Consultancy for the Education for All Global Monitoring Report Editor

Consultancy contract
Request for written proposal
Reference: GMR 2015 – Editor
Date:  27 may 2014
Request to submit a written proposal for a work assignment with UNESCO

UNESCO is inviting written proposals from Individuals for the work assignment described in attachment A.

To enable you to prepare a proposal for this assignment, please find attached the following documents:

  • Terms of Reference (see attachment A);

Your written proposal should comprise:
a) A Technical Proposal consisting of
i.  an up to date curriculum vitae
ii.  an approach and methodology for the assignment, a workplan and comments on the Terms of Reference if any (in brief).
b) The amount to be charged for the assignment, which should be quoted in US dollars or in euros only. Please show any travel costs separately

Your proposal and any supporting documents must be in either English or French.

UNESCO places great emphasis on ensuring that the objectives of the work assignment, as described in the Terms of Reference, are met. Accordingly, in evaluating the proposals for the assignment, attention will focus
first and foremost on the technical elements. From those proposals deemed suitable in terms of the criteria in the

Terms of Reference, UNESCO shall select the proposal that offers the Organisation best value for money.

Your proposal should be submitted by e-mail no later than close of business (18:00) on Friday, 4 July 2014.  E-mail proposals should not exceed 5MB.

The e-mail should be addressed to Madeleine Barry:

Deadline: 4 July 2014

It is the individual’s responsibility to ensure that his/her proposal is received by the deadline.

Thank you for your interest in this UNESCO assignment; and we look forward to receiving your proposal.

Education for All Global Monitoring Report 2015


The 2015 Education for All Global Monitoring Report will review the impact of the EFA movement on progress towards its six goals since 2000, ensuring that that all children, young people and adults enjoy the right to an education that meets their basic learning needs. The Report will provide a global assessment of EFA achievements, paying particular attention to gaps, between those who benefitted and those who did not, from overall progress toward EFA goals. This assessment will provide lessons for the framing of education goals and strategies to be set after 2015.

The Report will assess whether progress in education accelerated in the years since the Dakar Framework for Action. The Report will pay particular attention to factors that influenced whether countries reached or missed these targets, and will also assess the extent to which progress within countries has been equally distributed by gender, wealth, ethnic group, whether they live in a rural or urban area, whether or not they have a disability, and other sources of inequality. This assessment will consider factors within the education sector itself, such as the availability and distribution of schools, qualified teachers and learning materials.  It will also consider factors outside education that have slowed progress towards EFA goals, such as child labour, early marriage, natural disasters and conflict.

The Report will look at the status of national policies in education at the time of the World Education Conference in Dakar, identify the key policy developments that have taken place with respect to the six EFA goals over the past 15 years, and assess what has brought about these changes. The Report will show the role of the EFA process, including its monitoring component, in communicating good practice and thus influencing policy debate.

Drawing on experience over the past 15 years, the Report will assess how the current policy environment will influence the development of a more ambitious agenda after 2015, paying particular attention to innovations in policies that could help accelerate progress towards a new set of goals. The analysis will be informed by an assessment of the new opportunities and challenges facing policy makers, whether poor or rich, including the rapid change in information and communication technologies that are transforming the education landscape, or increasing concern for environmental sustainability that has implications for what is taught in schools.


The work of the Editor has two main objectives with respect to the Report and related outputs (summary, regional factsheets, policy papers and blogs):

1. Adapt the draft text of the Report and related outputs to ensure that their key messages are drawn and made clear for its wide, diverse and often non-technical readership.

The draft text of the Report is authored by the research team and is occasionally overtly technical. The editor will need to revise parts of the report accordingly in order to make it more accessible to its readers, which include decision-makers: ministers, policy-makers, parliamentarians and planners.

2. Carry out standard editorial tasks in the English versions of the Report and related outputs:

For a detailed list of the Terms of Reference please see Attachment 1.

This work will involve close collaboration with the researchers and the communications specialist during the drafting process. During the final editing of the Report, the editor will work closely with the Director of the GMR, in close liaison with the production coordinator and the copy-editors.

The selected applicant will need to work in an accurate and timely fashion, be used to tight deadlines and be responsive and constructive.

A minimum of 7 years of relevant professional experience is required. Experience of education or development editing would be an advantage.

The Editor’s tasks consist of editing the report and all other material produced by the team, including the Report’s summary, the Regional Fact sheet, and the policy papers. The estimated word counts below are based on the 2013/4 Report and are to be considered as a rough estimate for the 2015 Report.

- Edit the Report in order to make it accessible to a wide audience (approx. 120,000 words)
- Edit the Summary Report (approx. 25,000 words)
- Edit 5 Policy Papers (approx. 3,200 words each)
- Edit 4 Regional Factsheets (approx. 6,500 words each)

The editing of the report and materials will take place between September 2014 and April 2015.

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