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  • Posted: Jul 14, 2020
    Deadline: Jul 20, 2020
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    Consultant - Baseline Assessment - Education For Crisis - Affected Girls (ECG) In Borno and Yobe States Consultancy

    Ref No: 200002SM
    Location: Maiduguri, Borno
    Employee Status: Fixed Term

    Child Safeguarding
    Level 3:

    • The post holder will have contact with children and/or young people either frequently (e.g. once a week or more) or intensively (e.g. four days in one month or more or overnight) because they work country programs; or are visiting country programs; or because they are responsible for implementing the police checking/vetting process staff.

    Background

    • Despite nearly two decades of investment in the Universal Basic Education Programme, Nigeria still has 10.5 million out-of-school children - the world’s highest number. About 60% of out-of-school children are girls. Many of those who do enroll, drop out early. 60% of out of school children in Nigeria are in northern States.  
    • According to Education Under Attack 2018 report, Nigeria remains one of the countries where students and educators are most frequently targeted. Northern Nigeria displays the lowest school attendance rate in the country, especially for girls, having a female primary attendance ratio of 44% (Cluster, 2017). Deeply rooted gender inequalities exclude women and girls from decision making and underpin strong social expectations towards girls, including taking on marital roles, and therefore they are less likely to be provided with opportunities to go to school.                      

    Purpose of the Baseline:

    • The purpose of the baseline and gender assessment will be to provide baseline situational information at project locations which will inform program intervention and strategies.
    • Information from the baseline assessment will be used as standards to track progress and performance towards achieving the projects outputs and outcomes throughout project implementation.

    Specific Objectives:

    • To identify the benchmarks for the project’s intended immediate, intermediate, and ultimate outcomes, against a set of approved indicators in Performance Measurement Framework (PMF);
    • To provide information for setting realistic and achievable targets for the project;
    • To provide evidence on key contextual factors, and verify Save The Children’s understanding of the social norm (power dynamics at HH and community level) situation in Yobe and Borno states;
    • To assess social and gender-based attitudes of responsibility-holders at household and community levels toward access to quality education for crisis affected girls aged 6 to 14.
    • To determine the knowledge and skills of adolescents (10-14) (boys and girls) to engage with responsibility holders and peers for the advancement of girls' right to quality education.
    • To assess socio-economic capacities of responsibility-holders at household level to sustain access to quality education for crisis-affected girls (and boys) aged 6 to 14.
    • Develop specific recommendations on strategies that will ensure gender equality mainstreaming in the project intervention and ensure that the most vulnerable especially girls are not left out in project implementation.
    • Provide information on decision making powers, participation levels and control of assets of girls, boys, women and men at household and community level
    • Generate findings on the restrictive gender stereotypes in school as well as safety and protection issues in the school and community environment and other external factors that can affect girls’ access to education.
    • Identify the discriminatory gender and social norms barriers to girl education in the project target local government areas.
    • To determine the capacity of education authorities in implementing gender-responsive and conflict-sensitive teacher professional development (TPD) and certification to improve availability of qualified teachers, particularly females, in conflict-affected areas.    
    • To determine  technical and operational capacity of education and social protection government authorities to provide gender-responsive and crisis-responsive education and social protection for most deprived girls and boys;                           
    • To improve access of all girls and other vulnerable groups (children with disabilities Street child, child workers, children with conflict, orphans, child headed households) to quality education.
    • To provide baseline data where relevant in response to the updated indicators to measure the project results and impact and quality education for the beneficiaries in the program site/location at the end of the project.
    • Conduct a social norm diagnostic covering the following areas:
    • Power dynamics at the household and community levels;
    • Distribution of resources at the household level (access to and control over);
    • Roles and responsibilities of women, girls, men and boys;
    • Cultural and religious taboos, myths and beliefs;
    • Knowledge, attitudes and practices regarding education and ASRH rights, and sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV)
    • To determine the realization of the right to education of girls and boys in conflict-affected areas

    Scope of the Evaluation:

    • The Baseline assessment will take place in 6 LGAs across Borno and Yobe State, namely Potiskum, Gujba, Damaturu, Mafa, Konduga, and Jere LGAs.

    Design and Methodology:

    • A mix method approach will be used for data collection (quantitative and qualitative), beginning with the quantitative survey.

    Data Collection Tools:
    A quantitative household survey that will be administered with:

    • Adolescent girls and boys stratified by age (10-14) and current status of education (out of school);
    • Caregivers (male and female) i.e. head of households and parents,  

    Focused group discussions with:

    • Very young adolescents (6-9 years girls and boys)
    • Community members, religious leaders, and key

    Key informant interviews  with:

    • Education and social protection government officials;

    Sampling:

    • Sample sites will be selected through a stratified multi-stage cluster sample design. Strata will be selected at the country level, and will include key characteristics and factors expected to impact progress towards outcome (i.e. geographic location, socio-economic features, etc.)

    Sampling for Household Survey:

    • The proposed sample sizes will have 95% confidence interval, enabling results to be generalized to the project intervention areas. An additional 10 percent sample of households will be included to address non-respondents or incomplete questionnaires.

    Key populations have been identified for data collection for the project:

    • Adolescent girls and boys, stratified by age (6-9: 10-14);
    • Male and female head of households, parents, and community members;

    The selected research consultant will be required to prepare detailed research methodology in partnership with Save the Children Nigeria Baseline survey will be proposed to apply both quantitative and qualitative data collection methods. The baseline assessment should include, but not necessarily limited to the following methods and approaches:

    • Desk reviews of relevant documents to assess current situations (national/state reports, local laws, policies and strategies related education, resilience and child protection).
    • A review of the existing SCI and partner policies such as the SCI Child Safeguarding policy, SC Enabling Teachers Common Approach brief, briefs on gender-responsive pedagogy, Teaching in crisis Context toolkit, SCI humanitarian strategies etc.
    • Interviews, focus groups, key informant interviews, risk mapping exercises, etc. with Government officials; Community Development/Social Welfare, Education; Community leaders and members; religious leaders; School Based Management Committees (SBMC); LEAs and a diversity of gender groups (e.g. CAAFAG, Foster parents, Child headed households, Female headed households, Adolescent Boys and Girls, Persons with disabilities etc.) within the project locations.
    • Observations and any additional data collection techniques and analysis to be determined by the researcher/consultant (should be elaborated in the consultant proposal).

    Scope of Work for the Consultancy:

    • Reviewing the protocol and survey instruments, providing inputs based on previous similar experience including finalizing the design and sampling methodology;
    • Translating the protocol and data collection tools into local language (Hausa/Kanuri)
    • Finalizing the selection of the sample clusters
    • Uploading the quantitative survey instruments into a cloud-based platform and onto smart phones or tablets for the enumerators;
    • Conduct training and supervision of enumerators and supervisors required to complete the assignment efficiently, including a piloting of the instruments and last- minute adjustments as needed for improved comprehension of the target population; verifying the enumerators ability to use the smart phones/ tablets and data recording devices for those who are conducting focus group interviews. Enumerators must speak the local language (Kanuri/Hausa)
    • Leading the implementation of high quality gender sensitive data collection
    • Verifying data quality as it is being uploaded into the cloud-based platform
    • Transcribing focus group discussions
    • Preparing clean data analysis tables of the household survey
    • Providing translated transcripts from qualitative interviews;
    • Share a draft report for SC and SCC’s feedback;
    • Finalize the report based on feedback.

    Deliverables
    Timeframe and Period:

    • Activities: Desk reviews -03 (No of days)
    • Activities: Submission of inception report - 03 (No of days)
    • Activities: Incorporate feedbacks from SC -  01 (No of days)
    • Activities: Translation of tools in local language - 04 days (No of days)
    • Activities: Enumerators’ training and pilot testing - 04+02 (No of days)
    • Activities: Data collection *6 LGAs - 20 (No of days)
    • Activities: Data cleaning and analysis - 05 (No of days)
    • Activities: Submission of first draft report to SC - 10 (No of days)
    • Activities: Adjust the report with Save the Children’s feedback - 03 (No of days)
    • Activities: Presentation and submission of the final report - 02 (No of days)
    • Total number of days - 57 days Maximum

    Qualifications

    • Minimum of 8 years of experience in coordinating and administering baseline/endline studies, including gender-sensitive data collection and entry, data management and storage, preferably for international non-profit organizations or multilateral agencies with preference for studies in education;
    • Demonstrated experience in training, facilitation and supervising survey enumerators and data entry team to collect and enter data as per high quality standards;
    • Demonstrated experience in establishing cloud-based systems and working with smart phones or tablets;
    • Demonstrated experience in quantitative and qualitative data analysis, particularly as it relates to social norms i.e. power dynamics between male and female members, decision making, access to and control of resources, and others;
    • Knowledge and experience with adolescent programming, specifically primary education, social norm change, policies and services systems;
    • Knowledge of and experience with gender equality and measuring gender sensitive/transformative programming;
    • Ability to produce high quality work under tight timeframes;
    • Ability to work jointly with the Save the Children Nigeria office and integrate feedback as required;
    • Prior experience working on evaluations for Canadian Government (GAC/CIDA/DFATD) considered an advantage.

     

    Application Package and Procedures
    Applications for the consultancy must include following components, for a total of no more than 15 pages (not including appendices, CVs, etc.):

    • Detailed technical proposal clearly demonstrating a thorough understanding of this ToR and including the following:
    • Demonstrate previous experience in coordinating and administering studies of a similar nature, including experience with the implementation of data collection activities that are gender-responsive, adolescent-friendly and respect child safeguarding principles;
    • Propose a plan for surveying the projected sample population, with adequate consideration for timing of household surveys, travel cost per team of enumerators, supervision of enumeration teams, and quality control;
    • Propose steps to be taken for enumerator training, piloting/translation of tools, data collection, spot checking, data entry and management;
    • A proposed timeframe detailing activities and a schedule/work plan (including a Gantt chart) with the proposed number of enumerators, size of enumerator teams and total number of days in the field bearing in mid the tight deliverable timeframe; and
    • Team composition (including sex-disaggregation) and level of effort of each proposed team member, if applicable.

    A financial proposal with a detailed breakdown of costs for the study:

    • Consultancy fees/costs for all team members
    • Enumerator training and data collection expenses
    • Administrative expenses

    Curriculum Vitae(s) of all proposed staff outlining relevant experience:

    • Names and contact information of two references who can be contacted regarding relevant experience.
    • A copy of a previous report of a similar nature undertaken on: a) baseline study; OR b) endline study.
    • A Consulting Firm profile (if applicable).

    Note

    • The proposal will be scored on both technical (methodology) and financial (budget) aspects weighted at 70% and 30% respectively.  Complete applications should be attached to your application.
    • Applicants are advised that Save the Children International does not require any payment or expense during the entire recruitment process. Any request in this direction should be immediately reported as it is contrary to the values and practices of our organization.
    • Due to the volume of applications received, Save the Children may not provide feedback to all applicants. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
    • Qualified candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible, as applications will be reviewed as received. Save the Children reserves the right to change the closing date, if considered necessary.

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    Health Financing & Advocacy Specialist

    Job ID: 1900034J
    Location: Duste, Jigawa
    Employee Status: Fixed Term

    Role Purpose

    • This role will provide strategic leadership on advocacy for all health projects and by collaborating closely with all the Health Advocacy Advisors, Coordinators and Officers in all the national and field offices – ensuring that they work effectively as a coordinated team spearheading SC’s influencing of governments and partners. S/he will work closely with the, State Project Managers and Chief of Party at National & States on the implementation of the advocacy, campaign, media, social mobilization and communication strategy in Project State. S/he will also be expected to contribute to the implementation of wider Save the Children Advocacy and Campaign Strategy.
    • S/he will coordinate and oversee monthly, quarterly and annual advocacy reports that feeds into donors report. S/he will work closely with state Child Health & Immunization Specialist (CHIS) and the SBCC teams to develop relevant materials (briefs/messages) and undertake actions to create enabling environment and promote sustainability (increasing government commitment and action) of projects.
    • S/he will lead on health policy analysis and support the design and implementation of the programme within the right based programming approach. S/he will be responsible for leading on the development and delivery of health advocacy and financing strategy within the context of Universal Health Care.  S/he will support the State Project Manage and the Chief of Party to promote pro-poor governance agenda in the delivery of primary health care with focus on improving quality and access to Health services and strengthening the health systems at all levels of government.

    Key Areas of Accountability
    Programme Quality:

    • Develop and lead policy and research on health financing, health systems and Universal Health Coverage, especially for influencing  national and state processes and discussions
    • Support actively in the process of developing the programme short- and long-term governance and advocacy agendas.  Particularly as it relates to exploring governance-related barriers to the elimination of exclusion and inequity.
    • Develop and deliver advocacy strategies to influence relevant stakeholders and achieve health policy changes at national and State levels
    • Play a leading role in establishing Pneumonia & infectious disease sensitive working groups at state level
    • Take lead in raising awareness and garnering more commitment towards Childhood Pneumonia
    • Organize major advocacy activities including commemoration of relevant International Child Health Days
    • Ensure clear linkage between programmatic approaches and advocacy strategies.
    • Contribute to the development of annual work plans, budgets, reports and document case studies and success stories on the relevant projects.
    • Contribute to the priorities of health projects by undertaking other responsibilities as required including supporting Save the Children’s Every Last Child campaign and strategy.

    Communication and Representation:

    • Work with the Project Manager, and relevant advisers to develop case studies for the project and ensure that these meet Save the Children Child Safeguarding Policies (CSP),
    • Develop compelling communications materials for the project based on lessons learned and experiences from the project for print and online. More specifically, ensure Childhood Pneumonia is recognized as a leading killer of children under the age of five.
    • Produce reports, position papers, briefing papers, policy advocacy messaging and presentations for internal and external audiences, as directed.
    • Organise events on health issues, including small high-level seminars and conferences
    • Develop and maintain a professional network for governance issues within Nigeria and within SC globally.
    • Organise events for dissemination of important information and messages

    Skills And Behaviours (Our Values In Practice)
    Accountability:

    • Holds self- accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and role modelling Save the Children values
    • Holds the team and partners accountable to deliver on their responsibilities - giving them the freedom to deliver in the best way they see fit, providing the necessary development to improve performance and applying appropriate consequences when results are not achieved

    Ambition:

    • Sets ambitious and challenging goals for themselves (and their team), takes responsibility for their own personal development and encourages others to do the same
    • Widely shares their personal vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others
    • Future orientated, thinks strategically
    • Build strong influencing networks among policy makers, donors and CSOs to push the UHC agenda

    Collaboration:

    • Builds and maintains effective relationships, with their team, colleagues, members and external partners and supporters
    • Values diversity, sees it as a source of competitive strength
    • Approachable, good listener, easy to talk to

    Creativity:

    • Develops and encourages new and innovative solutions
    • Willing to take disciplined risks

    Integrity:

    • Honest, encourages openness and transparency; demonstrates highest levels of integrity

    Requirements, Skills & Experience
    Essential:

    • Level of Education – Post Graduate
    • Specified Study Area – Public Health / Development Economics/ Financial Economics / Development Studies
    • Desired Number of Years’ experience – 7 (in health/development advocacy with a focus on health financing, health governance and enhanced voice and accountability)
    • Language Requirements – English - Excellent. Knowledge of local language is an asset.
    • Level of IT Expertise Required – Excellent
    • Profound  knowledge in Nigeria governance and health systems and political terrains
    • Strong knowledge of global health policy goals and commitments
    • Ability to write strong position papers and policy briefings
    • Strong analytical framework to clearly articulate and communicate our policy positions
    • Ability to be strategic and proactive when required to be able to keep advocacy plans dynamic and aligned to new policy and political developments
    • Ability to clearly communicate  and easily relate to federal  state authorities
    • Experience of working in a multi-cultural environment
    • Comply with the requirements of Save the Children’s commitment to protect children in accordance with the Child Safeguarding Policy.

    Prior Experience Expectations:

    • Building external networks
    • Health financing background
    • Strategic Planning
    • Governance and Gender advocacy
    • Enhanced voice accountability
    • Training and Facilitation

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    Advocacy Intern

    Ref No: 200003TH
    Team/Programme: Advocacy, Campaign, Communication and Media Unit
    Grade: Intern    
    Contract Length: August - October 2020
    Reports to: Advocacy, Campaign and Policy Manager/Survive
    Employee Status: Fixed Term

    Child Safeguarding

    • Level 3: The role holder will have contact with children and/or young people either frequently (e.g. once a week or more) or intensively (e.g. four days in one month or more or overnight) because they work in-country programs; or are visiting country programs; ore because they are responsible for implementing the police checking/vetting process staff.

    Role Purpose

    • The Advocacy Intern will provide support to implement the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Anchor Grant 3 “Nutrition Advocacy” project activities specifically at National and Kaduna State.
    • He/she is responsible for implementing daily task that ensures the project meets all SCI related policies and procedures.
    • The Advocacy Intern serves as an administrative and technical support to Advocacy, Campaign and Policy Manager/Survive, and Advocacy Adviser in Kaduna.
    • He/she will also support other members of the Advocacy, Campaign, Communication and media Team.

    Key Areas of Accountability:

    • Provide support in the day-to-day implementation of the Bill and Melinda Gates grant activities.
    • Support the Advocacy and Campaign, Policy Manager/Survive to co-facilitate trainings and workshops, draft agenda for meetings, prepare presentations, and participate in the development of, and/or the timely completion/review technical reports such as: activity, monthly, quarterly and/or annual reports; strategic plans and work plans; and other ad hoc report.
    • Manage event logistics, travel and accommodation for event participants, consultants and staff. Subscription
    • Liaise with the administrative department for Programme needs and raise procurement request for the production of IEC materials.
    • Support in maintaining good relationship with Government and non-Government partners working on the Project.
    • Liaise with the media and communications team to produce contents to be used for evidence gathering and for contribution to the SCI website.
    • Manage internal and external correspondence as directed by line manager.
    • Under the direction of the Project Manager he/she will represent the project in internal and external events and take notes and provide feedback.
    • Perform other duties and tasks as determined by the Line manager.

    Competences and Behaviours (Our Values in Practice)
    Core Competencies:

    • Adhere to SCI Values: Accountability; Ambition; Collaboration; Creativity; Integrity

    Accountability:

    • Holds self-accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and role modelling Save the Children values
    • Holds the team and partners accountable to deliver on their responsibilities - giving them the freedom to deliver in the best way they see fit, providing the necessary development to improve performance and applying appropriate consequences when results are not achieved.

    Ambition:

    • Sets ambitious and challenging goals for themselves and their team, takes responsibility for their own personal development and encourages their team to do the same
    • Widely shares their personal vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others
    • Future orientated, thinks strategically and on a global scale.

    Collaboration:

    • Builds and maintains effective relationships, with their team, colleagues, Members and external partners and supporters
    • Values diversity, sees it as a source of competitive strength
    • Approachable, good listener, easy to talk to.

    Creativity:

    • Develops and encourages new and innovative solutions
    • Willing to take disciplined risks.

    Integrity:

    • Honest, encourages openness and transparency; demonstrates highest levels of integrity

    Qualifications and Experience
    Essential:

    • Bachelor Degree.
    • 1-year practical experience working in with Local or international NGO.
    • Commitment to SCI’s mission, values and approach.
    • Interest in development issues.
    • Strong computer skills required, especially the ability to work comfortably in the MS office package
    • Ability to work in partnership with government and development partners
    • Excellent interpersonal skills end ability to work successfully in team environment.
    • Demonstrated ability to assess priorities and handle multiple tasks simultaneously to meet deadlines with attention to detail and quality;
    • Strong organizational and communication skills
    • Ability to work well with people at all levels.
    • Strong initiative and self-motivation required, with a commitment to teamwork and effectiveness within a dynamic integrated project.
    • Ability and willingness to travel to project’s zones of influence in the North East.
    • Fluency in English

    Desirable:

    • Fluency in Hausa (as there will be occasional travel to the field)

    Method of Application

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