Short Term Assignment for (Girls in Science Consultancy)

Kabul, Afghanistan
Apply by 27 March 2018
Senior-level , Short-term contract assignment
Posted on 13 March 2018

Job Description

Rationale The Aga Khan Foundation Afghanistan (AKF (Afg) is implementing the Afghan Girls Building a Future in Science (known as Girls in Science) Girls in Science is a three year partnership between the AKF (Afg) and the Vitol Foundation in collaboration with the Government of Afghanistan. The ultimate goal of the project is to ensure “Afghan girls have the knowledge, skills, and tools to pursue long-term education and employment opportunities in the fields of science”. The initiative is a pilot project in 13 government schools (middle and secondary schools in Pol-e-Khomri, Doshi, Baghlan-e-Jadid, and Khinjan districts of Baghlan province. Through the Girls in Science project, Science Clubs will be established and supported within the existing School Student Associations (SSAs) in piloted schools. AKF (Afg) is looking for a short-term expert to develop: a) TOR for the science clubs, b) science club handbook and training manual; and c) inter-school science competition guide and training manual.
  1. Background and context
The Aga Khan Foundation, Afghanistan (AKF (Afg) is an agency of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), a group of international, private, non-denominational development agencies working to improve living conditions and opportunities for people in some of the poorest parts of the developing world. The Network’s organizations have individual mandates that range from the fields of health and education to architecture, rural development and promotion of private-sector enterprise and institutions that seek to empower communities and individuals, usually in disadvantaged circumstances, to improve living conditions and opportunities. For more than 100 years, the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) has worked to ensure that students of all ages have access to quality learning opportunities. The Network operates programs and institutions across more than 25 countries that span the educational ladder, from early childhood programs to primary and secondary schools, from vocational studies for youth to university degrees and continuing professional development for adults. Each year, AKDN programs reach approximately 2 million students directly, 10 million students indirectly. As one of AKDN’s five leading agencies in education, the Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) works in partnership with governments, civil society, school Leaders, academic institutions, teachers, parents, and students to develop and scale community-driven, affordable, innovative solutions that raise the quality and accessibility of public school systems for marginalized children, worldwide. Objective

This consultancy is intended with the below objectives:

· To develop a Science Club Handbook and training manual with activities in math, biology, chemistry, physics, health and nutrition; · To develop Inter-School Science Competition (Olympiad)Activity Guide and training manual with sections in math, biology, chemistry, physics, health and nutrition; and · To conduct a Training of Trainers (ToT) on the Science Club Handbook and Inter-School Science Competition Activity Guide to AKF (Afg) staff, district level government supervisors/educators, and government school science teachers and educators. Main Duties and Responsibilities

The consultancy objectives are further elaborated below.

  1. To develop a leadership integrated Science Club Handbook with activities in math, biology, chemistry, physics, health and nutrition:

The Science Club should enable students to understand the science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) subjects and inspire them to apply the acquired knowledge in their everyday lives. In fact, the relevance of the Club activities is a key priority in the project. The club would be a hub for school students to carry out a number of activities, including but not limited to, Inter-School competitions, ambassadorships, newsletters, peer tutoring and mentoring, lab assistantship, and field trips. It is also expected that the club activities strengthen the leadership and team building skills in the students. The Science Club Handbook should be developed in such a way that considers and adds to the existing science curriculum, SSA structure with close concentration on the cost-effectiveness, ownership and sustainability.

  1. To develop Inter-School Competition Activity Guide with sections in math, biology, chemistry, physics, health and nutrition:

Inter-School Competition tests will be conducted at three stages: at school level, at district level and finally at provincial level. The Inter-School Competition tests should include topics of math, biology, chemistry, physics, health and nutrition subjects closely aligned to the Afghanistan Ministry of Education (MoE) curriculum. The consultant will develop Inter-School Competition Activity Guide and provide detailed recommendations on how to develop and conduct Inter-School Competition tests. The tests should motivate students to strive for better and deeper understanding of scientific facts and data and to enhance their reasoning, analytical and problem solving skills. The modality of tests (pen and paper, practical within the lab, etc.), scope of tests (all subjects in one sitting, separate subjects, combined subjects, etc.), participants of the tests (primary, middle, secondary, all, etc.) and related important factors should be addressed in the Inter-School Competition Activity Guide following international standards and considering Afghanistan context. THE INTER-SCHOOL COMPETITION ACTIVITIES SHOULD NOT ENCOURAGE ROTE LEARNING BY ANY MEANS.

  1. To conduct Training of Trainers (ToT) on science club and Inter-School Competition activities to project staff and school science teachers:

Since the science club is a new intervention both within the Afghanistan public education system and AKF (Afg) education portfolio, AKF (Afg) would like to build the capacity of core staff in AKF (Afg) and MoE on club and Inter-School Competition activities. Overall 8 AKF (Afg) and 30 MoE staff (2 government school teachers per club, 4 MoE science specialists) will be trained. It is also up to the consultant(s) how they provide the ToT to these 38 participants. They have to propose a cost-effective, workable method in training these cadres of science specialists. The trained cadre will ultimately train club students (25 students per club). Follow up mechanism and distance support is

highly preferred; however, there are already potential resources both within the AKF (Afg) and MoE that could act as mentors or coaches to other science specialists.

In order for the consultant to achieve the abovementioned objectives, below is a list of recommended activities and stakeholder consultations. However, the consultant can propose different activities that are needed for this assignment. Please note that any interviews or work conducted by the consultant directly involving students should be done in a way which reflects AKF’s commitment to protecting children in accordance with the Child Safeguarding Policy.

  • Conduct desk review of the current SSA structure, government of Afghanistan policies and documents regarding science to understand the context but also identify opportunities, challenges and barriers;
  • Conduct desk review of best practices regionally and globally around science especially for girls, science clubs;
  • Conduct interview with AKF (Afg) staff, government authorities at the national, provincial and district levels;
  • Conduct school visits if possible to understand the environment, including the SSA current structure, their effectiveness, what’s working, what’s not with the current SSA structure;
  • Interview students, teachers, educators in the schools to understand to learn about their hopes and expectations, but also challenges and barriers; and
  • Work with number of AKF (Afg) staff and government representatives to develop the Science club handbook and training manual.
Qualifications Required
  • Open to both Individuals minimum of Master’s degree (PhD is preferred) in student services, student clubs, science club and/or a related fields AND organizations with extensive experience in establishing and running student clubs, student associations, and science clubs in developing countries;
  • At least 3 years of experience in youth development and girls’ leadership;
  • At least 5 years of experience designing and delivering student club activities and/or related topics; and conducting Training of Trainers (ToTs) to master trainers; and
  • Understanding and/or experience of girls’ education and its challenges and barriers is preferred.

Deliverables

  • Detailed work plan developed at the beginning of consultancy;
  • Leadership integrated Science Club Handbook with activities in math, biology, chemistry, physics, health and nutrition developed;
  • Inter-School Competition Tests Guide with sections in math, biology, chemistry, physics, health and nutrition developed;
  • Training of Trainers (ToT) conducted on science club and Inter-school competition activities to project staff and school science teachers; and
  • Detailed recommendation for programming, planning and roll out drafted and submitted in a report after the conductance of ToT.
Reporting line

The Consultant will report directly to the Education Director. The consultant will work closely with AKF (Afg)’s technical advisers for technical matters and field visits.

Work location(s)

Subject to the consultant(s)’ work plan, the work inside Afghanistan will be based in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Schedule (including number assignment days in Afghanistan, total assignment days, total payable days)

The consultant(s) should be proposing a detailed schedule of their consultancy in their technical and budget proposal. AKF (Afg) is flexible with the sound, cost effective schedule proposed by the consultant(s) – if the consultancy requires exposure visits to neighboring countries or partnerships with a separate organization/institution to do part of the assignment.

  1. a) Total payable days: Subject to the consultant(s)’ proposal not exceeding 50 days.
Terms of Payment

The payment will be processed after the service delivery

Budget source

Afghan Girls Building a Future in Science (Girls in Science) grant, Vitol Foundation

Additional Significant Information

The total days for consultancy will be paid based on AKF (Afg) HR policy. The days spent for travelling are also paid according to the AKF (Afg) policy.

Application

Individuals/organizations interested in leading this consultancy must submit their CVs/fact sheets and a technical and cost proposal (Maximum 10 pages) through electronic mail by COB March 27 2018 to jobs.afghanistan@akdn.org.

The criteria through which the proposals will be evaluated are as below:

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Criteria

Description

Score

1

Technical proposal

ToR

Understanding of the ToR and addressing the ToR deliverables.

10

Consultancy methodology

Sound methodology of the consultancy including the procedures, needs/situation analysis, timeline, etc.

15

Proposed intervention approach

Cost-effectiveness, ownership and sustainability of the approach proposed are taken into consideration throughout the technical proposal.

15

Writing style

Integrity, coherence, and originality of the proposal.

10

2

Consultant background

Relevant experience and technical knowledge in science club establishment and governance; Inter-School Competitions; and experience working in Afghanistan or any other least-developed country with poor resources.

30

3

Cost/budget

Reasonableness and appropriateness of cost. Clear budget alignment between level of effort, technical approach, and deliverables.

20

Total

100

Application:

Individuals or research institutions meeting the above requirements are requested to submit a technical and cost proposal to Jobs.afghanistan@akdn.org no later than March 27, 2018 or submit hard copy to AKF, National Programme Office District: 10 Phase: A, Madina Bazar, beside Share Naw Wedding Hall. Opposite Q-Ball (Snooker Club) next to Pizza Hot shop (Black Gate) Qalai Fatullah Kabul, Afghanistan.

The technical proposal shall be no longer than 20 pages in length. It shall contain the following sections:

  1. Introduction, background, statement of purpose, succinct summary of proposal.
  2. Outline
  3. Detailed methodology. Description of the proposed methods to be employed in achieving the goals of the terms of reference (ToR). The methodology must include the composition of the research team and the mechanisms for coordination among team members throughout the research project.
  4. CVs of the Senior Researcher and Supervisor highlighting experience in the use of remote sensing to analyse natural resources in mountain regions, including summaries of completed studies, and references to the full documentation of completed studies.
  5. Detailed timeline
  6. Budget

Important Notes:

Please quote the Vacancy Number as the Subject of the e-mail when sending your application.

Supporting documents, e.g. diplomas, recommendation letters, identification card(s) etc., are not required at this stage, therefore not to be sent along with the application.

Only short listed candidates will be contacted for further assessment.

Aga Khan Foundation – Afghanistan is an equal opportunities employer. Women are encouraged to apply.

Aga Khan Foundation – Afghanistan recruitment and selection procedures reflect our commitment to the safeguarding of children from abuse.

About the Organization

The Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) is a non-denominational international development agency established in 1967 by His Highness the Aga Khan. Its mission is to develop and promote creative solutions to problems that impede social development, primarily in Asia and East Africa. Created as a private, non-profit foundation under Swiss law, it has branches and independent affiliates in 19 countries.

The Aga Khan Foundation, Afghanistan (AKF (Afg)) is an agency of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), a group of international, private, non-denominational development agencies working to improve living conditions and opportunities for people in some of the poorest parts of the developing world. The Network’s organizations have individual mandates that range from the fields of health and education to architecture, rural development and promotion of private-sector enterprise and institutions that seek to empower communities and individuals, usually in disadvantaged circumstances, to improve living conditions and opportunities.

More information

JA Consultancy Girls in Science.pdf

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