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Consultancy for Research on Digital Learning and Innovation in Education- READ Unit


Job Description

Job Description


The Office aims to select one full-time consultant in order to support its innovation in education research work with the goal to provide policy-relevant evidence that is helpful for Governments during school closures and school re-openings and beyond, with emphasis on the most vulnerable children.
The consultant will support developing and implementing research into key digital learning programmes such as the Learning Passport and the Akelius digital language course. The consultant will work closely with colleagues in various UNICEF offices (HQ, RO, COs) to i) develop research protocols and systems that generate rapid and useful evidence to inform digital learning programmes; ii) provide technical support to the M&E and data systems for use in digital learning programmes; and iii) support the overall innovation in education research agenda contributing to innovation in education programmes and support to research
on remote learning.

3. Specific activities to be completed to achieve the objectives:

In order to achieve the objectives above, the consultants will perform the following activities:

a. Support to research for digital learning initiatives (80%)

  • Develop implementation research strategies for key digital learning initiatives (Including Learning Passport and Akelius digital language course).
  • Support global partnerships for digital learning – developing research fit for implementation and use at country level coordinating with implementing country offices and partners, regional offices and HQ.
  • Report writing for research related to the impact and implementation of digital learning
  • programmes.
  • Develop and implement quantitative and qualitative methodologies for research -including but not
  • limited to impact evaluation, positive deviant methodologies, behavioral and scaling science and
  • implementation research- and ensure the use of their findings at country level

b. Support to the innovation in education research agenda of the UNICEF Office of Research (20%)

  • Contribute to the development of new digital learning and remote learning education research proposals.
  • Contribute to the overall COVID-related research activities of the Office and to the use of their findings by policy and decision makers at country level.
  • Participate in and/facilitate interdisciplinary research through involvement in selected cross functional teams and consultations
  • Support research dissemination and use at country level and participate in networks of researchers, policymakers, and practitioners in the areas of education and learning. 

Application Process

Application Process

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

Individuals engaged under a consultancy or individual contract will not be considered “staff members” under the Staff Regulations and Rules of the United Nations and UNICEF’s policies and procedures, and will not be entitled to benefits provided therein (such as leave entitlements and medical insurance coverage). Their conditions of service will be governed by their contract and the General Conditions of Contracts for the Services of Consultants and Individual Contractors. Consultants and individual contractors are responsible for determining their tax liabilities and for the payment of any taxes and/or duties, in accordance with local or other applicable laws.

Advertised: 15 Oct 2020 W. Europe Daylight Time
Deadline: 26 Oct 2020 W. Europe Standard Time