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Curriculum Consultant For The Empowering Nigerian Girls In New Enterprises At Mercy Corps

Date Posted: 10/Sep/2013
Deadline: 30/Sep/2013

Project/Consultancy Title: Safe Space Curriculum Consultant for the Empowering Nigerian Girls in New Enterprises (ENGINE) program

Location: Abuja, Nigeria

Timeframe: 20 days in October and November 2013


Mercy Corps is the lead implementing partner for the Empowering Nigerian Girls in New Enterprises (ENGINE)program to reduce financial and education barriers for marginalized Nigerian adolescent girls ages 15 to 19. ENGINE will increase girls’ access to (1) financial education and leadership/transferable skills; (2) peer-to-peer networks and mentors; and (3) direct assets (materials and savings). ENGINE will integrate adolescent girls into value chains as well as conduct other market-driven employment opportunities. ENGINE will also work with girls in formal and informal education to increase their learning opportunities and outcomes to prepare them for future economic activities. ENGINE will be implemented in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Lagos, and Kano and Kaduna States. Mercy Corps serves as the managing partner to a large international company. This consultancy focuses on developing curriculum that sits alongside our existing academic and financial curriculum. The content should focus on leadership, transferable skills including entrepreneurship skills and topics such as gender-based violence.

Purpose / Project Description:

Mercy Corps understands that for marginalised girls to achieve economic success they require skills and knowledge, including financial and business training, followed by a clear path to gain, keep hold of, and make productive use of economic assets which will have a multiplier effect for economic growth, poverty reduction and a girl’s improved position within her family. ENGINE activities support three primary objectives:

  • Ensure marginalised in-school girls improve their learning outcomes in a supportive environment by participating in weekly Safe Space activities over a nine-month period where they receive academic tutoring as well as employment readiness skills including financial education and leadership skills.
  • Increase girls’ economic assets and their influence on household decision making through access to education, increased learning, and direct linkages to economic activities. ENGINE will enrol out-of-school marginalised girls into six-month education cycles to increase their business, leadership and entrepreneurship skills.
  • Work with gatekeepers to enable girls’ access to and involvement in learning and economic opportunities.These interventions are critical to ensure girls can engage, enrol, and stay in education and actively participate in income-generating activities to increase her standing in the household. Gatekeepers can include husbands, mothers, fathers, mothers-in-law, male relatives as well as faith and traditional leaders.

Mercy Corps will utilize a Safe Space model under ENGINE for both in school and out of school girls.

For in-school girls, Safe Spaces will be linked to Ministry of Education (MoE) junior and senior secondary schools and Islamiyya school curricula. Space Spaces will reinforce academic learning related to the MoE, teach financial education, and build leadership and transferable skills. They will provide a safe, supportive and discrimination-free learning environment. Safe Spaces will meet on average twice per week for approximately 2 hour sessions. Topics will be weighted with academic tutoring comprising 50% of each session followed by financial education (25%), and leadership and transferable skills (25%). Academic tutoring will be focused on key subjects where girls have the most difficulty with a concentration on literacy and numeracy skills. The financial education curriculum will be introduced to the concepts of assets, capital formation and wealth creation, and self-employment and wage employment. The transferable skills curriculum will support girls’ abilities to positively navigate life’s social, political, economic, and personal transitions.

Out of school girls will participate in Safe Spaces with the venues selected by the girls and the community members. Out of school girls will complete a six-month course that includes at least twice weekly sessions of approximately 4 to 6 hours total per week. Topics will be weighted based on the capacity of the girls as well as literacy and numeracy levels with business and entrepreneurial skills and financial education comprising 75% of the time followed by leadership and transferable skills[1] (25%).

Consultant Objectives:

The consultant will develop two sets of Safe Space curriculum and Training of Trainer curriculums for the ENGINE program that will complement the academic tutoring and financial education curriculum (to be designed by other partners). Curriculum for both in school and out of school girls will include gender-based violence concepts, such as ensuring safety and negotiation.

For in school girls, the consultant will adapt/design curriculum for the nine-month Safe Space cycles for 1-2 hours each week for leadership and transferable skills. For out of schools, the consultant will adapt/design curriculum for 2 hours of entrepreneurship and leadership skills training over 6-month cycles. All curriculums will fit the demands of the local market to ensure girls understand basic business practices and value chain relationships as they apply to their setting and their local opportunities. Content should advocate for the inclusion of marginalized girls and for girls to be active in non-traditional sectors at the household and community level and within Nigerian vocational and skills-based education.

The consultant will review and adapt curriculums from several sources including:

  • Coca-Cola’s 5by20 Shopkeeper Training and Resources (STAR) curriculum. This curriculum is divided into 13 moduls including the process of developing a business idea, marketing planning, managing business records, cash flow and capital requirements, stock management, and advanced budgeting and savings techniques.
  • ILO’s Gender and Entrepreneurship Together (GET) Ahead for Women in Enterprise.
  • Girl Hub Nigeria and Nike Girl Effect University Safe Space curriculum for older adolescent girls.
  • ENGINE partner organizations existing curricula targeting adolescent girls and other curriculums used in Nigeria by DfID and USAID implementers.
  • Population Council curriculums.
  • Mercy Corps internal curriculums for similar programs.

As part of the curriculum design process, consultant will be responsible for

  • Contextualizing key messages to make them relevant to current/immediate challenges in girls’ lives and future challenges they can prepare for ahead of time
  • Sequencing and phasing content to allow girls time to digest information and hear it repeated often before moving on;
  • Simplifying learning methods and methodology for peer mentors;
  • Adapt methodology and learning methods to age and preferences of target group (e.g. low literacy adolescents girls ages 15 to 19: games and short, fun activities, discussions and stories);
  • Implement and model Mercy Corps’ philosophy of social entrepreneurship and leverage Mercy Corps’ best practices.

Consultant Deliverables:

The Consultant will:

  • Develop two high-quality curriculums adapted to the context in Nigeria and specific to the ENGINE program (as detailed above). (15 days)
  • Lead a training of trainers course for Mercy Corps and implementing partners on the two curriculums in Abuja. (5 days)

Timeframe / Schedule:

Approximately 20 working days total

The Consultant will report to:

Mercy Corps Country Representative – Nigeria

The Contractor will work closely with:

ENGINE School to Work Advisor

Mercy Corps Adolescent Girl Advisor Nigeria

Desired Qualifications:

  • Master degree in international development, gender or related field.
  • At least 5 years international experience with curriculum development with a focus on gender or girl-specific curriculums and skills building curriculums for marginalized, low literacy populations.
  • Nigeria experience strongly preferred.
  • Demonstrated understanding of peer to peer education and transferable skills education.
  • Able to assess capacity development needs and design specific curriculum to address identified needs
  • Ability to anticipate future capacity development needs of Mercy Corps team members and provide curriculum/materials as needed.
  • Experienced trainer who can transmit skills to program staff and partners alike.
  • Experience in secondary education or school to work and especially targeting marginalized, low literacy girls or young women programs. Prefer expertise in at least one of the following areas: accelerated learning programs, leadership programs, Islamic and/or community-based education targeting community acceptance of girl’s education, increasing economic assets through savings clubs and links to financial institutions.
  • Experience with curriculum linked to private-sector led initiatives.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills in English required, including report development, writing and editing. Hausa language skills preferred.

To apply:

Please submit CV and cover letter addressing the key criteria above, mentioning your daily consultancy rate (excluding airfare, per diems, and accommodation costs) and availability to Michelle Lokot, Adolescent Girl Advisor, Strategy & Practice by 30 September 2013.

[1] This includes a combination of life skills and training on safety, negotiation, planning, time management, sexual and reproductive health and child marriage.

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