Consultancy Regional Holistic Education Programme II in Lebanon, Jordan and Syria

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Organization: Caritas Austria
Closing date: 29 Mar 2021

The following only provides a brief overview of our consultancy assignment. Please refer to the following link to access our full terms of reference:

https://wolke.caritas-wien.at/index.php/s/Qzoa8c7dqmjxwzr

Thank you and we are looking forward to receiving your application!

BACKGROUND

With children being among the most affected groups in humanitarian crises, across the Middle East more than one in three Syrian children do not have access to formal or non-formal education. For children with disabilities, the percentage is even higher. While access to education is already extremely urgent across the region, a crisis even further exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic, access alone does not guarantee the lifelong positive outcomes associated with schooling if not combined with programmes and environments that are relevant, inclusive, and of high quality. Teachers need to feel capacitated to employ learner-centred methods of instruction and assessment. Schools need to provide safe, secure, and equitable access to all, regardless of gender, disability, or academic level. Moreover, schools should be spaces where divisions and inequalities are transformed rather than reinforced.

In order to adequately respond to the needs of refugee children and vulnerable host community children in the region, Caritas Austria (CA), together with its partners Caritas Jordan (CJ), Caritas Lebanon (CL), Caritas Syria (CS), Caritas Switzerland (CCH) and Ana Aqra Association (AAA), has been implementing a three-year Regional Holistic Education Programme - phase II (RHEPII) in Lebanon, Jordan and Syria (2018-2021). The programme capitalises on 3 prior years of holistic education programming in Jordan and Lebanon between 2015 and 2018.

In line with Sustainable Development Goal 4, the overall objective of RHEP II is for vulnerable children affected by the Syria crisis to learn in protective and supporting environments, thus contributing to lifelong benefits in terms of personal development, participation, and socio-economic outcomes. The programme targets the most vulnerable refugee and host community children between the ages of 3 and 18 years in various locations across Lebanon, Jordan, and Syria. In order to attain its overall objective, RHEP II relies on four intermediary outcomes:

  1. Children access education and show academic progress
  2. Teaching is based on learner-centred principles
  3. Learning environments are protective and inclusive
  4. Members of education communities engage in supportive and caring relationships

Overall, the regional programme applies a holistic approach, interlinking access to quality education with improved psychosocial well-being, physical safety and support to caregivers. RHEP II has been grounded in a regional Theory of Change that highlights key elements of a quality education enabling vulnerable learners to progress academically while simultaneously fostering children’s resilience and wellbeing.

PURPOSE AND SCOPE OF THE CONSULTANCY

In continuous efforts to improve the quality and relevance of our interventions, the holistic education programme underwent multiple external evaluations and monitoring visits, the results of which were fed into implementation as well as annual programme revisions. Having arrived at the final year of implementation (2020/21), and building on six years of data and evidence, Caritas Austria and its partners are envisaging a comprehensive “learning journey” to assess successes and challenges of the past years, and to guide future strategy and programme development in the region.

We speak of a learning journey rather than a conventional evaluation as we seek a consultancy firm not only able of providing insights based on a review of programme and partnerships, but of doing so through a participatory process that activates and strengthens the capacities of Caritas Austria and partner staff in terms of impactful Education in Emergencies programming that links service provision with systemic change on the one hand, and capitalise on the unique potential of the CI Network on the other.

The overall purpose of the consultancy is to capture elements of sustainable impact of the RHEP II programme, assess the evolution and impact of our partnerships, and help us position ourselves for future education programming.

As a cornerstone of future programme development, we are seeking to step up our efforts in enabling girls and boys with disabilities to attain their right to a quality education. While enabling inclusive learning environments for all learners has been at the core of our education work, many challenges remain with regards to disability-inclusive programming. Among other things, we therefore foresee a focus on evaluating current efforts within the programme and across consortium partners in disability-inclusive education and creating guidance for advancing and scaling the provision of inclusive education to boys and girls with disabilities, taking into account the unique position of our national Caritas partners.

For the development and implementation of this comprehensive learning journey, Caritas Austria and its partners are seek to engage a consultancy team. The assignment will be encompassing three core elements.

  1. CO-CREATION: participatory design and development of the learning journey
  2. REVIEW: evaluation of impact and partnerships within RHEPII
  3. OUTLOOK: Input on Future Programme Development

Scope

The focus of the learning journey is on the Regional Holistic Education Programme II (RHEPII, 2018 – 2021) as well as partner organizations in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and Switzerland. As the programme is built on the experience of the predecessor programme RHEP (2015-2018), relevant documentation, evaluations and research conducted in the course of this programme shall also be taken into account. This includes annual reports, programme evaluations and research studies commissioned by RHEP I. Depending on Covid-19 related restrictions and the consultant’s/consultancy team’s possibilities of access, the assessment will ideally include field visits, interviews with beneficiaries and important stakeholders as well as face-to-face exchanges with partners in Jordan, Lebanon and Syria.

Eligible applicants

  • must have the right to enter a contractual agreement with Caritas Austria
  • must have no history of legal proceedings related to fraud, corruption or safeguarding of children and/or vulnerable adults
  • must not have been involved in the design, implementation or monitoring of this programme

This assignment will require a consultant/consultancy team with the following qualifications and experience:

  • Relevant professional and academic background (e.g. social sciences, development studies, cultural sciences, etc.)
  • Thorough understanding of international humanitarian principles and practices
  • Demonstrated experience in the evaluation of education programmes in crisis-affected contexts, preferably in the MENA region
  • Demonstrated experience in advising on organizational development and partnerships
  • Solid Education in Emergencies expertise, including in the field of inclusive education, and thorough understanding of key standards (including INEE MS)
  • Solid knowledge of the education system and sector developments in Jordan, Lebanon and Syria
  • Demonstrated experience in designing and conducting participatory evaluation processes
  • Ability to collect data and conduct workshops on-site in project countries (depending on current Covid-19 regulations)
  • Excellent facilitation and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a multidisciplinary team
  • Excellent oral and written English skills
  • Full proficiency in Arabic (for team member/s collecting data and engaging partner organisations

How to apply:

Application Process

Interested applicants should submit their application via e-mail to bewerbung.katastrophen@caritas-austria.at with the subject line ‘Consultancy Education RHEP II’. Deadline for submission of applications is 29 March 2021, 8:00am CET. Consultants who do not submit their quotation by this deadline will not be considered.

The application should include as a minimum:

  • CVs of all involved consultants incl. professional references
  • Cover letter which clearly summarizes relevant experience
  • Technical proposal (not exceeding 20 pages in total) including:
    • Methodology and tools per task as well as an overview on team structure and roles; including details on how data collection can be pursued should on-site travel and in-person meetings remain limited/impossible for the duration of the assignment
    • Detailed work plan for both tasks ensuring delivery of final deliverables as stipulated in section 6
    • Relevant past qualification for each of the three tasks
  • Financial proposal (in EUR or USD) including a clear breakdown of costs per task (co-creation, review, and outlook), including fees and other expenses such as travel and transportation
  • Two samples of recent writing relevant to this ToR
  • State the validity of the offer

The applicant(s) will need to submit a proposal including a detailed financial proposal which will be reviewed as part of the approval process. The applicant(s) may propose what they think is most adequate and feasible within the available budget.

In order to ensure a fair selection process, Caritas Austria cannot respond to requests for further details or clarifications. All candidates will receive a confirmation of receipt of the proposal and will be informed on the outcome of the selection process.



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