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  • Posted: Aug 15, 2019
    Deadline: Aug 23, 2019
  • Save the Children invests in childhood - every day, in times of crisis and for our future. In the United States and around the world, we give children a healthy start, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. By transforming children's lives now, we change the course of their future and ours. Please give monthly and support our mission. Save the...
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    Consultant - Book Development in Hausa and Kanuri Languages

    Job ID: 190002O3
    Location: Maiduguri
    Employee Status: Permanent
    Duration: 40 days

    Child Safeguarding

    • Level 3 -  The responsibilities of this post may require the post holder to have regular contact with children and young people.
    • As part of these responsibilities the post holder will support the establishment of child safeguarding systems, promote a culture of keeping children safe, and ensure that potential harm to children (by our own staff and/or as a result of how we do our work) is identified and addressed on an ongoing basis.  The post holder should report and respond to interventions as determined by position related responsibilities identified in the Child Safeguarding Policy.


    • The USAID-funded Addressing Education in Northeast Nigeria (AENN) Activity is a three-year education project targeting 302,500 girls and boys in the age group 6 – 15. These target beneficiaries are from 225 communities comprised of internally displaced persons (IDPs) and host community members in Borno and Yobe states. The AENN Activity is addressing their education and wellbeing needs through a combination of both formal and non-formal education interventions. This project aims to strengthen children and community resilience, and to enhance the capacity of duty bearers at all levels, spanning state to community, to support education. The Activity aims to provide quality learning opportunities to out-of-school girls and boys, as well as those who are already enrolled in formal schools. This project utilizes nationally endorsed non-formal education curriculum that is aligned to the state system and provides clear pathways to access formal school and vocational training opportunities.
    • Save the Children, FHI360 and Viamo are currently partnering in the implementation of the AENN Activity. The project is being implemented in eight Local Government Authorities (LGAs) spread across Borno and Yobe states. These are five LGAs in Borno State, namely Maiduguri Metropolitan Council (MMC), Jere, Monguno, Dikwa and Hawul and three LGAs in Yobe, namely Damaturu, Bade and Potiskum. The activity targets two hundred and twenty-five (225) communities in these eight LGAs, and 150 communities will be reached in the first year of the implementation of the activity.
    • The Activity sets out to achieve four primary results: 1) education authorities have increased capacity to plan, manage and oversee education services; 2) safe education opportunities are available with a minimum package of instructional materials and supplies; 3) teachers deliver conflict-sensitive, quality basic education instruction that improves psychosocial well-being and learning outcomes among all students and 4) diverse community groups work together to equitably increase awareness of education opportunities for all.
    • The production of books in the local languages will go a long way in contributing to children’s literacy skills development. The Kanuri readers that will be developed will complement the Hausa language readers that are available through other programs such as RANA and will be used in community-level activities. They will also be available as supplementary reading materials for Non Formal Learning Centers. The readers will also contribute to the realization of Result Area 2: safe education opportunities are available with a minimum package of instructional materials and supplies. 


    • The book development consultant will develop reading materials in Kanuri and Hausa languages.
    • The consultant will prepare a comprehensive book development work plan covering the 40 working days of consultancy.
    • S/he will also prepare an inception report. 
    • The consultant will work in consultation with children and community members.
    • S/he will conduct community-level gatherings to explain the project. S/he will generate a list of potential story ideas, work with children and others in the community to tell the story and capture the telling of the story in text and illustrate the text.
    • S/he will prepare and present a mid-term book development progress report.
    • S/he will share text and illustrations with relevant project staff, notably the Context Sensitive Education Advisor and Non Formal Education Specialist, to ensure the messages are appropriate, conflict sensitive, gender sensitive, and finalize all stories in preparation for printing.
    • The consultant will prepare and present the final book development report.


    • The consultant will ensure that the content has clear stories or themes that positively depict girls and women, characters with different physical, mental, social and emotional abilities. The supplementary readers need to enliven reading for fun and enjoyment at home and community and should reinforce positive themes and concepts that are common to the local and national curriculum.

    The deliverables will include, but not limited to the following:

    • Book development work plan and inception report
    • Mid-term book development progress report
    • Draft text and illustrations for review by project staff
    • Formatted, proof read and finalized stories ready for printing
    • Final book development report


    • At least a University degree in Literature and study of language
    • An experienced writer of children’s story books in Kanuri and Hausa languages
    • Advanced Kanuri language skills
    • Advanced Hausa language skills
    • Advanced English language skills
    • Advanced computer literacy and desktop publishing skills
    • Positive social skills
    • Conversant with the Northeast Nigeria context
    • Conflict and culture sensitive 
    • Commitment to and understanding of Save the Children’s aims, values and principles

    Method of Application

    Application Requirements
    All expressions of interest should include:

    • Cover letter: A short (maximum one page) letter addressing the methodology and deliverables criteria
    • Technical Proposal (maximum 4 pages) highlighting: brief explanation about previous experience in book development in Hausa and Kanuri languages; understanding of the TOR, description of the specified methodology and the task to be accomplished as well as draft work plan.
    • Detailed CV (maximum 4 pages)
    • A financial proposal (in Naira) providing cost estimates for services rendered including daily consultancy fees.
    • Copies of relevant previous survey reports (to be kept confidential)
    Interested and qualified? Go to Save The Children on to apply
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