Education National Individual Contractor, Damascus Field Office, Syria, 8.5 months

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BACKGROUND: The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the organization does — in programs, in advocacy and in operations. The equity strategy, emphasizing the most disadvantaged and excluded children and families, translates this commitment to children’s rights into action. For UNICEF, equity means that all children have an opportunity to survive, develop and reach their full potential, without discrimination, bias or favoritism. To the degree that any child has an unequal chance in life — in its social, political, economic, civic and cultural dimensions — her or his rights are violated. There is growing evidence that investing in the health, education and protection of a society’s most disadvantaged citizens — addressing inequity — not only will give all children the opportunity to fulfill their potential but also will lead to sustained growth and stability of countries. This is why the focus on equity is so vital. It accelerates progress towards realizing the human rights of all children, which is the universal mandate of UNICEF, as outlined by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, while also supporting the equitable development of nations.

The protracted crisis in Syria has resulted in a high rate of out-of-school children and those at risk of dropping out increasing their exposure to protection risks of child marriage, child labor, including in its worst forms. School-aged children and education personnel are in need of education assistance inside Syria, more than 50 per cent of whom are in acute and immediate need. An extreme shortage and under payment of qualified teachers also limits the quality and provision of education.

The provision of education services inside Syria is limited due to lack of functional schools, consequently a high number of children are required to attend double-shift schools. Schools in IDP/returnee receiving communities have limited absorption capacity for newly arriving students, causing over-crowdedness.

In Damascus Field Office Areas of Responsibilities (Quneitra, Dar’a, As-Sweida, Rural Damascus, and Damascus), the numbers of out of school children and children with significant education loss is significant. There is a severe lack of qualified teachers. Education facilities, if usable, are in urgent need of rehabilitation, furniture and WASH facilities. Children lack the basic education supplies and schools lack the needed equipment and materials. As a result, there is a demand for education technical support in Damascus Field Office to ensure the realization of the rights of children to be educated.

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PURPOSE OF THE ASSIGNMENT:  

Under the direct supervision of the NOB Education officer in Damascus field office with the support of the Chief of Damascus Field Office and Technical guidance of the Chief of Education section in UNICEF SCO, the education individual contractor will be accountable for the following: 

1. Support the management of school rehabilitation, supplies distribution in both formal and non-formal education interventions as well as support of non-formal education program including the back to learning campaigns

2. Support to programme documentation, monitoring, and reporting

The incumbent is expected to show commitment for enhancement of teamwork and capacity building, in support of achievement of planned objectives of the work plan, aligned with country strategy; as well as to work closely with other program teams of UNICEF Syria Country Office. S/he will be based in the UNICEF Syria Field Office in Damascus.

LOCATION (GEOGRAPHIC AREA/ DUTY STATION):

On-site working days: 8.5 months in Damascus

Off-site working days: None

Field Missions/Travel: Field missions are part of the individual contractor’s tasks during the contracting period, targeted locations to be specified based on the ongoing/planned partnership agreements with education partners that should be in Damascus, Rural Damascus, Dar’a, As_Sweidaa and Quneitra governorates.

DURATION:

The selected individual contractor will work for the period of 8.5 months, on full-time basis. It is envisaged that all workdays will be in-country. The exact schedule of the activities will be agreed with the consultant/individual contractor based on the assignment implementation progress. The deadline for submission of final deliverables to UNICEF is at the end of the contract

SECTION IN CHARGE: Damascus Field Office

SUPERVISOR: The individual contractor will be supervised and report to the UNICEF NOB Education Officer in Damascus Field Office with regular de-briefing with the UNICEF Chief of Damascus Field Office and Chief of Education section about the progress of the assignment. The individual contractor will work on daily basis with UNICEF Damascus Field Office.

DESCRIPTION OF ASSIGNMENT:

Tasks

End Products/ Deliverables

Duration/ Deadline

Monitor and follow up on the rehabilitation of schools, including establishment of Early Childhood classrooms, resource rooms and prefabricated classrooms

1. Timely follow up on official requests related to identification of school rehabilitation needs.

2. Regular field visits to school rehabilitation sites to assess progress and provide technical support.

3. Efficient verification of technical reports related to assessment of schools, bills of quantities, and final school rehabilitation reports.

4. Regular reporting of issues and potential problems facing school rehabilitation with suggested solutions.

Throughout the course of the contract.

Monitor and follow up the ”Back to Learning BtL” and non-formal education (NFE) activities in collaboration with Ministry of Culture MoC and Implementing Partners (Ips).

This includes monitoring and reporting on the use of program resources (financial, administrative and other assets), verify compliance with approved allocation/goals, organizational rules, regulations/procedures and donor commitments, standards of accountability and integrity.

1. Adherence to regular meetings with BtL/NFE partners to facilitate projects documents development and projects implementation

2. Regular field visits to BtL/NFE activities to assess progress and provide technical support.

3. Efficient verification of technical, progress and financial reports related to BtL/NFE projects.

4. Regular reporting of issues and potential problems facing BtL/NFE projects with suggested solutions.

Throughout the course of the contract

 

Provide regular inputs to supply distribution plan in coordination with the section through close follow up on the process of requesting, procuring and dispatching the supplies to partners.

1. Timely submission of supply plans;

2. Preparation of specialized kits, and lists of supplies to be procured for various Projects

3. Close follow up on supply processes and distribution plans and timely flagging of potential delays.

Regularly and as required

Provide inputs to reporting exercises.

1. Timely and quality inputs to the 4W reports

2. Timely and quality inputs to other periodic and ad hoc reports as required

Monthly / Throughout the course of the contract

PAYMENT SCHEDULE

Lump sum payment will be made monthly against an accepted Monthly Progress Report with agreed deliverables.

UNICEF reserves the right to withhold payment in case the deliverables submitted are not up to the required standard or in case of delays in submitting the deliverables on the part of the consultant.

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QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:

1. Education: A minimum of University degree in education, engineering, psychology, sociology or other social science field is required. 

2. Work experience: At least one year of professional work experience in education or relevant areas of expertise, preferably in the five southern Syrian governorates (Dar’a, Quneitra, As-Sweida, Rural Damascus and Damascus). Experience in program management, technical support, networking and partnerships is an asset.

3. Technical knowledge/ competencies: Good experience in school rehabilitation and supply management.

4. Language: Writing and Speaking fluency in both English and Arabic required.

 

For every Child, you demonstrate…

Core values: Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust and Accountability

The UNICEF competencies required for this post are…

Core competencies:

– Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness (1)

– Works Collaboratively with others (1) 

– Builds and Maintains Partnerships (1)

– Innovates and Embraces Change (1)

– Thinks and Acts Strategically (1) 

– Drive to achieve impactful results (1) 

– Manages ambiguity and complexity (1)

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EVALUATION PROCESS (OF APPLICATIONS):

Qualified candidates are requested to submit:

1. Cover letter/application.

2. Financial quote as lump sum for professional fees

3. CV.

4. At least 3 Referees.

Applications should be submitted through UNICEF’s Talent Management System (TMS).

Shortlisted applicants may be invited for further technical assessment.

The final recommendation will be made based on “best value for money”, i.e. the hiring section/office shall normally select the individual who quoted the lowest fee from among the candidates who are assessed as suitable for achieving all tasks on time, as per the criteria stipulated in this ToR, and based on the outcome of the evaluation/assessment conducted.

Remarks:

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.

UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.

Individuals engaged under a consultancy or individual contract will not be considered “staff members” under the Staff Regulations and Rules of the United Nations and UNICEF’s policies and procedures, and will not be entitled to benefits provided therein, such as leave entitlements (unless it is a full time Individual Contract, where the contractor is eligible for Paid Time Off and paid UN official Holidays) or medical insurance coverage. Their conditions of service will be governed by their contract and the General Conditions of Contracts for the Services of Consultants and Individual Contractors. Consultants and individual contractors are responsible for determining their tax liabilities and for the payment of any taxes and/or duties, in accordance with local or other applicable laws.

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

UNICEF only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU) / United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed at http://www.whed.net/

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