Consultant ( Situational Assessment of Early Childhood Development in Five Regions of Ghana)

Consultancy Greater Accra Children Believe

Company Profile

For nearly 60 years, Christian Children’s Fund of Canada (CCFC) has worked globally to support children and youth who dream of a better world, serving the poor regardless of their faith, cultural, and ethnic background. We deliver our mandate by bringing together diverse people and building partnerships, driven by a common belief: education extends beyond the walls of a classroom and is the most powerful tool children can use to change their world. We focus on breaking barriers preventing access to inclusive, quality education for all, especially girls. 

Christian Children’s Fund of Canada, Ghana Country Office;
Christian Children’s Fund of Canada (CCFC), commenced work in Ghana in 1996 in Tamale in the Northern Region. We currently work in 9 districts of Northern and Upper East regions covering a total of 72 communities in partnership with local NGOs.

Our Vision, Mission and Values

  • Vision:  We dream of a world where every child has a voice and the ability to achieve their full potential. 
  • Mission: Christian Children’s Fund of Canada creates a future of hope for children, families, and communities by helping them develop the skills and resources to overcome poverty and injustice. 
  • Values: Across our work, we aim to uphold the values of results, respect, integrity, teamwork and excellence. 
  • Results: With a global perspective, we take strategic action to positively transform the lives of children, families and communities. 
  • Respect: We champion the rights, dignity and value of all people. We treat others as we want them to treat us. 
  • Integrity: We are honest and trustworthy in all our actions. Our actions are consistent with our vision and mission. 
  • Teamwork: We combine diverse expertise and personal initiative, creating a powerful synergy to accomplish our shared goals. 
  • Excellence: We continually innovate and challenge ourselves to achieve the highest-quality results.

Job Description

Terms of Reference for a Situational Assessment of Early Childhood Development in Five Regions of Ghana
 
 
1.0 INTRODUCTION
Children Believe (CB), formally Christian Children Fund of Canada is an International Non-governmental Organization incorporated in Ghana. CB works globally to empower children to dream fearlessly, stand up for what they believe in- and be heard. For 24 years, we have brought together brave dreamers, caring supporters and partners and unabashed Idealists in Ghana. Together, we are driven by a common belief: creating access to education-inside and outside of the classrooms-is the most powerful tool children can use to change their world. This belief we pursue by supporting thriving communities, advancing child rights and protection, promoting equality for girls and women, partnering with children and youth for change.
 
1.1 Background Information
Early childhood care and development is multisectoral and requires commitment of a wide-range of players for progress. Ghana has committed to several treaties and conventions and has made some strides in early childhood care and development over the years. To achieve the commitments of these international instruments, the country has developed a number of policies, frameworks and programs that directly or indirectly impact on the survival, growth and development of children. Key among these are the Early Childhood and Care Development (ECCD) Policy, 2004, Child and Family Welfare Policy, 2014,   Promotion and Extension of Pre- School Education, Early Learning Standards and Indicators for 4-5 years old – Ghana Education Service (2016) and  Early Childhood Care and Development Standards (0-3 years), 2018. 
 
Children Believe has been implementing its early childhood development program since 1996. In 2010, CB adpted the Learning Through Play (LTP) methodology to promote early childhood education education in its operational areas. The LTP intervention aimed at improving the health and wellbeing of young children (0-6 years) with the focus on the physical, intellectual, linguistic, and socio emotional development of children. Children Believe currently operates in three regions-Northern, Upper East and Savanna. 
 
This assessment will be  be conducted in five regions namely; Northern, North-East, Savanna, Upper East and Upper West. 
 
2.0 ASSESSMENT OBJECTIVES
 
2.1. Overall objective
The overall objective of this assessment is to conduct a situational analysis of Early Childhood Development Initiatives at family, community, district, regional and national level.
 
2.2. Specific objectives
Specifically, the assessment will: 
  • Evaluate the relevance, impact, effectiveness and sustainability of Children Believe’s initiatives on ECD/LTP.
  • Map out/idenfify ECD initiatives undertaken by other stakeholders.
  • Identify gaps and opportunities for ECD program improvement and policy influencing in Ghana.
3.0 KEY RESULTS STATEMENTS  
  1. Children have access to quality education, demonstrate  age-appropriate development and learning.
  2. Children have supportive home environment with adequate resources for stimulation.
  3. Children and families have access to quality programmes and services addressing health care and good nutrition. 
  4. Children’s rights are protected and upheld through the implementation of policies and programmes to support children and families.
4.0 CONSULTANTS’ MANDATES/TASKS
The assessment will be carried out by an independent Consultant based on the technical and financial proposal submitted.
 
The assignment of the Consultant will be as follows:
  • Present elaborate technical proposal, data collection tools and budget
  • Conduct data collection and analysis
  • Produce a professionally accepted assessment report
  • Produce a case-study that demonstrates in-depth impact and change through ECD 
  • Present the study report in validation workshops for key stakeholders   
5.0 RESOURCES PROVIDED TO THE CONSULTANT 
All project related materials including  Logic Model (LM), Reports and others will be made available to the Consultant.
 
7.0 TIMELINE
The Assessment will be conducted within the period January-February 2021. 
 
8.0 SUPERVISION
The assignment shall be coordinated at Children Believe by the Monitoring, Evaluation, Learning and Knowledge Sharing (MELKS) Officer and supervised by the Country Manager-Program.

Required Skills or Experience

6.0 EXPECTED QUALIFICATION AND EXPERIENCE
The assessment shall be carried out by an  Expert  in early childhood development with :
  • proven previous experience as Researcher in early childhood development
  • at least 5 years’ experience in conducting qualitative and quantitative studies and data analysis;
  • good knowledge of national and international policies and programs on ECD; 
  • Knowledge on Child protection and community development, 
  • Good mastery of computer tools and statistical software.

How To Apply

9.0 BID SUBMISSION
A complete set of bids shall consist of (1) Technical Proposal (2) Financial Proposal and (3) Curriculum Vitae. 
 
Bids must demonstrate sound understanding of the Terms of Reference and propose appropriate methodology.
 
Hard copies of proposals should be marked “ECD ASSESSMENT BID” and submitted to the address below no later than 5:00pm on Monday December 07, 2020. 
 
The Office Administrator
Children Believe, Ghana Country Office
Choggu Block VI, Behind IPA/Gariba Lodge
Naa Luro Estate
Tamale N/R Ghana

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