Parent Sector : Education
Duty Station: Apia, Samoa
Classification of duty station: Field Office
Standard Duration of Assignement : From 1 to 6 months
Job Family: Programmes
Type of contract : Individual Consultant
Duration of contract : 3 months
Recruitment open to : External Candidates
Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 20 August 2023
UNESCO Core Values: Commitment to the Organization, Integrity, Respect for Diversity, Professionalism
Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) is a lifelong learning approach which calls for reflection and action on sustainable ways of living and ideas about how we measure success, and empowering individuals to make structural changes by holding governments and industries to account. Sustainable education and training systems start by supporting schools and teachers ready for empowering learners with the knowledge, skills, values and attitudes to think critically and be actively involved in finding solutions for social, economic and environmental challenges, both locally and globally. Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) is a lifelong learning approach which calls for reflection and action on sustainable ways of living and ideas about how we measure success, and empowering individuals to make structural changes by holding governments and industries to account. Sustainable education and training systems start by supporting schools and teachers ready for empowering learners with the knowledge, skills, values and attitudes to think critically and be actively involved in finding solutions for social, economic and environmental challenges, both locally and globally.
Inequality in education is exacerbated by the pandemic and access to continued quality education for the marginalized populations, including persons with disabilities, migrants, ethnic minority populations, those in remote locations, etc. require particular attention. Looking into the role of education in reducing the impact of disasters and climate change, ESD is one of key areas to increase resilience in education as well as disaster preparedness in the society.
COVID-19 pandemic presented an opportunity to re-imagine how higher education and TVET can play a crucial role in mitigating economic impact and building more resilient and diversified economies for the future. For this, it would be necessary to create learning pathways and ensure access to higher education and TVET opportunities for all to attain critical knowledge and skills in response to changing labour market demand.
Global Citizenship Education (GCED) aims to empower learners of all ages to assume active roles, both locally and globally, in building more peaceful, tolerant, inclusive and secure societies. UNESCO’s work in this field is guided by the Education 2030 Agenda and Framework for Action, notably Target 4.7 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG 4 on Education), which calls on countries to “ensure that all learners are provided with the knowledge and skills to promote sustainable development, including, among others, through education for sustainable development and sustainable lifestyles, human rights, gender equality, promotion of a culture of peace and non-violence, global citizenship and appreciation of cultural diversity and of culture’s contribution to sustainable development”.
The question of empowering learners for human and planetary sustainability reminds us that the ultimate purpose of education is to prepare us for life – to understand how to organize our lives and how to relate with other human beings and nature. It is about learning from the past for the present and for anticipating and shaping a better future. This empowerment process implies learning lessons from history, passing on and recreating the living heritage of one’s community, and building on local wisdom and knowledge, including of indigenous communities. A truly transformative education would build on what communities, families, parents, and children treasure most, and respond to local, national, and global needs, cultures, and capacities. It promotes the holistic development of all learners throughout their lives, supporting them to realize their aspirations and to contribute their families, communities, and societies.
The proposed assignment contributes to knowledge consolidation/generation, sharing and resource mobilization in support of Pacific ESD, GCED and Greening TVET.
The objectives of this consultancy service is to:
TASKS AND DELIVERABLES
Knowledge sharing and continuous improvement (C)
Planning and organizing (C)
Results focus (C)
For detailed information, please consult the UNESCO Competency Framework.
Knowledge of Office ICTs:
Experience: Familiarity and experience in project/programme costing.
Languages: Knowledge of Pacific Language(s) is considered an asset.
Please submit an application online with:
Required validity of the application submitted: 90 days
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Please note that only selected candidates will be further contacted and candidates in the final selection step will be subject to reference checks based on the information provided.
UNESCO recalls that paramount consideration in the appointment of staff members shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, technical competence and integrity. UNESCO applies a zero-tolerance policy against all forms of harassment. UNESCO is committed to achieving and sustaining equitable and diverse geographical distribution, as well as gender parity among its staff members in all categories and at all grades. Furthermore, UNESCO is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Candidates from non- and under-represented Member States (last update here) are particularly welcome and strongly encouraged to apply. Individuals from minority groups and indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the highest level of confidentiality. Worldwide mobility is required for staff members appointed to international posts.
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