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Consultancy: Improving learning outcomes for adolescents in fragile contexts - Education Section, PD, NYHQ/Home based - Req # 539441

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Contract type: Consultancy
Level: Consultancy
Location: United States
Categories: 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.

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Consultancy Title: Consultancy on improving learning outcomes for adolescents in fragile contexts.

Section/Division/Duty Station: Programme Division - Education Section, NYHQ.

Duration: April 28th, 2021 – July 13th, 2021 (40 days over a period of 2.5 months - including Public Holidays and Paid Time Off).

 

About UNICEF

If you are a committed, creative professional and are passionate about making a lasting difference for children, the world's leading children's rights organization would like to hear from you. For 70 years, UNICEF has been working on the ground in 190 countries and territories to promote children's survival, protection and development. The world's largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments. UNICEF has over 12,000 staff in more than 145 countries.

 

BACKGROUND

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 the commitment of 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 fulfil 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.

In line with Every Child Learns, the 2020-2030 education strategy, UNICEF is investing more improved learning and skills development for boys and girls from early childhood to adolescence, in particular for the most marginalized and those affected by humanitarian situations. UNICEF is doing more to promote equity and inclusion through specific efforts to reach the most vulnerable and via support to children in humanitarian and fragile contexts to access quality education opportunities.

Within this framework, UNICEF is committed to inter-agency cooperation and strengthening global goods that contribute to evidence-based programming.

Investing in children and adolescents’ learning and skills is a priority for UNICEF set out under Goal 2 of the Strategic Plan (2018-2021) and ‘Every Child Learns’ UNICEF Education Strategy (2019–2030). This priority links directly to the achievement of SDG targets, including those related to ending poverty in all its forms, enhancing education and life learning opportunities and promoting employment and decent work for all. UNICEF is working globally towards strengthening education systems that enable children and adolescents to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes they need for life and work. 

UNICEF’s has a focus on the most disadvantaged adolescents, including those who have dropped out of school or are at risk of dropping out, and older adolescents who are not in employment, education or training.  All programming aims to be multi-sectoral, address issues of exclusion, tackle gender inequities and negative social norms, and provide high quality and relevant learning opportunities.

Under Result 3, Goal 2 UNICEF aims to enable children and adolescents to develop skills for personal empowerment, active citizenship, non-violence, gender equality and employability, both in and out of schools, including in humanitarian situations through the following solutions:

  1. Flexible and certified multiple learning pathways 
  2. Cash transfer and/or fee reduction
  3. School-based skills development programmes
  4. Community based skills programmes 
  5. Private sector collaboration in skills policy and programming

The purpose of this assignment is to address the limited data on programmes with evidence of improving learning outcomes for adolescents in fragile contexts. The primary output is a landscape analysis of interventions successful at improving learning outcomes for adolescents in fragile contexts, with attention to girls and Adolescents with Disabilities (AwD). The landscape analysis will provide an overview of data on programmes with evidence of improving learning outcomes for adolescents in fragile contexts. 

 

Terms of Reference / Deliverables

In close collaboration and working with the Education Specialist (Skills and Secondary Education) and the Education Officer (Adolescence and Secondary Education), the consultant will:

1) Develop and submit inception report.

2) Develop a landscape analysis of interventions successful at improving learning outcomes for adolescents in fragile contexts with attention to girls and AwD.

3) Prepare and submit the final draft report outlining the recommendations for the most successful interventions on improving learning outcomes for adolescents in fragile contexts that should be considered for potential case studies.

Deliverables/Outputs:

Inception Report - Required working days: 5

Prepare an inception report, which includes proposed template for the main report, detailed methodology for data collection/compilation, plan of analysis, preliminary list of data to be reviewed and analyzed, as well as a preliminary list of stakeholders to contact and proposed research questions that will guide the analysis. The inception report will also include an outline indicating the likely types of recommendations that will be able to be extracted from the analysis and findings.

Landscape analysis of interventions successful at improving learning outcomes for adolescents in fragile contexts with attention to girls and AwD. Required working days: 30         

Draft a 25-30-page landscape analysis of interventions successful at improving learning outcomes for adolescents in fragile contexts with attention to girls and AwD. The landscape analysis should include programme examples (success factors and/or good practice examples) of interventions; relevant constraints (barriers and/or gaps) that affect design and implementation of learning outcomes for adolescents in fragile contexts as well as key lessons, challenges and opportunities relevant to design and implementation of programmes to improve learning outcomes for adolescents in fragile contexts. 

Final report

Prepare and submit the final draft report outlining the recommendations for the most successful interventions on improving learning outcomes for adolescents in fragile contexts that should be considered for potential case studies.

Required working days: 5

 

Work Assignment Overview

  • Monthly status report + Develop and submit inception report – 10 days
  • Monthly status report + Undertake relevant literature review and analysis, identify all relevant programme examples, constraints, as well as key lessons, challenges and opportunities relevant to design and implementation of programmes to improve learning outcomes for adolescents in fragile contexts + Prepare and submit detailed outline for the report – 20 days.
  • Monthly status report + Prepare and submit the first draft of the report + Prepare and submit second revised draft of the report + Draft and finalize a final report outlining the recommendations for the most successful interventions on improving learning outcomes for adolescents in fragile contexts that should be considered for potential case studies – 10 days.

Qualifications

(1) Education

  • Master’s degree is required.
  • M.A. in International Development, Education or Social Sciences

(2) Work experience: 

  • 5 years of relevant Working Experience is required.
  • Previous landscape analysis experience in the Education sector.
  • Previous experience working with National Governments to strengthen Secondary Education.

(3) Competencies

  • Strong interpersonal and communications skills to work effectively with a team that is geographically dispersed
  • Self-directed/self-motivating personality, with proven ability to manage demands from multiple stakeholders while adhering to program deadlines and priorities
  • Quick to learn, motivated to self-teach and capable of independently translating new knowledge into practice
  • Fluency and strong writing skills in English are required.

Requirements:

  • Completed profile in UNICEF's e-Recruitment system and provide Personal History Form (P11) Upload copy of academic credentials
  • Financial proposal that will include: your daily/monthly rate (in US$) to undertake the terms of reference.
    • travel costs and daily subsistence allowance, if internationally recruited or travel is required as per TOR.
    • Any other estimated costs: visa, health insurance, and living costs as applicable.
    • Indicate your availability
  • Any emergent / unforeseen duty travel and related expenses will be covered by UNICEF.
  • At the time the contract is awarded, the selected candidate must have in place current health insurance coverage.
  • Payment of professional fees will be based on submission of agreed satisfactory 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 in submitting the deliverables on the part of the consultant.

U.S. Visa information:

With the exception of the US Citizens, G4 Visa and Green Card holders, should the selected candidate and his/her household members reside in the United States under a different visa, the consultant and his/her household members are required to change their visa status to G4, and the consultant’s household members (spouse) will require an Employment Authorization Card (EAD) to be able to work, even if he/she was authorized to work under the visa held prior to switching to G4.  

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

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. View our competency framework at: Here

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.

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