The NFE-MIS currently being maintained by the DMoEL aims to achieve the following objectives:
Provide managers at all levels with timely and accurate data information for planning, decision making and policy formulation.
Establish a decentralized management control mechanism that will monitor and evaluate implementation of NFE programs at all levels.
Institutionalize systematic and unified data collection at each levels (national and sub national).
Serve as a databank for disseminating technology and for coordinating and pooling available resources of all NFE programs in Afghanistan.
The Deputy Ministry of Education for Literacy (DMoEL) is implementing a national adult literacy programme with technical support of UNESCO Office in Kabul through the Programme for Enhancement of Literacy in Afghanistan (ELA). Started in 2008 with financial support from the Government of Japan, ELA received additional financial support from the Governments of Japan, Sweden and Finland, and has been implemented in two phases, with the third and last phase that is going to end in May 2018. The ELA programme was designed for adult learners aged 15 years and above, in particular targeting 60% female learners with Basic General Literacy (BGL) training for a duration of nine months. In addition, learning materials for Skill Based Literacy (SBL) in 8 skill areas were developed in the third phase to complement basic literacy courses.
In 2014, with the support of UNESCO, DMoEL established the Non-Formal Education Management Information System (NFE-MIS) as part of DMoEL’s monitoring and Evaluation system to provide timely information and feedback on the qualitative and quantitative aspects of literacy programmes. NFE-MIS has been established in DMoEL with compatible systems now installed in field offices at the provincial level to provide timely and readily verifiable data to benefit M&E purposes. DMoEL introduced an NFE-MIS section and put under planning department. However, data collection from literacy courses and updating of NFE-MIS on time is very critical for DMoEL in establishing a smooth mechanism with adequate logistics and identifying skilled staff has been a challenge for DMoEL at all levels. An effort has been made in the third cycle of ELA III to decentralise NFE-MIS, therefore, provincial staff have been trained to gather and enter data into the NFE-MIS at the provincial education departments.
In 2018, the Government of the Republic of Korea granted financial support to the project titled “Support for Adult Literacy in Afghanistan (SALA)” to DMoEL through UNESCO. The project intends to further strengthen the NFEMIS to ensure efficient and transparent management. Therefore, UNESCO would like to hire an independent expert to assess the current status of NFE-MIS and support further development to ensure that the database is comprehensive and pools together all the resources and NFE programmes.
Scope of Work:
Under the overall authority of the Director General of UNESCO delegated to the Director and Representative of UNESCO Office in Kabul and the technical oversight of the Chief of Education unit and Program Manager of UNESCO Kabul Office Education Unit, the Consultant will be responsible for coordinating closely with UNESCO’s M&E team, MoE’s Planning & EMIS Departments and DMoEL’s NFE-MIS team, specifically to perform the following tasks:
Main Duties and Responsibilities:
Advanced university degree in Education Management and Monitoring and Evaluation systems, Computer Science, Statistics, Education, Social Science, or any other relevant discipline with specialization in EMIS/NFEMIS and M&E for education development programs
At least 10 years of experience in data management/statistical systems/ M&E of which five years proven experience in developing or evaluating NFEMIS/EMIS in developing countries including user orientation in the use of educational and allied data for planning, management, monitoring
Extensive experience of software used for NFE-MIS and GIS
Knowledge and experience of decentralized NFE/EMIS and related capacity building needs
Computer literacy, excellent report writing skills and has the ability to produce highly professional diagnostic documents
Excellent communication skills and the ability to communicate fluently in English (written and spoken)
Extensive consulting experience, with experience in Asian pacific region within the last five years
Familiarity with Education and Adult Education in Central Asia or South Asian region
Ability to work in a post-conflict environment (consultant will be required to spend a significant amount of time in Afghanistan)
Experience working with multiple stakeholders (governmental, non-governmental, international organizations)
Work experience in Afghanistan and/or (post)conflict environment will be considered as a strong asset
Knowledge of Dari and/or Pashtu languages will be considered as a strong asset but not a requirement
Interested candidates are required to send:
Up-to-date UNESCO curriculum vitae (https://en.unesco.org/careers/media/3705)
Cover letter explaining qualifications for the position
A technical proposal-an indication of the approach he/she would adopt to carry out the assignment
Application has to be sent by April 30, 2018 through email to firstname.lastname@example.org
The successful candidate will be expected to start immediately. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. Qualified female candidates are especially encouraged to apply.