National Consultant Life Skills Toolbox Elaboration - Lebanon
Application deadline in 7 days: Tuesday 9 Mar 2021
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**OVERVIEW** ------------ Parent Sector : Education Sector (ED) Duty Station: Beirut Job Family: Education Type of contract : Non Staff Duration of contract : From 1 to 6 months Recruitment open to : External candidates Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 09/MAR/2021 UNESCO Core Values: Commitment to the Organization, Integrity, Respect for Diversity, Professionalism **OVERVIEW OF THE FUNCTIONS OF THE POST** ----------------------------------------- Technical and Vocational training in the workplace has long been established in the countries of the Southern Mediterranean region. But the evolution in the education and training systems in these countries are increasingly facing expansive social demands for jobs to achieve economic performance by better matching the supply of vocational training with the demand of the labour market. The Youth Employment in the Mediterranean (YEM) Project, is a 36-month regional project funded by the European Union and implemented by UNESCO over the period of 2018-2020, extending to July 2021, with an overall objective to support national authorities, private sector, the TVET providers and the Youth organisations in the South Mediterranean region. The project initiated more understanding to anticipate labour market changes for informing the design, implementation and evaluation of relevant TVET policies, strategies and programmes, aimed at increasing youth employment and entrepreneurship. Long Description ---------------- The three specific objectives of the project are: - To reinforce the capacities of countries in the South Mediterranean region in assessing and anticipating the labour market demands and in sharing and using the results to make informed TVET policy and programme decisions; - To use the results of skills assessment and forecasting to promote quality TVET pathways through work-based learning and entrepreneurship, digital skills acquisition and gender equality enhancement; - To reinforce regional cooperation in the field of TVET with a particular focus on skills assessment and anticipation issues in the Mediterranean region. The project is aligned with the [UNESCO Strategy for TVET (2016-2021)](https://en.unesco.org/themes/skills-work-and-life) which highlights the need for inclusive policy dialogue and reinforcement of stakeholders’ capacities to promote TVET transformation to foster youth employment, entrepreneurship and improved skills anticipation, in the framework of the [Sustainable Development Goal 4](https://en.unesco.org/node/265600) and the [Education 2030 Framework for Action](http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0024/002456/245656E.pdf). **Objective** ------------- Within the framework of YEM project, the main objective of this consultancy is to develop a ‘Toolbox’ and conduct capacity building trainings to teachers in TVET that can help them in delivering their courses of life and work skills in the best ways. **The Toolbox** --------------- The “Work and Life Skills toolbox” is designed to serve various YEM beneficiary countries. This toolbox will be contextualised for TVET policymakers and curricula developers, to mainstream work and life skills into TVET curricula in different levels after being contextualised in accordance to the needs of each country. The “Toolbox” is a set of activities for learners and guides for teachers (each lasting two hours) covering the four aspects of work and life skills: life skills, digital skills, entrepreneurial skills, and basic work laws and regulations. Long Description ---------------- The toolbox design should be based on the curriculum outline for life and work skills provided by UNESCO; the development should follow the below approaches: - Youth Leadership Development: The toolbox should provide opportunities for youth to practice personal leadership through self-assessment and personal reflection that enables them to own and navigate their skills development journey. In addition, youth can practice leadership within groups by opting to lead discussions in peer groups and practising various facilitation roles that strengthen their leadership abilities. - Experiential: The activities throughout the toolbox should be experiential to encourage learning by doing. This approach allows for active youth participation and creates an interactive environment where participants can learn through experience and play. - Gender and Social Inclusion: the toolbox should infuse values and provide opportunities that ensure safety and meaningful inclusion of diverse youth, particularly marginalised youth, to enable awareness and access to opportunity. - Positive Youth Development: the toolbox should incorporate a comprehensive and intentional strength-based approach to working with youth to increase their opportunities offering them leadership and entrepreneurial skills, community engagement and work ethic skills, so that youth reach their fullest potential. - Contextualised: the resources should offer delivery guidance for trainers and should be designed to be highly contextualised. It recognises that youth globally represent different cultures and live in different circumstances. The toolbox should provide the opportunity to customise activities based on youth’s needs in a specific region or country. - Integrative: the toolbox should be designed to incorporate instruction on hard skills, including financial services, customer service, and digital literacy. **Tasks, Duties, and Responsibilities** --------------------------------------- Under the supervision UNESCO Beirut Office team, the national consultant will perform the following activities: 1. Develop training materials (toolbox) on life and work skills for the use of teachers and Trainees following the work and life skills manual of UNESCO 2. Conduct capacity building/ToTs to 24 trainers from Private and Public schools 3. Develop a detailed action plan, in coordination and approval of UNESCO Beirut office 4. Based on the consultations and reviews above, establish context-specific learning objectives for each of essential work and life core transferrable skills. 5. Conduct activities adaptation following the country and community context and needs. 6. Pilot testing of the developed materials with selected trainers and youth to test their interest in the designed toolbox and activities and measure their skills acquisition. Pilot testing may also be conducted as part of a facilitation training workshop. 7. Share final toolbox and activities with UNESCO in both hard and soft copies. 8. Develop a comprehensive narrative report with concrete suggestions on using the toolbox, including recommendations and tips on different aspects to consider during the implementation/ facilitation process. 9. Conduct a TOT to trainers on how to use the toolbox designed; the TOT will cover all the materials prepared, including the outline curriculum on work and life skills developed by UNESCO. 10. Elaborate and submit a report, including the training outputs with follow-up recommendations. Long Description ---------------- **COMPETENCIES (Core / Managerial)** ------------------------------------ Accountability (C) Communication (C) Innovation (C) Knowledge sharing and continuous improvement (C) Planning and organizing (C) Results focus (C) Teamwork (C) **-** ----- For detailed information, please consult the [UNESCO Competency Framework](https://en.unesco.org/sites/default/files/competency_framework_e.pdf). **REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS** --------------------------- This consultancy is open to: individual consultants. **Education:** Relevant academic qualifications, preferably in disciplines such as education, technical and vocational education studies, career guidance, development studies, and other relevant fields of social science. **Experience:** - At least 8 years of professional experience in education and training; - Proven experience in developing/updating training and learning manuals, guides (especially life-skills/soft-skills materials, entrepreneurship, and ICT) - Demonstrated ability to develop handbooks, manuals and training modules; - Experience in organising trainings/ToTs; - Good knowledge of the socio-economic context in Lebanon; - Sample of the previous work (such as developed training manuals, materials and guides) in relevant areas is encouraged to attach when applying for the position. **Language skills:** Fluent written and spoken Arabic is required; good knowledge of English is a plus. **SELECTION AND RECRUITMENT PROCESS** ------------------------------------- Please note that all candidates must complete an on-line application and provide complete and accurate information. To apply, please visit the [UNESCO careers website.](https://careers.unesco.org/careersection/2/joblist.ftl) No modifications can be made to the application submitted. The evaluation of candidates is based on the criteria in the vacancy notice, and may include tests and/or assessments, as well as a competency-based interview. UNESCO uses communication technologies such as video or teleconference, e-mail correspondence, etc. for the assessment and evaluation of candidates. Please note that only selected candidates will be further contacted and candidates in the final selection step will be subject to reference checks based on the information provided. **Footer** ---------- UNESCO applies a zero tolerance policy against all forms of harassment. UNESCO is committed to achieve and sustain gender parity among its staff members in all categories and at all grades. Furthermore, UNESCO is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. 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