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Youth/Education Needs Assessment Consultant At Relief International

Date Posted: 10/Jul/2019
Deadline: 09/Aug/2019

Relief International is a leading nonprofit organization working in 16 countries to relieve poverty, ensure well-being and advance dignity. We specialize in fragile settings, responding to natural disasters, humanitarian crises and chronic poverty.

Relief International combines humanitarian and development approaches to provide immediate services while laying the groundwork for long-term impact. Our signature approach — which we call the RI Way—emphasizes local participation, an integration of services, strategic partnerships and a focus on civic skills. In this way, we empower communities to find, design and implement the solutions that work best for them.

Youth/Education Needs Assessment Consultant

Duration: 1 month
Reports to: Regional Programs Director, Africa 

Overview

  • The purpose of this consultancy is to lead the design, implementation, and analysis of a Youth/Education needs assessment in 3-4 selected areas of Borno State, Nigeria.
  • The assessment will examine a range of issues affecting children and youth in selected areas, with an emphasis on education.
  • The consultant will design and conduct a mixed-methods assessment using the objectives/assessment questions described in the scope of work below (to be finalized with the selected consultant).
  • The assessment consultant will conduct a desk review, develop appropriate primary data collection tools with appropriate study design, sample size determination and sampling technique.

Scope of Work
Objective 1: To understand the socio-economic characteristics of targeted areas.

Questions:

  • What are the basic demographics of the population in the targeted area including household composition?
  • What are the main existing household and community assets and resources?
  • What are the existing local systems (focused on education system mapping at a state and LGA/ward-level) and structures in targeted areas?
  • How do gender, cultural and socio-economic characteristics and norms at household and community level affect attitudes towards education and access to education in the selected areas?

Objective 2: To understand education and related needs of school-age children (in school and out of school, in particular girls) in targeted areas.

Questions:

  • What are the main barriers affecting education access (in school and out of school), quality/relevance (content ad methodology) and community engagement (governance and decision-making, participation and support and community attitudes) in the selected locations?
  • What strategies can be employed to overcome the barriers to accessing education for girls and boys?
  • What are the formal and non-formal education opportunities available, including for out-of-school children?
  • What strategies can be employed to increase community awareness on the importance of education?
  • What psychosocial/child well-being issues or barriers are preventing effective learning?

Objective 3: To identify most effective activities, approaches, and delivery mechanisms to meet the needs of in and out of school children in targeted areas.

Questions:

  • What approaches by existing partners have been effective and how can they be complemented?
  • How can youth and education actors increase capacity of the education system (including in DRR) given the current capacity, infrastructure and human resource limitations?
  • What opportunities exist for youth and education programming within the context of the humanitarian-development nexus?

Objective 4: To identify opportunities for vocational education and youth employment in Maiduguri

  • What vocational education and livelihood opportunities exist for youth?
  • What are the existing assets (natural, human, physical, social and financial) of conflict-affected youth?
  • What is the operational environment for existing youth entrepreneurs? (market dynamics, regulations, services/programs that influence success)

Deliverables

  • Inception report outlining final assessment plan (in coordination with RSO and PD staff) and data collection tools
  • Draft assessment report including all qualitative and quantitative data
  • Final assessment report incorporating comments from RI
  • Proposed results framework for a program strategy leading to improved educational outcomes for children and youth in the assessed/targeted areas.

Qualifications and Requirements

  • Extensive experience (over 7 years) in education and/or youth programming.
  • Previous experience in Nigeria highly desired.
  • Education: Master's in education or related field required, at a minimum.
  • Experience with mixed methods assessment/survey design, data collection and analysis.
  • Experience with managing and working with local partners.
  • Excellent organizational and coordination skills.
  • Strong report writing skills and experience.
  • Excellent English language skills.

Timeline
The consultancy will last for 30 days. A sample timeline is included below, to be finalized with the selected consultant.

  • Desk review: 2 days
  • Inception report w/ draft tools: 2 days
  • Incorporate feedback: 1 day
  • Travel to Abuja: 2 days
  • Travel to Maiduguri: 1 day
  • Meet key stakeholders: 3 days
  • Refine data collection tools: 2 days
  • Data collection sites 1-4: 10-12 days
  • Data analysis and interpretation workshop: 2 days
  • Report writing: 3 days

Method of Application

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