Job Description


Parent Sector : [[Education Sector]]

Duty Station: [[Bangkok]]

Job Family: [[Education]]

Type of contract : [[Non-staff Consultant]]

Duration of contract : [[2 months]]

Recruitment open to : [[External Candidates]]

Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : [[15 Jun 2020]]

UNESCO Core Values: Commitment to the Organization, Integrity, Respect for Diversity, Professionalism


Organizational Unit: UNESCO Bangkok, Section for Inclusive Quality Education Section

Duration: 2 months from 1 July 2020 to 31 August 2020 tentatively

Application Deadline: 15 June 2020



The Happy Schools Project was launched by UNESCO Bangkok in June 2014 with the aim of promoting happiness in schools through enhanced learner well-being and holistic development. The main outcome was the 2016 publication Happy Schools: A Framework for Learner Well-being in the Asia-Pacific. The report features a framework of 22 criteria for a happy school under three broad categories: 1) People, 2) Process and 3) Place. For example, these criteria include building positive relationships between teachers and students, promoting fun and engaging learning approaches and creating a school environment free from bullying.

Since 2018, UNESCO Bangkok has been working to operationalise the Happy Schools Framework at the local and national level. A draft (i.e. prototype) Happy Schools ‘Guide’ was developed and utilized in Capacity Development workshops targeting teachers and school leaders, in three countries in Asia and The Pacific: Japan, Lao PDR and Thailand. The teachers and school leaders utilized the ‘Guide’ in their schools and classrooms as part of a pilot project. Feedback and suggestions on the ‘Guide’ and how it can be used were collected from all the schools (leaders and teachers) through surveys and in-person meetings.

As a result, UNESCO Bangkok intends to update the Happy Schools ‘Guide’ and integrate the feedback from the teachers and the pilot activities. To this end, UNESCO Bangkok seeks a qualified consultant (mid-level), with experience in developing curricula and teaching and learning materials, to carry out this work.

Scope of Assignment

Scope of Assignment

Under the overall authority of the Director of UNESCO Bangkok, the supervision of the Chief of Section for Inclusive Quality Education and direct guidance of the Programme Specialist, Quality of Education Team, of UNESCO Bangkok, the consultant will draft and update the current version of the Happy Schools ‘Guide’. In particular, the consultant shall undertake the following tasks:

1. Undertake a desk review of material including:

  • The Happy Schools pilot country case reports, evaluation report, and meeting documents;

  • Prior UNESCO and external publications, toolkits and guidebooks relevant to learner well-being, happiness and holistic education;

2. The consultant shall specifically draft and revise the Happy Schools ‘Guide’ based on the following considerations:

  • Consolidate components of the desk review and the inputs from the pilot activities into a new, updated Happy Schools Guide according to a logical structure to be developed by the consultant, based on the Happy Schools Framework;

  • The revised guide should bring to focus learner well-being, whole-school approach and Social and Emotional Learning (SEL);

  • The guide should present clear strategies, techniques and approaches, with hands-on examples of how teachers/school leaders can implement the Happy Schools Framework in a school setting;

  • These strategies and approaches should be presented in simple language that is friendly to non-native English speakers, and that will help in the facilitation of translations;

  • A focus should be placed on ‘lesson plans’ and ‘activity sheets’ that teachers and school leaders can easily utilizeand adapt;

  • Happy Schools is not associated with any specific schools subject; strategies and guidance can be included for how teachers can integrate these activities in various subjects.

The structure of the current draft ‘Guide’ can be adjusted in consultation with UNESCO Bangkok.


1. Happy Schools Guide, Draft 1

31 July 2020

2. Happy Schools Guide, Final Draft

31 August 2020


The consultant will undertake this work remotely, providing regular updates via email or telecommunication.

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

For this assignment, UNESCO Bangkok is looking to work with an individual (or institution) that will possess the following qualifications:

Education: University degree in education, Social Sciences (i.e. psychology or sociology), International Relations or a related field. Possession of a post-graduate degree in a specialised discipline such as education psychology, comparative education or development studies is desirable.

Language: Excellent written and spoken English.

Experience: 10 years of experience in education; with particular experience or expertise in curriculum and teaching resource materials development, and teacher-training; keen interest in various aspects of education, including learner well-being, whole-school approach, education for sustainable development, etc.

Competencies: Proven experience in developing curriculum, Training Courses, textbooks, toolkits, guidebooks, etc.; good computer skills; ability to work independently on delegated tasks; excellent interpersonal and communication skills.


Please submit the following:

  • An up-to-date CV stating details of educational qualifications, work experience, including prior experience of similar work;

  • A proposal (not more than 2 pages) discussing the approach/methodology that will be adopted in carrying out the tasks in the TOR and a competitive fee proposal in USD;

  • A list of past similar work (e.g. previous guidebooks, handbooks, teacher’s guides, learning materials, lesson plans, etc.) with hyperlinks to access such works if they are available online or samples of the work if they are only available offline.


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.

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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