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Background and Justification
The Sultanate of Oman is a high-income country of 4.2 million people that has earned recognition for its rapid human development over the past 40 years.
Oman’s Human Development Index (HDI) ranked Oman at 52 amongst 188 countries in 2015, placing the Sultanate amongst the high human development countries.
Since 1990, the country has achieved one of the world’s fastest rates of reduction in under-five mortality rate. The United Nations 2016 estimates for the infant mortality rate and under-
five mortality rate for Oman are respectively 9 and 11 per 1,000 live births 1 , a fraction of the MENA regional averages (36 and 28 per 1,000 live births respectively, 2011), and of the same order as estimates for the United States and some other OECD countries.
Oman has also made remarkable progress in adult literacy, from 33 percent in 1970 to 87 percent in 2011 (MOE, 2006 data), ten percentage points higher than the regional average for the MENA region.
Oman offers a unique policy model in the MENA region. The country has taken bold measures that promote greater openness and dialogue, a pro-
employment policy, greater access to land ownership, affordable consumer goods, and universal health and education services, all of which make for good living conditions (CMI, World Bank, EIB and ISESCO, 2013).
Oman’s development over the past four decades has been striking. Together with consistent economic growth, Oman has seen consumption inequality fall from 2006 to 2011, a remarkable achievement in the region.
However, despite Oman’s high-income status and high human development status, the challenges for Omani children are those more commonly found in poorer countries.
Three areas illustrate the contrasts defining Oman’s uniqueness :
Expatriates, therefore, make up around half the country’s labour force.
Outside polls place Oman’s women among the most empowered in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. Yet the country still faces challenges in protecting the rights of children and women, most commonly attributed to acceptable traditional practices towards them.
In response to this country context, the Government of Oman UNICEF Joint Country Programme 2017-2020 has three programme priorities :
SCOPE OF WORK
Under the overall supervision of the Deputy Representative, the consultant will support the planning, management, coordination, implementation and monitoring of UNICEF activities in the areas of education and institutional strengthening.
In particular, the consultant will oversee daily management of a partnership programme with the universities and projects with MOE.
Given the scope and number of partners involved in the implementation of the programme, the consultant will pay special attention to timely and efficient coordination and information exchange / sharing between UNICEF and all stakeholders.
The main objectives of this consultancy are :
Key tasks :
Consultative meetings and missions arranged as per requirements.Organise, facilitate and support workshops and meetings, as necessary.
Timely provision of background documentation, and meeting minutes as well as follow up on action points.Meeting minutes and other documents produced shared with all staff and saved in common shared drive.
Any other tasks assigned are completed in a timely manner.
Duration of the assignment
3 months (October December)
Expected places of travel, insurance, per diem, payments and responsibilities between UNICEF and the consultant team :
When in-country, the consultants / institutional team will be required to report on a daily basis to the UNICEF Supervisor.
For long stays in-country, the team will be entitled to the same weekends and UN holiday schedule as UNICEF staff.Transportation upon arrival and departure is to be arranged by the travellers, terminal expense will be provided by UNICEF.
For in-country stays, UNICEF will provide a DSA not exceeding the UN DSA rate.Any in-country travel related to the consultant team’s assignment will be arranged for and covered by UNICEF.
Consultants need to arrange their own insurance (life, health and other forms of insurance) covering the term of the contract while in Oman, and need to provide proof of such insurance prior to travel.
Consultants will make their own arrangements for booking accommodation, and UNICEF will support them to obtain UNICEF corporate rates.
Settlement of any accommodation will be made directly by the consultants with the hotel.UNICEF will not provide the consultants with any equipment, unless it is requested by the consultants and approved by Operation Unit with appropriately completed form.
Qualification & Specialized Knowledge
Familiarity with the UNICEF mandate and prior experience with UNICEF is an asset;Fluency in English and Arabic is required.
Submission of proposal
Interested candidates should include in their proposals the following :
The Offer should be in two parts : Part A Technical; Part B Financial
Part A : Technical
Part B : Financial
1 UN Inter-agency Group for Child Mortality Estimation (UNICEF, WHO, World Bank, UN DESA Population Division).
Opening Date Thu Jul 12 2018 01 : 00 : 00 GMT-0400 (EDT) Arabian Standard Time
Closing Date Tue Jul 31 2018 15 : 55 : 00 GMT-0400 (EDT)