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Expression of Interest in Consultancy for Baseline Survey at Care

Posted by | 15/08/2019 | Funding Opportunities in Ghana 2020

Expression of Interest in Consultancy for Baseline Survey at Care

CARE International is one of the World’s leading humanitarian and development organizations. Founded in 1945, CARE has been fighting global poverty and defending the dignity of people around the world, working in over 90 countries around the globe.

CARE started operations in Ghana in 1994 and have for the past 23 years, has partnered government agencies, multinational and Civil Society organizations to undertake interventions in the areas of education, food and nutrition security, financial inclusion, women’s empowerment, governance, among others.

EXPRESSION OF INTEREST – CONSULTANCY FOR BASELINE SURVEY
Background/Rationale
CARE International in Ghana in collaboration with Olam Ghana Limited is implementing a four-year project funded by the United States Department of Labor/Bureau of International Labor Affairs (USDOL/ILAB), named Adwuma Pa. CARE will implement the project with two Sub-Grantees; Youth Empowerment Synergy – Ghana (YES-Ghana) and Child Rights International (CRI).
The Adwuma Pa Project is aimed at empowering vulnerable women 18 years and above and girls 15-17 years old in the cocoa supply chain in Ghana.
The project operates in four municipalities/districts, namely:  Tano South and Asunafo North in the Ahafo Region, Asikuma-Odoben-Brakwa in the Central Region, and Bibiani-Anhwiaso-Bekwai in the Western North Region. The project covers 80 communities and targets 5000 (2500 girls 15 – 17 and 2500 women 18+) as direct participants, as well as an estimated 15,000 indirect beneficiaries.
Project activities focus on economic participation of vulnerable women and girls and improved business practices by private sector actors to protect the vulnerable women and girls against child labor, forced labor and other labor violations. As part of the measures to reduce the risk of child labor, forced labor and other violations of labor rights for these vulnerable women and girls, the project aims at integrating gender equality and equity into all of the project activities.
The overall goal of the Adwuma Pa Project is to reduce the risk of child labor, forced labor, and other violations of labor rights for vulnerable women and girls working within Ghana’s cocoa supply chain. The project has two outcomes namely:
Outcome 1: Improved economic participation of women and girls vulnerable to child labor, forced labor, and other violations of labor rights within Ghana’s cocoa supply chain
Outcome 2: Improved business practices by private sector actors to protect against child labor, forced labor, and other violations of labor rights for vulnerable women and girls working within a supply chain
In order for CARE to take well informed decisions and use appropriate strategies for better results and impact, CARE intends to undertake a baseline study prior to full-scale implementation of the project. The baseline will also support project management to better design and align its intended activities in a more systematic manner. 
In this context, the Project calls for a consultancy/team of consultants to collect necessary baseline information on varying themes including but not limited to: employment and income generating activities, gender related matters, socio-cultural practices that increase vulnerability of women and girls, general levels of awareness on child/forced labor and other violations of labor rights, existing skills level/gaps of women and girls in the project areas.
The selected consultant, institution/team of consultants will work closely with the Adwuma Pa project team alongside other key partners and stakeholders to ensure that data collected provides the basic background necessary for interventions that are tailored to the respective needs of vulnerable women and girls in these project communities.
OBJECTIVE AND SCOPE OF STUDY
Objective
The baseline survey will focus on the collection of data or information for a set of performance indicators outlined in the project Comprehensive Monitoring and Evaluation Plan (CMEP) results matrix (to be developed in an upcoming workshop).
The survey will form the foundation for the final evaluation besides setting the baseline and helping to set targets for project indicators. Therefore, it is vital to carefully think through the impacts that are going to be created through the project while designing this baseline survey.
Scope of Work
The baseline survey will cover key institutions the project is engaging with, including government agencies, cocoa cooperatives, social institutions, private sector institutions, Master crafts persons as well as agreed cross-selection of participants in the cocoa supply chain in project districts/communities.
The targeted direct participants for the project is 5000 (2,500 women aged 18+ and 2,500 girls aged 15–17) with an additional 15,000 indirect beneficiaries spanning 80 communities in four municipalities/districts in three regions. There are 20 project communities in each municipality/district across the three regions.
Methodology
An appropriate mix of qualitative and quantitative methods will be used to gather and analyze data or information in order to come up with a more balanced, reliable and verifiable data. The final detailed baseline methodology shall be developed in consultation with the Adwuma Pa project team.
This baseline survey encompasses administrative data as well as primary data based on the results framework and its indicators of the project.
The Consultancy team must propose a methodology and plan for this baseline assessment which will be approved by CARE in consultation with project team. Data triangulation is required to ensure the credibility and accuracy of data or information gathered through various tools.
KEY TASK AND OUTPUTS
The baseline survey will consist of three key phases: i) Inception, ii) data collection and iii) finalizing the report.
i) Inception phase:
  • Consultancy team shall have a kick -off meeting with the Adwuma Pa project team to understand the project and to collect required documents such as Theory of Change (TOC), project proposal, results framework, etc.
  • Consultant shall participate in a Comprehensive Monitoring and Evaluation Plan workshop organized by Adwuma Pa Project team from 16th to 20th September, 2019
  • The consultant shall submit an electronic copy of the draft inception report to Adwuma Pa Project team as stated in the agreement. Before preparing inception report, the consultant shall engage with relevant project team to come to a consensus on the baseline assessment methodology, field visit plan, sampling and so on. Consultant shall review progress markers, indicators and do the required changes with the consent of Adwuma Pa Project team. Other than the indicators, the consultant required to engage the Adwuma Pa Project team to understand the baseline situation of the areas that are going to have an impact through the project intervention.
  • The draft inception report shall include a detailed methodology including tools, baseline framework along with tools to be used to gather data or information, quality assurance mechanisms of data or information collection, sampling, pilot testing, roles and responsibilities of team members, key milestones and detailed work- plan.
  • The consultant shall be asked to make an oral presentation of the draft inception report.
  • Prior to the pilot test and data collection, the consultant is required to train enumerators and facilitators for data or information collection
  • After the pilot test, the consultant shall submit the final inception report including final tools with key words translated into local languages.
  • The inception report shall be approved by the Adwuma Pa Project team before the consultant can start data collection.
ii) Data collection phase:    
  • The consultant shall be provided all the Adwuma Pa Project contact details. Field project team shall arrange the field discussions as per the field visit plan to meet the primary stakeholders.  Adwuma  Pa Project shall issue a reference letter for the team of consultants to contact stakeholders directly by themselves
  • Based on the sample frame, the consultant shall create plans for implementing the sample design and train staff to implement the designed sample
  • The consultant shall identify and train a sufficient number of field workers to ensure that the survey is completed as per schedule. The consultant shall also recruit, train, assign, field, equip, supervise, and compensate all enumerators she/he needs to carry out the survey
  • The consultant shall have primary responsibility for pretesting and piloting the questionnaire. After the pre-test and pilot survey, the questionnaire shall be revised based on errors detected in the pre-test and then once again translated (and back translated) into the local language
  • Results of the pilot shall be entered into a Microsoft Access data entry program developed for the project to debug any errors in the program, data entry, or coding. Once the questionnaires are revised after the pilot, the data entry software will also  be revised to reflect the changes in the questionnaires
  • The consultant shall be responsible for all field operations, including logistical arrangements for data collection and obtaining the consent of respondents. The consultant shall contact local officials and community leaders to explain the project and obtain community consent for the baseline survey. The consultant shall obtain maps, lists and other community records as required
iii) Finalizing the baseline report
  • Presentation: the consultant shall present the preliminary results of the baseline survey   with the Adwuma Pa Project team after completion of data or information analysis for validation.   The venue shall be decided during the inception phase.
  • Draft baseline report: This report shall be shared after incorporating feedback which is received during the presentation.
  • After receiving the draft final baseline survey report, Adwuma Pa Project team shall provide feedback to the consultant.
  • Final baseline report: The final report shall be prepared after a few iterations of the report if the quality standards are not met within the first round. The Final report format shall be agreed on during the inception phase and included in the inception report. The final report shall include the completed analytical framework of the baseline survey. The review and revision process from the draft report stage to the final report shall not exceed 6 weeks. The consultant shall hand over to the Adwuma Pa project the soft copy of the completed database   and the final report.  
The following outputs shall be produced:
a. Draft Soft copy of the inception report including survey tools and analytical framework;
b. Both soft and hard copy of the final inception report including final translated survey tools, sampling, methodology and analytical framework;
c. Electronic copy of draft report. Reporting format shall be agreed upon during the inception phase
d. Preliminary presentation of findings for validation
e. Draft soft copy of the final baseline survey report including data sets
f. Both soft copy and hard copy of the final baseline survey report including datasets;

Time frameExpression of Interest in Consultancy for Baseline Survey at Care 1 

Confidentiality and Data Ownership
The consultant shall protect the anonymity and confidentiality of information of those participating in the baseline survey at all stages. All data shall be confidential and is the property of the Adwuma Pa Project. No data or other information from this survey shall be released to third parties without the written approval of the Adwuma Pa Project.
The consultant shall turn over all data and questionnaires to the Adwuma Pa Project and shall not destroy information and material at the end of the survey and after all data and original documentation has been delivered to the Adwuma Pa Project.
The Consultant agrees to loyally and conscientiously perform all the duties described related to the consultancy. 
The Consultant agrees to observe and comply with all policies, rules, regulations and directions that will be given by the Adwuma Pa Project.
The Consultant shall work and report to the Adwuma Pa Project Director, through the Adwuma Pa Project M&E Officer.
Budget

i The budget for this consultancy shall cover professional fees, travel costs, workshops, mobilization expenses and supply costs of the consultants’ team or an institution.

ii. It is important to note that should there be any problem in the delivery of outputs pertaining to quality and schedule, the consultant   is expected to make the necessary corrective actions without affecting the overall project delivery. This shall have no additional cost to Adwuma Pa Project.

Appendix 1. Draft Results Framework – Adwuma Pa project

List of indicators: A complete list of indicators shall be made available after the CMEP workshop

C1 Number (#) of indicators with increased capacity to address child labor, forced labor, trafficking in persons, or other violations of workers’ rights
E1 Number (#) of children engaged in or at high-risk of entering child labor provided an education or training service
E2 Number (#) of children engaged in or at high-risk of entering child labor provided formal education service
E3 Number (#) of children engaged in or at high-risk of entering child labor provided non-formal education service
E4 Number (#) of children engaged in or at high-risk of entering child labor provided vocational training service
L1 Number (#) of households receiving livelihood services
L2 Number (#) of adults provided employment services
L3 Number (#) of children provided employment services
L4 Number (#) of adults provided economic strengthening services
L5 Number (#) of adults provided other livelihood services
L6 Number (#) of individuals provided with a livelihood service
OS1 Number (#) of individuals engaged in or at high-risk of entering child labor or forced labor, or who have experienced other violations of workers’ rights, provided with services other than education or livelihood services to address child labor, forced labor, or other labor abuses
T1 Number (#) of individuals provided with training or other support to improve enforcement of, or compliance with child labor, forced labor, or other worker rights laws or policies
T2 Number (#) of educators trained
POC1 Percentage (%) of direct service participant children engaged in child labor
POC2 Percentage (%) of direct service participant children engaged in hazardous child labor
POC3 Percentage (%) of direct service participant children engaged in other worst forms of child labor
POC4 Percentage (%) of direct service participant children who regularly attend school
CR1 Percentage (%) vocational or other employment related training participants who complete their program
POH1 Percentage (%) of livelihood service participant households with at least one child engaged in child labor
POH2 Percentage (%) of livelihood service participant households with at least one child engaged in hazardous child labor
POH3 Percentage (%) of livelihood service participant households with at least one child engaged in other worst forms of child labor
POH4 Percentage (%) of livelihood service participant households with all children of compulsory school age regularly attending school
CO1 # and % of women who are active users of financial services (disaggregated by informal and formal services) (related to SDG indicator 8.10.2)
CO2 % of women who (report they) are able to equally participate in household financial decision-making
CO3 # and % of women with union, women’s group or cooperative membership through which they can voice their labor rights

Required Skills or Experience

QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE
The consultant or team that are proposed by an institution shall have;
  1. Minimum 5 years of hands- on experience in conducting baseline surveys, gender analysis, and evaluations for development project or programs in Ghana’s context
  2. Excellent understanding of local economy, functioning of cooperatives, small scale enterprises including special focus on the cocoa sub-sector
  3. Proven track record in gender equality and economic empowerment projects and programs
  4. Proven track record in quantitative and qualitative data collection tools and analysis and use of participatory approaches
  5. Experience in using theory of change, outcome mapping, outcome harvesting in development projects
  6. Strong communication and interpersonal skills, and ability to work with people from different backgrounds to deliver quality products within a short timeframe
  7. Experience and/or know-how of project implementation at the ground level
  8. Flexibility and , responsiveness to change/demands and openness to feedback
The full proposal should consist of Methodology, sampling method, relevant experiences/qualifications of team of consultants/company and its  team members, consent letter from each member, work plan, division of labor among team members, budget, a sample of your work related to the assignment, company profile and relevant supporting documents. For any clarification regarding this advertisement, kindly write to the above email address.

Application Details

Interested and eligible consultants are requested to upload their proposal in PDFdescribing their interest in this engagement to CARE along with their bio data  and curriculum vitae to

Stephen.Tetteh@care.orgZakaria.Yakubu@care.orgDelasiDoris.Lumor@care.org

and cc: Leticia.Haywood@care.org 

with a subject heading: “Response to SOW-Baseline Survey Consultant for Adwuma Pa Project.

Email must be sent to all four (4) email addresses at the same time.

Deadline for submission of proposal is Friday 23rd August, 2019
The consultant/ firm must submit separate Technical and Financial proposals.

a.     The technical proposal should provide the following among others;

  1. A brief description of the Consultant or firm and an outline of similar assignments conducted in the last 5 years.
  2. Detailed description of the consultant’s methodology for the assignment.
  3. The consultant’s detailed work plan and schedule for executing the assignment.
  4. The consultant’s team (if any) for executing the assignment, showing the staff to be deployed and their relevant expertise.  Current signed CVs.
  5. The Financial proposal should include all costs relevant for the smooth implementation and timeliness of the assignment in accordance with the attached Terms of Reference.  All costs must be in Ghana Cedis only.

Funding is provided by the United States Department of Labor/ Bureau of International Labour affairs (USDOL/ILAB) under cooperative agreement Number IL?32741-18-71-K.

This material does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the United States Department of Labor, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by the United States Government. 100 percentage of the total costs of the project is financed with Federal funds, for a total of $5 million.

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Environmental Sustainability Strategy Review at CDF Consultant Canada

Posted by | 01/08/2019 | Funding Opportunities in Ghana 2020

Environmental Sustainability Strategy Review at CDF Consultant   Canada

Company Profile

CDF Canada is an Ottawa (Canada) based international development organization building prosperity in communities around the world.

We work with local partners in Africa, Asia and Latin America to establish and grow community-owned co-operatives to help people achieve more prosperous, self-reliant live

Job Description

Consultancy for Environmental Sustainability Strategy Review – Northern Ghana, Eastern Corridor , 4R Nutrient Stewardship Program (4R-NSP)
Background Information
Cooperative Development Foundation of Canada (CDF Canada) has received 5 ½ years grant from Global Affair Canada (GAC). The project is entitled “4R Nutrient Stewardship Program (4R-NSP)” CDF Canada will implement the program in partnership with Fertilizer Canada, representative of manufacturers, wholesale and retail distributors of nitrogen, phosphate, potash and Sulphur fertilizers, The International Plant Nutrition Institute (IPNI), a not-for-profit, science-based organization dedicated to the responsible management of plant nutrition and SEND Ghana, a local implementing partner. The purpose of the project is to improve the socio-economic well-being of 80,000 poor and vulnerable smallholder farmers in Ethiopia, Ghana and Senegal, particularly women through improving agricultural productivity and sustainability. 
The initiative aims to improve agricultural productivity and farm income, by incorporating important gender and climate resilience strategies. The project builds the capacity of these smallholder farmers as members of financially viable agricultural co-operatives/credit unions. 
Successful agricultural co-operatives help improve production, diversify farming activities, enhance processing and storage, and improve marketing.  Strong credit unions will help provide a stable source of financing, required by the agricultural co-operatives. Furthermore, the project will enhance representation and influence of women in leadership positions & decision-making bodies, especially in co-operatives. 
The project will draw from the expertise in co-operative enterprise development of the Co-operative Development Foundation of Canada and the resources and technical expertise of Fertilizer Canada and the International Plant Nutrition Institute in soil nutrient management. It will also support policy and program engagement with relevant stakeholders at the national, regional and global levels to inform and promote the uptake and scale-up of sustainable soil nutrient management practices, contributing to the development of policies and farming systems with a limited carbon footprint.
As part of developing the Project Implementation Plan (PIP) for the 4R-NSP project, a Performance Measurement Framework  with a set of indicators was developed to guide the delivery of project results. It is also required as part of the PIP to develop the project theory of change which will require among other documents the environmental sustainability analysis and strategy.
Also, in the completion of the detailed implementation plans, the project team will  agree on activities and strategies that address issues of environmental sustainability. 
It is essential to note that an Environmental Sustainability Strategy was developed for the FOSTERING project under the implementation of CDF-Canada and SEND-Ghana in the same districts of which 4R-NSP will be implanted. A review of this strategy is critical in ensuring that strategies and activities reflect the focus of the 4R-NSP.
It is against this background that CDF is seeking for a consultant who will review and update the existing environmental sustainability strategy to reflect the 4R-Nutrient Stewardship Project focus areas as described above. 
Overall Goal and Objective of Consultancy

The main objective of this consultancy is to conduct an environmental sustainability analysis that will lead to reviewing and updating the existing environmental sustainability strategy that reflects the 4R-NSP.
The result of this assignment will guide the project team in defining the project theory of change and also guide the project implementation team in ensuring that environmental factors are adequately considered in the implementation process.
The major objectives of this assignment include;
  • To establish the benchmark information on the current state of the environment (using definite parameters) prior to the implementation of the 4R-NSP
  • To establish the environmental implications of implementing the 4R-NSP
  • To ensure that environmental factors are considered through out the process of implementing the 4R-NSP
  • To have in place, recommended strategies, guidelines and protocols that will ensure that possible adverse environmental impacts are identified and avoided or minimized. 
Scope and focus of the assignment

The consultant will lead the process of carrying out an environmental sustainability assessment and update the environmental sustainability strategy.  The assignment is expected to begin on the 1st of August 2019. The consultant will ensure that activities related to the strategy review  are implemented in accordance with CDF Canada policies and other applicable rules and regulations from GAC.
The Consultant will work in close coordination with the CDF Canada team and SEND Ghana and with the following detailed scope of work.
  • Develop a work plan and timeframe for the assessment
  • Desk review of project documents (proposal, LF, PMF and the existing environmental sustainability strategy)
  • Prepare/revise tools for assessment
  • Collect data and carry out analysis
  • Present and discuss results and changes to existing document
  • Submit revised environmental sustainability document
Consultant Responsibilities

The consultant is responsible for performing the following activities: The consultant will be required to lead on all the tasks below, in consultation and collaboration with the project team:
  • Develop an action plan and proposed methodologies for submission to 4R-NSP Management team
  • Review the project proposal, the environmental strategy and other relevant documents to increase awareness and understanding of the project
  • Develop tools and methodologies to conduct a rapid appraisal of the current environment issues and how 4R-NSP and the environment affect each other.
  • Carry out qualitative analysis to highlight and unearth the issues on the ground
  • Apply gender perspectives into all information analysis for the report;
  • Prepare a revised draft report and strategy
  • Present the findings to the team for discussions and comments.
  • Present draft strategy for discussion and inputs
  • Finalize the strategy document
  • Summit final report to CDF Canada 
Responsibility of CDF Canada and Partners
The project is responsible for the following:
  • Arrange logistics including accommodation, transportation and subsistence for the consultant to undertake the assignment
  • Avail project staff and where necessary recruit field assistants in the districts to support in the assignment
  • Arrange for field meetings in the various districts and make available the needed logistics (stationery, transport, feeding, etc) to execute the assessment
Districts to be Covered
The environmental sustainability strategy is to be reviewed based on information gathered from the 4 implementing districts of the 4R-SNP. These are Nanumba South, Nanumba North, East Gonja and Kpandia districts.
Deliverables Results
  • Assessment tools developed (questionnaires and other guides)
  • Draft Environmental Sustainability report produced
  • Presentations of draft Environmental Sustainability report to project management team
  • Submission of Final Environmental Sustainability Strategy report 
Reporting and Time-Frame

The consultant shall report and work very closely with CDF Country Manager during the assignment. The consultant will prepare a written report in English. The first draft report is due to CDF Local Office no later than 20th August.
Compensating and Renumeration

Compensation will be commensurate with experience and time allocated to the assignment.  Travel and related expenses must be pre-approved and will be reimbursed in accordance with SEND Ghana rates and guidelines specified in the contract. 

Required Skills or Experience

Competencies of the Consultant 

  • Extensive experience (at least 10 years) in qualitative and quantitative data collection methodologies &/or skills and experience relating to environmental sustainability issues
  • Proven track record of research experience in agriculture and Climate resilience and understanding of alternative development, food security and agriculture;
  • Good understanding of sensitivity for poverty, social and ethnic issues.
  • Demonstrated high level of professionalism and an ability to work independently and in high pressure situations under tight deadlines
  • Ability to write and communicate in English;
  • Knowledge and understanding of rural northern Ghana context;

Education
At least an Advanced Degree in Agriculture science, development studies, rural development and extension, agriculture or other related field of studies.

Experience
10 years knowledge and experience on environmental impact assessment, Agriculture/social research, rural rapid assessment and community assessment with both quantitative and qualitative methodologies.

How To Apply

Application procedure
Interested and qualified applicants should submit a cover letter together with a technical proposal and financial proposal to cyakubu@cdfcanada.coop note later than 16th August, 2019. 

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National Consultant – Development of a structured digital literacy awareness campaign

Posted by | 31/07/2019 | Funding Opportunities in Ghana 2020

National Consultant – Development of a structured digital literacy awareness campaign

UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

And we never give up.

Background

People, especially children adolescents, and young people are increasingly inhabiting a digital world globally as well as in Ghana. Expanding internet access offers an accessible and powerful avenue for children and adolescents to access information, assert their right to education, and to claim social, economic and political opportunities for their empowerment.

However, at the same time, these opportunities may also increase vulnerability to violence, including cyberbullying, child online sexual abuse and exploitation, and cyberstalking among others.

A national study on internet use and related opportunities and risks carried out in Ghana in 2017, indicates that 7 out of 10 children use the internet for learning.

However, the same study reports 4 in 10 children have seen sexual images at least once during the past year, and 2 in 10 children had met someone face-to-face whom they first got to know on the internet, and 25 per cent of them were upset by this meeting.

Similarly, 4 out of 10 children interviewed said they do not feel safe online and 3 in 10 children had experienced something that bothered or upset them while online. About half of all the surveyed children expressed difficulty talking with their caregivers about such exposures to sexual images.

The need to make the online space safer for children and young people has gained national prominence, triggering stakeholder consultations and some interventions to address the emerging issues around the topic.

The efforts to improve the safety of children online have culminated into the development of the National Framework for Child Online Protection led by the Ministry of Communications in August 2016.

To step up the national efforts aimed at promoting a safe and hygienic internet space for children, the National Cyber Security Centre under the Ministry of Communication launch the Safer Digital Ghana campaign in October 2018 targeting children, public, businesses, government institutions.

With the support from UNICEF, the National Cyber Security Centre and the Guidance and Counselling Unit of Ghana Education Service (GES) engaged over 7,000 students and teachers in over 30 Senior High Schools across ten regions in Ghana on cyber hygiene practices and safe online habits.

It is essential for us to start thinking about how to promote digital literacy among children in Ghana in a structured manner – with a focus on awareness creation, learning and asset building, as well as ensuring their safety online.

Given the very high school enrolments in Ghana, education systems and schools provide an excellent entry point to reach the majority of the children and lay the foundations of a digital learning nation. A well-designed digital literacy curriculum can prepare children for the skills they need to engage in technology confidently, safely, and responsibly. 

How can you make a difference?

The overall purpose of the assignment is to provide technical assistance for the development of a structured digital literacy awareness and promotion campaign for primary and secondary schools – over an academic year – with a focus on the availability of:

  • Age-grade and gender appropriate teaching and learning resource materials aligned with the curriculum to promote digital literacy skills and child online safety measures – for both students teachers and school staff;
  • Guidance on creating awareness among parents and communities on the same through School Management Committees (SMCs), Parent Teachers Association (PTA), & civil society organizations (CSOs).
  • Tools to assess pre and post evaluation changes in knowledge and skills of the target audience – students, teachers, and parents/caregivers and communities

Specific Tasks to be undertaken by Consultant

As part of the technical assistance required for the development of the school-based digital literacy awareness and promotion campaign, the consultant is expected to undertake the following key tasks: 

Task 1. Review of Existing Resources and Curriculum Mapping

1.1. Secondary review of available and relevant teaching and learning resources – globally and nationally – on promoting and supporting digital literacy including online safety among primary and secondary school-going girls and boys, teachers, and families and communities to inform contextualised resource materials development.

1.2. Mapping of the status of digital skills including online safety in the primary and secondary curriculum; and analysis of the barriers and opportunities to strengthen the practice in schools.

 Task 2. Design and Develop Resource Materials on Digital Literacy

2.1. Envision and design differentiated resource materials – age-grade and gender appropriate and aligned with the curriculum – to support a school-based digital literacy awareness and promotion campaign. The materials should target different education levels and actors, including:

a) Primary, junior, and senior high school students – girls and boys

b) School teachers

c) SMCs, PTA, and parents

2.2. Craft an integrated module on child online safety to complement the existing safe schools’ resource pack to strengthen the initiative further.

2.3. Develop a training guide/facilitators manual to accompany the resource materials for digital literacy and safety.

Task 3. Test and Deliver

3.1. Pretest and validate all resource materials developed – for primary, junior, and senior high schools – with the different target audiences before finalising for implementation; pretesting should be done with separate groups of girls and boys in order to ensure that materials developed addresses specific gender gaps.

3.2. Liaise with a graphic designer tasked to develop the creative/design work after finalisation of content.

3.3. Develop and recommend an accompanying implementation strategy for the sequenced use of the resource materials in schools – in a structured campaign mode – through the course of a school year for optimal impact. 

Task 4. Evaluate and feedback

4.1. Develop pre and post evaluation tools to measure the change in knowledge, awareness, and skills of students, teachers, and families and communities. The pre and post evaluation tools should also capture data/feedback on how specific gender gaps are being addressed during the implementation.

4.2. Develop process monitoring checklists for use by teachers, head teachers, and district administrators to facilitate a feedback loop and support effective implementation.

Deliverables

  1. Inception report on the scope of work, action plan and timeline, and secondary review of available resources
  2. Curriculum mapping report including qualitative analysis of barriers and opportunities
  3. Draft resource materials for promoting school-based digital literacy including online safety for students, teachers, and SMCs and PTAs.
  4. Standalone Module for Child Online Safety (To complement to the Safe Schools Resource Pack)
  5. Trainer and facilitator guide accompanying the Module on Child Online Safety
  6. Pre-test and validation report on the draft module and resources developed.
  7. Finalised copies of resource materials on digital literacy fit for age/grade/gender, standalone module on child online safety and Training Guide/ Facilitators Manual
  8. An Implementation strategy to roll out the digital literacy programme
  9. An evaluation and process monitoring tools

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

  • Advanced degree in Social Sciences or other relevant areas of study, including ICT.
  • At least five years of proven experience in content development around issues of ICTs, Digital Literacy, and Child Online Safety
  • Prior experience in development of curriculum content, capacity building, and community engagement tools development
  • Facilitation of high-level strategic planning processes involving a wide range of stakeholders including government representatives 
  • Prior work with Government and/or UN Agency is an asset
  • Demonstrated previous experience of similar assignments including submission of a sample of two

Application Procedure:

Interested candidates should apply online to the link provided indicate their monthly professional fees in Ghana Cedis.

In addition to the CV/Resume, candidates should attach a two-page note on how he/she intends to effectively accomplish this assignment within the time frame.

(Two examples of previous work done should be attached (if applicable, e.g., strategic documents, photos, edited work, videos, etc.)  

Find attached the detailed TOR for reference.TOR Development of Digital literacy and online safety Materials.docx

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

The competencies required for this post are….

View our competency framework at

http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/files/UNICEF_Competencies.pdf

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.

UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.

Remarks:

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

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Applications close: Greenwich Standard Time

Please click here to apply online

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National Consultant – Development and Testing of Social Accountability Framework for Social Protection

Posted by | 22/05/2019 | Funding Opportunities in Ghana 2020

National Consultant – Development and Testing of Social Accountability Framework for Social Protection
Job Number: 522238 | Vacancy Link
Locations: Africa: Ghana
Work Type : Consultancy

Background

The 2015 Ghana national social protection policy prescribes a role for CSOs/NGOs in policy and programme monitoring by working with and through empowering citizens to demand their rights and to hold government accountable. The policy has laid a foundation for a monitoring and evaluation framework that would guide programme and policy implementation.

One of the themes in the social protection M&E framework is social accountability. It is recognized as instrumental in providing opportunity for all citizens and programme beneficiaries to exercise their rights through meaningful participation in the delivery of programmes.

Although several CSOs are active in empowering social accountability, there has not been a coordinated approach to CSOs social protection monitoring and reporting. Many civil society organizations apply various social accountability tools for programme monitoring and reporting. These tools have different indicators, methods and approaches.

This makes it difficult to generate standardized aggregated data on the performance of social protection programmes. Since these are generated by individual CSOs, there has not been a coordinated means of presenting the findings of their monitoring activities to relevant bodies and to demand responses which would be vital to effect policy and programme change. To address the problems associated with the ad hoc monitoring and uncoordinated reporting in the sector and to make available tools that will enable the citizenry to raise concerns on issues, it is important to develop a social accountability framework for social protection which will involve a mix of standardized tools and strategies that will facilitate harmonized monitoring and reporting.

Social accountability involves data collection and processing, preferably with the involvement of the principals, and must take place at all levels including the community to measure levels of satisfaction with programme delivery. Over the last decade, relevant instruments have been promoted on the supply side by government agencies, development partners and CSOs. Similar efforts have not been channeled into the development of demand side interventions that would enable citizens to effectively demand and hold government accountable.

Objectives

The main objective of this assignment is to develop a social accountability framework for social protection. This will include the development of various accountability tools (that will enhance beneficiary and community monitoring and reporting on social protection delivery at both national and local levels) and the design of a reporting portal/channel that will facilitate the engagement of stakeholders on the results. The tools will be hosted by selected CSOs and made widely available for the use of CSOs and other institutions in the social protection sector.

Specific Tasks

  • Submit an inception report: this will include a detailed plan on how the consultant will approach the assignment, including methodology, timelines etc;
  • Identify and review existing social accountability frameworks utilized by CSOs and other institutions for SP monitoring and reporting both in Ghana and international best practice;
  • Facilitate 2 consultations with relevant stakeholders to identify relevant indicators and approaches and draft the framework which would be applied widely on selected programmes and the sector;
  • Facilitate a validation workshop on the final draft framework with both national and local level stakeholders;
  • Train selected CSOs and lead the pre-testing of the framework on two social protection programmes in 3 selected districts;
  • Submit updated tools based on lessons learnt during the pre-test;
  • Submit a recommendation note on how to effectively disseminate the results from the application of the tools;
  • Collaborate with relevant CSOs to ensure the approved framework is appropriately disseminated and hosted by a consortium of CSOs;
  • Submit a PowerPoint presentation on the tools developed and recommendation for dissemination.

A participatory approach will be adopted for this assignment. Several CSOs and agencies have applied diverse tools for social protection programme monitoring and reporting. This assignment will require close collaboration with the relevant institutions to review existing frameworks and approaches that would provide a basis for the development of a harmonized framework (to include processes/procedures, data collection protocols, quality standards, reporting mechanisms, tools etc.) for standardized monitoring and reporting on social protection. The consultant will lead the design and development of relevant indicators for programme specific monitoring as well as measuring the overall performance of the social protection sector. It is envisaged that the framework will be hosted by a consortium of CSOs and made widely available to all CSOs and other institutions with a mandate for monitoring social protection delivery. Working closely with UNICEF and CSOs, the consultant will be expected to test the framework on at least two social protection programmes in 3 selected districts for lessons learnt and knowledge sharing.

 Supervision and Reporting Arrangement

The consultant will report to the Social Policy Specialist-UNICEF and would be expected to work very closely with the senior social protection expert, the national coordinators of the social accountability forum, the CSO coalition on SDG 10 and the CSO platform on social protection as well as selected individuals (internal/external to UNICEF) and relevant CSO organizations on all aspects of the assignment.

Expected Deliverables and Timeframe

No: Deliverables Number of Days Timelines
1 Submit inception report (to include

 methodology and detailed workplan based on inception meeting) 

5 days 1 week after signing
2 Review existing social accountability frameworks by CSOs, other institutions and international best practice 10 days 3 weeks after signing
3 Facilitate a first workshop with key stakeholders (to submit a report on the available SA frameworks, identification of harmonized indicators and strategies etc). 3 days 4 weeks after signing
4 Facilitate a second workshop with stakeholders (national and local actors) to share draft SP social accountability framework for review and inputs. 3 days   6 weeks after signing
5 Facilitate a validation workshop on the final draft tools and submit final/approved tools   5 days   7 weeks after signing
6 In collaboration with UNICEF/relevant CSOs, train selected CSOs and pretest the tools in identified districts 10 days 9 weeks after signing
7 updated social accountability framework tools based on lessons learnt during the pre-test 5 days   11 weeks after signing
8 Submit a recommendation note on dissemination arrangements/opportunities 3 days 12 weeks after signing
9 Submit a PowerPoint presentation on SA tools developed and recommendations for dissemination 2 days 12 weeks after signing
10 Support CSO coalitions on successful hosting of the tools 2 days 13 weeks after signing

Proposed Payment Schedule

Payment will be done upon satisfactory submission of deliverables and would be transferred in four installments as follows:

  • Deliverables 1&2:20%
  • Deliverables 3, 4 & 5: 30%
  • Deliverables 6 &7: 30%
  • Deliverables 8, 9 & 10: 20%

Timeframe

The total effective work time under this assignment is 48 days spread across 5 months with an expected start date in May 2019. 

Qualifications, experience, skills and knowledge required

  • Advanced degree in social sciences and or other relevant fields of study;
  • Minimum of seven years of experience working with CSOs or Government on social accountability;
  • Good knowledge of the social protection landscape of Ghana is required;
  • Good knowledge and experience in applying social accountability tools to monitor programme/service delivery is required;
  • Experience in developing and implementing an M/E framework is required;
  • Excellent communication, facilitation and negotiation skills is required.

General Conditions: Procedures and Logistics

  • The consultant will be expected to use his/her own computer and office;
  • The assignment will be based in Accra;
  • Total calculated professional fees will be paid in 4 installments based on deliverables as indicated above;
  • The consultant will have access to UNICEF vehicle when out to conduct official workshops/meetings outside Accra.

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.

UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.

Application Procedure

  • Interested candidates should apply on-line to the link provided. In addition to the detailed CV/Resume, candidates should attach a two-page note on how he/she intends to effectively accomplish this assignment within time frame. 
  • Two examples of previous work done should be attached (e.g. strategic documents, publications, policy briefs etc.)
  • Candidates should indicate proposed Daily fees in Ghana Cedis

Remarks:

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

Opening Date Tue May 21 2019 02:00:00 GMT-0700 (Pacific Daylight Time) Greenwich Standard Time
Closing Date Tue Jun 04 2019 16:55:00 GMT-0700 (Pacific Daylight Time) 

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Plan Seeks a Consultant to Help Develop Country Strategy

Posted by | 16/05/2019 | Funding Opportunities in Ghana 2020

Plan Seeks a Consultant to Help Develop Country Strategy

Job Description

INVITATION FOR PROPOSALS, CONSULTANT/CONSULTANCY TO HELP DEVELOP COUNTRY STRATEGY

Plan International Ghana seeks to develop a new 3-year Country Strategy (CS) for the period July 2019-June 2022. The CS will be based on learning and recommendations from the implementation of the current CSP, while taking into consideration the changes in the national, regional and international contexts in relation to the situation of child rights and gender equality especially for girls.  The new CS will fully align to the new global theory of change and strategy, with emphasis on Gender Inclusion, and advocacy/influencing

In this regard, Plan International Ghana seeks proposals from suitably qualified individual consultants / consulting firms with the relevant expertise and experience to help develop a new Country Strategy (CS) which is primarily intended to set strategic direction for Plan International Ghana to make the greatest contribution toward the realization of children/youth’s rights and equality for girls. This will help us to better align with our purpose and theory of change.    

Required Skills or Experience

The firm lead or individual should have:

  • At least a Master’s degree in Development Studies, Social  sciences; NGO or related field;
  • Proven experience in rights-based programming, gender transformative analyses, strategic organizational, social  and policy development; 
  • High-level experience in leading the development of Theory of Change in line with the findings of the situation analysis.
  • Extensive experiences in NGO strategic plan development and its processes related to child safeguarding/protection, child development, education, health, livelihood, WASH etc.
  • Demonstrate effectiveness in situation analysis involving child participation
  • High-level experience of facilitating an Organizational Country Strategic Plan development in Ghana especially for the INGO sector will be an added advantage. 
  • Proven experience of submitting high-quality technical reports and presentations from desk and field research processes. 
  • A thorough understanding of the development sectors, including laws, policies and trends within Ghana and in the international context.
  • Good knowledge of Child situation in Ghana and Africa
  • Excellent written and spoken English.

How To Apply

Prospective consultants should submit technical proposals with CVs of team members and certificate copies and budget in local currency

How to apply

  1. Interested consultants may pick copies of the TOR from 8.00am – 4.30pm each day from 16th  to   22nd May  2019 at Plan International Ghana Country Office – at No. 10 Yiyiwa Street, Abelenkpe, adjacent to Sonitra Headquarters and along the Lincoln Community School, Accra or request for a soft copy of TOR by applying to the following address; Adams.inusah@plan-international.org  between the hours of 8.00am – 4.30pm within the specified period.
  2. Closing date for receipt of proposals is 22nd May 2019 at 4.30 pm GMT.

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