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Arabic Digital Learning Glossary Consultant


Parent Sector : Field Office

Duty Station: Beirut

Job Family: Education

Type of contract : Non Staff

Duration of contract : From 1 to 6 months

Recruitment open to : External candidates

Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 30-MAY-2022


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Digital learning and its importance has not been as prominent as it is in this times of crisis. Particularly, rapid shifting to ICT-mediated education worldwide   and widespread adoption of at least one form of remote learning modality as an effort to mitigate learning losses, has enabled this challenge turned into opportunity to stimulate innovation within education sector by deploying from no-tech to high tech solutions.  In addition, prior to the pandemic, massive transformation of the world of work as a result of the digital revolution had reshaped the idea of education questioning what future of education looks like and what skills should be taught to learners in digital era.


Regardless of its distinctive surge and wide adoption, there are some prevalent perceptions that hinder active engagement or implementation of policy makers, educator and practitioners. For instance, one of main stereotypes is that such terminology related to ICT-enhanced education is a parlance for a certain group of experts especially there are a number of diverse terms to refer to the learning activities leveraging the technology.

Against this backdrop, UNESCO Beirut Regional Office aims to develop an Arabic Digital Learning Glossary of Terms in order to provide an adequate and timely support to member states responding to regional demand collectively heightened during regional think tank seminar taken place in Sharm El Sheikh in 2017 with the theme ‘rethinking education: towards a common global good’ and the COVID-19 pandemic. It will ultimately assist policy makers, educators and practitioners in education sector in getting familiar with terminology that is essential knowledge for online learning and distance education as a handy reference and an encyclopedia by demystifying technical terms. Especially, it will contribute to supporting teachers on the ground in the process of content development for digital learning and designing their own online courses with tailored learning objectives.


This glossary will contain 250 Arabic deciphering technology acronyms and terminologies widely selected from a range of reputable sources. All terms related to educational technology and digital learning will be alphabetically organized and users could easily look up the term they look for by index.


Its main goals are as follows:

  • Enhance the essential knowledge of digital learning of member states, educators and practitioners in the region through a compiled glossary of terms
  • Foster environment conducive to digital learning in the region
  • Unify diverse channels that provide different definitions of evolving digital learning terms


To facilitate the development of the glossary and enhance its visibility for wide dissemination, specific objectives are as follows:

  • Identify Arabic terminologies related to educational technology and digital learning
  • Develop a soft copy (excel)


Under the direct supervision of programme specialist for basic education and literacy, the service-provider should fulfill the following duties and responsibilities:

  • Identify Arabic deciphering technology acronyms and terminologies related to educational technology and digital learning and select 250 from reputable academia and organizations.
  • Develop a soft copy (as excel table) of Arabic digital learning glossary of terms.
    • Arabic terminology and its explanation,
    • French translation of the terms only
    • English translation of the terms only
    • Related words in the same glossary (if any)
    • URL links to the references (if any).


1    List of Arabic terminologies related to educational technology and digital learning / June 20
3    First draft of the glossary / June 30
4    Final glossary: First submission for internal review / July 15
5    Final glossary: Second submission reflecting comments for external review / July 30
6    Provision of regional workshop, training manuals and programmes / August 1

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.



Advanced university degree (Masters or equivalent), preferably in education, social science, international development or other related field.

Required Experience:

  • At least 5 years of professional experience in a combination of the area(s) of education.
  • Experience with digital learning technology
  • Fluency in oral and written Englis, Arabic and Frrench is required.


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. 

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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.


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