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Research Consultant – Women’s Education and Literacy


About UNESCO Kabul

A number of national and international organizations, UN agencies and NGOs, along with the government have been put their resources and efforts together to support women. They are committed to provide equal access to opportunities for both men and women. However, there is a significant need to review the gender inequality, in order to build justice in the society for all. The report of Women, Business, and the Laws 2016 stated that lower legal gender equality is associated with fewer girls attending secondary school relative to boys, fewer women working or running businesses and a wider gender wage gap.

The Enhancement of Literacy in Afghanistan (ELA) began as a multi-dimensional project with two distinct kinds of activity: first, the provision of literacy (basic and skill-based), and second, building capacity within the Deputy Ministry of Education for Literacy of Government of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (GIRoA) to plan, manage, and implement literacy programmes in the sector. ELA I and II started at 2008 and continued to 2013. The programme aimed to contribute to the process of poverty reduction and peace building through advancement of literacy education in the country. Moreover, to help them become more productive family members and citizens, and thereby contribute to the peaceful, democratic and sustainable nation–building efforts in Afghanistan. A number of 581,100 (+60 % female) in 18 provinces benefited of the programme.
The ELA III intended to provide literacy education to 630,000, youth and adults (+66 percent female) across 34 provinces over 4 years (2014-2018). It will also deliver Skill Based Literacy (SBL) to a number of 21, 000 ELA literacy learners to train them a few marketable skills. It create opportunity for a group of selected ELA learners to enable them to earn income and access to decent livelihood.

Job Summary

Education and literacy is very important factors that enable people activating their potential for having a more satisfactory and healthy personal life and being more active in their social, cultural and economic life. Therefore, all people regardless of their gender, socio- economic backgrounds, ethnicity and etc. should have access to quality education and literacy. However in Afghanistan, majority of approximately 10 million illiterate people are female, therefore, it is very important to address the issue of illiteracy among youth and adult women. As mentioned in the background ELA programme aims to provide learning opportunity for a significant number of youth and adults which more than 60 % are female.
III. Problem statement - Challenges in female education and literacy
In a traditional country like Afghanistan female learners are facing a lot of challenges to regular participate in literacy courses. Most of them are escape attempt for being literate since in rare cases their voices are heard and problems are solved. Main objective of this study is to explore specific challenges female are facing in literacy course participation. In addition, we will try to digging deeper to find out the root of these challenges, as well as possible solution from the target group perspectives.
IV. purpose of study
This study explores challenges of ELA female youth and adult learners in participation of literacy courses and how they overcome those challenges. Specifically, this study aims to answer the following questions:
• What kind of challenges and barriers did the learners experience during participation in ELA literacy courses?
• How they were able to overcome those challenges?

V. Significance of the Study
The study findings is to help policy makers both public and private institutions to provide appropriate literacy programmes for female youth and adult learners to enable them keep well-informed of social, economic, psychological and educational challenges. I hope more percentage of illiterate women will participate in literacy programme and the problem of gender inequality will be to some extent solved.
It is therefore very important to determine the factors that demotivate youth and adult learners to participate in literacy programmes.

VI. Scope of Study
The study is limited to the geographical area of tow central districts in Panjshir and Nangarhar. It covers specifically adult learners of some selected literacy centers who participate in ELA literacy programme. These areas are selected based on a perception that the women there have more freedom and ability to express themselves. However, the province can be changed if a valid justification is given by the consultant.
This study will be a qualitative research which involves 20 female respondents. All participant must have been enrolled in literacy courses supported under UNESCO’s ELA programme currently being implemented by the Deputy Ministry of Education for Literacy (DMoEL).

Job Details

Date Posted: 05 Nov 2017 Reference: 0012
Closing Date: 30 Nov 2017 Work Type: Full Time
Number of Vacancies: 1 Gender: Any
Functional Area: Consulting Open Ended: NO
Nationality: Afghan Salary Range: As per company salary scale
Contract Type: Long-term Years of Experience: 2 Year(s)
Contract Duration: 0 Year(s) & 0 Month(s) Extension Possibility: No
Probation Period:

Duties and Responsibilities

The Consultant will be responsible for conducting the research study and presenting the findings in a ceremony that will be organized by UNESCO and Literacy Department. The consultant will therefore be responsible for the following:
- Working with the UNESCO’s ELA Programme team for technical input, overall organization and coordination of this study;
- Develop the content and structure of the study including field work plan, and design;
- Carry out the required research, including literature review, field visit, data collection, data analysis, and reporting the findings;
- Administer the study in the selected locations;
- Prepare the final draft of the study in English;
- Carry out the presentation of the study in a ceremony which will be held by UNESCO and LD;

I. Expected outputs:

The Consultant will present the following outputs:

- Methodology and Field work plan and a presentation for approval;
- A report containing an analysis of focus groups research, presenting sampled locations and selection data on each criteria, and the composition of each focus group;
- Recordings of interviews, with a mention of the location, date and specification of correspondent. Present the transcript of all interviews, in Dari and translation in English (if possible);
- Draft study for review and the Final report of this qualitative study;
- Presentation to UNESCO and LD event;

II. Timing:
The consultant is expected to conduct the research from start of contract till one months and submit the final draft to UNESCO within two months of the contract.


- Excellent oral and written communication skills in English and Dari;
- Research experience;
- Familiar on the Afghanistan context;
- Experience in working with vulnerable groups, especially women and children;
- Excellent time management skills and ability to produce outputs as per agreed deadlines.
- Excellent presentation skills;
- Computer literacy with strong command in MS Office for word processing, data analysis, and presentation and office technology equipment is a must;
- Cultural awareness and sensitivity to gender issues;

- Fluency in English and Dari/Pashto, both written and spoken.


- Master’s Degree in social sciences or relevant field. Two years of relevant experience may be accepted instead of a Master’s Degree.
Work Experience:
- A minimum of five years of hands on experience working in the field of development;
- Research experience related to Afghanistan and vulnerable groups;
- Working experience in the framework of different donor projects will be an asset;
- High quality analytical and writing skills, Knowledge, understanding and practical implementation of survey methods;
- Experience in conducting similar studies;
- Ability to access the selected province and district;

Job Location

Afghanistan - Kabul
AF AF 12


Masters Degree,

Submission Guideline

- Interested candidates are requested to send their CVs and Cover letter mentioning the vacancy number in subject line of the email to: Submission e-mail
- An application letter addressing the selection criteria including how the consultant's previous experience matches the objectives as well as the interest for the position (max 1 page).
- Candidate's financial offer;
- Updated CV including relevant work experience and qualifications;
- A proposed table of contents for the study (max 1page);
- Samples of previous research work (if available);

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