Consultancy - Developing the 21st century Skills for Education System in, Beijing, China

Organization: Unicef

Country: China

City: Beijing, China

Office: UNICEF China Beijing

Closing date: Monday, 15 February 2021

Consultancy - Developing the 21st century Skills for Education System in China

Job no: 537828

Position type: Consultancy

Location: China Division/Equivalent: Bangkok (EAPRO), Thailand

School/Unit: China

Department/Office: Beijing, China

Categories: Education, Consultancy

UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

And we never give up.

For every child, a champion

China has the task of educating the second-largest population of children globally, with an estimated 271 million children aged 0-17 years . Over the past two decades, access to education in China has increased dramatically. In different ways, China is emerging as a global leader, with rapid expansion in access and corresponding growth in enrolment. China is topping the global OECD PISA rankings; however, these scores represent a small and relatively advantaged portion of the population and other research sources indicate that significant challenges remain in ensuring equitable quality and learning, especially amongst the most disadvantaged groups.

To realize the SDG 4 and support the ambitious plan of the government of China, particularly in relation to the Education Modernization Plan 2035 and the TVET reforms, UNICEF seeks to keep pace with rapid education progress in China and capitalize on its influence and the opportunities to continue providing technical assistance, including as a lead partner in holistic skills development and second decade education.

How can you make a difference?

The long-term objective is to integrate the 21st skills into TVET education system. An international consultant will provide technical assistance in evidence generation for the 21st skills and its integration into the education system. The consultant will focus on providing technical assistance in developing the skills framework and entry points for integration in line with the Chines Education policy, reforms and commitment to realizing the rights of every child and adolescents to high quality education and achieving SDG4.

For more details on major tasks, deliverables and timeframe of this consultancy, please visit the TOR - TOR consultant on developing the 21st centrury skills framework - 2021 Feb (for VA).docx

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have...

Advanced University degree in education or Social Sciences;
At least 10 years relevant experience and proven track record of applying research and evidence-driven program designs in the field of learning and skills.

Research experience in the area of Early Learning and Language & Education will be an asset.

Tags east asia quality education sdg4 skills development social sciences

Proven analytical skills, knowledge of the subject experience in managing large rounds of data including digital data are highly desirable.

Strong interpersonal and communications skills to work effectively with a team that is geographically dispersed.

Self-directed/self-motivating personality, with proven ability to manage demands from multiple stakeholders while adhering to program deadlines and priorities.

Quick to learn, motivated to self-teach and capable of independently translating new knowledge into practice, and willingness to meet the emerging demands of the programme.

Excellent attention to detail and fluency and strong writing skills in English are required.

Knowledge and work experience in China and South East Asia is an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate...

UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

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UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.

UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.


Individuals engaged under a consultancy or individual contract will not be considered "staff members" under the Staff Regulations and Rules of the United Nations and UNICEF’s policies and procedures, and will not be entitled to benefits provided therein (such as leave entitlements and medical insurance coverage). Their conditions of service will be governed by their contract and the General Conditions of Contracts for the Services of Consultants and Individual Contractors. Consultants and individual contractors are responsible for determining their tax liabilities and for the payment of any taxes and/or duties, in accordance with local or other applicable laws.

Advertised: Feb 02 2021 China Standard Time Application close: Feb 15 2021 China Standard Time