UNESCO Bangkok is inviting proposals for Regional Research on Climate Change Displacement and the Right to Education.
About the Organization
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations (UN) based in Paris. They declared purpose is to contribute to promoting international collaboration in education, sciences, and culture in order to increase universal respect for justice, the rule of law, and human rights along with fundamental freedom proclaimed in the United Nations Charter.
About the Call for Proposals
Under the overall authority of the Director of the UNESCO Asia and Pacific Regional Bureau for Education (UNESCO Bangkok), and the supervision of the Chief of Section for Inclusive Quality Education (IQE), the consultant will undertake the regional research study, including four in-depth case studies from the Asia-Pacific region (India, Indonesia, Tuvalu, and Viet Nam) and a regional synthesis report.
The core responsibilities of the consultant include to:
- Undertake research of the four countries in the Asia-Pacific region identified by UNESCO (India, Indonesia, Tuvalu and Viet Nam), and develop four country case study reports.
- Produce a regional synthesis report, based on the four country case studies, and one country case study on Bangladesh
- Participate in regular interactive meetings organized by UNESCO to monitor the progress based on an agreed timeframe, identify jointly with UNESCO pending issues, and provide updates on the assigned deliverables.
The main objectives/aims are to:
- Identify the characteristics and profiles of climate displaced persons;
- Identify barriers or, if they exist advantages, to education for climate displaced persons;
- Investigate whether national policies, strategies, actions, or measures already exist for climate displaced persons in the field of education;
- Develop policy recommendations to enhance the quality and inclusiveness of national education systems and to optimize education opportunities for climate displaced persons.
- The researcher should devise the research methodology to undertake the case studies on climate-change displacement and right to education prepared by UNESCO HQs, and regional synthesis in order to:
- Present a diverse range of displacement scenarios, including internal displacement, international migration, displacement due to slow-onset or rapid onset weather events, permanent and temporary displacement, communities in the process of planned relocation, and trapped populations;
- Consider education from a holistic, lifelong perspective, including at the early childhood stage;
- Draw conclusions about the impact that climate displacement may be having on education;
- Draft of a regional synthesis report, which to draw a conclusion from case studies and, from the conclusions, provide concrete and practical policy recommendations that the Member States could implement;
- Analyze regional trends, sub-regional differences, and suggest feasible measures for regional coordination following the analysis of the results.
The consultancy is open to suitably qualified institutions/organizations.
- An officially registered entity with valid registration.
- Relevant experience in the themes such as the right to education, migration, climate change, disaster risk reduction.
- A strong network of partners in the above-mentioned areas, especially in the Asia-Pacific region.
- Publications or co-authorship of knowledge products.
Qualifications of Senior Expert/ Team Leader
- Advanced academic degree in the above-mentioned related field (preferably education; human rights; international development; sociology, etc.).
- Proven experience in designing research methodology and tools, and synthesizing material of a technical or scientific nature.
- Excellent skills on writing for academic publications and other professional written work, including for a general audience.
Qualifications of Team Member
- Minimum Bachelor’s degree in the above-mentioned related fields.
- Strong skills in research methods for qualitative and quantitative data and data analysis.
- Excellent analytical, writing, and communication skills in the English language.
Desirable for Institutions and Individuals
- Familiarity with key concepts and topics in quality inclusive education (notably, gender equality, preventing stigma and discrimination/ supporting inclusion and diversity.
- Previous experience working with the UN/multilateral/bilateral institutions.
- Competency in languages (other than English) in the Asia and Pacific region.
- Previous work experience in Asia and the Pacific and an understanding of the social and political sensitivities.
Interested institutions, which meet the above-required qualifications are invited to submit a short written
- A letter of intent,
- Technical proposal, and
- Financial proposal
Expressions of interest should be submitted no later than 12 April 2021, midnight Bangkok time (GMT +7:00) to
the attention of:
Chief, IQE Section
UNESCO Bangkok Office
Subject line: Regional Research on Climate Change Displacement and its Impact on the Right to Education
Note: Please find the detailed official information regarding the Call for Proposals, research work, eligibility, application & evaluation process, etc. in the official notification. The link is given at the end of this post.
Questions about the assignment can also be directed to Sayaka Tsutsui iqe.bgk[at]unesco.org (UNESCO Bangkok).
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