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Yemen EMIS Policy Guidelines for Education in Emergencies

Beirut (Lebanon)

  • Organization: UNESCO - United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
  • Location: Beirut (Lebanon)
  • Grade: Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Education, Learning and Training
    • Emergency Aid and Response
    • Legal - Broad
    • Children's rights (health and protection)
  • Closing Date: 2021-05-09

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Parent Sector : Field Office

Duty Station: Beirut

Job Family: Education

Type of contract : Non Staff

Duration of contract : From 1 to 6 months

Recruitment open to : External candidates

Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 23-APR-2021


UNESCO Core Values: Commitment to the Organization, Integrity, Respect for Diversity, Professionalism



Yemen, a Global Partnership for Education (GPE) partner since 2003, has received over US$90 million from GPE to date for ensuring that every child has access to quality education. Since March 2014, Yemen is delivering an education programme funded by GPE’s Education Sector Programme Implementation Grant (ESPIG) in the amount of US$72.6million. As part of this grant, the Yemeni Ministry of Education (MOE) is committed in improving data management; i.e. data collection, analysis and evidence-based planning and implementation of interventions. In this respect, the MOE envisions in building its institutional capacity on Education Management and Information Systems (EMIS), both at the central and governorate levels.


To support this effort, UNESCO – the GPE Coordinating Agency in Yemen – along with WFP and UNICEF have agreed to join forces in providing the needed technical support for EMIS installation and the associated capacity building exercises. Accordingly, a joint UN agreement was established in October 2020. In order to ensure robust support to the Ministry of Education (MOE), UNESCO Beirut office therefore is seeking support from a highly qualified consultant to technically support UNESCO in setting the ground for programme implementation.

The consultant will be in charge of developing policy guidelines on EMIS in emergency situations, tailored to the Yemeni context. The document is aimed at setting the ground for policy- and technical-level discussions on EMIS development.


Based on the UNESCO upcoming publication Strengthening Education Management Information Systems (EMIS) and data for Increased resilience to crisis: a synthesis of case studies, and based on the specific Yemeni context, the contractor is expected to draft Yemen EMIS Policy Guidelines for Education in Emergencies.


This work will entail carrying out a desk review and working in close cooperation with the Yemen Development Partners Group (DPG) in order to identify the key areas that need to be covered by EMIS in the Yemeni context. The key considering includes contribution of EMIS to the resilience of education systems during crises and introduction of EMIS during crises.


In parallel, UNESCO will conduct a needs assessment of EMIS in Yemen. Both documents will inform the EMIS development process.


Under the guidance of, and in close coordination with, UNESCO and the contractor in charge of making a Needs Assessment for EMIS in Yemen, the contractor shall:

  1. Conduct a desk review on EMIS in emergency contexts, with particular attention to the Arab region and Yemen, especially under similar crisis situations;
  2. Consult the DPG on partners’ needs and priorities;
  3. Draft 15-page Yemen EMIS Policy Guidelines for Education in Emergencies;
  4. Draft a 1-page executive summary, a Power Point presentation and a web article.

Structure of the document Yemen EMIS Policy Guidelines for Education in Emergencies:


  1. Summary of the paper Strengthening Education Management Information Systems (EMIS) and data for Increased resilience to crisis: a synthesis of case studies, including an easy-to-read scheme or infographic;
  2. Presentation of the Yemeni context: (i) the status of education, based on the Transitional Education Plan; and (ii) the other areas that have a link with education and should be included in the EMIS.
  3. Operationalisation of the paper Strengthening Education Management Information Systems (EMIS) and data for Increased resilience to crisis: a synthesis of case studies, with concrete steps and recommendations for the Yemeni context.
  4. Detailed list of datasets that should be considered for inclusion in the EMIS, to be identified in collaboration with the DPG;
  5. Presentation of different EMIS that could fit the Yemeni context and infrastructures, with an explanation of the pros and cons.


The documents should be written in English. The style should be simple and accessible to non-native English speakers. UNESCO’s Style Manual should be applied.

  1. Desk review and DPG consultation;
  2. Submission of the draft 15-page document (14 May 2021);
  3. Integration of UNESCO’s feedback;
  4. Submission of the final document (28 May 2021);
  5. Submission of the draft executive summary, Power Point presentation and web article (28 May 2021);
  6. Integration of UNESCO’s feedback;
  7. Submission of the final executive summary, Power Point presentation and web article (2 June 2021).

The process may be amended by UNESCO based on implementation and constraints, following an agile methodology.



This consultancy is home based with possible travel to Yemen, Lebanon and/or other countries in the Arab region (depending on COVID-19-related travel restrictions).

It is planned to start as soon as possible.




COMPETENCIES (Core / Managerial) Accountability (C) Communication (C) Innovation (C) Knowledge sharing and continuous improvement (C) Planning and organizing (C) Results focus (C) Teamwork (C) - For detailed information, please consult the UNESCO Competency Framework. REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS
  • Advanced degree (Ph.D preferred) in social sciences, preferably education, information technology, statistics or engineering;
  • Professional experience of at least 8 years, relevant in the field of EMIS development and education in emergencies;
  • Professional knowledge about EMIS and education challenges and issues as relevant to education in Yemen and in the Arab region;
  • Rigorous research experience and technical writing experience in education;
  • High self-initiative and flexible in quickly adjusting to the changing workplan requirements;.
  • Familiarity of work with UNESCO and UN agencies in the Arab region is an asset;
  • Excellent writing and oral skills in English and Arabic.

Candidates are requested to attach, all in one file, with the Employment History Form:


  • CV;
  • Cover letter;
  • A technical proposal (no more than three pages, including a tentative schedule);
  • A financial proposal.



Please note that all candidates must complete an on-line application and provide complete and accurate information. To apply, please visit the UNESCO careers website. No modifications can be made to the application submitted.

The evaluation of candidates is based on the criteria in the vacancy notice, and may include tests and/or assessments, as well as a competency-based interview. 

UNESCO uses communication technologies such as video or teleconference, e-mail correspondence, etc. for the assessment and evaluation of candidates.

Please note that only selected candidates will be further contacted and candidates in the final selection step will be subject to reference checks based on the information provided.


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