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Consultant (Curriculum Reform)

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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 sector-wide curriculum reform. Through its Capacity Development for Education 2030 (CapED) program and in partnership with UNICEF and SIDA, 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 completed towards a first draft of the syllabus scope and sequence for each subject area

Job Summary

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Job Details

Date Posted: 03 Dec 2018 Reference: KAB/ED/Const/18/12/03
Closing Date: 16 Dec 2018 Work Type: Full Time
Number of Vacancies: 1 Gender: Any
Functional Area: Education Open Ended: NO
Nationality: International Salary Range: As per company salary scale
Contract Type: Short Term Years of Experience: 0 Year(s)
Contract Duration: 0 Year(s) & 3 Month(s) Extension Possibility: Yes
Probation Period:

Duties and Responsibilities

1. Provide technical advice/presentations to the Curriculum Working Group (comprised of key stakeholders to the process of curriculum reform) throughout the assignment.
2. Develop technical documents, including literature reviews, workshops, handbooks, guidelines for technical working groups, high level meetings and workshops
3. Support the MOE to complete Curriculum Framework and Afghan Life Competency Framework.
4. Develop workshop and all materials for a High Level Technical Working Group on Subject Syllabi Reform with the curriculum division staff for completion of subject syllabi
5. Ensure the deliverables produced in accordance with the duties and responsibilities specified in 2) and 3) are aligned with the proposal for Curriculum Reform submitted by UNESCO to the MoE, and the NESP III.
6. Organize and co-facilitate workshops and consultations with MoE and stakeholders as required.
7. 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)

Specific Tasks:

1. Develop technical content for High Level Technical Workshop on Syllabi Reform with international subject specialists.
2. Co-deliver eight-day High Level Technical Workshop on Subject Syllabi Reform. Assist in familiarisation of international subject specialists with regard to Afghanistan education context and curriculum reform program to date.
3. Work with international subject specialists to quality assure subject syllabi in line with curriculum reform work program.


Deliverables:
1. Workshop materials (including PowerPoints) and handbook for participants for High Level Technical Workshop on Syllabi Reform.
2. Develop and share briefing document for international subject specialists
3. Concise and practical summary report outlining next steps for finalization of all subject syllabi.

Skills

Competencies
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

• Advanced university degree in education (eg. MEd, MA), preferably with a focus on curriculum studies and/or education reform
• Advanced cross-cultural communication skills
• Expertise in a specific subject area an advantage (eg. Maths, Science, Arts, Social Science, ICT, English)
• High-level drafting and communication capacity in English.

Work experience
• At least 10 years of relevant work experience in education, with a significant component of this experience acquired in school-level curriculum-related fields
• Up-to-date student-centered teaching and learning experience
• Current experience in school-level education reform in Asia is an asset
• At least 10 years’ experience in designing workshops and instructional materials including for Ministry of Education, departments of education and universities, teacher training colleges and teachers
• Experience in school-level curriculum/textbook development educational consultancy or school-level development work at the international level is strongly preferred
• Excellent facilitation and representation skills at technical working groups and consultation meetings
• Excellent analytical and report writing skills.

Job Location

Afghanistan - Kabul
AF AF 12

Education:

Bachelors Degree,

Submission Guideline

Candidates are requested to send their application to the UNESCO Kabul email before midnight on 16 December 2018 (Afghanistan time).

All applications must be submitted by email, including the position title in the email subject line. Applications should include the following:
a) An up-to-date curriculum vitae;
b) A statement indicating how their qualifications and experience make them suitable for the assignment;
c) A brief financial statement indicating the overall cost of the assignment. Any travel and subsistence requirements should be indicated separately.

Submission Email

k.human-resource@unesco.org

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