Consultant (Teaching and Learning material development expert
Parent Sector : Field Office
Duty Station: Kabul
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Standard Duration of Assignement : [[filter13]]
Job Family: Education
Type of contract : Non Staff
Duration of contract : From 7 to 11 months
Recruitment open to : External candidates
Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 22-MAY-2023
UNESCO Core Values: Commitment to the Organization, Integrity, Respect for Diversity, Professionalism
OVERVIEW OF THE FUNCTIONS OF THE POST
UNESCO strives to promote education in Afghanistan as a fundamental human right while aiming to provide access to quality, relevant and inclusive education for all. The Office focuses on ensuring access to and quality of adult literacy and non-formal education. In the last 10 years, UNESCO has provided basic general literacy and skills based literacy to over 1 million youth and adults in the country.
Within its literacy programme, UNESCO is revising and developing teaching and learning resources for non-formal youth and adult literacy and basic education (YALBE) (levels I-III) and increasing access to basic general literacy and skills-based literacy programmes, with a particular focus on adolescent girls and women, underpinned by accurate and reliable education sector data.
UNESCO is currently developing the YALBE level II curriculum (equivalent to grades 4-6 of formal education) in three learning areas (Literacy, Numeracy and Life Skills) and will start the development of YALBE level III curriculum (equivalent to grades 7-9 of formal education). Pre-vocational skills modules have been developed to be integrated in the YALBE level I curriculum and to equip learners with the proper knowledge and skills to actualise their potential. An integrated approach of bringing together literacy, life skills and vocational skills has a great potential to enhance the relevance and quality of youth and adult education programmes and increase youth and adult learners’ motivation in enrolling in such programmes. UNESCO is aiming to further revise, adapt and possibly expand these modules to include more skills tar getting earthquake affected communities in Paktika and Khost provinces.Long Description
Furthermore, through alternative learning methods, UNESCO will be developing materials for the implementation of Family and Intergenerational Literacy and Learning (FILL) in Afghanistan. FILL programmes are an effective means of developing and improving the literacy, numeracy, and other foundational skills of parents and children, promoting parents’ support for children’s education, and fostering ‘wider benefits’ such as self-esteem, civic participation and adults’ pursuit of further education.
All YALBE teaching and learning materials are being developed in the framework of an inclusive process with education providers and experts in the country (youth and adult education providers, teachers, community based education providers, universities, etc.). To this end, UNESCO has established a YALBE Curriculum Technical Working Group (TWG) within the Youth and Adult Education Platform.
UNESCO is seeking an international consultant to lead the youth and adult literacy and basic education curriculum team, provide capacity building and technical guidance to UNESCO and its partners and support the expansion of pre-vocational skills modules, the finalization of YALBE level II and the development of YALBE level III curriculum and FILL materials.
Consultant (Youth and Adult Literacy and Basic Education (YALBE) teaching and learning material development expert )
Main Duties and Responsibilities
Under the overall authority of the Director of the UNESCO Kabul Office, and overall supervision of the Head of Education unit and direct supervision of the Non-Formal Education Project Manager, the consultant shall perform the following duties and responsibilities:
- Provide technical guidance to the YALBE curriculum team to ensure the finalization of YALBE level II curriculum (including textbooks/workbooks, teacher guides and assessment tools for each learning area);
- Enhance the capacity of the YALBE curriculum team on the development of YALBE teaching and learning materials;
- Develop and ensure implementation and completion of the workplan for the development of YALBE level III curriculum/skills development curriculum;
- Review and revise the pre-vocational modules which were developed to complement YALBE level I curriculum and provide recommendations for its implementation and expansion in Paktika and Khost provinces;
- Continuously review, adapt and revise all FILL related materials which have been developed by UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL); and
- Lead the monthly TWG meeting on YALBE curriculum development and conduct consultation meetings/workshops with a variety of technical experts from the TWG.
The consultancy is expected to start on1 June 2023 for the duration of seven months.
The consultancy is expected to start on1 June 2023 for the duration of seven months. By the last day of each month (starting from 30 June 2023), the consultant is required to provide a monthly consultancy reporting demonstrating the work progress of that month against each main duty and responsibility, results and achievements of YALBE curriculum development, challenges and recommendations and proposed next steps for any recommended subsequent technical work for the next month of the contract. By 31 December, the consultant is required to provide a final consultancy report demonstrating achievements made during the entire consultancy period against each main duty and responsibility, including results and achievements of YALBE curriculum development and challenges and recommendations.
By the last day of each month until 30 November 2023 (starting from 30 June 2023), the consultant is required to provide:
- A monthly consultancy reporting demonstrating the work progress of that month against each main duty and responsibility
- Results and achievements of YALBE curriculum development
- Challenges and recommendations
- Proposed next steps for any recommended subsequent technical work for the next month of the contract.
By 31 December, the consultant is required to provide
A final consultancy report demonstrating achievements made during the entire consultancy period against each main duty and responsibility, including results and achievements of YALBE curriculum development and challenges and recommendations
Conditions of work
UNESCO requires the consultancy to be based in Kabul and will cover the most direct, economical round trip flight tickets to and from the country of origin of the consultant. UNESCO will also provide the daily subsistence allowance and visa fee in line with the relevant UNESCO rules and regulations. An office space will be provided to the consultant, including needed office equipmentCOMPETENCIES (Core / Managerial) Accountability (C) Communication (C) Innovation (C) Knowledge sharing and continuous improvement (C) Planning and organizing (C) Results focus (C) Teamwork (C) Professionalism (C) REQUIREMENTS
- Advanced degree (at least Master’s degree) on education, psychology, social science or a related field.
- At least 10 years of relevant work experience in education, particularly curriculum development for non-formal education or youth and adult literacy and basic education; and
- Previous work experience in education projects in crisis-affected context such as Afghanistan.
- Fluency in English (both written and spoken)
- Fluency in Pashto and/or Dari (Persian).
- Sensitivity and adaptability (culture, gender, religion, race and nationality);
- Excellent research skills;
- Excellent analytical and writing skills;
- Competent computer skills for word processing, online collaboration, presentation and data analysis; and
- Excellent independent working skills.
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.Footer
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