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UNITED NATIONS CHILDREN'S FUND TERMS OF REFERENCE for the consultancy to organise and conduct training for trainers course for 150 participants on Introduction of New Curriculum and Active Learning in Primary Education

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 train 150 trainers on Introduction of New Curriculum and Active Learning and in doing so improve institution and technical capacities of potential companies which participate in the MOE’s tenders on roll-out of new curriculum in general schools of Azerbaijan. This activity will also facilitate to the the improved application of Active Learning policy in education system in Azerbaijan.

Purpose of the assignment

Under the supervision of the UNICEF Development Officer and in cooperation with Ministry of Education and PCU Second Education Sector Reform Project to organise and deliver 24-hour TOT course on New Curriculum and Active Learning for 150 participants.

Duty station: Baku and selected districts, Azerbaijan

Major tasks to be accomplished:

• To prepare training schedule, syllabus based on 10-day Curriculum Introduction course, performance assessment and certification tools. 
• To deliver 24-hour course to 150 participants provided by UNICEF and provide report with outcomes to UNICEF

Outcomes and deliverables:

• 10 January 2011 – To submit January 2011 training schedule with names of all participants to UNICEF

• 01 February 2011 – To submit February 2011 training schedule with names of all participants to UNICEF

• 01 March 2011 – To submit March 2011 training schedule with names of all participants to UNICEF

• 31 March 2011 – To submit final report to UNICEF Azerbaijan and Ministry of Education on the results of the training with names of participants and their performance results


10 January 2011 – 31 March 2011 (180 hours: total 150 participants /20 per group x 24 hours per group)

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;

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

Cost of the meals/refreshments, and travel arrangements for trainers and stationery for training sessions may additionally be specified in the proposal

Procedures and logistics:

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

MOE will provide venue for the training sessions


Interested organizations should send:
a) a cover letter;
b) Detailed Project Proposal and budget
c) individual resumes of trainers/consultants;
d) reference of previous relevant work (if applicable);
in a sealed envelope /email to:

Human Resources
United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
Dalgha Plaza
24 Neftchilar Avenue, AZ1095
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: 24 December, 2010

For further information please contact: Kenan Mammadli,





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