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On 6th February 2023, a 7.7 magnitude earthquake on Richter Scale occurred in Pazarcik District of Kahramanmaras Province (south-eastern Turkiye affecting 10 provinces (Kahramanmaraş, Hatay, Gaziantep, Kilis, Osmaniye, Malatya, Adıyaman, Diyarbakır, Şanlıurfa, Adana). Approximately 15.2 million people suffered (13.5 million Turkish citizens, 1.7 million registered refugees), including 4.6 million children, of whom 811,000 are refugees. An eleventh province, Elazığ, has also been affected. This is Turkiye's most powerful earthquake recorded since 1939.
Around 2.4 million people live in formal sites and informal settlements in earthquake affected provinces (1.6 million people in informal settlements and nearly 800,000 in formal sites including around 218,000 people in container cities). There are also nearly 118,000 people living in public facilities in other provinces. The key needs in informal sites continue to be access to adequate water and sanitation, information on available services and social protection schemes. The earthquake has drastically affected the availability of essential services. Number of health and education facilities, including facilities for special education were destroyed.
Within earthquake response UNICEF has cumulatively reached 267,688 children and caregivers with mental health and psycho-social support (MHPSS) and over 2.7 million women, boys and girls through social media with GBV related messaging & awareness raising as part of GBV risk mitigation efforts. Cumulatively, 985,833 earthquake affected children have access to immunization services through UNICEF’s provision of vaccines to the Ministry of Health (MoH).
To date through UNICEF support, 304,906 people have access to safe water (through water trucking, provision of chlorine/chemicals, water storage, water quality testing and repair of water supply system); and 5,175 people have access to improved sanitation facilities and services (provision of toilets, showers and solid waste management). Cumulatively, 332,587 children are accessing formal or non-formal education, including early learning, through UNICEF-supported system- strengthening and programmes; and over 1 million children have been provided learning materials. No data is available on support services available for children with developmental delays and/or disabilities.
As per Inter-Agency Disability Inclusion Task Team there is a lack of the access to information related to services provided to persons with disabilities. There is lack of data on persons with disabilities affected by the earthquake and lack of concrete evidence on the needs of persons with disabilities affected by the earthquake.
Support services for persons with disabilities by public health centers are limited due to focus on emergency healthcare.
How can you make a difference?
UNICEF Turkiye Office has initiated its support to the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Family and Social Services in re-establishment of the system of monitoring of young child development, identification of children with delays or disabilities and referral mechanism to services, that would support a child with delay/disability and his/her family.
To enable this support it is crucial to identify services remain active in the affected area and possibilities for effective referrals
Provision of the technical support in mapping of support services that remain active in the EQ area in health, social and education sector. Analysis of the role and mapping of services provided by NGOs to children with delays and/or disabilities to be also conducted.
The consultancy requires strong technical expertise and an understanding of ECD and EI in emergencies. In cooperation with the national Working Group the consultant will work to conduct:
List contains: service names, service details, services provided by governmental agencies, and services provided by NGOs. Services are determined as, health, breastfeeding counselling, referral for psycho-social risks, referral for social services, referral for immigration Department, Developmental follow-up (for example- Children with Down syndrome) and if available referral for child friendly areas.
Phase 1: Overview of Supportive Regulatory Base
Tasks 1: Conduct consultations with UNICEF, government counterparts, NGOs to identify relevant regulatory documents enabling support services for children with delays/disabilities.
Task 2: Conduct desk review and prepare overview report to reflect mechanism supporting and impeding the access and availability of support- services for young children with delays and disabilities (Optimized PDF)
Phase 2: Conduct Mapping of Available Services to Support Children with Delays/Disabilities in EW Affected Areas
Task 3: Hold online and face-to-face consultations with national and provincial health and social services departments, provincial municipalities, NGOs and private health, and education facilities.
Task 4: Prepare a final report with overview of services available in each EQ affected province.
|1||Conduct consultations with UNICEF, government counterparts, NGOs to identify relevant regulatory documents enabling support services for children with delays/disabilities.||4 days|
Conduct desk review and prepare overview report to reflect mechanism supporting and impeding the access and availability of support- services for young children with delays and disabilities.
|Desk Review Report||8 days|
|Mapping of available services to support children with delays/disabilities in EQ affected areas|
|3||Hold online and face-to-face consultations with national and provincial health and social services departments, provincial municipalities, NGOs and private health, and education facilities.||16 days|
|4||Prepare a final report with overview of services available in each EQ affected province||3 days|
|Final report with mapping results and recommendations.||19 days|
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
The local individual institutional consultancy shall work under the guidance of the UNICEF ECD Manager.
The assignment will be home-based, with meetings in Ankara and travels to the earthquake affected areas as necessary. The consultant will work in close coordination with the UNICEF ECD Team and other programme teams, as required.
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