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National Consultant for Science


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 support the current phase of syllabus revision, development of new syllabus and prepare
detailed guide-lines for the development of text-books in the science subjects, including physics, chemistry and
The consultant will work under the supervision of an international expert, and will work closely with both UNESCO
staff (Chief of Education, Curriculum Manager Coordinator), experts engaged by UNESCO for other aspects of
curriculum work, and the Ministry of Education staff leading the process of curriculum reform and

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
Supervisory arrangements:
The consultancy will be directly supervised by the Senior International Consultant 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.

Job Details

Date Posted: 12 Aug 2018 Reference: KAB/ED/08/2018/012
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

Provide daily technical support to the science technical working groups members and coach effectively
the working groups members in order to produce science syllabi, as required;
2. Provide continuous technical support to the quality improvement of syllabus and sequence technical
working members;
3. In close collaboration with MoE, support and ensure that all the science subject members are producing
syllabi and learning materials as required by the MOE. Compile a monthly report and share with the
International consultants;
4. Support International consultants engaged for the revision and development of syllabus throughout this
consultancy assignment;
5. 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;
6. Build capacity of Ministry staff through collaborative engagement across all planned activities;
7. Attend weekly meeting at the MoE on regular basis and brief the participants on science subjects;
8. Provide technical translation to science subjects working area in both languages English, Dari and Pashtu
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.


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


 An advanced university degree in 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
science subjects;
 Technical expertise in science education;
 Curriculum development particularly in 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


Bachelors Degree,

Submission Guideline

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

Submission Email

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