Re-advert: National Coordinator to Support to MOES in operationalization of Teacher Innovation Center at RITTI, Dushanbe, Tajikistan, 10 months (for Tajik 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.

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For every child, education

The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the organization does — in programs, in advocacy and in operations. The equity strategy, emphasizing the most disadvantaged and excluded children and families, translates this commitment to children’s rights into action. For UNICEF, equity means that all children have an opportunity to survive, develop and reach their full potential, without discrimination, bias or favoritism. To the degree that any child has an unequal chance in life — in its social, political, economic, civic and cultural dimensions — her or his rights are violated. There is growing evidence that investing in the health, education and protection of a society’s most disadvantaged citizens — addressing inequity — not only will give all children the opportunity to fulfill their potential but also will lead to sustained growth and stability of countries. This is why the focus on equity is so vital. It accelerates progress towards realizing the human rights of all children, which is the universal mandate of UNICEF, as outlined by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, while also supporting the equitable development of nations.

UNICEF in Tajikistan and European Union are supporting the Ministry of Education and Science of Tajikistan (MoES) in the development of innovative mechanisms to ensure the continuity of learning for every child and adolescent in the country during COVID 19 pandemic. The efforts done to develop digital resources for grades 1 to 11 and as of phase two the MOES trying to further develop instructional materials, and subject specific content. To institutionalize the process and production of innovative teaching and learning resources the Teachers Innovative Centre was created under the Regional Inservice Teacher Training Institute (RITTI). This Teachers Innovative Centre provides a unique platform for rigorous regular education instruction via a combination of online learning and face-to-face instruction, which prepares teachers to transition into a rigorous distant and blended learning environment. This is an innovative educational experience with online content that empowers teachers and students to develop teaching and learning skills they need.

How can you make a difference?

Coordinator will be requested to support Republican Inservice Teacher Training Institute (RITTI) and UNICEF with the organizational and preparation work including a.) support to further production of digital resources and approval for grades 1-11: b) project management by overseeing technical work on using inclusive TV lessons in all schools; b.) support in translation of best teaching and learning resources and their final processing/validation from the MoES. The activity will ensure comprehensive management of second phase of production of educational resources and utilization. Therefore, consultant will be requested to work with specific working groups and number of methodologists who are working with teachers to produce lesson plans for each subject and themes. The consultants will be also required to plan coherency of timing for livestreaming of lesson according to align to the level of the students’ self-regulation and cognitive abilities.

Providing overall management and overseeing planned activities related to activation of Teachers Innovative Center under the Republican Inservice Teacher Training Institute (RITTI). He/she will be responsible management and activation of the center by engaging other branches of institute in development of resources based on needs of different age groups of children, including the most marginalized groups (children with disabilities, ethnic minorities, girls and the poorest). The developed resources should include topics of five domains of child development covering theoretical and practical sides of child wellbeing and school readiness. The developed resources will be used as follows:

1. Complementary educational material (when schools are open) – this is to addresses the general purpose of having quality supplementary learning support to be used for advancing Competency Based Education Reform in the Republic of Tajikistan (e.g. modelling, reinforcing instruction, further explaining subjects and concepts, etc.).

2. Structured distance learning modalities supporting blended learning (when schools are closed) – learners and parents will be guided by teachers to follow the lessons in a specific time schedule complementary with textbooks and other digital solution in a blended approach. In this case, the lessons will replace the knowledge and teacher explanation of a formal classroom interaction and will be supported by textbooks and digital support through the off-line platform.

Estimated duration******: 10 months (65 working days), November 2022 - September 2023

Duty station******: Dushanbe, Tajikistan

Off-site working days: 65 working days

Supervisor: Education Specialist

Reporting to******: Education Specialist

KEY DELIVERABLES/TIMEFRAME/PAYMENT SCHEDULE:

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Tasks/Milestone

Deliverables/Outputs

Number of

days

Timeline

Payment

schedule

1

Management and overseeing of production of additional innovative education resources

Oversee the production process and activation of the Teacher Innovation Centre with supporting branches of Republican Inservice Teacher Training Institute (RITTI) to participate in the development of innovation education resources.

45

November 2022 to May 2023

70%

2

Regular meetings with Regional Inservice Teacher Training Institutes (RITTI) to support them with the process of production

Regular meetings with production team and heads of Regional Inservice Teacher Training Institutes (RITTI) to understand the gaps and challenges and provide ongoing support to the team.

3

Timely follow-up and incorporation of feedback to developed resources

Work closely with review board for receiving timely feedback and improving the quality of education resources.

20

June to September 2023

30%

4

Coordination of final processing (editing) of the education resources

Coordinate the final processing (editing) of education resources based on comments, recommendations, and suggestions by the MoES and Regional Inservice Teacher Training Institutes (RITTI).

5

Monitoring systems established and final report is submitted

Establishing appropriate monitoring systems for response including data collection and analysis

Total:

65 days

10 months

100%

Performance indicators for the evaluation of results:

The evaluation of the results will be based on:

  1. Technical and professional competence according to different age group specificities (quality of the product delivered to UNICEF).
  2. Scope of work (extent of activities related to the product).
  3. Quality and timeliness of communication with UNICEF and stakeholders as well as participants
  4. Quality of work (quality of education resources).
  5. Quantity and timeliness of work (completing the assignments indicated in table above as per timetable).

In addition, such indicators as work relations, responsibility, drive for results, and communication will be taken into account during the evaluation of the Consultant’s work.

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

  1. Education

University degree in education, social sciences, or pedagogy; use of ICT in education and or a relevant field.

2. Work experience

  • A minimum of 5 years professional experience at the national level in relevant field, preferably production of digital resources, working with teachers of different background
  • It is preferable that the individual has experience with, or in, multilateral institutions. Knowledge of UNICEF context in education sector is an added advantage.

    3. Competencies

  • Possess strong communication in building a network of the MOES stakeholders, media, and private sector.

  • Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and meeting results.
  • Strong organizational, planning, oversight, and subject matter analytical skills.
  • Good judgment, initiative, high sense of responsibility, tact, and discretion.
  • Demonstrated cultural sensitivity and ability to establish harmonious working relations in a multicultural environment.
  • Exemplary leadership support to subordinates. Motivating and developing teams’ capacities to perform at their best.

    4. Language

  • High proficiency in Tajik and Russian, knowledge of English is an asset

Qualified candidates are requested to submit:

1. Cover letter/application/CV.

2. A technical proposal with the proposed methodology/approach to managing operationalization of Teacher Innovation Center, showing understanding of tasks and work plan.

3. Financial quote for the consultancy in TJS per deliverable, also stating the timeframe for completion of deliverable and/or daily rate in TJS.

4. Examples of previous, relevant work related to the deliverables, indicating how ICT, mass media and distance learning challenges have been met in different circumstances.

5. At least two references

6. Applications without a financial proposal will not be considered.

Queries can be sent to dushanbe@unicef.org with the subject line **“*****National Coordinator to Support to Ministry of Education and Science in management the process of operationalization of teacher innovation center at RITTI (Phase two)”.***

Applications must be received in the system by 13 November 2022 on our website.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

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

To view our competency framework, please visit here.

UNICEF is here to serve the world’s most disadvantaged children and our global workforce must reflect the diversity of those children. The UNICEF family is committed to include everyone, irrespective of their race/ethnicity, age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, socio-economic background, or any other personal characteristic.

UNICEF offers reasonable accommodation for consultants/individual contractors with disabilities. This may include, for example, accessible software, travel assistance for missions or personal attendants. We encourage you to disclose your disability during your application in case you need reasonable accommodation during the selection process and afterwards in your assignment.

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.

The selected candidate is solely responsible to ensure that the visa (applicable) and health insurance required to perform the duties of the contract are valid for the entire period of the contract. Selected candidates are subject to confirmation of fully-vaccinated status against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) with a World Health Organization (WHO)-endorsed vaccine, which must be met prior to taking up the assignment. It does not apply to consultants who will work remotely and are not expected to work on or visit UNICEF premises, programme delivery locations or directly interact with communities UNICEF works with, nor to travel to perform functions for UNICEF for the duration of their consultancy contracts.

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