National Consultancy: Programme Coordination and Planning - Education, Lahore, Pakistan, 4 months (For Pakistan Nationals Only)
Application deadline 1 year ago: Wednesday 11 Aug 2021 at 18:55 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, education!
Pakistan was the sixth country in the world to sign and ratify the Convention on the Rights of the Child, less than one year after it was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1989. However, children and adolescents living in Pakistan still face acute challenges.
UNICEF supports the Government of Pakistan to accelerate progress for children, work to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and help children realize their rights under the Convention on the Rights of Children. This will be made through, among others things, strong partnerships with provincial authorities, teachers and health professionals, frontline workers and social mobilisers, communities and families, and of course the children and adolescents themselves.
In particular, UNICEF will work so that:
- Every child survives and thrives -- being in good health, immunized, protected from polio and accessing nutritious food.
- Every child learns.
- Every child is protected from violence and exploitation and registered at birth.
- Every child lives in a safe and clean environment, with access to safe drinking water and adequate sanitation.
How can you make a difference?
UNICEF has supported provincial education departments in Punjab for developing ‘Transformation in Access, Learning, Equity and Education Management’ (TALEEM) Programme to complement implementation of the Punjab Education Sector Plan. The programme will be funded through the USD 50.625 million Education Sector Programme Implementation Grant (ESPIG) of the Global Partnership for Education (GPE). The programme will be implemented by the provincial education departments and attached units, with the technical support and, in close collaboration with UNICEF, as the Grant Agent. The programme is scheduled to start from September 2021 for a period of 5 years, after approval from the GPE.
To ensure timely initiation and launch of the programme in September 2021, UNICEF intends to engage the services of a consultant to provide coordination and technical support in preparatory activities, planning and implementation of the programme. The consultant will be responsible specifically for the following scope of work and deliverables, working closely with UNICEF and the provincial education departments:
- Provide support in the coordination and liaison with government departments at different levels to address potential bottlenecks and challenges in the programme initiation and implementation. This includes coordination with provincial education departments, secretariats, and relevant units in the province.
- Provide support in facilitating participation and involvement of the implementing units of Punjab education departments including School Education Department (SED), the Literacy and Non-Formal Basic Education Department (LNFBED) and the Special Education Department (SpED), Government of Punjab in the preparatory activities, planning and implementation of the programme.
- Coordinate and provide technical support for the following preparatory activities in consultation with UNICEF and provincial education departments:
- Preparation of work breakdown structures (WBS) for the implementation of ESPIG programme.
- Development of Steering and M&E Structures and mechanisms for ESPIG programmes within the overall implementation and monitoring framework defined in the programme documents keeping in mind UNICEF and the GPE M&E and reporting requirements.
- Preparation of detailed concept notes and ToRs for operationalization of key results areas and work packages.
- Development of supply plans for goods and services for UNICEF led procurement and negotiate any bottlenecks with the SED led procurement.
Provide support in capacity building activities to strengthen programme planning, management, and implementation capacities of the implementing units, in consultation with UNICEF and provincial education departments.
To make a difference, you will be accountable for the following tasks and deliverables:
1. Provide support in the coordination and liaison with government departments at different levels to address potential bottlenecks and challenges in the programme initiation and implementation including development of Steering and M&E Structures and mechanisms for ESPIG programme within the overall implementation and monitoring framework defined in the programme.
2. Provide support in facilitating participation and involvement of the implementing units of Punjab education departments including School Education Department (SED), the Literacy and Non-Formal Basic Education Department (LNFBED) and the Special Education Department (SpED), Government of Punjab in the preparation of a detailed work breakdown structure (WBS) for the implementation of ESPIG programme in the province.
3. Provide support in the preparation of detailed concept notes and ToRs for operationalization of key results areas and work packages to support implementation of the programme.
4. Facilitate the development of supply plans for goods and services for UNICEF led procurement and negotiate any bottlenecks with the SED led procurement.
1. Steering and governance structure developed in consultation and agreement with provincial education departments and as agreed and approved by UNICEF.
2. Detailed work breakdown structure developed in consultation with provincial education departments and agreed and approved by UNICEF.
Activity report and draft documents agreed and approved by UNICEF
3. Detailed concept notes and ToRs including for following areas developed in consultation and agreement with provincial education departments and as agreed and approved by UNICEF of following areas:
- CPD rollout in the province.
- Establishment of learning camps
- Establishment of 1000 NFEIs in the province.
- Inclusive education initiative in the province.
- Afternoon school programme
5. Detailed UNICEF and SED supply plans developed in consultation with provincial education departments and agreed and approved by UNICEF.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
- An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in Social Sciences, Public Policy, Development Studies, Education Planning and Management *A first University Degree in a relevant field combined with 2 additional years of professional experience may be accepted in lieu of an Advanced University Degree.
- 8 years of experience in the areas of education policy, planning and governance in Pakistan.
- Knowledge and experience in the technical areas of learning, education quality processes including curriculum, textbooks, assessments and teacher training.
- Strong knowledge and experience of working with Government at provincial levels.
- Proven experience and knowledge of capacity development approaches and practices including developing capacity development reports for education departments.
- Good knowledge and experience of working with multiple stakeholders and managing planning processes.
For every Child, you demonstrate…
- UNICEF’s core values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust and Accountability and core competencies in: Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness; Works Collaboratively with others; Builds and Maintains Partnerships; Innovates and Embraces Change; Thinks and Acts Strategically; Drives to achieve impactful results and Manages ambiguity and complexity. View our competency framework at: 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, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.
- Estimated Duration: 4 months, estimate starting date: 1 August 2021
- The consultant will be based in Lahore
- The consultancy is at NOD equivalent level.
- Applicants are requested to submit a financial quotation indicating monthly fee as part of the application against each deliverable.
- HEC Attested and verified degrees are a pre-requisite for employment at UNICEF. Candidates will be required to present attested and verified degrees.
- At the time the contract is awarded, the selected candidate must have in place current health insurance coverage.
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.