The enclave of Oé-Cusse has the nation’s lowest basic indicators in terms of human
development. Although the regional situation is gradually improving, the government, together with partner organizations such as UNDP, aims to achieve better results in basic areas of development, for example, education. In response to the country’s current educational challenges, the systemic integration of ICT has been identified as an opportunity for expanding access to learning opportunities, as well as improving the quality of teaching and learning (UNESCO 2011). Educational ICT tools can help create a more effective learning environment.
The project aims to improve primary and secondary education by providing children and young people in Oé-Cusse (Timor-Leste) region with ICT skills and knowledge to prepare them to better address the challenges and opportunities of the economy. The project recognizes the relevance of ICT education to provide practical life skills and employment linkages (secondary education). Computer and mobile based learning are not intended to be a unique educational method but rather to complement the other areas of your studies such as class/lecture scenarios.
UNDP is looking for an enthusiastic person for the position of National specialist on ICT education.
She/he will support the Project Coordinator on the overall project implementation and development of the ICT curricula.
That is, to be a specialist in education technologies and with the ability to create methodologies and innovative computer material for young people and children. The work of the Specialist will contribute to the delivery of the following outputs:
Output 1: Improved education quality in Oé-Cusse Region by promoting computer skills to 1007 children at primary school and 4370 young students attending secondary school through the implementation of laboratories for IT innovation and experimentation.
Output 2: Enhanced child and young people knowledge on financial education and environmental awareness through the development and implementation of two computer-based educative interactive games in Tetum and Portuguese language.
Under the supervision of the Project Coordinator (PC), and the Secretary for Education RAEOA & ZEESM TL, the Specialist will execute and ensure specific activities for the implementation of the Project activities.
- Support the development of the curriculum and learning materials for the ICTs in Education project, ensuring clear linkages with the Ministry of Education approved curriculum for basic education and secondary education. The materials will be for both teachers and students. Support testing of these materials before finalization.
- Support the coordination and implementation of the project in the selected schools (12)
- Provide training and mentoring to the professor in the selected schools to ensure the implementation of the curricula.
- Provide inputs to project monitoring and reporting, including collection of baseline and end-line data on students’ learning outcomes
- Share relevant research and up-to-date information on the use of technology in education that can be used to strengthen the ICT in Education Project in Oé-Cusse
- Support preparations for and participate in the Project Management Board meetings
- Support in the cooperation with other UN agencies and partners in area of ICTs in Education as relevant.
Impact of Results
The key results to be achieved by the specialist have an impact on the overall project efficiency in promoting ICT education in Oé-Cusse. Expected results:
- ICT education curriculum developed in English and Tetum
- More than 6 teachers have been trained to implement the ICT education curriculum
- Improved education quality in Oé-Cusse Region by promoting computer skills to 1007 children at primary school and 4370 young students attending secondary school through the implementation of laboratories for IT innovation and experimentation.
Advocacy/Advancing a Policy-Oriented Agenda
Level 1.2: preparing information for advocacy
- Identifies and communicates relevant information for a variety of audiences for advocating UNDP’s mandate;
- Maintains a functioning network of contacts with a variety of stakeholders to promote a better understanding of UNDP’s mandate and to support advocacy efforts.
Building Strategic Partnerships
Level 1.2: Maintaining a network of contacts
- Maintains an established network of contacts for general information sharing and to remain up-to-date on partnership related issues;
- Analyzes and selects materials for strengthening strategic alliances with partners and stakeholders;
- Establishes and nurtures positive communication with partners.
Promoting Organizational Learning and Knowledge Sharing
Level 1.2: Basic research and analysis
- Generates new ideas and approaches, researches best practices and proposes new, more effective ways of doing things;
- Documents and analyses innovative strategies and new approaches.
Job Knowledge/Technical Expertise
Level 1.2: Fundamental knowledge of own discipline
- Understands and applies fundamental concepts and principles of a professional discipline or technical specialty relating to the position;
- Possesses basic knowledge of organizational policies and procedures relating to the position and applies them consistently in work tasks;
- Analyzes the requirements and synthesizes proposals;
- Strives to keep job knowledge up-to-date through self-directed study and other means of learning;
- Demonstrates good knowledge of information technology and applies it in work assignments.
Creating Visibility for UNDP/Supporting UNDP’s Capacity to Advocate
Level 1.2: Research and data analysis
- Promotes awareness of UNDP’s centrally to development through dissemination of information and materials;
- Maintains networks and knowledge assets for use in visibility and image activities.
Global Leadership and Advocacy for UNDP’s Goals
Level 1.2.: Preparing information for global advocacy
- Identifies and communicates relevant information for advocacy for UNDP’s goals for a variety of audiences;
- Maintains a functioning network of contacts in the media and civil society, to promote a better understanding of UNDP’s mandate and to support advocacy efforts.
Conceptual Innovation in the Provision of Technical Expertise
Level 1.2: Research and analysis
- Keeps updated in his/her area of substantive expertise;
- Identifies opportunities for conceptual innovation.
Level 1.2: Establishing effective client relationships
- Researches potential solutions to internal and external client needs and reports back in a timely, succinct and appropriate fashion;
- Organizes and prioritizes work schedule to meet client needs and deadlines;
- Establishes, builds and sustains effective relationships within the work unit and with internal and external clients.
- Demonstrating/safeguarding ethics and integrity;
- Demonstrate corporate knowledge and sound judgment;
- Self-development, initiative-taking;
- Acting as a team player and facilitating team work;
- Facilitating and encouraging open communication in the team, communicating effectively;
- Creating synergies through self-control;
- Managing conflict;
- Learning and sharing knowledge and encourage the learning of others. Promoting learning and knowledge management/sharing is the responsibility of each staff member;
- Informed and transparent decision making.
- Secondary school completed;
- Degree on education science, computer science and other.
- At least 5 years of experience on education;
- Has professional experience on ICT and IT education;
- Ability to work effectively with MS office.
- English (Very Good), Tetum (Excellent)
- Portuguese (Good)
Important applicant information
All posts in the SC categories are subject to local recruitment.
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Contract Duration: 6 months (with possibilities of extension upon availability of funds and satisfactory performance