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Re-advertisement: UNICEF Zimbabwe is inviting proposals from individual qualified international consultants for the provision of Technical Assistance for Development of Early Learning Policy

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Date de clôture : dimanche 11 novembre 2018

Re-advertisement: UNICEF Zimbabwe is inviting proposals from individual qualified international consultants for the provision of Technical Assistance for Development of Early Learning Policy

 

Job no: 516694
Work type: Consultancy
Location: Zimbabwe
Categories: Education, Consultancy
Applications close: South Africa Standard Time

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Introduction

UNICEF Zimbabwe is inviting proposals from qualified and interested individual international consultants for the provision of technical assistance for development of an Early Learning Policy.

 

Background & Rationale

The Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education (MOPSE), regards Early Learning (EL) as a decisive area where the foundation of the basic principles and philosophy of Zimbabwe’s Education system is laid so that a child is prepared to meet the challenges of the future. In meeting this fulfilment, there is need to come up with a clearly defined policy and regulatory framework that will guide the operations and effective implementation of Early Learning education in Zimbabwe.

The provision for early learning policy in education and development of children in this age bracket (3-7 year olds) would provide a holistic development of the child and extensive long term benefits for the nation.

The recommendations of the 1999 Commission of Inquiry into Education and Training (CIET) provided inter-alia, for the democratisation of pre-school education. It provided for the attachment of ECD classes in existing Primary Schools.

To date the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education has produced a Draft Manual on Early Childhood Development Education in Zimbabwe through harmonisation of the prevailing circulars. The manual forms the basis for the development of an Early Learning Policy. The task will be done through consulting and sharing experiences with stakeholders.

In the 2016-2020 Education Sector Strategic Plan (ESSP) the sector has committed itself to the development of an infant/early childhood policy. Additionally, recognising that school readiness is considered to be a powerful framework for improving equity in access to education and affecting learning outcomes, especially for marginalized children, the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education (MoPSE) in its 2016-2020 education sector strategic plan (ESSP), has identified the following goal for supporting early childhood development in the sector “Increased access at ECD and increased enrolment rates at all levels especially for the vulnerable (OVC)”.

Access to quality early development, care and education has also been granted a special focus on the Education 2030 Agenda (Incheon Declaration, May 2015), under the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health Strategy 2016 – 2030 as well as in the Global Campaign for Violence Prevention. The Addis Ababa Action Agenda (as a result of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development, July 2015) also calls for greater investments and international cooperation to support equitable, inclusive and quality early childhood education. This signals a historic global recognition of the importance of setting the foundations that early years of the child matter for the long-term success of individuals, families, communities, countries, sustainable development and a peaceful world.

The latest statistics in Zimbabwe show that majority of out-of-school children are the 3-5 year olds who do not attend the ECD A & B classes in the country.  Of the total 3-5 year old child population, only 33.02% are enrolled in ECD classes (EMIS, 2016).  Some of the reasons for children not attending include long distances from home to schools, unaffordable school fees and lack of awareness among parents on the importance of early learning to school readiness and development of the young children’s literacy and numeracy skills.

It is at this level that the Ministry would require the engagement of a consultant to assist with the development of an Early Learning Policy in the Infant sector to improve equitable access to inclusive and affordable quality education in Zimbabwe.

 

Objective

The purpose of this consultancy is to provide technical support and quality assurance to MoPSE in developing an enabling and comprehensive national early learning policy that would align the Early Learning policies and regulations with the requirements of the Constitution of Zimbabwe, Education Act and Policy Circulars in compliance with the requirements and fulfilment of the competency based curriculum. In addition to develop a 5-year costed implementation strategy that would guide the operationalisation of the policy at all levels.

 

Purpose of the Early Learning Policy

The purpose of the policy is to:

  • Guide the operations of inclusive early learning education in the Infant School Module in Zimbabwe
  • Align the Early Learning policies and regulations with the requirements of the Constitution of Zimbabwe, Education Act and Policy Circulars in compliance with the skills oriented curriculum

It is expected that the early learning policy will operate and guide decision or policy makers to come up with revised strategies for improved early learning education in the country.

 

Scope of Work

The incumbent will be carrying out the following tasks:

1. Provide expertise in the drafting of the National Early Learning (EL) Policy document

  • Review the policy circulars and guidelines that specifically address Early Learning in Zimbabwe
  • Align the early learning policies and regulations with the requirements of the Constitution of Zimbabwe, Education Act and current Policy Circulars
  • Provide analysis report on international best practices on development of national early learning Policy document.
  • Provide technical guidance for the drafting and development of the National EL Policy.

2. Facilitate consultation meetings and workshops for the different levels of stakeholders

  • Support the organization of consultation meetings on National EL Policy document.
  • Support consultation meetings to obtain comments from all stakeholders (including parents and INGOs).
  • Support the organization of consultation workshops to get comments from ministries, sectors, provinces, national and international consultants on the Policy document to ensure cross-cutting issues are addressed.

3. Support of the finalization of the National Early Learning Policy document with costed implementation strategy (5 years)

  • Dissemination and collection of comments from ministries, sectors, Provinces and Districts for consolidation of the Policy document.
  • Follow-up the appraisal of comments and integration in the final document.
  • Finalize the National EL Policy document for submission to MOPSE management.
  • Finalize the National EL Policy document for submission to the government/Cabinet.
  • Advise revision and finalization of the National EL Policy document following feedback received from Government.

 

Methodology

The consultant is expected to use both quantitative and qualitative methodologies to obtain data and information that would support development of a policy that fits the context and priorities of Zimbabwe.  This could include interviews and focus group discussions with key stakeholders like government officials, civil society organisations to parents and families.

Additionally, the consultant will:

  1. Work with MOPSE during the first phase of the consultancy for the drafting and development of the Early Learning Policy.
  2. Engage in a wide range of consultations amongst government ministries, parastatals, the development community, national and international organizations as well as community based organization to ensure full ownership of the document.
  3. Facilitation of consultation workshop with the relevant stakeholders. He/She is expected to provide high quality international expertise on Early learning/Early Education Policy development, ensure the cross-sectoral dimension of the early learning (links with health, nutrition, protection and how they impact early learning), and how long they can be integrated into the policy.
  4. Following the face-to-face consultation workshop in Zimbabwe, the consultant will work remotely to finalize the Policy document.  Including but not limited to providing inputs/comments into various drafts of the National Early Learning Policy Document till submission of the Policy document to the Government and after having Government’s feedback.

All submitted products from consultant will be in English. (Translations will be outsourced by UNICEF).

Major Tasks, Deliverables, Timeframe & payment Schedule

Tasks

Deliverables

Time Frame (no of days)

Payment Schedule

Development of an inception report highlighting strategy and method for developing the policyInception report7 days11.6%
Conduct desk reviews and prepare design for the consultation process with stakeholdersDesign of consultation process prepared and approved by MOPSE15 days 25%
Conduct national level consultation to receive input from stakeholders on the key direction of the policyConsultation workshops conducted with high quality facilitation skills and technical inputs

High quality briefing report with clear recommendations made available following the face-to-face consultations

10 days 16.6%
Prepare draft policy document based on consultations and inputs from MOPSE and all desk reviews and analysis with a five year costed implementation strategyDraft policy for review of stakeholders20 days 33.4%
Support the finalization of the National Early Learning policy  and costed implementation strategyDetailed inputs provided to the Policy document drafts8 days13.4%

Total number of working days

60 days

 

 

Timeframe

The consultancy will begin upon the signing of the contract, and is for 60 working days spread from 5 November 2018 to 28 February 2019.  Five working days will be from own base while 55 days will be in country.

In-country travel will be planned and paid on actual basis

9.    Consultancy Requirements

The following technical skills and experience are required:

  • Advanced university degree in the field of Education with specialization in early childhood education
  • 10 years of professional work experience in the management of early childhood education and development related programs.
  • Previous experience in supporting development of national policies especially in early childhood education and early learning with experience to conduct consultation process to ensure national ownership of the Policy Document.
  • International standards on early childhood development, CRC and new trends in the area of the early childhood years, team management and knowledge transfer (facilitation of workshops, presentations).
  • Experience in working with governments, NGOs and UN agencies and familiarity with the Zimbabwe culture will be considered an asset.
  • Good writing, data processing, analytical and synthesis skills.
  • Fluency in English.
  • Mastering innovative powerpoint software, knowledge on mapping software, such as Devinfo and MICS is an asset.

 

 Application Procedure

If interested and available, please submit your application letter, CV, Technical proposal and an all-inclusive financial proposal clearly indicating the daily professional fees and travel related costs and any other miscellaneous costs.

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified candidates from all backgrounds to apply.

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 consultants will be contacted. UNICEF does not charge a fee during the recruitment process

 

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