Fixed-term consultant to revise the Commonwealth Education Policy Framework

  • Mid-level, Short-term contract assignment
  • Posted on 16 October 2020
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Job Description

Location: Home based / Remote

Duration: 20 working days over a four-month timeframe

Fee: £9,800

Closing date: 4 November 2020

We have a rare opportunity for a leading education expert to help us revise and develop our Commonwealth Education Policy Framework (CEPF).

The CEPF was conceptualised during our summit for Ministers of Education in The Bahamas in June 2015. It is part of recommendations outlined in the Nassau Declaration, which ministers ratified.

The framework is an innovative policy resource, which has been supporting governments to improve access to quality education for all in line with the Sustainable Development Goals, particularly SDG4. It is an important tool for improving the governance, delivery capacity and resilience of education systems – issues particularly critical to education departments and education institutions facing major disruptions during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The coronavirus outbreak and existing challenges like climate change underscore the need for education systems to be effective, sustainable and resilient. They also highlight the importance of flexible and blended modes of learning, as we edge closer to the 2030 deadline for the achievement of the internationally agreed Sustainable Development Goals. It is in this context the Secretariat is engaging a consultant to develop a 2nd Edition of the CEPF.

The appointed consultant will work under the supervision of a UK-based education adviser, and will be responsible for editing, updating and developing new content/material to the CEPF, based on global trends and developments. The 2nd Edition will also need to incorporate guidance for creating action plans to effectively implement CEPF recommendations, and examples of follow-up processes to measure implementation.

The consultant will have overall responsibility for collecting and collating material to revise the Framework, and reviewing any existing materials shared with them relating to the CEPF. The Secretariat’s education team will review each draft submitted by the consultant, with the expectation that the consultant will adequately address all feedback.

To be considered for the position, applicants must have a minimum of 10 years professional work experience at national and international levels in the education field, with an emphasis on education policy or systems reform. Experience in and knowledge of education systems in Commonwealth member countries is essential. As is intimate familiarity and engagement with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

An understanding of the issues and challenges facing Commonwealth member countries is also important. The consultant will need excellent analytical, communications, writing and English language skills, as well as a proven ability to work under pressure and meet strict deadlines.

To join us, you must be a citizen of a Commonwealth country.

Please apply by submitting a CV and cover letter to Covering letters should be structured to address the key criteria required in the person specification, giving clear examples.

Closing date: 4 November 2020, 17:00 BST

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 54 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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