Consultant to develop an Effective Management of Education Systems (EMES) Toolkit for Commonwealth member countries

  • Senior-level, Short-term contract assignment
  • Posted on 20 January 2020

Job Description

Location: Home-based

Fee: £10,000 (all inclusive)

Duration: 25 person days

Closing Date: 6 February 2020, at 17:00 GMT

Ministers at the 20th Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers (20CCEM) held in Nadi, Fiji, noted that good governance and effective educational management practices are central to realising equitable access to quality education. Ministers also recognised the need to strengthen education management systems and called on the Commonwealth Secretariat to develop a toolkit for the effective management of education systems

Under the supervision of the UK-based Education Adviser, the consultant will be responsible for developing an Effective Management of Education Systems Toolkit for use by Commonwealth member countries. The Toolkit will be developed in collaboration with colleagues at the Secretariat and the EMES Working Group, facilitated by the Ministry of Education and Employment, Malta in collaboration with the Commonwealth Secretariat.

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 OECD and others that will inform the Toolkit development. The consultant is expected to provide guidance on effective management practices that complement the sustainable development agenda and highlight evidence of good practice from Commonwealth member countries.

To be considered, you will need an advanced university degree in one of the following fields is required: education management, international development, public policy, economics, human development or another relevant technical field. You will also need:

  • Minimum 8-years professional work experience at the national and international levels in education and human development fields, with an emphasis on education systems management
  • Experience in and knowledge of education sector reforms and education systems improvement in Commonwealth member countries
  • Full familiarity and engagement with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
  • Familiarity with issues and challenges faced by Commonwealth member countries
  • Excellent analytical, communication and writing skills in the English language

This invitation is open to consultants who are nationals of Commonwealth member countries; and consulting firms; legally registered entities in Commonwealth jurisdictions. Interested consultants who meet the assignment criteria are invited to participate by submitting a CV and cover letter. For consultancy organisations we request that you submit CV’s of individual consultants and a company profile. For all applications, we also request that you submit a two-page proposal outlining your work plan.

About the Organization

The Commonwealth Secretariat is the principal intergovernmental body of the Commonwealth, responsible for advancing and achieving the shared goals of the association’s 53 member governments in advancing democracy, development and respect for diversity. The Secretariat is headed by the Secretary-General who, as the Chief Executive of the organisation, is responsible and accountable for overall leadership, management and delivery.

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