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Terms of Reference for Mid-Term Study on Learning Outcomes Adolescent Girls’ Education in Somalia (AGES) project

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Terms of Reference for Mid-Term Study on Learning Outcomes

Adolescent Girls’ Education in Somalia (AGES) project

Terms of Reference

Consultancy Services for a Mid-Term Study on Learning Outcomes

CARE Somalia’s Adolescent Girls’ Education in Somalia Project, funded by UK’s Girls’ Education Challenge

  1. SUMMARY

CARE Somalia (henceforth referred to as “CARE”) is seeking to procure the services of a local or international evaluation company to support a mid-term study on student learning outcomes to be conducted by the Adolescent Girls’ Education in Somalia (AGES) project. AGES is funded by the United Kingdom’s (UK) Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) through its Girls’ Education Challenge- Leave No Girl Behind (GEC/ LNGB) initiative. The GEC is a global initiative focusing on ensuring the expansion of education opportunities for marginalised girls at primary and secondary level, using rigorous evaluation practices. The AGES project seeks to improve learning and transition outcomes for 42,000 severely marginalised girls in conflict-affected areas of Banaadir, Jubaland and South West states of Somalia. AGES supports formal, non-formal and accelerated education for some of the most affected out-of-school girls, including internally displaced populations (IDPs), girls with disabilities, minorities, married and divorced girls, adolescent mothers and those in child labour.

Through this tender, CARE seeks the services of a consultancy company to clean and analyse data from student learning assessments and associated student surveys, and prepare a report for this mid-term study. Due to the limited availability of resources, the data for the study will be collected by CARE staff and subsequently reviewed, cleaned and analysed by the consultancy company.

It is expected that this mid-term study will enable AGES to assess to what extent students supported by the project have improved their literacy and numeracy outcomes; if the improvements, provided they have occurred, have reached the expected targets; and differences in literacy and numeracy outcomes for subgroups of the population, including students enrolled in different education tracks (formal school; accelerated basic education; and non-formal education); students with and without disabilities; students from different ethnic groups and clans; IDPs and non-IDPs; etc. The mid-term study will include a longitudinal comparison of the results from literacy and numeracy assessments conducted at the baseline and in 2021, therefore using a pre-post design. Literacy and numeracy outcomes will be assessed using adapted versions of EGRA and EGMA, applied with the students included in the baseline sample for the first cohort of AGES students. A short student survey will also be conducted with the sampled students to enable the consultant to identify factors affecting learning outcomes, including the participation in project activities and external factors. The project will also conduct headcounts of AGES classes in each sampled location in order to assess attendance rates.

This mid-term study of learning outcomes will inform adaptations to project design and delivery modalities, seeking to maximise and equalise impact for all subgroups of girls targeted by the project. It will also contribute to a broader assessment of AGES’ Value for Money (VfM); and identify valuable lessons learned for girls’ education programming in Somalia as well as other fragile and conflict-affected contexts.

This consultancy will also include an analysis of learning assessments and a short student survey conducted with a representative sample of the second cohort of students enrolled by AGES. This analysis will form the baseline for the second cohort.

  1. BACKGROUND TO THE GEC PROGRAMME AND THE AGES PROJECT

2.1. GEC Programme Background

FCDO leads the UK’s work to end extreme poverty. FCDO is tackling the global challenges of our time including poverty and disease, mass migration, insecurity and conflict. FCDO’s work is building a safer, healthier, more prosperous world for people in developing countries and in the UK too.

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