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Review of OCHA Learning and Training Programmes - Lead Consultant Job ID#102026

Geneva (Switzerland) | switzerland

Result of Service

Expected outcomes:
a) Existing gaps and new needs against organizational priorities are identified and course curriculums are updated and fully aligned (2018 -21 Strategic Plan, People Strategy, Creating a Better OCHA, among other key references);
b) Rationalized and strengthened integration of foundational and technical/thematic programmes and courses in the form of learning pathways, leading to increased coherence across curriculums with operational/administrative efficiencies including use of learning technology;
c) Sustainable high calibre capacity is in place to meet demands for high quality learning and training programmes in line with minimum standards and more systematic approaches; and
d) Strengthened learning analytics and evaluation practices to ensure sound return on investments.

Work Location

Geneva

Expected duration

3 months

Duties and Responsibilities

Background

OCHA has a strong tradition of providing high quality learning and training programmes pitched at OCHA staff and its partners for generic, foundational-level and humanitarian coordination training as well technically/thematically-focused courses. These include a range of topics covering civil-military engagement, communications, environmental emergencies, humanitarian financing, humanitarian programme cycle, information management, among other.

The overall goal of OCHA learning and training programmes aims to ensure high caliber capacity of OCHA staff and partners to effectively respond to humanitarian crisis
The 2018-2021 Strategic Plan, People Strategy and New Operating Model present as overarching frameworks for all OCHA learning and training, leading to organizational effectiveness. While the value of OCHA training is evidenced, there is a recognized need to further align the programmes and courses with organizational priorities and to optimize the overall level of coordination, coherence and efficiencies.

Central to this effort is the wider strategic aim to ensure that OCHA investments in learning and training are well rationalized with minimum standards and lead to tangible results for effective humanitarian coordination. In support of these aims, the PS&MC has requested LDU to lead a corporate review exercise on select OCHA learning and training programmes. The main output is a report on findings with workable recommendations and a proposed plan of action to address gaps and meet new demands for strengthening organizational effectiveness.

Over the past number of years, efforts have been ongoing to strengthen learning and training with particular emphasis on coordination of courses and programmes being implemented across OCHA Branches/Sections.

These efforts serve to address a situation where learning and training products have developed over time by a number of Branches/Sections in response to specific demands and the evolving characteristics of the humanitarian landscape. As such, some courses have similar objectives and content, which may serve to compliment or reinforce other trainings, but in some cases may be duplicative.

Planning and delivery of OCHA learning and training programmes is another area where efforts have been made for strengthened approaches including the adoption of the OCHA Guidelines on Training, common calendaring and cross branch collaboration in design and roll out of programmes. The concept of the learning pathway is becoming instituted in OCHA with more work needed to fully integrate programmes from being stand-alone activities.

It is also noted that OCHA is moving into more blended approaches and use of learning technology with scope to further optimize and strengthen efficiencies. Learning analytics and evaluation is another area for more work with reference to the full implementation of the existing common monitoring and evaluation framework for learning and training.

More recently, a cross-branch Strategic Mapping Exercise was carried out on required skills and knowledge drawn from the 2018-2021 Strategic Plan and mapped against OCHA’s current offerings. This exercise resulted in a number of findings with related recommendations including existing gaps against the 2018-2021 Strategic Plan, the need to rationalize the range of training programmes, particularly in the foundational domain, and integration into a learning pathway; the need for greater coherence across curriculums that address common learning objectives, among other.

Overall Aim:

An in-depth review of OCHA learning and training programmes to identify areas for strengthening and solutions for a more optimized and rationalized approach to learning and training with minimum standards, leading to greater overall impact in support of organizational priorities. The review will focus on a select number of corporate learning and training programmes including in the foundational and technical/thematic domains – see Annex 1.

The Consultant will work under the supervision of LDU, which will facilitate interaction with the Reference Group on Learning and Training, managers and other stakeholders across Geneva and NY. LDU will provide all relevant background information as well as scheduling of meetings and other logistics.

The consultancy will be in the form of a two-person team with a defined set of responsibilities over a period of two and a half months.

Lead Consultant

The Lead Consultant has overall responsibility for the programme design and preparation of reports including the following:

• Review framework and implementation plan
• Design and lead the consultation process with Reference Group and other stakeholders
• Lead the preparation of data collection instruments and implementation
• Detailed report on findings and recommendations with executive summary

Qualifications/special skills

A Master's degree with a minimum of 9 years related experience is required

Additional Information

Annex 1 – Learning and training programmes
The following programmes and courses are included in the review exercise,
Foundational:
• Preparedness and Response Effectiveness Programme (PREP);
• Field Response Surge Training (FIRST);
• United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination Induction (UNDAC);
• Stand-By Partner Humanitarian Affairs Officer (SBP HAO) Training;
• Humanitarian Coordination Foundation Programme (HCFP); and
• OCHA Induction Package, Foundational e-Modules
Technical/thematic:
• Humanitarian Programme Cycle
• Coordinated Assessment and Information Management (CAIM)
• Information Management (IMPACT)
• Humanitarian financing: CERF and CBPF training

No Fee

THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS’ BANK ACCOUNTS.

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  • Organization: OCHA
  • Location: Geneva (Switzerland) | switzerland
  • Grade: International Consultant - Internationally recruited Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Monitoring and Evaluation
    • Education, Learning and Training
    • Humanitarian Aid and Coordination
    • Managerial positions
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date: 2018-08-30

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