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Education Consultant for Successful School Paths

Apply now Job no: 526124
Work type: Consultancy
Location: Brazil
Categories: Education, Consultancy

Background & Rationale 

The lack of an engaging curriculum proposal that contemplates social dynamics, use of technologies, different spaces and equipments, the community and the territory and the personal interests of the students is one of the main factors that leads to abandonment and to school delay in Brazil. There are about 2.8 million out-of-school children and adolescents in Brazil (IBGE. National Household Sample Survey, 2015) and more than 6.5 million in school delay (INEP. School Census, 2018). This means that of every 100 brazilian students enrolled in state and municipal public schools, 22 are in age-grade distortion.

Exclusion and delay, which proportionally affect a small number of children in Elementary School, explode in Lower Secondary School and increase further upon arrival in Upper Secondary School. The distortion rate in the lower secondarys is close to 28% and in upper secondarys is over 31%. The most affected are blacks, indians and the poor. Blacks and browns constitute over 56% of students in distortion. Among indigenous people, more than 41% are in age-grade distortion. And 53% of all overdue children and adolescents come from families with a per capita income of up to half a minimum wage.

UNICEF in Brazil has as one of the priorities of its Country Program for 2017-2021, the confrontation of this culture of school failure in Brazil. To this end, the Education area has developed the Successful School Paths strategy that aims to support municipalities and states in the definition, implementation and evaluation of policies and actions to combat age-grade distortion. It involves four steps:

DIAGNOSIS: identification of data on school delay; of the legislation; school resources; community equipment, actions and resources;

PLANNING: elaboration of an action plan and a participatory pedagogical proposal, flexible and adapted to students in age-grade distortion;

ENGAGEMENT: engagement of schools, partners, students, families and the school community.

DEVELOPMENT: implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the proposal. The methodology encourages and guides networks and schools to construct specific curricula, with a terminal character and involving the participation of teachers and students in their elaboration.

The consultants object of this TOR will work to support the implementation of the Successful School Paths through the training of teachers and technical teams of the Education departments of states and municipalities that choose to adhere to the strategy.

 

Purpose

This Term of Reference (TOR) aims to hire 4 (four) consultants to provide services to implement the Successful School Paths strategy in states and municipalities to be defined. Under the supervision of UNICEF's Education area, each consultant will act in the training and accompaniment of teachers in ​​Languages, Mathematics, Nature Sciences and Humanities for the lower secondary school.


Expected results: (measurable results)

SMART: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Time Bound


Result 1: Training and accompaniment of eight teachers trainers of Lower Secondary School in Languages, Mathematics, Nature Sciences and Humanities, in person and at distance, for the implementation of the Successful School Paths strategy in states and municipalities to be defined.

  1. Take ownership of the books of the Successful School Paths strategy, with the aim of constructing specific pedagogical proposals for students in age-grade distortion.
  2. Plan, together with the training/follow-up team, at least six in-person formative actions for the implementation of the Successful School Paths strategy, integrating the different areas of knowledge.
  3. Attend at least six UNICEF on-site training planning meetings.
  4. Attend at least six in-classroom trainings and provide weekly distance learning support based on the demands of the states and municipalities that adhere to the Successful School Paths strategy.

Result 2: Planning and production of materials and reports to support and evaluate the implementation of the Successful School Paths strategy in states and municipalities.

  1. Produce at least ten original materials and indicate other ones of a complementary nature to the books of Successful School Paths strategy.

  2. Evaluate the implementation of Successful School Paths strategy by delivering monthly reports to the Education Area.

 

Duty Station - Remote with travel availability

Duration: 8 months

 

Deliverables

The services included in the contract will be delivered continuously, with the same intensity throughout the months. The results will be evaluated by the following deliverables:

 

DELIVERABLES

% OF DEDICATED TIME

Six in-person formative trainings for the implementation of the Successful School Paths strategy; 

30%

Attend to six UNICEF on-site training planning meetings; 

20%

Ten original materials related to the Successful School Paths strategy produced; 

10%

Monthly reports delivered to the Education Area about the progress on the implementation of Successful School Paths strategy; 

10%

Weekly distance learning support provided based on the demands of the states and municipalities on the implementation of Successful School Paths strategy.

30%

 

Deadlines

1st Deadline: 30/10/2019  Amount: R$ 4.000

2nd Deadline: 31/11/2019  Amount: R$ 4.000

3rd Deadline: 30/12/2019  Amount: R$ 4.000

4th Deadline: 31/01/2019  Amount: R$ 4.000

5th Deadline: 28/02/2020  Amount: R$ 4.000

6th Deadline: 31/03/2020  Amount: R$ 4.000

7th Deadline: 30/04/2020  Amount: R$ 4.000

8th Deadline: 31/05/2020  Amount: R$ 4.000

 

Performance Indicators

  • Punctuality in meeting deadlines
  • Quality of the contents
  • Timely provision of the deliverables,
  • Satisfactory quality level of reports and actions (quality of inputs, analysis, register of activities, recommendations, etc).

 

Immediately upon signature of the agreement, the UNICEF supervisor and the selected consultant will meet for detailed discussion of the Work Plan and the quality criteria for product delivery. Regular meetings will also be scheduled at a distance or in person to follow up the activities defined in the Work Plan.

The monthly reports shall be subject to review and approval by UNICEF after delivery by the Consultant. If needed, revisions and alterations may be requested by UNICEF related to quality and technical depth parameters. Only after final clearance from the UNICEF Brazil, will the payment be processed.


Key competences, technical background, and experience required

  • Advanced degree, preferably in the area of ​​Education. Proof will be provided by presentation of diploma of an institution accredited by the Ministry of Education.
  • Experience in project management and teacher training to be gauged by presenting, in digital format, records (results reports, images, videos, planning documents) of projects and trainings executed.
  • Experience in the production of training materials to be gauged by presenting at least two examples, in digital version, of materials produced.
  • Experience in developing actions related to age-grade distortion is an asset.

General Conditions: Procedures and Logistics

  • Consultant will work from home using own equipment and stationary.
  • UNICEF will provide office space for consultative meetings when possible.
  • Expenses related to travels will be covered by UNICEF and paid to the Consultant as per UNICEF travel rules and regulations.
  • No contract may commence unless the contract is signed by both UNICEF and the consultant
  • Consultants will not have supervisory responsibilities or authority on UNICEF budget.

 

Financial Proposal

  • A financial proposal including the fee for the assignment based on the deliverables and number of days must be submitted.
  • Payment of professional fees will be based on submission of agreed deliverables. UNICEF reserves the right to withhold payment in case the deliverables submitted are not up to the required standard or in case of delays by the consultant
  • Final rate shall follow the “best value for money” principle, i.e., achieving the desired outcome at the lowest possible fee. Consultants will be asked to stipulate all-inclusive fees, including lump sum travel and subsistence costs, as applicable.

Advertised: E. South America Standard Time
Applications close: E. South America Standard Time

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