Inclusive Education Consultant (Resource Centers & Assistive Technologies)

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UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, gender identity and sexual orientation, as well as persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization. UNICEF’s office is accessible to a certain extent, and employees are entitled to reasonable accommodations that are needed for ensuring equitable working conditions.

UNICEF in Serbia is supporting the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development (MoESTD) in the implementation of the EU project IPA 2020/Serbia “Enhanced Equal Access to and Completion of Pre-University Education for Children in Need of Additional Support in Education”.

The project aims to (a) strengthen the capacities of professionals to implement inclusive practices and provide well-designed and appropriate additional support, (b) improve the national policies and institutional capacities to implement, coordinate and monitor inclusive education, (c) develop the resource centres for support to the education of children with disabilities and increase the availability of assistive technology. In addition, the project will promote inclusive education as a generally accepted standard in the Serbian education system.

Work Assignment Overview:

The project will directly impact further development and strengthening of the institutional, legal and policy framework for the implementation, monitoring and coordination of inclusive education in Serbia, which will bring benefits for all education institutions and children in pre-university education.

The consultant will work in the team of three consultants tasked to support the MoESTD in the implementation of the system reform programme “Enhanced Equal Access to and Completion of Pre-University Education for Children in Need of Additional Support in Education”. More specifically, the consultant will support activities relevant to the establishment and work of the Resource Centres (RCs), Assistive Technology (AT) resources and capacities of the system for provision of additional learning support, and coordination and alignment with different policies and initiatives related to further development and implementation of additional support.

Duration of the assignment****:

November 2022 – October 2023 (full-time, office-based), with the possibility of extension until May 2024

Detailed task description:

The consultant will provide support to the MoESTD in the following areas:

  1. Additional support service provision for children, families and education institutions strengthening in the context of inclusive education, particularly through RCs, management of AT, model institutions for IE, and Network of Advisors External Associates (NAEA).
  2. Establishment and work of RCs, including the RC for Assistive Technologies.
  3. AT needs’ assessment, AT procurement, distribution of AT and development of the financing model for the provision of AT.

Knowledge/Expertise/Skills required:

  • University degree in human sciences, preferably education, pedagogy, psychology, sociology, or other humanities. Advanced degree will be an asset.
  • Minimum 5 years of professional experience in education policy in Serbia in the area of inclusive education.
  • At least 1 qualitative and quantitative analysis and/or financing modalities analysis prepared.
  • Excellent knowledge of Serbian education system and education policies, and experience in working with different public institutions in the area of inclusive education.
  • Demonstrated flexibility and creativity in planning and problem solving.
  • Excellent networking and negotiation skills.
  • Excellent communication and facilitation skills.
  • Ability to meet tight deadlines through excellent time management and organizing skills.
  • Experience in education research and surveys will be an asset.
  • Excellent knowledge of Serbian; knowledge of English would be an asset.
  • Knowledge of the UN/UNICEF mandate and UN rules/procedures is an asset.
  • B driving licence is an asset.

How to apply:

The application must include a financial proposal in RSD as a separate document, providing the following information:

  1. Daily rate (all costs included, e.g. health insurance, pension, usage of mobile phone),
  2. Daily travel allowance for an overnight stay in Serbia (including accommodation),
  3. Transportation costs per km (for travel within Serbia).

Important notes:

Incomplete applications will not be taken into consideration.

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

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.

For every child, you must demonstrate UNICEF's core values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, Accountability and Sustainability.

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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