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Research Assistant - Inclusive Education and access to EdTech in Mongolia

About GDI Hub

The Global Disability Innovation Hub (GDI Hub) is a research and practice centre driving disability innovation for a fairer world that has grown rapidly to now operate in 40+ countries with more than 70 partners. We are the WHO Global Collaborating Center on AT, based at UCL.

Our vision is of a world without barriers to participation and equitable opportunity for all. We believe disability innovation is part of a bigger movement for disability inclusion and social justice. More than a product, a service or policy, disability innovation is a way of thinking to address disability challenges by co-designing solutions and sharing knowledge. We are solutions-focused experts in, Assistive & Accessible Technology, Inclusive Design, Inclusive Education Technology, Climate & Crisis Resilience and Cultural Participation. We stimulate entrepreneurship by developing bold approaches, partnerships and ecosystems to accelerate change.

We work across 5 domains, disrupting current ideas and practice by bring together new partnerships to overcome the barriers that exclusion and poverty creates in relation to disability. This role will be the lead for the highlighted aim, more can be found in the Disability Innovation Strategy:

  • Research: creating new knowledge, solutions and products
  • Innovation: growing inclusive innovation ecosystems
  • Programmes: testing what works
  • Teaching: learning and sharing knowledge
  • Advocacy: evidence-based outreach

Based in East London and a legacy of the London 2012 Paralympic Games, we deliver world-class research, ideas and inventions, creating new knowledge, solutions and products, and shaping policy through co-creation, participation and collaboration. GDI Hub is composed of an Academic Research Centre (ARC) led by University College London (UCL) and a Community Interest Company (CIC) and is guided by an Advisory Board of disabled people. We currently have a diverse portfolio of work with a value of around £50million, are operational in 35 countries having reached 22 million people since we started counting in 2018.

GDI Hub values inclusion as a core business success factor. We actively seek to attract employees from diverse backgrounds and particularly welcome applications for this role from disabled people and people from all cultural and faith backgrounds. The role is offered on flexible terms, including location and hours of work (though right to work in the UK is required), and the accommodation of reasonable adjustments is business as usual for us.

Role Purpose

GDI Hub have been contracted by the Asian Development Bank to conduct a review of how Education Technology (EdTech) including information communication technologies (ICT) are being used for children with disabilities in Mongolia.

This work is taking place between June – December 2022, and will comprise the following elements/steps:

  • To gain a clear understanding of how ICT is being used to support the education of learners with different types of disability in different learning arrangements/settings.
  • To Identify examples of good practice and case studies of how ICT base solutions and practices have led to improved access learning and outcomes for learners with disabilities.
  • To provide a set of recommendations to strengthen supply and demand side interventions and innovations within the broader components of the accessible EdTech ecosystem. These will include ways to strengthen skills, policies and institutions, and content creation. These may include:
  1. Skills: User Level / Provider level / Developer/designer level
  2. Policies, regulations and institutions
  3. Accessible teaching and learning materials
  4. COVID-19 and Accessible Learning Solutions

Deliverables

  • Undertake in persons or online interviews with identified key stakeholders using agreed protocol (to a maximum 20 interviews)
  • Translate all interview transcripts from Mongolian to English language and upload to a secure platform as advised by lead researcher.
  • Summary of key points in one or two pages (maximum) in English language of each interview uploaded to secure platform as advised by lead researcher.
  • Invoice and timesheet for time conducting research. All PPE, transport, communication and admin/stationery/printing are included within the consultancy fee.

Detailed description of work

The Asian Development Bank and GDI Hub will make introductions and confirm willingness of participants to take part in the interviews and focus groups. GDI Hub will also be available to advise on research protocols and methodology including an initial training / induction.

Key activities for the Research Assistant include but are not limited to the following:

  • Finalise schedule for interviews with the agreed list of stakeholders;
  • Ensure informed consent is obtained and copies of all consent forms sent to research team using the agreed template with GDI Hub;
  • Gather attendance information related to participating in the interviews
  • Conduct interviews with agreed stakeholders;
  • Transcribe all interviews into English and upload to agreed secure platform as advised by lead researcher;
  • Summarise key points of each interview in one or two pages (maximum) in English and upload to secure platform as advised by lead researcher;
  • Share all information with GDI Hub Line Manager and then once confirmed and approved delete all information in line with data protection protocols;
  • Transcripts and summaries will be shared with GDI Hub on the schedule agreed for reporting with GDI Hub before 30th September 2022.

Communication

The Research Assistant will provide regular updates in line with the deliverables and activities above. In the case of any unforeseen issues that may disrupt the data collection or cause any risk to the Research Assistant, Participants, GDI Hub or Asian Development Bank the Research Assistant will inform GDI Hub immediately.

Responsible To

Maria Kett, Lead Expert in Inclusive Education

Position Type

Consultancy: A total of 10 days of work available

Day rate

£175 per day

Location

Mongolia

Application Procedure

To express interest in this opportunity please submit your CV and 300-word covering note here no later than midnight (GMT) on 31st July 2022. We have made every effort to make this process accessible, however if for any reason you find it is not, please let us know and we will make an adjustment. We will review candidates on a rolling basis and the vacancy may be filled before this deadline. We encourage early applications. Please be advised that only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

For an informal discussion about the role, please contact: Maria Kett at m.kett@ucl.ac.uk

Terms of Reference

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