Ukraine: National Consultant on the Early Learning Alternatives in Ukraine (Open to Nationals of Ukraine only)

By UN Children’s Fund Organization: UN Children’s Fund
Country: Ukraine
Closing date: 25 Oct 2018

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UNICEF is looking for the national consultant to review the existing ‘alternative models’ of preschool education in Ukraine and analyze them in terms of cost-effectiveness and child-friendliness, in particular the modalities, which can be replicated in amalgamated communities (‘hromadas’). This assignment will contribute to the achievement of the result 3.1 of the UNICEF AWP stating that ‘By 2022, MoES and local authorities provide increased access to children aged 3-6 years old, especially the most disadvantaged, to quality and inclusive early learning services ‘ and its relevant indicators:

  • # of children enrolled in the pre-school education facilities due to a creation of new seats in the selected regions
  • Existence of quality teaching and learning environment for early learning (which is based on the Strategic Plan indicator 2018-2021 and foresees: a) Teachers receive training on some (but not all) components of child-centered pedagogy; b) the curriculum is holistic, links to the primary curriculum and/or to any day-care/early years’ curriculum can be improved; c) classroom material lists include age appropriate books, toys /play things and learning materials, materials. They are available in two thirds of preschools nationwide. Most classrooms are designed as per pre-established standards that ensure adequate learning space; d) there are mechanisms or programs for engaging parents in pre-primary education, but only some parents actively engage in these programs)
  • Main objective of the assignment is to assist MoES in identification of the most cost-effective and child-friendly alternatives of preschool-education and provide recommendations for their further scaling up in the country.

    The specific objectives of the assignment are:

    1) To conduct rapid assessment of the status of 12 selected ‘hromadas’ in pre-school education, as well as their capacity in terms of infrastructure, HR and funds

    2) Based on the assessment, to recommended to UNICEF 2-3 ‘hromadas’ for further development of pre-school alternatives

    3) To map the existing preschool ‘alternative models’ in Ukraine via desk review of the available relevant literature and reports, key informant interviews with MoES, its Oblast and local department, international projects, NGOs and initiative groups and focus groups with the parents and community leaders.

    4) To produce the detailed profiles of the most promising alternative modalities, which are child-friendly and cost-effective (up to 10). A profile should include:

  • Name of the model
  • Short description
  • Type of the community/communities, where modality can be applicable
  • Typical budget of the modality
  • Analysis of pros and cons
  • Suggested action plan for scale up
  • Other necessary details, if applicable
  • 5) To prepare a report with identification of the optimal models for further scaling up and the way it can be replicated by UNICEF and recommendation on the action plan for further replication of the selected modality

    6) To prepare presentation and present the results of the consultancy and UNICEF possible action plan to MoES.

    How can you make a difference?

    Deadline 10 November 2018 (10 days):

    1. To conduct introductory meetings with stakeholders to find out different alternatives to typical state pre-school facilities via desk review, meetings with MoES, its Oblast and local department, international projects, NGOs and initiative groups.

  • At least 10 meetings with stakeholders in Kyiv and regions conducted and brief reports prepared.
  • Deadline 20 November 2018 (6 days):

    2. To conduct a rapid assessment of the needs of 12 ‘hromadas’ in pre-school education.

    Rapid assessment report with analysis of 12 ‘hromadas’.

    Deadline 25 November 2018 (5 days):

    3. To develop a template for alternative modalities description.

  • Template for alternative modalities description developed.

  • Deadline 20 December 2018 (20 days):

    4. To describe and to map different modalities, analyze them, to identify the best modality to be replicated over the country and to assess them based on the following criteria: child-friendly school; cost effective (or at least cheaper than typical state pre-schools.

  • Passports of at least 10 models analyzed and described, according to the developed template
  • An analysis of the identified alternatives on their possibility for further replication in different communities around the country conducted
  • Report of the identified alternatives on child -friendly and cost effectiveness approaches prepared
  • Deadline 10 January 2019 (5 days):

    5. To prepare a final report and action plan for UNICEF on further scaling up of the optimal models.

  • Report with action plan and main find outs drafted, agreed with UNICEF and finalized.

  • Deadline 20 January 2019 (5 days):

    6. To present the report o MoES.

  • Presentation in PPT-format with main find-outs (up to 15-20 slides) was prepared and presented to MoES.
  • Notes: Payment, upon completion of all deliverables at the end of assignment.

    To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

    1. Education:

    Master’s Degree in Social Sciences/ECD/Education.

    2. Work experience:

    At least 5 years of proven experience in management, monitoring, evaluation or analysis of ECD/ECE programmes.

    4. Language requirements:

    Fluency in Ukrainian or Russian (English will be an asset).

    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.

    The technical competencies required for this post are….

    View our competency framework at

    http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/files/UNICEF_Competencies.pdf

    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.

    Remarks:

    Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.

    Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

    Please fill in the form properly and indicate your daily fee, travel lump sum and total fee to complete the assignment.

    “UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on sexual exploitation and abuse, and on any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.”

    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=516967

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