Individual National Consultancy for Development of the Education Management Information System (EMIS) software in Turkmenistan (for Turkmenistan nationals 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, quality and inclusive education

Education Management Information System (EMIS) is an indispensable component of any modern education system. The purpose of an EMIS is collection, maintenance, analysis, dissemination, and utilization of data in an education system. In Turkmenistan, Article 35(20) of the Law of Turkmenistan on Education (2021) refers to “creation and integration of electronic database system for education and works for ensuring its availability” among the competencies of the executive body for governing education sphere. The Concept of Turkmenistan on Transitioning to 12-year General Secondary Education specifies that establishment of digital management systems must improve management, accountability and preparation of respective documents. The Concept of Turkmenistan for Developing Digital Education System adopted in 2017 also emphasizes the importance of informatization of education management system and creating digital school management systems. In the Presidential Program of Socio-Economic Development of Turkmenistan for the period 2019-2025, EMIS is listed among the works to be carried out: Creating education management information system to provide Ministry of Education of Turkmenistan and other educational organizations with information and knowledge to make information-based decisions and gradually transitioning to it. In the National Plan of Action for Realization of Children’s Rights in Turkmenistan for 2018-2022 the activity on “Development of national data collection and analysis system to ensure monitoring and assessment of learning achievements in line with international standards” refers to EMIS.

The current education management information system in Turkmenistan requires upgrading to increase the scope, disaggregation, timeliness, and responsiveness of the data collected from the education system. The Ministry of Education of Turkmenistan and UNICEF is working together to develop a sustainable EMIS in Turkmenistan as part of national efforts to continuously modernize the national education system in line with the national development strategy, the Concept of Turkmenistan for Developing Digital Education System, and international best-practices. EMIS will be developed as a sustainable system that can evolve in response to changing education data needs of the government and technological developments in the field.

The Ministry of Education in cooperation with UNICEF aims to develop an EMIS pilot in 2022. EMIS pilot development consists of planning, technical development, software development, documentation, and training activities. These activities will be coordinated by the EMIS Working Group (the WG) the core membership of which includes specialists from the Ministry of Education, Innovation Information Centre of the Ministry of Education, and UNICEF. The software development component of EMIS pilot project will be implemented in accordance with the technical requirements approved by the WG. With this ToR, UNICEF is seeking a national consultant to support the Ministry of Education in developing Education Management Information System (EMIS) software and technical documentation.

How can you make a difference?

The consultancy will support MoE by designing EMIS software architecture, developing, installing, and maintaining the pilot EMIS application in accordance with the national requirements and priorities.

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

  • Higher education degree in software development, management information systems, computer science, or other relevant fields / a master’s or PhD. degree in these areas will be an advantage;
  • Knowledge of object-oriented programming, database design, frontend and backend development.
  • At least 2 years of experience in software development.
  • Previous experience in developing software for the national education system / experience in management information systems will be an asset;
  • Knowledge of English and Turkmen or Russian languages, knowledge of both Turkmen and Russian will be an advantage;

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF's values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA). To view our competency framework, please visit here.

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.


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.

For details of the consultancy requirements, please see the Terms of Reference attached as per the link below:


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