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International Technical Expert for teacher training materials development (formative assessment)


Parent Sector : Education Sector (ED)

Duty Station: Baghdad

Job Family: Education

Type of contract : Non Staff

Duration of contract : From 7 to 11 months

Recruitment open to : External candidates

Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 09/10/2022 Extended


UNESCO Core Values: Commitment to the Organization, Integrity, Respect for Diversity, Professionalism


1.    Background


As part of the European Union supported UNESCO project “System building and capacity strengthening of the Ministry of Education (MoE) and its sub-national Directorates of Education for effective delivery of quality education outcomes”, a large-scale capacity needs’ assessment was conducted for the education sector and strengthening teacher capacities emerged as one of the main areas for interventions and investments. 

Based on the findings of the needs’ assessment, and in response to a direct request from HE the Minister of Education to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, UNESCO developed and delivered Training on ICT based online distance learning package for Master Trainers; subsequently the Master Trainers delivered training to teachers using a cascade modality. The second area of intervention identified, based on the needs assessment and discussions with the General Directorate of Preparation, Training and Educational Development, is Formative Assessment of learning.

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2.    Objective


The objective of the UNESCO support to the MoE is to provide tailored training package on formative assessment of learning and build MoE Master Trainers capacities to deliver this training to the Teachers. 

To fulfill this objective, UNESCO is seeking to engage international technical expertise. This is to be undertaken through a participatory approach with Ministry of Education partners, building the capacity of MoE, TTI and Higher Education stakeholders in the development of teacher training materials.

3.    Outputs


Under this assignment, the following outputs are expected:
•    A report on existing teacher training materials and practices in the area of formative assessment including in Iraq, including a report on focus group findings;
•    Workshop plan and materials for capacity-building writing workshops;
•    A complete in-service teacher training package containing a training plan, training of trainers’ guide and training materials for in-service training of teachers on Formative Assessment of learning;
•    Training of at least 24 Master Trainers on the package;
•    Mission reports as appropriate.


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4.    Timeframe and location

•    The consultancy is anticipated to last for a period of 6 months, with an expected total of 80 working days;
•    Home based, with travel to Iraq required.


5.    Minimum content of the proposal


Proposals should include the following:
•    An up-to-date curriculum vitae for the individual consultant or consultants if submitting a proposal as part of a team;
•    A statement indicating how consultant’s/consultants’ qualifications and experience are suitable for the assignment;
•    A description of proposed approach and methodology for undertaking the assignment and to realize the outputs; 
•    Overall cost of the assignment. Any travel and subsistence requirements should be indicated separately.



6.    Eligibility/ qualification/ experience requirements 


•    Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in the area of Education
•    At least 15 years of experience in education development, with demonstrated experience in teacher professional development and proven expertise in formative assessment.
•    Demonstrated experience in developing and editing training programmes for teachers, and abroad knowledge of innovative teaching practices;
•    Excellent facilitation skills in capacity-building workshops;
•    Strong communication skills and ability to work independently or in liaison with a team whilst maintaining professional behavior;
•    Excellent knowledge of English required, knowledge of Arabic a distinct advantage;
•    Proven experience in the MENA region an advantage;
•    A commitment to UN values of non-discrimination on the basis of race, gender, economic status or religion.


7.    Remuneration 

Remuneration will be as per deliverables, also according to qualifications and experiences of the Expert(s) proposed, subject to UNESCO’s internal rules and procedures.

8.    Availability

Immediate and should be confirmed as part of the submission 

COMPETENCIES (Core / Managerial)

Accountability (C)
Communication (C)
Innovation (C)
Knowledge sharing and continuous improvement (C)
Planning and organizing (C)
Results focus (C)
Teamwork (C)
Professionalism (C)


For detailed information, please consult the UNESCO Competency Framework.

To Be Included in the application


Interested candidates should click on “Apply Now”, then download and complete the Employment History form (Word file). At the end of the Word file, insert extra pages with the following required information in English:


Please note UNESCO cannot consider an incomplete proposal that does not include:


A Technical Written proposal (2-3 Pages Maximum) consisting of:
•    A description of your proposed approach and methodology for undertaking the assignment
•    A work plan with detailed milestones and key deliverables/activities as per the terms of reference
•    Comments on the Terms of Reference, if any (in brief)

A Financial Proposal showing the amount to be charged for the assignment laid out in a payment schedule showing the number of days and daily rate against specific deliverables and then expressed as an overall lump sum, which should be quoted in US dollars only. Any travel and subsistence requirements should be indicated separately. Please design your payment scheme against a clear and specific set of deliverables and milestones as reflected in your work plan


Please note that all candidates must complete an on-line application and provide complete and accurate information. To apply, please visit the UNESCO careers website. No modifications can be made to the application submitted.

The evaluation of candidates is based on the criteria in the vacancy notice, and may include tests and/or assessments, as well as a competency-based interview. 

UNESCO uses communication technologies such as video or teleconference, e-mail correspondence, etc. for the assessment and evaluation of candidates.

Please note that only selected candidates will be further contacted and candidates in the final selection step will be subject to reference checks based on the information provided.


UNESCO recalls that paramount consideration in the appointment of staff members shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, technical competence and integrity. UNESCO applies a zero-tolerance policy against all forms of harassment. UNESCO is committed to achieving and sustaining equitable and diverse geographical distribution, as well as gender parity among its staff members in all categories and at all grades. Furthermore, UNESCO is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Candidates from non- and under-represented Member States (last update here) are particularly welcome and strongly encouraged to apply. Individuals from minority groups and indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the highest level of confidentiality. Worldwide mobility is required for staff members appointed to international posts.

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