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Sustainable Development Goal 4 has cast the spotlight on learning, moving beyond the focus on access in the early years of EFA. In recent years, learning – and more broadly the quality of education – has been raised to the top of the agenda by UNICEF, UNESCO, the World Bank, the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), Brookings Institution, and other major development players, research organisations and think tanks. The question of how to monitor and measure learning is therefore more salient than ever.
Across South Asia, there are varied levels of institutional capacity in place to measure learning outcomes in a robust manner. In this context UNICEF South Asia has initiated the development of a Knowledge Platform on Assessment for Learning, to serve as a source of guidance on assessment, and a community of practice where those responsible for assessment in South Asian education systems are able to engage with peers and experts and access reliable resources to support their activities. It will provide best-practice guidance on key topics linked to the cycle of assessment to enhance understanding of assessment, and tools to (i) help identify and address gaps in assessment systems, and (ii) better interpret, analyze and use assessment data. The platform will also provide countries in the region – and those involved in assessment in those education systems – with community tools/forums to share information about what they are currently doing, how they are ensuring quality, and to seek advice from or provide support to others. The web-based Platform will be developed in close collaboration with, and guided by, government assessment experts from South Asia and organizations such as the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER), Annual Status of Education Report (ASER), Brookings, Community Systems Foundation (CSF), Global Partnership for Education (GPE), UNESCO Institute for Statistics and the World Bank.
2. Objective of Internship:
The purpose of this internship is to find a bright, motivated education intern for a 3-month period starting end May 2019 to support work linked to the development and launch of the Knowledge Platform on Assessment for Learning. This internship will provide the successful candidate an exposure to the working environment of a multilateral organization and also a better understanding of UNICEF’s mandate to safeguard the rights of every child, everywhere.
3. Expected results (measurable results)
Under the supervision of the Education Specialist support different aspects of the development of the Knowledge Platform on Assessment for Learning, including engagement with key stakeholders on this initiative.
4. Key Tasks and Responsibilities:
Working directly under the supervision of the Education Specialist, the intern will be responsible for the following specific tasks:
- Compile information on and liaise with the key national and sub-national assessment authorities and assessment research institutions/groups in South Asia (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka), raising awareness of the Platform and its purpose and usefulness, while also inquiring with key stakeholders on their needs and how the Platform could address them.
- Prepare communication briefs for the Advisory Committee and other stakeholders on key developments relating to the Platform, and compile feedback provided by the Advisory Committee.
- Support the development of the data visualization tool and examples of different types of data visualizations and maps to support different types of analysis (especially equity dimensions) of assessment data; compile or generate sample data on assessment and integrate the data into the tool (using Excel); support the development of PPTs and other instructional materials on the use of the tool.
- Support the development of an eLearning module on analysis and use of assessment data, with a particular focus on analysis of equity dimensions.
- Review and provide inputs on the different aspects of the Platform, including usability and content.
- Work closely with the education section including the United Nations Girls Education Initiative (UNGEI) intern on areas requiring data consolidation, visualization and analysis.
- Assist the education section with additional tasks as required, including support to ongoing research initiatives.
- UNICEF accepts no responsibility for costs or fatality arising from illness or accidents incurred during the internship; therefore, the intern must have adequate medical insurance.
- Applicants for internship must show proof of valid medical and life/accident insurance for the duty station for which they will work.
Learning Opportunities for the Intern:
- General understanding of the work and mission of the UNICEF programme in South Asia
- Insight and hands-on experience on UNICEF related to communication and advocacy programme
- Become more familiar with working in a United Nations / international organization and in a multicultural environment
Key competences, technical background, and experience required:
- Recently completed or currently pursuing a University Degree in English, communication, journalism, creative writing, politics, social science or a similar discipline
- Work Experience:
- Strong communication skills, written English skills and ability to write clearly, succinctly and for varying audiences
- Knowledge of standard MS Office applications and other computer skills
- A keen and proven interest/knowledge in social media and other creative web applications
- Knowledge of and interest in South Asia news is an asset
- Good research and analytical skills
- Knowledge of child rights principles is an asset or willingness to learn
- Previous experience working in digital communications or for an international organisations highly desirable
- Functional Competencies:
- Demonstrate initiative, creativity and enthusiasm
- Able to work well in a team environment
- Ability to quickly understand instructions, ask for clarification when needed, adapt and work independently to produce results on time
- Enthusiastic, creative and happy to take and learn from feedback
- Language Proficiency:
- Fluent in English written and spoken
Intern Status within UNICEF:
- Interns are considered gratis personnel and as such they are not staff members.
- Although not considered a staff member of UNICEF, the intern shall be subject to the authority of the Executive Director and the authority delegated by her to Director and Heads of Offices. Interns are not entitled to the privileges and immunities accorded by member states to UNICEF's officials and staff members.
- Interns may not be sought or accepted as substitutes for staff to be recruited against authorized posts.
- Interns may not represent UNICEF in any official capacity.
Approx. 3 months full time (30 May to 26 August 2019 - five days a week)
- The intern will work part of the time in the Regional Office of South Asia in Kathmandu, Nepal, and part of the time from home. The candidate selected will be governed by and subject to UNICEF’s General Terms and Conditions for interns.
- As an intern, you will respect the confidentiality of information that you collect or are exposed to at UNICEF. No reports or papers may be published based on information obtained from UNICEF without the explicit written authorization by the Head of Office or Division Director.
- The UNICEF internship programme is not connected with employment and there is no expectancy of such. Interns cannot apply for posts advertised internally to UNICEF staff during the period of internship.
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