Climate change is a vital component of UNICEF's approach to disaster risk reduction, with climate change adaptation an integral part of risk management in its development and humanitarian programming. For several years, UNICEF has worked to accelerate collective action among development partners and governments to address climate change through the education sector and at the school level. Via the Global Alliance for Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience in the Education Sector (CADRES), UNICEF has led the updating of the CSSF 2022-2030 to better incorporate climate change action across countries such as Nepal based on local needs and conditions. These efforts focus on utilizing education systems and schools to enhance disaster risk reduction and school safety measures to mitigate the impacts of climate change-induced shocks, strengthen shock responsive, greening school facilities, and promote community-based social action to address context-specific climate change issues. The initiatives are also focused on transformative action by equipping children, young people, and communities with knowledge and skills on climate change.
The Global CSSF (2022-2030) framework has also been updated with four key components: a cross-cutting foundation and three intersecting pillars. Each component is distinguished by specific scope, sets of actors, responsibilities, and strategies. UNICEF will collaborate with the government and partners to update Nepal’s CSSMP to align with the updated global CSSF framework, incorporating climate change education through education.
As the country seeks to recover the learning losses experienced by children during the pandemic and address the broader learning crisis, it is incumbent on all tiers of government to identify appropriate learning recovery strategies in the short term. The Government, in partnership with UNICEF and other education development partners, has developed and initiated the School Education Sector Plan (SESP; 2022-2027), which includes the implementation of the Recovery and Accelerated Learning (ReAL) Plan to facilitate an inclusive recovery of learning loss through need-based and targeted accelerated and remedial learning programs.
Responding to the needs of these children, UNICEF continues to support and advocate for the comprehensive school safety programme encompassing climate smart education and supports the implementation of the ReAL plan at federal, provincial, and targeted provinces.
This will include the following support from UNICEF to government, partners, and field offices:
Extending technical support to the governments/partners for integration of climate-smart resilient policies in the comprehensive school safety minimum package and its implementation guidelines to ensure continuity of children
Supporting local government and schools to incorporate climate change action at the school and community level to increase resilience and make meaningful contributions to addressing climate change and its impacts
Supporting schools to implement ReAL plan in the schools to reduce learning loss of the children
Technical support to CHERD /partners and local governments for the development of a learning continuity plan in case of emergencies – specific to the current earthquake in Western Nepal.
Education Section requires a consultant to fulfill the above tasks to support the government and partners.
Provide technical support to CEHRD and Field Offices for Comprehensive School Safety and education in emergencies (need-based).
Execute Comprehensive School Safety (CSS) initiatives integrating climate change mitigation and adaptation actions.
Support to scale up of Recovery and Accelerated Learning (ReAL) plan to adopt learning recovery of children in UNICEF targeted areas Scope of Work:
The consultant will be expected to undertake the following activities -
Provide technical support to the section to support the implementation of education emergency response actions in coordination with DRR/Emg section, field offices and partners
Liaise with the CEHRD and implementing partners to ensure timely inception of activities outlined in the project document relating to Safe Schools and Climate Smart Education.
Provide technical and administrative support to CEHRD, implementing partners, and Section to conduct workshops and brainstorming sessions at various levels to develop the frameworks, guidelines/tools
Provide technical inputs to design, observe, and monitor the training sessions for green and climate-smart Education.
Collaborate with field offices and implementing partners to ensure monitoring and reporting arrangements are in place for periodical reporting
Draft UNICEF’s strategy to support the ReAL plan
Disseminate newly drafted or revised documents to UNICEF team members, gather feedback from sectoral colleagues and field offices, and compile consolidated input from UNICEF.
Follow up with field offices and local governments to ensure planned activities related to CSS and EiE are implemented in line with the agreed framework.
Compile evidence to illustrate the program's impact, incorporating human interest stories
Provide technical support for learning continuity of earthquake affected children of West Nepal
Provide technical and administrative support to CEHRD, partners and Section to conduct workshops and brainstorming sessions at different levels to develop the guidelines/tools
Develop updated Monitoring checklist of CSS/Green school programme
Review/provide technical inputs for the CSS documents to align with the updated CSS global framework.
Provide technical inputs to develop climate-smart and resilient teacher training resources
Develop case studies and Human-Interest Stories
Develop UNICEF’s ReAL Plan implementation strategy in consultation with field office education team
Coordinate- provide technical support to Partner for climate smart green school programme
Develop costed plan to support scalable CSS/Green School programme
Conduct brainstorming sessions for the TWG and other stakeholders to support the CSS master plan and CSSMP update process
Conduct review meeting with partners for green school programme implementation
Development of Partnership documents for learning continuity
Submission of content and methodology of the workshops, consultation meetings
Submission of monitoring checklist
Submission of monthly progress report of learning continuity plan.
Submission of minimum one case study HIS from EQ response
Submission of final draft of Training curriculum and resource material
Submission of minimum 1 case studies/HIS
Submission of ReAL Plan Implementation Strategy
Review status of Green School Programme
Submission of costed Plan of Safe and green schools
Submission of events reports
Submission of existence of updated CSS master plan and CSSMP
Submission of minimum one case study/HIS
Status report of the green school programme
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
Minimum Qualifications, Knowledge/Expertise/Skills required:
Advanced university degree in Education or social sciences or discipline relevant to equity and inclusion.
A minimum of five years of experience working on education projects specific to School Safety, Climate Change, Education in Emergencies, and Learning recovery
Familiar with the education context of Nepal, including all federal structures
Sound knowledge of foundational learning activities, acceleration of learning approach, learning continuation campaigns, and disability-inclusive education
Excellent communication, coordination, and rapport-building skills, including the ability to facilitate diverse groups (Government, CSOs, Technical Expert)
Strong working knowledge of Nepali and English
Experience in the capacity building of partners at the national, regional, and district levels
Strategic thinking, analytical skill, high-level coordination, networking, and facilitation skills