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Terms of Reference for the consultancy to develop an integrated 10-day Primary School Curriculum Introduction Programme

1. Programme information:                    
Programme (No. & Name):                  0039/Y/I/205, Social System Strengthening 
Project   (No. & Name):                        0039/Y/I/205-13, Education Systems Reforms  
Activity Reference:                               0039/Y/I/205-13-001 Mainstreaming of Active Learning in         pre-service and in-service education

2. Background and Context: 

The Government of Azerbaijan (GOA) is committed to reform in the education sector on the basis of the Education Reform Program of 1999 and the 10 Years Education Reform Strategy (2003-2013) prepared by the Ministry of Education (MOE). The main purpose of this reform program and strategy is to address many key sectoral issues, to improve the quality of education and to realign the sector with the needs of the emerging market economy and social conditions.

The APL 2 Project (WB Phase 2 Education Sector Development Project) will benefit from the collaboration and effective working relationship established under the APL1 with UNICEF as its key partner. Under the APL 1, the World Bank and UNICEF successfully collaborated in the implementation of a number of priority reforms in the education sector. These cover new teachers’ training curriculum and in-service teacher training, textbooks development, primary school curriculum etc. Moreover, Active Learning developed by UNICEF was introduced as in-service training to primary school teachers and Rayon Education Departments in three of the APL 1 pilot rayons.

In 2006-2009 mainstreaming of active learning into the Education Sector Reforms has proceeded encouragingly with Active learning integrated in to the pre service and in service teacher training curricula.  UNICEF has further supported textbooks development to ensure that active learning is practically embedded into all textbooks, teacher guides and children’s workbooks, thus integrating AL in every grade one classroom in terms of teaching and learning processes.

UNICEF has provided critical technical support to the World Bank and Ministry of Education development of the Phase Two Education Reforms and is a full partner in two of the four components – school readiness and teacher professional development. 

In line with recent MTR and UNICEF repositioning in Education as the main government partner in Education Sector Reform, apart from WB, the present situation requires immediate action from UNICEF to address lack of capacity to foster implementation of the new curriculum with all associated processes. 

Objectives of the consultancy
The main aim of the consultancy is to provide high level technical expertise to the Ministry of Education to implement Active Learning policy of the Ministry of Education as a part of the overall Education System Reform in Azerbaijan.

3.  Purpose of the assignment

Under the supervision of the UNICEF Development Officer and in cooperation with Ministry of Education to develop a 10-day Curriculum Introduction Training for in-service training of primary school teachers.

The developed training module will be used as a model training programme to cover all primary school teachers in Azerbaijan.

This single training programme will contribute to improvement of the quality of teaching process based on new curriculum.

4. Duty station: Baku, Azerbaijan

5. Supervisor:  Kenan Mammadli, Development Officer

6. Major tasks to be accomplished:

• To analyse 5-day Ministry of Education’s Primary School Curriculum Introduction In-service Training Programme
• To analyse 5-day Ministry of Education/UNICEF’s Application of Active Learning in the Primary School Curriculum In-service Training Programme
• To develop new 10-day Curriculum Introduction In-service Training Programme for Ministry of Education based on the above two existing training programmes.

7.          Outcomes and deliverables:
1 March 2010 – To submit an initial outline of the proposed programme

20 March 2010  - Final 10-day Curriculum Introduction Training Programme are submitted to UNICEF Azerbaijan and Ministry of Education

8.        Time-Frame:

1 March 2010 – 20 March 2010 (20 days)

9.        Qualifications or specialized knowledge/experience required:

An advanced degree in education or a related field

The consultant should  have significant experience in:
• 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 AL in  primary school and university  level  teaching.
• Previous experience of training and excellent training skills
• Familiarity with UNICEF’s mission and mandate as well as approach to Education Reform
• Excellent English and Azerbaijani communication, writing and analytical skills;

10. Procedures and logistics:

UNICEF will provide the background information, organize meetings and filed visits and provides comments on the drafts.
11.     Application:

Interested individual should send:
a) a cover letter;
b) individual resume;
c) 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
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: February 22, 2010

For further information please contact: Kenan Mammadli,



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