National Consultant on Gender and Curriculum
UN Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security;
The UN Women Jordan Country Office leads and coordinates United Nations system efforts to ensure that commitments on gender equality and gender mainstreaming translate into action. Mainstreaming gender in the education system is a growing area for UN Women’s work in Jordan. UN Women in Jordan provides strategic policy advice and technical assistance to national partners to ensure gender-responsive services, including a gender-responsive education system free from stereotypes and harmful norms. UN Women has been implementing comprehensive programming on second chance education in order to promote equal access to education and services to women and girls, especially those in vulnerable communities throughout Jordan;
Over the past year, UN Women has worked with the Ministry of Education (MoE) on gender mainstreaming of the Jordan education system. UN Women first provided technical support during consultations to draft the MoE’s Gender Action Plan as part of the Ministry’s Education Strategic Plan 2018-2022. The MoE called for partners to assist in implementing the Gender Action Plan, under which UN Women committed to providing support for ensuring that “learning materials are free from gender bias,” a key priority of the MoE. UN Women aims to provide the technical assistance and policy advice to the MoE and National Center for Curriculum Development (NCCD) in order to strengthen their institutional capacity on gender mainstreaming in the education system and more specifically to integrate gender issues into the curriculum frameworks and text books.
The Gender and Curriculum National Consultant will be responsible for supporting this work, through strengthening institutional capacity to enhance gender mainstreaming in the national curriculum at the MoE. This will include providing capacity building to the respective Directorates of the MoE and NCCD, as well as to assist the MoE and NCCD to develop tool(s) for a gender-sensitive curriculum, which will later be applied by curriculum developers. The role of the national consultant will be to provide technical support including: conducting an institutional assessment to identify the gaps and institutional training needs on gender mainstreaming in the curricula at both the MoE and NCCD; institutionalize the role of the task force for gender mainstreaming in curricula; provide institutional capacity building workshops and trainings; and conduct the review of the curriculum frameworks from a gender perspective;
The national consultant will provide technical assistance to the newly created Gender and Curriculum Task Force at the MoE, which will lead on developing the tool for gender mainstreaming to ensure minimum gender equality standards are met in all new curricula and textbooks. The Consultant will work closely with the Gender Division of the MoE, liaising closely among the MoE, UN Women and the National Center for Curriculum Development;
In this regard UN Women Jordan seeks to hire a national consultant to support gender mainstreaming efforts of the Jordanian national curriculum.
Duties and Responsibilities
Objectives of the assignment:
The main objectives of this assignment are to support strengthening institutional capacity to enhance gender mainstreaming in the national curriculum at the Ministry of Education. .
Scope of Work/Duties and Responsibilities
Under the supervision of the Programme Management Specialist, the Gender and Curriculum National Consultant is responsible for supporting strengthening institutional capacity to enhance gender mainstreaming in the national curriculum at the MoE, including:
Support the Gender Division of the MoE in activities related to gender mainstreaming of the national curriculum, including but not limited to:
- Asses the new curriculum framework drafted by the NCCD for gender equality components and gaps;
- Produce report on institutional gaps, as well as recommendations for incorporating gender equality in the new curriculum framework;
- Provide assistance to the MoE to institutionalize the Gender and Curriculum Task Force;
- Develop the gender mainstreaming tool(s) (matrix, guidelines) to ensure minimum gender equality standards are met in all new curricula and textbooks, and ensuring the tool is specific to the Jordan context and needs;
- Support advocacy efforts to have tool(s) institutionalised and sustained by relevant decision makers at the MoE;
- Support assessing the capacity of relevant MoE and NCCD staff in gender mainstreaming.
- Provide day to day technical support to the Gender Division, Curriculum and Research and Policy Directorates of the MoE and NCCD in conducting the gender analysis of existing or new policies, procedures and standards on curriculum, drafting the reports on identified gender gaps, developing the recommendations and supporting mainstreaming gender into key documents in relation to the national curriculum;
- Support in developing an institutional training needs assessment and training package for building capacity of MoE and NCCD staff on gender mainstreaming in the national curriculum;
- Provide capacity building workshops and trainings to the curriculum designers at MoE and NCCD to increase their skills and knowledge on gender-sensitive curriculum and gender mainstreaming;
- Provide required technical support and day-to-day coaching to the Gender Division to implement the Gender Action Plan of the MoE and work plan for gender mainstreaming into the curriculum in line with the Objective 8 of the Action Plan;
- Perform any other related tasks as requested.
- Support the Gender Division of the MoE to establish a coordination mechanism between the MoE and the NCCD to facilitate joint work on gender mainstreaming of the national curriculum through the Gender and Curriculum Task Force;
- Support the Gender and Curriculum Task Force with start-up activities under the Work Plan;
- Provide technical support to Gender and Curriculum Task Force to develop the tool(s) on gender mainstreaming for the curriculum and text books, draft minutes and advice on next steps;
- Provide inputs to UN Women on how to best support coordination, as well as highlighting any challenges or gaps;
- Any other activities as determined by the Programme Management Specialist.
- The consultant is expected to work with the deliver the following results:
- Monthly time-sheets and brief progress reports about implemented activities and achieved results with supporting documents (summary of strategic meetings, training reports, other materials) submitted (by the 5th of each month)- by March 2021.
- Final report about the progress and achievements, lessons learnt, and recommendations submitted (up to 5 working days)- by 25 February 2021.
All monthly reports and final report should be submitted in English. The Consultant is expected to work and be based at the MoE. The Consultant will be provided with UN Women’s relevant programme related materials and strategic guidance by UN Women during the implementation of the assignment.
Contractor’s performance will be evaluated based on: timeliness, responsibility, initiative, communication, accuracy, and quality of the products delivered.
- Respect for Diversity;
- Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues;
- Creative Problem Solving;
- Effective Communication;
- Inclusive Collaboration;
- Stakeholder Engagement;
- Leading by Example.
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Partnerships and Development and Implementation
- Ability to manage for results: translating strategy into achievable plans, with established priorities, monitor them, making periodic adjustments as required
- Outstanding networking, team-building, organizational and communication skills
- Capacity to work with diverse partners including governments, civil society, and women's groups
- Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities
- Ability to work under pressure and meet strict deadlines
- Good interpersonal and diplomacy skills
- Ability to use critical thinking, conceptualize ideas, and articulate relevant subject matter in a clear and concise way
- Excellent oral and written communication skills in English. Arabic is a strong asset
- Ability to communicate effectively with and relate to people of different cultures, demonstrating an ability to see issues from other perspectives
Required Skills and Experience
- Master’s degree or equivalent in Education, Social Sciences, Development, or any other related fields;
- A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
Experience and skills
- At least 5 years of experience in education systems and curriculum development is required;
- Experience in working in an area related to gender equality is required;
- Experience in capacity building, including training needs assessments, design and facilitation is required;
- Experience working on gender integration into the education system;
- Experience working with government stakeholders and international development organizations in Jordan, is an asset.
Language and other skills
- Good knowledge of English and Fluency in Arabic is required.
Applications will be evaluated based on the Cumulative analysis.
- Technical Qualification (100 points) weight; [70%]
- Financial Proposal (100 points) weight; [30%]
A two-stage procedure is utilised in evaluating the proposals, with evaluation of the technical proposal being completed prior to any price proposal being compared. Only the price proposal of the candidates who passed the minimum technical score of 70% of the obtainable score of 100 points in the technical qualification evaluation will be evaluated.
Technical qualification evaluation criteria:
The total number of points allocated for the technical qualification component is 100. The technical qualification of the individual is evaluated based on following technical qualification evaluation criteria:
Technical Evaluation Criteria
Experience and skills
Language and other skills
Total Obtainable Score
Only the candidates who have attained a minimum of 70% of total points will be considered as technically-qualified candidate.
Financial/Price Proposal evaluation:
- Only the financial proposal of candidates who have attained a minimum of 70% score in the technical evaluation will be considered and evaluated.
- The total number of points allocated for the price component is 100.
- The maximum number of points will be allotted to the lowest price proposal that is opened/ evaluated and compared among those technical qualified candidates who have attained a minimum of 70% score in the technical evaluation. All other price proposals will receive points in inverse proportion to the lowest price.
- All applications must include (as an attachment) the completed UN Women Personal History form (P-11) which can be downloaded from http://www.unwomen.org/about-us/employment.
- Kindly note that the system will only allow one attachment. Applications without the completed UN Women P-11 form will be treated as incomplete and will not be considered for further assessment. Make sure that you provide a valid email address for future communications.
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