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  • 2019 – 2023 Country Strategy Development at Plan International

  • 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.

    2019 – 2023 Country Strategy Development

     

    TERMS OF REFERENCE FOR THE
    LEAD CONSULTANT

    INTRODUCTION
    Plan International Nigeria began operating in Nigeria in 2014 with a three-year Business Plan designed to operate from 2014 to 2017, but was reviewed and revised in 2015 fiscal year into a two-year Country Strategy that started in July 2016 and to end by June 2018. The revision was a response to the significant changes that occurred between 2014 and 2016 in the country, and also with the fact that the country program began experiencing a rapid growth in the later and early part of 2015 and 2016, respectively. The goal of the current country strategy is “Children, adolescent and youth, especially girls, enjoy their basic rights in safety and achieve their potential as citizens including, during and after disasters.” So far, the current country strategy has run for a year from July 2016 to June
    2017, thus, the need for it to be reviewed. This is necessary in order to determine whether it is still relevant, ensuring program quality, and on course
    to meeting the strategic objectives. A review is also incompliance with Section 4.0, Sub-section 4.1.1. of Plan International Country Strategy Cycle Procedure and Step 3.1.1. of the Annual Cycle Procedure. Moreover, with the development of “100 Million Reasons”, the new Plan International’s Global
    Strategy that runs from 2017 to 2022, has made it imperative that Plan International Nigeria’s country strategy align with its theory of change, purpose, commitment and values. Thus, the decision to commence the development of a new country strategy.
    The new country strategy will be for five years starting from FY July 2018 to FY June 2023. In the development of this strategy, Plan International Nigeria will draw significantly from its five years’ experience implementing humanitarian and development programs and from its partnership relationships in Nigeria; and also from the situational analysis that will cover social, cultural, economic, political, legal aspects of the country that have
    significant consequences on children’s rights and equality of girls. This will involve primary and secondary researches. We will also draw from the
    experiences of our partner NOs and the African Region of Plan International.

    Also, the new country strategy will consider international and domestic frameworks and documents such as the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, 1991, Child Rights Act of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 2003, Universal
    Basic Education Act of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 2004, and others. There are relevant documents such as policies, quarterly and annual reports, project evaluations, audits, the country risk register, and others within Plan International that will be sourced for the purpose of developing the new
    country strategy. The process of developing the new country strategy will generally be participatory and will require the full commitment of the staff.

    Objectives of the Country Strategy Development Team:
    With the support of the Country Strategy Development Team, the Lead Consultant will guide the process of developing the new country strategy of Plan International Nigeria.

    Specifically, she or he will:

    • Conduct a review of the current country strategy of Plan International Nigeria (2016-2018) in terms of its effectiveness, efficiency,
    • relevance, and alignment to the present Plan Global Strategy;
    • Carry out SWOT analysis and a review of reports from the situational and stakeholders’ analyses.
    • Generate a synthesized analytical report from the current country strategy review report, the situational and stakeholders’ analyses reports, and the SWOT analysis report.
    • Facilitate the visioning and defining of the Country Program’s niche and theory of change.
    • Facilitate the development of strategic options, choices and objectives; the programmatic approach, success measurement
    • framework, and risk management mitigation plan of the Country Program.
    • Carry out a comprehensive finance and human resource assessment, and support the in development of a high-level strategy
    • resource plan that will be required to achieve the newly defined strategic objectives.
    • Draft the Country Program Strategy document that begins from July 2018 to June 2023.

    Expected Outputs:

    • By achieving the above objectives, the following outputs will be generated:
    • Reports from the review of the current Country Strategy, SWOT, situational and stakeholders’ analyses.
    • A synthesized analytical report from the CS review and SWOT, situational and stakeholders’ analyses reports.
    • Clearly defined Country Program niche, theory of Change, strategic options, choices and objectives.
    • Defined core programmatic approaches, log-frame and risk management mitigation plan.
    • A comprehensive resource needs assessment report.
    • A Country Program strategy resource plan.
    • A five-year Country Program Strategy (July2018 – June2023) document.

     METHODOLOGY
    The Lead Consultant will also be the person that will carry out a review of the current Country Program Strategy. This will enable the person acquire a better and deeper understanding of the country program prior to facilitating the development of the new country program strategy. She or he will conduct both desk review and field assessments using qualitative and quantitative techniques in data collection and interpretation. To generate qualitative data she/he will employ participatory and learning approach. Desk review will be carried out on related documents such as country strategy document, project reports, monitoring and evaluation reports, global strategy document, organizational policies, program frameworks, relevant government papers, multilateral and bilateral documents, and others. At the field level, interviews and participatory group exercises will be conducted with girls, young women, children, and other priority groups in the communities. Also interviews and/or participatory group exercises will be carried out with staff, implementing partners, government agencies, donors, traditional leaders, and critical others. Key informants and focus group discussions will also be employed to generate data. To ensure participation, a process that is facilitative and provides for sufficient time and space for open participation will be adopted during workshops. Interactions during workshops will not be extractive but allow joint analysis of the issues under review and equal and active participation of staff and relevant stakeholders.
    The Lead Consultant will be working closely with the Country Program Strategy Development (CPSD) Team that have the responsibility to coordinate the strategy development activities, ensure Plan International approved procedures are followed, and staff and critical stakeholders are genuinely involved in the process.

    DURATION AND SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES
    The country strategy development process will be staggered to ensure availability and quality time of staff, thus, is expected to stretch from January
    2018 to May 2018, and will require 39 days of the Lead Consultant. Below is the schedule of activities of the country strategy development process:

    QUALIFICATION/REQUIREMENTS
    Interested individual candidates/firms should possess:

    • Individual experts are expected to have a minimum of Master’s Degree in relevant courses and over 10 years’ experience.
    • Knowledge and experiences in Strategic Planning, Organizational
    • Development and Program Management at national and international level
    • Senior level Management Experience (preferably executive level) at national and international levels (at least one consultant) is must.
    • Experience of designing and managing change processes.
    • Knowledge and experience in children’s rights and gender analysis.
    • An excellent understanding of theory of change concepts.
    • Good understanding of M&E methodologies and participatory research methodology such as PRA, etc.
    • Experience of conducting key informant interviews and focus group discussions.
    • Excellent English writing and communication skills.
    • Ability to work and travel within disaster risk areas.
    • The evaluation team will be expected to sign and abide by Plan International values and compliance statement and key policies.

    Method of Application

    To apply, please send proposal including methodology, curriculum vitae, total cost, duration, in English to Nigeria.Recruitment@Plan-international.org 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.

    CONTRACT
    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
    mitigated.

    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.

    Anti-Corruption
    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

    Anti-Terrorism
    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
    Nigeria).

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