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The IIEP Advanced Training Progr


									International Institute for
    Educational Planning
                               Official Announcement

                              The IIEP Advanced
                              Training Programme
                              in Educational Planning
                              and Management
                              2007/2008 Session
                              (3 September 2007 - 30 May 2008)

                              Deadline for receipt of applications: 1st March 2007        International Institute for Educational Planning
                                                   Programme Dates
                                                   ·         In-country phase
                                                             [3-27 September 2007]

                                                   ·         Training phases at IIEP, Paris
                                                             [28 September 2007 to 30 May 2008]

I       Introduction
         Education is not just a human right. It is also vital for      education is planned and managed, learning is organized and
reducing poverty, promoting health, improving governance and            progress is monitored.
empowering people to make choices about their destinies. People
                                                                                  Through its annual Advanced Training Programme (ATP),
are at the centre of development, and education is crucial for
                                                                        IIEP trains educational planners and managers to analyze education
enhancing their capabilities, furthering equity and promoting
                                                                        systems, formulate policies, develop plans and programmes, and
social progress.
                                                                        manage and monitor their implementation.
         Over the last decades, formal education has been opened
                                                                                 The ATP started as a Certificate programme in 1965 and,
to a larger part of humanity. Yet, inequities among countries are
                                                                        following its success and considerable demands from Member
staggering – and they are growing. The forces that will impact
                                                                        States, the Institute introduced a Diploma in 1999. Since 00,
on education are daunting: changing demography, accelerating
                                                                        the IIEP Advanced Training Programme provides a Master’s degree
globalization, and the pace of knowledge growth which is
                                                                        option, open to those who obtain the required scores in the
becoming the world’s greatest force of social transformation.
          The crux of the problem is that different countries possess
widely different capacities to design and deliver the education                 The Advanced Training Programme can lead to:
needed to develop people’s talents. In 000, the World Education
Forum in Dakar and the United Nations Millennium Conference                · 	 a	Certificate	for	those	who	complete	all	the	phases	of	
                                                                               the	Programme;

pledged that no country able to produce a viable plan to educate
all its children shall fail from the lack of funds.                          	 a	Diploma	for	those	who	attain	the	required	level	both	
                                                                               in	the	course	work	and	the	research	paper;

       The mission of UNESCO’s International Institute for
Educational Planning is to increase the capacity of Member States            	 a	Master’s	degree	for	those	who	attain	the	required	level	
to draw up plans for their education systems and make them                     in	the	course	work	and	successfully	defend	a	Master’s	
work – to help strengthen the institutional framework by which                 thesis.	

II        The aims of the                                               IV       A unique programme
          Advanced Training                                                  ·
                                                                             	 A unique recruitment profile: Participants are	recruited from all

          Programme                                                            around the world	and represent a wide range of experience,
                                                                               thus allowing each other access to a wealth of empirical

          The Advanced Training Programme (ATP) has a unique
identity. It is based on wide experience in the training of education        	 A unique staff profile: Members of the teaching staff are
managers and expertise from numerous concrete operational                      professionals	 actively involved in	 mainstream research and
activities around the world. It is constantly updated with new inputs          operational activities.	 Authors of several publications, they
from research and case studies and hence remains in the forefront              have also contributed significantly to educational reforms and
of training programmes in educational planning and management.                 designing of educational programmes in different countries.
Pre-eminently responding to the needs of educational planners,
managers and trainers, the ATP aims at:                                      ·
                                                                             	 A unique academic identity: The programme is comparative
                                                                               and	 cross-disciplinary	 and draws on perspectives from

      	 reviewing theories and approaches in current educational
        planning and management;
                                                                               economics, education, demography, statistics, sociology,
                                                                               public administration and political science. It is theory-based

                                                                               and at the same time practical, drawing from lessons learned
      	 strengthening core competencies in sector diagnosis and                in different contexts and countries.

        policy formulation;

      	 developing skills for strategic management and leadership
        in education;
                                                                             	 A unique professional dimension. Designed for professionals,
                                                                               the ATP trains for	 informed decision-making	 and	 efficient
                                                                               implementation	of educational programmes and projects. It

      	 providing tools for building and using information systems
        for decision-making and educational policy analysis;
                                                                               focuses on relevance and applicability, as well as skills and
                                                                               practices that contribute to educational development in

      	 developing skills for monitoring and evaluating educational
        programmes and projects;
                                                                               participants’ home countries.

                                                                             	 A unique and bilingual learning environment: The teaching-

      	 developing competencies for undertaking educational
                                                                               learning activities include lectures, seminars, discussions,
                                                                               practical exercises, simulations, and individual and group

                                                                               work. The working methods call for the active involvement
      	 fostering comparative perspectives on education through                of all participants and their contributions to the teaching-
        course work, interaction with other trainees from different            learning process. This creates a rich, dynamic environment
        parts of the world, and study visits to two UNESCO Member              for learning that is enhanced by the simultaneous delivery of
        States.                                                                all courses in English and French through the collaboration of
                                                                               an expert team of interpreters, enabling knowledge sharing
                                                                               across Anglophone, Francophone and other cultures and
III       Professional content                                               ·   A unique research environment: Participants benefit from

          of the programme                                                       individually guided research work and have individual access
                                                                                 to frontline software and the Institute’s large database.
                                                                                 The IIEP also possesses a particularly rich Documentation
         The Advanced Training Programme addresses conditions
                                                                                 Resource Centre with over 0,000 publications and over
which affect the demand for and the supply of quality education,
                                                                                 500 specialized periodicals and journals entirely devoted to
such as technological progress, economic resources, organizational
                                                                                 educational planning, educational management and related
processes, demographic changes, shifting values, and conceptions
                                                                                 areas. Participants are also ensured free access to many other
of quality and relevance.
                                                                                 libraries and documentation centres in Paris.
        It emphasizes how decisions are made in different parts
of the education system, and the steps needed to implement
                                                                             	 A unique social organization: The intense, interpersonal
                                                                               interaction over a long period allows participants to develop
                                                                               their common identity and mandate. It results in their
        It underlines the importance of planning and management,               membership in	a global network of educational planners and
and conveys practical knowledge and skills. It also emphasizes                 managers. The Alumni network fosters exchanges between
theoretical understanding and attentiveness to the needs and                   this worldwide set of people whose common mission it is
processes of negotiating with different stakeholders.                          to lead the way to a better education.

    V          Programme structure and
           The ATP is a nine-month study programme and begins with a month-long in-country
    preparatory phase. Courses are intensive and modular, and their duration ranges from one to four
    weeks. The programme also includes two study visits, as well as a series of special seminars.

              The overall programme has been divided into phases which correspond to the essential
    logic of the programme organization: undertaking preparatory work to review basic skills, acquiring
    core competencies, and moving on to specialization and individual research work. The programme,
    subject	to	modifications, includes the following phases and components1:

        1      In-country Phase
              During this phase, participants undertake preparatory work prior to joining the programme
    in Paris. This work, based on self-teaching materials sent by the Institute, consists of:

        ·     reading documents on the Institute’s activities and its Advanced Training Programme;

        ·     reviewing knowledge of current trends and contexts of educational planning, as well as the
              basic concepts and techniques of quantitative analysis related to educational planning and

        ·     preparing a paper on the education system of the participant’s country;

        ·     defining an area in which the participant would like to work for his/her research paper and
              collecting the necessary data and documents.

        2      Core Courses Phase
            The overall objective of the Core Courses Phase is to help participants develop essential
    competencies in educational planning and management. This phase begins with an introductory
    course to strengthen participants’ understanding of theories and practices in the field of planning
    and management. Followed by an introduction to key-statistical skills, this phase then proposes
    in-depth courses on the process of educational planning and on policy alternatives and educational
    strategies. The phase also includes a course on research methodology.

        The	Core	Phase	comprises	the	following	5	courses:

              EPC 01
              EPC 0
                          Educational planning and management: contexts and approaches
                          Statistical tools for educational planning

              EPC 0
              EPC 0
                          Educational planning cycle
                          Educational strategies and policy options

        ·     EPC 05     Research methodology

        3      Specialization Phase
             Courses in this phase have been organized in the form of two ‘’streams‘’ and offer an option
    to participants to specialize either in Educational Planning and Analysis (Specialization Stream I)
    or in Educational Planning and Management (Specialization Stream II). The emphasis in each
    stream is not only on developing technical competencies but also on encouraging participants
    to undertake educational development initiatives in their own countries.

            The structure presented hereafter refers to the 006/07 session and may be subject to changes.

     Courses	offered	in	Stream	I	are	as	follows:
·   EPA 01   Educational management information systems

·   EPA 0   Projections and simulations: tools for policy dialogue
              and educational strategies
                                                                                During their stay at IIEP, participants are expected to attend
                                                                       the IIEP Strategic Seminars, which are given by leading academics

                                                                       and experts of international repute.
    EPA 0   School mapping and micro-planning

·   EPA 0   Quantitative methods for monitoring and evaluating
              the quality of education

    Courses	offered	in	Stream	II	are	as	follows:                       VII     Study visits
·   EPM 11 Organization and management of education systems:
            from basic to higher education
                                                                                Study visits are a basic component of the programme and
                                                                       are designed to familiarize participants with the economic, social

·   EPM 1 Management of teachers
                                                                       and political characteristics of a country and more particularly its

                                                                       education system and the functioning of its educational planning
    EPM 1 Education budgets                                          and administration at the central and regional levels. They give

·   EPM 1 Education sector support programmes and education
                                                                       participants an opportunity to visit different educational institutions
                                                                       and meet staff and other social actors involved in education and

    Additional	course	for	Master’s	candidates:                                 Preparatory lectures and discussions concerning the

·   EPR 01   Data analysis for decisions in educational planning
              and management
                                                                       country that will be visited, its regions and institutions and its
                                                                       education system precede each visit. These preparatory sessions are
                                                                       organized with the co-operation of national experts. The training
                                                                       programme includes two study visits: the first within France and
                                                                       a second in another UNESCO Member State.
    4    Research Paper / Master’s Thesis
        Participants preparing for the Diploma have to submit a
research paper on a subject of their choice and related to their
professional responsibilities. The paper should demonstrate a
capacity to identify a problem, analyze data and information, and
present arguments in a coherent fashion.
                                                                       VIII    Mode of evaluation
                                                                               The particpant's level of achievement is regulary assessed
        Participants wishing to obtain the Master’s degree have
                                                                       through various types of evaluation. Access to the Master's
to write a thesis. This thesis should demonstrate the participant’s
                                                                       degree is subject to the fulfillment of specific conditions and score
competence in understanding theories and analyzing issues as
                                                                       requirements. The evaluation criteria are clearly stipulated in the
well as his/her skills in interpreting data and information, and
                                                                       ATP evaluation rules and regulations.
using them for decision-making. Master's degree candidates	may	
be	required	to	extend	their	stay	in	Paris	until	the	end	of	June
to complete their thesis.

                                               IX       Conditions for admission
                                                       Admission to the ATP is open to all candidates who meet the requirements stated
                                               below. The number of places made available for the programme is limited to around 0.
                                               Applications are welcomed from candidates working in:

                                                   Ministries and government organizations in charge of education
                                                   Training and research institutes and university departments involved in educational
                                                   planning and management

                                               ·   NGO’s working in education

                                               ·   International and bilateral agencies.

                                                      Particular consideration will be given to applications received from female	
                                               candidates and candidates from the least developed countries.

                                                       Candidates have to be officially presented by their Ministry or the UNESCO
                                               National Commission. Their current employer must sign the official statement in the
                                               application form and undertake to allow the candidates to resume the same, or a similar,
                                               post on completion of their training at IIEP.

                                                    ·	 Age:	Candidates should be between 30 and 45 years of age.

                                                    ·	 Professional	experience:	Candidates should have a minimum of 3 years’ work
                                                       experience in a post of responsibility (at the central or regional level) in the field of
                                                       planning and management of education.

                                                    ·	 Academic	qualification:	Candidates should hold at least a B.A., B.Sc. or an equivalent
                                                       degree preferably in a field related to educational planning and management.

                                                    ·	 Language	proficiency:	Candidates should be proficient (read, write and speak
                                                       fluently) in English or French. Candidates whose mother tongue or working language
                                                       is neither English nor French must provide a certificate of proficiency in one of these

                                                    ·	 Letters	of	reference:	All applicants have to provide two	confidential letters of reference
                                                       from senior national or international professionals or university professors, familiar
                                                       with the candidate’s professional competence. At least one of these must come
                                                       from a senior official of the department where the candidate is working currently.
                                                       The letters should be sent either with the application or directly by the referee to
                                                       the Head of the IIEP Training and Education Programmes Unit.

X       Accommodation
        Although IIEP cannot provide accommodation for its participants, it assists them in
finding suitable lodgings, in either student hostels or small self-contained flats. Admitted
candidates are informed of the various possibilities and are encouraged to state their
preferences well in advance. Solutions are generally found to suit all needs.

XI      Selection procedures
        Application	forms	can	be	obtained	from	the	UNESCO	National	Commission	
in	the	applicant’s	home	country,	or	downloaded	from	the	IIEP	web	site	at: www.	Completed applications must reach the Institute	
not	later	than	1st	March	2007, accompanied by i) certified photocopies of diplomas
and certificates and ii) a statement on the steps taken to secure appropriate funding in
the event of admission to the programme.

         A Selection Committee reviews all applications for the programme. Candidates
are notified in writing, through the National Commission of their country, of the outcome
of their applications. Successful candidates must confirm their intention to attend the
programme, and inform the IIEP of the steps taken to secure a fellowship. They also have
to submit a medical report and a chest X-ray to IIEP for transmission to the UNESCO
Medical Service. Candidates	can	only	travel	to	Paris	once	their	medical	files	have	
been	cleared	by	the	UNESCO	Medical	Service.

                                             XII      Costs and fellowships
                                                      The IIEP covers the major part of the cost of the programme, in particular all costs
                                             related to teaching, support staff and the facilities. However, candidates have to finance
                                             some programme support costs (€7000) as well as the total living expenses (estimated
                                             at €1000) and the return airfare. Details of the costs to be borne by the candidates
                                             are shown in the attached Financial Appendix. Candidates are encouraged to apply to
                                             appropriate institutions for fellowships or grants to cover these costs.

                                                      Candidates do not have to secure funding before applying, since the Selection
                                             Committee does not take this factor into account when processing recruitment files.
                                             In order to avoid delay,	candidates	are	strongly	advised	to	apply	for	a	fellowship to
                                             cover the costs of their participation as	soon	as	they	have	submitted	their	candidature	
                                             to	IIEP.

                                                     Admitted	candidates	will	only	be	allowed	to	attend	the	programme	if	they	
                                             hold	a	fellowship, or can transfer the required amount to cover participation and living
                                             costs to the IIEP before their arrival.

                            For further information please contact:

                         Training and Education Programmes Unit

         International Institute for Educational Planning (UNESCO)

                                        7-9 rue Eugène-Delacroix

                                                      75116 Paris


                                  Telephone: +-

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Official	application	forms	can	be	obtained	directly	from	IIEP,	
                  or	downloaded		from	the	IIEP	web	site	at:	

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