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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 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 proposal for curriculum reform, tentatively entitled the
Curriculum Improvement Program for Afghanistan (CIPA). Afghanistan’s national curriculum was last revised in
2011. The current curriculum document is part framework, and part syllabus, and part teaching and assessment
guide. A key component of the CIPA proposal is the revision of not only this document, but the full suite of texts
(e.g. textbooks, teacher guides) which comprise the ‘official’ or intended curriculum. As part of this revision, it is
desired that the current curriculum document be revised and strengthened, into a separate curriculum
framework, curriculum syllabus, and learning assessment framework.
The consultant will work under the supervision of Curriculum Manager, Deputy Minister 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.

Job Summary

The consultant will be provided with secure office space 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 consultant will be 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.

Job Details

Date Posted: 12 Aug 2018 Reference: KAB/ED/08/2018/013
Closing Date: 18 Aug 2018 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: Consultant Years of Experience: 7 Year(s)
Contract Duration: 0 Year(s) & 4 Month(s) Extension Possibility: No
Probation Period:

Duties and Responsibilities

. Support the oversight group meeting, take minutes of the meeting and distribute minutes of the meeting
among senior management members of MoE, UNESCO and curriculum working group members
2. Provide effective coordination on curriculum reform progress and support the administration and
financial aspect of curriculum development work with Curriculum Directorates, general education
directorate and UNESCO Kabul office
3. Provided technical support to the working group members in weekly planning and follow up of syllabus
and the sequence working group member’s activities
4. Technical assistance to support the syllabus and sequence of Islamic subject areas in reform and
development of curriculum specifically areas such as (philosophy of Islamic studies, learning objectives,
grade-wise, competencies- both subjective and life, syllabus, core contents, pedagogical instructions,
assessment methodologies and contents of subjects for each class);
UNESCO is committed to promoting geographical distribution and gender equality within its Secretariat. Therefore, women
candidates are strongly encouraged to apply, as are nationals from non- and under-represented Member States. Persons with disabilities
equally are encouraged to apply.
Worldwide mobility is required as staff members must be ready to serve in other duty stations in accordance with UNESCO’s geographical
mobility policy.
UNESCO applies a zero tolerance policy against all forms of harassment.
UNESCO DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS.
5. Support the proofread of translation in particular the competencies frameworks, syllabus and core
contents under Islamic subject’s area in Dari, Pashtu and English
6. Facilitate meeting venue, workshops for the curriculum working group members and coordinate senior’s
management meeting between UNESCO and MoE
7. Perform any other tasks assigned by the supervisor.
Deliverables:
A monthly deliverable achievement report detailing activities, progress made, follow up actions and any
challenges/mitigation measures which are specified under the contract duties section. Relevant annexes,
including documents produced, will be attached to the progress report.

Skills

Strong sensitivity and adaptability (cultural, gender, religion, race and nationality)
 Ability to interact with a wide range of high–level partners
 Excellent strategic and analytical skills.
 Excellent organizational and knowledge management skills
 Excellent communication skills, including writing and oral expression.
 Excellent computer and other IT skills.
 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).

A successful candidate will be required to demonstrate the following competencies:
Core Competencies
Accountability
Communication
Teamwork
Innovation




Results focus
Planning and organizing
Knowledge sharing and continuous improvement
For detailed information please consult the UNESCO Competency Framework

Qualifications

Education
 An advanced university degree in social science education with teaching/teacher training (BA, Bed, MA,
MEd)
 Curriculum development qualification is an asset
Work Experience
 At least seven years of relevant work experience in teaching, teacher training, curriculum development in
social science subjects;
 Technical expertise in social science education;
 Curriculum development particularly in social science subjects in a formal education sector;
 Teacher and teacher training experience, particularly in Afghanistan context;
 Text-book development and/or experience in developing learning materials.

Job Location

Afghanistan - Kabul
AF AF 12

Education:

Bachelors Degree,

Submission Guideline

Candidates are requested to send their application, including a CV and cover letter (in English) before midnight
(Afghanistan time), 18
the Aug, 2018 to the below email address:

Submission Email

k.human-resource@unesco.org

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