14 March 2022 - 30 March 2022
Duty Station: Bangkok
Type of Contract: Non Staff
Duration of Contract: From 1 to 6 months
Recruitment Open To: Internal and external candidates
Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time): 30 March 2022
OVERVIEW OF THE FUNCTIONS OF THE POST
Nature of the consultancy
UNESCO Bangkok seeks the services of an individual consultant to develop a project monitoring and evaluation (M&E) framework with information-gathering tools for a 24-month pilot project in the Republic Korea (ROK) led by LGBTIQ+ students and youth organizations and aimed at making their university settings more inclusive of LGBTIQ+ learners.
Specific activities will include to: (i) conduct a desk review and a rapid needs-assessment to describe the local operational landscape and document relevant evidence of successful interventions for LGBTIQ+ learner inclusion; (ii) take part in a stakeholder consultation workshop organized by UNESCO to present and discuss the needs-assessment findings and how these will inform pilot activities to be implemented by the LGBTIQ+ students in their universities; (iii) elaborate the results framework for the pilot project with a set of interventions and design an M&E framework with any associated simple tools, if necessary, for benchmarking progress and assessing achievement of pilot activities implemented; and, (iv) set baseline for the M&E framework through primary data collection using qualitative and/or quantitative approaches as required.
The final M&E framework will guide subsequent pilot implementation and monitoring in order to ensure that youth-led pilot implementation contributes to LGBTIQ+ young people in the targeted universities being more empowered to make positive changes in their institutions for an enabling climate that combats discrimination and violence on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity or expression (SOGIE) and where all learners feel safe, included and valued.
School-related violence in all its forms is an infringement of young people’s right to education and to good health and well-being. Yet global data highlighted by UNESCO in its global 2019 report on school violence and bullying notes that children who are perceived to be ‘different’ in any way are more likely to be bullied, and that students seen as gender non-conforming, including those who are, or may be perceived to be LGBT, are more at risk of school violence and bullying than those who fit into traditional gender norms.
In the Asia and Pacific region, most countries have specific education policies, laws and/or guidelines that uphold the rights and dignity of children in the educational environment, which include the legal prohibition of violence, although there are few instances of specific legal or policy provisions related to bullying on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression (SOGIE). Few education ministries have institutionalized professional development for teachers, incorporated topics about sexual orientation and gender identity into national curricula or developed supporting teaching and learning materials. While good practice exists from around the region, overall, the response from the education sector has been revealed to be inadequate .
Recognizing that no country can achieve inclusive and equitable quality education for all, if learners experience violence and bullying in school, UNESCO Bangkok, within its programme actions on education for health and wellbeing as an essential component of inclusive, quality education, proposes to build, over a five year period, on the strong foundation of earlier and ongoing work in Asia and its dynamic network of partnerships to advance LGBTIQ+ - inclusive activities in, through and with education, through the five year project, Enhancing LGBTIQ+ inclusive learning spaces in Asia through youth-led transformative actions and partnerships in the education sector. Partnering with and supporting LGBTIQ+ youth networks and students in at least 4 countries over the five-year period, the initiative aims to realize the following two outcomes:
1) Youth members of LGBTIQ+ networks at regional and national levels in Asia have strengthened technical and advocacy skills to promote the creation of LGBTIQ+ inclusive learning spaces; and,
2) Learning spaces at various education levels in at least 4 countries in Asia become more LGBTIQ+ inclusive, through implementation of project tools by LGBTIQ+ youth leaders working in partnership with the education sector.
The primary project beneficiaries will be LGBTIQ+ young people in tertiary education institutions where interventions are happening. These are the youth leaders involved in design and delivery of social norms change advocacy to make their learning environments more LGBTIQ-inclusive. The ultimate primary beneficiaries will be all learners who feel more included because of positive norms change and improved ‘school climate’. Secondary project beneficiaries include the leadership and staff of education settings where youth leaders are implementing activities, along with other, non-student members of those education communities.
To achieve the desired impacts, project activities will be piloted in 2-3 universities over a period of 18-24 months in the Republic of Korea (ROK). Tentative targets for the pilot are as follows: at least 2 universities engaged; at least 50 LGBTIQ+ youth advocates trained; at least 3 multi-media tools designed and implemented; and at least 1000 education stakeholders reached (student peers, university faculty/management staff; parents and family members).
Activities will be guided by a monitoring and evaluation framework reflecting an evidence gathering phase that describes the situation of local and institutional environments with the social norms, community attitudes and practices in relation to LGBTIQ+ inclusion that will be the focus of youth-led advocacy efforts. In this regard, UNESCO seeks the expert services of a suitably qualified contractor to carry out the work assignment below.
The work of the rapid assessment/ M&E framework design contractor will input to, receive technical input from, and be coordinated with complementary and overlapping technical consultancies managed by UNESCO Bangkok as part of the overall pilot initiative (see Fig 1).
 UNESCO. 2015. From Insult To Inclusion. Asia-Pacific report on school bullying, violence and discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. Bangkok, UNESCO.
Under the overall authority of the Director of UNESCO Asia and Pacific Regional Bureau for Education, Bangkok; the overall supervision of the Chief of Unit for Inclusive Quality Education; and the direct supervision and guidance of the Regional Advisor on Education for Health and Well-being, and working closely with UNESCO Bangkok project implementing youth partners at regional level and in the Republic of Korea (ROK), the contractor is expected to develop a project monitoring and evaluation (M&E) framework with information-gathering tools for a 24-month pilot project in ROK led by LGBTIQ+ students and youth organizations and aimed at making their university settings more inclusive of LGBTIQ+ learners.
Specifically, the incumbent will perform the following tasks:
a. Conduct a needs-assessment aimed at improving our understanding of existing research (global and local) and debates relevant to the topic, providing evidence on proven interventions to bring about expected results and gather initial perceptions of key project stakeholders.
- Desk-based review of the available academic and grey literature including: the pilot proposal document with its basic results framework as supplied by UNESCO; available data/evidence in ROK on the situation of SOGIE-related stigma discrimination, and enabling policy and programme efforts related to safe and inclusive university spaces for LGBTIQ+ learners in ROK; and, existing assessment tools that could be adapted to document stakeholder perceptions on the extent to which their learning spaces are considered safe and inclusive of LGBTIQ+ students;
- Qualitative data collection: at least one focus group discussion (FGD) in each target university and key informant interviews (KIIs) with key pilot stakeholders, including:
- students who identify as members of the LGBTIQ community
- students who do not identify as members of the LGBTIQ community
- university lecturers, administrators or other education personnel.
UNESCO, working closely with regional and national project implementing partners will support the identification of, and introduction to the contractor of Key Informants for interview, and groups of LGBTIQ+ students who can be approached by the contractor for the organization of a focus group discussion.
b. Participate in a stakeholder consultation of project beneficiaries and partners in the pilot universities
- Present the findings of the rapid assessment to LGBTIQ+ youth groups in the pilot universities and other key stakeholders;
- Facilitate stakeholder discussions during the workshop to support the elaboration of the pilot project results framework and the development of the pilot M&E framework.
UNESCO, the regional and national project implementing partners will jointly organize the hybrid consultative planning workshop to agree on a set of interventions for the pilot project. The proceedings of the workshop will be held in the Korean language with simultaneous Korean-English-Korean interpretation provided.
c. Develop the monitoring and evaluation framework and any accessory tools for benchmarking progress achievement of pilot activities
- On the basis of the strategic information obtained from the rapid needs-assessment and the stakeholder consultation workshop, elaborate the current pilot Results Framework for the pilot project with a set of interventions and draft the pilot M&E framework;
- Draft a limited number (maximum 4) of basic tools that will be used to generate data/information against the agreed pilot Results Framework and M&E framework.
d. Set baseline for the pilot and M&E framework
- Review existing data systems and sources relevant to the baseline-setting;
- Develop pre-intervention data collection tools and approach, via qualitative and/or quantitative means, as appropriate;
- Carry out pre-intervention, primary data collection;
- Submit baseline data and final M&E framework, based on final review and input of UNESCO and project implementing partners.
e. Consolidate and submit all the outputs of the consultancy
- Draft a full narrative report (maximum 40, A4 pages, excluding appendices) in English and Korean languages synthesizing the findings of the desk review, the rapid needs- assessment, agreed pilot monitoring and evaluation framework and accompanying tools for use by the regional LGBTIQ+ youth implementing partner.In line with UNESCO’s overall gender mainstreaming strategy, the individual consultant is expected to integrate a gender perspective in all activities and apply gender analysis and mainstreaming concepts whenever feasible.
Work Schedule and Expected Deliverables
- Draft PPT summary and draft narrative report (maximum 20, A4 pages, excluding annexes) of the findings of desk review and rapid needs assessment for presentation at the stakeholder workshop organized by UNESCO Bangkok and partners (April 2022)
- Elaborated results framework for the pilot project with a set of interventions, draft M&E framework with accompanying draft tools for baseline-setting (June 2022)
- Narrative report of baseline data collection and final M&E framework, with the final desk review and needs-assessment annexed (maximum 40, A4 pages) in English and Korean languages (July 2022)
Duration of Contract
The work will be carried out over a period of 15 weeks during the period April to July 2022.
Location and Travel
The project contractor will be home based in any location. It is expected that the contractor will be available to meet with the UNESCO team (online) during office hours of Bangkok, Thailand. No duty travel or physical presence at the UNESCO Bangkok office is expected.
COMPETENCIES (Core / Managerial)
Knowledge sharing and continuous improvement (C)
Planning and organizing (C)
Results focus (C)
For detailed information, please consult the UNESCO Competency Framework.
- Advanced academic degree in any of the related areas: education, gender, public health, development studies, public policy or public administration or other social sciences;
- At least 5 years of demonstrated professional experience in conducting research and analysis and developing project/ programme monitoring and evaluation framework in any relevant technical areas (LGBTI rights and inclusion, young key populations in the AIDS response, gender equality, violence prevention, health and wellbeing equity), using qualitative and quantitative methodologies;
- Excellent analytical, writing and communication skills including the production of written technical content for a general audience;
- Fluency in spoken and written English.
- An understanding of the social and political sensitivities associated with youth sexual and reproductive health and rights; HIV responses, including the needs of young key populations; LGBTIQ+ inclusion; SOGIE-based discrimination and violence, is preferred;
- Previous experience in the design and delivery of community mobilization and capacity building interventions among socially marginalized groups is an asset;
- Prior work experience with the UN is an asset;
- Experience working with Korean community-based organizations is an asset.
- A good command of spoken and written Korean is highly desirable.
- The consultancy is open to any suitably qualified individual living or working in Asia and the Pacific or who has current or prior professional experience of the region. A consortium of individuals is also permitted to apply.
Interested individuals are invited to submit to UNESCO Bangkok office the specific requirements through its Success Factors portal at careers.unesco.org.
Interested candidates should click on “Apply Now” and download and complete the Employment History form (Word document) in ‘Employment History Form / My Documents’. Before uploading the document, at the end of the Word document, please insert the extra pages with the following required information:
- Up-to-date CV. In case of consortium of individuals, CVs of each member to be submitted with application.
- Motivation letter
- Brief technical Proposal
The technical proposal should include:
- the proposed methodology and approach to carrying out the assignment;
- reference to relevant examples/ sample reports of successfully undertaking equivalent or comparable assignments.
The Technical Proposal should demonstrate the consultant’s understanding of the Terms of Reference by identifying the specific components proposed and how the objectives/outputs/delivery shall be addressed. Moreover, the proposal should demonstrate how the proposed methodology meets or exceeds the TOR, while ensuring appropriateness of the approach to local conditions and the rest of the project operating environment.
The technical proposal should not exceed 5, A4 pages.
- Budget proposal indicating the costed level of effort of the various components of the assignment, with rate per unit (cost per person/day), each relative to the other.
The complete application shall be submitted on or before 30 March 2022, 17h30 Bangkok time (GMT+ 7:00).
- Application documentation must include all required information as stated above to be considered as a complete application. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
- Due to the large number of applications we receive, we are able to inform only the successful candidate(s) about the outcome or status of the selection process.
- Please submit your application through SuccessFactors. Only if you are unable to attach requirements in system, please inform us at firstname.lastname@example.org
SELECTION AND RECRUITMENT PROCESS
Please note that all candidates must complete an on-line application and provide complete and accurate information. To apply, please visit the UNESCO careers website. No modifications can be made to the application submitted.
The evaluation of candidates is based on the criteria in the vacancy notice, and may include tests and/or assessments, as well as a competency-based interview. Evaluation of qualified applications include the review of the curriculum vitae, motivation letter, technical proposal and proposed consultancy fee.
UNESCO uses communication technologies such as video or teleconference, e-mail correspondence, etc. for the assessment and evaluation of candidates.
Please note that only selected candidates will be further contacted and candidates in the final selection step will be subject to reference checks based on the information provided.