Individual International Consultancy: Development of a Strategic Action Plan for a Standardized...
Closing date: 16 March 2020
Job Number: 530458 | Vacancy Link
Locations: Asia and the Pacific: Lao,Peo.Dem.Rep
Work Type : Consultancy
Individual International Consultancy: Development of a Strategic Action Plan for a Standardized Student Assessment System in Lao PDR
UNICEF is a UN organization mandated by the UN 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. In Lao PDR, UNICEF is working with its partners to support the Government to realize children's rights on survival, development, protection and participation.
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UNICEF in Vientiane, Lao PDR is looking for an Individual International Consultant for Development of a Strategic Action Plan for a Standardized Student Assessment System in Lao PDR. The assignment starting on April 2020 (or sooner) and completed by September 2020. A total of 60 working days. When in country, the consultant will be based at MoES RIES in Vientiane Capital, with some travel to selected provinces and districts.
Summary of key functions/accountabilities:
The strategic action plan will be informed by desk study of key policy documents and studies, as well as through interviews and consultation meetings with MoES staff - at all levels of the system, teachers and school principals and development partners, in particular the development partners that supported MoES in the past in conducting large-scale student assessments.
The assignment is given shape through the following main activities:
Activity 1: Conduct a situation analysis of MoES capacity and procedures for conducting large-scale standardized student assessment in (pre-) primary and secondary education. The situation analysis will include an assessment of:
- Relevant Government policies, decrees, frameworks, action plans and guidelines, as well as studies and reports of student assessments conducted in Lao PDR.
- Internal organization of MoES i.e. what departments and centres are and/or could be involved in conducting standardized large-scale student assessments.
- Processes, practices and tools for conducting large-scale assessment from the planning phase to the dissemination of results to different target groups (i.e. policy makers, schools, parents, etc.). This includes comparing the different approaches adopted in various student assessments, and examining quality assurance and knowledge management processes and practices. The exploration of alternative, most cost-effective ways of working are to be emphasized.
- Relationship with other student assessments i.e. national exams and classroom-based student assessments. A key question to examine here is also how results of large-scale student assessments can be feedback to support schools in making improvements in teaching and learning.
- Budget allocations (past, present and future) by Government and development partners for conducting these assessments.
- Capacity of MoES RIES and Education Standards and Quality Assurance Centre (ESQAC) whose mandates complement each other in the area of large-scale student assessments. This includes an analysis for skills development.
- ICT infrastructure, including software packages and licenses.
Furthermore, in line with the Ministerial Decree on Learning Assessment in General Education and in support of the monitoring of the Education Sector and Sport Development Plan, the consultant is to examine one or more options for a rolling cycle for conducting large-scale student assessments for different Grades â€“ national and international assessments.
- Outline of situation analysis report following planning meeting with RIES and UNICEF at the end of first country visit.
- Draft situation analysis report (max 50 pages, written in English language) that includes strengths and areas for improvement for enhancing MoES capacity and procedures for conducting large-scale, standardized student assessments in general education in Lao PDR in a sustainable and cost-effective manner.
Activity 2: Co-facilitate a consultation meeting on the draft situation analysis report. The consultant will present on key findings and recommendations of the report during an Education Sector Working Group (ESWG) Meeting â€“ Focal Group 5 on Evaluation and Assessment. This meeting is attended by MoES and development partners. The consultant will take note off and incorporate the feedback of participants in the draft analysis report for consideration by MoES.
Presentation with key findings and recommendations of the situation analysis report during ESWG Focal Group 5 meeting.
Activity 3: Develop a costed, ten-year strategic action plan for conducting large-scale, standardized student assessments in (pre-) primary and secondary education in Lao PDR. Building on the recommendations of the analysis report, the costed action plan will emphasis the gradually strengthening of MoES capacity for conducting regular student assessments over a ten-year period (2020 to 2030); and as such work towards meeting national and international quality standards.
In line with the Ministerial Decree on Learning Assessment in General Education and the monitoring of the Education Sector and Sport Development Plan, the action plan will include a rolling cycle for conducting large-scale student assessments across different Grades.
The plan will emphasise cost-efficient ways of working and promote the use of assessment results for school improvements at national and subnational levels, including the feedback of results to schools as part of a dissemination and communication strategy.
The action plan would include a costing of all activities and investments covering the ten-year period, differentiating between 1) capital and recurrent expenditures; and 2) funds to be allocated by Government and development partners.
Draft costed ten-year strategic action plan for conducting large-scale, standardized student assessments in (pre-)primary to secondary education in Lao PDR.
Activity 4: Co-facilitate a consultation meeting on the draft strategic action plan. The consultant will support MoES in the presentation of the draft action plan during an ESWG Meeting Focal Group 5 on Evaluation and Assessment. The consultant will update the plan in light of the feedback provided by participants.
Completed costed, ten-year strategic action plan for conducting large-scale, standardized student assessments in general education in Lao PDR for consideration and endorsement by MoES.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will need to have:
Qualifications and Experience
- Advanced University degree in Education, Social Sciences, Economics or a related field.
- At least 10 years' experience in education policy development, strategic planning and financing.
- At least 10 years' experience in supporting governments with strengthening assessment and evaluation in education, especially in the development and implementation of student assessment systems.
Knowledge and Skills
- Experience in developing countries and working experience with international organizations is an added advantage.
- Excellent strategic vision and communication skills, substantive facilitation skills and experience working with government conducting participatory and capacity building processes.
- Good communication skills in English; written and spoken.
Submission of applications:
Interested candidates are kindly requested to apply and upload the following documents to: http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/
- Letter of Interest (cover letter)
- CV or Resume
- Performance evaluation reports or references of similar consultancy assignments (if available)
- Financial proposal: All-inclusive lump-sum cost including travel and accommodation cost for this assignment as per work assignment.
The deadline for applications is 16 March 2020
Finalization of the contract will be done through technical evaluation of the applications by interested candidates, as per UNICEF procedures, and in close coordination with MoES. Applicants will be evaluated based on 1) their qualifications and experience (see above) and 2) their financial proposal (not including costs for travel). These will be respectively evaluated on a 70/30 ratio.
For the technical assessment candidates will have to be awarded at least 60 points out 100 (see below) to be considered for the assignment.
- Technical Assessment Criteria
Technical assessment criteria
- Financial Proposal (max. 100 points) weight 30%
The maximum number of points shall be allotted to the lowest Financial Proposal that is opened /evaluated and compared among those technical qualified candidates who have attained a minimum 70 points score in the technical evaluation. Other Financial Proposals will receive points in inverse proportion to the lowest price.
The Contract shall be awarded to candidate obtaining the highest combined technical and financial scores, subject to the satisfactory result of the verification interview.
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UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.
UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.