Background and justification
As countries all over the world closed their schools in an attempt to curb the spread of COVID-19, billions of children were left out of school, often for a prolonged period of time and with limited access to distance learning. This unprecedented crisis represents a unique opportunity to upscale digital learning solutions and, more broadly, technology for development to improve access to education and learning outcomes and build stronger, more resilient education systems. UNICEF took this opportunity to initiate a global push for digital learning for every child which consists of four elements: world-class learning solutions, connecting every school to the internet, providing devices for learning to children and securing low-cost access to online education. In Eastern and Southern Africa, technology for development has room and potential for expansion. Digital learning solutions have undergone a rapid expansion to facilitate country-level curriculum for children and adolescents whose schools have been closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
One of these initiatives particularly, the Learning Passport, has gained momentum in the Eastern and Southern Africa region. In July 2020, Somalia Puntland deployed the Learning Passport. Some ESA countries (Zimbabwe, Rwanda, Lesotho) are already in the process of establishing it in concertation with governments and several countries have expressed their interest in using the Learning Passport as their national online learning platform.
As part of these efforts to support countries to upscale technology for learning in response to COVID-19 and beyond, UNICEF Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Office (ESARO), in collaboration with UNESCO, UNHCR, INEE and the Learning Passport team, is developing a Regional Learning Hub. This Learning Hub aims at supporting governments’ and other stakeholders’ access to high quality, open source, ready-to-deploy teaching and learning materials to use through their education systems.
An individual contractor is required to support national-level deployment of the Learning Passport and help conceive, design and develop the Regional Learning Hub for Eastern and Southern Africa. As such, an individual contractor with education (systems, curriculum, EdTech) and technology for development (software development, project management, systems) experience is required to support UNICEF ESARO and its partners working on the Regional Learning Hub.
Scope of Work
Purpose Of Assignment
The purpose of this assignment is to:1) support country-level deployment of the Learning Passport (for countries currently inquiring); and 2) the development and deployment of the Regional Learning Hub on the Learning Passport platform.
Activity 23: Development of resources and platform on continuity of learning
This Comprises The Following Activities
Regarding the country-level deployment of the Learning Passport in the region, the individual contractor will support the global Learning Passport and Microsoft teams and Country Office Education and T4D focal points in the establishment and maintenance of the platform in the ESA countries.
This Will Cover The Following Activities
Regarding the development and deployment of the Regional Learning Hub, the individual contractor will work with the regional teams of UNICEF, UNESCO and UNHCR, and INEE and the Learning Passport team to establish and document a proof-of-concept version of the Regional Learning Hub (please see annexes for more information on the concept of the Regional Learning Hub).
Work relationships/reporting to:
The individual contractor will report to the ESARO Education Specialist (Quality) and is expected to work closely with ESARO Education Section and the Learning Passport team members—especially the Technology Deployment Specialist, Country Office colleagues, and other relevant partners, including other UN and development partners working on the Regional Learning hub.
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