Job Number: 510600 | Vacancy Link
Locations: Asia and the Pacific: Timor-Leste
Work Type : Consultancy
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UNICEF has been supporting the MOE integrate the Child-Friendly Schools (CFS)/Eskola Foun approach to the education system. The CFS principles underpin the basic education curriculum rolled out in 2015, as reflected in the pedagogy, participative methodology, school-based management, and promotion of student and community participation. A key component of a conducive learning environment is having functioning water, hygiene and sanitation (WASH) facilities, and for children and their families to have positive hygiene practices.
Evidence from various studies show that improvement of WASH facilities and practices in schools and communities can have a positive impact on enrolment levels and reduction in student absenteeism. This in turn could lead to lowering the repetition rate and hence improved overall educational achievement.
In education, access to water and sanitation facilities in Basic Education schools remains an issue, with only 59.9% of basic education schools (Grades 1-9) having access to an improved water source, 70.2% have toilets and a significant percentage of these facilities (29.9%) are partially functioning or not functioning (MOE EMIS, 2015). Awareness and practice of safe hygiene behaviours such as hand washing with soap at critical times is limited. Among rural women, only 1.6% reported washing their hands with soap after defecation and 1.2% after cleaning a child’s bottom (Ministry of Health, 2011). Limited availability of water and soap also mean children and teachers don’t always practice handwashing with soap before eating and after using toilets while in school. Another key challenge is the coordination at the community level, and the need for integrated plans with the Ministry of Public Works to ensure water is available in schools.
UNICEF is supporting the Ministry of Education and Municipal governments to improve WASH in schools, of which hygiene promotion is an integral component. In line with the CFS/Eskola Foun approach, this also involves strengthening school management and engaging parents and communities as well as empowering students to be change agents. The aim is also to introduce the “Three Star Approach to WASH in Schools” designed to improve the effectiveness of hygiene behavior change programmes. This consultancy will support these interventions, which complements the Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) approach in target municipalities that UNICEF is supporting the Government and communities implement.
Purpose of Assignment:
- Support the implementation of Hygiene Promotion Campaign in schools using the 3 Star Approach to WASH in Schools with the aim of nationwide scale-up
Support the MOE develop information materials for schools on the use of school grants for WASH facilities operation and maintenance
Support the MOE implement the School Health strategy developed with the Ministry of Health
Tasks and Responsibilities:
- Prepare Hygiene Promotion Campaign plan with the MOE, municipal governments and in consultation with relevant Development Partners. This also includes working together with the UNICEF Child Survival and Development (CSD) Section, in particular around rural WASH and community-led total sanitation. This could include organizing a training on the 3 Star Approach to WASH in Schools with the MOE and selected municipal offices and schools.
Together with the MOE and municipal education offices, in particular school social action focal points, support selected schools in Dili, Ermera and Ainaro to:
a) set-up student-led WASH clubs and/or mobilize Student Councils to support WASH-related activities;
b) mobilize School Management Committees (SMCs) or Parent-Teacher Associations (PTAs) to support WASH related work focusing on promoting positive sanitation and hygiene practices in line with the CLTS approach and WASH in Schools Guidelines. This includes preparing integrated plans with the Ministry of Public Works and the community Water System Management Groups (GMF) to ensure water is available in schools.
- Support at least 12 schools set up menstrual hygiene management (MHM) peer groups as model for other schools; and follow-up that school-based MHM peer groups set-up in 2017 are functioning.
- Support the MOE develop information materials for schools on the use of school grants for use in WASH facilities operation and maintenance
- Support the MOE implement the School Health strategy developed with the Ministry of Health: coordination and support to implement related activities
- Document good practices on integrated WASH plans at the community level where schools are closely working with the GMF; and prepare 3-month report to document lessons learned and recommendations for how the campaign can be implemented in other Municipalities by the Government.
- Hygiene Promotion Campaign plan
- Activity implementation reports with photos; integrated plans for water supply in schools prepared with the School authorities, Ministry of Public Works and GMF
- Activity implementation reports with photos
- Information materials on school grants
- Activity implementation report2-3 page documentation of good practices on integrated WASH plans at the community level where schools are closely working with the GMF; Final 3-month report, including powerpoint presentation
- 2-3 page documentation of good practices on integrated WASH plans at the community level where schools are closely working with the GMF; Final 3-month report, including powerpoint presentation
Estimated Duration of Assignment: End February – End May 2018
Qualifications or Specialized Knowledge/Experience Required:
- Masters degree preferably in Communication for Development/Development Communication, Education, Social Sciences, or other related field. Bachelors degree is acceptable if applicant has more than 6 years experience in the related fields.
- At least 4 years of work experience in Education or WASH field
- Excellent written and oral English
- Fluency in Tetum and/or Bahasa an advantage
- Ability to deliver quality report aligned with UNICEF publication guidelines (work samples can be submitted along with the application)
Interested candidates are requested to submit a cover letter, CV or P 11 form, full contact information of minimum 2 references, a relevant work sample, availability, and proposed consultancy fee.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
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