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International Individual Consultancy to support operationalization of the inclusiveness component of the child-friendly school concept of Turkmenistan

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Work type: Consultancy
Location: Turkmenistan
Categories: Education, Early Childhood Development

Background

UNESCO has defined “inclusive education” as a process of addressing and responding to the diversity of needs of all learners through increasing participation in learning, cultures and communities, and reducing exclusion within and from education. Inclusion therefore is the foundation of an approach that is based on the premise that all children have a right to quality education.

Every child has different strengths and needs and therefore it is important to modify and adapt routines and activities so that all children can participate and reach their full potential. Research indicates that meaningful inclusion will be beneficial to children both with and without disabilities.

Resources on quality and inclusive play based pre-primary curriculum and parental empowerment have been developed and approved by the Ministry of Education (MoE) for further scaling up. These resources draw on the strengths of children and help them experience success in learning and increase their self-esteem. Importantly, the MoE also approved a policy document based on international child-friendly school principles, with standards and indicators on inclusion as sectoral tools to support promotion of inclusive education approaches across primary and secondary school. However, implementation of the above standards and indicators are yet to start by the MoE.       

In partnership with the St. Petersburg Early Intervention Institute. the MoE also plans to continue putting in place and strengthen ECI multi-disciplinary teams (health, education and child development professionals) across a network of 6 (six) Rehabilitation Centers and 2 ECD Centers nation-wide which will aim to ensure assessment and support of CwD and their families, informed by the social model of disability.

Once fully operational, multi-disciplinary teams of professionals will initiate development of individual learning and development plans for CwD to facilitate their transition to mainstream education facilities and their overall social inclusion.

It’s important that staff of the above selected mainstream facilities (kindergartens and primary schools) are prepared to join and work with the multi-disciplinary teams to support the transition of the children in line with his/her and support individualized learning plan. As part of the multi-disciplinary team, the primary school professionals will further support individualized learning guided by the standards of the child-friendly standards concept of Turkmenistan which will further prepare the child for transition to and learning in primary school. The above will also require operationalization of the standards and indicators on inclusion to guide development of inclusive approaches at the primary school level as part of building the continuum for development of inclusive learning across pre-school and primary school.              

Within this context, UNICEF is seeking an international expert to provide technical assistance for operationalization of standards and indicators on inclusion and initiation of inclusive learning environment across selected mainstream education facilities in Turkmenistan, within the framework of the approved policy document on child-friendly school standards.     

Objective and Specific Tasks

 

To provide technical assistance for operationalization of standards and indicators on  the inclusion component of CFS in Turkmenistan and capacity development of selected education facilities in Turkmenistan for a gradual transition to inclusive education.

Specific Tasks

  1. Undertake a desk review of all the existing materials, including on the current work on introduction of ECI services and child-friendly school initiative in Turkmenistan
  2. Undertake an in-country visit to regional selected sites and facilities to understand the emerging services that are being provided to children with disabilities (CwD) in Turkmenistan and to identify the gaps that need to be addressed to ensure meaningful inclusion.
  3. Participate in a full day meeting with professionals engaged in the ongoing provision of services for children with disabilities including the multi-disciplinary teams, pre-school and primary school specialists and parents to collect sufficient information on the needs of providers and parents
  4. Prepare a draft programme agenda, training materials and resources for a three-day workshop on inclusive education, principles and approaches.

Facilitate two workshops:

    1.  the first on approaches for selected childcare professional including child development staff, preschool and primary school specialists as well as members of the multi-disciplinary teams on inclusive education principles and approaches in line with child-friendly international principles with focus on standards and indicators on inclusion
    2. The second:  to reinforce the process and sequence of identification, assessment and intervention to support CwD and to strengthen the preparation of individual learning and development plans for CwD. This workshop will review the recommended practices that support CwD and their families across selected mainstream preschool and primary facilities in line with child-centred teaching and pedagogy and child-friendly international school standards to ensure high quality programmes and services for all children and their families. The workshop will also discuss ways to operationalize the standards and indicators on inclusion of the approved policy document.    

       

  1. Prepare a roadmap for taking forward the inclusion component of the CFS concept of Turkmenistan, with recommendations for next steps.

Deliverables based on the work plan 

The consultancy duration is 25 working days, covering the period of 1 October 2018 –  30 April 2019. The distribution of days by tasks is suggested below. The consultant is expected to work home-based (13 days home-based) undertaking two country visits (12 working days in-country) during the consultancy period.

 

Tasks

Days

Locations

Deliverables and target delivery dates

specific delivery dates and details as to how the work must be delivered (e.g. electronic submission, hard copy), subdivided into “milestones” where appropriate

1

-          Review existing materials to get familiar with the context and work done so far.

-          Discuss with UNICEF and MoE staff, involved in quality early learning, parental empowerment, multi-disciplinary team work and child-friendly school approach, to further determine the scope of the visit and the first three-day workshop.

-          Develop a draft programme agenda, training materials and resources to discuss during the first visit to Turkmenistan and revise as needed.

 

The above should be informed by the rationale given in the background section of this ToR, and guided by UNICEF Teacher Trainer Modules for Inclusive Education and UNICEF Companion Technical Booklets on Inclusive Education (primarily # 9 “Inclusive pre-school programmes” and # 12 “Teachers, Inclusive, Child-Centred Teaching and Pedagogy”) as per the link below:

https://www.unicef.org/eca/what-we-do/education 

4 days (home-based)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Oct 2018

Draft programme agenda, training materials and resources

 

 

 

 

2

First in-country visit

 

-          Undertake a joint visit with partners to regional selected sites and facilities to understand the emerging services that are being provided for children with disabilities in Turkmenistan and to identify the gaps that need to be addressed to ensure meaningful inclusion.

-          Participate in a full day meeting with professionals engaged in the ongoing provision of services for children with disabilities including the multi-disciplinary teams, pre-school and primary school specialists and parents. The purpose of this meeting will be to gather sufficient information on the needs of providers and parents to revise the three-day workshop that will offer a foundation for meeting the needs of children with disabilities.

-          Facilitate the three-day workshop on inclusive education principles and approaches for selected childcare professionals including child development staff, preschool and primary school specialists as well as members of the multi-disciplinary teams.

 

The workshop should be focused on developmentally appropriate practices in inclusive education to ensure that every child can access, participate and progress in ECD, in primary school and further.

The concept of individual learning and development plans should be reviewed.

The extended team of professionals should understand how to build individual learning and development plan that families support and further link it to child-friendly school principles. These plans should identify the supports and services a child will be offered. The plan should be a tool to support the child, parent and teacher.

Based on the rationale in the background section of this ToR, the above workshop will aim to ensure agreement for the next follow-up and specific capacity building activities to ensure sustainability based on the planned close collaboration and continuity between multi-disciplinary teams who initiate individual learning and development plans for CwD and support child’s transition to the mainstream education facility, and pre-school and primary school professionals who support child’s individualized learning and development of inclusive learning environment across their mainstream education facilities guided by the standards and indicators on inclusion of the policy document based on child-friendly standards.

6 days (in-country)

 

Travel dates: one week (dates TBD) in October 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Oct 2018 (tbc)

Presentations of the workshop as well as the workshop programme, training materials and resource adjusted finalized after the feedback from and in consultation with UNICEF and partners

 

Interim report

1 day (home-based)

Within a week upon completion of the 1st country travel

Electronic submission of interim report including a rapid assessment of the existing capacities and gaps for provision of inclusive education and outcomes of the completed activities including outcomes, challenges, constraints and recommendations. 

3

Second in-country visit

 

-          Draft a roadmap on for introduction and reinforcement of the inclusion component of the CFS concept of Turkmenistan

-          Facilitate a 2nd workshop to assist participants to reinforce the process and sequence of identification, assessment and intervention to support CwD and to support the preparation of the individual learning and development plans.

 

This workshop should also review the recommended practices that support CwD and their families across selected mainstream preschool and primary school facilities in line with child-centred teaching and pedagogy and child-friendly international school standards to ensure high quality programmes and services for all children and their families.

 

The workshop will take place at a selected mainstream pre-school education facility. The workshop should ensure close collaboration and continuity between the multi-disciplinary teams, who initiate individual learning and development plan for CwD and their families, and selected pre-school teachers/specialists and primary school teachers who will further jointly support implementation of the plan, the child’s transition to and learning in their selected mainstream education facility.

The individual learning and development plan should assist teachers and parents in the planning process.

Parents of CwD will also play the role as equal partners throughout planning, implementing and monitoring the individual learning and development plans.

The participants including selected pre-school and primary school professionals and multi-disciplinary team members clearly identified and agreed on roles and responsibilities in support of CwD and their families through the individual learning and development plans with clear path and algorithm towards transition to mainstream pre-school and primary-school facility, which will be strongly linked to and guided by the approved policy document on child-friendly standards.

The participants agreed on next steps towards building inclusive learning environment across their selected facilities guided by approved policy document based on child-friendly standards. 

The participants jointly proposed ways to operationalize standards and indicators on inclusion at the primary school level  

5 days (home-based)

 

6 days (in-country)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Travel dates: one week (dates TBD) in February 2018

 

 

 

6 days prior to the date of the 2nd country travel in Feb 2018 (tbd)

 

A draft roadmap

 

Electronic submission of detailed programme including workshop materials, resources, modes of delivery of the workshop programme 

 

The workshop delivered at the selected childcare facility.

 

Feedback on samples of draft individual and learning plans

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finalize the Roadmap with concrete actions for introduction and reinforcement of the inclusion component of the CFS concept and a final report with lessons learned and suggestions for further UNICEF action.

The roadmap format will be discussed further; different drafts will be reviewed by UNICEF and MoE before finalization.

3 days

 

Mar 2019

 

 

Reporting requirements

All materials developed will remain the copyright of UNICEF. UNICEF will be free to adapt and modify them. This ToR is an integral part of the contract (SSA) signed with the consultant.

Application process

Interested candidates are requested to apply online via UNICEF Hiring Portal and in addition to duly filling in the online application form, submit the following documentation

  • Curriculum vitae
  • A detailed cover letter that should include
  • Assessment of suitability vis-à-vis the requirement of this ToR;
  • A summary of experience in similar assignments;
  • Links to/attachments of examples of similar work;
  • Requested daily fee and estimated travel costs (detailed and in USD)

Closing date for receiving applications is 30 August 2018. Only shortlisted/selected candidate will be contacted.  

Qualifications/specialized knowledge/experience required to complete the task

  • Advanced university degree in education, teacher training and supervision, capacity development and / or international development with focus and specialization in education, early childhood education, inclusive education;
  • A minimum of 8 years of experience in development of inclusive education settings in pre-schools, primary and secondary school facilities including direct service provision, supervision, training of teachers and caregivers, supporting parents, technical advice to government, and/or international development organizations in inclusive education
  • Updated knowledge on the experiences, initiatives, policies, research and evaluation pertaining to inclusive education, inclusive early childhood education
  • Strong analytical and conceptual thinking
  • Excellent networking and interpersonal skills required
  • Ability to work independently and respond to feedback in a timely and professional manner
  • Excellent organization skills, attention to detail, and ability to contribute to a team
  • Fluency and strong writing skills. Knowledge of Russian and/or Turkish is an advantage
  • Familiarity and experience with Turkmenistan country context is an asset
  • Previous experience of working with UNICEF is an asset

     

Payment schedule

The payment will be done in instalments, according to the following schedule. All deliverables must be delivered on time and to the satisfaction of UNICEF Turkmenistan.

Deliverable

(delivered according to the timeline agreed upon with UNICEF)

-       First installment: 30 October 2018, upon satisfactory and timely provision of all deliverables planned prior to, during and upon completion of the 1st country travel as per the table (section 3 of the ToR). The installment will include 11 consultancy days + costs of the first country travel as per the agreed budget  

-       Second installment: 30 April 2019, upon satisfactory and timely provision of all deliverables planned prior to, during and upon completion of the 2nd country travel as per the table (section 3 of the ToR). The installment will include 14 days of consultancy + costs of the second country travel as per the agreed budget

UNICEF recourse in case of unsatisfactory performance

In the event of unsatisfactory performance, UNICEF reserves the right to terminate the Agreement. In case of partially satisfactory performance, such as serious delays causing the negative impact on meeting the programme objectives, low quality or insufficient depth and/or scope of the assignment completion, UNICEF is entitled to decrease the payment by the range from 30% to 50% of the contract value as decided jointly by the Contract Supervisor and Operations Manager.

Definition of supervision arrangements

Day to day supervision will be provided by the Education Specialist of UNICEF Turkmenistan Country Office. Additional guidance and lead will be provided by the Deputy Representative. The consultant will provide an update on progress, challenges encountered, and support requirements. Fees will be rendered upon written approval by the UNICEF Supervisor, and contingent upon the quality of deliverables.

UNICEF will regularly communicate with the selected expert and provide formats for reports, feedback and guidance on performance and all other necessary support to achieve objectives of the assignment, as well as remain aware of any upcoming issues related to expert’s performance and quality of work.

Work location and official travel involved

The consultant will make his/her own arrangements for the travel. Travel costs for two trips in this consultancy should be estimated and included into the proposal (lump sum and break down by budget lines) along with the requested daily fee. Travel costs shall be calculated based on economy class travel, regardless of the length of travel; costs for accommodation, meals and incidentals shall not exceed applicable daily subsistence allowance (DSA) rates, as promulgated by the International Civil Service Commission (ICSC).

1st Travel dates: October 2018 (dates TBD)

2nd Travel dates: February 2019 (dates TBD)

Travel costs not actually incurred due to travel mission cancellation, delays, contract termination or modification are subject to deduction from final contract amount.

Support provided by UNICEF

 

UNICEF will cover the cost of the in-country trips, if any, and provide logistical support such as provision of office space, vehicle for site visits and official meetings, organisation and coordination of meetings, interpretation and translation and support with obtaining visa and registration, once in-country.

UNICEF General Terms and Conditions

UNICEF’s general terms and conditions will apply to the contract awarded to the vendor.  Please note that, in the evaluation of the technical merits of each proposal, UNICEF will take into consideration any proposed amendments to the UNICEF General Terms and Conditions. Proposed amendments to the UNICEF general terms and conditions may negatively affect the evaluation of the technical merits of the proposal.  

UNICEF retains the right to patent and intellectual rights, as well as copyright and other similar intellectual property rights for any discoveries, inventions, products or works arising specifically from the implementation of the project in cooperation with UNICEF. The right to reproduce or use materials shall be transferred with a written approval of UNICEF based on the consideration of each separate case. Consultants should always refer to UNICEF Turkmenistan support in developing the materials when publishing the results of the research conducted while in Turkmenistan in academic journals, books and websites.

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