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Consultant: Early Childhood Education Consultant to develop an ECE Toolkit for Commonwealth member countries

Location: Home based
Closing date: 27 March 2019
Contract duration: 40 days

Maximum fee of: £17,500 (all-inclusive)

Background

The foundations of brain architecture and functioning, and subsequent lifelong developmental potential, are laid down in the early years in a process that is exquisitely sensitive to external influence. Ministers at the 20th Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers (20CCEM) held in Nadi, Fiji, noted the importance of providing all children with access to quality early childhood education and the need for a multi-sectoral approach to support and promote early learning and development of all young children.

The Commonwealth recognises that, for many of its member countries, achieving SDG target 4.2 ‘by 2030 ensure that all girls and boys have access to quality early childhood development, care and pre-primary education so that they are ready for primary education’ will remain a challenge if early intervention strategies are not deployed to address this issue.

About the assignment

Under the supervision of the UK-based Education Adviser, the consultant will be responsible for developing an Early Childhood Education Toolkit for use by Commonwealth member countries. The Toolkit will be developed in collaboration with colleagues at the Secretariat, the Commonwealth Accelerated Development Mechanism for Education (CADME) Technical Working Group and other partners to be identified at a later stage.

The Secretariat has developed a concept note which contains a high level outline of what key elements should be addressed by the ECE Toolkit. The consultant will play a key role in helping the Secretariat adapt this outline to ensure that the Toolkit is relevant and can be customised to meet the diverse needs of Commonwealth member countries.

The consultant will also have overall responsibility for conducting country assessments/case studies and review of existing materials developed by regional organisations such African Union, CARICOM and Pacific Community as well as international organisations such as the World Bank and others that will inform the Toolkit development. The consultant is expected to provide guidance on early interventions that complement the sustainable development agenda and highlight evidence of good practice from Commonwealth member countries. The Secretariat shall have the ownership of the intellectual property rights to any outputs commissioned and produced during this consultancy.

The Commonwealth is comprised of 53 countries from five regions:  Africa, Asia, Caribbean, Europe and Pacific.  It is expected that the Toolkit will be multi-regional in nature that will be adaptable to the Commonwealth regional context.

How to apply

Interested consultant/s who meet the assignment criteria are invited to participate by submitting the following:

  1. Detailed CV which includes academic qualification
  2. A cover letter with the following:
    • Profile of the consultant and details of similar projects undertaken
    • Technical approach and methodology
    • A detailed workplan and budget
    • An indication of earliest availability for the assignment, or period of notice required, in the event of an offer.

For Individual consultant

  • You must provide your name and nationality with your CV detailing your educational qualifications, track record, proposed level of effort, and experience in other similar assignments.

For consultancy company

  • You must provide the name and nationality of each consultant with CV detailing their educational qualifications, track record, proposed level of effort, and experience in other similar assignments.
  • You should also attach company profile 

 

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Applications close on Wednesday, 27 March 2019 at 17:00 GMT

Please note that you need to be a Commonwealth national to apply.

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