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  • Posted on: 7 December, 2017 Deadline: 20 December, 2017
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  • Plan International is an independent child-centered international development organization committed to advancing the rights of children and fight against poverty. Plan has no religious, political and government affiliation. For over 78 years, we have supported girls and boys and their communities around the world to gain the skills, knowledge and confidence they need to claim their rights, free themselves from poverty and live positive fulfilling lives. Plan currently works in 70 countries including Nigeria.
    Plan International officially started operations in Nigeria in 2014 and works to strengthen and promote the rights of children. Our program is currently focused on basic education; improve community health services, youth and citizens’ participation in governance and creating economic opportunities and livelihoods for the poor, building resilient communities through our emergency and humanitarian response. Plan Nigeria works with communities, civil society organizations, development partners, government at all levels and the private sector.

    Terms of Reference for Participatory Situational Analysis


    100 million reasons, Plan International’s Global Strategy 2017 – 2022 reminds us that “In our world, half of the people own just 1% of the wealth. More than half the population of the world’s 48 poorest countries are aged 19 or under.
    Nine out of ten of the world’s 1.8 billion 10-24 year-olds live in less developed countries.”
    “Inequality of wealth and inequality between the sexes leaves the poor, young and female particularly likely to be denied basic human rights.” “Girls and young women suffer ill health, disadvantage, discrimination and limited life opportunities simply because they are female. Over 30% of girls in developing countries are married before they are 18 and complications in pregnancy and childbirth are a leading cause of death for girls aged 19 or under.”
    “At times of natural disaster or crisis it is marginalised children whose rights to health and safety are most badly affected. Those living in fragile and conflict- affected states are more vulnerable still.” “Yet at this time of great challenge for many children, the world has embarked
    on a journey that brings hope to those who would otherwise be left behind.” “Every government has signed up to deliver the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Also known as the Global Goals, they promise to end extreme poverty, realize the human rights of all and heal the planet within 15 years.
    They apply universally, not just to the poorest countries, and their promise is to leave no one behind.”
    For the next 14 years the Global Goals will set the framework for Plan International’s development and humanitarian endeavours, inspiring us to do ever more to fulfil our purpose: “WE STRIVE FOR A JUST WORLD THAT ADVANCES CHILDREN’S

    Plan International Nigeria current strategy is for two years (July 2016 to June 2018), and is now in its second year of implementation. A review of the
    country strategy is due and a new five-year country strategy is also expected.

    Terms of Reference for Participatory Situational Analysis

    • As a member of Plan International, Plan Nigeria is committed to the same purpose and is anchored on the same Global Goals. In this process of
    • reviewing the country strategy and developing a new one, we therefore aim to better understand our context (the Nigerian context) by carrying out a
    • participatory situational analysis so as to better align with our purpose and contribute effectively and efficiently so that 100 million girls learn, lead, decide and thrive.

    Objectives of the Situational Analysis

    • Generally, the situational analysis will focus on understanding the extent to which Nigeria has achieved child’s rights goals to which she signed up to and the present state of the girl in Nigeria. Specifically, the exercise will aim:
    • 1. To explain the political economy in terms of the distribution of power and wealth between different groups and individuals, and the process that create,
    • sustain, and transform these relationships overtime for or against the respect, protection and fulfilment of the rights of children, adolescents and equality for
    • girls. Specifically, it will focus on understanding:
    • The interests and incentives available to the different groups in society and how these generate particular policy (formal and informal) outcomes
    • that encourage or hinder the fulfilment of children and adolescents’ rights, particularly the girl;
    • The role that formal institutions and informal social, political and cultural norms play in shaping interactions and political and economic competition
    • at all levels; and
    • The impact of values and beliefs, including political ideologies, religion and cultural beliefs on behaviour and public policy in relation to the rights
    • of the child and the adolescent, and equality for girls.
    • To determine aspects of the social, political, economic and legal environment that have a major influence on children’s rights, adolescents, youths, and equality for girls, including identifying relevant laws, policies,
    • budget allocations, and social practices in view of the major rights’ gaps identified at community, state, national and international levels.
    • To find out major gaps in children, adolescents, youths’ rights and equality for girls that are significant at local, state and national level.
    • To explain the root causes and drivers of the major gaps found out and how they affect specific groups of vulnerable and excluded children,
    • adolescents, and youths, particularly girls.
    • To review and update the humanitarian situation within the context of the insurgency and climate change in the northeast and other parts of the
    • country, and explain the perspective of international NGOs, government and donor agencies, and opportunities for programming for Plan
    • International Nigeria.
    • To identify organizations that have a major influence on children’s rights and equality for girls, their major priorities and interests/power dynamics.

    Expected Deliverable
    From the above objectives the study will produce a comprehensive but concise situational analysis report that includes an executive summary and recommendation for programming.


    • To be able to achieve the objectives above, the situational analysis exercise will collect secondary and primary data. Desk review will be used to generate secondary data, while primary data will be collected using focus group discussions, key informant interviews, questionnaires, and field observation.
    • Techniques such as power, policy, gender, and problem and decision tree analyses, and other tools will be used to generate and analyze information. It will be a participatory process that will actively involve staff of Plan International Nigeria, women and children, communities, local partners, critical stakeholders, and others at some stage. It will also require the support of Plan WARO and selected NOs.
    • There may be the need for the Consultant/s to travel to Northeast to meet and interview some stakeholders. The Consultant/s will also be required to make a one (1) day presentation of their findings to Plan Staff and some selected critical stakeholders before finalizing their report.
    • Plan International Nigeria has created a Committee to oversee the development of its new country strategy. This committee will coordinate the activities of the consultant/s.


    • The situational analysis exercise will be for 15 days, and will actively commence from January 8, 2018 and by January 31, 2018 the final report has
    • been produced. Therefore, the Consultant/s are expected to draw up 15 days’ schedule of activities that includes data collection, analysis and first draft
    • reporting.



    • All official documents of Plan International shared with the consultant in the course of this assignment must be treated as confidential, including all
    • documents developed from the course of this consultancy work which must be submitted, and which will be, and remain the intellectual property of Plan
    • International.


    • At least a postgraduate degree in the field of political economy and development studies.
    • Proven experience in the field of organizational and social development. Past experience of a facilitating a country situational analysis or other
    • research processes. Past experience of facilitating an Organizational Country Strategic Plan development in Nigeria 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 Nigeria and in the international context.
    • Excellent written and spoken English.
    • Good knowledge of Microsoft basic applications, and possession of a working computer.

    Method of Application

    To apply, please send proposal including methodology, curriculum vitae, total cost, duration, in English to Please indicate in the subject line of the email the position you are applying for
    and reference "Plan International Nigeria CSP". Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

    All interested consultants/firms are requested to submit their proposals via email to be shared or hand deliver to our Offices on 46, Mike Akhigbe Way, Jabi District, Abuja, Nigeria not later than 5.00 pm on Dec. 20, 2017 organized as follows:
    Technical proposal (main content and body not exceeding 5 pages): The technical proposal should reflect the firm’s/consultants understanding of the TORs and how all the tasks in the Scope of Work will be undertaken. The firm/group of consultants will also provide a detailed methodology and plan of specific activities and timetable for carrying out the assignment.
    Financial Budget: The firm/group of consultants shall propose a realistic cost estimate for this assignment, including a breakdown of the budget and
    justification of expenses. The budget shall include only those costs that can be directly attributed to the activities proposed. This should be
    submitted separately from the Technical Proposal.
    Statutory Requirements: Firm’s should provide copies of registration certificates and VAT compliance certificates.
    Personnel and experience: The consultants/firm shall list and briefly describe the experience, qualifications and specific roles of the consultant(s) proposed to work on the assignment. Detailed resumes of the core team of proposed consultants should be provided
    Reference information on previous assignments: Plan International Nigeria shall request successful bidder/s to present previous reports as evidence of capacity or drafting ability.

    A contract will be drawn up following a successful recruitment process for a consultant based on Plan International Nigeria procurement policy. The
    contract will be the formal document establishing a business relationship between the Consultant and Plan International Nigeria, as decided by the
    terms of the contract.
    Values of Plan International Nigeria
    You confirm you are familiar and committed to the following values of Plan International Nigeria:
    WE STRIVE FOR LASTING IMPACT - We strive to achieve significant and lasting impact on the lives of children and young people, and to secure
    equality for girls. We challenge ourselves to be bold, courageous, focused and innovative.
    WE WORK WELL TOGETHER - We succeed by working effectively with others, inside and outside the organization, including our sponsors and
    donors. We actively support our colleagues, helping them to achieve their goals. We come together to create and implement solutions in our teams,
    across Plan International, with children, girls, young people, communities and our partners.
    WE ARE INCLUSIVE AND EMPOWERING - We respect all people, appreciate differences and challenge inequality in our programs and our
    workplace. We support children, girls and young people to increase their confidence and to change their own lives. We empower our staff to give their
    best and develop their potential.
    WE ARE OPEN AND ACCOUNTABLE - We create a climate of trust inside and outside the organization by being open, honest and transparent. We hold
    ourselves and others to account for the decisions we make and for our impact on others, while doing what we say we will do.

    Ethics and Child Protection
    Plan International Nigeria places a high premium on CHILD PROTECTION issues in all its working relationships with its partners and associates and
    mandates all its working partners and associates to adhere to its CHILD PROTECTION Policy.
    As such, the activity must ensure appropriate, safe, non-discriminatory participation; a process of free and un-coerced consent and withdrawal;
    confidentiality and anonymity of participants. Consultants are required to provide a statement within their proposal on how they will ensure ethics and
    child protection in the development process. This must also include consideration of any risks related to the activity and how these will be

    Disclosure of Information/Child Protection
    It is understood and agreed that the Consultant(s) shall, during and after the effective period of the contract, treat as confidential and not divulge, unless
    authorized in writing by Plan, any information obtained in the course of the performance of the Contract. Information will be made available for the
    consultants on a needtoknow basis. Any necessary field visits must be budgeted for in your proposal. Plan staff under the coordination of the National
    Program Manager will support the consultant in facilitating all necessary engagements required by the Consultant. The selected consultant will commit
    to respect Plan’s Child Protection Policy to prevent any harm from participating children and youth.

    The Consultant and partners declares and guarantees that no offer, gift or payment, consideration or benefit of any kind, which constitutes an illegal or
    corrupt practice, has been or will be made to anyone by the Consultant either directly or indirectly, as an inducement or reward for the award or execution of
    this agreement. The Consultant declares and guarantees that neither Consultant, nor partners or associates, temporary nor permanent, would be involved in the
    implementation of this agreement:
    a) Have been convicted during a period of three (3) years prior to the submission of their proposals for this project, by a court of law in Nigeria
    or in any other jurisdiction for an offence involving bribery or corruption.
    b) Are under sanction, for an offence involving bribery or corruption, imposed by a government, a governmental organization or a development
    organization providing development assistance

    The Consultant or partners declares and guarantees that the funds provided by Plan International Nigeria for the service shall not be knowingly be used to
    benefit terrorist groups as defined in the criminal code of Nigeria or individual members of those groups or for terrorist activities either directly or indirectly

     Whistle Blower Policy
    Plan International Nigeria has a Code of Conduct including a Whistle Blower Policy (attached) and enjoins its entire staff and associates to “whistle blow”
    (raise legitimate concerns about violation of the Code of Conduct without fear of recrimination in the course of their engagement with Plan International

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