Job Description

Parent Sector : Education Sector (ED) Duty Station: Paris Job Family: Education Type of contract : Non Staff Duration of contract : From 1 to 6 months Recruitment open to : External candidates Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 03-JUL-2020 UNESCO Core Values: Commitment to the Organization, Integrity, Respect for Diversity, Professionalism OVERVIEW OF THE FUNCTIONS OF THE POST I. BACKGROUND The International Task Force on Teachers for Education 2030, also known as the Teacher Task Force (TTF) is a unique partnership created in 2008 to advocate for teachers and the teaching profession around the world. It is dedicated to raising awareness, expanding knowledge and supporting countries towards achieving target 4.c of SDG 4. To support its workplan, the TTF is seeking a research consultant to carry out desk research, data analysis, data visualisation, and drafting reports, which will feed into the new Teacher Task Force Knowledge Platform. II. DUTIES AND REQUIREMENTS The consultant will help the TTF team prepare key knowledge products in the following areas:
  • Compile relevant quantitative and qualitative data sources related to teachers and teaching to generate an original summative analysis for the TTF team to enrich the knowledge platform. This includes the identification of high-quality research pieces (reports/articles) to be featured on the TTF knowledge platform;

  • Support the transformation of existing statistics and information, such as the 2020 GEM Report on Inclusion, the TIMMS 2020 data release, and UIS indicators into short analytical pieces for policy-makers in relation to teachers possibly including teacher characteristics, training and qualifications, teacher status and working conditions, professional practice, skills development, career structures, motivation, etc.;

  • Support the production of other analytical or research pieces for TTF meetings and events including World Teacher’s Day, in particular a fact sheet based on the work of the UNESCO Institute for Statistics and other relevant data sources.

  • Support the work on COVID-19 responses in relation to teachers and teaching – in particular the role of social dialogue during and after the COVID-19 school closures. This element will be completed in conjunction with an external partner.

  • Contribute feedback to the UIS on the development of the ISCED-T to generate internationally comparable statistics on teacher training programmes and teaching qualifications.

  1. A research report drafted (4-5 pages) on emerging relevant high-quality reports on teachers and teaching (including a list of 10 documents) for inclusion to the knowledge platform

  2. Three drafted policy briefs (5-10 pages each) for:
    1. 2020 Gem Report

    2. World Teacher’s Day, and

    3. TIMMS 2020 data release.

  3. Data visualisation pieces based on UIS and other data sources related to teachers (at least 10)

  4. Draft research piece on social dialogue related to teachers in the context of the response to COVID-19 school closures produced in conjunction with external research partners (5-10 pages).

  • Post-graduate degree (Master’s or higher) in statistics, economics, demography, education planning, or other related field.

Work Experience
  • A minimum of four years of professional experience as a researcher and/or analyst in one of the following areas of expertise: education data analysis, learning measurement and assessment; teachers, educator training, learning, equity.

  • Proficiency in quantitative and qualitative data analysis.

  • Professional experience in developing countries.

  • Prior relevant experience in a UN agency or organization is an asset.

  • Strong technical assessment, research and analytical skills and ability to organise and coordinate multiple tasks;

  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively and independently within a complex and multicultural environment

  • Strong and proven interpersonal and communication skills

  • Capacity to deliver high quality results within specified timelines.

  • Technical skill in the use of latest data visualization tools are desirable

  • Fluency in both written and oral English is a requirement.

  • Knowledge of another official UN language would be an asset.

Reporting and Roles & Responsibilities The consultant will work in collaboration with the Secretariat of the Teacher Task Force, based in UNESCO, Paris. UNESCO will provide technical support throughout the assignment as necessary. The consultant will be responsible for arranging their own computer equipment, office space, and telecommunications fees. The consultant is expected to conduct the assignment efficiently and professionally and to communicate with UNESCO in a timely manner. They will work full time, at a distance. Travel is not a requirement of this consultancy. HOW TO APPLY REQUEST FOR WRITTEN PROPOSALS Reference: Teacher Task Force 2020 – Research Consultant Request to submit a written proposal for a work assignment with UNESCO UNESCO is inviting written proposals from Individuals for the work assignment described in the Terms of Reference. Your written proposal should comprise of a Technical Proposal that includes:
  • an up to date curriculum vitae (in UNESCO format, see:

  • an approach and methodology for the assignment (no longer than 1 page)

  • A fee schedule for amount to be charged for the assignment, which should be quoted as a monthly fee in US dollars or in Euros only for the period : 15 July 2020 - 31 December 2021

No travel is envisioned for this assignment; therefore, please do not include travel costs. Please submit your supporting documents in English. UNESCO places great emphasis on ensuring that the objectives of the work assignment, as described in the Terms of Reference, are met. Accordingly, in evaluating the proposals for the assignment, attention will focus first and foremost on the technical elements. From those proposals deemed suitable in relation to the criteria set forth in the Terms of Reference, UNESCO shall select the proposal that offers the Organization best value for money. Your proposal should be submitted by e-mail no later than close of business (18:00 Paris time) on 03 July 2020. E-mail proposals should not exceed 5MB. The e-mail should be addressed to: Leila Loupis – It is the individual’s responsibility to ensure that his/her proposal is received by the deadline. Thank you for your interest in this UNESCO assignment; and we look forward to receiving your proposal. 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. SELECTION AND RECRUITMENT PROCESS 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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