International Consultant for Desk Study on Employability Skills for Senior Secondary Schools in Nigeria (Remote) -duration- 50 working days

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UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential. 

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone. 

And we never give up. 

For every child, hope

In Nigeria, UNICEF works in a complex humanitarian and development setting to fulfill and protect children’s rights in partnership with the government, civil society, children, and families.  UNICEF Nigeria is one of the largest UNICEF Country Offices globally – click the link to learn more about UNICEF in Nigeria: 

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Background and Purpose of the Assignment
Nigeria is home to approximately 206 million people , 43 per cent of whom are below 14 years of age . By 2030, there will be close to 126 million children in Nigeria . Rapid population growth and the swelling child population will place significant pressure on the education system, including its infrastructure and resources . At the same time, this growth means that Nigeria has the potential to reap a dividend from the impending youth bulge, but this will require significant investments in children’s and adolescents’ education and well-being . The country has developed policies that guarantee free and compulsory basic education and has seen increasing access to education in recent years.

Unfortunately, learning poverty remains an equally important challenge. More than 70 per cent of children of primary school age cannot read with understanding or solve simple math problems , and 50 per cent of primary students on average cannot read or write . These gaps in foundational skills are cumulative across the lifecycle, increasing learners’ risk of dropping out and impeding their ability to acquire the skills they need to thrive in the workforce, to be actively engaged citizens and to nurture healthy and prosperous families.

This learning crisis has been exacerbated by disruptions to education. COVID-19 school closures impacted more than 50 million learners at the peak of the pandemic. Conflict and insecurity in the north and central regions of Nigeria exacerbate education disruption through attacks on schools and internal displacement. School closures due to insecurity in the 2020/2021 academic year affected over 11,000 schools and 1.3 million children for four months. Natural disasters also cause interruptions to education; for example, the flooding in Jigawa state forced 159 schools to close and affected more than 4,700 children (2,311 girls) who became internally displaced and had to continue their education remotely.

To succeed in school, in the workplace and to positively contribute to the development of society, all children and adolescents need access to quality, inclusive learning and skills development opportunities. To this end, the Federal Ministry of Education (FME) has developed a National Skills Development Framework (NSDF), with support from UNICEF and relevant partners, that defines core and secondary skills and provides guidance and tools for designing, implementing, coordinating and assessing programmes and interventions that support skills development in Nigeria.

Scope of Work:

Under the overall supervision of the Chief of Education, the consultant will report directly to the Education Specialist (Access) and will be responsible for the following over the course of the contract:
1. Undertake a desk review of the evidence on employability skills for senior secondary school learners globally, in Africa and in the Nigerian context. The desk review will explore what opportunities are available for employability skills development and what models work.
2. Develop, in consultation with different stakeholders, a model for employability skills development for senior secondary school and recommend a vehicle for delivery of the skills.
3. Two (2) revisions to the model based on UNICEF and government feedback.
4. Develop the following requisite materials:
a. Teacher and facilitator training guide
b. Teacher and facilitator resources – structured lesson plans and guides
c. Materials for delivering mentoring and career counseling in senior secondary school.

To achieve this, UNICEF is seeking the services of an international consultant with experience in conducting mixed methods research, and in the analysis of education data to inform evidence-based interventions and system-strengthening support for building alternative learning pathway models and distance learning opportunities, development of strategy papers as well as an understanding of the OOSC phenomenon in sub-Saharan Africa

To view the full job description, please refer to the attached..Download File TOR Desk Review of Employability Skills_Final.docx

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

  • An advanced university degree (Master’s) in Education, Education Policy, Social Policy, or related field

Required qualifications and skills:

  • Demonstrated strong working knowledge of current global issues and best practice on skills development;
  • A minimum of 8 years of experience in education programming, documentation, and reporting;
  • A minimum of 5 years of working experience with using education data to inform evidence-based education programming and policy;
  • Experience in developing strategy papers;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, with experience translating evidence for and communicating with a broad range of actors (including government) on sensitive issues;
  • Ability to present ideas concisely for diverse audiences and to give practical, actionable advice grounded in evidence and
  • Ability to work to tight timeframes and flexibility to adjust to the needs of government and UNICEF.

Other desired skills and attributes:

  • Strong working knowledge of global current issues on out-of-school children (MICS, DHIS, UIS, NEDS in Nigeria, and others).
  • Strong knowledge of the Nigerian context and understanding of international development issues, including skills development, employability, and youth programming.
  • Strong knowledge of the Nigerian political landscape and recent developments in education.
  • Experience working with UN agencies or other international development agencies; and A good understanding of UNICEF’s programmatic areas.

Language requirements:

Fluency in English is required. 

For every Child, you demonstrate… 

UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, Accountability, and Sustainability (CRITAS). 

 To view our competency framework, please visit  here

 UNICEF is here to serve the world’s most disadvantaged children and our global workforce must reflect the diversity of those children. The UNICEF family is committed to include everyone, irrespective of their race/ethnicity, age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, socio-economic background, or any other personal characteristic.

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. 


Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process. 

Applicants must submit their financial and technical proposals along with this application. Applications without these will not be considered. Use this form to provide your financial proposal….Download File All-Inclusive Financial Proposal Form.docx

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: 26 Apr 2024 W. Central Africa Standard Time
Deadline: 10 May 2024 W. Central Africa Standard Time

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