United Nations Girls Education Initiative (UNGEI)Terms of ReferenceTitle of the Consultancy:
Development of Knowledge Management Strategy for United Nations GirlsEducation Initiative (UNGEI)
UNGEI, launched in 2000 at the World Education Forum under the leadership of UNICEF, plays asignificant role in keeping the spotlight on girls education. A decadal review of the initiativeindicates that UNGEI has emerged as an important platform, a partnership comprising of multilateraland bilateral development partners, international non-governmental organizations, inter-governmental organizations and the private sector partners, for the advancement of gender parityand equality in education. While the partnership has evolved differently across the globe in the pastdecade, three strategies remain central to its work, namely: technical support and capacitydevelopment, policy dialogue and advocacy, and co-ordination and alignment with extant aidarchitecture.During the Global Advisory Committee (GAC) business meeting of the UNGEI in Dakar in May 2010,there was considerable debate on the need for knowledge management and learning for improvedresponsiveness, strengthening UNGEI partnership, and policy influence. Subsequently, a workinggroup Knowledge Management Working Group (KMWG) under the leadership of CISCO wascreated.Considering that knowledge management is a technical area with its own set of skills and expertise,UNGEI Secretariat is looking at hiring the services of a short-term consultant to support them tobetter assess and understand the key knowledge management issues and needs of UNGEI at theglobal level and help develop a feasible strategy to address the emerging needs of the partnership,including identification of new opportunities.
ajor Duties and Responsibilities:
The consultant, in dialogue with the KMWG and UNGEI Secretariat, will be responsible forproposingand developing an overall knowledge management strategy for UNGEI, including budget andtimeline for implementation. The strategy should be based on the following related activities:
eview the current knowledge generation and management practices within UNGEI to identifygood practices as well as bottlenecks, gaps and duplications;
Conduct a rapid audience analysis, to identify the knowledge needs of the different targetaudiences of UNGEI at the country, regional, and global level;
Undertake a mapping exercise of existing communities of practice/networks, websites and otheron-line resources dealing with education and gender-related activities and define how these cansupport the knowledge sharing and learning strategyof UNGEI;
Suggest a systematic method for/tools to capture emerging knowledge in the context of thedifferent activities implemented under UNGEI;
ecommend strategies for building KM capacity among UNGEI partners;
repare a budget and time-line to accompany the implementation strategy.