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Girls' Education Senior Consultant (Re-advertised)

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About Ministry of Education (MoE)

Ministry of education has the outstanding rank among governmental organization of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, in order to render 65% services for the public. Ministry of Education, for the achieving of its valuable goals and Objectives, would like to recruit employees through open competition and merit based selection, consequently to enhance the capacity of civil servants, develop the current governmental management systems, and play the effective professional role in the administrative environment.

Job Summary

Afghanistan is one of the poorest countries and ranks as the 18th least developed country on the Human Development Index. According to the National Risk and Vulnerability Assessment (ALCS, 2013-14), 39% of the population lives below the poverty line. Thirty years of conflict have resulted in the destruction of the country’s education system in terms of infrastructure, resources and curricula (NRVA, 2011-12). The efforts of the Government, school authorities and donors involved in the promotion of education have achieved encouraging results. Following the Back-to-school campaign in 2002, school enrolment has registered a tremendous increase. In the primary and secondary sub-sector, enrolment increased from around 900,000 children, almost all boys, in 2001 to over 8.6 million in 2013, of which 39% are girls.

Multiple actions and political advocacy have been developed with the support of development partners, to improve the participation of girls and gender equality at all levels of Education. The accelerated implementation of the initiative of Education for All, today Global Partnership for Education, has provided particularly an indicative framework for the development of Education systems, and reducing disparities of all kinds (including those specifically related to gender); the promotion of Strategy Papers around Poverty Reduction has, in turn, supplied theoretical financial leeway to countries to improve the coverage of social sectors, including Education. Furthermore, knowledge of the factors hindering schooling of girls has improved, theoretically enabling policies to address appropriately the barriers and bottlenecks in the implementation of measures and actions likely to increase the participation of girls at all levels of education.

Despite advances a series of challenges remain in this area and access to Education, and particularly access to schooling for girls continues to be a challenge. An estimated 3.5 million children of primary school age remain out of school, the majority of them being girls (75%). A combination of demand-, supply-side and systems related barriers and bottlenecks have been identified as reasons for children, especially girls being out of school. The low mainstreaming equity in social policies and budgets, weak statistical information systems, the weight of unfavorable social norms, gender inequality, the challenges of governance at central and decentralised levels, as well as the deficit human and organisational resources have contributed to low availability of services and significant financial barriers that affect supply and demand for services needed to realise the rights of children's /girl’s rights.

In order to address the above challenges, and based on the signed Country Programme Action Plan (CPAP), 2015 – 2019, UNICEF has been supporting the Government of Afghanistan in its efforts to enhance access to quality Education for girls. While a Girls’ Education Department within the MoE was established only in 2014, UNICEF’s advocacy initiatives have resulted in successfully reviving the functioning of a Technical Girls’ Education Working Group in 2015, which includes key national and international stakeholder, partners and donors (led by the MoE in co-leadership with UNICEF). In line with the current and new Education Sector Plan (NESP III – currently under development), one of the main tasks of the Girls’ Education Working Group in 2016 includes the development of a comprehensive policy and strategy paper for Girls’ Education, including the development of related Girls’ Education action plans (provincial, district, school levels). Linkages have hereby been made with the Government’s priority to reduce the high number of Out of School Children, hence addressing the issue of Education for millions of girls who have never accessed school or are at risk of dropping out of school.

It is in this light, that the MoE has requested UNICEF’s support in strengthening the capacity of the Girls’ Education Department. The MoE with the technical and financial support of UNICEF is hence seeking a National Technical Assistance (NTA) as described under this TOR. This technical assistance will facilitate to follow up on the implementation of MoE initiatives supported by UNICEF as well as to take forward the agenda of Girls’ Education as a main component of the Government of Afghanistan’s priorities.

Job Details

Date Posted: 29 Nov 2016 Reference: moe/DMGE/UNICEF/003
Closing Date: 09 Dec 2016 Work Type: Full Time
Number of Vacancies: 1 Gender: Any
Functional Area: Education Open Ended: NO
Nationality: Afghan Salary Range: As per NTA Salary Scale Policy
Contract Type: Short Term Years of Experience: 5 Year(s)
Contract Duration: 1 Year(s) & 0 Month(s) Extension Possibility: Yes
Probation Period: 3 Months

Duties and Responsibilities

Key Tasks and Deliverables
The incumbent of this position, is expected to provide technical assistance to the MoE in the area of Girls’ Education within the current and in light of priorities of the new National Education Sector Plan (NESP III) (currently under development). The overall purpose of the incumbent will be to facilitate coordination, advocacy, planning, implementation and monitoring of Girls’ Education initiatives as well as capacity building around Girls’ Education, including the development of a comprehensive Girls’ Education Policy and Strategy.
Key Tasks

Policy, Planning and Coordination
• Strengthen a coordinated and comprehensive approach to Girls’ Education through the facilitation of monthly Technical Working Group meetings, feeding into information-sharing and decision-making forums such as the Human Resources Development Board (HRDB).



• Establish an intersectoral exchange and coordination platform to advocate for Girls’ Education at national and sub-national levels (especially promoting Girls’ Education in remote, conflict-affected and hard to reach areas of the country), including active participation from the different line Ministries such as MoE, MoWA, PND, MoPH, MRRD etc. addressing specific topics such as Weekly Iron Folic Acid Supplementation, Water and Sanitation in Schools, Prevention of Early/Forced marriage, Adolescents etc.)

• Based on existing initiatives and in collaboration with MoE, key donors and relevant Education stakeholders (UN agencies, Civil Society, Private Sector etc.), provide technical support to contribute to the development of a comprehensive national Girls’ Education Policy and Strategy (formal and innovative/alternative learning pathways for Girls’ Education).

Expected Deliverables
• Monthly Technical Working Group meetings around Girls’ Education held and functioning (co-leadership with UNICEF), including regular updates to the HRDB (information, recommendations).

• Intersectoral Platform around Girls’ Education functioning (quarterly meetings/events)

• Roadmap for the development of a comprehensive Girls’ Education policy and strategy, incl. guidance for action plans developed and followed-through (incl. facilitation of respective meetings, workshops, consultations with key stakeholders at national and sub-national level)
Timeframe (Indicative)
Monthly: Quarterly: Nov – Dec 2016 (roadmap)

Knowledge & Information Management
• Contribute to the conduct of a bottleneck analysis around Girls’ Education in collaboration with key Education stakeholders, incl. visual mapping of causes hindering Girls’ Education.
• Facilitate the compilation of good practices and lessons learned around Girls’ Education (national, international).
• Coordinate with the Planning Directorate and provide technical inputs into EMIS development with a Girls’ Education lens (tracking of school children).
Expected Deliverables
• Bottleneck analysis conducted and report disseminated to Education key stakeholders.

• Lessons learned document around Girls’ Education consolidated and recommendation disseminated to key Education stakeholders and decision makers.

• Detailed analysis of situation of Girls’ and roadmap to include Girls’ Education specific indicators in the 2016/17 EMIS data collection exercise developed.
Timeframe (Indicative)
Nov 2016 – Oct 2017: Nov 2016 – Oct 2017: Nov 2016 – Oct 2017

Capacity Development
• Contribute to the development of a comprehensive capacity building plan on Girls’ Education for Education personnel at national and sub-national levels (incl. organogram, roll-out of gender sensitive programme planning and budgeting, integration of gender –sensitive pedagogy in pre-/in-service training for formal and community-based Education etc.)
Expected Deliverables
Overall Girls’ Education capacity development plan developed, adopted by key-Education stakeholders and partners and disseminated
Timeframe (Indicative)
Nov 2016 – Oct 2017

Programme Planning, Implementation, Monitoring
• Facilitate planning, implementation and monitoring of overall and UNICEF supported Girls’ Education initiatives and activities at national and sub-national levels in coordination with relevant Government counterparts, donors and education stakeholders (incl. linkages to inter-sectoral programmes).

• Contribute to the development of a guidance on action plans for Girls’ Education policy implementation at provincial, district and school levels. Lead the process of development of provincial and district action plans for Girls’ Education based on the status and key education indicators and mapping of causes of low participation of girls in at least one district of the 10 most vulnerable focus provinces.

Contribute to the development of community-based programmes to prevent violence and abuse, particularly for girls on the way and in schools (safe and secure learning spaces).

Expected Deliverables
• Quarterly progress report updates on ongoing Girls’ Education initiatives and activities consolidated and shared with key Education stakeholders.
• Guidance for the implementation of provincial, district and school-level Girls’ Education Action Plans developed, including implementation in at least one district of each of the 10 focus provinces.
• Concept note for the development of community-based programming to address prevention of violence and abuse in school-community settings developed and implemented in selected areas.
Timeframe (Indicative)
Quarterly: Jan2017 – Oct 2017: Jan 2017 – Oct 2017
Quality Assurance and Monitoring
• Undertake joint technical guidance and monitoring field visits to provinces and districts and assess progress made related to Girls’ Education activities.
Expected Deliverables
At least quarterly joint field monitoring visits conducted – recommendations and findings shared with key Education partners and decision makers.
Timeframe (Indicative)
At least quarterly or more often as needed

Duration of the Contract
The total duration of this NTA contract will be one year from the date of signing of the contract.
Management and Implementation Arrangement
The incumbent will work closely with the Directorate of General Education (GED) and the Girls’ Education Department as well as the Planning Directorate, UNICEF and other relevant partners. She/He will directly report to the Director General for General Education under the overall guidance of the Deputy Minister for General Education. An inception report and detailed results-based workplan/roadmap will be developed during the first two weeks of signing the contract and quarterly reports on progress against deliverables will be submitted to UNICEF and the MoE. Monthly meetings between the incumbent, MoE and UNICEF will be held and allow joint technical discussions and monitoring of progress made. Joint performance evaluation reviews will be held on a quarterly basis by MoE and UNICEF.
Remuneration
The incumbent will be remunerated as per the new CBR scales and related Government guidelines. Considering the respective functions and tasks outlined in this Terms of Reference, the NTAs will be responsible for developing and implementing programme activities equivalent to the position of a “Technical Specialist”, Grade C as per the attached NTA implementation guidelines. Payments will be done on a monthly basis, upon receipt of monthly signed off progress report by MoE and UNICEF.
Work Arrangements
The incumbent will be provided with office space at MoE or General Education Directorate (GED) while in Kabul, including access to office stationary, printing and photocopying. She/He is expected to use her/his own computer. The incumbent is expected to undertake travel to provinces and districts, which will be reimbursed as per Government rules and regulations for DSA and travel.

Travels to Provinces

Require Travels to Provinces

Skills

• Proven communication, report writing, documentation, analytical and strategic skills;
• Fluency in written and spoken English as well as the national languages.

Qualifications

Bachelor Degree in Education, Child Development, Social Sciences or related fields;
• At least four years of experience in Education, and in the domain of Girls’ Education and Gender programming;
• Knowledge of the country and Government structures at national and sub-national levels; ability to work in multi-cultural environments;
• Coordination, and programme planning and monitoring skills; experience in coordination of partnerships is an asset;
• Proven communication, report writing, documentation, analytical and strategic skills;
• Fluency in written and spoken English as well as the national languages.

Job Location

Afghanistan - Kabul: PROVINCIAL CENTER (KABUL)

Education:

Bachelors Degree, Education

Submission Guideline

Interested Afghan candidates should submit their letter of interest (cover letter) along with the updated resumes to:
HRMU, MINISTRY OF EDUCATION
Deh Afghanan, Ministry of Education, 4th floor first Corridor first office, Kabul, Afghanistan
no later than 8th Nov 2016, candidates who have access to the Internet can send their applications to the below email.


You are requested to send your letter of interest along with the updated resume in Word or PDF file. Please mention post title and vacancy number in the subject line of your email. However, do not email us heavy sized files such as your certificates, recommendation letters and etc. THOSE WHO DO NOT FULFILL THE APPLYING REQUIREMENTS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED FOR SHORTLIST. Only short listed candidates will be contacted with, and called for the test and interview. The test & interview dates, time and place will be determined and communicated with the short listed candidates only sooner after the deadline of vacancy announcement.

Ministry of Education is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
MoE does not and will not discriminate in employment and personnel practices on the basis of race, sex, handicap, religion, ethnic origin or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

Candidates with disabilities and qualified female candidates are highly encouraged to apply.

Submission Email

jabbar.essakhel@gmail.com

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