AKF is starting an exciting new five-year regional project is seeking a qualified consultant(s) to lead design, data collection, coordination, analysis and reporting for a robust mixed-methods baseline study.
The Foundation for Education and Empowerment (F4EE) is a five-year, CAD $57.6 million (GAC: $49 million, AKFC: $8.6 million) project that will improve the educational systems at the pre-primary and primary level, in addition to strengthening women’s empowerment, and gender equality in five countries: Kenya, Madagascar, Mozambique, Tanzania, and Uganda. The project is executed by Aga Khan Foundation Canada (AKFC) and implemented by Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) units in each country, in partnership with the Aga Khan Academy (AKA), Aga Khan Education Services (AKES), Aga Khan University (AKU), and the Madrasa Early Childhood Programme (MECP) in Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda, and local Civil Society Organizations (CSOs).
F4EE comprises three components: Foundations for Learning (F4L), Advancing Gender Equality through Civil Society (AGECS), and Advancing Canadian Champions for Development (ACCD). Through these interrelated components, F4EE will: (1) strengthen the delivery of quality, gender-responsive, and inclusive pre-primary and primary education, and other social development services, (2) reduce gender and social barriers to the utilization and uptake of education and other sustainable development services, and (3) enhance the engagement of international and Canadian stakeholders in gender-sensitive and evidence-based development programming.
The study will cover only the F4L component of the broader F4EE project. The baseline study data collection will be conducted across various counties in Kenya (Mombasa, Lamu, Kilifi and Kwale counties), Tanzania (Lindi Rural, Lindi Urban, Ruangwa, and Zanzibar counties), and Uganda (Arua and Yumbe districts) from approximately July – October 2021, based on academic calendars and school re-openings in each country.
Objectives of the baseline study
The overall purpose of the baseline study is to obtain data and provide baseline values for all target indicators and against F4L expected outcomes and enable AKF and its implementing partners to monitor and assess progress and effectiveness of the programme interventions during implementation and after the interventions are completed.
Main Duties and Responsibilities
The evaluator will be responsible for study design, planning and methodology development; data collection; enumerators recruitment and training; quality assurance; data analysis; and reporting. The areas of inquiry and methodology for the study are further detailed below.
Data collection tools and methods: The successful bidder will be expected to adapt and refine existing data collection tools with support from AKF. All data collection tools must be gender-sensitive and adapted to the local context and language.
The use of tools and the modalities of implementation will be proposed by the consultant.
A full TOR including project milestones is available to qualified candidates on request. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Bidders are required to clearly identify and provide CVs for all those proposed in the Study Team, clearly stating their roles and responsibilities for this evaluation. Please note that the Consultant will be ultimately responsible for the enumerators and facilitators they are subcontracting to.
The proposed Consultant team should include the technical expertise and practical experience required to deliver the scope of work and evaluation outputs:
- Minimum of 10 years of experience in administering studies, collecting data and producing quality mixed-methods baseline/end line education focused study reports, preferably for international non-profit organizations or multilateral agencies and multi-country studies.
- Demonstrated experience in designing baseline and end line studies including proven experience in sound sampling, mixed methods approaches (quantitative and qualitative), tool development, enumerator training, etc.
- Demonstrated experience recruiting, training and managing enumerators and facilitators for both quantitative and qualitative studies (either in person or remotely)
- Demonstrated experience in quantitative data and statistical analysis, using software such as SPSS or Stata.
- Demonstrated experience in qualitative data analysis techniques, including the use of software e.g., ATLAS.ti, NVivo or equivalent.
- Demonstrated experience in employing Open Data Kit (ODK) or other computer assisted personal interviewing software.
- Specialization in primary and pre-primary education, conducting studies with children, and gender equality issues and analysis.
- Demonstrated experience in data management, including designing and managing gender- and age-disaggregated data and information systems capable of handling large datasets for study purposes.
- Country knowledge and experience in conducting research and impact evaluation studies in Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda.
- Demonstrated experience safeguarding and respecting vulnerable populations.
- Fluency in English is mandatory. Additional relevant languages (e.g., Swahili), an asset
Qualified and interested parties are asked to submit the following:
- Letter of interest, including the names and contact information of two previous clients who can be contacted regarding relevant experience. Consultants are also expected to disclose any conflict of interest related to this mandate with AKF.
- Detailed technical proposal of not more than 8 pages clearly demonstrating a thorough understanding of this request for proposals and including the following:
- Description of mixed-methods study approach and methodology, including preliminary sampling strategy, data collection, data management and data analysis, gender equality and ethical standards
- Demonstrated previous experience in mixed methods and other qualifications outlined in this TOR
- A proposed timeframe detailing activities and a schedule/work plan (including a Gantt chart)
- Team composition and level of effort of each proposed team member
- A financial proposal with a detailed breakdown of costs for the study (taking into account an additional 5% VAT for bidders based in Kenya and 20% VAT for bidders not based in Kenya)
- Itemized consultancy fees/costs
- Itemized field data collection expenses
- Itemized administrative expenses
- Validity period of quotations
- Expected payment plan and method
- CVs of all proposed team members outlining relevant experience (annexed to technical proposal)
- A copy of a previous report of similar work undertaken on: a) baseline study; OR b) endline study
- Copy of legal registration (for registered firms)
- · A Consulting Firm profile (if applicable).
How to apply
Please submit your application via the following link. www.akdn.org/careers or email@example.com
Submissions must be received by AKF no later than 25th June 2021. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted*.*
AKF is Committed to Safeguarding and Promoting the Welfare of Children and Vulnerable Adults and Expects all Staff and Partners to Share this Commitment.
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