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Individual International Consultants to conduct a Knowledge, Attitude and Practice (KAP) Study in Early Childhood Development


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UNICEF Zimbabwe is inviting applications from qualified individual international consultants to conduct a Knowledge, Attitude and Practice (KAP) Study in Early Childhood Development

Job Number: 525216 | Vacancy Link
Locations: Africa: Zimbabwe
Work Type : Consultancy

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.
Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.
And we never give up.

For every child, good education
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.
Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.
And we never give up.

For every child, education!
How will you make a difference

The consultancy objectives are as follows:
The objective of this consultancy is to design and implement a knowledge, attitudes and practices (KAP) survey on key parenting practices that promote and support young children's holistic development  including health, hygiene, nutrition, social and emotional, language and cognitive that would support children's holistic development in selected communities in a District in Zimbabwe (most likely a cyclone affected district). The study will guide development of key interventions for early childhood development support especially for parenting support.

Methodology and Expected Outputs
The study aims to assess the level of knowledge, attitude and practices regarding promotion of holistic development of young children among parents in the target communities prior to their exposure to the pilot activities such as the parenting support. The outcome of this study will further inform ways to increase parents' awareness and understanding to increase their engagement with their young children in order to better support their children's holistic development.  Additionally, the result of the study will support design of simple interventions that can support parents in promoting nurturing care that would support children  to develop and thrive at home.
The survey is to be conducted in selected communities in a selected District of Zimbabwe.  The KAP study will focus on families with children aged 0-5 and will be for 30 person days on site with 5 days from own base.
The consultant's assignments are as follows:
Desk review of secondary information sources (literature, studies and reports, policy documents in Zimbabwe describing current situation and to assess what can be adopted as tools).
Meetings with various stakeholders at the district level (government officials, traditional leaders, health and school facilities, etc.). 
Design the survey methodology. Sampling of households in selected communities will be done jointly with support from UNICEF M&E Specialist and the National Statistic Office in the country).
Develop comprehensive tools for collecting data on key parenting practices and other factors that influence children's development (such as health, nutrition, hygiene, protection) and present tools to country team before field data collection.
Set up quality control mechanisms.
Train data collectors for the KAP survey ensuring research ethics are in place.
Prepare the logistics of the survey (questionnaires, communication etc.) in liaison with UNICEF Zimbabwe country office.
Organize adequate supervision and coordination of the survey teams in the field.
Data entry, data analysis and compile a comprehensive KAP survey report.

 Major Task, Deliverables, Timeframes and Payment Schedule

Major Tasks



Payment Schedule

  1. An inception report including desk review of similar surveys and tools knowledge, attitudes, practices and barriers to supporting children's holistic development and outlining methodology, implementation of the study.  The report should include: Project plan (activities and schedule); Methodology (data collection tools, data sources,  indicators and analysis plan vis-a -vis the key research questions); Annotated outline of the main report.

Inception Report

8 working days


  1. Data collection completed. Draft reports, which  should incorporate specific realistic and achievable recommendations, that could inform  design of a communication strategy and key interventions . The report should  include the following:
  • Be well-structured, logical, clear and complete. This includes an executive summary; findings, conclusions and recommendations based on evidence derived from the analysis; and relevant annexes.
  • A rich selection of relevant tables, charts, maps and quotations ("voices" of beneficiaries and other stakeholders) to visualize and illustrate key data, indicators, trends and core messages of the report.

Draft Report with UNICEF input

22 working days


  1. Final baseline study report after program team inputs and comments have been incorporated by week 6

A stand-alone summary for non-technical audiences (maximum 10 pages) Presentations (PowerPoint) on key findings and recommendations to key decision-makers.

All raw data collected by the end of full consultancy.

Final KAP study Report with all stakeholders comments incorporated with summary and PPT

5 days




35 days


Consultancy Requirements

Advance degree in Social Sciences with minimum of 8 years of demonstrable experience in qualitative and quantitative research, data analysis and reporting with a focus on child development and education

Knowledge, Skills and Experience
Proven experience of having conducted similar studies;
Verifiable, extensive experience in survey design including sampling;
Extensive experience in data management and analysis;
Verifiable field experience;
Availability for field work during the evaluations timetable;
Knowledge of the field of early childhood development and/or parenting is essential;
Proficient in the application of software statistical packages such as: SPSS, STATA etc;
Proven training and facilitation skills;
Experience of coordinating diverse teams and communicating with individuals/groups at all levels;
Fluency in English.

 Personal Competencies
Excellent communication skills; ability to explain complex concepts in a simple manner;
Strong analytical, presentation and excellent report writing skills in English;
Able to work effectively in a multi-cultural environment and a high sense of integrity.

The consultant will work in close collaboration with Ministries of health, education, and social welfare, with overall supervision of the Chief of Education at UNICEF Zimbabwe and technical assistance from the Planning Monitoring & Evaluation Section UNICEF. 
Other Consultancy Costs and Payment Modalities
Competitive market rates will apply. The consultant should submit a technical and all-inclusive financial proposal  detailing professional fees including travel, per-diem, car rentals/taxis, internet cost , incidentals for delivering the consultancy assignment. The consultant is expected to travel to the targeted district with no additional per diem provided.

For every Child, you demonstrate…
UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.
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 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, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

Closing Date Mon Aug 12 2019 22:55:00 GMT+0100 (Afr. centrale Ouest) 


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