Jul 17, 2017

Kazakhstan: Local consultant, developing the TOR for the innovative design and testing of the social work curriculum self-assessment e-tools, UNICEF in Astana, Kazakhstan

NGO/UN Job Vacancy



Organization: UN Children's Fund
Country: Kazakhstan
Closing date: 28 Jul 2017

If you are a committed, creative professional and are passionate about making a lasting difference for children, the world's leading children's rights organization would like to hear from you.

For 70 years, UNICEF has been working on the ground in 190 countries and territories to promote children's survival, protection and development. The world's largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.

Background information

UNICEF and Eurasian National University (ENU) partner for the design and testing of the social work curriculum self-assessment e-tools. The self-assessment e-tools are intended to collect the evidence on the effectiveness of the social work university curriculum and identify the gaps for further improvement. The self-assessment e-tools are to be completed once or twice a year by teachers and students of the university. The testing of the e-tools is expected in 4th quarter of 2017 – 1st quarter 2018. The detailed concept note is prepared by the ENU team.The self-assessment e-tools are developed for the first time in Kazakhstan and could be based on the existing global IT platforms (e.g. moodle, canvas) or use other IT solutions for the local adjustment that would fit the technical capacities of the university, but also provide for the innovative approach to presenting, digitalizing and visualizing the data for the improvement of social work university curriculum.The ENU has the IT department and can maintain the functioning of the social work curriculum self-assessment e-tools. At the moment, it is critical to propose different options and set the parameters (IT specification), creation or maintenance for the open space platform or software, information entries, report generation, staff workload, cost and access of different universities locally and internationally to the e-tools. The consultant will also review the quality of the draft e-tools through the consultations with the ENU IT team during the design and testing stages.

Purpose of the Assignment

The main purpose of the consultancy is to set the e-parameters and quality assure the social work curriculum self-assessment e-tools developed by the Eurasian National University.

1) To write a TOR with the e-parameters (IT specifications) for the social work self-assessment e-tools

- Arrange the meeting with the ENU team to discuss the conceptual framework of the self-assessment e-tools- Review the existing IT capacities (technical, human) in ENU - Review international practices that feed into the modern solutions for this type of tasks- Come up with the IT specifications and at least three options as a solution for the design, information entries, report generation and access, specify the workload for creation or maintenance of the open space platform or e-tools, information entries, report generation, cost and access by other parties- Identify the needs of the ENU in human and technical resources needed for the tools to run and define their functional responsibilities (administrator, developers, designers)

2) To review the draft structure of the self-assessment tools before testing and provide the feedback

3) To conduct at least three consultations with ENU IT team and participate in training of universities during pre-testing stage

4) To review the e-tools at the final stage of testing

Type of employment: off-site

Expected Deliverables

20.08.2017 - TOR for the design of the software/IT solution for the self-assessment tools using UNICEF’s format.

10.12.2017 - Contribute to training of the universities during the pre-testing of e-tools.

20.12.2017 - Five pages report with recommendations on the improvement of the e-tools prior to testing.

20.02.2018 - Five pages report with recommendations on the improvement of the e-tools after testing.

Terms of payment: Payment, upon completion of each deliverable according toagreed schedule.

Qualifications of Successful Candidate

Education

Bachelor Degree in Information Technologies is required.

Years of relevant experience

At least 2 years of practical experience in application software development is required.

Technical knowledge and skills

- Source code management/Version control systems (Git) - XHTML and CSS - XML - Linux - Apache - Windows - Expertise or experience in using new technology to enhance development initiatives - Moodle- Canvas- Developing software and structure - Open source development within the OS community - Facilitation of consultations and training- Analytical skills in writing recommendations on improving e-tools

Language

Proficiency in Russian and Kazakhs is required. Knowledge of English is desirable.

Please indicate your ability, availability and daily/monthly rate (in US$) to undertake the terms of reference above (including travel and daily subsistence allowance, if applicable). Applications submitted without a daily/monthly rate will not be considered.

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organisation.


How to apply:

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