Note: This is a consultancy assignment.
In 2012, the Herzegovina-Neretva Canton Ministry of Education (HNC MoE), encouraged and supported by the Mission, initiated development of the Programme for Prevention and Combating of Juvenile Delinquency and Violence in Primary and Secondary Schools in HNC (the PoV Programme). By recognizing the problem of violence in schools, and dealing with it in this manner, the MoE made an important step in preventing and solving cases of violence through the unified, systemically introduced programme, obligatory for all schools, aimed toward ensuring safe, welcoming and inclusive school environments for all students. The PoV Programme has been implemented ever since, and the Mission has monitored its implementation in the schools through identification of priorities and process of creation and implementation of school development plans to promote more safe, welcoming and inclusive school environment.
In June 2020, the HNC MoE FP for PoV informed the Mission about the MoE’s plans for improvements of the cantonal PoV Programme and solving cases of violence in schools. Namely, the MoE has been part of the ProBuducnost/CRS project Mirovno obrazovanje, with the set of activities for secondary schools and related to prevention of conflict and peaceful conflict resolution. The MoE decided to use this opportunity to work towards improvements in the safe, welcoming and inclusive school environments, and subsequently improvements in current PoV Programme. It is envisioned that this will be done through development, implementation and reporting on the current state and attitudes towards school development planning and violence in HNC primary and secondary schools, including awareness on and presence of cyber bulling and violent extremism (VE). The report and recommendation would provide a baseline how students, teachers and parents perceive their participation in school life and to what extent are their schools inclusive, safe and welcoming. Additionally, the report would give recommendations how to increase awareness on P/VERLT, as well as recommendations for updating existing Programme for Prevention and Combating of Juvenile Delinquency and Violence in Primary and Secondary Schools in Herzegovina Neretva Canton.
The HNC MoE addressed the Mission as a long-standing partner with experience in development of safe, welcoming and inclusive schools, prevention of radicalisation and violent extremism included, to provide support for the research and the report, as a base for improvement of the current endeavours of education authorities in this regard.
Development of the research methodology, its implementation and production of the report how to improve of safe, welcoming and inclusive school environments in Herzegovina Neretva Canton schools through participatory school development planning and the respective research and Report, and consequent updating of the current Programme on prevention of violence and the respective Protocol.
Tasks and Responsibilities
Should you be selected for the position, you will report to the HDD Director through NPO, Education and at the second instance to the National Chief of Education.
As the expert/consultant, should you be selected for the position, you will perform the following duties:
1. Undertaking necessary preparations with the Mission and HNC MoE on research;
2. Designing the research methodology and questionnaires (including assessment of school development planning and prevention of violence in primary (grades 6-9) and secondary schools in Herzegovina-Neretva Canton. Questionnaires will also address assessment of awareness and presence of VE and cyber bulling.);
3. Presenting the research methodology to the Mission and HNC Ministry of Education soliciting comments and revising it based on inputs;
4. Conducting interviews with selected interviewees;
5. Analysing data from questionnaires, desk research on the existing documents and interviews;
6. Preparing the draft report along with recommendations that would also include assessment on school development planning and preventive activities countering cyber bulling and VE, and Protocol improvements in this regard;
7. Presenting the draft report with recommendations to the Mission and HNC MoE soliciting comments and revising it based on inputs;
8. Writing the report on the current state school development planning and prevention of violence in HNK schools, and the recommendations for the follow up activities;
9. Maintaining regular contact and consultations with the Mission and HNC MoE throughout the process.
- Minimum six years of working experience;
- Extensive knowledge and experience in the field of inclusive schools and prevention of violence and VE;
- Experience in development and implementation of research methodologies;
- Experience in writing reports based on conducted research;
- Ability to present and transfer knowledge to a range of interested actors;
- Ability to acknowledge and utilize different views and opinions and work as a team member.
- Understanding the context of the BiH environment and education system;
- Understanding the context of HNK is desirable;
- Good communication and inter-personal skills.
The Expert/Consultant will be paid a total of 7,600 BAM for their 19 days of engagement upon delivery of the requested services.
How To Apply
This position is open to citizens and permanent residents of Bosnia and Herzegovina only.
If you wish to apply for this position, please use the OSCE's online application link found under http://www.osce.org/employment. Please note that offline applications submitted via email, fax, or mail will not be considered.
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