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UNICEF in Tashkent

National consultancy for funDoo learning content with UNICEF in Uzbekistan

Job no: 555168

Position type: Consultant

Location: Uzbekistan Division/Equivalent: CEE/CIS

School/Unit: Republic of Uzbekistan

Department/Office: Tashkent, Rep. of Uzbekistan

Categories: Adolescent Development

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Background:

Uzbekistan is at the critical demographic juncture. According to UNICEF Uzbekistan’s study in 2020, young people under 30 years old constitute 60% of the population. For most of them, school-to-work transition is challenging resulting in a high rate of young people not in education, employment or training (NEET). After completion of compulsory secondary education, 56% of young people between 19 and 24 years are NEET – 69% of young women and 33.4% of young men. Young people perceive a lack of practical skills and absence of prior work experience as one of the key factors impeding their employment after graduation.

In this context, digital skills-building platform funDoo is an opportunity to equip a large population of young people with employability, life, and other work readiness skills. funDoo is a messenger-based interactive platform to build 21 st -century skills and get career ready. Through bite-sized, vernacular content, helping youngsters do small activities and build life skills. The methodology derives from the principles of experiential learning implemented through the concept of ‘tasks’ organized as a modular library. Each task is designed to focus on one primary skill besides positively impacting a host of secondary skills. The funDoo platform has been developed and piloted in UNICEF India Country Office. It has reached over 200,000 adolescents and young people with 21 st -century skills content.

UNICEF Uzbekistan seeks a national consultant to adapt and enrich the funDoo content to the context of Uzbekistan.

Objective:

The objective of this consultancy is to customize and develop the gamified skills-building modules tailored to the needs and interests of adolescents and youth in Uzbekistan.

Timeline and Deliverables:

The deliverables are expected to be prepared within 9 months during the period from 1 October 2022 to 30 June 2023.

1. Develop a work plan on customization of the funDoo platform

Tasks:

  • Conduct review of the existing learning content and functionality of the funDoo platform
  • Conduct needs assessment of adolescents and youth in skills development through a U-Report poll and Focus Group Discussions (FGDs) with young people (gender-balanced group of 10-12 U-Report volunteers from diverse regions of Uzbekistan, aged 15-19 years old)

Deliverables:

1.1. Developed needs assessment report including identification of the 6 skills for which the first funDoo Uzbekistan flows will be developed and recommendations on the approaches in instructions, tasks, and assessments to be used – by 1 November 2022

1.2. Developed work plan on funDoo customization and development in Uzbekistan, including the timeline – by 1 November 2022

2. Customize and/or develop gamified learning modules on 6 skills

Tasks:

  • Based on the findings of the needs assessment, adapt and/or develop and pilot gamified learning content on 6 skills mostly demanded by young people

Deliverables:

2.1. Developed and piloted funDoo gamified learning and assessment content on 1 skill, including instructions, tasks, and assessment – by 13 January 2023

2.2. Developed and piloted funDoo gamified learning and assessment content on 2 skills, including instructions, tasks, and assessment, with consideration of the lessons learned during the first pilot – by 18 March 2023

2.3 Developed and piloted funDoo gamified learning and assessment content on 3 skills, including instructions, tasks, and assessment, with consideration of the lessons learned during the first and second pilot – by 31 May 2023

3. Develop recommendations on further development of the funDoo platform in Uzbekistan

Tasks:

  • Analyze the participation and completion rates of the learning modules in general and of specific tasks

  • Conduct a U-Report poll and an FGD with U-Report volunteers to collect the feedback of young people on the learning modules developed, including the most liked teaching approaches and the room for improvement
  • Based on the analysis and the feedback received, develop a report with recommendations on the further modules to be developed and the teaching and assessment approaches to use

Deliverables:

3.1. Developed report on further development of the funDoo platform in Uzbekistan – by 30 June 2023

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

  • Advanced university degree (Masters or Ph.D.) in education or a relevant field
  • Experience in developing and implementing learning materials and educational programmes including online and/or gamified learning
  • Proven ability to conceptualize, plan and execute ideas as well as to transfer knowledge and skills
  • Fluency in English and Uzbek or Russian

Management:

The successful candidate will work under the direct supervision of Youth and Adolescence Development Officer and Youth Development and Innovation Specialist. The consultant will work closely with the U-Report manager, relevant UNICEF country programme teams and the global innovation team to develop the funDoo content and ensure timely and quality delivery of all components of the initiative.

Payment:

The consultant will be paid by installments upon completion of the deliverables certified by the Youth and Adolescents Development Officer and the Child Protection Officer in line with the following schedule: Deliverables 1.1-1.2 – Instalment #1: 10%

Deliverable 2.1 – Instalment #2: 20%

Deliverable 2.2 – Instalment #3: 25%

Deliverable 2.3 – Instalment #4: 25%

Deliverables 3.1 – Instalment #5: 20%

All required travel expenses within consultancy will be covered by UNICEF according to its procedures (transport fares, terminal, DSA).

Reservations:

UNICEF reserves the right to withhold all or a portion of payment if performance is unsatisfactory, if deliverable(s) incomplete, not finalized or for failure to meet deadlines. UNICEF will reserve copyright of all developed materials and own primary data collected through this assignment. The materials cannot be published or disseminated without prior written permission of UNICEF. UNICEF will be free to adapt and modify them in the future. The contractor must respect the confidentiality of the information handled during the assignment. Documents and information provided must be used only for the tasks related to these terms of reference.

UNICEF undertakes no liability for taxes, duty or other contribution payable by the consultant on payments made under this contract.

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UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.

UNICEF offers reasonable accommodation for consultants/individual contractors with disabilities. This may include, for example, accessible software, travel assistance for missions or personal attendants. We encourage you to disclose your disability during your application in case you need reasonable accommodation during the selection process and afterwards in your assignment.

UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.

Remarks:

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.

The selected candidate is solely responsible to ensure that the visa (applicable) and health insurance required to perform the duties of the contract are valid for the entire period of the contract. Selected candidates are subject to confirmation of fully-vaccinated status against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) with a World Health Organization (WHO)-endorsed vaccine, which must be met prior to taking up the assignment. It does not apply to consultants who will work remotely and are not expected to work on or visit UNICEF premises, programme delivery locations or directly interact with communities UNICEF works with, nor to travel to perform functions for UNICEF for the duration of their consultancy contracts.

Advertised: Sep 13 2022 West Asia Standard Time Application close: Sep 27 2022 West Asia Standard Time