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Review of MOE’s training programme for school principals and education officers and delivery of training of trainers course for 150 trainers



For the review of MOE’s training programme for school principals and education officers and delivery of training of trainers course for 150 trainers.

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.

Within Component 5 (Strengthening Education Policy Development and Management) of the Education Sector Reform Project funded by the World Bank and the Government of Azerbaijan, Ministry of Education is planning to strengthen the capacity of education authorities to manage and implement education reforms, in particular: (i) building managerial and analytical capacity at all levels, with special focus on efficiency of spending; (ii) developing improved education management information system; and (iii) raising public awareness of challenges and achievements in sector.

One of the key activities of that component is to strengthening the capacity of staff in district education departments and school managers.

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.

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.

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 and started introduction of quality standards in general schools.

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 improvement of school management component of Child Friendly Schooling Framework via capacity development training programme for School Principals and Education Managers.

This support will be provided via preparation of 150 trainers on Child Friendly School Management and Curriculum Reform in General Education 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 improved application of Child Friendly School policy in education system in Azerbaijan.

Purpose of the assignment

Under the supervision of the UNICEF Child Development Officer and in cooperation with Ministry of Education and PCU Second Education Sector Reform Project review and up-date MOE’s training programme and to organise and deliver 24-hour TOT course on Child Friendly School Management and Curriculum Reform in General Education for 150 participants.

Duty station: Baku (Azerbaijan)

Major tasks to be accomplished:

• To review MOE’s existing training programme on school management and align it with Child Friendly School standards
• To prepare training schedule, syllabus based on MOE’s Curriculum Course for education Managers and CFS Training module on school management, performance assessment and certification tools. 
• To deliver 24-hour course to 150 participants provided by UNICEF and provide report with outcomes to UNICEF
• Demonstrate the right use of methodological and training materials provided by UNICEF to the training sessions;

Outcomes and deliverables:

30 May 2011 – To submit reviewed and updated training module to UNICEF

06 June 2011 – To submit training schedule with names of all participants to UNICEF

31 July 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


20 May  - 31 July 2011

Qualifications or specialized knowledge/experience required:

An advanced degree in education or a related field
The trainer 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;


Interested organizations should send:
a) a cover letter;
b) Detailed Project Proposal with detailed 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, 3rd Floor
24 Neftchilar Avenue, AZ1095
Baku, Azerbaijan
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: 14 May, 2011, 18:00 hours

For further information please contact: Kenan Mammadli,




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