Education Analyst

UN Children's Fund, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
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UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

And we never give up.

For every child, education!

The current Education Development Strategy 2012-2020 (EDS 2020) of the MoES and the Medium-Term Action Plan (2018-2020) are coming to an end. To inform the development of the next sector strategy with implementation plan beyond 2020 towards SDG 4 targets, there is a need to conduct a comprehensive analysis of the education sector.

With global methodological guidelines on education sector analysis (GPE/UNESCO UIS/UNICEF/WB) and technical support of UNICEF, the MoES has prepared the first draft of the ESA report, engaging both international and local experts.

The purpose and the scope of the ESA were agreed extensively with education development partners, and the prioritization of the issues for the ESA has been done widely with the representation of about 60 key stakeholders in 2-days national consultations in (Sept 2017).

Data collection, data analysis and draft write-ups had been undertaken till Spring 2018 with a report compiled by mid-2018. At the validation of the draft ESA report (June 2018) as well as according to the feedback of additional independent reviewers, the ESA report was found to be voluminous and data rich. All the comments, feedback and recommendations to ESA collected into one document, based on which now revision and completion of the report are needed for publishing. Further analysis may be required.

To complement ESA results, National Statistical Committee is about to launch the results of MICS 6 by mid-May 2019. Kyrgyzstan has been the first country in the region to complete the MICS6 and all the data including those related to education is available for the secondary analysis.

In 2011, the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic made a bold fundamental reform of the salary structure that has had a positive impact on teachers. However, the reform has had a few glitches as well as a few systemic challenges that at times eclipsed all the accomplishments that the reform had achieved.

The Kyrgyz Republic preserves relatively high amount of public spending on education, yet efficiency of government spending in the sector remains low, and mostly used to cover wage bill, food and utility costs. In the context of increasing competition for public resources, funding efficiencies in pre-school, primary and secondary education sub-sectors becoming a more pressing need.

The MICS 6 (education) data secondary analysis, education sector analysis, sector funding efficiency analysis are expected to inform well the sector development planning efforts and to prioritize accelerating activities towards SDG 4 targets of Kyrgyzstan as well as contribute to upcoming country education support programs of development partners.

How can you make a difference?

The consultancy will be responsible for delivery of the agreed-upon outputs and will serve as the central contact person/agency during the planning and implementation of the respective activities for achievement of the objectives of this consultancy:

  • Desk review of GPE/WB/UNESCO/UNICEF Methodological Guidelines covering six sector-wide thematic areas: context; access; cost and financing; quality, system capacity and management; external efficiency; and equity.
  • Review ESA report of Kyrgyzstan
  • Review all the comments collected and recommended for consideration during the revision of the draft ESA report
  • Assess what changes will be made to the ESA report in agreement with MoES/WB/UNICEF education specialists (UNICEF will organize and facilitate this agreement)
  • In case of additional data is needed - assess what is needed within the key report areas/chapters
  • Develop main conclusive key messages and policy recommendations for each chapter
  • Finalise ESA for publishing
  • Conduct secondary analysis of MICS data (2018) including trend analysis for the Education sector and develop a report that is user-friendly and audience appropriate;
  • Complete two policy briefs based on analysis of primary data on Education Budget Efficiencies and Teacher Salaries
  • A brief report about consultancy work done, deliverable provided, challenges and lessons learnt.

The main outcome is to provide the decision makers with a Comprehensive Education Sector Analysis as the helpful policy-making tool that encourages greater accountability for better and more equitable education and learning from the classroom to the policymaking, and for greater effectiveness in the use of public and external resources.

Consultancy fee to be determined at a daily rate based on the financial proposal of the interested applicants. The payment will be processed in two instalments:

  • 1st instalment of 50% of the consultancy fee is to be paid upon provision of the Deliverables 1, 2 and 3.
  • 2nd instalment of 50% of the consultancy fee is to be paid upon provision of the Deliverables 4, 5 and 6.

Lump sum for travel costs will be included to the contract in the amount that is proposed by the applicant/s in his/her/their financial proposal (with the breakdown of costs) and accepted by UNICEF based on the acceptable subsistence allowance (DSA) and economy travel rates.

UNICEF will provide the consultancy fee, mutually agreed upon daily rate for the duration of the contract. In all cases, Contractors/vendors may only be paid their fees upon satisfactory completion of services. In such cases where payment of fees is to be made in a lump sum, this may only be payable upon completion of the services to UNICEF's satisfaction and certification to that effect, and any advance on the lump sum may not exceed 30% of the fees. In such cases where payment of fees is to be made in installments, the final installment may not be less than ten per cent (10%) of the total value of the contract and will only be payable upon completion of the services to UNICEF's satisfaction and certification to that effect.

Duty station and official travel involved

This consultancy is expected to be delivered from Consultants own location. However, in case of required travel to Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, travel cost is to be included as a separate line in the financial proposal.

Consultant is responsible for his/her own travel arrangements set out in the contract and must ensure they are made in line with UNICEF policy on entitlements for consultant travel, i.e. estimated daily subsistence allowance (DSA) shall not exceed the approved DSA rates and must be on UNICEF approved airlines based on economy class travel, regardless of the length of travel. DSA for official international travels shall not exceed the daily rates established for specific country regions as promulgated by the International Civil Service Commission (ICSC).

Consultants traveling on behalf of UNICEF must meet the standard trip prerequisites, including but not limited to Medical Clearance, Security Clearance and Travel Visa. Consultants are responsible for assuming costs for obtaining visas, medical insurance covering the contract period and other trip prerequisites.

Performance indicators

  • Technical and professional competence (will be measured by the quality of work, as well as feedback from partner organizations);
  • Quality of work (timely submission of the final product to UNICEF)
  • Quantity of work (completing the assignments as indicated in the work plan above)
  • Also, such indicators as work relations, team work, responsibility and communication will be considered during the evaluation of the consultant's work.

To qualify as an advocate for every child you need to correspond the requirements below.

This consultancy is open to both individual and institutional consultants/consultancies and needs to follow the submission guidelines as stipulated for institutional contractors (for submissions from individual consultants, institutional consultancies/contractors and consortiums).

For Individual application:

  • Solid workplan and reasonable cost of financial proposal with cost breakdown
  • Postgraduate degree in education/or social sciences, research, humanities, finance or economics, public administration and management;
  • Minimum 10 years of practical experience in the field of education, educational policies and reform in the educational sector;
  • Familiarity with new educational development trends and socio-economic reforms, especially in the Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia region;
  • Previous work/experience with similar projects (education sector analysis, teacher policy studies, education budget reviews, etc.);
  • Experience of work with international organizations and consultants;
  • Excellent writing skills and English (and Russian would be advantageous) and analytical skills;

For Institutional application:

  • Solid workplan and reasonable cost of financial proposal with cost breakdown
  • CV of experts in education/or social sciences, research, humanities, finance or economics, public administration and management;
  • Minimum 10 years of practical experience in the field of education, educational policies and reform in the educational sector;
  • Familiarity with new educational development trends and socio-economic reforms, especially in the Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia region;
  • Previous work/experience with similar projects (education sector analysis, teacher policy studies, education budget reviews, etc.);
  • Experience of cooperation with UN organizations.

Source: http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/?job=521334


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