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National Education Technology Consultant to support iResource platform Solomon Islands

Honiara

  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Honiara
  • Grade: Consultant - Contractors Agreement
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Communication and Public Information
    • Education, Learning and Training
    • Information Technology and Computer Science
  • Closing Date: 2022-10-10

UNICEF Solomon Islands Field Office is seeking an individual Education Technology Consultant based in the Solomon Islands. The purpose of this consultancy is to support implementation of the iResource platform of Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development (MEHRD). As part of the education response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and learning continuity for the Solomon Islands, MEHRD has compiled a range of curriculum aligned resources which include remote learning packages for early childhood education (ECE), Primary-preparatory year (PPY), primary and secondary levels which have been uploaded on an online platform called iResources led by MEHRD.

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For every child, a hero

UNICEF Solomon Islands Field Office is seeking an individual Education Technology Consultant based in Solomon Islands. The purpose of this consultancy is to support implementation of the iResource platform of Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development (MEHRD). As part of the education response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and learning continuity for the Solomon Islands, MEHRD has compiled a range of curriculum aligned resources which include remote learning packages for early childhood education (ECE), Primary-preparatory year (PPY), primary and secondary levels which have been uploaded on an online platform called iResources led by MEHRD.
 
The overarching goal of the online platform (iResource) is to increase equitable access to quality education. It was developed to ensure continuity of learning amid the closure of schools due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but is also expected to will be used beyond COVID-19 as an online learning repository site for supplementary materials and to support blended/hybrid learning.
 
The iResource platform (web-based) has been developed to be used as repository as well as interactive learning including supporting remote learning during emergencies like COVID-19, in Solomon Islands. The iResource platform holds curriculum-aligned and locally produced resources and enables students, teachers and families to download resources for each grade under specific areas. Broadly, the category of resources available in the platform for each grade includes:
• Curriculum and Syllabus
• Theme/Subject wise learning materials
• Podcast Audio Files which have episodes on learning continuity aired on radio
• Stories for children
• Teacher guides
• Additional COVID-19 focused resources (COVID-19 information and guidance for schools, cyber security guidance, COVID-19 prevention information, guidance for parents to support learning)
 
The iResource platform is under development and requires substantial work including feature enhancement such as user tracking, assessment learning and feedback loop to make the platform ease-to-use to both learners and students to access learning materials during both school opening and closure. This consultant will support MHERD to implement the proposed revisions and recommendations from the inception report to make the platform open source and easily accessible for supplementary materials. The consultant will also train the core MEHRD staff to be able to use, maintain and sustain it for future use. The main purpose of iResources is to serve as a platform for repository of learning resources as well as for interactive learning and teaching, during both school closures as well as for classroom-based use.

How can you make a difference? 

In collaboration and guidance with the Teaching and Learning Division and ICT units of MEHRD, and UNICEF Education Specialist and Officer based in Honiara, the consultant is expected to undertake the following tasks:

1. Support revision and implementation of iResource platform
• Develop and oversee a detailed iResource implementation plan for deployment, guidance and training required to roll-out iResource. This is expected to include training national and provincial level education authorities as well as teachers, as well as specific and practical guidance for schools to familiarize on the platform and encourage students to use and maximize the benefits of the available learning resources on the iResource platform. The implementation plan will include the use of iResources during school closure as well as when they are open. The consultant will work with MEHRD to ensure these guidance are well communicated to teachers and are included in ongoing orientations and trainings for teachers.
• Review and revise the digital contents on the iResource for quality assurance and ensuring the online learning resources/materials are ease-use-friendly and context-specific in line with the MEHRD’s learning continuity plan
• Identify implementation gaps and additional technical support required for successful deployment, implementation, and use of the iResource platform, taking into consideration both national and provincial level authorities, as well as learners
• Monitor the implementation progress, uptake and usage of the iResource platform by establishing monthly dashboards and sharing progress with relevant MEHRD authorities and UNICEF to make better informed decisions about learning continuity and hybrid learning systems and resources in Solomon Islands.
• Monitor user-tracking and online assessment tools to report the progress and challenges of the iResource platforms.
 
2. Support Capacity Building plan and trainings on iResource to MEHRD team platform
• Provide training on ICT skills and iResource management on key staff from Teacher and learning unit, Curriculum Development (CD) and Innovation team with regular technical backstopping
• Advise and provide technical guidance and support of procuring digital content services (e.g., curation, digitization, localization, production) as part of enriching the iResource platform from a digital perspective.
• Organize and facilitate content development trainings/workshops for lesson developing teachers, remote learning taskforce, relevant MEHRD team/officials
• Support a communication/socialization package for Education Authorities, teachers and students to improve awareness, understanding and use of the iResource platform.
• Undertake iResource platform demonstration to students, teachers, and parents in classrooms and/or school halls to promote the use of iResource platform
 
3. Administration, coordination of iResource platform
• Serve as lead person in troubleshooting and provide technical support to users and stakeholders to maximize the use of the iResource platform
• Act as focal-point person for coordination, dissemination and communication of the iResource project in Solomon Islands in close collaboration with relevant team members
• Train MEHRD staff on iResource platform to better understand of how the online platform functions and encourages students to use it.
• Support MEHRD team to update the online learning packages regularly and when needed
 
4. Knowledge management, communication and M&E
• Act as focal point/resource person for coordination, communication, and knowledge management of the iResource platform in Solomon Islands in close collaboration with relevant team members
• Oversee all knowledge management pertaining to iResources including how the iResource information is organized, accessed and presented and when needed the consultant will recommend a better way of accessing or presenting the information on the platform. The consultant will also support monitoring and reporting activities related to iResource platform
• Provide monitoring support to MERHD to monitor and report on the use of iResources. This will be done through coordinating with schools and provincial education authorities on a regular basis and ensuring monitoring outcomes are shared within MEHRD for review and planning of I Resources as well contribute to broader planning on remote learning. When MERHD and UNICEF undertake monitoring visits to schools across provinces, the consultant may be expected to join these visits on at least one occasion as relevant to monitor the school-level issues and provide any necessary on-site technical support, if needed.
• Provide analytical reports on progress and completion data aggregated by the user-tracking system
• Contribute and manage knowledge resources and support general knowledge sharing by producing knowledge management resources, organizing activities to ensure sharing, exchange and collaboration and documenting lessons learned, challenges, and good practices.
• Support iResource socialization activities at provincial level as well as with stakeholders to promote the uptake of the online platform.
 
The consultant is expected to deliver the following high-level deliverables
1. Completion of iResource implementation, revision including feature enhancement, and deployment (as per recommended in the inception report)
2. Building online content and roadmap for deploying iResource through diverse mechanisms
3. Support Capacity Building and Advocacy on iResource
4. Final report of the iResource featuring actionable recommendation going forward
 
The consultant is expected to provide monthly report featuring the following areas:
• Progress toward the high-level deliverables
• Implementation progress of the iResource platform during the month
• Minutes of the key events, training and technical discussions being held during the months
• Updated M&E plan on the iResource
• Summary of key challenges (bottlenecks), and actions taken in relation to MEHRD support.
• A summary of monthly status reports on deployment progress; and,
• A review and feedback submitted to MoE.
 
The consultant will be directly working with MEHRD and UNICEF team at field level for guidance.
 
All applications for the consultancy will need to be supported by:
• CV
• Contact (name, phone, email and any other details) of 3 references
• Technical proposal on the consultant’s plan of iResource platform
• Financial proposal (lumpsum in SBD currency)
• Demonstrate technical capability and past experience relevant to similar platforms
The consultancy is full-time based at MEHRD office, with regular coordination and communication with UNICEF Solomon Islands Field Office. On a monthly basis, the consultant is required to submit a detailed monthly progress report featuring key progress, bottlenecks, and actions taken in relation to the deployment of the iResource platform and associated deliverables.
 
Consultancy Duration: 11.5 months 
Preferred Start Date: 01 October 2022. 

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have… 

  • An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in information technology, statistics, communication, education, or another relevant field. 
  • A first University Degree in a relevant field combined with 2 additional years of professional experience may be accepted in lieu of an Advanced University Degree. 
  • A minimum of 5 years of experience in the development of content for self-paced interactive e-learning courses or/and experience in the design of multimedia content, audio & video, voice-over, storyboarding and interactive elements of eLearning.
  • Good technical understanding and familiarity with information management systems are essential.
  • Experience with content authoring tools like Articulate Storyline and Adobe Captivate is an asset.
  • A Solomon Island national with experience in the education sector is added advantage, especially in the digital space
  • Experience working with UNICEF including conducting training and developing training packages is highly desirable
  • Demonstrate ability and experience in coordination, and able to work under pressure is required.
  • Fluency in English and the ability to write and communicate well is a minimum requirements. 

For every Child, you demonstrate… 

UNICEF's values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA). 

To view our competency framework, please visithere. 

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.

UNICEF offers reasonable accommodation for consultants/individual contractors with disabilities. This may include, for example, accessible software, travel assistance for missions or personal attendants. We encourage you to disclose your disability during your application in case you need reasonable accommodation during the selection process and afterwards in your assignment. 

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 be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check. 

Remarks:  

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

Individuals engaged under a consultancy or individual contract will not be considered “staff members” under the Staff Regulations and Rules of the United Nations and UNICEF’s policies and procedures, and will not be entitled to benefits provided therein (such as leave entitlements and medical insurance coverage). Their conditions of service will be governed by their contract and the General Conditions of Contracts for the Services of Consultants and Individual Contractors. Consultants and individual contractors are responsible for determining their tax liabilities and for the payment of any taxes and/or duties, in accordance with local or other applicable laws. 

The selected candidate is solely responsible to ensure that the visa (applicable) and health insurance required to perform the duties of the contract are valid for the entire period of the contract. Selected candidates are subject to confirmation of fully-vaccinated status against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) with a World Health Organization (WHO)-endorsed vaccine, which must be met prior to taking up the assignment. It does not apply to consultants who will work remotely and are not expected to work on or visit UNICEF premises, programme delivery locations or directly interact with communities UNICEF works with, nor to travel to perform functions for UNICEF for the duration of their consultancy contracts. 

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