Thinking of a Career in Emergency Management?
- BY Nicole Pelette
About the Organization:
UNICEF works in Across 190 countries and territories to protect the rights of every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone. UNICEF has spent 70 years working to improve the lives of children and their families. Defending children's rights throughout their lives requires a global presence, aiming to produce results and understand their effects. UNICEF believes all children have a right to survive, thrive and fulfil their potential - to the benefit of a better world.
Current National Education Strategy envisages step by step education reforms in the country and aims at â€œupgrading of general education content on the ground of transfer from knowledge-based to competency-based education modelâ€. The Mid-Term Education Plan 2018-2020 puts forward the theory of change that should result in all subjects in all grades being taught based on the new competency-based curriculum. In addition to that, all teachers should possess the skills required for the transition to the competency-based curriculum and new textbooks supporting the implementation of the curriculum are to be developed and printed. However, practically no evidence exists on quality of the education reform in the country. Following ongoing implementation of CBE Reform, a review of overall approaches and tools, including various materials developed as part of the curriculum reform is needed.
This stocktaking exercise is part of larger joint project funded by GPE and IsDB, which will contribute to the realization of the SDG-4 goals to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities, as included in the National Development Strategy until 2030 and National Education Development Strategy until 2030. In particular, aiming to respond to several challenges as follows: incompatibility of the current textbooks with the competency-based curriculum; insufficient attention to subject competencies and their possible integration with key competencies in the approved Curriculum Framework and teacher training programmes based on it; teachers' uninformed and fragmented understanding of the proposed reform; lack of systemic support for the teacher in the process of the competency-based curriculum rollout; and lack of strong evidence for improved teacher competence and student learning outcomes as a result of interventions in the country.
The stock-taking exercise will be combined with expert policy support towards the development of joint roadmap for CBE implementation reforms across various components of the "IsDB/GPE Project for Support to Implementation of the National Education Development Strategy of the Republic of Tajikistan", to be implemented by UNICEF jointly with MOES.
How can you make a difference?
In the framework of the preparatory process to the technical assistance of UNICEF in implementation of ISDB/GPE project implementation, the stocktaking exercise and policy advice will include provision of policy support to the roll-out of the competency-based curricula and ensure that major pedagogical and didactic inputs (teacher training, textbook development, and assessment) are in line with the new competency-based curriculum reform.
NOTE: Considering below tasks and requirements, the selected national consultant should carry out all of the activities in accordance with the plan in coordination with the international consultant. If in case one national consultant is not able to accomplishes the tasks, then all the activities will be divided between three national consultants. Thus, all the tasks will be divided into several phases. Interested applicants need to apply to dedicated phase of actives.
The purpose of this assignment is to support the development of stock -taking exercise by consolidating trends and practices on CBE which were developed in the past and those currently in the process of development by education institutions and partners. This includes some of the more evident trends subsumed under recent education reform envisioning the flexibility and adaptability required in the structure, content and operation of learning moment in the classroom space. Therefore the national consultant is expected to provide general professional support in the process of development of project specific workplans and roll- out of the IsDB/GPE project activities.
DESCRIPTION OF ASSIGNMENT:
Phase 1 - Stocktaking exercise of CBE Reform including roadmap development with recommendations for general basic education (total of 35 days).
Phase 2 - Technical support for developing project baselines and technical specifications for achieving project objectives related to in-classroom teacher support, textbook/syllabus revision standards (math and language), and assessment (115 days).
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have:
Education: Advanced University Degree on Social Science and/or Education.
Work Experience: At least 5 years of productive work experience in the area of competency-based education with demonstrated experience in policy advice in areas related to teacher professional development, curriculum reform and assessment.
Competencies: Excellent analytical thinking and strategic planning skills; Experience in provision of trainings and developing methodologies for quantitative and qualitative research in education.
Technical Knowledge: Proven ability to provide policy support and recommendations to education sector CBE reform, excellent writing skills, oral communication skills and facilitation skills and ability to work under commitment to work to tight timeframe.
Language: Fluency in Tajik and Russian. Knowledge of English is valued.