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ADB recruiting ICT for Education Specialist

Philippines, 02 August 2013

Objective and Purpose of the Assignment

The purpose of this assignment is to assess how information and communication technology (ICT) is being used as a development enabler, particularly in enhancing education sector as a whole, in selected DMCs. Key Focus Areas (samples): Distance learning plus video conference; eLearning, digital contents and Massive Open Online Course (MOOC); School networks, equipment and ICT literacy; ICT skills, TVET, ICT curriculum in higher education and accreditation systems for specialized programs; Tele-center focused on education; Teachers training; Education Management Information System (government and school); National research and education network.

Scope of Work

The consultant should review and identify potential areas of intervention to maximize the development effectiveness particularly for the e-Asia program. Basically, the scope of work comprises two components:

  • information and communication technology for development (ICTD) analysis on the target sector (education);

  • integrating the ICTD analysis on the target sector with ADB country/sector strategies for selected developing member countries (Target DMCs (tentative): Bangladesh; Sri Lanka; Vietnam; Cambodia; Indonesia; Philippines; Myanmar; Solomon Islands; Mongolia; Tajikistan; Uzbekistan; Kazakhstan).

Detailed Tasks and/or Expected Output

The tasks of the ICT for education specialist will be carried out in three stages:

Stage 1: Global trends of ICT for education

  • Analyze key global trends and issues in terms of government policies, market trends, and technology changes stocktaking on the most commonly used ICT services and applications in education sector

  • Identify key development areas in ICT for education including applications and services in both production improvement and market development with high potential development impacts to developing countries

Stage 2: Country-specific analysis of the state of ICT for education

  • Assess the country’s ICT for education readiness (e.g., access, affordability, ICT usage, and regulatory environment). Prepare/use a framework for measuring the maturity and current level of ICT utilization for health sector development.

  • Analyze potential demands for ICT for education reviewing national education sector development strategies and policies and surveying relevant stakeholders.

  • Identify key focus areas in ICT for education including applications and services with high potential development impact to the target country. This must include: (i) the rationale and criteria for the selection of the priority areas; (ii) the scope, nature, and functions of related ICT applications and services; and (iii) the expected outcome or benefits from investing in ICT.

  • Analyze how governments in select DMCs have been utilizing ICTs in the key areas of education, which includes past, on-going ICT projects, and planned and incurred investments, and proposed related initiatives in the pipeline

  • Evaluate other donors’ supports and interventions to the target country in terms of operational size, focus areas and effectiveness stocktaking past, on-going and planned projects and related initiative in ICT for education.

Stage 3: Recommend ADB’s interventions in ICT for education, and integrate them into overall ADB’s ICTD road pap paper covering other ICTD intervention areas for target DMCs.

  • Review country partnership strategies (CPS), country operations business plans (COBP) for target DMCs and map out strategic plans for ADB’s ICTD interventions in education sector. 

  • Identify/prioritize potential ICT for education projects and suggest ICT for education development road maps for target countries, based on the feasibility and potential impact of the recommended project (s) taking other donors’ programs into account.

  • Integrate ICT for education road maps into overall ICTD road maps covering other ICTD intervention areas in line with ADB’s corporate/ sector strategy documents including CPSs/COBPs for target countries.

Duration: 255 days

Deadline: 8 August 2013

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