National Preschool Education Consultant for supporting capacity development of early childhood education and care specialists (task leader)

Tbilisi

National Preschool Education Consultant for supporting capacity development of early childhood education and care specialists (task leader)

1. Background
Early childhood education and care (ECEC) in Georgia represents a decentralized system with municipalities in charge of provision of public ECEC services free of charge for children 2-6 years of age. In response to a number of system level challenges in ECEC, the Parliament of Georgia adopted the first ever Law on Early and Preschool Education and Care (EPEC) in June of 2016. The EPEC law was developed in 2014-2016 with UNICEF's technical support and active participation of multiple stakeholders: the Parliament of Georgia, line ministries - Ministry of Education and Science, Ministry of Labour, Health and Social Protection, Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development, Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Regional Development and Infrastructure; municipal kindergarten management agencies, NGOs and academia. The law includes major innovations targeted to improving quality, access and equity in ECEC throughout Georgia. The EPEC law introduces mandatory national standards and standard-based authorisation system of all public and private preschool institutions.

UNICEF is committed to support the Government of Georgia with the implementation of the EPEC law.  In 2016 UNICEF has provided technical assistance to the line ministries in development of following national standards and regulations in line with national requirements and evidence-based best international practices/standards:
(a) Early and Preschool Education National Standards;
(b) Professional standards for early and preschool caregiver-pedagogues;
(c) Early and Preschool Infrastructure and Physical Environment Standards;
(d) Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Technical Regulations;
(e) Nutrition Standards;
(f) Preschool authorization regulation;
(g) Public Preschool Control/monitoring standards;
(h) Preschool Data Registry and list of data and indicators.
According to the EPEC Law the above developed national standards and technical regulations will be adopted by April, 2017.

The law has introduced a 'caregiver-pedagogue' (formerly 'caregiver') as a main teaching personnel in preschools. According to the law, national professional standards and minimum salary for caregiver-pedagogues will be established by the Governmental decree by April, 2017. The law also envisions development of training modules for in-service training of caregiver-pedagogues by Ministry of Education and Science (MoES) and provision of in-service trainings by municipalities. In this regard, throughout 2017, UNICEF will provide technical assistance to the MoES and Teacher Professional Development Center (TPDC) in:
(a) developing training modules and necessary methodological resources;
(b) conducting in-depth training of trainers from academic institutions, qualified NGOs and professional organizations;
(c) providing guidance and supervision to trainers in the first stages of trainings of preschool personnel in Tbilisi and in regions.

In the efforts to provide the technical assistance to the MoES and TPDC, UNICEF is searching for a qualified national consultant for the service as below explained. 
2. Overall goal of consultancy

Overall goal of consultancy is to support MoES and TPDC in:
Development of educator training modules, necessary audio/video and supplementary methodological resources  to facilitate implementation of new preschool educational standards as set by the EPEC law;
Development of ToT modules (based on the above resources) and conducting in-depth training of master trainers (academic and other training institutions);
Development of Early childhood education (ECE) curriculum for children age 2 to 5 based on new national educational standards;
Development of monitoring tools based on the adopted national educational standards and preschool educator's professional standards;
Supporting information exchange and coordination between trained master trainers, TPDC, academic institutions and local governments;
Support pilot municipalities in introducing in-service training system for preschool personnel and provide assistance and guidance to the conduction of trainings/supervision by the master trainers.

The national consultant will act as a task leader for the above tasks. Task leader will work together with a team of national consultants to achieve the set goals and produce quality deliverables. The consultant will work closely with MoES, TPDC, state universities, professional organizations, municipalities and other stakeholders.

The consultant will be obliged to meet the set deadlines as a full-time consultant as described in the below Chapter 3 (Specific tasks, timeframe and deliverables) and produce deliverables in a high quality manner. UNICEF will measure consultant's performance and quality of deliverables in accordance with UNICEF's regulations.

3. Specific tasks, timeframe and deliverables

Activity/Task 1. Develop training modules for caregiver-pedagogues based on: (1) national Preschool Education Standards; (2) Professional Standards of Preschool Caregiver-Pedagogues; (3) relevant international best-practices; and (4) current context in Georgia.
 Timeframe: Month one
 Deliverable: Comprehensive set of training modules developed responding to all competence areas defined by Professional Standards of Preschool Caregiver-Pedagogues (including: specific goals, content areas, minimum training hours, recommended training methodology, practice component (if any), and assessment method/s) 
Activity/Task 2. Develop a brief concept note and plan for developing monitoring tools based on the adopted National Preschool Education Standards and Professional Standards of Preschool Caregiver-Pedagogues.
 Timeframe: Month one
 Deliverable: Concept note and plan (including plan for piloting and validation) for developing monitoring tools for national standards.
Activity/ Task 3. Develop draft monitoring tools for National Preschool Education Standards and Professional Standards of Preschool Caregiver-Pedagogues.
 Timeframe: Month one and two
 Deliverable: Draft monitoring tools for national standards.
Activity/Task 4. Develop concept note and scenarios for audio/video resources for training modules; develop concept note for user-friendly design and layout of National Preschool Education Standards and Professional Standards of Preschool Caregiver-Pedagogues (including supplementary resources, such as posters or any other visual aids).
 Timeframe: Month two
 Deliverable: Concept note and scenarios for audio/video resources for training modules; concept note for user-friendly design and layout of National Preschool Education Standards and Professional Standards of Preschool Caregiver-Pedagogues (including supplementary resources, such as posters or any other visual aids).
Activity/Task 5. Facilitate the process of developing audio and video resources with selected recording company/team; coordinate the work of a designer (illustrator and photographer- as necessary) in the process of developing user-friendly design and lay-out of National Preschool Education Standards and Professional Standards of Preschool Caregiver-Pedagogues (including supplementary resources, such as posters or any other visual aids). 
 Timeframe: Month two and three
 Deliverable: Audio/video resources for training modules; User friendly design and layout of national standards and supplementary materials available and ready for printing. 
Activity/Task 6. In close collaboration with the team of national consultants develop a draft concept paper and outline of curriculum for children ages 2 to 5 based on new national educational standards (ensuring consistency with the school readiness curriculum); conduct a focus group with stakeholders to receive feedback.
 Timeframe: Month three
 Deliverable: Draft concept paper and outline of curriculum for ages 2 to 5; at least two focus groups conducted with stakeholders.
Activity/Task 7. Coordinate piloting and validation of draft monitoring tools for National Preschool Education Standards and Professional Standards of Preschool Caregiver-Pedagogues; provide guidance and oversight of the fieldwork; finalize monitoring tools.
 Timeframe: Month three and four
 Deliverable: Report on piloting and validation; finalized monitoring tools.
Activity/Task 8. In consultation with the MoES, TPDC, universities, local NGOs and other professional organizations identify and interview individuals/organizations with training capacity and professional interest in ECE (particular focus to be placed on the regions of Georgia)
 Timeframe: Month three and four
 Deliverable: Interviews conducted with suggested individuals/organizations; finalized list of individuals/organizations with training capacity in ECE (up to 30 master trainers).
Activity/Task 9. Provide guidance and feedback to the team of national consultants in developing first draft of the curriculum (ages 2 to 5).
 Timeframe: Months four, five and six.
 Deliverable: First full draft of the curriculum.
Activity/Task 10. Provide guidance and feedback to national consultants in developing draft guidebooks on: (a) Inclusive early childhood education (including topics: identity and belonging in early years, diversity and equality, principles of inclusive education and universal design, various dimensions of 'diversities' – gender, culture, ethnicity, language, disability, socio-economic diversity, etc. and their relevance to ECE; inclusive education practice); (b) Creating violence-free child-friendly preschool environments (including topics: key principles, understanding child rights in the context of ECE, relevant legislation and procedures for preventing and responding to VAC, forms of violence and their impact on child development; principles, strategies and practical examples for creating child-friendly preschool environments).
 Timeframe: Months four, five and six.
 Deliverable: Draft guide books are developed and submitted for feedback to working group (MoES, TPDC, academic and other professional organization representatives, preschools)
Activity/Task 11. Develop a comprehensive programme for training of trainers integrating issues related to new standards and their implementation in practice and principles of developing pre and in-service training programmes matching individual needs of various preschool personnel.
 Timeframe: Month five
 Deliverable: A comprehensive ToT programme integrating MoES and TPDC feedback.
Activity/Task 12. Conduct training of selected master trainers (see activity/task 8) based on developed comprehensive ToT programme.
 Timeframe: Month six and seven
 Deliverable: Selected master trainers (up to 30) trained
Activity/Task 13. Support information exchange and coordination between trained master trainers, TPDC, academic institutions and municipal governments.
 Timeframe: Month seven
 Deliverable: Information letter sent to all municipalities regarding the 'pool' of trained trainers and contact details.
Activity/Task 14. Provide guidance and feedback to the team of national consultants in finalizing the draft curriculum (ages 2 to 5); coordinate finalization of the curriculum with MoES.
 Timeframe: Month seven and eight.
 Deliverable: Finalized curriculum (ages 2 to 5) in line with MoES feedback.
Activity/Task 15. Provide guidance and feedback to national consultants in finalizing draft guidebooks based on received feedback: (a) Inclusive early childhood education (including topics: identity and belonging in early years, diversity and equality, principles of inclusive education and universal design, various dimensions of 'diversities' – gender, culture, ethnicity, language, disability, socio-economic diversity, etc. and their relevance to ECE; inclusive education practice); (b) Creating violence-free child-friendly preschool environments (including topics: key principles, understanding child rights in the context of ECE, relevant legislation and procedures for preventing and responding to VAC, forms of violence and their impact on child development; principles, strategies and practical examples for creating child-friendly preschool environments).
 Timeframe: Month seven and eight.
 Deliverable: Finalized guidebooks.
Activity/ Task 16. Support two pilot municipalities in introducing in-service training system for preschool personnel and provide assistance and guidance in the first stage of the conduction of trainings/practice supervision by the master trainers.
 Timeframe: Month eight and nine.
 Deliverable: In-service training system for preschool personnel adopted in two pilot municipalities; First stage of trainings by master trainers conducted under the supervision and guidance in pilot municipalities. 
Activity/Task 17. Coordinate and ensure quality work of team of ECE national consultants, develop and make presentations of ongoing work as necessary.
 Timeframe: Throughout consultancy
 Deliverable: PPT presentations and monthly reports.

4. Duration and mode of consultancy. The consultancy service is required for the duration of nine (9) months starting as of April, 2017.

5. Supervision
The consultant will work under the overall supervision of the UNICEF Deputy Representative. Day-to-day supervision and guidance will be provided by UNICEF's Education Officer.

6. Required qualification
Advanced degree in Psychology, Education or Education Administration. 
Good knowledge of existing laws, regulations and standards in the field of preschool education in Georgia.
At least three years of professional work experience in the field of early childhood/preschool education.
Successfully proven experience of training preschool personnel.
Successfully proven experience in developing training modules and supplementary training resources (such as visual aids, audio/video resources, etc.).
Excellent and proven presentation, negotiation and advocacy skills
Demonstrated ability to manage complex relationships with a wide range of partners
Demonstrated ability to review relevant international literature in English and/or other languages
Fluency in written and spoken Georgian

o Competencies for the post:
Working with People; Communication; Analysing, Writing and Reporting and Drive for Results.

7. Payment terms and rates
Consultancy fees will be disbursed to the national consultant on a monthly basis upon delivery of respective deliverables as specified in Chapter 3 above (Subject to agreement with consultant in accordance to UNICEF rules and regulations)
NOTE: Applicant should include the requested monthly fee (Gross including 20% of income tax) in Georgian Lari in his/her application letter to UNICEF.

8. Contract arrangement and duration:
This is a full-time consultancy service for the duration of nine months.

Leave
- The consultant has no entitlement for annual leave, sick leave, maternity, adoption or paternity leave or any other kinds of special leave.
- Health Insurance: UNICEF does not provide or arrange health insurance coverage for consultants. Health Statement forms must be submitted to UNICEF prior to signing the contract.

9. Termination of the Contract
The contract may be terminated by either party before its expiry date by giving a 14 days' notice in writing to the other party.  However, in the event of termination on the ground of misconduct, UNICEF will be entitled to terminate the contract without notice. In such case, the Contractor will be compensated on a pro-rata basis for no more than the actual amount of work completed to the satisfaction of UNICEF.

 

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: Tbilisi
  • Grade: International Consultant - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Education, Learning and Training
    • Education, Learning and Training
  • Closing Date: 2017-03-31

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