National Consultant for conducting Working Group on Guidelines for quality online and blended learning in Elementary, Secondary (including TVET) and Higher Education, UNICEF Bosnia and Herze

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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

UNICEF’s work in education prioritizes equity – supporting all children regardless of their circumstances to have equal opportunities in education and learning – helping children secure basic skills such as literacy and numeracy and a wider range of skills. As per 2018-2021 Strategic Plan, this includes paying particular attention to early learning, girls’ education, education for children with disabilities as well as education in emergencies and post-crisis context. In Bosnia and Herzegovina, UNICEF’s education programme is focused on the area of inclusive early learning, quality primary and secondary education and intercultural and inclusive education. In the area of inclusive early learning, the programme supports the continued expansion of preschool education programmes. In realization of children’s right to inclusive quality primary and secondary education, the education programme supports inclusion of all children, particularly children from minority groups and children with disabilities; and strengthen capacities of teachers and other professionals on inclusive and intercultural education, social cohesion and equity. UNICEF also fosters a dialogue on the quality of education with a focus on assessment of learning outcomes (e.g. PISA study) and equity gaps.

The COVID-19 pandemic confronted education authorities in BiH with a unique set of challenges in ensuring the continuity and quality of learning with ‘Leave no one behind’ principle. The United Nations Joint Project “Reimagining Education for marginalized girls and boys during and post COVID-19, implemented by UNICEF, UNESCO, ILO and UNV in Bosnia and Herzegovina proposes to modernize education and learning in BiH for the following areas to increase resilience of the education systems and to further contribute to the education sector reforms:

i. Access

ii. Delivery modality

iii. Didactic approach and

iv. An overall quality of education

How can you make a difference?

Within the framework of the Joint Project “Reimagining Education for marginalized girls and boys during and post COVID-19 in Bosnia and Herzegovina”, under direct supervision of the Education Specialist, the National consultant will:

Prepare Policy Guidelines and recommended standards in online and blended learning focusing on digital and pedagogical skills of teachers in cooperation with the designated working group and under the guidance of the UNICEF Regional Office consultant.

The Working Group will consist of representatives from line education ministries in BiH, Ministry of Civil Affairs and Department of Education in Brcko District.

The National consultant will also work in close coordination with the international consultant in translation and communication with the designated Working Group, when and where necessary.

The final document: Guidelines and principles on standards in e-learning and blended learning with focus on digital and pedagogical skill requirement for teachers will be submitted in English and local (BHS) language by the National Consultant.

Scope of work:

The National consultant will deliver the work based on the following steps:

• Review “Assessment on Quality of E-learning and Blended Learning in Elementary and Secondary (and TVET) Education in Bosnia and Herzegovina” and “Assessment on Needs of Teachers/Educators in E-learning and Blended Learning in Elementary and Secondary (and TVET) Education in Bosnia and Herzegovina” and prepare broad outline of the Guidelines.

• Conduct at least 5 meetings of the working group using EU Digital Competency Framework and UNESCO ICT Framework for Teachers as well as researches available on current data.

• Conduct regular email communication with the Working Group to receive inputs, consolidate information and agree on the next steps in preparation of the Draft and Final Document.

• Prepare Final document and prepare the PPT presentation to the Designated Working group and Technical Project Board.

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

  • BA degree in Education, Pedagogy or ICT technologies;
  • Minimum 5 years of experience in education sector as teacher, educator, professor;
  • Knowledge and demonstrated experience in educational sector strategies and policies;
  • Excellent knowledge in application of distance and e-learning methodologies in primary and secondary education;
  • Excellent knowledge of digital competencies in distance learning and/or pedagogical competencies in distance learning;
  • Ability to analyze international recommendations for digital and pedagogical competencies and apply in BiH context;
  • Excellent analytical, interpersonal skills, demonstrated negotiation and inter-cultural communication skills;
  • Excellent knowledge of English; Fluency in local languages.

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.

Remarks:

Please submit your application along with lump sum financial offer for this consultancy stated in BAM or USD.

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

For further details please contact Human Resources at UNICEF Office in Sarajevo, Ms. Marina Kadic mkadic@unicef.org

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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