Short Term Consultant – Development of Accessible Schools Infrastructure Planning and Construction Policy for MOEHE Puntland – Somalia
- Job category: Capacity Development/Building Affairs
- Post date:24 Nov 2021
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INVITATION TO BID FOR CONSULTANCY
Save the Children International (SCI) Somalia program hereby invites interested consultants to bid for the consultancy assignment detailed below
|1||Title of Consultancy||Short Term Consultant – Development of Accessible Schools Infrastructure Planning and Construction Policy for MOEHE Puntland.|
|2||SCI Contracting Office||Save the Children
|3||Period of Consultancy||30 working days|
|4||Consultant type required||Both individual or Firm|
|5||Responsibility for Logistics arrangements and Costs||Sci will not provide Logistic arrangements (travel and Accommodatoin) during the field visit of the Consultant, Consultant shall be responsible for all costs.|
|6||Taxation Provisions||Consultant shall be responsible for all Taxes arising from the consultancy in line with the local Tax regulations applicable at the SCI contracting office named above|
|8||Security requirements||Consultant will comply with standard Save the Children Security procedures.|
|9||Qualification and Experience||Maters Degree in Education, Social science, Special needs education, Disability studies, Law, Sociology, Social Work, Psychology, Project Management or related fields.|
|10||Evaluation Criteria||· An in-depth technical response to the TOR by the consultant demonstrating an understanding of how the assessment will be undertaken.
· Proven consultancy experience within the field of policy development.
· Knowledge and understanding of the Inclusive education
· At least seven (7) years of experience in infrastructure planning, design and development (experience with school infrastructure planning will be an added advantage)
· Advanced university degree in architectural and/or civil engineering/construction, Educaction management or a relevant degree
· Knowledge and Experience of working with persons with disabilities and designing for accessibility
· Prior experience of policy analysis and planning particularly in fragile contexts.
· Extensive experience in education safety environment.
· Evidence of having successfully completed a similar assignment.
· Experience working internationally (experience of working within the Horn of Africa and particular in Somalia will be an added advantage).
· Outstanding communication skills, with excellent command of both spoken and written English and Somali. .
· Proficiency in Somali is an added advantage
|11||Application Procedure||Interested consultants should submit their applications via email to email@example.com
The applications should be submitted in PDF format as one document comprising Technical and Financial sections as detailed below.
a) Technical proposal – including but not limited to :
· Consultants understanding of the assignment and context
· Approach to the assignment
b) Financial proposal – providing a breakdown of all charges related to the assignment.
Applicants should also indicate the date they are available to start working on the consultancy.
All applications MUST be submitted on or before the closing date below to be considered for the assignment.
Women amd persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
|12||Closing date for Applications||Interested consultants shall submit their applications through the email address provided above on or before (28th November 2021)
Shortlisted candidates will be requested for an interview.
|13||Terms of Reference (ToR)
|Complete ToR with details appended below attached herewith as Annex 1.
ANNEX 1 : Consultancy Terms of Reference
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Terms of Reference for Short Term Expert – Development of Accessible Schools Infrastructure Planning and Construction Policy
|Post/Title:||Short term Consultant – Development of “Accessible Schools infrastructure Planning and Construction Policy”|
|Department||Department of Policy and Planning|
|Reporting to:||Director of Policy and Planning|
|Duration||30 working days|
|Closing date||28th Nov 2021|
Save the Children is one of the biggest international organizations supporting the Ministry of Education and the public education sector in Puntland. Apart from other sectors, SC implements education programs using the sector-wide approach (SWA), this includes inclusive education (IE), Early Childhood Development & Education (ECDE), Basic Education (BE). SCI supports the Ministry of Education through strengthening of school infrastructure, teacher training (pre-service and in-service), and education systems, and policy development.
Right to education is one of key human rights and all governments has obligations and commitments to ensure every child access and enjoy the right to quality education. Somalia has one of the world’s lowest enrolment rates for primary school-age children. The Gross Enrolment Rate (GER) for primary is at 23% while the GER for secondary education is at 17%. Increasing access to primary education is therefore an urgent priority in Somalia in general and Puntland in particular. The Education Sector Analysis (2017) highlighted that one of the key factors hindering access to education is the inaccessible, poor quality and poorly designed school infrastructure which is not prepared to cater for children with disability. Significant percentage of education infrastructure of Puntland States of Somalia are not meeting the accessibility standards as classrooms, toilets and water points are less accessible to children with disabilities. The infrastructure accessibility situation is even more dire in rural areas thereby contributing to limited access, poor educational outcomes, low enrolment and higher dropout rate by children with disabilities, those with special needs and girls.
To address the aforementioned access barrier in infrastructure and other existing challenges, SCI started together for inclusion programme ( TOFI) in piloted schools in Garowe and Qardho to make schools accessible to all ranges of children including children with disabilities and those with special needs as well those with other difficult in schools. Together for Inclusion (TOFI) is a consortium of Disabled Persons Organizations (DPOs) and International Non-Governmental Organisation (INGOS) led by the Atlas Alliance, a Norwegian umbrella organization for DPOs working internationally. It is implemented in Somalia, in the period 2020-2022.
The overall grant objective is strengthening the rights of persons with disabilities within two thematic areas: Human Rights Advocacy & Inclusive Education. SCI carries inclusive education & HRA thematic in Puntland. One of key focuses of the programme is to improve inclusivity of the education system for children with disabilities and those with special needs in line with state education sector strategies by supporting MOE & HE on inclusive education policies, delivery of new teacher training models as well carrying out other activities that can promote overall accessibility of the education to ensure all children including children with disability and those with special needs learn in accessible and protective environment. As one of the key hinders to access to education, inclusive school Infrastructure policy needs to be developed in order to make schools welcome to all ranges of the children. The policy can guide the design of future constructions and rehabilitations of schools to create environment where all children with diverse needs learn together, share experience and support each other. SCI will support ministry of education and higher education (MOEHE) develop infrastructure policy through TOFI progamme Therefore, it is required a short-term technical expert/consultant to review the existing schools’ construction policy and make it relevant that ensures inclusion of children with diverse specific needs in schools such as boys and girls with and without disability and enjoy friendly learning environment
OBJECTIVES OF THE CONSULTANCY AND SCOPE OF WORK:
The main objective of the consultancy is to support Puntland MOE&HE to develop inclusive school construction planning and building policy. The consultant will be placed within MOE&HE and is expected to undertake the following:
- Carry out review of all relevant government policies (including those still in drafts), guidelines, ministerial statements, circulars, reports, studies and surveys with special focus on relevant disability inclusive and accessible infrastructure development policies.
- Prepare a policy analysis including the relevant policies analyzed, key policy issues identified, policy gaps identified and proposed recommendations.
- Conduct consultations with all relevant stakeholders including regional and local authorities, children with disabilities and their families, school authorities and teachers as well as Organizations for people with disabilities
- gain an in-depth understanding of the accessibility gaps and resultant actual challenges faced with existing infrastructure in presenting barriers to access, enrolment and retention of children with disabilities and those with special needs in schools
- Make direct observations and identify accessible education infrastructure issues
- Present information on gaps identified in the analysis activity to relevant stakeholders
- Compile ideas on possible recommendations that can be incorporated into the new policy.
- Provide a full report on the outcomes of the consultations to relevant departments within the MOE&HE and target schools of TOFI progarmme
- Present the updated draft Accessible Schools Infrastructure Planning and Construction Policy to the MOE&HE, SCI and other education stakeholders for validation.
- Produce a finalized Accessible Schools Infrastructure Planning and Construction Policy to be endorsed by the state government.
The following outputs are expected:
- An inception report elaborating the approach to assignment (methodology), work plan and comprehensive tools and techniques that will be used in capturing the information required to inform development of the policy.
- A situational analysis report
- A consultations outcome report
- A final Accessible School infrastructure planning and Construction policy
TIMEFRAME AND REPORTING LINE
The short-term expert will be engaged for 30 working days starting from 28st Nov 2021. The consultant will be expected to work 6 days per week (Saturday to Thursday). The consultant will be based at the Ministry of Education and Higher Education and will report to the policy and planning department.
QUALIFICATION AND EXPERIENCE
To qualify for this assignment, the consultant must have the following mandatory professional experience and knowledge:
- An in-depth technical response to the TOR by the consultant demonstrating an understanding of how the assessment will be undertaken.
- Proven consultancy experience within the field of policy development.
- Knowledge and understanding of the Inclusive education
- At least seven (7) years of experience in infrastructure planning, design and development (experience with school infrastructure planning will be an added advantage)
- Advanced university degree in architectural and/or civil engineering/construction, Educaction management or a relevant degree
- Knowledge and Experience of working with persons with disabilities and designing for accessibility
- Prior experience of policy analysis and planning particularly in fragile contexts.
- Extensive experience in education safety environment.
- Evidence of having successfully completed a similar assignment.
- Experience working internationally (experience of working within the Horn of Africa and particular in Somalia will be an added advantage).
- Outstanding communication skills, with excellent command of both spoken and written English and Somali. .
- Proficiency in Somali is an added advantage
- Outstanding communication skills, with excellent command of spoken and written English and Somali.
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