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Date Posted: 27/Jul/2017
Deadline: 04/Aug/2017

Mercy Corps is a leading global organization powered by the belief that a better world is possible. In disaster, in hardship, in more than 40 countries around the world, we collaborate to put bold solutions into action - helping people triumph over adversity and build stronger communities from within, now and for the future. In Nigeria, Mercy Corps operates in over 13 states focusing on key thematic areas of humanitarian response, conflict mitigation and adolescent girls’ empowerment.

ENGINE Curriculum Review Consultant

Abuja

Job Description

  • Mercy Corps Nigeria through her Educating Nigerian Girls in New Enterprises (ENGINE) II programme is seeking to engage the services of an Independent Consultant, organisation or institution to conduct an in-depth review and analysis of existing curricula and learning tools on literacy, numeracy, financial education and life skills focused on improving knowledge of sexual and reproductive health to In-School and Out-of-School adolescents girls and young women.

Overview of the ENGINE Programme

  • The Educating Nigerian Girls in New Enterprises (ENGINE) programme is funded through the Girls Education Challenge (GEC) of the Department for International Development (DFID) and implemented in Kano, Kaduna, FCT and Lagos. ENGINE II is in its transition (second) phase and will run through March 2020. ENGINE II will work to transform the future of over 21,000 marginalised girls who are aged between 17 and 23 years old by fulfilling their potential in education and work.
  • This marginalised girls are classified into In School Girls (ISG) cascaded into different grades and Out of School Girls (OSG) divided into girls dropped out of school, never been to school, and willing to go back to school.
  • They will be provided with intervention centred on literacy, numeracy, life skills focussed on improving knowledge on sexual and reproductive health and financial literacy.
  • ENGINE will work with various stakeholders and project units to implement linkages for beneficiaries to economic/financial opportunities for business expansion, linkages to scholarship and second chance education opportunities for academic progress and internship/work opportunities and mentorship for sustainable success.
  • The programme is to be implemented by a consortium which includes Mercy Corps lead implementer, an external evaluator, Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), private and public sector organisations.

The project has three major outcomes which are:

  • Improve learning outcomes (literacy, numeracy, financial literacy and life skills),
  • Support girls to transition through key stages of education, training and employment,
  • Ensure sustainability of changes that are in line with learning and transition.
  • ENGINE II is a follow-on to ENGINE I, which was implemented by Mercy Corps (managing partner) in three states of Kano, Kaduna and Lagos and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). The project targeted 18,000 marginalised (in and out of school) girls aged 16 to 19 years old but reached over 21,000.
  • The project improved learning outcomes and economic assets for girls while influencing gatekeepers to create enabling environments for girls to thrive.

Project Target Groups / Beneficiaries

  • Adolescent girls/young women aged 17 and 23 years who are marginalised or most vulnerable due to factors such as early marriage, child pregnancy, school drop-out, disabilities and illness or death of parent/spouse. Marginalisation criteria for eligibility into the ENGINE programme are elucidated as adolescent girls who are:
    • Married by or before 18
    • Pregnant or had a child or children before age 18
    • Divorced, widowed, or have a form of disability
    • Orphaned or come from a single headed house hold, and
    • From household with a sick parent or husband
    • These adolescents are faced with barriers and lack access to services and resources that will support them to thrive. ENGINE I supported over 21,000 marginalised girls and engaged with gatekeepers, community leaders, government actors, private sector service providers and schools to replicate the safe space model and ensure sustainability of the project. ENGINE II will continue to work with the 21,000 marginalised girls engaged on ENGINE I and partner with stakeholders/influencers to create an enabling environment in programme schools, communities and across the nation at large. ENGINE will engage trained Safe Space mentors, religious and traditional leaders, schools/community leaders, government actors and service providers to deliver tailored intervention to girls.

Objectives of consultancy assignment:

  • From MC ENGINE’s monitoring and evaluation findings, a deeper intervention was seen as expedient and pragmatic to improve the beneficiaries’ literacy and numeracy skills. The evaluation findings further suggested the need to provide specific intervention on sexual and reproductive health (early marriage, unwanted pregnancy etc) acting as strong barriers to girl education and empowerment. These girls already have the basic foundational knowledge on financial literacy, however a review of the curriculum from the perspective of successful stories extracted from the national and international levels will provide an accompanying strategy that will further improve on it.
  • The intervention will be centered on basic literacy and numeracy skills, cascaded into different grades such as Junior Secondary School 3, Senior Secondary School 1-3 while the OSG are divided into dropped out, never been to school, and willing to go back to schools.

It is on this premise that this consultancy seek to conduct an in-depth review and analysis of available resources used in teaching literacy and numeracy to adolescent girls. The specific objectives include:

  • Desk review of key documents including project documents, similar curricula that have been developed by various agencies, institutions and organizations working with marginalized adolescents. The curricula for review should include: a) Functional literacy and numeracy for both In-School and Out-of-School Girls b) Financial education c) Life Skills (including Reproductive Health and Gender themes).
  • Review and develop a comprehensive analysis of all available curricula and learning tools including REFLECT guideline, COMPASS manual, International Labour Organization (ILO) training curriculum, UNICEF literacy curriculum, UNESCO learning tools, Agency for Mass Education adult literacy curriculum, Discovery Learning Alliance curriculum/tools and other relevant curricula/tools from both public and private sector organizations/institutions.
  • Review existing curriculum paying attention to the target population of marginalized adolescent girls and young women i.e. age appropriateness and sex
  • Produce a comprehensive report and analysis of reviews conducted
  • Present analysis to Mercy Corps ENGINE management team
  • Incorporate feedback into report and analysis
  • Submit three (3) printed and bound copies of the report

Specific Tasks to be done by the Consultant
The assignment will include undertaking the following key tasks:

  • With support from MC, review relevant curricula that exist. MC will provide the relevant curricula for review. However, the consultant will also review other documents developed by various agencies, institutions and organizations working with marginalized adolescents that are relevant to this assignment in the form of literacy, numeracy, financial education and basic foundational life skills focused on improving knowledge on sexual and reproductive health.
  • Analyze existing curricula developed in the states of Lagos, Kaduna, Kano, and the Federal Capital Territory to determine their gender and age appropriateness and effect on the target beneficiaries
  • Review methodology and learning tools used to deploy these curricula (e.g. videos, picture codes, games and short fun activities, discussions and stories).
  • Develop a report highlighting comparative advantage of each of the curricula review
  • Make recommendation on the preferred curricula for ENGINE II based on expert judgement
  • Submit a comprehensive report of process and outcome of the review

Deliverables:

  • A Detailed report highlighting the review process
  • Copies of the curricula reviewed
  • Recommended curricula and tools

Timing:

  • The assignment is planned to take place in July and August 2017.
  • The consultant will propose an outline timeframe and indicative budget (in Nigerian currency) in response to this TOR.
  • However, it is anticipated that the total number of days work for this consultancy from the point of desk review will be 45 days inclusive of all work and outputs.

Payment and payment schedule
The consultant fees’ shall be made in two phases according to the following schedule:

  • The first payment of 20% advance of the total agreed contractual amount will be made immediately after the signing of the contract agreement and submission of the work plan for the curricula review.
  • The final payment of 80% of the total contractual amount shall be effected to the consultant upon the submission of the final product, incorporating all the necessary reviews as deliberated and agreed upon with Mercy Corps.
  • The Consultant will have to pay all the legal taxes according to the Nigeria tax laws.

Minimum Criteria for Submission of Proposal
All interested persons are required to meet the following minimum requirements in order to qualify for submission of their proposal:

  • At least a Master's Degree in Education or any related field in Social Sciences. A PHD preferred.
  • Demonstrated track record of no less than six (6) years of experience executing similar curriculum development and review assignments within Nigeria
  • Verifiable similar projects executed in the past based on this assignment;
  • Previous experience on curriculum review and development;
  • Expertise in working with very young adolescents, with focus on girls’ education;
  • Good knowledge on accelerated education and learning in Nigeria including diversity issues of North and South;
  • High level of experience in curriculum review especially amongst adolescents both in and out of school;
  • Demonstrated understanding of transferable/life skills education and financial literacy;
  • Excellent writing, analytical, and presentation skills in English required, including report development and editing. Additional excellent Hausa language skills will be an advantage;
  • Good interpersonal, administrative and management skills;
  • Excellent reporting writing skills (with evidence of reports written in the past);
  • Pay attention to details;
  • Must be gender sensitive;
  • Proven practical knowledge of relevant legal instruments and policies on children’s issues;
  • Excellent understanding of the education sector including formal and informal;
  • Acceptance of Mercy Corps payment terms
  • Must be a registered company with proof attached (CAC, FIRS Tax Clearance Certificate)

Call for Proposals
Mercy Corps invites applications from eligible and qualified individuals or organizations to undertake the work specified in this TOR. Interested parties should submit to Mercy Corps the following:

  • A technical proposal responding to the TOR, with specific focus on addressing the Scope of Work, timeline and methodology to be used;
  • An initial work plan based on methodology outlined, and confirming availability of the applicant;
  • Company or organization profile (where applicable) and CVs of independent consultant(s) who will deliver the work;
  • A minimum of 3 references (organization or individual consultant as appropriate);
  • Sample of relevant work produced by Consultant / Company within the last 3 years. Applicants who do not submit sample reports will not be considered;
  • Financial proposal or budget breakdown based on expected daily rates and initial work plan.

 

 

Gender& Protection, Senior Program Officer

Duty Station: Biu, Borno State.

Program / Department Summary
Mercy Corps Nigeria’s humanitarian program aims to provide assistance to populations affected by the crisis in Northeast Nigeria. With funding from humanitarian donors including OFDA, FFP, EU, and ECHO the humanitarian programs engage in several interventions including but not limited to food assistance, non-food items, protection, livelihoods, WASH and capacity building of humanitarian response actors. Mercy Corps is scaling-up and expanding its humanitarian response in Northeast Nigeria to reach more beneficiaries with additional assistance in a wider geographic area.

GENERAL POSITION SUMMARY:

  • The Gender and Protection Senior Program Officer is responsible for the day-to-day implementation of Protection sector activities including the mobilization of women’s groups, training on topics such as psychological first aid, and sexual and gender based violence (SGBV), and the validation of referral pathways in three (2) states in Northeast Nigeria (Gombe and Borno).
  •  The Senior Program Officer will also advise other sector teams on gender and protection mainstreaming and best practices.
  • The Gender and Protection Senior Program Officer will work closely with the Team Leader, Head of Office, and support staff (including finance, operations, and administration) to ensure that activities are implemented according to schedule, budget and required quality.
  •  The position includes the daily management of program staff. The Gender and Protection Senior Program Officer reports directly to the Team Leader and will work closely with the I-SING Programme Manager.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

Strategy and Vision

  • Recognize opportunities to evolve the current humanitarian portfolio into a more effective and impactful portfolio addressing the changing needs of conflict-affected populations.
  • Contribute to country-wide strategy development.

Representation and Coordination

  •  Identify, build and manage collaborative partnerships with communities, local authorities and other stakeholders.
  • Ensure effective coordination with relevant working groups, UN, ICRC and colleagues I/NGO agencies.

Program Management

  •  Oversee the implementation of protection sector activities and administration of the teams across three field locations;
  • Develop activity work plans and manage day-to-day activity implementation;
  • Ensure that program implementation is responsive to community needs, meets targets, and is carried out in line with best practices;
  •  Ensure that beneficiaries are effectively targeted according to vulnerability criteria;
  • Establish and maintain effective program reporting, and monitoring and evaluation systems (to track, analyze and report on results) for both internal and external use;
  •  Integrate community approaches, gender sensitivity and capacity building into all activities as appropriate;
  •  Ensure program filing system is in place, adheres to internal and donor regulation and filing is regularly maintained;
  •  Adhere to all MC policies related to security, operations and transport/ logistics information related to programming.

Team Management

  •  Supervise, hire and orient team members, as necessary;
  •  Create and sustain a work environment of mutual respect where team members strive to achieve excellence;
  •  Promote accountability, communicate expectations and provide constructive feedback via regular performance reviews;
  •  Provide team members with information, tools and other resources to improve performance and reach objectives;
  • Contribute to country team-building efforts, help team members identify problem solving options and ensure the integration of all team members into relevant decision-making processes.
  • Identify any gaps or capacity needs within the team and ensure training and capacity building is incorporated into program planning.

Finance & Compliance Management

  • Ensure compliance with all donor and Mercy Corps regulations;
  •  Proactively follow-up on reconciliation of cash transfer activities related to livelihoods;
  •  Oversee the livelihood sector activity budgets and project monthly cash flow.

Security

  •  Ensure compliance with security procedures and policies as determined by country leadership;
  •  Proactively ensure that team members operate in a secure environment and are aware of policies.

Other

Conduct himself/herself both professionally and personally in such a manner as to bring credit to Mercy Corps and to not jeopardize its humanitarian mission.

 Other duties as assigned.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITY: Gender and Protection Officer

REPORTS DIRECTLY TO: Team Leader

WORKS DIRECTLY WITH: Operations Manager, MEL, Finance, Program and Operation team

KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:

  •  MA/MS/MBA in relevant field required.
  •  Minimum 4-5 years of experience working on the development, implementation, administration and compliance of a field-based international development or humanitarian program; specifically in economic recovery.
  •  Prior experience implementing livelihoods programs is essential, preferably in conflict settings.
  •  Experience working with multiple stakeholders to identify beneficiaries according to criteria required.
  • Experience with running assessments, monitoring and evaluation and other learning efforts required.
  •  Experience representing the organization and its interests to a diverse range of local and international government officials, local civil society organizations, other international organizations, the media and the public.
  • ·Commitment to renewing and maintaining knowledge of best practices
  • ·Demonstrated training and facilitation experience
  • ·Ability to work under pressure
  • Demonstrated strengths in analytical skills, monitoring and evaluation, and report writing
  • Strong interpersonal, intercultural and communication skills
  • Excellent oral and written skills and computer skills
  • Fluency in English; fluency in Hausa is required.

SUCCESS FACTORS:

  •  Must be able to work independently and show initiative. Strong leadership, communication, and management skills are essential.
  •  Understanding of humanitarian principles and their application to program implementation is required.
  •  Ability to supervise, mentor and coach a diverse team.
  •  Must be able to problem solve and multi-task on a range of administrative and programmatic issues.

 

 

Method of Application

Applicants should send their detailed Curriculum Vitae to: [email protected] with the subject line “ENGINE Curriculum Review Consultant”
Or
Submit hard copy in a sealed envelope, clearly stated “ENGINE Curriculum Review Consultant” to:
The Operations Manager,
Mercy Corps Nigeria, Abuja office, 
#3, Adeleye Close, 
Off Usman Sarki Crescent, 
Utako, 
Abuja, FCT. 


Note: Submissions after the deadline will not be considered.







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