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Background
Quality and relevance of learning opportunities is a key concern in the Republic of Tajikistan for all students, particularly for girls. Despite, comparable data on learning outcomes is missing due to lack of standardized national assessment, low qualifications of teachers particularly in relation to active teaching methods, lack of ICT and promotion of 21st century skills constitute a major challenge impacting on the learning outcomes of children and adolescents, along with lack of conducive learning environments.

According to current National Education Strategy 2021-2030, education reforms in the country are aimed at... upgrading of general education content on the ground of transfer from knowledge-based to competency-based education model. The Mid-Term Education Plan 2021-2023 puts forward a theory of change that should result in all subjects in all grades being taught based on the new competency-based curriculum. In addition, all teachers should possess the skills required for the transition to the competency-based curriculum and new teaching and learning materials supporting the implementation of the curriculum are to be developed and printed.

Currently, the Government of Tajikistan continues to prioritize strengthening the competency-based approach in education through revision of the curriculum, teacher professional development and assessment systems. In 2020-2021, MoES has initiated revision of primary curriculum and development of modern teaching and learning materials. The Government of Tajikistan has also partnered with UNICEF within the framework of Support to National Education Development Strategy for the period until 2030 project, jointly implemented with the Islamic Development Bank and Global Partnership for Education. As part of the project UNICEF is expected to support MoES in revising language and math standards, while developing a new set of language materials. This task is to be conducted along with complementary interventions related to formative and summative assessment, as well as the review and strengthening of the system of in-classroom support of teachers to support the implementation of CBE at classroom level.

In follow up to the above objectives, UNICEF is seeking a team of international experts to provide technical assistance to the MoES and its affiliated agencies for revising language and math subject standards and development of a set of language materials. The international consultants will guide a team of local consultants and local experts from affiliated agencies who will support them in the delivery of below tasks.

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Purpose

The key objectives of this assignment are:
• Build the capacity of the MoES, affiliated agencies and textbook writers in development of competency-based Math and Language standards and teaching and learning materials.
• Assist the MoES identified curriculum and textbook development experts (100) in the revision and development of new textbooks and CBE materials for one selected grade (between grades 5-9 to be defined together with MoES).
• Provide technical assistance in mainstreaming the approach to revision of curriculum and development of materials within the framework of other components of the project , including baseline study, strengthening of in-classroom teacher support, and introduction of blended learning for teacher professional development.

DESCRIPTION OF THE ASSIGNMENT CAN BE REVIEWED BY THE FOLLOWING LINK: DESCRIPTION OF THE ASSIGNMENT.pdf

Key tasks of math consultants would be reviewed by the following link: Key Tasks_Math_Consultant.pdf

Key tasks of language consultants would be reviewed by the following link: Key Tasks_Language_Consultant.pdf

KEY DELIVERABLES And PAYMENT SCHEDULE

#

Deliverable

Number of days for consultant 1

Number of days for consultant 2

Timeline

Payment schedule for consultant 1 (Math)

Payment Schedule for consultant 2 (Language)

Location

1

Desk review (includes review of subject standards) and inception report

15

15

20 June 2021

5 %

10 %

Home-based

2

Approved detailed workplan

3

3

30 June 2021

10 %

Home-based

3

Training package for building the capacity of curriculum writers

15

20

30 August 2021

Home-based

4

Recommendations and additional tools (if needed) to assess the level of learners??™ proficiency in Math and languages and mainstream Math and Language competencies across other Project components.

9

9

15 August 2021

35 %

15 %

Home-based

5

Approved criteria for review of Math and Language subject standards

8

10

30 September 2021

In-country

6

Series of workshops for curriculum writers (at least 5)

15

13

30 December 2021

50%

In-country

7

Approved report on reviewed language textbooks

10

20th November 2021

10%

Home-based

8

Approved criteria for language textbooks

13

10th January 2022

Home-based

9

Series of workshops for Language textbook writers (at least 5)

12

5 April 2022

15%

In -country

10

Draft set of language materials for selected grade (including feedback from teachers in selected schools)

40

15th May 2022

20%

Home-based

11

Draft a plan for piloting and testing the materials

5

15th May 2022

30%

Home-based

65

150

Note: Due to COVID 19, the work and deliverables are subject to change. Consultant need to be flexible to adjust to any unforeseen adjustments that might occur during the implementation.

The Evaluation Of The Results Will Be Based On

Performance indicators for the evaluation of results:
• Technical and professional competence (quality of the products delivered to UNICEF);
• Scope of work (e.g. No. of meetings with the stakeholders);
• Quality of work (quality of methodology, draft, and final report);
• Quantity of work (completing the tasks indicated in the table above within the set timeframe)

In addition, such indicators as work relations, responsibility, drive for results, and communication will be taken into account during the evaluation of the Consultant's work.

The assignment will be carried out in 215 days, divided as 65 days for Consultant 1 (Math) and 150 days for Consultant 2 (Language), spread over a period ranging from 10 June 2021 to 20 December 2021 for Consultant 1 (Math) and 10 June 2021 to 15 May 2022 for Consultant 2 (Language).

Estimated duration: 65 working days for consultant 1? - revision of Math standards

150 working days for consultant 2 - revision of Language standards for grades 5-9 and development of language teaching and learning materials for selected grade

Duty station: Home-based, given ongoing COVID-19 Restrictions, with scope for in-country travel if restrictions are lifted.

On-site working days: 10 June 2021 -20 December 2021 Curriculum expert with focus on Math (Consultant 1)

10 June 2021 - 15 May 2022 Curriculum expert with focus on Language (Consultant 2)

Supervisor: Chief Education

Reporting to: Education Specialist, UNICEF Tajikistan

Travel involved: Consultant is expected to travel to Tajikistan. Travel plans to be pre-approved and agreed to by UNICEF Tajikistan.
Travel paid for by UNICEF shall be based on economy class travel, regardless of the length of travel. Costs for accommodation, meals and incidentals shall not exceed applicable daily subsistence allowance (DSA) rates, as promulgated by the International Civil Service Commission (ICSC). Consultants and individual contractors are responsible for assuming costs for obtaining visas and travel insurance.

Insurances: UNICEF does not provide or arrange life or health insurance coverage for consultants and individual contractors, and consultants and individual contractors are not eligible to participate in the life or health insurance schemes available to United Nations staff members. Consultants and individual contractors are responsible for assuming all costs related to required inoculations, vaccinations and medical examinations.
Consultants and individual contractors are fully responsible for arranging, at their own expense, such life, health and other forms of insurance covering the period of their services as they consider appropriate. The responsibility of UNICEF is limited solely to the payment of compensation for service-incurred death, injury or illness as per the provisions detailed below.

Recourse: UNICEF reserves the right to withhold all or a portion of payment if performance is unsatisfactory, if work/outputs is incomplete, not delivered or for failure to meet deadlines.

Ethical considerations: Adequate measures should be taken to ensure that the process responds to quality and ethical requirements. The contracted consultant should be sensitive to beliefs, manners, and customs and act with integrity and honesty in their relationships with all stakeholders. It should also protect the anonymity and confidentiality of individual information.

Mandatory trainings: Consultants and individual contractors, regardless of contract duration, must complete the applicable mandatory trainings. The link will be provided during the selection process for the successful candidates.

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

Education: Advanced university degree in the fields of education, with focus on curriculum design, learning assessment and development of teaching and learning materials, and any related fields. PhD level in education is an asset.

Work Experience: At least 8 years of work experience in a relevant field, with focus on curriculum development and education support. Experience in development of curriculum standards, including related to capacity development.

Technical Knowledge: Strong knowledge of education, with specific focus on subject matter related to Language (C2) and Mathematics (C1).

Competencies: Strong analytical and conceptual thinking. Excellent writing, communication and presentation skills with stakeholders. Ability to work under pressure and commitment to work to tight timeframe. Good writing skills.

Language: Fluency in English, knowledge of Russian is an asset.

Requirements

Qualified candidates are requested to submit:
• Cover letter/application/CV.
• A technical proposal with the proposed methodology/approach to managing the project, showing understanding of tasks.
• Work plan.
• Financial quote for the consultancy in USD per deliverable, stating also the timeframe for completion of deliverable and/or daily rate (as well as travel and subsistence costs, as applicable).
• Examples of previous, relevant work related to the deliverables.
• At least two references.

Queries can be sent to [email protected] with the subject line "International consultants to provide technical support to the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Tajikistan in enhancing Math and Language curriculum for grades 5-9". Applications must be received in the system by 11 July 2021 (extension) on our website: http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/index.php .

Travel costs and DSA will be covered in accordance with UN rules and regulations. No other remunerations apply. As a general principle, the fees payable to a consultant or individual contractor follow the "best value for money" principle, i.e., achieving the desired outcome at the lowest possible cost. Please note that consultants and individual contractors are responsible for assuming costs for obtaining visas and travel insurance.

Evaluation Process And Methods

Individual consultants/contractors will be evaluated based on a cumulative analysis methodology. The award of the Contract shall be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:
• responsive/compliant/acceptable, and
• having received the highest score out of a weighted set of technical and financial criteria.

During the selection, the ratio between the technical evaluation and commercial offer is 70 to 30.

Criteria

Weight

Max. Point

TECHNICAL QUALIFICATION (max. 70 points)

70%

70

Technical Capacity And Relevant Experience (70 Points)

Advanced university degree in the fields of education, with focus on curriculum design, learning assessment and development of teaching and learning materials, and any related fields. PhD level in education is an asset

15

At least 8 years of work experience in a relevant field, with focus on curriculum development and education support. Experience in development of curriculum standards, including related to capacity development

15

Strong knowledge of education, with specific focus on subject matter related to Language (C2) and Mathematics (C1).

20

Strong analytical and conceptual thinking. Excellent writing, communication and presentation skills with stakeholders. Ability to work under pressure and commitment to work to tight timeframe. Good writing skills.

10

Fluency in English, knowledge of Russian, is an asset

10

FINANCIAL PROPOSAL (max. 30 points) (daily rate, lump sum, per deliverable, Economy Air Ticket)

30%

30

TOTAL SCORE (max. 100 points)

100

Only candidates who obtain a minimum of 49 points in the Technical Criteria evaluation will be considered for the Financial Evaluation.

Financial Proposal

Please provide a rate all-inclusive price (in US dollars) for delivery of professional services in accordance with the assignments described under this TOR.

The formula for the rating of the Financial Proposals will be as follows: FP Rating = (Lowest Priced Offer / Price of the Offer Being Reviewed) x 100

For Every Child, You Demonstrate

UNICEF's values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

View our competency framework at http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/files/UNICEF_Competencies.pdf

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

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

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 and 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
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