Consultant – Early Childhood Development, Curriculum Development at World Health Organization

Application Ends: March 28, 2023
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Job Description

Purpose of consultancy

To contribute to the development of competency frameworks, curriculum development, design of virtual learning materials, and design of operational guidance on how to strengthen pre-service education for different workforce cadres, to support nurturing care for early childhood development.


  • Deliverable 1: Core content and common elements of available learning materials analyzed.
    Target date: 15 August 2023
    • Gather pre- and in-service training materials and audiovisual materials that are intended to build the capacity of the health workforce to promote nurturing care and analyze their content for core and common elements. 
  • Deliverable 2: Draft competency frameworks prepared, and country consultations held.
    Target date 31 October 2023
    • Organize consultation with governments, teaching institutions, and local actors to discuss the local needs for learning materials in selected countries.
    • Develop competency frameworks for different health workforce cadres defining core knowledge and skills to support nurturing care. 
  • Deliverable 3: Development of core content for inclusion in basic and continuing education in progress.
    Target date 31 December 2023
    • Design core content on nurturing care for early childhood development, for inclusion in basic and continuing education of the health work force.
    • Contribute to field testing of draft materials in selected countries. 

Qualifications, experience, skills and languages

Educational Qualifications:


  • Advanced degree in childhood development or child psychology, pedagogy, or education.  


  • Certificate in curriculum development or teaching and learning methodologies.



  • Over 10 years of relevant experience in the field of early childhood development.  
  • Experience in working with governments and stakeholders on capacity building of the early childhood workforce. 
  • Prior experience in developing or revising curricula for basic training institutions or higher education institutions. 


  • Prior experience of working with a UN or similar agency. 



  • Excellent knowledge of the science of ECD and its practical translation.
  • Excellent knowledge of education methodologies and skills transfer.
  • Excellent writing skills. 
  • Strong skills in the development or packaging of training materials. 
  • Good knowledge of virtual learning platforms and their requirements.