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Open call: Technical assistant to support E2030 Agenda coordination in the Latin American and the Caribbean region

Duration:
4 months
(September – December 2019, extension possible)

Deadline for candidatures: 13.09.2019

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

The Member States of the United Nations adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) in September 2015, which are an ambitious, universal agenda for sustainable development for persons, the planet and prosperity. Education, expressed as a goal of its own (SDG4) consisting of seven targets and three means of implementation, and mentioned in another five SDGs, is key to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Furthermore, in May 2015, the UNESCO Member States approved the Incheon Declaration - Education 2030, in which they agreed on the goal of “guaranteeing inclusive, equitable and quality education and promoting lifelong learning opportunities for all.” In this context, the Education 2030 Framework for Action was approved in November 2015, which provides guidance for achieving the education targets.

Countries in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) reaffirmed their commitment to SDG 4 - Education 2030 by adopting the Buenos Aires Declaration during the Regional Meeting of Education Ministers of Latin America and the Caribbean held January 24-25, 2017 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.   The Buenos Aires Declaration addresses the region's main educational challenges, describes the guiding principles and strategic objectives for achieving SDG 4 - Education 2030 in the region, and provides action-guidance for countries and education partners for achieving the education targets and for contributing to the other SDGs. It urges Ministries of Education, education co-convenors (UNESCO, UNICEF, UNHCR, ILO, UN Women, UNDP, UNFPA and the WB) and other relevant actors to ensure coherence and develop joint actions to support SDG-E2030 implementation. As such, the region’s most relevant education actors agreed to develop a roadmap that included the establishment of a coordination mechanism for this purpose.

As a follow-up to the first ministerial meeting, OREALC/UNESCO Santiago organized two Technical Follow-up Meetings (April 2017 and February 2018), to draft a Roadmap for the implementation of SDG-E2030 in LAC. It was adopted as part of the “Cochabamba Agreements: Regional Solidarity for Achieving SDG4-E2030 in LAC” at the II Regional Meeting of Ministers of Education of LAC, held in Cochabamba, Plurinational State of Bolivia (July 2018).  Subsequently, a regional coordination mechanism - composed of a Regional Steering Committee, an Executive Secretariat and four Working Groups - was established to develop regional recommendations and carry out regional actions in themes that have been prioritized by ministers of education of the LAC region: quality education, equity and inclusion, teachers and education workers, and lifelong learning.

The Regional Steering Committee has met twice (January and August 2019). Its members have defined an action plan for 2019-2021 within the framework of the SDG4-E2030 Implementation Roadmap for Latin America and the Caribbean. Four regional working groups have been formed and are focused on (1) Policies and Strategies; (2) Financing and Governance; (3) Advocacy and Communications; (4) Review, Monitoring and Reporting, focusing on the issues prioritized mentioned above and are in the process of finalizing and executing their work plans. 

Scope of the assignment

Under the overall authority of the Director of OREALC/UNESCO Santiago and the direct supervision of the Chief of the E2030 Section, the incumbent will be responsible for activities that support the coordination of the SDG-E2030 Regional Roadmap for LAC.

It is expected that the incumbent work in close collaboration with the members of the Regional Steering Committee and of the Working Groups (WGs), with office colleagues from UNESCO field offices and Institutes, SDG4 co-convenors, other regional partners and LAC ministries of education to ensure the exchange of information and the building and strengthening of alliances.

Tasks

The incumbent is expected to support OREALC/UNESCO Santiago in its role as the Executive Secretariat of the Regional Steering Committee.  Specifically, the incumbent will:

  • Support and follow-up on the activities of the WGs, ensuring that all four are operational, meet regularly and deliver products and activities stipulated in their work plans.  This entails support for the respective chairs of each WG and their UNESCO focal point(s).
  • Support WG members to identify and invite technical experts in areas where additional expertise is required.
  • Support the follow-up to the Regional Steering Committee Meeting held in August 2019 and assist in the preparations of the Regional Steering Committee Meeting of the first semester of 2020. 
  • Provide support to the finalization of a mapping exercise of regional education partners’ actions and available tools that support the implementation of SDG-E2030.
  • Consolidate information on WG activities and other related issues and develop a progress report on the activities of the WGs
  • Ensure regular communication between Regional Steering Committee and WG members, as well as maintaining them up to date on the current trends and events in education at the global and regional levels. 
  • Within the framework of the Global Citizenship Education Programme, support the activities of the Latin American Network on Education on the Holocaust and other Genocides, in close liaison with the responsible personnel in the E2030 Section.
  • Undertake additional activities that may be required to ensure the success of the work of E2030 section. 

 

Expected products

  • Document containing a mapping of regional education partners’ initiatives, activities, and tools by end of 2019.
  • Draft concept notes, agendas and invitations for E2030 Meetings as required.
  • Minutes and reports of the E2030 meetings.
  • A complete progress report on the activities of the WGs to be shared with Regional Steering Committee members and others.
  • Other products as required.

Required qualifications and experience

Education: Advanced university degree (Master’s or equivalent) in education, or in a related field of social sciences.

Work experience: at least 5 years of experience in progressively responsible, relevant work experience in the field of education policy and programming, preferably at the international level.  . Experience in fundraising and resource mobilization.  Previous work experience with the United Nations is desirable. 

Skills and competencies

  • Good knowledge of the work and general functioning of international organizations and/or the UN System.
  • Knowledge of the Sustainable Development Goal 4, including regional frameworks as well as country level follow up Action Plan requirements.
  • Understanding of the educational challenges in Latin America and the Caribbean.
  • Strong problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent coordination and interpersonal skills.
  • Solid written and oral communication skills, including the ability to prepare and present findings clearly and concisely.
  • Ability to work independently and in a team, and to maintain effective working relationships in a multicultural and multi-sectoral environment.

Language skills

Excellent Spanish and English skills, both written and oral.

IT Skills

Excellent IT skills with proficiency in the use of MS Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.)

Desirable qualifications:

Experience:  Solid working experience with government authorities at different levels and with coordination mechanisms. Work experience acquired in the area of education. Work experience with UNESCO and/or a UN agency.

Other

All of UNESCO’s work is based on Human Rights and the Organization implements its work with a focus on gender equality. Therefore, knowledge of and experience with Human Rights and gender-based approaches will be an asset. Once the person initiates his/her contract for UNESCO it is expected that the incumbent will familiarize her/himself with these approaches and implement them through her/his work.

Conditions of contract

  • The modality of the contract is an “Individual Consultancy Contract” to be signed between UNESCO and the incumbent, for a period of 4 months.
  • The contract shall start in early September 2019 until 31 December 2019.
  • In case that the selected candidate does not reside within Chile, UNESCO will not pay to the incumbent additional travel costs.
  • The consultant shall work on a fulltime basis within the UNESCO Santiago Office.
  • The agreed fees include all eventual costs related to logistics, mobility, bank fees, social and medical security charges incurred during the consultancy period.
  • It is the responsibility of the contracted person to ensure the payment of any social security and medical insurance fees. The contracted person will have to provide evidence to UNESCO of a medical and social insurance coverage for the period of the consultancy.
  • UNESCO will not recognize any additional charges for the concept of social security, medical insurance, pensions, income taxes and other tax obligations that may apply.
  • The contract will be formalized within UNESCO contractual framework.
  • UNESCO reserves the right to call the candidates for this consultancy for an interview and to ask for a written exam as part of the selection process. Also, UNESCO reserves the right to request references.
  • UNESCO does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process.
  • UNESCO does not accept inquiries from candidates during and after the selection process. Only those candidates pre-selected for the interview will be notified.

UNESCO is committed to promoting gender equality. Therefore, women candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. Persons with disabilities are also encouraged to apply. UNESCO does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process.

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