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Senior Advisor on Right to Education

Location: New Delhi

Official Travel: Travel to states, as required - approx. 3-5 days a month.  Will be reimbursed at actuals based on pre-approved plan. 

Duration: 12 months with a month's break after 11 months

Closing Date: 18 February 2014

I.          BACKGROUND & PURPOSE OF ASSIGNMENT:

The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act, implemented on 1st April 2010, marks a historic moment for the children of India. The Act guarantees the right for every child aged 6 to 14 to receive quality education, aiming for the holistic development of children’s physical and mental abilities to the fullest extent, without any trauma, fear or anxiety, without corporal punishment or mental harassment. 

The first deadline for implementation of the RTE Act has elapsed on 1 April 2013, and there is a long way to go towards meeting the targets specified in this RTE Act.  It is important that the monitoring systems are strengthened which would help in acceleration of implementation of the act.

The RTE Act also mandates professionally qualified teachers who are able to provide quality education which supports the development of all children.  The existing Teacher Education system in the country has enormous task of supplying huge numbers of quality trained teachers to the school system.

To address the issues, Ministry of Human Resource Development has launched a revised Scheme for Teacher Education which came into effect from 1 April 2012 until April 2017, with an approved outlay of approximately Rs. 6300 crores over the next 5 years. This is a significant opportunity for revamping the systems and processes of teacher education in the country, and there is enhanced momentum and support both at national and state levels for bringing in significant changes in Teacher Education over the next few years.

Hence it is important to capitalise on the revamped focus and strengthen teacher education systems. Further,
  there is a huge effort and focus to improve learning levels of children and certain studies and reports on children’s learning achievement (by NCERT, EI, ASER) have raised  concerns over the learning levels of children in government schools across India, especially at the primary level. Also, the acquisition of language and reading skills at the early primary level is critical and foundational to learning achievement of children along with dealing with the issues of multilingual situations in India.

This present consultancy aims to address the above three needs, by offering support to states in strengthening monitoring mechanisms for RTE, bringing reforms in teacher educations systems and programmes, and enhancing their capacity in early reading and language development strategies.

II. OBJECTIVES:

Provide support to centre and  states on i) Strengthening monitoring systems of RTE implementation ii) strengthen teacher education systems and structures and learning assessment/outcomes and support  enhancement of  early reading and language development.

III. MAJOR TASKS TO BE ACCOMPLISHED:

1.         Provide support for improved monitoring of the RTE Act

•           Provide technical support to two states (from among the identified focus states) to address bottlenecks and barriers in improving RTE implementation and its monitoring

•           Facilitate capacity building programs for SCPCR members and staff on RTE issues in two states

•           Develop an illustrative roadmap for strong RTE monitoring at all levels

•           Participate in high level meetings related to RTE including state and national stock-takings/reviews of RTE/SSA/RMSA including the 1 April 2014 progress on RTE implementation.

 

2.         Support initiatives for strengthening teacher education

•           Provide guidance for visioning workshops for strengthening and capacity building of DIETs in two states (in specific aspects) with follow-up action as needed

•           Supporting one state in strategizing for developing the framework for BITEs

•           Contribute to development or implementation of Annual Teacher Education Work plans in two states

•           Participate in meetings/Missions of Teacher Education as needed

 

3.         Support to national and state initiatives for assessments of learning outcomes

•           Support one state in making fuller and better use of assessment data

•           Supporting one or two states in supplementing large scale student learning assessments with more qualitative classroom observation studies aimed at analysing the teaching-learning process and identifying scope for change and improvement

•           Participate in the MHRD group on national and state level assessment surveys. Preparing a concept note for use of assessment findings

•           Supporting the follow-up on the Roundtable on Enhancing Teaching-learning Outcomes as needed

•           Facilitating review of CCE functioning and improvements in classroom based assessments in one state

 

4.         Support to development, implementation and monitoring of Early Grades Reading/Literacy programs

•           Participating in meetings of MHRD’s Early Grades Reading group

•           Support design development and capacity building of state level resource groups for early grades reading programs in two to three states

•           Facilitate national or state workshops with governments or other partners for early grades reading

•           Technical support to MHRD & NMRC on language issues, teaching-learning practice and state initiatives

 

5.         Provide technical advice to UNICEF State Offices on the above identified areas as needed

•           Participate in national and state level UNICEF meetings/workshops

•           Assist in review of work plans

•           Technical support to UNICEF state offices in specific aspects, as needed

 

Focus states: Odisha, Assam, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan & West Bengal

 

Note: These tasks would be accomplished with the support of UNICEF staff in state offices and other resource persons/organizations (where needed). Depending on state government requests, there may be minor changes to the focus states noted above.

 

Record of Meetings / Technical Support Provided / Progress to be submitted every month end. If deliverables are delayed due to circumstances beyond the consultant, monthly payments can be claimed against submission of a Monthly Progress Report.

 

IV.       DELIVERABLES & TIMELINE:

 

Deliverables

Timeline

Develop an illustrative roadmap for strong RTE monitoring at all levels

November 2014

Reports on training of SCPCRs

July & December 2014

Reports on state level visioning workshop for DIET strengthening for one state

June 2014

Concept note on suggestions for strengthening of learning assessment improvement and their analysis and use

 Monthly Progress report

Report on early grades reading workshops for 2 states

Monthly Progress report

Document on the early grades reading program design that has been developed

Monthly Progress report

Report on support provided to Multilingual Education in coordination with MHRD and JNU

Monthly Progress report

Presentations, advocacy and knowledge products including mission and meeting reports as required

Monthly Progress report

 

 

VI.       QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE REQUIRED:

 

·      Advanced Degree in Education or Social Science, preferably Doctoral Degree in the field of education

·      10 years of experience working in projects to improve education quality in India, with a special focus on teacher education and early language development

·      Experience and skills of working with government and partners, and understanding of public systems of education in India

·      Experience and skills in designing and facilitating effective capacity-development workshops

·      Good command over English and  Hindi

·      Harmonious working relationships and ability to carry out delegated tasks in timely manner

 

APPLICATION PROCEDURES

 

(1)        Qualified female/male candidates are requested to please indicate their ability and availability to undertake the terms of reference above.

 

(2)        Your application should be sent to indconsultants@unicef.org by COB 18 February 2014 with subject line "Senior Advisor - Right to Education, Delhi" in separate files consisting of:

 

a)         An application letter, CV and P11 form (which can be downloaded from our website at http://www.UNICEF.org/india/overview_1440.htm)

 

b)         A financial proposal in PDF format indicating deliverable based fee as per template attached. (Download)

 

 (3)       The financial proposals of only those candidates, who are found technically responsive, will be opened.

 

(4)        Only short-listed candidates will be called for test/interview (if applicable). Any attempt to unduly influence UNICEF’s selection process will lead to automatic disqualification of the applicant.

 

(5)        Joint applications of two or more individuals are not accepted.

 

(6)        Please note, UNICEF does not charge any fee during any stage of the process. 

 

 
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