Call for Applications: Consultant for Development of a Sub-regional report on adult learning and education in Central Asia

10 February 2021

UNESCO Almaty and DVV International are seeking a consultant for the development of a Sub-regional report on key challenges, opportunities, and recommendations for renewed policies and action in adult learning and education in Central Asia.

Deadline: 21 February 2021

The International Conference on Adult Education (CONFINTEA) has taken place every 12 to 13 years since the late 1940s. The first conference was held in 1949 in Elsinore (Denmark), followed by: Montreal (Canada) in 1960; Tokyo (Japan) in 1972; Paris (France) in 1985; Hamburg (Germany) in 1997; and Belém (Brazil) in December 2009. At the invitation of the Kingdom of Morocco, CONFINTEA VII will take place in Morocco in 2022. It will be the first CONFINTEA since the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the most significant event for the international ALE community in the lead-up to 2030, the target year of the United Nations sustainable development agenda.
CONFINTEA VII will play a significant role in order to help Member States in achieving the SDGs in general and SDG 4 on education in particular by adapting a new framework for action that will replace the Belém Framework for Action, which was adopted in the last CONFINTEA VI in 2009 as well as the UNESCO 2015 Recommendation on Adult Learning and Education.

The aim of CONFINTEA VII will be to outline effective ALE policies within a lifelong learning perspective and within the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It will encourage Member States to put in place policies, incentives, regulatory frameworks and institutional structures and mechanisms to contribute to a culture of human rights, to social justice, shared values and sustainability. In the age of artificial intelligence, special attention will be paid to using information and communications technologies to promote access to ALE and inclusion.

The fifth edition of UNESCOs Global Report on Adult Learning and Education (GRALE 5) is currently in preparation and will be launched at CONFINTEA VII. GRALE 5 will provide a worldwide overview of the current state and key developments from an international perspective. This will be a key input for deliberation at CONFINTEA VII. GRALE, as a global monitoring tool, will review the implementation of the commitments entrenched in the Belem Framework for Action as well as the UNESCO 2015 Recommendation on Adult Learning and Education.
Process leading to the Global Conference from Sub-Regional Conference
2020-2021 - Sub-regional consultations (East, Southeast, South, Central and Pacific)
2021 - Regional Conference (Asia-Pacific)
2022 - Global Conference (Morocco)

The Regional Conferences will prepare the ground for the global conference in Morocco from a regional perspective. All regions will engage in similar preparatory processes, including the formulation of a consolidated regional synthesis report. These will help to articulate a global perspective for the future development of ALE, taking the particular needs, experiences and visions at regional level into account.

In this context, on 25 February 2021 UNESCO Almaty will organize the Sub-Regional Consultation for Central Asian countries with the aim to share and understand the key common issues, innovations, challenges and forward-looking strategies to renew policies and action in youth and adult learning and education in preparation for the Regional Conference of CONFINTEA VII in 2021. The main output of the Sub-Regional Conference will be the development of the outcome document, which summarizes the specific regional aspects with regard to developments and future perspectives for ALE policy and practice. These represent key inputs to the global conference and will be indispensable for drafting the outcome document. Each region will produce a regional report on adult learning and education that will reflect the regional specificities and highlight the main regional trends and issues.

Under the overall authority of the Director of UNESCO Almaty and the direct supervision of Education National Professional Officer, the Consultant shall participate in the Sub-Regional Consultation (the dates are TBC) and develop a Sub-regional report on the topic of key challenges, opportunities, and recommendations for renewed policies and action in adult learning and education in Central Asia as per the following objectives :
1.Assessing the specific issues and challenges that the sub-region is facing in ALE;
2.Analyze the impact of COVID 19 on ALE participation, provision, and policies;
3.Outline future prospects of ALE with forward-looking strategies and direction of ALE in the region and documenting promising innovations, including at the policy level;
4.Identifying key priorities for the future of ALE in the sub-region;
5.Suggesting areas and mechanisms for sub-regional cooperation.

Required qualifications:
1.Consultant shall have a solid and extensive experience working in the education sector and be familiar with different education challenges;
2.Consultant shall have experience working in Central Asian context and have a deep understanding of education systems challenges in the region, including Adult Learning and Education issues;
3.Consultant shall have excellent oral and written English and Russian language skills.

Format requirements:
Number of pages: up to 50-60 pages;
Format and outline should be approved by UNESCO Almaty;
A Sub-regional report should be drafted first in English and the final version will be translated into Russian.

Deliverables (the final deadlines are subject for discussion)
The Consultant will provide to the UNESCO Almaty and the DVV International Bishkek offices:
By 26 February 2021 Submit the outline of the sub-regional report to UNESCO Almaty / DVV International Bishkek;
By 26 March 2021 Submit the draft sub-regional report to UNESCO Almaty / DVV International Bishkek;
By 9 April 2021 Submit the final sub-regional report for approval to UNESCO Almaty / DVV International Bishkek.

It is agreed that:
1.any possible bank charges of the contractor shall be charged to the contractual amount;
2.all payments related to this contract will be done based on UN Exchange Currency Rate;
3.all expenses exceeded the amount of the contract is the responsibility of the Contractor.

UNESCO and DVV International shall be credited in all possible publicity related to this contract through publications, websites, and other information supports.
Ensure, upon written consultation with UNESCO and DVV International, that the logos of both organizations are displayed in accordance with the Guidelines on their use.

Application package:
Experts participating in the tender for this evaluation should send the application package by latest 21 February 2021 by e-mail to:
Dr. Thekla Kelbert, Regional Director for Central Asia:, ccing Mr. Ravshan Baratov, Regional Programme Manager for Central Asia:, and Ms. Meirgul Alpbysbaeva, National Education Officer UNESCO Almaty Cluster Office:

The application package should include the following documents:
CV of international expert(s), including references to previous comparable analytical work;
Detailed cost estimation indicating expected daily fees.
Adult learning and education
Central Asia

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