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Consultancy: Consultant, Tracking holistic skill development - Education Section, PD, NYHQ/Home based - Req # 539224

New York City (United States of America)

  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: New York City (United States of America)
  • Grade: Consultant - Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Education, Learning and Training
  • Closing Date: 2021-04-13

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As the leading organization on the promotion of learning outcome and skill development, UNICEF is about to explore harmonized or composite index(es) from existing assessments of various skills to facilitate evidence-based holistic skill development globally and in its programme countries.

UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

And we never give up.

For every child, education.

 

Consultancy Title: Tracking holistic skill development 

Section/Division/Duty Station:  Education/PD/NYHQ (remote) 

Duration: 8 April 2021 to 26 March 2022 (11.5 months) 

 

About UNICEF  

If you are a committed, creative professional and are passionate about making a lasting difference for children, the world's leading children's rights organization would like to hear from you. For 70 years, UNICEF has been working on the ground in 190 countries and territories to promote children's survival, protection and development. The world's largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments. UNICEF has over 12,000 staff in more than 145 countries. 

BACKGROUND 

The Sustainable Development Goals in Education (SDG4) has requested not only basic achievement in reading/math/science, but also an improvement in a wider set of skills that can prepare a child or young person to thrive.  

As the leading organization on the promotion of learning outcome and skill development, UNICEF is about to explore harmonized or composite index(es) from existing assessments of various skills (foundational, transferable, digital, occupational, entrepreneurial, etc.) to facilitate evidence-based holistic skill development globally and in its programme countries. 

Terms of Reference / Deliverables 

1. Work with UNICEF country offices in advocating measurement of and evidence-based programming for holistic skill development. 

2. Support global and regional activities in promoting holistic skill development, such as presentations, proposal writing, etc. 

3. Gather and maintain a global database of assessments on foundational skills, transferable skills, digital skills, job-specific, and entrepreneurial skills.  

4. Gather and maintain a database about the cost-effectiveness of interventions (including digital learning solutions) on promoting learning outcomes and skills. 

5. Report on holistic skill development with a deeper dive into cross-sectoral topics such as adolescent development and participation, digital learning, early childhood, gender, children on the move, and children with disabilities. 

6. Model the situation, progress and solution of holistic skill development based on the data and evidence collected. 

7. Other duties and regional/country support upon request of the supervisor and senior management. 

Qualifications 

(1) Education 

  • Master’s degree in Education, Sociology, Statistics and other social science disciplines  

(2) Work experience 

  • At least 5 years of work experience in monitoring, evaluation, research, and/or assessment of learning and skills and relevant areas. 

  • Familiarity with different types of skills and their measurement. 

(3) Competencies 

  • Proficiency in Excel. Knowledge of Excel macros an asset. 

  • Proficiency in at least one statistics software (e.g. R, STATA). 

  • Good English communication and writing skills. 

Requirements 

  • Completed profile in UNICEF's e-Recruitment system. Upload scans of your academic credentials (university diplomas and other certificates). 

  • Financial proposal in the form of a daily rate in US dollars. 

  • At the time the contract is awarded, the selected candidate must have in place current health insurance coverage. When calculating your rate, please take into consideration the fact that you will have to pay for your own medical coverage for the duration of the contract and factor that into your daily rate. 

  • In your cover letter, please also indicate your availability to work on this consultancy full-time for the period indicated. 

  • No travel will be conducted under this consultancy. The consultancy will be 100% remote, and no travel to New York will be required. Any emergent / unforeseen duty travel and related expenses will be covered by UNICEF. 

  • In your cover letter, please indicate your availability to work on this consultancy full-time for the period indicated. 

  • Payment of professional fees will be based on submission of agreed satisfactory deliverables. UNICEF reserves the right to withhold payment in case the deliverables submitted are not up to the required standard or in case of delays in submitting the deliverables on the part of the consultant 

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process. 

For every Child, you demonstrate… 

UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results. View our competency framework at: Here 

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, race, sexual orientation, nationality, culture, appearance, socio-economic status, ability, age, religious and ethnic backgrounds to apply to become a part of the organization.

UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles. 

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