CONSULTANCY – TERMS OF REFERENCE
UNRWA is a United Nations agency established by the General Assembly in 1949 and is mandated to provide assistance and protection to a population of some 5.6 million registered Palestine refugees. Its mission is to help Palestine refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, West Bank and the Gaza Strip to achieve their full potential in human development, pending a just solution to their plight. UNRWA’s services encompass education, health care, relief and social services, camp infrastructure and improvement, microfinance and emergency assistance. UNRWA is the largest UN operation in the Middle East with more than 30,000 staff. UNRWA is funded almost entirely by voluntary contributions.
Consultancy – The Development of a “Youth Rights in UNRWA Vocational Training Centers and at Work” Booklet and a Related Online Course Material
UNRWA provides free basic education to approximately 540,000 Palestine refugee children, through its 710 schools distributed across the Agency’s five Fields of operation. In addition, technical vocational training and higher education is provided at eight Vocational Training Centres (VTCs) for approximately 8,000 Palestine refugees in all Fields and for about 2,000 students in 2 Educational Science Faculties (teacher training institutes, one in the West Bank and one in Jordan).
The UNRWA Technical and Vocational Education and Training Programme (TVET), initiated in 1953, provides practical training to young Palestine refugees. It equips them with the relevant skills and expertise for Middle Eastern labour markets. Currently there are around 8000 students in eight Vocational Training Centres (VTCs), in the five Fields of operation, which offer three categories of courses: Trade courses (vocational) of a one-year duration (skilled labourer level) and a two-year duration (craftsman level), Semiprofessional courses of a two-year duration (technician level) and Short-term courses that aim at preparing young Palestine refugees in areas of high demand in local and regional labour markets.
In 2014, the TVET Strategy was developed. The overall goal of UNRWA TVET Strategy is to provide a strategic and longer-term direction to the TVET Programme whilst responding systematically and efficiently to needs identified Agency-wide. A coordinated response, guided by a common Strategy, will strengthen the role UNRWA plays as a renowned provider of relevant skills that enable Palestine refugee youth to have a comparative advantage in finding employment in the local and regional labour markets.
The UNRWA vision for TVET is to have a pioneering and responsive system that is relevant, efficient, effective, as well as being accessible, inclusive, and sustainable. The UNRWA TVET system seeks to empower Palestine refugees to achieve their maximum potential, but also support the regional market and contribute to the overall development of the Palestine refugee society. The TVET Strategy has three Cross-Cutting Themes. These are Human Rights Conflict Resolution and Tolerance (HRCRT), Gender and Inclusion, in line with the Education Reform Strategy.
Since 1999, UNRWA has incorporated human rights education into the school curricula through its Human Rights, Conflict Resolution, and Tolerance Education (HRCRT) Programme. In 2012, UNRWA has adopted its HRCRT Policy to update and harmonise HRCRT Education across all its five Fields of Operation. The HRCRT Policy is a statement of commitment and sets out a common Agency approach for the teaching and learning of human rights, conflict resolution, and tolerance. The vision of the HRCRT Policy is to to provide human rights education which empowers Palestine refugee students to enjoy and exercise their rights, uphold human rights values, be proud of their Palestinian identity, and contribute positively to their society and the global community. In 2013, the HRCRT Toolkit was developed as a practical guide to support teachers and school principals in implementing the HRCRT Policy and update the approach to teaching and learning human rights in UNRWA schools.
UNRWA has elected School Parliaments as part of its HRCRT Programme since 2001. Every year, UNRWA schools hold elections to form the School Parliaments; the elected students are tasked with representing all students and supporting their local communities. School Parliaments have been a key vehicle for the promotion of respect for rights, democratic practices, and tolerance. In addition to student parliaments in all UNRWA schools, there are Student Parliaments and Unions or alternatively, student committees in UNRWA VTCs.
Since 2015, Student Parliaments and Unions in VTCs have been supported by the HRCRT Programme through small fund provision to enable them to conduct human rights related activities. To further support VTC Student Parliaments and Unions, the Education Department in UNRWA, through the HRCRT Programme, is currently developing a Guide for these parliaments. The Guide will include a range of zero/low-cost initiatives that will enhance the HRCRT themes in UNRWA VTCs.
In addition, the Education Department is currently developing a short awareness-raising, animated video which aims to: 1) raise the awareness of VTC students, particularly new students on their rights and responsibilities within VTCs and at work, with some focus on addressing issues such as bullying, cyberbullying and gender inequality, and 2) ensure VTC students are aware of the Protection channels within VTCs and at work in the host countries.
One of the aims of the HRCRT Programme is to equip UNRWA students and youths with human rights knowledge and skills in an attempt to positively influence their attitudes and behavior in order to contribute positively to their society and the global community. Human Rights Education targeting youth within Vocational Training Centers specifically, should ensure their full enjoyment of human rights and human dignity, promote equal opportunities for their participation in all aspects related to their education and work, and facilitate access for all young people to information and services within the VTCs and at work.
To address these issues, the HRCRT Programme will develop a “Youth Rights in VTCs and at Work” Booklet and a related online course. This user-friendly booklet and course aim at:
· Providing an accessible and simplified information for students, to know what rights they have as TVET students, and what rights they have as workers in the future in the host countries.
· Raise the awareness of VTC students, particularly new students on their rights and responsibilities within VTCs and at work.
· Ensure VTC students are aware of the Protection channels within VTCs and at work.
In addition to the Booklet, UNRWA will be working to develop an accompanying interactive online course that can be accessed by all UNRWA students, either online or via a CD. A VTC-level core team of TVET staff will be trained on how to convey the content of the Booklet and the online material to the students.
Description of Duties and Responsibilities
The purpose of this consultancy is to support the HRCRT and TVET Programmes to develop the Youth Rights in VTCs and at Work
Under the overall authority of the Director of Education of UNRWA delegated to the Chief Teaching and Learning Division and the Chief TVET and Youth Division, the ISP will be responsible for:
· Facilitating online ‘needs assessment’ sessions with VTC students and education staff.
· Developing the “Youth Rights in UNRWA Vocational Training Centers and at Work” Booklet in accordance with the input collected from students and education staff through the ‘needs assessment’ sessions, and guidance from the Education Department.
· Developing the related online course material in line with the Booklet.
· Working closely with UNRWA IMTD Team to transform the material into an interactive online course.
· Building the capacity of TVET Staff in conveying the content of the booklet and the online material to the students.
minimum Qualifications and Experience
· Master’s degree in a relevant field (Education, Human Rights, International Development, Law).
· At least 10 years of international experience in the field of Education, preferably in Human Rights Education, including – for international candidates – a minimum of 2 continuous years of relevant international experience outside UNRWA, and outside the country(s) of which the candidate is a national or holds citizenship, a passport or a national identity number.
· Experience in developing Human Rights Education manuals and training materials.
· Experience in facilitating workshops with youth.
· Understanding of labour laws in all UNRWA Field of Operations.
· Understanding of human rights issues in the Palestinian context and familiarity with UNRWA is an asset.
· Experience in technical and vocational education and training is preferred.
· Positive attitude and strong analytical, interpersonal and communication skills.
· Ability to independently plan and prioritize own work, work well under tight deadlines.
· Excellent knowledge of MS-Office.
CONDITIONS OF SERVICE
· The Consultant will be expected to work for two months on home-based throughout the period 1 July to 31 August 2021.
· The Consultant will be remunerated 9,700 USD in total, paid gradually following the completion of deliverables as per the plan below:
Expected date of payment
Conducting Needs Assessment.
31 July 2021
Developing the “Youth Rights in UNRWA Vocational Training Centers and at Work” Booklet – Stage 1.
Developing the “Youth Rights in UNRWA Vocational Training Centers and at Work” Booklet – Stage 2 and Finalization.
31 August 2021
Developing the related online course material in line with the Booklet.
Building the capacity of TVET Staff in conveying the content of the booklet and the online material to the students.
* The costs were estimated based on consultations and discussions with experts in this domain.
· The Consultant will work closely with the HRCRT Team and TVET Team and report to the Chief Teaching and Learning Division and the Chief TVET and Youth Division based at the Headquarters of the Education Department in Amman.
Applicants should submit a cover letter and CV or UN Personal History Form demonstrating clearly the knowledge and experience required to meet the consultancy requirements via email@example.com indicating the title of this consultancy “Consultancy – The Development of a “Youth Rights in UNRWA Vocational Training Centers and at Work” Booklet and a Related Online Course Material” in the subject line of the message. The deadline for the submission of applications is 19 June 2021.
UNRWA is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from both women and men. UNRWA encourages applications from qualified women. Only those applicants shortlisted for interview will be contacted. UNRWA is a non-smoking environment.