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Development and implementation of Effective School Management Training for Trainers Programme for School Principals to support roll-out of Child Friendly School Initiative

UNITED NATIONS CHILDREN'S FUND

TERMS OF REFERENCE: for development and implementation of Effective School Management Training for Trainers Programme for School Principals to support roll-out of Child Friendly School Initiative.

Background and Context: 

The Central and Eastern European states and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CEE/CIS) have a history of universal education, gender equity and relatively high academic achievement.  However, the break -up of the Soviet Union and the Former Yugoslavia in the late eighties and early nineties resulted in the birth of 22 independent states across the region.  This transition to independence was characterized by political instability, war, ethnic hatred, economic collapse, and the destruction of social services.  Education systems collapsed or suffered greatly during this time.

The Child-friendly Schools (CFS) concept was developed by UNICEF and its partners following the adoption of the Convention of the Rights of the Child (CRC) in 1989.  The CFS concept is a holistic and systemic approach to improving educational quality that places the child and the child's right to an education of high quality in the center of education reform. Because of country-specific conditions and contexts, CFS has developed differently among countries around the world.  However, the CFS approach usually includes the following dimensions: inclusiveness (which usually includes multiculturalism); democratic participation; health, protection and safety; effectiveness; and gender responsiveness. 

The CFS program in Azerbaijan follows an evolution in thought, priorities and action responding to the needs and rights of children, during the period 2000-2010. A major outcome was the policy on Active Learning which influenced a new national curriculum, new textbooks and learning materials as well as the development of a new pre-service teacher training curriculum. During the 2000 - 2004 UNICEF initiated a new approach to including parents and community representatives in school decision making. The new Parent Teacher Association (PTA) proved to be an important and successful initiative which complimented ALSL and provided a key strategy for increasing participation of parents and young people as in some cases it became PTSA (Parent/Teacher/Student Association).

In 2008-2009 The formulation and development of quality standards for general schools started under “Child friendly school” by UNICEF and the Ministry of Education. In 2009, a taskforce comprised of MOE and independent experts finalized quality standards for general schools.

Quality standards reflect the quality indicators of the general schools and are used to assess the extent of compliance of school operation with these standards. The quality standards are the tool for assessment of the quality indicators of all type of general education schools (primary, basic, secondary), new type of schools (lyceum, gymnasium) and boarding type of schools. Development and implementation of the quality standards particularly aimed at following purposes:
• Identify main areas of the school activity;
• Improve quality and quantity indicators of the school activity;
• Identity the framework of the needs that can provide progress in schools
• Prepare School Development Program for 5 years.

Quality standards for general schools are recognized as a normative document. At the end of every academic year, an assessment is carried out in education institutions and local education offices to identify whether these standards are followed or not. Herein, relevant “indicators” are established. Indicator-based assessment has some advantages and these include; firstly, specific activities to be carried out by the institution directories are defined, then it is found whether the activity is implemented on the basis of identified outcomes, as well as the quality of the implementation of the activity is recorded and assessed.

The quality standards for general schools are classified under 5 main categories, including adequate and measurable quality standards:
• School management;
• Professional development of the pedagogical staff;
• Establishment and management of the educational process;
• Personality enhancement of the students;
• Partnership of the school with parents and community.

Objective of the activity

To support the Ministry of Education in the introduction of Child-friendly School Quality Standards with particular focus on improvement of school management component via capacity development training programme for School Principals in the selected schools.

Purpose of the assignment

Under the supervision of the UNICEF Azerbaijan Office and in consultation with Ministry of Education to develop Effective School Management Training for Trainers Programme for School Principals, conduct Training for Trainers Programme for 50 Trainers and for 100 school principals in the selected comprehensive schools

Major tasks to be accomplished:

• Based on the UNICEF’s CFS Manual to develop Effective School Management 60-hour Training for Trainers Programme including Inclusive Education, Supportive Supervision;
• To prepare 50 trainers on Effective School Management;
• To provide on the job mentoring to 50 trainers during cascade training to 100 school principals and 10 district education officers on Effective School Management ;
• Demonstrate the right use of methodological and training materials provided by UNICEF to the training sessions;
• Monitor and evaluate the implementation of the programme, performance of trainers and submit monthly reports no later than 5th working day of the next months;
•  To provide recommendations on the further interventions to improve the school management to meet criteria and indicators of CFS standards;

Outcomes and deliverables:

• 15 June 2010  - Draft Effective School Management Programme submitted to UNICEF and MOE
• 20 June 2010 – Final Effective School Management TOT Programme approved by UNICEF and MOE
• 01 – 20 July 2010 – Effective School Management TOT conducted for 50 trainers
• 01-20 August 2010 – 100 School Principals successfully completed Effective School Management Course
• 20 November 2010 – Final Evaluation Report is submitted to UNICEF

Time-Frame:

10 June - 20 November 2010

Qualifications or specialized knowledge/experience required:

The consultant should have:
• An advanced degree in education or a related field
• Excellent proven training skills
• Experience in the development of methodological materials,
• Experience in mainstreaming gender and equity concerns in education programs,
• Experience in textbooks development as well as practical experience in using child-centered methodologies.
• Excellent Azerbaijani and English communication, writing and analytical skills;

Estimated cost :

Consultancy fee is to be proposed by a potential individual or organization and agreed with UNICEF in line with UN rules and regulations.

Application:
Interested individual should send:
a) A Project Proposal;
b) the organizational profile or individual resume;
c) in case of an organization the resume of each of the proposed team members;
d) reference of previous relevant work (if applicable);
in a sealed envelope/email to:

Kenan Mammadli, Development Officer
United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
24 S. Dadashov St., AZ1073
Baku, Azerbaijan
or send the documents mentioned above electronically  to baku@unicef.org

All applications will be treated with strict confidentiality. UNICEF is an equal opportunity employer.

UNICEF is mandated by the United Nations General Assembly to advocate for the protection of children's rights, to help meet their basic needs and to expand their opportunities to reach their full potential.

Deadline: 04 June 2010, 15:00hrs GMT+4

For further information please contact: Kenan Mammadli, kmammadli@unicef.org

 

 
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