Terms of Reference for Conducting Baseline, Gender Analysis and Formative Research of Creating a Brighter Future for Zambia’s Children

Zambia, Consultancy Nil

TERMS OF REFERENCE FOR CONDUCTING BASELINE, GENDER ANALYSIS AND FORMATIVE RESEARCH OF CREATING A BRIGHTER FUTURE FOR ZAMBIA’S CHILDREN
Purpose and Scope
This study is being conducted to obtain information to provide the quantitative and qualitative data for the present situation as per the project indicators, to set targets and to collect and analyse information on the current barriers and enablers related to gender and disability within the communities and sub-national Government as appropriate.
One primary purpose of this study is to assess the current situation related to children’s development and foundational literacy and numeracy outcomes.  This will necessitate the use of International Development and Early Learning Assessment (IDELA) for pre-primary aged children and an assessment of children in Grades 1 and 2 of primary school (potentially the use of ASER).   The results of these assessments will thus support the basis for the intervention.
Objectives of the Study
1.     To provide a robust measurement against the project’s objectives, outcomes and outputs where data is required (see logframe)
2.     To understand the drivers, enablers and barriers (including impact of COVID) to girls and children with disability accessing and remaining in a quality inclusive education
3.     To conduct a gender analysis to assess how girls and women are positively or negatively affected by gender stereotypes in terms of education including looking at the intersectionality where appropriate with disability
The consultant and his/her study team will be required to undertake consultation with the SC MEAL Manager, Education Technical Specialist and Education Manager plus the Evaluation study group at the commencement of the baseline survey and associated researches in order to further refine the study questions, tools and methodology.
Scope of the Project: The project, as provided in the beneficiary estimate on summary page of the ToRs, intends to directly reach 5400 children (2646 boys and 2748 girls) aged 3-8 years including an estimated 108 children with disabilities, teachers (54 males and 126 female) and caregivers (2025 males and 2474 females). Community members targeted include parents, community leaders, school authorities and structures such as head teachers and Parent Teacher Association (PTA). The general community members also include children with disabilities in both project target schools and control schools. The study geographical scope covers all two implementing districts (Sioma and Shang’ombo) in the Western Province. Kindly refer to the detailed Terms of Reference which have been included in the bid document.
Qualified applicants who are interested in applying for the above assignment must meet the following requirements and expertise:–

Interested and qualified consultants/firms are required to submit a proposal interpreting the Terms of Reference elaborating the proposed methodology. Detailed work plan and budget indicating both the professional rates and costs for logistics/operations in Zambia.
Detailed CV for the lead Consultant including summarized CVs of technical personnel and the rest of the study team.
The applicants must also provide a list of previous/current similar assignments or engagements completed, work references and provide links of sample works successfully produced in the last three to four years.

In addition, applicants should provide requirements as listed below: –
MANDATORY REQUIREMENTS
1. That they are not on any Save the Children prohibited parties list or blacklisted by the  government and acceptance of Save the Children Terms
2. The lead Researcher must have a background in Education or Social Science Research and Evaluation.
3. The team should bring in a Gender Analysis Expert as well as an expert in disability inclusion on access to education.
4. Copy of the National Registration Card or copy of the passport
5. Copy of Tax Clearance Certificate (TPIN)
6. Certificate of incorporation for companies
7. COVID 19 Guidelines on how your company has adapted to the pandemic.
HOW TO APPLY
Candidates interested in the position will be expected to provide the following documentation:

Cover letter
CVs of all team members (maximum 5 pages each; with three recent references)
Technical proposal (maximum 6 pages) including scope of work and proposed methodology and outline how the data will be analysed
Financial Proposal. The financial proposal should provide cost estimates for services rendered including daily consultancy fees. The consultant has to show all field related costs (accommodation, per diem, airtime, stationery and any other related expenses.
A copy of a similar piece of work done in the last 3 years.

REQUIRED EXPERTISE & EXPERIENCE LEAD RESEARCHER
The lead researcher will have:

A Master’s Degree in Education, Economic, Social Work, Sociology, Economics or any relevant qualification. PhD will be an added advantage.
A sound understanding and experience in early childhood care and development education and early grades is a must.
Demonstrate knowledge and skills in inclusive education and ideally inclusive education for pre-primary age and early grades children
Experience in research and evaluation in education or related field.
Designing and conducting outcome evaluations using quasi experimental design.
Proven experience in conducting qualitative and quantitative research and analysis including use of IDELA  and ASER child development measurement  and assessment tools.
Previous knowledge and experience of ECD research for children age 3-6  and 7-8 years age categories.
Leading socio-economic research, evaluations or consultancy work in Zambia or in the East Africa region that is sensitive to the local context and culture, particularly education, child rights and inclusion
Conducting ethical and inclusive studies involving children and child participatory techniques
Conducting ethical and inclusive studies involving marginalised and/or vulnerable groups in culturally appropriate and sensitive ways
Managing and coordinating a range of government, non-government, community groups and academic stakeholders.
Strong written and verbal skills in communicating technical and/ or complex findings to non-specialist audiences (especially report writing and presentation skills)
A track record of open, collaborative working with clients

REQUIRED EXPERTISE & EXPERIENCE FOR CO RESEARCHERS AND RESEARCH ASSISTANTS
The other members of the research team must have relevant qualifications and experience:

At least 5 years’ experience in research, monitoring and evaluation.
Proven experience in conducting qualitative and quantitative research and analysis.
Previous research experience involving children (at least one of the consultants).
The team composition should also include a Gender Analysis Expert to cover for the gender analysis component.
The team composition should include a Disability Expert – this may be the team leader or as a subset of another team member.
Knowledge of the Zambian context is a strong asset.
The composition of the team need to be gender balanced.
Previous experience in working with Save the Children or other child rights focused organizations is an asset.
Excellent interpersonal skills.

Application Conditions
Follow link provided for specific additional information requirements www.savethechildren.net/terms-reference-conducting-baseline-gender-analysis-and-formative-research-creating-brighter-future or https://www.iapg.org.uk/terms-of-reference-for-conducting-baseline-gender-analysis-and-formative-research-of-creating-a-brighter-future-for-zambias-children/
Deadline for submission of the Expressions of Interest is Wednesday 27th April 2022 at midnight GMT.  Expressions of Interests submitted after the stated closing time and date will not be accepted.

All inquiries should be directed to:  [email protected]
Applications should be submitted to [email protected]

Note

Save the Children will only contact successful applicants
Save the Children reserves the right to accept or reject any proposal/expression or cancel the procurement process at any time, without assigning any reason, and shall have no liability to any potential consultants for such rejection or cancellation of the procurement.