Community based social service delivery

The Community-Based Social Service Delivery Project
(Odesa and Ternopil regions)
 

The Japan Social Development Fund (JSDF) through the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development awarded a grant to the Government of Ukraine under Grant Agreement No. TF0A8367 of September 27, 2018 for the implementation of the Community-Based Social Service Delivery Project. According to the Grant Agreement, the Ukrainian Social Investment Fund is responsible for implementation of the project on behalf of the Government of Ukraine.

Grant amount: USD 2850.0 thousand

Project implementation period: December 2018 – October 2022

Objective of the project is to provide support to the territorial communities of Odesa and Ternopil Regions to enhance their ability to provide residents with high quality social services, increased access to social and communal infrastructure of the community, improve service coverage of vulnerable groups of population (elderly, people with disabilities, families in difficult life circumstances, etc.).

The project will foster implementation of pilot models of social service provision in the communities through the development in 28 territorial communities (TC) of the poorest districts of Odesa and Ternopil Regions. In the course of implementation of this Project, 10 microprojects will be funded on community level to improve social services’ provision to vulnerable groups of population.

The Project should contribute to successful implementation of the reform of social protection of the population and decentralization process, aimed to bring provision of services closer to the place of residence of people and to expand a range of social services in territorial communities to meet all needs of the population in these services.

During 2019, with technical support of the international and national experts:
  • the detailed needs assessment for social services and evaluation of communities institutional capacities to organize and provide social services were conducted;
  • support in elaboration of microproject proposals in order to participate in the competition on acquiring of grant funds was provided;
  • three-year plans for TC social services development were compiled;
  • ten training events on matters of development and effective management of social services systems in communities on the basis of successful experience and practice of social services provision in other European countries were organized and held;
  • computer and office equipment was procured from the grant funds and supplied to communities social protection units.

On March 20, 2020, a competition to select microprojects, aimed at provision of improved social services in 10 communities was announced. 22 communities of Odesa and Ternopil regions, identified as the project participants under the Grant Agreement, submitted their microproject proposals to participate in that two-stage competition.

In the result of a competition, in accordance with the decision of 07.07.2020 of the Committee for selection of microproject proposals under the Ministry of Social Policy 10 highest rated microproject proposals were approved for implementation (corresponding microprojects will be financed from the grant funds in the amount of up to 140 thousand US dollars each). Those microproject proposals were developed and submitted by the following TCs:
  1. Baltska town community of Odesa region   
  2. Bilyayivska town community of Odesa region   
  3. Borshchivska town community of Ternopil region
  4. Vylkivska town community of Odesa region   
  5. Vyshnivetska village community of Ternopil region
  6. Zborivska town community of Ternopil region
  7. Konoplianska village community of Odesa region   
  8. Pochayivska town community of Ternopil region
  9. Skala – Podilska village community of Ternopil region
  10. Yaskivska village community of Odesa region.

In the period from 15.04 to 15.05.2020, ‘BDO’ LLC auditing company conducted an audit of USIF financial activities under the Project in the period from 01.12.2018 to 31.12.2019. The report submitted in the result conducted audit confirmed, that USIF financial statements had been made in compliance with the requirements of generally accepted accounting practice and objectively reflected the financial state of the Project implementation as of 31.12.2019. The report also stated that no significant weaknesses in USIF internal financial control had been identified by the auditors. The full text of the report is available here.

USIF Supervisory Board at its meeting held on September 22, 2020 approved the list of microprojects for implementation under the Community-Based Social Service Delivery Project in the following territorial communities: Baltska, Bilyayivska, Vylkivska, Konoplianska, Yaskivska TCs of Odesa region and in Borshchivska, Vyshnivetska, Zborivska, Pochayivska, Skala-Podilska TCs of Ternopil region. Hence, USIF is launching implementation of micro-projects aimed at development of the system of social service provision to vulnerable groups of people. For the time being, competitive selection of service providers for design and estimate documentation development and implementation of the author's supervision over construction works at the objects in Ternopil and Odesa regions has been made.

The Grievance Redress Mechanism (GRM) was developed to ensure active and efficient interaction of USIF with communities participating in the Project and in order to identify problems during the implementation of the Project and immediately solve them.

The GRM provides for joint efforts with an ultimate goal to reach a solution and take concrete actions that will satisfy all parties of a potential conflict. It is an effective tool for early detection, evaluation and reaction to project-related complaints. The text of the Grievance Redress Mechanism can be found here.

Also, in order to inform the public about all available channels for submitting appeals/complaints, an information brochure on the Grievance Redress Mechanism was developed, which can be found here.
In order to submit a complaint/appeal regarding the implementation of the Community-Based Social Services Delivery Project, it is necessary to fill in the form and send it to the e-mail or postal address indicated in the brochure.

On 3.06.2021, ‘BDO’ LLC auditing company provided a report for the conducted audit of USIF financial activities under the Project in the period from 01.01.2020 to 31.12.2020. The report submitted in the result conducted audit confirmed, that USIF financial statements had been made in compliance with the requirements of generally accepted accounting practice and with the World Bank’s policies objectively reflected the financial state of the Project implementation as of 31.12.2020. The full text of the report is available here.

Within the framework of the Project, a number of training events were held, namely:

  • eight one- and two-day trainings to provide community professionals engaged in social services provision with necessary knowledge and tools for needs assessment; prepare plans for social services development in the communities; and prepare microproject proposals;
  • two three-day trainings to enhance professional competencies of territorial communities (TC) heads, TC deputy heads, social work professionals and other local government professionals in understanding tasks and functions of social protection and community service in decentralized settings; formulating the service development strategy based on the comprehensive assessment of community social needs; budgeting and community social services financing; community involvement in addressing social needs; learning about successful community service delivery practices, etc.
  • in interaction with Ukrainian Catholic University online training for 347 managers and specialists of social protection units in partner communities was organized and conducted. In total, 11 trainings of 2 hours were conducted, which allowed to make the educational process quite intensive and effective, without distracting specialists from daily work.

The total number of trainings participants is 695 persons.
Training materials can be found in Ukrainian version of the Project page.

In 2021, within the framework of the Project implementation, the following measures were implemented:

  • delivery in May-June 2021 of 272 bicycles in the amount of UAH 1,680,093.00 and 58 scooters for employees providing social services in the amount of UAH 1,496,400.00;
  • supply of equipment (office and computer equipment) and furniture for the Center for social services of Pochayivska TC of Ternopil region in the framework of a microproject in the amount of 524,66 thousand UAH;
  • supply of furniture, professional kitchen equipment, beds for the inpatient department of the Center for Social Services of Zborivska TC (Ternopil region) in the amount of 424,93 thousand UAH;
  • purchase of furniture for structural subdivisions of social protection of the population of pilot territorial communities of Odesa and Ternopil regions on the basis of the submitted need in the amount of UAH 1,859,050.00.

As of September 2021, the development of design and estimate documentation (DED) for repair work on 9 micro-project objects (except for the Skala-Podilska territorial community) has been completed. Contracts were concluded for repair and construction works on the objects in Borshchivska, Zborivska territorial communities of Ternopil region, Baltska, Bilyayivska, Konoplyanska, and Yaskivska communities of Odesa region. Based on the results of the tender procedures, work is underway to sign such agreements for micro-projects of the Pochayivska and Vyshnivetska TCs of the Ternopil region, as well as the Vylkivska community of the Odesa region. In Skala-Podilska TC of Ternopil region, works on repair of the premises where the СASD (Center for administrative services delivery) and the Center for social services delivery will be located at the expense of the local community are being completed.

Currently, the USIF is implementing the following measures within the framework of the Project implementation:

  • Completion of tender procedures for the purchase of construction works and services for the implementation of technical supervision of construction works at 3 micro-project objects;
  • Initiation of construction works on 9 objects of microprojects;
  • Adjustment of the microproject implementation plan of Skala-Podilska community of Ternopil region due to the change of the premises where the center for social services delivery will be located;
  • Providing pilot territorial communities of Odesa and Ternopil regions with furniture for structural subdivisions of social protection of the population;
  • Preparation of tender documentation for the purchase of training services for specialists of structural units of social protection and service providers of 28 territorial communities of Odesa and Ternopil regions in an online format;
  • Preparation of tender documentation for the purchase of equipment in the framework of micro-projects as the completion of repair work at the facilities.

Environmental and Social Management Framework (ESMF)

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