Individual Contractor for Technical Advisor to the leadership of the National Examination and School Inspection Authority (NESA), Kigali, 11.5 months (Open to Rwandan Only)

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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, Education

How can you make a difference?

Category of the Consultancy: National

Proposed level of Consultancy: Middle level

Section: Education

Location: Kigali, Rwanda

Duration: 11.5 months

Purpose of Activity/Assignment: The overall responsibility of this individual contractor is to provide technical assistance to the leadership of the National Examination and School Inspection Authority (NESA) to achieve its mission and mandate related to education norms and standards, quality assurance and learning assessment in primary, secondary education and TVET.

Scope of Work:

Provide strategic advice to NESA

• Provide strategic advice on monitoring and implementation of policies, laws and regulations related to NESA mission, • Provide technical advice in assessment practices and quality assurance supporting activities and projects, • Contribute to mid and long-term reflection on strategic perspectives of the institution, • Provide advice on institutional development for effective achievement of the institutional mission, • Advise and make recommendation to the DG on NESA growth and partnership development, • Provide technical and professional leadership to NESA pedagogical inspection

Provide technical and professional leadership to the development of NESA key documents

• Coordinate the development of NESA 5-year strategic plan • Support the development of NESA procedural manual • Contribute to the development of NESA comprehensive inspection framework • Coordinate the development of a clear action plan and road map for the smooth and effective running/implementation of Comprehensive Assessment in Rwandan schools • Coordinate the development of the NESA business process • Draft, review and finalize documents including policies, guidelines, strategies, proposals, concept notes, reports, procedural manual, action plans, etc.

Support M&E of effective implementation of NESA activities

• Follow up and brief DG-NESA on the development, progress and M&E of all activities related to the General Directorate for NESA, • Update the DG-NESA about the new initiatives and changes occurring in the fields of assessment and quality assurance for TVET and Basic Education on national, regional and international levels, • Ensure key initiatives to improve learning outcomes, including learning through play at pre-primary and primary levels are well integrated in NESA M&E and well monitored to quality learning outcomes

Support the Director General (DG) of NESA in his daily duties and responsibilities

• Prepare documents that need to be used during meetings and conferences organized by the DG and/or to which he/she participates, • Analyze, summarize and provide comments and/or advice on contents of dossiers before submitting them, • Identify priority files and make follow-up on them, • Record, handle and classify confidential files, • Prepare and/or proofread official documents and speeches for the DG office, • Preparing required documents for participation in seminars and conferences, • Make sure that schedule for daily and weekly activities of the DG is accurately handled and updated, • Advise the DG and the senior management of NESA on the implementation plan of NESA activities and meetings’ resolutions, • Act as the secretary of NESA senior management and management meetings, • Perform other duties as may be assigned by the supervisor

Specific Activities/Tasks:

  • Provide strategic advice to the leadership of NESA
  • Advise the Director General on NESA daily activities and strategic mission and vision
  • Provide technical and professional leadership to the development of NESA key procedural documents
  • Support the M&E of the effective realization of NESA mandate

Specific Deliverables:

  • A roadmap on the institutional development of NESA in line with its mandate, including the development of NESA’s activities business processes
  • Development of NESA strategic plan
  • Development of NESA procedural manuals
  • Detailed guidance on the implementation of the education norms and standards as well as the development of the NESA inspection framework
  • Key initiatives aiming to improve learning outcomes such as learning through play at pre-primary and primary levels are well integrated in NESA inspection framework and M&E tools.

Evaluation Criteria

The Technical criteria is weighted at 70% and 30% for the Financial proposal.




Technical criteria

Educational background, with a minimum of a Master’s degree, preferably in Education.


Proven experience in working in partnership with governments, with different levels of partners


Proven experience in working in the field of education, understanding of education sector, particularly in Rwanda.


Language abilities, with a minimum of fluency in English and Kinyarwanda, French an asset.


Financial criteria

Overall cost of the proposal and clarity of budget


Please note that the final remuneration will be negotiated by HR.

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

Education Background:

A Master’s Degree in Education, Economics, Public Policy, Development Studies, Psychology, Sociology or another relevant technical field.

Work Experience:

  1. The consultant should have at least 5 years of proven experience in policy development and/or in education.
  2. The individual consultant should be familiar with policies, laws and development frameworks of education system in Rwanda.
  3. The individual consultant should have the ability to deliver on time,
  4. The individual consultant should have strong communication and facilitation skills.
  5. Proficiency in written and spoken English and knowledge of Kinyarwanda is required, French would be an advantage.

For 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.

How to Apply

UNICEF is committed to gender equality in its mandate and its staff. Well qualified candidates, particularly females are strongly encouraged to apply.

Interested candidates should send their complete Personal History (P11) form, which can be downloaded form ( or a CV/resume, as well as a cover letter explaining what makes them suitable for this consultancy.

Qualified and experienced candidates are requested to submit a letter of interest including a Technical Proposal outlining a road map for review and implementation timeline. In their letter of interest, candidates should highlight their previous work experience relevant to the assignment, the attributes that make them suitable, their proposed approach to the assignment.

The Selected candidates will be requested to submit a Financial Proposal outlining the total costs for this consultancy with payment linked to the main deliverables outlined above.

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 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.


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.

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