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International Consultant to support Monitoring of New Basic Education Curriculum
|Duty Station:||Dili, Timor-Leste|
|Application Deadline:||5 June 2015|
|Type of Contract:||Special Service Agreement (SSA)|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|22 June 2015|
|Expected Duration of Assignment:||25 days between 22 June and 30 January 2016 (including 10 days mission to Dili)|
UN Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security.
Following its support to the development of the National Action Plan (NAP) on Gender Based Violence (GBV) in 2011-2012, UN Women Timor-Leste has been working with government institutions and civil society organizations to support their implementation of commitments as detailed in the NAP on GBV.
With regards to the Prevention pillar of the NAP, the Ministry of Education has lead responsibility to see that “Measures are undertaken to educate children and youth on preventing violence, conflict resolution, gender equality, human rights, non-discrimination and accessing victim services”, in line with Article 11 of the Law Against Domestic Violence. In this regard, progress has been made in 2013-2014 to incorporate these issues into the revised curriculum, and through a Reference Group comprising various organizations and development partners, UN Women has provided specialized materials and inputs related to gender equality and GBV prevention throughout the process.
In response to a request by the Ministry of Education for support from UN Women with the development of a Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) framework towards the implementation of the revised curriculum, UN Women, with the generous support of the European Union, has facilitated support for a National consultant to suppo who will develop a Monitoring Framework on the new curriculum, specifically as it relates to teacher training and application of content.
UN Women Timor-Leste seeks to hire an International Consultant to work collaboratively with the National Consultant to support the Ministry of Education to meet their Monitoring and Evaluation commitments as specified in the National Action Plan on Gender-based Violence, specifically related to integrating gender equality components into the curriculum. The consultant will work remotely, with one mission to Timor-Leste to facilitate in-person trainings and mentoring with the Basic Education’s New Primary Curriculum Training Team, collaborate with INFORDEPE under the Ministry of Education’s Vice-Minister for Basic Education, and work with UN Women Timor-Leste’s Ending Violence against Women Team.
II. Objectives of the assignment
The key objective of the assignment is to support the National Consultant based at the Ministry of Education (MoE) in developing a framework and supporting monitoring of the roll-out of its Basic Education new curriculum, with specific attention to its obligations under the NAP on GBV, co-facilitate training with staff and implementing partners to use the framework, accompany its application and follow-up support on its use as needed.
III. Scope of Work/Duties and Responsibilities
Under overall guidance of the UN Women Country Representative and direct supervision of the UN Women Programme Specialist on Women, Peace and Security and EVAW Focal Point and in close collaboration with the National Consultant placed in the Ministry of Education, the International Consultant, will perform the following tasks:
Task 1: Provide guidance to the National Monitoring Consultant toward the development of a Monitoring and Evaluation Framework, based on the results of consultations and mapping of M&E mechanisms, and support development of tools to collect quantitative and qualitative data on implementation of the new curriculum, in consultation with MoE stakeholders and partners.
Task 2: Provide technical assistance to National Consultant to organize and co-facilitate a series of training workshops for MoE trainers on using the M&E Framework and tools.
Task 3: Provide mentoring with National Consultant to support MoE implementing partners to use the M&E framework, and revise as necessary to institutionalize its application as the curriculum is rolled out.
IV. Duration of the assignment
The total duration of the contract assignment will be approximately 25 days between 22 June 2015 and 30 January 2016. The assignment will be home-based, with one ten-day mission to Timor-Leste to conduct training and test the M&E Framework developed.
V. Expected Deliverables
The consultant is expected to deliver the following results:
|#||Deliverables||Approximate number of days||Deadlines|
|1.||Summary report of inputs provided to National Consultant and resulting draft M&E Framework developed based on promising practices.||~8 days||10 July 2015|
|2.||Summary report of training provided on the M&E Framework, including materials used and results of participant learning/feedback.||~10 days||30 August 2015|
|3.||Summary report of monthly mentoring provided to National Consultant toward support to Ministry of Education stakeholders responsible for monitoring implementation of curriculum, including technical inputs and tools developed.||~7 days||30 January 2016|
Progress reports should be submitted to UN Women in English, with relevant documents, including the interview tools, training materials and reports prepared.
Upon receipt of the report and prior to the payment of the installment, the report and related documents will be reviewed and approved by UN Women within one week of submission.
- The Consultant is expected to work remotely with the National Consultant based at the Ministry of Education in support of the New Curriculum Training Team using her/his own computer, and may access the UN Women office during the mission to Timor-Leste as needed to prepare and print materials related to the assignment.
- UN Women will cover the costs of one return trip to Timor-Leste and daily subsistence allowance (DSA) for official travel to Dili (for consultants not resident in Timor-Leste) and any districts outside Dili as per standard UN rate.
- UN Women will also cover the costs for translation of the M&E Framework and training materials as required throughout the duration of the assignment.
VII. Performance evaluation:
Contractor’s performance will be evaluated based on: timeliness, responsibility, initiative, communication, ability to work with the team, accuracy, and quality of the products delivered.
VIII. Required experience and qualifications
The consultant should fulfill the following requirements:
- Master degree in the field of social sciences, education, development studies (or equivalent).
Experience and skills
- At least seven years’ professional work experience, ideally on topics related to education, gender equality, or violence against women;
- Previous experience with institutional monitoring and evaluation processes and/or M&E of education sector or gender equality projects;
- Proven experience in adult learning and training methodologies;
- Strong integrity and respect for diversity, human rights and gender equality;
Language and other skills
- Fluency in English
- Ability to communicate in Tetum, Portuguese or Indonesian would be an added advantage
- Computer literacy and ability to effectively use office technology equipment, IT tools, ability to use Internet and email.
IX. Submission of application
Interested candidates are requested to submit electronic application to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com or hardcopy to UN Women Timor-Leste, UN House, Caicoli no later than 5 June 2015 5:00pm Timor-Leste time.
Submission packages (two separate submissions)
- Technical proposal
- Letter of Interest containing the statement on candidate’s experience in the field of M&E
- Contact information for three referees from past work related to experiences and skills listed above
- Financial proposal. The financial proposal shall specify a total lump sum amount breaking down days proposed for home-based work and days in country to complete the assignment, a daily professional fee and international travel expenses (from the country of origin to Dili and back if relevant), visa and other travel related costs.
All applications must include two separate submissions: 1) the technical proposal (as an attachment) and in a separate email, 2) the financial proposal. Applications submitted without a separate financial proposal will be treated as incomplete and will not be considered for further assessment.
Please note that only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.
Applications will be evaluated based on the Cumulative analysis.
- Technical Qualification (100 points) weight; [70%]
- Financial Proposal (100 points) weight; [30%]
A two-stage procedure is utilised in evaluating the proposals, with evaluation of the technical proposal being completed prior to any price proposal being compared. Only the price proposal of the candidates who passed the minimum technical score of 70% of the obtainable score of 100 points in the technical qualification evaluation will be evaluated.
Technical qualification evaluation criteria:
The total number of points allocated for the technical qualification component is 100. The technical qualification of the individual is evaluated based on following technical qualification evaluation criteria:
|Technical Evaluation Criteria||Obtainable Score|
|Experience and skills||60 %|
|Language and other skills||20 %|
|Total Obtainable Score||100 %|
Only candidates who have attained a minimum of 70% of total points will be considered as a technically-qualified candidate.
Financial/Price Proposal evaluation:
- Only the financial proposal of candidates who have attained a minimum of 70% score in the technical evaluation will be considered and evaluated.
- The total number of points allocated for the price component is 100.
- The maximum number of points will be allotted to the lowest price proposal that is opened/ evaluated and compared among those technical qualified candidates who have attained a minimum of 70% score in the technical evaluation. All other price proposals will receive points in inverse proportion to the lowest price.