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Organization: UN Children's Fund
Country: Panama
Closing date: 16 May 2018

Terms of Reference for Individual Contractor / ConsultancyTitle of Consultancy: Regional Education ConsultantLocation: UNICEF Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean (LACRO), Panama City, PanamaLanguage(s) required: English and Spanish, French and Dutch will be an asset.Closing date for applying to this consultancy: 15 May 2018, 23:55 hours, Panama local timeEstimated start date of this consultancy: 25May 2018 Estimated end date: 25August 2018

BACKGROUND:

Global and regional discussions

Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) countries have achieved great progress in terms of universalization of primary education during the last three decades. However, there are still gaps in access to secondary education. Across the LAC region, children and adolescents of secondary age are the most excluded from their right to education. While primary and lower secondary education are compulsory in all LAC countries, the same is not true for upper secondary education. The latest calculations from UNESCO Institute of Statistics (UIS) show that 10.4 million adolescents are excluded from their right to education in the LAC region. More specifically, 2.8 million adolescents of lower secondary age are out-of-school in LAC, while 7.6 million of upper secondary age are out-of-school. These figures present a challenge to LAC nations that with the adoption of the SDGs have committed to achieve universal access and completion of secondary education by 2030.

Inequality in access to quality education has become a key obstacle to achieving the goal of universal secondary education in LAC. The persistent disparities in secondary education are mainly linked to sex, location and wealth. Adolescents living in rural areas, remote and/or vulnerable communities, from indigenous populations, exposed to violence, living with a disability, living in poverty, from parents with little or no formal education, facing gender and ethnic discrimination are more affected and more likely to experience greater barriers in fulfilling their right to education. Moreover, the most excluded adolescents face one or multiple factors of exclusion.

Evidence shows that when adolescent girls and boys are supported and encouraged by caring adults, along with policies and services attentive to their needs and capabilities, they have the potential to break long-standing cycles of poverty, discrimination and violence.

In this context, UNICEF LAC advocates and works in partnership with other agencies of the United Nations System, governments, civil society organizations and communities in a coordinated manner so that all adolescents in the region can fulfil their right to an inclusive and equitable quality education, in line with the UNICEF Strategic Plan 2018-2021, UNICEF Programme Guidance for the Second Decade, the Agenda for Young People and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), particularly SDG4: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.

Therefore, UNICEF is committed to contribute with the country offices to a) implement measures to increase the access, transitioning and completion of secondary education for all adolescents, particularly girls, from indigenous populations, living in rural communities, with disabilities, and from humanitarian contexts, such as advocating for universal and compulsory secondary education, making education more affordable, improving school infrastructures, increasing school supplies, and providing non-formal education and skills training; b) provide technical assistance in promoting skills development for employability to adolescents throughout secondary education, that may facilitate their transition to future education completion and/or the labor market; and c) advocate for an increase and continuum public and private investment for the second decade of life.

PURPOSE:

The purpose of this consultancy is to support the ongoing initiatives on Secondary Education, including education for adolescents, in the Regional and Country Offices of UNICEF in Latin America and the Caribbean.

EXPECTED RESULTS (measurable results):

  • Updated draft version of the Secondary Education Strategy in line with new institutional Guidelines.
  • Provided technical assistance to priority COs on program development regarding to secondary education provision, access and quality in Latin America and The Caribbean based on the cooperation agreements with regional partners such as CECC-SICA and MERCOSUR.
  • Proof reading of the Regional Study on gender barriers for girls in completing Secondary Education conducted by FLACSO.
  • Prepared a work plan and progress reports for the consultancy periods.

DELIVERABLES:

  • Updated version of the Secondary Education Strategy approved by the Regional Education Adviser.
  • Developed the concept notes and compiled background documents required to organize two regional meetings on education for adolescents in coordination with the gender and adolescent sections and regional partners (CECC-SICA and MERCOSUR).
  • Final proofread version of the Regional Study on Gender Barriers for girls in completing Secondary Education approved by the Regional Education Adviser.

Description

Duration(Estimated # of days)

Delivery deadline

  • Workplan of the consultancy, outline of the Secondary Education Strategy, first version of the concept notes for the two regional meetings.

20 days

25June

  • First draft of the Secondary Education Strategy, final version of the concept notes and compiled background documents for the two regional meetings.

20 days

25July

  • Final updated version of the Secondary Education Strategy and Final proofread version of the Regional Study on Gender Barriers for girls in completing Secondary.

20 days

25August

TOTAL

60 days

KEY QUALIFICATIONS, TECHNICAL BACKGROUND, AND EXPERIENCE REQUIRED:

  • 5 years of relevant and solid work experience in programme planning, management, and/or research in education at the international level, some of which preferably in a developing country is required. Experience working in the UN system agency or UN organization is an asset.
  • Advanced University Degree in education or other social science field.
  • Previous work experience and knowledge on UNICEF programmatic work and priorities in Education, especially in Secondary Education and education for adolescents is an asset.
  • Professional experience in Education in Latin America and the Caribbean region is a must.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills in English and Spanish. Knowledge of French or Dutch will be an asset.

INDIVIDUAL CONSULTANT'S WORKPLACE:

The individual consultant will be working from UNICEF Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean in Panama City, Panama and could be requested to travel if required. The individual consultant may be asked to work weekends and holidays, as required.

FEES:

Qualified candidates are requested to submit a financial proposal (daily/monthly rates). Proven past experience and financial proposal will be taken into consideration during selection process. Travel will be covered by UNICEF as per policy. Costs of known trips should be included in the financial proposal. Applications without a financial proposal will not be considered.

Others:The pre-selection of candidates will be done after closing date. Please note only selected candidates will be contacted.

Selected candidate will be requested to provide three professional references of work previously done.

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 organization.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.


How to apply:

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 organization. To apply, click on the following link http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/?job=512663