International Consultant on Gender and Curriculum



Advertised on behalf of :

Location : Amman, JORDAN
Application Deadline :10-Jun-20 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
Arabic   English  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
01-Jul-2020
Duration of Initial Contract :12 months

Background

UN Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security.

The UN Women Jordan Country Office leads and coordinates United Nations system efforts to ensure that commitments on gender equality and gender mainstreaming translate into action. Mainstreaming gender in the education system is a growing area for UN Women’s work in Jordan. UN Women in Jordan provides strategic policy advice and technical assistance to national partners to ensure gender-responsive services, including a gender-responsive education system free from stereotypes and harmful norms. UN Women has been implementing comprehensive programming on second chance education in order to promote equal access to education and services to women and girls, especially those in vulnerable communities throughout Jordan.

Over the past year, UN Women has worked with the Ministry of Education (MoE) on gender mainstreaming of the Jordan education system. UN Women aims to provide the technical assistance and policy advice to the MoE and National Center for Curriculum Development (NCCD) in order to strengthen their institutional capacity on gender mainstreaming in the education system and more specifically to integrate gender issues into the curriculum frameworks and text books.

The Gender and Curriculum Consultant will be responsible for supporting this work, through strengthening institutional capacity to enhance gender mainstreaming in the national curriculum at the MoE. This will include providing capacity building to the respective Directorates of the MoE and NCCD, as well as to assist the MoE and NCCD to develop tool(s) for a gender-sensitive curriculum, which will later be applied by curriculum developers.

The consultant will provide technical assistance to the newly created Gender and Curriculum Task Force at the MoE, which will lead on developing the tool for gender mainstreaming to ensure minimum gender equality standards are met in all new curricula and textbooks. The Consultant will work closely with the Gender Division of the MoE, liaising closely among the MoE, UN Women and the National Center for Curriculum Development. 

In this regard UN Women Jordan seeks to hire an Arabic speaking consultant, experienced working in Middle East region, to support gender mainstreaming efforts of the Jordanian national curriculum.


Duties and Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Programme Management Specialist, the Gender and Curriculum Consultant is responsible for supporting strengthening institutional capacity to enhance gender mainstreaming in the national curriculum at the MoE, including:

Technical support:

  • Support the Gender Division of the MoE in activities related to gender mainstreaming of the national curriculum, including but not limited to:
  • Asses the new curriculum framework drafted by the NCCD for gender equality components and gaps;
  • Produce report on institutional gaps, as well as recommendations for incorporating gender equality in the new curriculum framework;
  • Provide assistance to the MoE to institutionalize the Gender and Curriculum Task Force;
  • Develop the gender mainstreaming tool(s) (matrix, guidelines) to ensure minimum gender equality standards are met in all new curricula and textbooks, and ensuring the tool is specific to the Jordan context and needs;
  • Support advocacy efforts to have tool(s) institutionalised and sustained by relevant decision makers at the MoE;
  • Support assessing the capacity of relevant MoE and NCCD staff in gender mainstreaming.
  • Provide day to day technical support to the Gender Division, Curriculum and Research and Policy Directorates of the MoE and NCCD in conducting the gender analysis of existing or new policies, procedures and standards on curriculum, drafting the reports on identified gender gaps, developing the recommendations and supporting mainstreaming gender into key documents in relation to the national curriculum;
  • Support in developing an institutional training needs assessment and training package for building capacity of MoE and NCCD staff on gender mainstreaming in the national curriculum;
  • Provide capacity building workshops and trainings to the curriculum designers at MoE and NCCD to increase their skills and knowledge on gender-sensitive curriculum and gender mainstreaming;
  • Provide required technical support and day-to-day coaching to the Gender Division to implement the Gender Action Plan of the MoE and work plan for gender mainstreaming into the curriculum in line with the Objective 8 of the Action Plan;
  • Perform any other related tasks as requested.

Coordination support:

  • Support the Gender Division of the MoE to establish a coordination mechanism between the MoE and the NCCD to facilitate joint work on gender mainstreaming of the national curriculum through the Gender and Curriculum Task Force;
  • Support the Gender and Curriculum Task Force with start-up activities under the Work Plan;
  • Provide technical support to Gender and Curriculum Task Force to develop the tool(s) on gender mainstreaming for the curriculum and text books, draft minutes and advice on next steps;
  • Provide inputs to UN Women on how to best support coordination, as well as highlighting any challenges or gaps;
  • Any other activities as determined by the Programme Management Specialist. 

Duration of the assignment

The duration of the assignment will be 12 months from June 2020 till June 2021.

Expected Deliverables

The consultant is expected to work with the deliver the following results

  • Monthly time-sheets and brief progress reports about implemented activities and achieved results with supporting documents (summary of strategic meetings, training reports, other materials) submitted (by the 5th of each month)- by June 2021.
  • Final report about the progress and achievements, lessons learnt, and recommendations submitted (up to 5 working days)- by June 30, 2021.

All monthly reports and final report should be submitted in English. The Consultant is expected to work and be based at the MoE. The Consultant will be provided with UN Women’s relevant programme related materials and strategic guidance by UN Women during the implementation of the assignment. 

Performance evaluation:

Contractor’s performance will be evaluated based on: timeliness, responsibility, initiative, communication, accuracy, and quality of the products delivered.


Competencies

Core Values:

  • Respect for Diversity
  • Integrity
  • Professionalism

Core Competencies:

  • Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues
  • Accountability
  • Creative Problem Solving
  • Effective Communication
  • Inclusive Collaboration
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Leading by Example

UN Women Values and competencies link : https://www.unwomen.org/-/media/headquarters/attachments/sections/about%20us/employment/un-women-values-and-competencies-framework-en.pdf?la=en&vs=637


Required Skills and Experience

Education

  • Master’s degree or equivalent in Education, Curriculum Design, Social Sciences, Development, or any other related fields;
  • A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Experience and skills

  • At least 5 years of experience in education systems and curriculum development is required;
  • Experience in working in an area related to gender equality is required;
  • Experience in capacity building, including training needs assessments, design and facilitation is required;
  • Experience working on gender integration into the education system in Middle East region;
  • Experience working with government stakeholders and international development organizations in Middle East.

Language and other skills

  • Fluency in Arabic and English.

Submission of application

Interested candidates are requested to submit electronic application not later than June 10th, 2020.

Submission package

  • CV
  • All applications must include (as an attachment) the completed UN Women Personal History form (P-11) which can be downloaded from P11 form. Kindly note that the system will only allow one attachment. Applications without the completed UN Women P-11 form will be treated as incomplete and will not be considered for further assessment.
  • Letter of Interest containing the statement on candidate’s experience in the field of recruitment
  • Financial proposal. The financial proposal shall specify a total lump sum amount breaking down a daily professional fee.

All applications must include (as an attachment) P11 and the financial proposal. Applications without financial proposal will be treated as incomplete and will not be considered for further assessment.

Please note that only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Evaluation

Applications will be evaluated based on the Cumulative analysis.

  • Technical Qualification (100 points) weight; [70%]
  • Financial Proposal (100 points) weight; [30%]

A two-stage procedure is utilised in evaluating the proposals, with evaluation of the technical proposal being completed prior to any price proposal being compared. Only the price proposal of the candidates who passed the minimum technical score of 70% of the obtainable score of 100 points in the technical qualification evaluation will be evaluated.

Technical qualification evaluation criteria:

The total number of points allocated for the technical qualification component is 100. The technical qualification of the individual is evaluated based on following technical qualification evaluation criteria:  

Technical Evaluation Criteria

Obtainable Score

Education

20 %

Experience and skills

60 %

Language and other skills

20 %

Total Obtainable Score

100 %

Only the candidates who have attained a minimum of 70% of total points will be considered as technically-qualified candidate.

Financial/Price Proposal evaluation:

  • Only the financial proposal of candidates who have attained a minimum of 70% score in the technical evaluation will be considered and evaluated.
  • The total number of points allocated for the price component is 100.
  • The maximum number of points will be allotted to the lowest price proposal that is opened/ evaluated and compared among those technical qualified candidates who have attained a minimum of 70% score in the technical evaluation. All other price proposals will receive points in inverse proportion to the lowest price.

 


UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.


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