Gender Expert Consultant, Beirut, Lebanon (2.5 months)
UNICEF is seeking a consultant to support the Ministry of Education and Higher Education (MEHE) and the Center for Educational Research Development (CERD) to integrate gender and GBV risk mitigation into teacher training materials
Over the past year, UNICEF Lebanon has invested significant technical and financial resources in mainstreaming gender and gender-based violence (GBV) risk mitigation across all of its programmatic sectors including Education through the rollout of the IASC Guidelines on Integrating Gender-based Violence Interventions in Humanitarian Action. The deliverables under this consultancy are also a component of these broader efforts in pursuit of gender equality.
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UNICEF Lebanon, supporting the Ministry of Education and Higher Education (MEHE) and the Center for Educational Research Development (CERD), seeks to contract a consultant to support on strengthening the gender equality and gender-based violence risk mitigation elements of teacher training materials.
In particular, the consultant will:
Review the existing teacher training curriculum materials at CERD to identify entry points for strengthening gender equality and gender-based violence (GBV) risk mitigation;
Draft new material on gender and gender-based violence risk mitigation to integrate into existing teacher training modules;
Coordinate with the relevant MEHE colleagues, the UNICEF technical team working in Education and GBV, and other key stakeholders to solicit their feedback and build consensus on the proposed changes;
Provide recommendations for integrating gender equality and gender-based violence risk mitigation elements in the national curriculum;
Review existing texts, policies, and other materials at MEHE and DOPS related to gender and GBV.
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The consultant is expected to support UNICEF, MEHE and CERD with review and development of training materials for teachers, CERD trainers and DOPS counsellors, employing skills of adaptability and flexibility as needed to ensure consistency of approach with the process that is already underway.
The consultant is expected to work independently and also conduct consultations with relevant stakeholders (technical staff of the MEHE, CERD and UNICEF, etc.). He/she will also report on progress through in-person, phone and email briefings, as necessary.
The consultant will report to the UNICEF Chief of Education. The UNICEF Education Specialist will be responsible for daily supervision of the consultant.
The consultant will ensure the teacher training materials created are aligned with the globally-recognized standards for curriculum development as well as the Education Thematic Area Guide within the IASC Guidelines on Integrating Gender-based Violence Interventions in Humanitarian Action.
The consultant will prioritize integration of gender/GBV considerations into the teacher training materials that already exist at CERD. If, as a last resort, it is determined that new, separate modules are needed, they will be designed to be consistent with the Teacher Training Curriculum Model requirements adopted at CERD. The consultant will also propose training materials for DOPS counsellors to sensitize them on gender/GBV considerations.
In addition to the deliverables outlined in the table below, the consultant will submit a monthly report (in English) on: minutes of meetings highlighting progress made and key decisions taken and different stages of progress. All reports will be submitted electronically via email to the supervising Education Specialist within the time frame set out in the TOR.
Task 1: Review existing teacher training modules (provided by UNICEF) and identify entry points for strengthening gender equality and gender-based violence risk mitigation elements
Task 2: Presentation of recommendations to Ministry of Education, CERD, UNICEF and other relevant stakeholders.
Task 3: Review existing texts, policies, and other materials at MEHE and DOPS related to gender and GBV.
Task 4: Completion of updates to teacher training materials.
Task 5: Provide recommendations for integrating gender equality and gender-based violence risk mitigation elements in the national curriculum.
Task 6: Compilation of feedback from key stakeholders and finalization of materials
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UNICEF seeks to contract a consultant with a strong technical background in pedagogy for teacher training and familiarity with gender and GBV risk mitigation considerations in the Education sector at NOC/NOD level.
The consultant must have at least a master's degree or equivalent in education, international development, gender/women's studies, or related fields.
Knowledge of educational approaches appropriate for adult learners;
Strong understanding of gender equality and GBV issues in education;
Experience in/familiarity with the Lebanese education system
Work experience and related skills
At least 10 years of experience in the Lebanese education context;
Experience in designing capacity development materials for educators;
Experience in the provision of technical support in the areas of gender and GBV in the education sector;
Experience in facilitating stakeholder consultations;
Experience in working with a variety of development actors and stakeholders, in particular governmental institutions and ministries;
Personal skills and capacities:
Strong interpersonal skills, including demonstrated ability to interact effectively in cross-cultural environments and with representatives from different stakeholder groups including civil society, government, UN, and donor agencies;
Capacity to work a) independently and in collaboration with a variety of partners, and b) flexibly to adapt to a changing brief and/or context;
Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines and deliver quality outputs.
Strong written and oral communication in Arabic, English. Knowledge of French is an advantage.
UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.
UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.
Consultants are expected to submit a financial proposal line with the table in the Deliverables and Schedule, showing the professional fee (daily rate). International consultants are entitled to 3,500 USD living allowance and a economy class flight from their home base. Submissions without financial proposal, will not be considered.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.