International Consultant to develop an early literacy and numeracy strategy and programme for the National Institute of Education, Maldives

Male

UNICEF Maldives Country Office is seeking the technical expertise of an international consultant to support the National Institute of Education (NIE) and the Ministry of Education (MoE) to develop a five year literacy and numeracy strategy to guide NIE in supporting the implementation of the National Curriculum.

Terms of Reference for an international consultant to develop an early literacy and numeracy strategy and programme for the National Institute of Education, Maldives

TOR Reference Number: TOR/2017/04

 

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Programme Information

·  CPD Output 1.3: Enhanced Implementation and monitoring of inclusive, child and gender sensitive education including learning achievements.

·  Contributing 2 year UNDAF result: A system for monitoring quality of education established and functional by end of 2017.

·  2 year intervention: Support implementation and monitoring the National Curriculum

·  RWP 2017-2018 Activity:  Development of an early literacy, numeracy and reading program

1.  Purpose of assignment (attach background documents if any)

 

Background:

 

The education system of the Maldives is based on a bilingual model of education. Schools give a lot of emphasis on teaching Dhivehi (the local language) and English (which is the medium of instruction). In this regard, proportionally a large number of time from the school time table is being allocated to teach the two languages. However, there is evidence to prove that literacy, numeracy and reading skills of the students need to be addressed in a more systematic manner. For example, the Baseline Study conducted by the National Institute of Education in 2012, on the impact of the National Curriculum, revealed that the Maldivian students in Grade 9 performed lower than the international average of Grade 4 (PIRLS). The reading comprehension skills was noted as the weakest skill across all grade levels in the Maldives. Moreover, the students' performance in attending high order skills and conceptual questions in Mathematics and science were low (TIMSS). This shows that many students are not developing literacy and numeracy skills to the best of their abilities.

Literacy and numeracy must be at the heart of the drive to raise standards in schools. Thus, renewed efforts to promote, enhance, develop and strengthen good literacy learning and teaching practices are crucial for the development of the overall performance of the students in the schools of Maldives.  To implement actions to improve literacy and numeracy, it is crucial to have a well-structured literacy and numeracy strategy that guides systematic actions which must be implemented consistently across all schools.  Having a strategy also helps strengthening monitoring of the activities to improve literacy and numeracy.

It is to this effect that UNICEF Maldives Country Office is seeking the technical expertise of an international consultant to support the National Institute of Education (NIE) and the Ministry of Education (MoE) to develop a five year literacy and numeracy strategy to guide NIE in supporting the implementation of the National Curriculum.

2.  What are the objectives to which the consultancy is related?

The objectives of the intervention is:

1)  To improve the quality of literacy and numeracy learning in the schools in the country

2)  To create awareness in the school community about literacy learning and teaching.

The specific objectives are to:

1)  Build institutional capacity at NIE and MoE to guide the school to improve literacy and numeracy in the early grades and to strengthen support provided to schools by NIE to implement the national curriculum.

2)  Improve the monitoring of students' progress in developing literacy and numeracy skills.

3)  Promote transparency and accountability in terms of standards achieved by students.

3.  Duty station: 

Based at the National Institute of Education , Male', Maldives 

4.  Supervisor

Mazeena Jameel, UNICEF, Programme Specialist, Education and WASH

5.  Major tasks to be accomplished

Major activities

Details of the tasks

Dates ( working days excluding weekends)

Deliverables

1-  Conduct a review and analysis of existing practices and materials used by schools to develop children's literacy and numeracy skills.

·  Review existing studies and documents guiding early literacy, numeracy and reading in schools.

·  Conduct school visits to collect information from the schools on existing practices.

·  Produce a report on the strengths, weaknesses and gaps in the current practices and materials, including a set of recommendations for schools and the National Institute of Education.

12 days

Review report with recommendations

2-  Conduct a three day workshop for MoE and NIE staff involved in curriculum development and early childhood education on addressing literacy and numeracy through the curriculum.

·  Produce training materials (7 days).

·  Deliver the training (3 days).

 

10 days

3 day training workshop for NIE staff

3- Develop a National Literacy  and Numeracy strategy to improve literacy and numeracy among children and young people

·  Informed by the review and in consultation with NIE and MoE and relevant stakeholders, develop the strategy.

·  Validate and finalize strategy, with input from the NIE team.

7 days

Final draft of the National Literacy  and Numeracy strategy

 

4-  In consultation with NIE and relevant stakeholders from schools, develop National standards of expected literacy and numeracy skills.

·  Provide technical guidance to NIE and MOE and relevant stake holders to develop standards. (With the guidance from the consultant, the technical team will draft the standards).

·  Provide feedback to the draft standards.

·  Finalize the standards.

15 days

Final set of national standards of expected literacy and numeracy skills.

 

6.  Estimated duration of contract

It is estimated that the project will take approximately 44 days between May – September 2017.

7.  Official travel involved (itinerary and duration)

Local travels may need to be undertaken as necessary.

 

8.  Payment schedule (as stipulated above):

Deliverables

Percentage payment

·  Review report with recommendations

20%

·  A 3-day training workshop

20%

·  Final draft of the National Literacy  and Numeracy strategy

30%

·  Final set of national standards of expected literacy and numeracy skills.

30%

 

UNICEF will only make milestone payment based on achievement of specific deliverables as listed on the table above. Also note that UNICEF does not make advance payment and UNICEF is exempted from paying VAT and any other forms of taxes.

 

9.  Qualifications or specialized knowledge and/or experience required

 

·  Must have an advanced degree in early child hood education, or early child hood curriculum development.

·  Must have minimum of 6 years of experience in developing strategies and standards for early literacy and numeracy.

·  Must have excellent facilitation and communication skills (written and oral)

·  Excellent research skills and analytical writing skills.

·  Sensitivity to diverse opinions and difficulties arising from differing perceptions.

Interested international consultants should submit an Expression of Interest along with;

  • An updated CV,
  • A proposal on how she/will undertake this assignment with methodology for each major activity within the proposed time frame.
  • Samples as proof of similar work undertaken.
  • UNCEF P11 form
  • Proposed fees (in USD).

Application link:  https://goo.gl/xdfj7p

Deadline for applications: 21st March 2017

Only shortlisted Candidates will be contacted.

Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.
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  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Male
  • Grade: P-5, International Professional
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Development Cooperation
  • Closing Date: 2017-03-21

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