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Consultancy: To support the development of a MoEYS scholarship transition strategy, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Apply now Job no: 527685
Work type: Consultancy
Location: Cambodia
Categories: Education, Consultancy

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.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

And we never give up.

For every child, education.

UNICEF began providing assistance to Cambodia in 1952 and has been working since then to improve the wellbeing of Cambodian children. UNICEF established its first country office in 1973 in the capital of Phnom Penh. More information on what we do in Cambodia is available at https://www.unicef.org/cambodia/.

How can you make a difference?

Based on the findings from the evaluation, and further to the recommendation in the equity-focused primary scholarship framework, there is a need to develop and implement a more consistent basis for the allocation of scholarships to provinces, districts and schools across primary and secondary scholarship programmes. MoEYS has now issued Prakas #1240 on the establishment, roles and responsibilities of the scholarship committee for both primary and secondary education from national to school levels. Further to the issuance of the prakas, MoEYS has recently developed a unified governance structure to oversee scholarship at all levels – national, and sub-national levels. A further objective of this assignment is to support MoEYS to translate these prakas into improved central and provincial organization and coordination of scholarship allocation and monitoring.

Currently, there is no consistency between selection criteria at primary and secondary levels. At central level and in databases there is no data linking primary feeder schools to their secondary schools. Furthermore, there is no centralized management information system to consolidate information on primary and secondary scholarships. As a result, the primary and lower secondary scholarship programmes have been unable to effectively and purposefully support transition from primary to lower secondary education.

Work Assignments

With UNICEF as the contract manager, and under the overall strategic guidance of the Director General of Directorate Basic Education, the consultant is expected to collaborate closely with the Primary Education Department, General Secondary Education Department, Department of EMIS, Department of Policy, and Department of Finance to achieve the assignment objectives. The consultant will also be expected to work with other relevant line ministries such as the Ministry of Economy and Finance (MEF), the Ministry of Social Affairs and Ministry of Interior, to access relevant information. The consultant will also be required to work closely with UNICEF Education and Social Policy Specialists.

To achieve the outputs of this assignment, the key activities that have to be undertaken include:

  1. Inception report and work plan (of approximately 20 pages, excluding annexes).  The report will include a methodology, data collection tools, list of stakeholders to be consulted, and a detailed work plan (including local travel) among other items. The report will also include a comprehensive risk assessment that spells out risk mitigation issues the assignment will address and specify both design features and tactical actions that will be employed to address them.

  2. Desk review of all relevant documents including but not limited to legislative frameworks governing social protection programmes in Cambodia, MoEYS scholarship evaluation, MoEYS scholarship framework, programme documents from other similar social protection schemes in Cambodia and regionally, and scholarship operating manuals to obtain a contextual understanding of the operating context in Cambodia. The desk review should also include analysis of quantitative data from different Ministry sources.
  3. Analytical report on the findings, with changes to the operational manual on the targeting and allocation criteria of scholarships at both primary and lower-secondary levels to promote transition from primary level
  4. Training Manual and training report on capacity development of MoEYS scholarship programme managers on simulation model

Expected deliverables

The expected deliverables follow a timeline that has been proposed by MoEYS, to align with other complementary processes and priority activities undertaken by the Ministry. It is expected that the Consultant will include a detailed operational plan in his/her inception report with a clear articulation of the number of days he/she will commit to achieve the different deliverables. This is however subject to review and approval by MoEYS.

Deliverable #1: Inception report and work plan

Deliverable #2: Desk Review

Deliverable #3: Analytical report on the findings, simulation model and revised lower secondary operational manual incorporating findings from the report

Deliverable #4: Training Manual and training report on capacity development of MoEYS scholarship programme managers on simulation model at central level

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

Qualifications and Experience

  • Advanced degree in Economics, Public Administration, Statistics or related field
  • At least 10 years of professional work experience in education, social protection or other related disciplines
  • Experience working with Cambodian Government and counterparts providing technical support on social protection and/or education issues
  • Familiarity with the education sector in Cambodia and MoEYS policies and programmes, including scholarships strongly preferred;
  • Knowledge and experience with scholarships programming, including costing elements
  • Experience working with UN or other international or national development organisations
  • Demonstrated experience providing good quality written inputs in English, working to deadlines;
  • Demonstrated experience in equity, gender equality and human rights analysis is a distinct advantage; and
  • Experience working with UN or other international or national development organisations

Competencies, Knowledge and Skills

  • Strong analytical and financial modeling skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to interact and communicate effectively and diplomatically with government staff; and
  • Ability to engage in substantive technical discussion with all stakeholders
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to work in a multi-cultural environment and establish harmonious and effective working relationships, both within and outside the work place

To view detail Terms of Reference for this assignment, please click hereDownload File ToR MoEYS Scholarship.pdf

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

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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, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.


Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

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