Education Assessment Consultant
Plan International
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Plan International is an

independent development and humanitarian organisation that advances children’s rights and equality for girls.

We believe in the power and potential of every child. But this is often suppressed by poverty, violence, exclusion and discrimination.

And it’s girls who are most affected.

Working together with children, young people, our supporters and partners, we strive for a just world, tackling the root causes of the challenges facing girls and all vulnerable children.

We support children’s rights from birth until they reach adulthood. And we enable children to prepare for and respond to crises and adversity.

We drive changes in practice and policy at local, national and global levels using our reach, experience and knowledge.

We have been building powerful partnerships for children for over 80 years, and are now active in more than 70 countries.

Value Proposition

The consultant is expected to conduct the multi sectoral needs assessment including writing the final report and presenting the findings to the key stakeholders as outlined in the attached Terms of Reference.

The consultant(s) is responsible to undertake the tasks outlined below and submit the deliverables as per the agreed timeline.

The overall task of conducting the needs assessment is expected to altogether not take more than 30 days. The final report should address all of the assessment questions, be written in a clear and concise style, and contain an executive summary (detailed requirements will follow).

All quantitative and qualitative data sets must be shared with Plan International.

Dimensions of the Role

Under the overall supervision of the of the Assessment Advisory Team, chaired by Plan International’s M&E Specialist the consultant will have to perform the below main activities :

  • Develop assessment methodology, sampling framework and data collection tools
  • Develop of data collection calendar (including meeting / interview schedule)
  • Train enumerators, Plan and Education Cluster and CP AoR partner staff on consent handling, safeguarding, data collection instruments, participatory facilitation techniques
  • Pre-test and revise of data collection tools
  • Facilitate data collection
  • Conduct data analysis and interpretation
  • Facilitate data validation workshop with key stakeholders
  • Write and submit final report with all data sets and a power point presentation on the assessment findings
  • Accountabilities

  • An approved assessment methodology, implementation plan and tools. NB : Format of the needs assessment methodology to be agreed with the advisory team led by Plan International M&E Specialist
  • Pre-tested set of data collection tools and 2 groups (NW and SW) of trained enumerators
  • Draft Report
  • Debriefing
  • Approved and signed of final Report
  • Data sets
  • Approved and signed off power point presentation on assessment findings
  • Ensures that Plan International’s global policies for Child Protection (CPP) and Gender Equality and Inclusion (GEI) are fully embedded in accordance with the principles and requirements of the policy including relevant Implementation Standards and Guidelines as applicable to their area of responsibility.
  • This includes, but is not limited to, ensuring staff and associates are aware of and understand their responsibilities under these policies and Plan International’s Code of Conduct (CoC), their relevance to their area of work, and that concerns are reported and managed in accordance with the appropriate procedures.

    Dealing with Problems / Risks

  • Ability to understand the NWSW context and be able to coordinate the assessment informed by the risk assessment conducted prior to the assessment
  • Ability to work and coordinate with multisectoral stakeholders
  • Must have very good interpersonal relationship with Assessment Advisory Team, partners and enumerators
  • Internal

  • Assessment Coordinator and M&E specialist high
  • EiE and CPiE Technical Specialist High
  • CPiE IMO and EIE M&E Officer-High
  • Security Officer-High
  • Education Advisor - Medium
  • Human Resources Assistant Medium
  • Emergency Response Manager Medium
  • Finance Manager - Medium
  • External

  • Education Cluster Coordinators, CP AoR coordinators and GBV Sub Cluster Coordinator -High
  • Security and Access Colleagues in the NWSW regions-High
  • Food Security Cluster Coordinator-Medium
  • Nutrition Cluster coordinator- Medium
  • Partners -Medium
  • Technical expertise, skills and knowledge

  • Relevant knowledge and experience;
  • Individuals or groups that meet the following required qualifications and skills are invited to apply for this consultancy :

  • Postgraduate qualification (Masters or above) in Education or in a discipline relevant to this assignment.
  • At least 5 years’ experience, of progressive responsibility, in the education or Child Protection in Emergencies or development sector, with extensive experience in needs assessments and integrated program design.
  • Excellent and proven record in research methodology in quantitative and / or qualitative research skills, including the development and application of online techniques and tools including use of the KoBo Collect platform.
  • Experience in participatory methods involving children and youth is considered assert.

  • Proven ability to interpret and analyze complex qualitative and quantitative data, and to present findings and recommendations in a clear and concise way.
  • Strong training and facilitation skills.
  • Good interpersonal skills and ability to work in a team with diverse backgrounds.
  • Excellent English writing skills
  • Ability and willingness to travel to the assessment sites and work in difficult and challenging environments.
  • Knowledge and sensitivity to political and social contexts of North West and South West communities;
  • Familiarity with the COVID-19 Infection Prevention and Control measures is desirable.
  • Plan International’s Values in Practice

    We are open and accountable

  • Promotes a culture of openness and transparency, including with sponsors and donors.
  • Holds self and others accountable to achieve the highest standards of integrity.
  • Consistent and fair in the treatment of people.
  • Open about mistakes and keen to learn from them.
  • Accountable for ensuring we are a safe organisation for all children, girls & young people
  • We strive for lasting impact

  • Articulates a clear purpose for staff and sets high expectations.
  • Creates a climate of continuous improvement, open to challenge and new ideas.
  • Focuses resources to drive change and maximise long-term impact, responsive to changed priorities or crises.
  • Evidence-based and evaluates effectiveness.
  • We work well together

  • Seeks constructive outcomes, listens to others, willing to compromise when appropriate.
  • Builds constructive relationships across Plan International to support our shared goals.
  • Develops trusting and win-win’ relationships with funders, partners and communities.
  • Engages and works well with others outside the organization to build a better world for girls and all children.
  • We are inclusive and empowering

  • Seeks constructive outcomes, listens to others, willing to compromise when appropriate.
  • Builds constructive relationships across Plan International to support our shared goals.
  • Develops trusting and win-win’ relationships with funders, partners and communities.
  • Engages and works well with others outside the organization to build a better world for girls and all children.
  • Physical Environment

    This post is based in NWSW region with approximately 30% travels to assessment sites

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