The UNDP Global Centre for Technology, Innovation, and Sustainable Development (the ‘Global Centre’) aims to identify, co-design and share innovative and technological solutions for sustainable development - catalysing new insights, partnerships and action on the ground in the countries where UNDP works. Our initial areas of focus are Sustainable Agriculture, Sustainable Finance, and Smart Cities and Digitalisation.
The Global Centre is a joint initiative of the Singapore Government and UNDP, currently being led by a small team that is focused on programme and partnership development – both with the public and private sector in Singapore and international partners (including the above UNDP network). Singapore Government partners include the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA), the Ministry of Sustainability and the Environment (MSE), and the Economic Development Board (EDB).
Within the Global Centre’s broad mandate of digitalisation, the issue of digital and distanced learning has come to the forefront as the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the challenges for children and young people in attending and completing education. In a context of extensive digital foundations, there is scope to leverage these assets in order to produce an end-to-end – and transferable – digital delivery mechanism for education, learning, and capacity building.
The Global Centre is embarking on an initiative with the Secretariat of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Norway (MFA-Norway). This aims to assess the potential of - and provide associated recommendations - leveraging new and readily-available digital technologies to enhance the extent and quality of education services in Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar and Viet Nam (‘CLMV countries’). The purpose of this work isto mitigate the negative multiplier effects of non-access to physical education services as result of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, this initiative also has relevance beyond COVID-19 through building a scalable approach to delivering education, capacity building, and similar efforts
Duties and Responsibilities
This initiative will assess the learning-related needs and realities of students, teachers, and other stakeholders; and identify the required technology, innovation and modalities to deliver inclusive and end-to-end solutions that can improve education or broader learning outcomes. The main output will be to produce a set of recommendations relating to these needs and usage of technology and other components. These recommendations will inform the structure (including the potential methodology, anticipated partners, and to strengthen the evidence-base for the intervention), scope, and deliverables of the second phase of this project (tobe implemented in 2021).
More specifically, and due to the contemporary nature of this issue, there is an emerging (but not always documented) evidence-base regarding the delivery of this learning experience in similar contexts to the CLMV countries – and more widely. With this in mind, a key part of this work will be to draw on and also develop this evidence-base – including identifying and exploring:
The consultant is expected to deliver the following outputs:
Conduct literature review and desk research
Conduct interviews and consultations with key stakeholders
Develop a draft assessment report
Organise virtual workshop
Revise and finalise the assessment report
All information collected for the report pertaining to the assignments as well as outputs produced under this contract shall remain the property of the UNDP who shall have exclusive rights over their use. The products shall not be disclosed to the public nor used in whatever format without written permission of UNDP in line with the national and International Copyright Laws applicable.
Institutional Arrangement / Reporting Relationships
The Consultant will report to the Programme Advisor and work closely with the team at the Global Centre.
Duration of the Work
The Consultant will work up to 35 days to complete the above deliverables within the period from 2 November to 31 December 2020.
This consultancy will be home-based, with possible travel to field locations (field travel to be covered by UNDP). The Consultant will be required to use her/his own computer.
Ethics and Values:
Working in Teams:
Communicating Information and Ideas:
Self-Management and Emotional Intelligence:
Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Learning:
Required Skills and Experience
The Contractor is required to have the aforementioned professional and technical qualifications. Only the applicants who hold these qualifications will be shortlisted and contacted
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