International Business & Technical Consultants, Inc. (IBTCI), a U.S. based international development consulting company established in 1987, has worked in over one hundred countries and implemented over three hundred projects. IBTCI serves government agencies, private sector companies and several donor agencies. IBTCI specializes in Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) across many sectors including, but not limited to, conflict and crisis, democracy and governance, economic growth, education, environment, and global health.
Assignment Title: Access and Quality of Education Consultant
Technical Point of Contact: Project Director
IBTCI is seeking a Nigerian Access and Quality of Education Consultant for the final evaluation of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Girls Education Programme (GEP3) in Northern Nigeria. The evaluation will help UNICEF, Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Education, state Ministries of Education, and other stakeholders to determine the relative effectiveness of a range of interventions intended to strengthen access to and the quality of basic education of children, particularly girls, in marginalized communities in six states of Northern Nigeria. Key foci include improving enrollment by girls and keeping them in school as they acquire skills in life and in livelihoods. GEP began in 2012 and expanded to six states: Bauchi, Katsina, Niger, Sokoto, Zamfara and Kano. The evaluation will also include a seventh state, to be determined, as a control. It will feature a number of quantitative and qualitative approaches to collecting data. Overall, it is expected to last from October 2020 through June 2021, with most of the data collection and preliminary data analysis taking place between October 2020 and February 2021. We anticipate a six-person team combining Nigerian and international specialists plus data collection and support staff. This position is contingent upon award.
Using your background and subject matter skills, perform the following tasks on specific task orders and/or contracts. Tasks could include, but not be limited to:
Scope of Work:
- Under the guidance of the Team Leader, collaborate with other team members in refining and conducting the evaluation.
- Provide technical assistance (including support for the development, use, and analysis of instruments) on issues associated with access to and retention of marginalized and/or disadvantaged children including, but not limited to, girls generally, children with disabilities, children in typically un-served or under-served populations such as pastoralists, members of disadvantaged groups, out-of-school or never-in-school children (particularly girls) and in approaches that promote improved attendance and learning.
- Providing perspectives on the interaction of gender and other education sector issues.
- Provide nuanced perspectives, as appropriate, on cross-national and cross-state similarities and differences on the circumstances and approaches to promoting access and promoting retention.
- Prepare, refine, and deliver reports and presentations
- Carry out other assignments and activities as directed by the Team Leader
Serve in the above consultant capacity to support the IBTCI technical practices of Crisis, Conflict & Governance, Agriculture & Food Security & Economic, Education & Growth and Global Health and/or Business Development divisions.
- This position does not authorize/require the consultant to directly communicate with IBTCI clients.
- This position does not authorize/require the consultant to have decision making authority on final work product.
- A minimum of eight years of experience in implementing and/or evaluating approaches intended to improve access to education by children, especially girls, in marginalized and/or disadvantaged settings and/or intended to improve retention in school and improved learning by children, especially girls, in marginalized and/or disadvantaged settings.
- Experience in the evaluation and/or assessment of activities intended to improve access to education and/or retention in school and improved learning and/or to address gender-related lack of equity in education.
- Strong organizational, communication, analytical and interpersonal skills
- Fluency in written and spoken English
Education: Advanced University degree (Master or PhD) is desirable
Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Familiarity on working with quantitative and/or qualitative data involving access to and retention of disadvantaged or marginalized children, specifically including girls, in schools and/or to improving the quality of their learning.
- Experience in using non-traditional and innovative evaluation methods including child friendly and remote data collection methods
- Knowledge of programming strategies, effective interventions, and approaches to effecting change as promoted by UNICEF, other donors, government agencies, and other implementers in sub-Saharan Africa, with experience in Nigeria highly desirable.
- Relevant field work in sub-Saharan Africa desirable; experience in Nigeria highly desirable.
Supervisory Responsibilities: This position does not have supervisory responsibilities.
Travel: Travel within Nigeria will be required.
Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.
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