Lao People’s Democratic Republic (the): TA for the Integration of Learning Assessment into Primary Curriculum in Lao PDR

Organization: Government of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic
Country: Lao People’s Democratic Republic (the)
Closing date: 12 May 2017

REQUEST FOR EXPRESSION OF INTEREST

Country: Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR)

Organization Ministry of Education and Sports (MOES)

Description: Technical Assistance for the Integration of Learning Assessment into Primary Curriculum in Lao PDR

The MoES has requested UNICEF to support for the necessary integration of learning assessment into the primary curriculum to take place. A core supporting service to Research Institute for Educational Science (RIES) to integrate student assessment into the revised primary curriculum, including the curriculum framework, teachers’ guides and textbooks.

The Education Sector Development Plan (ESDP) 2016-2020 pays particular attention to improving the quality of primary education with the key focus on the enhancement of the quality of teaching and student learning achievement, especially of literacy and numeracy skills. Currently, a number of quality reforms are being undertaken in Lao PDR. This includes the reforms of primary education curriculum, instructional materials, and teacher education and student assessment system. The associated reforms are under the leadership of the Ministry of Education and Sports (MoES) with support from development partners, especially the (Australian) Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). The progress of these reforms have been made – the primary curriculum framework has been drafted, grade 1 teachers’ guides and textbooks are being field trialed, and the development of grade 2 teachers’ guides and textbooks will begin within 2017.

The major objectives of this consultancy are to provide technical assistance in the following key areas:

  1. Capacity Building of MoES

  2. To enhance knowledge and capacity of relevant Ministry staff, especially the primary curriculum writing team to integrate student assessment into the primary curriculum framework and instructional materials, including textbooks and teachers’ guides.

  3. Improvement of the Draft Revised Primary Curriculum Framework

  4. To help the primary curriculum writing team to revise and improve the draft revised primary curriculum framework, especially for the assessment component to ensure that all parts of the curriculum are aligned and the expected learning outcomes are measurable.

  5. Integration of the Learning Assessment into Primary Curriculum Materials

  6. To assist the primary curriculum writing team to develop learning milestones to monitor and support students to achieve the identified learning competencies

  7. To assist the primary curriculum writing team to review and revise grade 1 curriculum materials with strong assessment focus and exemplars

  8. To provide technical support to the curriculum writing teams to integrate learning assessment into grade 2 curriculum materials, including teachers’ guides and textbooks of all subjects

  9. To provide necessary technical support for effective field trial of grade 2 textbook and teachers’ guides

  10. To provide learning assessment exemplars, guidance and recommendations for further integration of learning assessment into the remaining grade 3, 4 and 5 textbooks and teachers’ guides

  11. Strengthening of In-service Teacher Training Design and Materials on the Revised Primary Curriculum

  12. To provide technical support in the development of in-service teacher training designs and materials on the new primary curriculum, ensuring that strong learning assessment is sufficiently addressed.

  13. To develop student learning assessment implementation guide for teachers to monitor and support students to achieve the expected learning goals.

Scope of Work:

The consultant will support the Research Institute for Educational Sciences (RIES) in the following areas:

Area 1: Capacity Building of MoES;

Area 2: Review and revise the draft curriculum Framework;

Area 3: Review and revise the draft grade 1 curriculum materials, including textbooks and teachers’ guides

with inclusion of student assessment;

Area 4: Integrate student assessment into grade 2 curriculum materials, including the textbooks and teachers’

Guides;

Area 5: Provide technical assistance for the grade 2 textbook and teachers’ guides field trial;

Area 6: Provide technical assistance for in-service teacher training for grade 1 teachers on newly revised grade

1 curriculum;

Area 7: Develop learning milestones and assessment exemplars of all subjects for grade 3, 4 and 5.

Time-frame: The assignment is expected to begin by June 2017 to 30 April 2018 (11 months full time).

Supervision: The consultant will be supervised directly by the Deputy Director of RIES, who is in charge of the primary curriculum revision and co-supervised by UNICEF Primary Education Specialist.

Qualification and Experience:

The MoES now invites eligible Individual Internal Consultant to submit they interest in providing the Services. Interested consultant should provide information demonstrating that they have the required qualification and relevant experience to perform the services specifically:

  • Post graduate degree in education or related field;
  • At least 8 years of extensive and practical experience in student assessment, including in integration of student assessment into curriculum, preferably for primary education;
  • In-depth knowledge of challenges for implementation of student assessment in primary education, especially in low resource settings;
  • Good ability to apply a ‘coaching’ approach to capacity development components;
  • Experience in working with the government in developing countries, preferably in South East Asia, as an asset;
  • Ability to work in various cultural settings; and
  • Knowledge and experience in working in Lao PDR as an asset.

Further Information can be obtained the detailed TOR from the Ministry of Education and Sports, Department of Planning, Project Management Division (PMD) during office hours 08:00 to 16:00 hours at below address.

Please submit your CV with your past records on similar assignment and other relevant information must be delivered in a written to the below address from 28 April to 12 May 2017. Only the selected consultant will be notified to the contract negotiation.

Attn: Dr. Bounpanh Xaymountry

Director General of Planning Department,

Ministry of Education and Sports

Lane Xang Avenue,

P.O Box 067, Vientiane Capital, Lao PDR

E-mail: pmd.oda.moes@gmail.com or khampaseuth.kitignavong@yahoo.com

Tel/Fax: (856 -21) 241 951 or 216 006

How to apply:

Please submit your CV with your past records on similar assignment and other relevant information must be delivered in a written to the below address from 28 April to 12 May 2017. Only the selected consultant will be notified to the contract negotiation.

Attn: Dr. Bounpanh Xaymountry

Director General of Planning Department,

Ministry of Education and Sports

Lane Xang Avenue,

P.O Box 067, Vientiane Capital, Lao PDR

E-mail: pmd.oda.moes@gmail.com or khampaseuth.kitignavong@yahoo.com

Tel/Fax: (856 -21) 241 951 or 216 006

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