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Expert/Drafter of Educational Policy Guidelines, “Turning words into action to address anti-Semitism” project

Company Name
ODIHR (view profile)
Location Warsaw, Poland
Date Posted March 15, 2017
Category Human Rights
Job Type Consultant
Duration 2 months
Closing date for applications 21/03/2017
Experience Required 5+ years

Description

Background

Following the 2004 Berlin Declaration the OSCE participating States committed to promote, as appropriate, educational programmes for combating anti-Semitism. In 2014 the Ministerial Council, in their Basel Declaration, went further by calling on participating States to promote educational programmes for combating anti-Semitism and provide young people with opportunities for human rights education, including on the subject of anti-Semitism. It also called on ODIHR to facilitate the exchange of best practices among participating States on educational initiatives and other measures to raise awareness of anti-Semitism and overcome challenges to Holocaust education.

From 2016 through 2018 ODIHR is implementing the “Turning words into action to address anti-Semitism” project, providing support to participating states to implement OSCE commitments in this regard, which encourages education on anti-Semitism that ensures a systematic approach, including curricula related to contemporary forms of anti-Semitism in participating States. Within the framework of this project ODIHR plans to develop education policy guidelines, which provide national policy-makers and practitioners with a basis for addressing anti-Semitism at the national level following a human rights approach. The guidelines are also expected to include possible strategies and practical steps for governments, which could be applied across the 57 OSCE participating States. This publication will complement ODIHR’s existing materials to promote tolerance, respect and mutual understanding and recognition of the human rights of individuals in all communities. The publication will be part of a new set of tools which is expected to give national education policy-makers and practitioners a common understanding of how to address anti-Semitism following a human rights approach to education.

As part of its preparations, ODIHR is exploring opportunities for partnership with other organizations, like UNESCO, building on existing collaboration that resulted in developing the Guidelines for Educators on Countering Intolerance and Discrimination against Muslims: Addressing Islamophobia through Education (http://www.osce.org/odihr/84495).

An Expert Group was established by the Words Into Action project in November 2016 to advise on the direction and content of the education policy guidelines, and help structure follow up in the form of developing curricula example(s) and teaching materials. The group agreed on the following goals for the policy guidelines:
• Assist governments to fulfil their responsibilities, provide new and innovative ways to do this
• Fill gaps
• Respond to the needs of governments
• Ensure security and respect of human rights laws and standards
• Promote democratic values, social integration, mutual respect and understanding

The Expert Group also agreed that the following principles should guide both development and content of the policy guidelines:
• Complementarity
• Inclusiveness
• Reflexive thinking
• Multi-perspectivity
• Mainstreaming into existing educational initiatives
• Respect for human rights
• Gender appropriateness
• Addressing complexity

ODIHR is now seeking the services of an experienced expert to draft the guidelines, taking account of all inputs from the consultation process with the Expert Group and OSCE participating States. This process is a crucial part of developing the guidelines and will underpin the expert’s work at every stage.

Objective

To draft policy guidelines for use by education authorities of OSCE participating states, containing approaches which can be taken at various levels to teach and enable learning about anti-Semitism in a way that addresses the issue and contributes to ending its negative effect in society.

Tasks:

• Briefing meeting at the Words Into Action offices in Warsaw in March/April 2017;
• Consider project and other research already done into existing national or regional action plans across the OSCE on education policy for tolerance, human rights and the Holocaust, including reports prepared by other international organisations or NGOs;
• Consult documentation and feedback from the ongoing consultative process, started in November 2016, to learn from relevant stakeholders at different levels of the educational system what their needs are and how ODIHR can best assist them in addressing anti-Semitism through education;
• Carry out further research into existing or draft education policy guidelines and national plans from 4-8 OSCE participating States, as well as informal evaluations of them, which can be used to guide the development of ODIHR’s document; the research into selected participating States must be geographically balanced across the OSCE area;
• Carry out individual consultations with each of the 10 members of the Expert Group (contact details to be provided by ODIHR), and up to 5 other relevant stakeholders, policy-makers or experts;
• Assess how gender can and should be mainstreamed and reflected in the policy guidelines;
• Identify and propose to ODIHR a set of criteria for best/good practice in educational policy to address anti-Semitism;
• Identify at least 10 national or regional level case studies of policy practices which have had positive effects for ending anti-Semitism;
• Draft policy guidelines according to the structure, sections and content agreed with ODIHR, taking account of OSCE policy, and ODIHR’s road-map, on gender-mainstreaming;
• Attend a second regional meeting, planned in Paris in June/July 2017, to take note of the views expressed, with a speaking/moderation role if agreed with ODIHR; the event should help identify gaps that still exist for teaching about anti-Semitism and human rights in the modern world and allow participants to brainstorm about different successful policy approaches and methodologies that ODIHR can offer to participating States’ governments and practitioners;
• Integrate findings from second consultative meeting into draft guidelines;
• Submit first draft to ODIHR and the Expert Group for review and integrate their feedback into the draft guidelines, as directed;
• Attend round-up event on education policy guideline in Warsaw in September /October 2017 to take note of reactions to the draft document;
• Discuss with ODIHR at a de-briefing immediately after the event how views expressed should be integrated into the draft guidelines;
• Recommend 5-10 national or regional level case studies for inclusion in the guidelines document, as examples;
• Prepare second draft, including cast studies, and submit it to ODIHR and the Expert Group for review and integrate their feedback into the second draft, as directed
• Finalise the draft education policy guidelines;
• Proofread the final version in English after editing.

Outputs

• Planned outline of the guidelines including a structure in sections and overview of the content of each section by April/May 2017;
• First draft of policy guidelines text by June 2017;
• Second draft of policy guidelines text by September 2017;
• Final draft of policy guidelines, 25 pages of text and up to 10 examples/case studies from OSCE participating States by end of October/November.

Possible chapters of the guidelines document include: definitions, conceptual approach, international normative instruments and policy, manifestations of intolerance and discrimination in schools and their impact, methodological principles for teaching about anti-Semitism, gender aspects, reaction and responses to discrimination, potential challenges, resources and information tools, approaches and methodology for measuring impact, educational networks, etc.

The guide must enable effective governmental responses that take a participatory approach, encourage critical thinking, accept that children are affected by the anti-Semitism they are exposed to, promote human rights and be holistic in nature. The policy approaches included in the guide must be measurable, and criteria and practical, cost-effective methodological approaches should be described to measure them.

The final draft of the guidelines must appropriately reflect and acknowledge: ODIHR’s mandate to work within the OSCE commitments and the international human-rights framework; the views of Jewish communities; gender considerations (different impact on men and women); OSCE quality standards.


Necessary Qualifications, Experience and Skills:

• University degree in human rights, education, sociology, law, history or other relevant subject;
• At least 6 years’ experience in education/academic policy design, practical experience of policy implementation within the educational system (at ministry and/or school level or NGO, academia);
• Knowledge of the variations in education policy and practice ideally across the OSCE area, e.g. within federal, devolved or centralized systems;
• Knowledge of the international human rights education framework;
• Familiarity with initiatives to address anti-Semitism through education, including teaching about anti-Semitism;
• Demonstrated understanding of the needs and views of Jewish (and other) communities in relation to education;
• Demonstrated gender awareness and sensitivity and an ability to integrate a gender perspective into policy-related research and drafting tasks;
• Strong research background;
• Fluency in English, proven experience of drafting reports and other documents in English;
• Strong drafting and editing skills and ability to work under tight deadlines.

Period of Assignment and Remuneration

The assignment is for 60 working days between 1 April and 30 November 2017.

Remuneration will depend on the selected consultant’s qualifications and experience and be in accordance with OSCE established rates.

Travel expenses for attendance at briefings and events will be covered by ODIHR according to OSCE travel policy.

How to Apply

If you wish to apply for this position, please use OSCE’s online application link found under http://www.osce.org/employment.


Please note that only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

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