Nepal: Consultant (Education), UNICEF South Asia Regional Office, Kathmandu, Nepal

Organization: UN Children’s Fund
Country: Nepal
Closing date: 08 Mar 2018

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1. Purpose:

The main purpose of this consultancy is to support the evidence-generation on out-of-school children situation in countries and strengthen national monitoring systems to include OOSC and children at risk of dropping out. These will significantly contribute to the achievement of the Regional Headline Result for education. These activities are also linked to the achievement of the UNICEF Strategic Plan results for education.

The consultant will work both at the regional level and in priority countries linked to the following areas:

  • Evidence generation on OOSC, equity-profiling and learning:

  • Support generation of OOSC country profiles by participating in the roll-out of OOSCI in the region, equity profiles for adolescent girls to advance results for adolescent girls’ education and CO adolescent programming for high-burden countries, and data visualizations both at CO level and RO level, in line with the Education Headline Result and the global Out-of-School Children Initiative (OOSCI).
  • The consultancy will also support the Regional Office’s knowledge generation in the area of quality and learning, in particular focusing on learning assessments and capacity development frameworks applicable to the region as a whole, or specific South Asian countries. In particular, the consultancy should build on the work done in 2017 with Pakistan’s National Education Assessment System (NEAS) and support PCO nationally on NAT findings and sub-nationally in the province where learning outcomes are amongst the lowest: Balochistan.
  • Systems strengthening and capacity building: Support priority countries in strengthening monitoring frameworks for education (Education Management Information Systems such as WebEMIS or OpenEMIS), including monitoring of out-of-school children, children with disabilities and children at risk of dropping out, as well as national examinations and assessment systems such as NEAS in Pakistan. At regional level, the consultant will also provide technical expertise to the work undertaken in partnership with the World bank and UNESCO on the regional framework for learning assessments.

  • 2. Key Assignments/Tasks:

    At the beginning of the consultancy a detailed work plan with deliverables, deadlines and travel plans will be prepared by the consultant. Progress will be monitored through monthly progress reporting and deliverables.

    Key tasks include

  • Produce equity profiles of out-of-school adolescent girls for all high burden countries of South Asia (Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Nepal) to advance results for adolescent girls’ education and inform CO programming on adolescent girls to narrow the focus on the most disadvantaged and improve targeting.
  • Participate in the Education Commission (EC) “Delivery Approach” workshop as well as the Regional Education Network Meeting in mid-May (back to back) in Kathmandu, Nepal. The consultant’s role will be to develop key visualizations of data to present the delivery approach in the context of all participating countries, enrich bilateral discussions between the EC and the government counterparts by bringing technical expertise in the areas of OOSC and equity-profiling, EMIS strengthening and quality-learning reforms to be embedded in the delivery approach. In the Regional Network Meeting, the consultant will mostly be focusing on quality-learning and national assessment reforms in the COs of the region. This task will require both remote technical support (to prepare data visualization) and on-site participation in both workshops for a total of one week in Kathmandu.
  • Remotely facilitate and enhance regional dialogue on quality and learning in the region: this will include technical support and guidance to the institution contracted by UNICEF ROSA to work on regional frameworks for assessments, building on the work on cross-national learning assessment initiatives “Lessons learned for a South Asia Partnership on improving Learning and Teaching through assessment” completed in 2017.
  • Enhance the costing and cost-effectiveness tool for interventions developed in Excel in 2017 for ROSA, build the capacity of Education teams through Webinars with specific costing exercises of ongoing CO level projects. The consultant should develop two fully costed exercises with CO data including one “scaling up” costing exercise in which a pilot project in one CO is considered for implementation at scale nationally. This will build on the work done to develop the tool and Webinar training guidance produced in 2017 and will require remote collaboration with the ROSA Education economist.
  • Remotely support the National Education Assessment System in Pakistan, building on the existing collaboration between UNICEF and NEAS in 2017. This will include the development of policy briefs and data visualizations based on the National Achievement Test (NAT) findings as well as the design of the next phase of UNICEF-NEAS collaboration with UNICEF PCO. This will be done remotely, in close collaboration with the ROSA focal point.
  • Support the finalization of the inception report of the Balochistan Examination and Assessment Commission (BEAC), and technical support mission to Pakistan to guide BEAC capacity development project with Agha Khan University. The exact nature, dates and duration of that support mission would be decided by UNICEF PCO.
  • Support the roll-out of the OOSCI in India in 2018, with both remote technical assistance on the methodology and data, as well as one in-country mission as per CO request: this could involve participation/facilitation of the National OOSCI Workshop with the ROSA focal point, or technical support to the chosen institution in charge of the study regarding the use of U-DISE data for sub-national OOSC data visualizations.
  • 3. Working Conditions:

    The consultancy will require to spend one week in Kathmandu to participate in the Education Commission workshop followed by the regional education Network Meeting. The consultancy will also require one mission to Pakistan in the province of Balochistan, as well as one in-country support mission to India focusing on the OOSCI and U-DISE support: the exact nature and duration of those support missions will be determined by Pakistan and India country offices.

    To save on cost and traveling time, those support missions will be organized either immediately before or after the week spent in Kathmandu, or else one after the other.

    The rest of the time, the consultancy will be home-based.

    4. Minimum Requirements:


    Master’s degree or higher in Education, Economics, Social Sciences or any related field, with specialization in quality-learning and assessments a definite plus.

    Work Experience:

    At least eight years of progressively professional work experience at national or international levels in the area of statistics, particularly linked to analysis of education related data; education economics analysis, education program costing or education cost-effectiveness analysis


  • Strong working knowledge of education indicators and monitoring in education as well as knowledge of existing EMIS systems in South Asia
  • Previous work experience in relation to the global Out-of-School Children Initiative an asset
  • Advanced working knowledge of Excel and statistical package software
  • Advanced working knowledge of data visualization platforms for education indicators
  • Advanced working knowledge of the development of national assessment systems in development countries
  • Familiarity with UNICEF’s mission and mandate an asset.
  • Experience working in the UN, other international development organization or in a Ministry of Education an asset
  • Language Proficiency:

    Excellent communication, presentation and drafting skills in English required.

    Duration of the Contract:

    1st April to 31 December 2018 (75 working days)


    Air travel will be in economy class.

    Note: Please quote your daily consultancyrate and other cost estimates while submitting the application.Application without daily rate, etc, will not be entertained. You may be asked to submit proof of your current daily/monthly rate, if necessary.

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