National Consultant to perform a role of ED-DPG secretatriat, Dar es salaam, Tanzania. 173 Days ( Work from home)

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The Education Development Partners Group (ED-DPG) was established in line with the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness and facilitates coordination of development partner support to Government programs. The group comprises multilateral and bilateral donors including, but not limited to: Global Affairs Canada, UNICEF, UNESCO, World Bank, USAID, DFID, SIDA, SDC, and KOICA.

In Mainland Tanzania, the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MOEST) and the President’s Office – Regional Administration and Local Government (PO-RALG) share the responsibility for managing the Education sector. The MOEST’s role is to formulate policy and regulations, support quality assurance, set standards, plan, monitor, and evaluate the performance of the Education sector. The PO-RALG is responsible for overseeing the decentralization of Government functions to local levels including the delivery of primary and secondary education by Councils. The upcoming Education sector planning and priorities are driven by the Education Sector Development Plan (ESDP) 2021/2022-2025/2016 which is under development. In Zanzibar, similar structures exist including Ministry of Education and Vocational Training (MOEVT), and President’s Office - Regional Administration, Local Government, and Special Departments (PO-RALGSD). The entire dialogue structure and processes are outlined in Section 6.4 of the ESDP. This dialogue structure outlines the mechanisms by which the Government of Tanzania engages with DPs and other stakeholders. Of particular importance are the Technical Working Groups (TWGs) another structure which facilitates dialogue among education stakeholders, described on page 135 (of the ESDP document), which are divided into four themes:

  • Quality Improvement
  • Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Resource Allocation, Cost Effectiveness and Financing
  • Science and Technology

While each of the three TWGs has its own particular area of focus all three will identify strategic interventions and needs for technical and financial resources to support education programs; strategic areas of interest for studies/research and analysis; review priorities of relevant projects and programmes to see if implementation is on track and project implementation of all key documents; propose policy and programmatic recommendations to the Education Sector Development Committee (ESDC) quarterly meetings through the ESDC taskforce; and ensure that the planning and budgeting processes of programmes include all equity related considerations; and report on sector and thematic area performance, taking particular note of all cross cutting issues.

The recommendations from the TWG meetings are brought to the quarterly ESDC meetings. These decision-making meetings are chaired by the Permanent Secretaries (PSs) of both MOEST and PO-RALG and attended by DPs, representatives from MOEST and PO-RALG, and civil society organizations.

The sector has an annual stakeholder forum known as the Annual Joint Education Sector Review (AJESR). This is an annual event that brings together education stakeholders to assess the overall performance of the sector and plan for the future. The AJESR is a critical moment of accountability around planning and spending, where all stakeholders review what was done in the previous years, assess performance, and plan the way forward.

The ED-DPG is a further sector dialogue mechanism for DPs. As part of this group, the DPs meet once a month and rotate chair and co-chair approximately every year, per ED-DPG TORs. Currently UNICEF is the Chair and TEN/MET is co-Chair. The ED-DPG is an important coordination mechanism for development partners, and a platform to discuss sector issues before bringing them to the wider sector dialogue in a coordinated manner.

Tanzania is also a Global Partnership for Education (GPE) grant recipient. GPE's goal at the country level is to strengthen education sector planning and policy implementation through alignment, coordination, and transparency around the ESDP. GPE brings together all education partners in a local education group (LEG), which enables them to contribute at all stages of the education planning cycle, from sector analysis to evaluation. Further information on GPE functioning and dialogue mechanism is here. The DPs are part of the LEG; SIDA is the grant agent of the GPE for both Tanzania Mainland and Zanzibar, and the chair and co-chair of the DPs, currently USAID and UNICEF, is the coordinating agent for Tanzania Mainland whilst SIDA coordinating for Zanzibar.

For this sector dialogue process to function properly both GOT, and DPs need to carry out the responsibilities through a secretariat. Each of the two sector partners would normally have a person that is specifically designated to work on the collective objectives of the DPs and GOT as laid out in ESDP.

How can you make a difference?

UNICEF Tanzania is consulting a consultant to undertake the ED-DPG Secretariat role. The ED-DPG Secretariat reports to the administrator of this contract, however, works partly under the direction of the ED-DPG Chair and Co-chair. The Consultant provides administrative and operational support to the ED-DPG to ensure meaningful engagement and effective sector coordination between DPs and the GOT with regards to education programming in Tanzania. The Consultant will also primarily work with the Ed-DPG Chair and Co-Chair, to assist with the coordination and alignment of development partner support with GOT programs and facilitate information-sharing and dialogue between DPs and Government. The Consultant does not play a representative, advisory or technical role with Government at any level. The Consultant does not give bias to one DP over another or speak on behalf of any DP.

KEY TASKS, DELIVERABLES AND TIME FRAME

The consultant will be required to undertake the following tasks:

a) Support for effective DP coordination.

  • Provide logistical support to the ED-DPG Chair/Co-Chair to organize and prepare for ED-DPG meetings, sub-meetings including SWGs, and retreats.
  • Prepare and circulate invitations, agendas, notes, and meeting minutes to ED-DPG members.
  • Follow-up on action items and update DPs on progress against ED-DPG annual work plans and priorities.
  • Compile DPs feedback on GOT documents prepared for TWGs and ESDC into coherent and succinct documents.
  • Support DPs efforts of coordination around technical issues, in line with the DPs priorities and workplan for the year and under DPs request.
  • Organize material, statistics and documentation in one coherent and easy-to-search repository, to be kept up to date and labeled with clear tags. Organize and maintain workplan and documentation into one place using the ED-DPG’s Google Drive repository, and,
  • Attend other GOT technical meetings as an observer, as appropriate and requested by DPs.

b) Support MOEST/MOEVT and PORALG/PORALG-SD engagement with DPs

  • Support MOEST/MOEVT Secretariat in the organisation of the TWGs and of the ESDC.
  • Support MOEST/MOEVT Secretariat in the organisation of the AJESR and annual AJESR field visits.
  • Attend meetings as an observer during TWGs, ESDCs, AJESR and synthesize and follow-up on action items.
  • Share key documents provided by the MOEST in preparation for meetings; and,
  • Observe at internal meetings.

c) Support Chair of DPs in its task of GPE Coordinating Agents role

  • Plan and arrange meetings and provide logistical support for incoming GPE Secretariat missions.
  • Prepare and circulate invitations, agendas, notes, and meeting minutes.
  • Circulate GPE documents and coordinate development partners’ feedback; and
  • Maintain communication and facilitate information sharing between the GPE unit and ED-DPG Chair/Co-Chair.

d)Other related support services

  • Create and maintain a calendar of Education-related events incorporating, but not limited to:
  • MOEST/MOEVT and PO-RALG/PO-RALGSD events (sector dialogue events, Government program events, report and data publication schedules, school timetables, etc.)
  • ED-DPG meetings and events
  • GPE events and schedules
  • ED-DPG member events
  • Education events organized by civil society organizations, foundations, universities, and the private sector.
  • Share key documents provided by the Government and ED-DPG members with the ED-DPG.
  • Follow up with the Government and individual ED-DPG meeting members for sharing of documents, data, or other information, as requested by the ED-DPG Chair/Co- Chair.
  • Store meeting minutes, agenda, and key documents on the ED-DPG Google Drive repository.
  • Produce and share summary documents as requested by the ED-DPG Chair/Co-Chair.
  • Translate Kiswahili documents as requested by the ED-DPG Chair/Co-Chair.
  • Compile and share ED-DPG comments and responses on identified issues, documents, or studies.
  • Provide support for the production and distribution of communications messages and material, as requested by the ED-DPG Chair/Co-Chair; and,
  • Provide capacity building support to the MOEST/MOEVT and PO-RALG/PO-RALGSD for improved sector coordination.

e) Support Chair and Co-Chair of TVET sub-group

  • A separate sub-group exists within the ED-DPG, which focuses solely on technical vocational education and training (TVET). This group is led by a separate Chair and Co-Chair and has its own Scope of work (SOW).
  • The Secretariat provides basic support to this group and help bring alignment with the ED-DPG. This includes, at a minimum, participation in bi-monthly meetings, taking notes at meetings and disseminating to members and helping to organize files and contacts.
  • The Secretariat provides basic support to this group and help bring alignment with the ED-DPG. This includes, at a minimum, participation in bi-monthly meetings, taking notes at meetings and disseminating to members and helping to organize files and contacts.

TASKS, DELIVERABLES, TIMELINE & PAYMENT SCHEDULE

The incumbent will be required to perform all the duties as outlined on description of the assignment

SN

Phase

Deliverable

Amount (%)

1

March

The calendar with all DPG events for coordination

8.33

2

April

The ED-DPG meeting organized and follow-up on action items and update DPs on progress against ED-DPG annual work plans and priorities.

8.33

3

May

The minutes from ESDC meeting with government counterparts and following up of action items.

8.33

4

June

Minutes from GOT technical meetings as an observer, as appropriate and requested by DPs

8.33

5

July

A schedule of meetings and provide logistical support for incoming GPE Secretariat missions. Invitations, agendas, notes, and meeting minutes

8.33

6

August

GPE documents and coordinate development partners’ feedback

8.33

7

September

Invitations, agendas, notes, and meeting minutes.

8.33

8

October

Communication and facilitation of events or meetings between the GPE unit and ED-DPG Chair/Co-Chair

8.33

9

November

Summary of the documents requested by ED-DPG chair. Copies of minutes, invitation, and summary of events

8.33

10

December

Plan for the AJESR

8.33

11

January

AJESR report on key performance indicators

8.33

12

February

End of the year summary of ED-DPG events

8.33

PAYMENT SCHEDULE. The incumbent will be paid upon the fulfillment of the agreed monthly deliverables, i.e., 8.33% of the total budget each month. UNICEF reserves the right to withhold all or portion of payment if performance is unsatisfactory, if work/output is incomplete, not delivered or for failure to meet deadlines.

MEDICAL EVACUATION COVERAGE. The consultant will be required to submit the proof of medical/Health Insurance with medical evacuation coverage.

ADMINISTRATIVE ISSUES The consultant will work directly with the ED-DPG group, Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MOEST), other development partners and Ministry of state – regional administration and local government (PO-RALG) as well as MoEVT .

LOGISTICS AND LOCATION This role is home based however the incumbent must ensure a high degree of engagement with the MOEST/MOEVT, PORALG/PORALG-SD and the ED-DPG Chair/Co- Chair and members. In 2017, the MOEST moved its offices to Dodoma, yet development partners remain based in Dar es Salaam. MOEVT is based in Zanzibar. Therefore, the Consultant is required to travel regularly between these cities. Additional travel may be required to meet with stakeholders or to attend Education-related events. All travel must be pre-approved by the ED-DPG Chair/Co-Chair and must be undertaken as approved. Necessary communication and internet costs will be reimbursed.

DURATION OF THE CONSULTANCY This consultancy covers a period of 15 days in a month in 11.5 months.

EVALUATION PROCESS AND METHODS

Proposals will be both technically and financially evaluated. The technical part will carry a weight of 75%, in which the consultant will put clear his/her technical approach to ensure quality attainment of each deliverable and the consultancy in totality. The financial part will carry 25% showing proposed budget breakdown of consultancy cost for each deliverable and eventual total consultancy cost. This will make a total of 100%.

The role will be undertaken by the national consultant who will be competitively selected and endorsed by the ED-DPG members

PROJECT MANAGEMENT

The assignment will be funded and managed by ED-DPG under the supervision of the ED-DPG chair and a co-chair

The consultant will work under the overall coordination and leadership of ED-DPG group

The consultant will organize, and lead activities related to supporting DPs coordination, Support MOEST/MOEVT and PORALG/PORALG-SD engagement with DPs, provide support to the DPG chair, keeping records of all events and activities for planning and information purposes, and supporting a Chair and Co-Chair of TVET sub-group

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will need to have the following…

  • At least 8 years of relevant experience at national level in the education Sector
  • A University Degree or higher in education and or other social science field with expertise in education programming is a requirement.
  • Experience in programme management, including programme design, costing, monitoring and evaluation and reporting, quality assurance and standards
  • Understanding of education programing landscape for both Mainland and Zanzibar
  • Experience in working with the government
  • Excellent Computer skills, including excel, internet navigation and various office applications
  • Excellent communication, organizational and stakeholder’s management skills
  • Experience working in the international development organization an asset.
  • Fluency in English and Kiswahili is a must

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF's values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA).

The UNICEF competencies required for this post are...

Builds and maintains partnerships, demonstrates self-awareness and ethical awareness, innovates, and embraces change, drive to achieve results for impact, manages ambiguity and complexity, thinks, and acts strategically, work Collaboratively with others.

To view our competency framework, please click the link below.

https://www.unicef.org/careers/media/1041/file/UNICEF%27s_Competency_Framework.pdf

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: 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.

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