Individual Contractor - Digital education for refugee and migrant children, Athens, Greece 8 months
Application deadline 9 months ago: Thursday 21 Apr 2022 at 20:55 UTCOpen application form
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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,
Greece was the first country which participated in the newly created Akelius-UNICEF global partnership in 2018 with the aim to find innovative solutions to language learning for marginalized communities. Today, the Akelius digital language learning course is implemented in 9 countries across 3 continents.
This partnership focused on providing support to particularly vulnerable children and adolescents (refugee and migrant, out-of-school, ethnic and linguistic minorities) to improve their ability to learn languages, including that of their host country, thus contributing to their successful integration into formal education systems, and broader society.
As of today a total of 9,5051 children have benefited from these activities in 56 learning centres, including centres in open accommodation sites and shelters for unaccompanied children. In addition, a total of 1,4772 formal and non-formal education teachers have been trained in Blended Learning and the use of the Akelius Language Learning Course in classrooms. UNICEF in Greece has also been supporting through remote training and capacity building of teachers and education managers of implementing partners of the Albania, Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina UNICEF COs since 2020.
In 2020 Ministry of Education (MoE)’s Institute of Educational Policy (IEP) added the Akelius digital language learning course as suggested material for teaching Greek to refugee and migrant children. In 2021, and following an agreement between UNICEF and MoE for the expansion of the project in formal education, the Akelius digital learning course was introduced in DYEP classes in Greek public schools . Moreover, the UNICEF Greece Country Office is contributing, at the co-designing of an e-learning training for teachers on the course.
UNICEF aims to ensure that refugee and migrant children benefit of inclusive, equitable, quality education, through teacher trainings; educational and psychosocial programs for children and their families; development of tools addressing the needs of this population; and active cooperation with the Ministry of Education, the Institute of Educational Policy, the Ministry of Migration and Asylum, NGOs and other stakeholders. The partnership with Akelius foundation has been instrumental to respond to this goal.
UNICEF Country Office in Greece is seeking to recruit a digital learning expert, who will support the Education team of the office for an efficient, implementation of Akelius language learning course, Blended Learning materials and trainings and act as a link between UNICEF’s team and partners to ensure the successful inclusion of refugee and migrant children in the Greek educational system and in particular digital learning .
How can you make a difference?
With a view of improving inclusion of refugee and migrant children to school, supporting teachers and educators to respond to the specific needs of these groups and strengthening Blended Learning and Greek language learning through the use of the Akelius language learning course, the Consultant will undertake the following key tasks:
• Support the planning, implementation, and evaluation of the Akelius digital learning course as part of UNICEF’s program “All Children in Education”, focusing on language learning and teacher capacity, in coordination with existing partners;
• Support the management and coordination of partnerships and related contracts for the implementation, expansion and sustainability of the use of Akelius digital learning course in formal and non formal educational settings:
• Monitor the implementation of the Akelius language learning course through visits in the field, monitoring tools and analysis of results, budget use, risks and propose on time mitigation actions, to ensure quality implementation of the project.
• Draft monthly updates on the progress of the Akelius partnership in Greece, including use of the tool, capacity building, communication and dissemination efforts;
• Support the development of a global e-teacher training for the use of the Akelius digital language course in cooperation with education team;
• Document good practices, and lessons learned around the topics of Blended Learning, refugee and migrant education, development of digital learning material;
• Coordinate the development of communication products on the use of Blended Learning and Akelius language learning course for refugee and migrant children;
• Cooperate with the Akelius team, UNICEF country offices and partners contributing to the further development and expansion of the digital course;
• Support the Country Office on the development of Blended Learning Programs for vulnerable groups, including refugee and migrant children, children with disabilities and Roma children;
• Contribute to the planning and implementation of capacity building activities for teachers on Blended Learning and the use of digital learning material and tools.
Work Assignment Overview:
Smooth implementation and monitoring of the progress Updates on the implementation of Akelius project in Greece monthlyAchievements, results and challenges for 2022 Annual report on the Akelius project in Greece 31/12/2022Monitoring and exchange with Akelius program team Organisation of at least 2 missions of the Akelius team 31/12/2022Dissemination of the Akelius Laguage Learning Course and communication of results Communication products (2) on the use of Blended Learning and Akelius digital learning course 15 September
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
A minimum of 2 years of relevant professional experience in education and specifically in fields such as education for refugee and migrant children, digital learning, development of learning tools.
• Practical experience in working with refugee and migrant children is highly desirable;
• Excellent analytical, communication and negotiating skills;
• Excellent team working skills and respect for diversity;
• Computer skills, including internet navigation, and various office applications;
• Fluency in Greek and in English.
F****or every Child, you demonstrate…
- UNICEF's values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.
View our competency framework at http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/files/UNICEF_Competencies.pdf
The said individual contractor will be contracted directly by UNICEF and report to the UNICEF Education Specialist and cooperate with the Akelius team.The individual contractor will be office-based.
All UNICEF rules and regulations related to travel of Consultants/ Individual Contractors apply.
IT Equipment will be provided to the consultant, upon availability, to carry out the deliverables. Interested applicants are expected to have already the necessary IT equipment (lap top, mobile phone).
Timeframe and Payment Schedule
Candidates are asked to indicate their required all-inclusive fees for the services to be provided. The final rate will be communicated to the candidate upon recommendation by the selection panel.
Payment schedule: Payment will be made on a monthly basis, based on agreed deliverables and a submission of progress reports to UNICEF by the consultant, upon approval by the direct supervisor. Monthly progress reports will be brief, produced in English and summarize key activities, achievements and challenges faced during the reporting period, priorities for the next reporting period, highlighting any support needs from or recommendations for UNICEF.
Deadlines regarding the deliverables are subject to revision depending on the date of recruitment.
UNICEF reserves the right to withhold all or a portion of payment if performance is unsatisfactory, if work/outputs is incomplete, not delivered or for failure to meet deadlines. All materials developed will remain the copyright of UNICEF and UNICEF will be free to adapt and modify them in the future.
HOW TO APPLY
Applicants are invited to:
a. complete their UNICEF profile
b. attach latest CV and Motivation Letter (http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/index_53129.htm))
c. Indicate a monthly fee for the aforementioned deliverables (Full time deployment)
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.
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.
All regulations for Consultants and Individual Contractors, including General Terms and Conditions, do apply for this contract. 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.
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.