Education in Emergency Consultant

Organization: UN Children’s Fund
Closing date: 07 Apr 2018

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Background:

During the month of September 2017, between the 5th and 20th, the Caribbean region was impacted by two major sequential hurricane systems, Irma and Maria, both Category 5 resulting in multi-island impacts. Irma became a category 5 hurricane in the Eastern Atlantic Ocean on Tuesday September 5, 2017 with maximum sustained winds near 185 mph. It impacted the CDEMA Participating States of Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, The Virgin Islands, Dominica, St. Kitts and Nevis, Montserrat the northern districts of Haiti, Turks and Caicos Islands and the south-eastern islands of the Bahamas. A combination of strong winds, storm surge and intense rainfall, resulted in the loss of 40lives and significant damage to homes, critical infrastructure and other sectors throughout the affected islands. Whilst hurricane Irma was affecting the northern CDEMA Participating States, Hurricane Jose a Category 3 cyclone posed a threat to the Northern Leeward Islands but fortunately did not result in any impacts. However, the threat posed by Jose immediately following the impact of Irma, caused the Government of Antigua and Barbuda to evacuate the population of Barbuda. Maria became a category 5 hurricane near the Leeward Islands on Monday September 18th, 2017 and impacted Dominica at approximately 9:35pm on September 18th as an extremely strong hurricane with wind speeds of 155 mph. It then impacted St. Kitts and Nevis, Antigua and Barbuda and The Virgin Islands between September 19 and 20 2017 and rapidly progressed to a major hurricane (Category 3) within 48 hours and subsequently to a catastrophic hurricane (Category 5) just 8 hours later when it impacted Dominica. All the affected countries and territories, with the support of different development partners, led the Education Sector emergency response. The countries implemented different approaches and strategies. In average, the education system stopped for at least one month in the affected countries. During this months, the Ministries of Education made greater efforts to put the system back in place with all levels of guarantee and safe for children and adolescents.

Purpose/Scope:

For 2018, UNICEF and partners will provide technical and finance support to all the countries under the Barbados area office to design and implement the Safe School Programme, especially the second and third pillar: mainstream resilience principles in the education system at national level and support the elaboration of Disaster Risk Management at School level. The consultant will provide direct “hands-on” support to all the countries under the UNICEF Area mandate to design and implement the Safe School Programme, in partnership with all the other relevant partners, such as CDEMA, OECS and CDB, among others. The incumbent will:- Provide technical support and advice for the execution of the post-Irma and Maria education in emergency programme: planning, implementation, monitoring and reporting. Developing an indicator framework is part of this role. The programme covers early childhood education, primary and secondary education as well as life skills based education through sports. – Provide technical assistance to the Ministries of Education on inclusive and quality education as well as education in emergencies standards on preparedness and response.- Improve existing relations and develop relationships with the governments, UN agencies, INGO’s, NGO’s and community based organizations for the purpose of improving quality and disaster preparedness in the education sector through advocacy.The consultant will liaise also with the UNICEF team in Barbados and in the countries, to ensure the convergence and integrity all the UNICEF initiatives in the education sector in all the countries.

Key Expected Results:

The main expected results, is that at least the five affected countries and territories after the hurricane season 2017 have Safe School Programme strategies and action plans. A timeline and road map defined for the 12 countries and territories covered by ECA Office. UNICEF Education programme included all the Safe School Programme principles.

Workplace of Consultancy/Location:

Barbados

Duration of Contract:

Eight (8)months, anticipated to run from 15 April 2018 – 15 December 2018

Work Assignment Overview:

Key Activities/Responsibilities/Tasks
Deliverables/Outputs
Date

Strategic planning inside UNICEF
Action plan
15 / 05 / 2018

Travel report with the discussion and agreements in up to two countries
Agreements signed with up to two countries
15 / 06 / 2018

Travel report with the discussion and agreements in up to three countries

Agreements signed with up to three countries

15 / 08 / 2018

Distance follow-up, ad-hoc visits and technical support to countries (document review, skype meetings, etc.)
Technical report on advances and challenges at national level
15 / 08 / 2018

Distance follow-up, ad-hoc visits and technical support to countries (document review, skype meetings, etc.)
Technical report on advances and challenges at national level
15 / 09/ 2018

Travel report to up to three countries to understand the progress and challenges

Report on advanced and agreements signed with up to three countries

15 /10 / 2018

Travel report to up to two countries to understand the progress and challenges.

Report on advanced and agreements signed with up to two countries

15 / 11 / 2018

Final Report/Road Map/Strategic Plan
Final report and 2019 road map and strategic plan.
15 / 12 / 2018

Travel Requirements:

Frequent travels to (Eastern Caribbean Area (ECA) Countries and Territories is expected

Minimum Experience/Qualifications:

  • Bachelors Degree in Education and/or Social Sciences
  • At least 5 years in the education sector in emergencies and recovery projects.
  • Technical knowledge and experience in Education in Emergencies and/or Social Services, especially in preparedness and response.
  • Experience working with different partners and multiple partners. (Team work and leadership skills).
  • Experience in programme development and in developing implementation systems and processes at National, Regional or International levels.
  • Sound knowledge and application of human rights and results based programming.
  • Excellent writing skills in English.
  • Adequate computer skills including internet navigation, must own laptop, be readily accessible via email.
  • Experience working independently and from a distance.
  • Experience working with multiple partners.
  • For every Child, you demonstrate…

    UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

    Estimated Fees:

    The fees for this consultancy is estimatedat a P-3 Level.

    Payment Schedule:

    Consultants/Contractors will be paid upon completion of approved deliverables.

    Conditions of Service:

    Before commencing work, a consultant or individual contractor shall submit a statement of good health and take full responsibility for the accuracy of that statement, including confirmation that he or she has been informed of the inoculations required for the country or countries to which travel is authorized. Consultants and individual contractors shall assume all costs that may occur in relation to the statement of good health.

    Consultants and individual contractors are required to certify that they are covered by medical/health insurance.

    Recourse:

    UNICEF reserves the right to withhold all or a portion of payment if performance is unsatisfactory, if work/outputs is incomplete, not delivered or for failure to meet deadlines. Performance indicators against which the satisfactory conclusion of this contract will be assessed include: timeliness/quality of submission and responsiveness to UNICEF and counterpart feedback.

    Property Rights:

    UNICEF shall hold all property rights, such as copyright, patents and registered trademarks, on matter directly related to, or derived from, the work carried out through this contract with UNICEF.

    Trainings:

    Prior to the signature of the contract, consultants/individual contractors must submit certificates of completion of the following mandatory trainings as part of the hiring documentation:

  • The Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA) e-learning course is mandatory for all UN Funds and Programmes Personnel including volunteers and contractors. This self-paced course can take you about 90 minutes to complete and can be found at: https://agora.unicef.org/course/info.php?id=7380
  • When traveling on UNICEF business, the Basic Security in the Field (BSITF) and the Advanced Security in the Field (ASITF) trainings are mandatory. UNDSS trainings are available at: https://training.dss.un.org/
  • How To Apply:

    Prospective Consultants should apply throughUNCEF’s E-recruitment system by accessing the following link: http://jobs.unicef.org and typing the job number511733 in the search engine, no later than 6 April 2018. The submission packageshould include:

  • A cover letter
  • A detailed Curriculum Vitae
  • UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the 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=511733

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