Youth/Education Needs Assessment Consultant

  • Posted on 10 July 2019

Job Description

Position: Youth/Education Needs Assessment Consultant

Location: Nigeria

Duration: 1 month

Reports to: Regional Programs Director, Africa

About RI

Relief International is a leading nonprofit organization working in 16 countries to relieve poverty, ensure well-being and advance dignity. We specialize in fragile settings, responding to natural disasters, humanitarian crises and chronic poverty.

Relief International combines humanitarian and development approaches to provide immediate services while laying the groundwork for long-term impact. Our signature approach — which we call the RI Way—emphasizes local participation, an integration of services, strategic partnerships and a focus on civic skills. In this way, we empower communities to find, design and implement the solutions that work best for them.

Overview

The purpose of this consultancy is to lead the design, implementation, and analysis of a Youth/Education needs assessment in 3-4 selected areas of Borno State, Nigeria. The assessment will examine a range of issues affecting children and youth in selected areas, with an emphasis on education. The consultant will design and conduct a mixed-methods assessment using the objectives/assessment questions described in the scope of work below (to be finalized with the selected consultant). The assessment consultant will conduct a desk review, develop appropriate primary data collection tools with appropriate study design, sample size determination and sampling technique.

Scope of Work

Objective 1: To understand the socio-economic characteristics of targeted areas.

Questions:

  • What are the basic demographics of the population in the targeted area including household composition?
  • What are the main existing household and community assets and resources?
  • What are the existing local systems (focused on education system mapping at a state and LGA/ward-level) and structures in targeted areas?
  • How do gender, cultural and socio-economic characteristics and norms at household and community level affect attitudes towards education and access to education in the selected areas?

Objective 2: To understand education and related needs of school-age children (in school and out of school, in particular girls) in targeted areas.

Questions:

  • What are the main barriers affecting education access (in school and out of school), quality/relevance (content ad methodology) and community engagement (governance and decision-making, participation and support and community attitudes) in the selected locations?
  • What strategies can be employed to overcome the barriers to accessing education for girls and boys?
  • What are the formal and non-formal education opportunities available, including for out-of-school children?
  • What strategies can be employed to increase community awareness on the importance of education?
  • What psychosocial/child well-being issues or barriers are preventing effective learning?

Objective 3: To identify most effective activities, approaches, and delivery mechanisms to meet the needs of in and out of school children in targeted areas.

Questions:

  • What approaches by existing partners have been effective and how can they be complemented?
  • How can youth and education actors increase capacity of the education system (including in DRR) given the current capacity, infrastructure and human resource limitations?
  • What opportunities exist for youth and education programming within the context of the humanitarian-development nexus?

Objective 4: To identify opportunities for vocational education and youth employment in Maiduguri

  • What vocational education and livelihood opportunities exist for youth?
  • What are the existing assets (natural, human, physical, social and financial) of conflict-affected youth?
  • What is the operational environment for existing youth entrepreneurs? (market dynamics, regulations, services/programs that influence success)

Deliverables

  • Inception report outlining final assessment plan (in coordination with RSO and PD staff) and data collection tools
  • Draft assessment report including all qualitative and quantitative data
  • Final assessment report incorporating comments from RI
  • Proposed results framework for a program strategy leading to improved educational outcomes for children and youth in the assessed/targeted areas.

Qualifications and Requirements

  • Extensive experience (over 7 years) in education and/or youth programming.
  • Previous experience in Nigeria highly desired.
  • Education: Master’s in education or related field required, at a minimum.
  • Experience with mixed methods assessment/survey design, data collection and analysis.
  • Experience with managing and working with local partners.
  • Excellent organizational and coordination skills.
  • Strong report writing skills and experience.
  • Excellent English language skills.

Timeline

The consultancy will last for 30 days. A sample timeline is included below, to be finalized with the selected consultant.

Desk review: 2 days

Inception report w/ draft tools: 2 days

Incorporate feedback: 1 day

Travel to Abuja: 2 days

Travel to Maiduguri: 1 day

Meet key stakeholders: 3 days

Refine data collection tools: 2 days

Data collection sites 1-4: 10-12 days

Data analysis and interpretation workshop: 2 days

Report writing: 3 days

Submission of Proposals

Qualified and interested parties are asked to submit a proposal detailing the following:

A technical proposal clearly demonstrating:

  • A brief introduction of bidding consultant/firm or person attaching relevant CVs.
  • Technical reference of previous similar works, methodological note with a proposition regarding organization of survey, planning, etc.
  • A statement of interest outlining previous experience in similar assignments and qualifications outlined in this SoW.
  • Relevant writing samples.
  • A minimum of three references.
  • Daily rate in USD (Relief International will cover airfare, accommodation and other related costs. Per diem will not be covered).

We would like to share Relief International’s Values with you:

We uphold the Humanitarian Principles: humanity, neutrality, impartiality, and operational independence. We affirmatively engage the most vulnerable communities. We value:

  • Inclusiveness
  • Transparency and Accountability
  • Agility and Innovation
  • Collaboration
  • Sustainability

For consideration please submit all of the following: a detailed CV, cover letter and a list of 3 previous supervisors (including email address, Skype contact, and telephone number).

The closing date for applications is 9th August.

Due to the urgency of this role, we will be reviewing CVs and interviewing candidates on a rolling basis. Interested candidates are asked to submit their application as soon as possible

About the Organization

About RI

Relief International is a leading nonprofit organization working in 18 countries to relieve poverty, ensure well-being and advance dignity. We specialize in fragile settings, responding to natural disasters, humanitarian crises and chronic poverty.

Relief International combines humanitarian and development approaches to provide immediate services while laying the groundwork for long-term impact. Our signature approach — which we call the RI Way—emphasizes local participation, an integration of services, strategic partnerships and a focus on civic skills. In this way, we empower communities to find, design and implement the solutions that work best for them.

Relief International includes the four corporate members of the RI Alliance: RI-US, RI-UK, MRCA/RIFrance and RI-Europe. Under our alliance agreement, we operate as a single, shared management structure.

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