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National Consultant, Instructional Materials Development

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About UNESCO Kabul

A relevant, high quality curriculum is essential to ensuring education systems equip learners with the attitudes, skills, knowledge, and values to participate and contribute meaningfully to their communal 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 continued 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 by the Ministry of Education (MoE) to prepare the foundations for sectorwide curriculum reform. Through its Capacity Development for Education 2030 (CapED) program and in partnership with UNICEF, the MoE has been supported to conduct national curriculum consultations, and draft its curriculum framework. Syllabus reform is in process, with a competence framework currently in its drafting phase, and work in the planning phases for the syllabus revision.

Job Summary

This consultancy position will work with an international expert to support the next phase of implementation, namely the development of guidelines to support the Ministry in the phase of textbook/instructional materials development. This assignment will support the production of technical instruments to guide MOE, and a plan for the development of the technical capacities of MOE staff to assess existing textbooks, and guide their revision, to ensure alignment with the new curriculum framework, competence framework, and syllabi overviews.
It is possible that this activity may be extended beyond the initial contract period, depending on availability of funding and need.

The consultant will work under the supervision of an international expert, and will work closely with both UNESCO staff (Chief of Education, Project Coordinator CapED), experts engaged by UNESCO for other aspects of curriculum work, and Ministry of Education staff leading the process of curriculum reform and implementation.
Objectives:

This assignment carries the following specific objectives:

1. Increase awareness amongst Ministry of Education staff and stakeholders of best practices in textbook/instructional materials development. 2. In close collaboration with MoE, develop guidelines for the process of textbook/instructional materials development, to ensure quality teaching and learning materials are produced, and consistency with the new curriculum. 3. Build capacity of Ministry staff through collaborative engagement across all planned activities.

Job Details

Date Posted: 07 Feb 2018 Reference: KAB/EDU/18/VA003
Closing Date: 15 Feb 2018 Work Type: Full Time
Number of Vacancies: 1 Gender: Any
Functional Area: Consulting Open Ended: NO
Nationality: Salary Range: As per company salary scale
Contract Type: Fixed-term Years of Experience: 0 Year(s)
Contract Duration: 0 Year(s) & 4 Month(s) Extension Possibility: Yes
Probation Period:

Duties and Responsibilities

The consultant will perform the following duties:

1. Support the International Expert engaged for instructional materials development throughout the consultancy assignment; 2. Provide research and analysis support as required; 3. Provide logistical and facilitation support for consultations, where these are required; 4. Support the International Expert in the preparation of materials in Dari/Pashto. 5. Provide technical translation support where required. This may include materials required for training and consultation workshops, and translation of technical feedback provided in Dari/Pashto 6. Support the international expert to recommend and justify best practice in textbook development; 7. Guide stakeholders (MoE staff, technical working groups convened for scope and sequence development) on making choices leading to the development of guidelines for textbook development consistent with international best practices; 8. Consult closely with MoE and key stakeholders at each stage of the assignment. All deliverables will be presented to MoE and relevant stakeholders (e.g. the Curriculum Working Group)

Deliverables:
1. A monthly progress report detailing activities undertaken, progress made, follow up actions and any challenges/mitigation measures. Relevant annexes, including documents produced, will be attached to the progress report.

The fees for each deliverable will be paid in USD.

Proposed dates:

March 1st – June 30th, 2018 (4 months).

Skills

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Qualifications

Conditions of Work
The consultant will be provided with secure office space by UNESCO while in Kabul including equipment, office stationaries, printing, photocopying, and communication equipment.

The consultant maybe required to conduct travel within the Kabul region and to selected provinces. All official travel is subject to UN security clearances, and will be in UN vehicles only. The UNESCO Office in Kabul will supply the vehicle when required and other logistical support (e.g. radios). Mandatory security training (three days) is required.


Supervisory arrangements:


The consultancy will be directly supervised by the Senior International Consultant, Instructional Materials Development, and under the overall supervision of the Director and Representative of the UNESCO Office in Afghanistan, the Chief of Education and the Project Coordinator, Capacity Development for Education 2030.

Advanced university degree in education, preferably with a focus on curriculum/instructional development - At least 7 years of relevant work experience in education, with a significant component of this experience acquired in curriculum/instructional materials development. - Excellent understanding of curriculum systems, syllabus and instructional materials development, across the full age range of basic education; - Strong background and familiarity with education systems in Afghanistan; - Advanced cross-cultural communication skills; - Proven leadership and facilitation experience in Afghanistan; - High-level drafting and communication capacity in English, and with the national languages of Afghanistan (Dari and Pashto).

Job Location

Afghanistan - Kabul

Education:

Bachelors Degree,

Submission Guideline

Candidates are requested to send their application, including a CV (one in free format and one in the UNESCO format, available at https://en.unesco.org/careers/media/3705 ) and cover letter (in English) briefly outlining the methodology and activity plan proposed for completing the defined deliverables within the designated time period to the UNESCO Kabul email below address before midnight
(Afghanistan time), February 19, 2018.

All applications must be submitted by email, including the position title in the email subject line.

Submission Email

ki.consultant@unesco.org

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