Job Description

Parent Sector : Field Office Duty Station: Bangkok Job Family: Public Information Type of contract : Non Staff Duration of contract : From 1 to 6 months Recruitment open to : External candidates Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 10-AUG-2020 UNESCO Core Values: Commitment to the Organization, Integrity, Respect for Diversity, Professionalism OVERVIEW OF THE FUNCTIONS OF THE POST Organizational Unit: UNESCO Bangkok Office, Section for Educational Innovation and Skills Development Duration of Contract: 31 August to 12 October 2020 (6 weeks) Application Deadline: 10 August 2020 (Midnight Paris time) Long Description Background and Rationale Local Communities are the driving force of a sustainable society and a crucial part of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). With a view to strengthening its support to communities in the Asia-Pacific region in their efforts to advance towards the SDGs, UNESCO Bangkok launched the project ‘Promoting Community-based Education for Sustainable Development’. The aim of the project is to enhance the capacities of community-based, adult and/or non-formal educators to support communities in embedding learning in their pursuit of sustainable development by bringing the whole community together to reflect on and address their issues and concerns from sustainability perspectives. A conceptual framework named ‘Reflect-Share-Act’[1] and learning modules for this process were developed through the implementation of pilot projects in five countries in the region: India, Japan, Lao PDR, Mongolia, and Philippines. The pilot project in India was implemented in the state of Karnataka, led by the Centre for Environment Education (CEE) South. Further information about the project is available at this link: https://bangkok.unesco.org/content/promoting-community-based-education-sustainable-development [1] Details of the Reflect-Share-Act framework will be provided by UNESCO upon the selection of the consultant. SCOPE OF ASSIGNMENT Scope of Assignment Under the overall authority of the Director of UNESCO Bangkok, the supervision of the Chief of Section for Educational Innovation and Skills Development and direct guidance of the Programme Specialist, Future of Learning Team, the Individual Consultant shall undertake the following tasks to write an article about the project experience in Karnataka, India in close consultation with the project team in the country. .
  1. Collect and analyze materials and stories needed to write the article under the advice of the project team in India, including through the following activities.

1.1 Seek the advice of the project team to obtain an overall understanding of the project process and experience; 1.2 Obtain relevant documentation and records from the project team and review and analyze them, including through gender Analysis; 1.3 Interview project team members; 1.4 Interview selected project participants; 1.5 Interview relevant partners.
  1. Write an article in English about the project experience in Karnataka, India in the style of a human-interest feature story in a magazine. The article shall:

2.1 be geared toward the general public. It should be devoid of jargon and written in a way for non-specialists to read and understand it easily. 2.2 feature the voices and experiences of individuals who participated in the project. 2.3 impress upon the reader the following. 2.3.1 The viability of the ‘Reflect-Share-Act’ approach to understand and engage with the concept of sustainable development; 2.3.2 The various ways and moments in which different aspects of ‘Reflect-Share-Act’ manifest in the project participants’ experiences; 2.3.3 The critical importance of bringing the whole community together to inspire and enable Education for Sustainable Development as an ongoing and dynamic learning process. 2.4 be about eight A4 pages single spaced using a size 12 font and ‘Normal’ margins in MS Word. DELIVERABLES AND TIMEFRAME Deliverables and Timeframe All deliverables shall be submitted to UNESCO Bangkok in English. The individual consultant is expected to submit the following deliverables to UNESCO Bangkok for its approval.
  • An initial draft by 23 September 2020.

  • Second draft by 5 October 2020.

  • Final draft, incorporating and reflecting all the comments received from UNESCO Bangkok, by 12 October 2020.

Location The consultant shall be based in her/his usual place of work. Fees Up to US$3000 depending on qualifications and experiences. Costs for transport, equipment, supplies, and utilities required to undertake the assignment shall be included in the consultant fees and shall not be reimbursed separately. COMPETENCIES (Core / Managerial) Accountability (C) Communication (C) Innovation (C) Knowledge Sharing and continuous improvement (C) Planning and organizing (C) Results focus (C) Teamwork (C) - For detailed information, please consult the UNESCO Competency Framework. REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS Education: University degree in education, social sciences, Journalism, communication, or other related fields. Language: Excellent written English, excellent Kannada. Experience: Minimum 3 years of work experience in writing for media outlets and/or public information in the field of education and other social sectors. Other: Willing to travel to the project sites for field visits. DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS Ability to speak and understand several local languages. APPLICATION PROCESS Interested individuals are invited to submit to the UNESCO Bangkok office the specific requirements as below:
  • An up-to-date CV stating the details of educational qualifications and relevant experiences.

  • Two or more samples of written work published in a public domain whether online or in print.

  • A workplan detailing how you will carry out the tasks laid out under “Scope of Assignment” and expected fees for the work in United States dollars.

SELECTION AND RECRUITMENT PROCESS Please note that all candidates must complete an on-line application and provide complete and accurate information. To apply, please visit the UNESCO careers website. No modifications can be made to the application submitted. The evaluation of candidates is based on the criteria in the vacancy notice, and may include tests and/or assessments, as well as a competency-based interview. UNESCO uses communication technologies such as video or teleconference, e-mail correspondence, etc. for the assessment and evaluation of candidates. Please note that only selected candidates will be further contacted and candidates in the final selection step will be subject to reference checks based on the information provided. Footer UNESCO applies a zero tolerance policy against all forms of harassment. UNESCO is committed to achieve and sustain Gender Parity among its staff members in all categories and at all grades. Furthermore, UNESCO is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities, as well as nationals from non-and under-represented Member States (last update here) are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the highest level of confidentiality. Worldwide mobility is required for staff members appointed to international posts. UNESCO does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process.
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