Job Vacancies UN Children’s Fund
Position: International Consultancy Services
Location: United States of America ( The )
Closing Date: Monday, 16 April 2012
The international consultancy team will coordinate and manage the process of developing the Education Sector Plan, under the guidance of the Chief of Education, UNICEF. The consultancy will work with a Local Education Group appointed by the Government, which includes government partners and education representatives from multilateral and bilateral donors.
The government partners will include all of the departments of the Ministry of Public Education, the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Special Secondary Education, Educational Research Institutions, Teacher and Management Training Institutes, as well as other Government Ministries identified by the Local Education Group as necessary. Major steps along the process and tasks to be accomplished by the International Consultancy Team:
Provide technical assistance to the Local Education Group to conduct a situational analysis of the current education system.
The scope and focus of the analysis will include:
Extent to which the right to education is fulfilled in the country throughout the education-cycle.
Existing policies and implementation within the entire education system (Early Childhood Education, Primary and Secondary Education, Technical and Vocational Education and Training, Higher Education, Adult Education), including structure of the system, resources (human and financial), access, quality of teaching and learning, and outcomes.
Effectiveness and efficiency of the pre-school education system in guaranteeing early childhood education including cognitive, language, social and emotional development.
Effectiveness and efficiency of the basic education system in guaranteeing learning outcomes through quality primary and secondary education for all children including those most at risk of not succeeding at school.
Effectiveness and efficiency of the higher education system to provide both vocational training and academic education.
Effectiveness and efficiency of the adult/ life-long learning system to meet the needs of the population.
Relevance of the education system at all levels in meeting the needs of the population and the country’s labour market. The analysis will develop along the following stages:
Desk-review with compilation and analysis of key documents related to the education sector.
Inception phase, including: o Preliminary discussions with the commissioning team and other key informants previously identified, to facilitate an in-depth common understanding of the conceptual framework, identifying information gaps, refining research questions and adjusting methods, tools and sources. o Inception report, including a Research Design Matrix for each finally agreed research question (specifying data collection methods, tools, additional sources, etc.).
Technical assistance to local research institutions to supply additional quantitative and qualitative data collection required to complement desk-review findings as necessary based on information gaps.
Broad-based consultations with all stakeholders conducted with the support of local research and education institutions. Stakeholder groups will include technical and thematic working groups appointed by the Local Education Group, government officials at all levels, donor agencies, NGO’s, teachers and pedagogues, parents, students, and community members. Details on the consultations will be discussed between the consultants and the commissioning team during the inception phase, but may include working sessions, roundtables, and focus group discussions.
Draft report on the situation analysis. Findings will be discussed with the Local Education Group.
Final report based on feedback, including key recommendations to be used as input for the Education Sector Plan.
Prepare the written Education Sector Plan and Action Plan to meet the requirements of the Appraisal Guidelines and the recommendations highlighted in the Situation analysis. The Education Plan will be developed along the following stages:
Technical assistance to the Local Education Group to hold broad based consultations with stakeholder groups.
Technical assistance to the Technical and Thematic Working Groups appointed by the Local Education Group to contribute to the development of the Education Sector Plan.
Develop consensus within the technical and thematic working groups in identifying the strategic priorities to address the recommendations from the analysis, creating the 3 year action plan as well as indicators and the results framework.
Ensure the Education Sector Plan meets the guidelines set by the Global Partnership for Education, including compilation of documents, long-term strategic direction, 3 year action plan, and consultative process.
Prepare cost and finance simulation models to be included in the Action Plan. Throughout this process, the consultant will:
Provide technical and logistical support to the Local Education Group to develop the Education Sector Plan and a Three-year Action Plan.
Be primarily responsible for the deliverables (see Section 4) following the above described process and Guidelines.
Coordinate and facilitate technical and thematic working groups.
Coordinate and support work on additional analytical documents as required.
Coordinate and facilitate broad consultation and participation in the process, including government ministries, donor groups, non-governmental organizations, civil society representatives, parents and students.
Integrate feedback and revise the Education Sector Plan and Action Plan as requested by the supervisor.
The following deliverables and products are expected from the international consultancy team :
Library of relevant documents reviewed
Draft and final report of the Situation analysis of the education sector
Data sets produced during the situation analysis (recordings of focus group discussions, interviews, database, as relevant)
Analytic report of current education policy
List of key stakeholders consulted and reports from each consultation
Reports from technical and thematic working groups
Completed Education Sector Plan
Three year Action Plan for Education Sector Plan including Cost and Finance Simulation Models
How to apply:
Proposals in PDF format subject to the conditions as per annexure will be received at email address email@example.com until 18:00 hours on 16 April 2012
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