JOB POST: Inclusive Education Consultant Tibet Autonomous Region
Application deadline: July 4, 2008. Applications should be sent to email@example.com, NOT We Can Do.
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Inclusive Education Consultant – Tibet Autonomous Region
1. Background Information
Handicap International (HI) has been operating in the Tibet Autonomous Region since 2000, in cooperation with the Tibet Disabled Persons’ Federation (TDPF) at regional level and the Lhasa, Shigatse and Chamdo Disabled Persons’ Federation at prefecture level. Four different projects have been established in the fields of orthopaedics, physiotherapy, support to deaf people’s association and community-based rehabilitation services (CBR).
The present consultancy will contribute to the CBR project. This project started in 2001, focusing on children and young adults with disabilities under 21 years old in Lhasa Urban District. Eight rehabilitation workers were trained in basic physical rehabilitation and are now well experienced. They follow-up children with disabilities at home, teaching the families with basic rehabilitation, providing counselling, referring the children to appropriate rehabilitation and
medical care services.
School inclusion for children with disabilities remains a major difficulty in the region, even at the level of primary education. While the rehabilitation workers are also in charge of referring the children into mainstream schools, it is done on a case-by-case basis and there is neither close accompaniment of the children in those schools nor adaptation of the school environment and teaching methods within the classrooms.
During the last 2 years, the CBR project has changed its orientation to address other needs (e.g. access to leisure services) and get more participation and support from governmental bureaus and community members. It has also started acting in rural areas of Lhasa prefecture.
In addition to the rehabilitation workers, the current CBR team working on the project implementation includes an HI project manager, a physiotherapist (partner staff from the TDPF) acting as a team leader, and a representative of the partner at prefecture level (Lhasa Disabled
Persons’ Federation, Lhasa DPF) acting as a coordinator with the different governmental bureaus involved in the action. One person from the civil affairs bureau at County/Urban District level is also supporting the field coordination and monitoring process. When activities are related to education, the person in charge of the education sector at Lhasa DPF and a reference person from the research department of the relevant county/urban district education bureau also join the team.
In 2007, two primary pilot schools have been selected in Lhasa prefecture in collaboration with the regional and municipal education bureaus where to start inclusive education projects including building adaptation and development of child-to-child groups. One of the schools is located in Jia Er Duo, a rural village in Medrogonkha County, the other one being Zangre school in Lhasa Urban District. In September 2007, a seminar on inclusive education has been organized to present the basis of inclusive education concepts. Attendees were teachers from different primary schools as well as staff from education bureaus and Lhasa DPF.
2. Objective of the assignment
By the end of the assignment, the teachers of the two pilot schools will have gained the specific technical skills to better support and follow-up children with disabilities in their schools and start child-to-child support activities. The partners’ staff (Lhasa DPF representing the education sector, staff from research departments within education bureaus, civil affairs representatives, county education bureau representatives) will start monitoring efficiently the
implementation of the activities within the schools.
First phase: The first phase will focus on the following topics:
- Conduct an assessment of the current situation in the pilot schools in terms of existing facilities and resources to analyze their capacity for integration of children with disabilities
- Develop intervention and training strategies including monitoring and evaluation procedures in close collaboration with the partners. The intervention should consider the involvement of community members acting as volunteers within the school.
Second phase: The second phase will consist in trainings delivery. The trainees will be teachers and managers from the two pilot schools, staff from municipal education bureau, county/urban district education bureau, civil affairs, Lhasa DPF and TDPF. The reference team will consist in one person from Lhasa DPF in charge of education, one person from the research department of county/urban district education bureau, one rehabilitation worker in charge of supervising the social rehabilitation activities of the CBR project, one person from the county civil affairs and one person from each of the two pilot schools.
The trainings will cover, but will not be limited to, the following topics:
- Identification of children in the schools with learning difficulties
or in needs of a support
- How to assess that a child is ready to go to school
- Setting-up an individual curriculum for each of the child to be
followed-up (Individual Action Plan)
- How to organize, carry out and monitor child-to-child support
- Training for the teachers on how to organize and provide awareness on
disability for the students
- Training of the reference team on how to follow-up and monitor the
implementation (activities and needs analysis)
- Possibly, if there is no time constraint, training on special teaching skills: Braille, sign language and intellectual disability. This will be organized in collaboration with other organizations (Tibet Deaf Association, Braille without Borders, Lhasa Special Education
Third phase: The third phase will be organized as follows:
- Close follow-up of the implementation process with the trainees, implementation of corrective measures
- Provide refresher training for all the trainees and reference team.
The assignment is expected to be conducted from July 1st to November 30th 2008 as follows:
- First phase: 1 month
- Second phase: 2 months
- Third phase: 2 months
- Restitution on the mission with key stakeholders (1 day).
5. Expected outputs
- A first report containing an analysis of the situation and the description of the principles for the development of intervention and training strategies, monitoring and evaluation processes
- Training handouts for the education professionals
- Guidelines for the volunteers who can support inclusive activities within the schools
- End of mission report with recommendations
The reports be submitted in English; handouts and guidelines will be submitted in Chinese.
- University degree, preferably in the field of education or social sciences
- Experience in working with Chinese governmental departments
- Experience in working in rural and urban schools in China
- Good knowledge of existing education policies and strategies for children with disabilities in China
- Previous experience as a trainer in the field of education
- Computer literacy (Word, Excel, Power Point)
- Good English writing skills
- Chinese national.
7. Submission requests
Handicap International invites experts to express their interest through submission of a current CV and a cover letter in English addressing each of the following:
a. Availability for the period
b. Major experiences in the field of inclusive education
c. Relevant work experience in China from previous
d. Consultancy fee in RMB (rate per day) with a detail on what it covers.
Please send your application at the following E-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
For more details on the job content, please contact Ms. Kalsang Dickyi at 0891 68 37 899
Deadline for application: 4th July, 2008
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