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  • Posted: Feb 25, 2021
    Deadline: Mar 4, 2021
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  • UNICEF contributes to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals in Nigeria with a mandate to advocate for the protection of children’s rights, to help meet their basic needs and to expand their opportunities to reach their full potential. UNICEF’s Nigeria country programme: Aims to accelerate the realization of the rights of all c...
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    National Consultant to Support Curriculum and Instructional Design for Implementation of Learning Passport Platform Initiative (one for Mathematics and one for English Language) (6 months)

    Job no: 538322
    Contract type: Consultancy
    Level: Consultancy
    Categories: Education, Monitoring and Evaluation, Planning, Consultancy, Programme Management

    For every child, Education / Purpose of Activity
    The Learning Passport, a partnership between UNICEF, Microsoft, Cambridge, and supported by the Boston Consulting Group, has been established to, 1) provide local, contextualized content with a supplementary library of global content, mapped together via research by Cambridge; 2) provide a platform to serve this content to children and youth online or offline, via a platform being developed by Microsoft, and 3) with an individualized record of learning for a user, that is portable across physical and digital borders. The Learning passport, as an extraordinary emergency response, will create country-level sites available that would like to make access to curriculum and learning materials available for students with connectivity both at school and at home.

    The envisioned digital platform aims to enhance continued engagement with families and parents on learning at home by providing practical resources and materials that can be applied in home settings. The envisioned digital platform aims to enhance continued engagement with families and parents on learning at home by providing practical resources and materials that can be applied in home settings. Its second aim is to strengthen professional development opportunities and facilitate collaboration between educators at preschool, primary and secondary education levels, and other staff on sharing ideas, best practices and activities that can be implemented in schools.

    COVID-19 pandemic presents a unique challenge for Nigeria's education system and the emerging situation is going to transform the way public education is being delivered ever before. With this new normal, education system both private and public is being prepared to deliver blended form of classroom- both face-to-face and through using online digital platforms. In Nigeria, there have been efforts by governments, private sector and key education stakeholders to promote continued learning and bridge potential learning gaps. These efforts range from large-scale, low tech solutions that do not require internet-enabled devices (radio and television), to high tech alternatives (virtual classrooms, video conferencing, animated lessons and online resources libraries) that require internet-enabled devices.

    In short, while the key focus of this initiative is learning, quality and portability for children whose education has been disrupted by emergencies, the medium and long-term goal is to help establish a quality system of online and offline education, collaboration and support to children and parents.

    Scope of Work
    Under the overall supervision of the UNICEF Nigeria Education programme programme section, guidance of Learning Passport Global Program Manager and in close cooperation with Director ICT of the Federal Ministry of Education, Nigeria, an individual consultant is required to provide the following services:

    Content development and management:

    • Support overall content development, in close collaborations with FME, UNICEF Nigeria Country Office and Global Learning Passport Team;
    • Digitize locally relevant content (as decided by the Federal Ministry of Education and the UNICEF CO) for deployment on the Learning Passport.
    • Develop guidance on content quality for teachers, teachers training programs, formal and non-formal education, in line with the guidance to be provided by the Global Learning Passport Team;
    • Works with the Learning Passport program team to design and develop Learning Passport compliant e-learning content.
    • Develop instructor guides, student guides, and Microsoft PowerPoint presentations. ​
    • Map needs and requirements of different user groups.
    • Map available sources of quality content enabling its utilization and sharing
    • Review open source content for students, teacher training, formal and non-formal education available through Learning passport
    • Support establishing of the process for content adaptation and translation
    • Review and test material with relevant internal teams and stakeholders. Integrate changes into revised content and design.

    Support coordination with national and international stakeholders:

    • Maintains regular communication with UNICEF Country office and Global Learning Passport manager.
    • Maintains regular communication with all relevant national counterparts, including civils society, academia, and institutions
    • Share best practices between Learning Passport participating countries and other countries in the region with similar efforts.
    • Provide final report including recommendations for further platform development

    Key Deliverables
    Content development and management:

    • Roadmap for review, adapt, localisation of quality digital content materials developed
    • Mapping of quality digital content conducted, and information shared with all key actors and stakeholders
    • Instructors' and parents' guides developed and adapted to local context
    • Content developed/adapted, reviewed for all education levels, non-formal education, and teacher training
    • Support provided to users (teachers, students, parents) at key moments of engagement
    • Coordination and supervision of the Learning Passport team conducted
    • Facilitate in uploading of digital content
    • Monthly monitoring progress report on content digitalization and operationalization of digital learning platform

    Support coordination with national and international stakeholders:

    • Maintains regular communication with UNICEF Country office and Global Learning Passport manager.
    • Maintains regular communication with all relevant national counterparts, including civils society, academia, and institutions
    • Shares best practices between Learning Passport participating countries and other countries in the region with similar efforts.

    Other activities needed to support the purpose of this contract:

    • Logistics support provided for meetings/interviews/focus groups with actors and stakeholders
    • Other relevant support provided as per need.

    Deliverables - Timelines:

    • Roadmap for review, adapt, localisation of quality digital content materials developed - 15 April 2021
    • Mapping of quality digital content conducted, and information shared with all key actors and stakeholders, monthly progress report - 15 May 2021
    • Instructors' and parents' guides developed and adapted to local context, monthly progress report - 15 June 2021
    • Content developed/adapted, reviewed for all education levels, non-formal education, and teacher training, Facilitate in uploading of digital content, monthly progress report - 15 July 2021
    • Support provided to users (teachers, students, parents) at key moments of engagement, monthly progress report - 15 August 2021
    • Coordination and supervision of the Learning Passport team conducted, monthly progress report - 30 Sept 2021.

    Requirements
    To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have:

    • An advanced university degree (Master's or higher) in Computer Science / Education, preferably in curriculum design and alternative learning program, or any other Social Science degree.
    • At least five (5) years of professional work experience in content development, education technology, formal and non-formal education, teacher training, e-learning and distance learning.
    • At least two years of proven experience in project management/programme coordination, involving multiple stakeholders.
    • Excellent knowledge of information management systems.
    • *A first University Degree in a relevant field combined with two additional years of professional experience may be accepted in lieu of an Advanced University Degree.

    All applicants will be screened against qualifications and requirements set above. Candidates fully meeting all the requirements will be further evaluated based on the criteria below:

    • Technical Criteria - Interview – 70 % of total evaluation– max. 70 points
      • Education: 20 points
      • Previous experience: 25 points
      • Technical questions at the interview: 25 point
      • Only candidates who obtained at least 70% of points from the technical part (who will score at least 49 points) will be qualified for considering for financial proposal evaluation.
    • Financial Criteria - 30 % of total evaluation – max. 30 points.

    For every Child, you demonstrate:

    • UNICEF's values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA)
    • To view our competency framework, please visit here.

    Method of Application

    Important Information / Notice

    • UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.
    • UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.
    • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.
    • Individuals engaged under a consultancy or individual contract will not be considered "staff members" under the Staff Regulations and Rules of the United Nations and UNICEF's policies and procedures, and will not be entitled to benefits provided therein (such as leave entitlements and medical insurance coverage). Their conditions of service will be governed by their contract and the General Conditions of Contracts for the Services of Consultants and Individual Contractors. Consultants and individual contractors are responsible for determining their tax liabilities and for the payment of any taxes and/or duties.
    Interested and qualified? Go to UNICEF on jobs.unicef.org to apply

    Note: Never pay for any training, certificate, assessment, or testing to the recruiter.

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