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National Project Officer (NPO) for curriculum reform in Afghanistan

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About UNESCO Kabul

A relevant, high quality curriculum is essential to ensure education systems equip learners with the
knowledge, skills, values and attitudes to empower themselves, and participate meaningfully in their
communal, national and economic contexts. Whilst acknowledging the enormous progress made since
2002 in expanding access to education to all groups within society, the Government of the Islamic Republic
of Afghanistan (GoIRA) now considers the improvement of quality in its education system to be a key
priority in the next 5 years. Underpinned by broader concerns about learner achievement, the
Government also seeks to improve the preparedness of youth for employment and better ensure its
education systems foster the inclusiveness needed for peace and national reintegration, in part by
revisions and improvements to the education system.
The third National Education Strategic Plan (NESP III) positions improved quality alongside continued
expansion of access to education and sector-wide management reform as its guiding priorities through to
2021. A critical component of quality improvement is comprehensive, evidence-based curriculum reform.
A request was made to UNESCO in June 2015 by the Ministry of Education (MoE) to prepare the
foundations for sector-wide curriculum reform. Through its Capacity Development for Education 2030
(CapED) program and in partnership with the MoE, UNESCO has developed a comprehensive Curriculum
Reform Plan. In the first stage of the implementation of this plan, the revision of the curriculum framework
is currently in progress. Following the completion of the curriculum framework, with the support of
UNICEF Afghanistan, the revision of each subject area scope and sequence and the revision of the subject
grade syllabi for Grades 1, 4, and 7 will commence.
Based on the subject grade syllabi, textbooks, teachers’ guides and additional teaching and learning
materials are anticipated be developed for Grades 1, 4 and 7 from 2018. The revision process for Grades
2, 5 and 8 and Grades 3, 6 and 9 is anticipated to commence in 2018 and 2019, respectively.

Job Summary

This current assignment is seeking to recruit a National Project Officer (NPO) to support the revision of
the Afghan national education curriculum by the Ministry of Education (MoE). It is expected that this
officer will be fully involved in providing both management and implementation support to UNESCO’s
curriculum work with MoE.

Job Details

Date Posted: 15 Jun 2017 Reference: KAB/17/06/ELA/VA/01
Closing Date: 30 Jun 2017 Work Type: Full Time
Number of Vacancies: 1 Gender: Any
Functional Area: Programme Open Ended: NO
Nationality: Afghan Salary Range: As per company salary scale
Contract Type: Service Contract Years of Experience: 8 Year(s)
Contract Duration: 0 Year(s) & 6 Month(s) Extension Possibility: Yes
Probation Period:

Duties and Responsibilities

The National Project Officer will perform the following duties:
 Support the UNESCO Education Unit in all aspects of planning, implementation, coordination
and monitoring of curriculum reform activities, including the provision of high quality technical
inputs;
 Assist in the drafting of contracts, concept notes, one pagers, public awareness articles, and
internal/external reports.
 Organize and facilitate relevant meetings and other events (e.g. workshops), including the taking
of accurate minutes and organizational/logistical details;
 Assist in the formation and operation of relevant working groups convened to support program
implementation;
 Assist with overall budget and work plan management;
 Identify challenges, obstacles and difficulties affecting project implementation and assist in the
development of mitigation strategies;
 Provide technical verbal/written translation from national languages to English and vice versa
where required;
 Facilitate good working relationships with the General Directorate of Curriculum (GDC) and
other departments of MoE.
 Conduct any other duties assigned by the Chief of Education.

Skills

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Qualifications

The National Project Officer should be possessed of the following skills, experience and
abilities:
 University degree, preferably in education or the social sciences;
 At least 8 years of relevant work experience in education;
 Proven and effective program management skills;
 Experience working successfully with the Government of Afghanistan;
 Previous experience in the United Nations system is an advantage;
 Excellent understanding of education systems, policies, planning and capacity development;
 High-level drafting and communication capacity in English, Dari and Pashto;
 Excellent organizational skills, including specific experience in the organization and facilitation of
workshops and meeting.

Job Location

Afghanistan - Kabul

Education:

Bachelors Degree,

Submission Guideline

The candidate should submit the following documents to Submission e-mail
With subject KAB/17/06/ELA/VA/01
 A cover letter
 An up-to-date curriculum vitae

Submission Email

k.human-resource@unesco.org,

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