Organization: Unicef Education Sector Plan Advisor Consultancy, Funafuti, Tuvalu


Organization: Unicef Education Sector Plan Advisor Consultancy, Funafuti, Tuvalu

Closing date: Sunday, July 23, 2023 Funafuti, Tuvalu, 11.5 Months (Duty Station based) Education Sector Plan Advisor Consultancy | Organization: Unicef Education Sector Plan Advisor Consultancy, Funafuti, Tuvalu

  • Job no: 563808
  • Type of Position: Consultant
  • Location: Bangkok (EAPRO), Thailand; Fiji/Pacific Island Countries Division
  • School or Unit: MCP in Fiji (Pacific Islands).
  • Division/Office: Funafuti, Fiji, Tuvalu
  • Listed in: Education

To reach the most underprivileged children on the planet, UNICEF works in some of the most difficult locations. to prevent their death. to protect their legal rights. to assist them in achieving their potential.

We strive to create a better future for everyone by working for every child, everywhere, every day, in 190 nations and territories.

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We work in the Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu in the Pacific. These 14 island nations in the region have a combined population of 2.3 million, including 1.2 million children and youth, who reside on more than 660 islands and atolls spread across 17.2 million square kilometers of the Pacific According to World Bank/OECD standards, the Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Solomon Islands, and Tuvalu are categorized as Fragile States.

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History of the Assignment:

The Tuvalu Education Sector Plan IV 2024–2028 (TESP IV) is a new sector plan that the Tuvalu Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports (MEYS) wants to create. It will be evidence-based, gender-sensitive, and risk-informed. To help in this endeavor, MEYS has been awarded a System Capacity Grant (SCG) from the Global Partnership for Education (GPE). The new plan will be based on extensive stakeholder consultation, including community representatives, teachers and students, parents, CBOs, NGOs, and the Tuvalu Education Partners Group (TEPG), and will reflect the priorities for Education in Te Kete (2021–30), the national development strategy for Tuvalu.

In addition to working on TESP IV, MEYS is anticipating implementing priority programs that have been decided upon in consultation with partners and will be outlined in a Partnership Compact for Tuvalu in order to align government initiatives and partner programs with a transformative priority for education. Self-evaluation of the enabling factors for implementation of the priority areas, including data and evidence, gender-responsive sector planning, policy, and monitoring, sector coordination (including coordinated financing), funding, and volume, equity, and efficiency of domestic public expenditure on education, which MEYS recently completed, will inform this work.

For an already overburdened Ministry, this is a considerable amount of work, and they want assistance to steer the process and provide technical insights and drafting. To assist MEYS in facilitating and ensuring that the education sector planning process is an evidence-based, participatory, and consultative process, and is able to guide improving partner coordination for coordinated support to the education sector in Tuvalu, this consultancy will offer both technical and logistical support.

How can you influence things?

In order to help MEYS leadership establish the Tuvalu Education Sector Plan IV (TESP IV), the consultant will offer technical and logistical support. This support will include conducting an Education Sector Analysis to help TESP IV be developed (extra technical assistance will be provided to oversee the ESA development). The consultant will aid in the Partnership Compact development with Tuvalu’s partners. The consultant to support MEYS leadership and the Tuvalu Education Partners Group (TEPG) will be a key component of ensuring the smooth flow of activities. This will involve supporting the sequencing of work and eliminating any bottlenecks. The consultant is required to interact with a variety of stakeholders from the education sector during the duration of the contract, including but not limited to facilitating and synthesizing meetings and discussions, drafting documents, and conducting pertinent document searches and consolidation. The consulting will be housed in the Funafuti headquarters of MEYS.

For more details on the deadlines and deliverables, please refer to the ToR.

Application guidance

  • A separate financial offer should be included with your application. The financial proposal should include a breakdown for the following and be presented as a lump sum for all deliverables:
  • based on the deliverables in the aforementioned Terms of Reference, monthly or daily fees
  • Travel (economy airfare, as necessary, to accept the assignment and for field missions)
  • the cost of living allowance when traveling
  • Miscellaneous: to pay for communications, a visa, health insurance (including medical evacuation for consultants from outside the country), and other expenses.
  • Prior to beginning about 1.5 months of remote support (as per the ToR), the candidate is anticipated to deliver 6 months of continuous in-country support in Tuvalu.
  • For the remainder of the contract’s duration, the consultant is expected to return to Tuvalu and be able to offer local technical support. However, DSA, or living allowance, will only be provided when the consultant is in Tuvalu during the consulting term. UNICEF will pay two rounds of return (to and from) economy class flights.

If you want to be an advocate for every child, you’ll need to…

  • a postgraduate degree in education or another discipline related to the social sector that includes research or papers on planning or policy.
  • 8 years minimum of relevant experience, particularly in the educational or social sectors, with understanding of planning, consultation, and increasing responsibility for each.
  • Being able to pick things up fast, having some familiarity with Tuvaluan political systems, and having experience in other Pacific environments are all advantages.
  • Although other Pacific experience is taken into consideration, knowledge of the Tuvalu education system, policies, and strategies is preferred.
  • develop meaningful networks and support engagement with a variety of stakeholders.
  • Must be familiar with the GPE/IIEP criteria or be prepared to learn them thoroughly.
  • the capacity to contribute to a team and swiftly build relationships with a variety of people
  • Recognize the problems with quality, inclusiveness, and equity in the social sector.
  • Excellent oral and writing communication abilities, as well as the capacity to tailor one’s message to the audience.
  • Please note that it would be ideal if your submission listed any prior relevant UNICEF consulting or job experience.
  • You exhibit for each child…

Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, Accountability, and Sustainability (CRITAS) are the core values of UNICEF.


UNICEF’s global workforce must reflect the variety of the children it serves, who are among the most underprivileged in the world. No one is excluded from the UNICEF family because of their color or ethnicity, age, handicap, gender identity, sexual orientation, nationality, socioeconomic status, or any other personal trait.

To the best of its ability, UNICEF makes accommodations for disabled consultants and independent contractors. For instance, accessible software, mission-related travel support, or personal attendants may be included. In the event that you require a reasonable accommodation both during the selection process and during the assignment, we advise you to make this disclosure in your application.

With regard to behavior that is incompatible with the goals and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, such as sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, misuse of power, and discrimination, UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy. UNICEF also abides by strong child protection guidelines. These standards and ethics will be demanded of all chosen candidates, who will also go through thorough reference and background checks. Verification of academic credentials and employment history will be part of background checks. It could be necessary to request more information from chosen candidates so that a background check can be done.


Under the Staff Regulations and Rules of the United Nations and UNICEF’s policies and procedures, individuals engaged under a consultancy or individual contract will not be regarded as “staff members” and will not be eligible for the benefits provided therein (such as leave entitlements and medical insurance coverage). Their contract and the General Conditions of Contracts for the Services of Consultants and Individual Contractors shall regulate their terms of service. According to municipal or other applicable laws, consultants and independent contractors are responsible for calculating their tax liabilities and for paying any taxes and/or charges.

The chosen candidate is exclusively responsible for making sure that the necessary health insurance and visas are in effect for the whole duration of the contract, if applicable. The World Health Organization (WHO) has approved a vaccine against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19), and applicants who have been chosen are subject to certification that they have had this vaccination before beginning their assignment. It does not apply to consultants who will operate remotely and are not required to travel to fulfill duties for UNICEF while their consultation contracts are in effect, work on or visit UNICEF facilities, program delivery sites, or directly engage with the communities UNICEF works with.

Only those who have been shortlisted will be contacted and moved on to the next phase of the hiring process.

Submission deadline: July 23, 2023 Standard Time in Fiji

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