Consultancy: Civic Engagement Curriculum Development & Training - Tunisia

Tunis, Tunisia
Apply by 8 February 2019
Posted on 9 January 2019

Job Description

Project Summary

Search for Common Ground - Tunisia (Search-Tunisia) is currently implementing in partnership with FHI360 the USAID-funded Ma3an program, which aims to increase the capacity of communities to withstand political, social, and economic stresses and shocks by achieving the objectives of: 1) strengthened community resilience, 2) mitigated community vulnerabilities, and 3) improved capacity of Tunisian partners to sustain and replicate the model. Ma3an will spur 30 of Tunisia’s most vulnerable communities to action and generate sustainable resources for development in areas that are vulnerable to instability. Together with USAID-Tunisia’s programs in accountability, decentralization, and youth entrepreneurship (i.e., TADAEEM and Mashrou3i), Ma3an will consolidate democratic progress while fostering social cohesion in target areas.

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Search in Tunisia

Search’s mission in Tunisia is to promote the culture of dialogue and diversity through the involvement of all parts of society while building their capacities. Search works in Tunisia to help members of Tunisian society to address conflicts and differences constructively through cooperation and dialogue. Search-Tunisia works across multiple channels, mainly with youth, CSOs, media actors, security forces, and local authorities to build the capacity of individuals and institutions to address challenges including differences and acting on common points. Through this approach and partnerships, Search-Tunisia has four main strategic objectives: (i) promoting peace education; (ii) fostering non-violent social dialogue; (iii) enhancing participatory and inclusive governance; and (iv) transforming violent extremism. More information about our Tunisia program can be found here.

About the Consultancy

As part of the Ma3an program, Search-Tunisia aims to engage teachers and school administrators to provide civic engagement opportunities for youth in several vulnerable Tunisian communities. During the first year, Search will do this by developing an Arabic-language civic engagement curriculum that will guide middle and high school teachers and administrators in 18 schools across six Tunisian governorates in the delivery of weekly extra-curricular civic engagement classes to students.

Search-Tunisia seeks to procure the services of (an) external independent consultant(s) who will work closely with the Ma3an team and the Ministry of Education to lead the development of the civic engagement curriculum and train teachers and administrators on its use.

The external consultant will lead the curriculum development with support and input from the Ma3an School-Based Youth Engagement Advisor and Technical Officer, as well as the Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI) Advisor. The curriculum will be age- and capacity-appropriate, and integrate gender and social inclusions considerations, such as the promotion of adult-accompanied service activities held during day-time hours. These activities may range from organizing civic advocacy campaigns in collaboration with local authorities, to hosting cultural and charity events with the engagement of both youth and their parents/teachers. To inform the creation of the curriculum and ensure resonance to the Tunisian context, the consultant will develop a participatory methodology based on focus group discussions (FGD) within each target community that convene key stakeholders, such as teachers, inspectors, students, parents and other key educators. These FGDs will allow the consultant and the Ma3an team to assess local gaps, needs, and opportunities regarding youth civic engagement.

The content of the curriculum will: (1) be informed by a desk review of external literature, led by the Search-Tunisia DM&E team with support from the Ma3an School-Based Youth Engagement Advisor, which will look at regional and global best practice in the development of civic education curricula; (2) capitalize on Search-Tunisia’s previous success implementing civic engagement and peace education curriculums in 20 (primary) schools in ten Tunisia governorates; (3) leverage Search’s global experience in developing civic education curricula in other countries (in Yemen, for instance) through the technical support provided by Search’s Children and Youth Department. The Ministry of Education will be closely consulted throughout the curriculum development process through regular calls, informal discussions and formal workshops with Ministry officials for feedback.

The consultant will conduct work in the six target governorates of Zaghouan, Tunis, Jendouba, Siliana, Sousse, and Kairouan, but the final selection of target communities and schools will be made in collaboration with USAID and the Ministry of Education. S/he will report to the School-Based Youth Engagement Advisor and work closely with the School-Based Youth Engagement Technical Officer, Search-Tunisia DM&E team, and the Search-Ma3an Team Leader. This consultancy will last for approximately 6 months, from January to June 2019.

Scope of Work

The scope of the assignment is divided into two lots: 1) Curriculum Development and 2) Curriculum Training. Applicants can apply either for both lots or for only one, but applicants with capacities to deliver both lots will be preferred.

The two lots include the following activities:

Lot 1 - Curriculum Development

  1. Support the Ma3an School-Based Youth Engagement Advisor and Technical Officer in their engagement with the Ministry of Education aimed at cultivating institutional buy-in and building key relationships within the Ministry. (Since start of contract and throughout duration of contract)
  2. Develop an inception report that provides an inclusive methodology featuring focus group discussions (FGDs) and Key Informant Interviews (KIIs) with key stakeholders and leveraging: i) a desk review on existing literature and resources produced by the Search-Tunisia DM&E team, ii) Search previous successes and lessons learned implementing similar programs in Tunisia and elsewhere. The inception report should also provide a clear work plan for the whole curriculum development process. It will be submitted to the Ma3an team for review and approval. (January 2019)
  3. Lead the facilitation of FGDs and KIIs with key national and local stakeholders at central level and in the 6 target governorates (teachers, inspectors, students, parents, and other key educators) to gain qualitative inputs on youth civic engagement needs and challenges. (February 2019)
  4. Produce a single fieldwork analysis report that captures key insights and question responses, and identifies success factors, challenges, threats, needs, and local opportunities and gaps regarding youth civic engagement in the target communities. (February 2019)
  5. Develop (i) the list of topics to be covered by the curriculum and (ii) an outline of the curriculum, which should be divided into Educator Guide and Student Book, and submit both documents for review and approval to the Ma3an team and the Ministry of Education. (Early March 2019)
  6. With support from the GESI Advisor, ensure that special attention is given to considerations around gender, social cohesion, marginalized groups, non-violence, and conflict resolution and peace. The curriculum must be also relevant to national educational goals. (Throughout curriculum development process)
  7. Ensure the integration of a youth-centered pedagogy that foresees interactive activities and supports a safe and learner-friendly educational environment. (Throughout curriculum development process)
  8. Lead the development of a draft Teacher Guide and a draft Student Book, with support and input from relevant Ma3an team members, Search’s global Children and Youth Team, and relevant Ministry of Education representatives. (March 2019)
  9. Develop and structure all potential associated resource materials (lesson handouts, library of associated media resources, etc.). (April 2019)
  10. Work closely with relevant Ma3an team members and the Ministry of Education to ensure that curriculum is effective and relevant with local content, using, where available, localized examples to explain concepts. (Throughout curriculum development process)
  11. Lead the draft curriculum review process and update based on feedback provided by the Search team, the wider Ma3an team, and the Ministry of Education, through calls, email exchanges, and/or formal review sessions as required. (April 2019)
  12. Finalize the curriculum based on feedback received, submitting to the Ma3an team one electronic copy (Word format) and one hard copy. (April 2019)

Lot 2 - Curriculum Training

  1. Develop agenda and module content for a three-day training for teachers and educators on the use of the civic engagement curriculum (Teacher Guide and Student Book) in weekly extra-curricular civic engagement classes for students. Submit agenda and module content for review to the Ma3an team. (end of April 2019)
  2. Facilitate 6 governorate-level training workshops in Arabic for 15 teachers and school administrators (one per target governorate) on the use of the civic engagement curriculum for weekly extra-curricular classes for students. (June 2019)
  3. Produce one final report on the training workshops, capturing key insights, challenges, lessons learned, and recommendations for curriculum use and adaptation. (June 2019)

Deliverables & Payment Schedule

The following deliverables and payment structure are expected from this consultancy:

No

Deliverable

Due Date

Payment Schedule

(both Lots)

Payment Schedule

(single Lot)

Lot 1 - Curriculum Development

1

Inception report, including methodology and work plan for curriculum development

February 1, 2019

20% of total contract (after completion and approval of deliverable 1)

20% of total contract (after completion and approval of deliverable 1)

2

Fieldwork analysis report

February 25, 2019

20% of total contract (after completion and approval of deliverables 1-2)

20% of total contract (after completion and approval of deliverables 1-2)

3

(i) List of topics to be covered by the curriculum

(ii) Outline of curriculum, divided into Educator Guide and Student Book

March 4, 2019

4

Draft curriculum, divided into Educator Guide and Student Book

March 31, 2019

20% of total contract (after completion and approval of deliverables 1-4)

40% of total contract (after completion and approval of deliverables 1-4)

5

Associated resource materials

April 19, 2019

6

Final curriculum, with feedback provided by Ma3an team incorporated

April 19, 2019

20% of total contract (after completion and approval of deliverables 1-6)

20% of total contract (after completion and approval of deliverables 1-6)

Lot 2 - Curriculum Training

7

Training agenda and module content for six training workshops on curriculum use (one per target governorate)

April 30, 2019

30% of total contract (after completion and approval of deliverable 7)

8

Final report on six training workshops, including recommendations for curriculum use and adaptation

June 30

20% of total contract (after completion and approval of deliverables 1-8)

70% of total contract (after completion and approval of deliverables 7-8)

Curriculum Development Team

The consultant will report directly to the School-Based Youth Engagement Advisor and work closely with the School-Based Youth Engagement Technical Officer, the Search-Tunisia DM&E team, the Search-Ma3an Team Leader, and the Ma3an Senior Technical Advisor. S/he will be also required to liaise closely with representatives of the Ministry of Education.

Remuneration

The selection of the consultant will be determined based on the financial proposal, technical proposal, previous experience and skills of the proposed consultant(s), and an interview.

Qualifications & Competencies

Lot 1

  • Advanced university degree in education, international development, social sciences, peacebuilding, or other related technical field.
  • At least 7 years of professional work experience at national or international level on education programming, policy support, particularly in civic education and training and/or curriculum development.
  • Strong technical expertise in curriculum development and/or interactive pedagogy.
  • Experience working with Ministries of Education providing technical support or implementing programs, particularly in education and/or analytical research.
  • Sound knowledge of the education sector in Tunisia or the MENA region and educational policies and processes.
  • Good knowledge of civil society and community work in Tunisia.
  • Experience in organizing and facilitating multi-stakeholder meetings.
  • Extensive experience in qualitative research and data analysis, especially conducting FGDs and KIIs.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, both written and oral.
  • Excellent program management (design, planning, and coordination) skills.
  • Strong technical expertise in report writing.
  • Fluency in Arabic and English, French would be a plus.
  • Proficiency working with Microsoft Office or other similar software.

Lot 2

  • Advanced university degree in education, international development, social sciences, peacebuilding, or other related technical field.
  • At least 7 years of professional work experience providing training to different stakeholders, particularly related to civic and peace education.
  • At least 5 years of experience working in educational institutions, INGOs, or other relevant institutions.
  • Extensive experience organizing and leading Trainings of Trainers, from the creation of the training agenda and module content to the development of all training resources and materials.
  • Good knowledge of the Tunisian education sector/context or regional knowledge in similar country contexts is highly desirable.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, both written and oral.
  • Experience utilizing several different teaching methodologies, particularly highly interactive methodologies that engage significantly the learner.
  • Experience writing strong training reports.
  • Fluency in Arabic and English, French would be a plus.
  • Proficiency working with Microsoft Office or other similar software

This posting will close on January 14, 2019.

To Apply

Interested candidates (for both lots or a single lot) should send their applications (in English or French) via e-mail to contact.tunisia@sfcg.org, using as email subject “Civic Engagement Curriculum Development & Training - [Lot(s) for which they are applying]” and including the following:

  • Cover letter and current resume(s) of the involved consultant(s).
  • Technical proposal, including a suggested methodology, timeline, minimum three (3) previous performance references (maximum one page each) of similar work conducted in the field of civic/peace education curriculum development, minimum three (3) organizational/institutional reference contacts who can speak to the quality of the consultant’s work.
  • Financial proposal, with a detailed breakdown of costs related to salaries, travel, expenses, activity costs.

Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted. No phone calls please. Please see our website www.sfcg.org for full details of our work.

About the Organization

Search for Common Ground (Search) is an international non-profit organization that promotes the peaceful resolution of conflict. With headquarters in Washington, DC and Brussels, Belgium, Search’s mission is to transform how individuals, organizations, and governments deal with conflict—away from destructive approaches towards cooperative solutions. With more than 600 staff worldwide, Search implements projects in more than 30 countries across the globe.

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