National individual consultant on Preschool Education, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

  • Added Date: Thursday, 22 August 2019
  • Deadline Date: Thursday, 05 September 2019

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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, quality education

ECD is one of the areas where inequalities are persisting in Mongolia and UNICEF’s work in demonstrating integrated ECD for all children particularly the most disadvantaged. Currently, one of the considerable part of delivering ECD service is 24-hour kindergarten service in the country. The kindergartens provide 24/5 services for children without parental care. They join their family and parents only for weekends. As the children are placed in the state care for 24/5, services should be different from regular 8-hour kindergarten service. A multi-disciplinary approach is required for early childhood development in a protective environment that needs to engage social workers, community social service providers, local government and most importantly the parents of the children.

The 24-hour kindergarten service is new program area for UNICEF and it will be required integrated implementation approaches and methodologies are needed. For this reason, UNICEF is looking for knowledgeable and experienced candidate for duration of 11,5 months.

Objective of the consultancy:

The purpose of this consultancy is to manage implementation of the Improving access of vulnerable children to quality and protective 24-hour kindergarten services in Mongolia. Also, it will contribute to the planned outcomes of the programme of Cooperation between the Government of Mongolia and UNICEF, and in particular “By 2021, the most disadvantaged children benefit from increased access and utilization of educational services in a healthy, inclusive and quality learning environment” and “By 2021, child related national policies, budgets and systems, including the child protection system, are inclusive and equity-focused”.

How can you make a difference?

The Consultant reports to Education Specialist for supervision and closely work with ECD officer and Child Protection Specialist. The consultant provides professional technical, operational and administrative assistance throughout the consultancy for the project, to delivery of results, preparing, executing, managing and implementing a variety of technical and administrative project implementation and project progress monitoring, evaluating and reporting. Please see TOR for more details at TOR national consultant..docx

Deliverables

Date of Completion

Estimated period

· Provide technical support to conduct a baseline survey on needs, capacity, quality of ECD and child protection services for children and families in relation to services of eighteen 24HKGs in UB

- Finalize ToR and revise research tools and

methodology

- Control-support for accuracy of data

collection and interview

· Provide technical support to the selected team to conduct a study on the legal framework, implementation and gaps for 24HKG services and propose amendments to the relevant laws

- Review and finalize ToR for the study

· Provide technical support to select a contractor for construction drawing & design of 24HKG

31 October

1,5 months

· Provide technical support to the selected team to conduct a baseline survey on needs, capacity, quality of ECD and child protection services for children and families in relation to services of eighteen 24HKGs in UB

- Facilitate reference group meetings

- Review the survey report

· Provide technical support to the selected team to conduct a study on the legal framework, implementation and gaps for 24HKG services and propose amendments to the relevant laws

- Facilitate reference group meetings

- Review the study report

· Ensure finalization of construction design and drawing of 24HKG

· Provide technical support for the selection of construction company to build 24HKG

· Facilitate drafting a guidebook for managing quality and protective 24HKG services

30 November

1 month

· Facilitate development of training handbook for parenting training

· Conduct situation assessment of the children placed in 24HKG

· Develop monitoring tools for children in the 24HKGs

31 December

1 month

· Annual progress and utilization report to ChildFund Korea

· Test the monitoring tools for children in the 24HKGs and document them for the KG #63

31 January

1 month

· Conduct workshop on managing quality and protective 24HKG services (introduction of the guidebook for managing quality and protective services)

· Facilitate parents training on improving parent’s involvement in kindergarten activities

28 February

1 month

· Provide technical support to finalization and application of safeguard policy for 24HKG and introduce to all 24HKGs in UB

· Conduct dissemination workshop on application of 24H KG monitoring tools

· Monitoring construction process of 24HKG

31 March

1 month

· Facilitate development of training contents on quality ECD services to teachers

· Conduct training (I) on quality ECD services in all 24HKG teachers in UB

· Monitoring construction process of 24H KG

30 April

1 month

· Conduct advocacy workshop on financing and budgeting for 24HKG

· Provide technical support to develop training handbook on holistic approaches to child protection services

· Facilitate advocacy for additional regular funding from government to provide sufficient staff and budget for 24H KG services

31 May

1 month

· Facilitate training (1st round) on holistic approaches to child protection services to MDT members

· Support developing admission procedures for placement of children in 24HKG

· Monitoring construction process of 24HKG

30 June

1 month

· Mid-Year progress and utilization report to ChildFund Korea

· Draft training handouts for parenting training (II)

· Monitoring construction process of 24HKG

31 July

1 month

· Update and finalize handbook for managing quality and protective 24H KG services

· Monitoring construction process of 24HKG

31 August

1 month

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

A Master’s Degree in education, economics, psychology, sociology, human development, child development, family studies or other social science field is required. A minimum of 5 years of professional experience in social development planning and management in education and early childhood development related areas at the international and/or in a developing country is required. Relevant experience in education and ECD related areas, program/project development and management in a UN system agency or organization is an asset. Fluency in English and Mongolian is required. Analytical, facilitation and research skills in Education and ECD fields. Strong relationship building skills with internal and external counterparts.

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.

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, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.

Remarks:

Interested applicants are requested to submit monthly professional fee in MNT. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

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