Request for Proposal FY21-144 Development of a learning framework for digitally-enabled interventions

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Organization: Plan International
Closing date: 27 Apr 2021
  1. Background
    As part of its response to mitigate the gendered fall-out of the Covid-19 pandemic, Plan International defined a set of priority actions and secured budget to develop targeted, digitally-enabled interventions that will support our programme participants in the mid to long-term.
    To this end, four proposals are receiving funds to leverage digital technologies to adapt existing programme & influence interventions to help get to grips with the new normal and build back better, with a specific focus on girls and young women. The proposals cover the following countries and technical areas:

  2. Early Childhood Education (ECD): Egypt, Mali, Zambia

  3. Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR): Nepal

  4. Girls, boys and youth as active drivers of change (LEAD): Egypt, India

  5. Skills and opportunities for youth employment and entrepreneurship (SOYEE): Benin, Togo

  6. Inclusive quality education (IQE): Indonesia

The assumption behind digitally-enabling the funded interventions is that the use of digital technologies will increase the reach and impact of the interventions. We are now looking for a consultant or team of consultants to help us test that hypothesis and develop a reusable learning framework to capture user-centric insights of the digital value add. The expected outcome of the work is that we have evidence of the impact of introducing digital technologies to the interventions, and a replicable approach to gathering learnings from future digitally-enabled projects.

  1. Scope
    Plan International seeks the services of an experienced supplier to support with the following high level objectives:

  2. a) To co-design a learning framework template aligned with the Principles for Digital Development focused on the value added from the introduction of digital technologies to the interventions, adapted for each of the interventions.
    b) Support the implementation (use) of the above framework across the interventions.
    c) Provide overall documentation of the learning from the interventions to support future replication of the interventions as well as enable further use of the learning framework.

  3. Expected deliverables
    i. Analysis and planning: develop detailed project plan
    Approx. April
    a) Review the key project resources and align with the GTPP project team
    b) Create the learning framework
    c) Develop a detailed project plan and timeline
    ii. Design & development:
    Approx. April – May
    Working closely with the Digital Team and country offices (COs)…
    a) Help identify 5 key learning objectives for each proposal (what)
    b) Complete the initial learning framework including CO learning goals (how)
    iii. Deploy & implement:
    Approx. May – September
    a) Support COs in using the learning framework and gathering the required information
    b) Start planning the final project learning activities
    iv. Learning & dissemination:
    Approx. October – December
    a) Conduct a workshop (or an equivalent learning activity) with participating COs to (1) complete the learning frameworks and (2) inform improvements for a final learning framework template
    b) Draft a final report including case studies (or equivalent) to provide a supporting narrative to CO learning frameworks
    c) Develop a final learning framework template, for future uses to gain learnings from digitally-enabled projects
    d) Organize some form of interactive learning exchange for Plan International staff (i.e. webinar, podcast, social media exchange, etc.)
    e) Consider external dissemination of learning relevant beyond Plan International, that fits within the allocated time and budget

  4. Key deliverables
    • Learning framework to be used throughout the project implementation
    • Design and development workshops with COs focused on learning objectives (or equivalent user-centered activities)
    • Final workshops (or equivalent user-centered activities) to articulate learning with COs
    • Final learning report and CO learning frameworks
    • Final learning framework template
    • Internal learning activity

  5. Support and dependencies:
    • A small project team from Plan International will be overseeing the proposals and associated learning.
    o The Digital Team will provide the main support & guidance towards this consultancy
    • Pending final budget allocation, the overall proposals and the learning consultant or team will get additional support on:
    o Technical support: the relevant Practice Leads across the Gender Transformative Policy & Practice department (GTPP) will support the overall proposals and the learning component. Where necessary, the GTPP will also facilitate additional support from technical colleagues across networks.
    o Coordination: a project officer would be required for ~2 days / week for a period ranging from 6 months and/or until the end of December 2021

  6. Proposed approaches
    a) Plan International has endorsed the Principles for the Digital Development. As such, the approach as well as outputs of this consultancy should seek to embed and strengthen practice of the Principles in the organisation’s digitally-enabled programming
    b) A (light) user-centered approach or an equivalent approach to deliver outputs reflecting the experiences and needs of the main stakeholders

  7. Qualifications
    • Proven experience, portfolio or equivalent in delivering high quality learning products, within an international development context or similar
    • Proven experience or equivalent facilitating user-centered workshops
    • Proven experience navigating multi-cultural settings, working with participants whose mother tongue is not English
    • Experience working with INGOs or similar
    • Graphic design capabilities
    • Some knowledge of digital tools for international development purposes or similar would be valued

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