United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)

Consultant (Developing a Practical Guide for Teachers and School Leaders to GCED)

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)

Job Description

  Parent Sector : Education Sector (ED) Duty Station: Bangkok Job Family: Education Type of contract : Non Staff Duration of contract : From 7 to 11 months Recruitment open to : External candidates Application Deadline (Midnight Bangkok Time) : 15-Jun-2021 UNESCO Core Values: Commitment to the Organization, Integrity, Respect for Diversity, Professionalism OVERVIEW OF THE FUNCTIONS OF THE POST With the support of the Korean Funds-in-Trust, UNESCO Bangkok Office and Asia and Pacific Regional Bureau for Education has developed a project aimed at advancing global citizenship education (GCED) in the Asia-Pacific region by cultivating the awareness of and capacity for whole-school approach to GCED among teachers and school leaders. The major output of the project will be a Practical Guide for Teachers and School Leaders on Whole-School Approach to GCED and capacity-building trainings based on the Practical Guide for teachers and leaders of the pilot schools in the direct beneficiary countries. The trained teachers and school leaders will be enabled to adopt the whole-school approach to GCED in their school practices and share experiences with their peers. The Practical Guide will be further refined based on the feedback received from multiple stakeholders in the project countries, and its final version will be widely disseminated across and beyond the Asia-Pacific region for reference.

Note: The copyrights and ownership of the Practical Guide and all related studies belong to UNESCO.

Scope of the Assignment Under the overall authority of the Director of the UNESCO Asia and Pacific Regional Bureau for Education, the supervision of the Chief of Section for Educational Innovation and Skills Development (EISD), and the direct guidance from the Project Officer, the Consultant will develop Whole-School Approach to GCED: A Practical Guide for Teachers and School Leaders and provide substantial intellectual and technical inputs for the related studies. Specifically, the Consultant shall undertake the following tasks: 1.    Conduct an extensive and in-depth literature review on whole-school approach to GCED and prepare a summary of the literature; 2.    Prepare detailed outlines for 1) the Practical Guide; 2) the national situation Analysis on GCED in the project countries; and 3) additional country case studies on whole-school approach to GCED; 3.    Identify and propose 3-4 suitable countries for additional case studies based on research; 4.    Thoroughly review the drafts of all the national situational analyses and additional country case studies, and provide detailed and structured written feedback on each; 5.    Design and conduct research interviews and surveys targeting different stakeholders in the project countries and other countries in the region for the development of the Practical Guide, collect and analyse the results, and properly feed them into the drafting of the Practical Guide; 6.    Draft the Practical Guide and revise the draft according to the feedback received until it fully meets UNESCO’s requirements; 7.    Participate in consultation meetings on the Practical Guide, effectively contribute to the discussions, and synthesize the information and suggestions received into reference for the Practical Guide.

Note: The main contributors to the Practical Guide are expected to be able to conduct trainings on the Practical Guide for relevant policy makers, teachers, school leaders and teacher educators in the project countries in 2022 (specific time and modality to be confirmed later). The selected Consultant(s) is also expected to further improve the Practical Guide in 2023 after the piloting process and before it is published. Separate Calls for Consultancy on these tasks will be launched in due course.

Deliverables and Timeframe 1.    Summary of a comprehensive literature review on whole-school approach to GCED by 19 July 2021; 2.    Detailed draft outlines for the national situation analysis and additional country case studies by 22 July 2021; 3.    Detailed written feedback on the first drafts of all the national situation analyses and additional country case studies by 20 September 2021; 4.    Detailed written feedback on the second drafts of all the national situation analyses and country case studies by 1 November 2021; 5.    Draft outline for the Practical Guide by 8 November 2021; 6.    First draft of the Practical Guide by 3 January 2022; 7.    Second draft of the Practical Guide by 21 February 2022; 8.    Third draft of the Practical Guide by 11 April 2022; 9.    Further refined draft of the Practical Guide by 2 May 2022.

Note: The entire contract should be completed by 16 May 2022.

Payment The remuneration for the whole contract depends on the qualifications and experience of the Consultant as well as the proportion of her/his contribution to the Practical Guide (an international expert team may be established to jointly develop this work). The payment will be made in installment as follows: Deliverables Percentage of Total Payment Summary of a comprehensive literature review on whole-school approach to GCED 10% Detailed draft outlines for the national situation analysis and additional country case studies 15% Detailed written feedback on the first drafts of all the national situation analyses and additional country case studies Detailed written feedback on the first drafts of all the national situation analyses and additional country case studies Draft outline for the Practical Guide 35% First draft of the Practical Guide Second draft of the Practical Guide Third draft of the Practical Guide 40% Further refined draft of the Practical Guide Location The consultant shall be mainly based in her/his usual place of work, and may be required to travel to Bangkok, Thailand for face-to-face meetings with the project team, when the situation allows and the work needs.

COMPETENCIES (Core / Managerial) Accountability (C) Professionalism (C) Communication (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 •    Advanced university degree (Master's or equivalent) in education or other social science disciplines.

Work Experience •    Minimum 10 years of progressively responsible professional experience in the field of education, of which at least 5 years acquired in the Asia-Pacific region; •    Minimum 5 years of GCED-related experience; •    Minimum 5 years of experience in teacher training; •    Extensive experience in research and writing on education topics, proved by relevant publications in English; •    Experience in producing analysis, reports and/or publications for international organizations, particularly UN agencies.

Skills/Competencies •    Integrity, reliability, and strong sense of commitment and responsibility.

•    Deep understanding of education in general and GCED in particular, as well as teacher development; •    Excellent research, analytical and writing skills; •    Excellent communication skills, both written and oral; •    Working knowledge of standard office software; •    Familiarity with the Asia-Pacific regional contexts; •    Knowledge of UNESCO’s mandate and work in the education sector; •    Ability to work under pressure, heavy workload and meet tight deadlines; •    Meticulous, paying close attention to details and quality of deliverables; •    Ability to work efficiently and effectively both independently and in international multicultural teams.

Languages •    Excellent knowledge of English (both written and spoken).

DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS Education •    PhD in Education or other relevant social science disciplines.

Work Experience •    Experience in curriculum and pedagogy; •    Experience in education development at both international and national levels.

Languages •    Working knowledge of other languages in the Asia-Pacific region.

APPLICATION PROCESS Interested candidates should click on “Apply Now” and download and complete the Employment History form (Word document). Prior to uploading the Employment History Form, at the end of the document, please insert the following required information: •    CV stating up-to-date educational background, professional experience and other directly relevant qualifications; •    List of major publications, with hyperlinks to such works if they are available online or 1-2 samples if they are only available offline; •    Proposal (not more than 2 pages) briefly outlining the key contents to be covered by the Practical Guide and the planned methodology; •    Expected remuneration in USD.

Note: Please submit your application online through Success Factor. If you are unable to attach the required documents or encounter other problems with the online application, please contact us at eisd.bgk@unesco.org.

Due to the large number of applications we receive, we are able to inform only the successful candidate(s) about the status of the selection process and the final result.

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