Accessible Digital Textbook Project Consultant

United Nations Children's Fund, Panama

Skill Required:, IT and ICTPolicy/ Advocacy and CampaignProject Management
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
21st June, 2021

Job Description

Purpose of the Assignment

Under the supervision of the LACRO Education Specialist [Inclusion], and work in close collaboration with colleagues and counterparts, the consultant will serve as the coordinator for the scaling of the “Accessible digital textbooks for all’’ in the Latin and Caribbean Region, including managing the pilots in Jamaica, Nicaragua, Uruguay and Paraguay.

Specific Tasks:

Specifically, the consultant will be responsible for the following tasks:

  • Under the guidance of the supervisor, the consultant will manage and implement the global UNICEF project focusing on the development and strengthening of the ADT in LACRO. This includes effective and timely communication and coordination of activities, meetings, and tasks with the UNICEF Inclusive Education Specialist and as well as with external actors (e.g. Daisy Consortium, technical task team, reviewers, implementing partners), hiring of consultant, website development staff and donors. This also includes tracking progress on the workplan, activities, budgets and expenses in coordination with UNICEF finance and UNICEF Education team in LACRO.
  • Support 4 countries to implement or strengthen the ADT project with the MoE and stakeholders within a sustainable ecosystem. This includes supporting the country analysis and development of workplans, budgets, trainings, knowledge management systems, process, and technical support, following the guidance from the Emerging Lessons document developed at HQ level.
  • Develop and manage a regional repository of accessible content in all local languages (sign language videos, image with image descriptions, UDL activity templates, tutorials, etc.)
  • Explore on best digital and strategic approaches for scale up in the region.
  • Establish and coordinate a technical task force on ADT in the region and establish strong partnerships with writers, publishers, teachers, DPOs, technology developers, MOE representatives of the countries involved and other key stakeholders in education.
  • Prepare a proposal on how to promote the alignment of the ADT across UNICEF innovations (e.g. Learning Passport, GIGA) and other organizations.
  • Manage and support translations of online resources and tools.
  •  Recommend how to prioritize accessible user features of the ADT for all digital platform and support its development with contractors;
  • Collaborate with others in the UNICEF Education, Disability and Innovation team and across UNICEF sectors on development, scale up and utilization of ADT across relevant UNICEF programming.
  • Documentation and reporting: produce high quality and comprehensive reports and presentations including donor reports.
  • Visibility and Communications: Support the development of a communication strategy on the ADT, including external communication materials and articles (e.g. website content, blogs, handouts) about this project in coordination with COs and MoEs involved. Support UNICEF representation with external actors.

Workplace: This consultancy is remote, home-based.

Duration: This contract is expected to last 10 months, with an estimated start date of 1 July 2021.

How to apply:  Application should be submitted online and should include: Resume, Cover Letter, Master's Degree, and Financial proposal. Qualified candidates are requested to submit daily and monthly fees in their financial proposal.

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

  • Masters in Inclusive Education, Disability studies, Occupational therapy, technology and innovation in Education, Public Health or any related topics.
  • A minimum of 5 years of experience in disability and inclusion project management, and coordination, with experience in inclusive education and technology innovations.
  • Training and facilitating experience required.
  • Demonstrated capacity in writing skills and ability to support in advocacy and representation of an international organization with different stakeholders.
  • Strong inter-agency collaboration and project management skills.
  • Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergency is considered an asset.
  • Proficiency in English and Spanish is required. Proficiency in Portuguese and/or French will be an asset.


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