials and delivering of trainings in the area of providing direct services to children and adolescents affected by bullying;
- Knowledge of Moldovan context in field of child protection.
- Demonstrated capacity of team-orientation work, excellent planning and organizational skills;
- Creative and innovative thinking;
- Strong writing skills;
- Ability to achieve results and deadlines in a timely manner, maintaining a high standard throughout;
- Knowledge of Romanian language.
Submission of proposals:
Interested candidates shall submit the following documents:
- Candidate’s CV;
- Technical proposal, with a short concept of the manual/guideline
- Financial offer, expressed as a fee/day;
- Documents/links confirming experience.
How to apply:
The applications will be submitted to: [email protected] in English language and no later than 18 January 2021. Please refer to the position you are applying to in the subject section of the application e-mail.
Please note that only the selected candidates will be contacted. Any application received after the deadline will not be considered.