The aim of this consultancy, is to assess how INEE MS contextualization contributes to the capacity of education stakeholders at local and national levels to meet the right to safe, quality and relevant education in emergencies for children and youth in fragile and crisis affected countries.
The Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE) is an open, global network of UN agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), donor agencies, governments, academic institutions, and affected populations working together to ensure all persons the right to quality education in emergencies and post-crisis recovery. The network consists of more than 12,000 members and 130 national and international organizational partners in more than 190 countries. INEE serves its members through community-building, convening diverse stakeholders, knowledge management, amplifying and advocating, and providing members with the resources and support they need to carry out their work on education in emergencies.
The INEE Minimum Standards (INEE MS) first published in 2004 and updated in 2010, were developed to enhance the quality and accountability of humanitarian and development action on education by raising the level of quality expected, and promoting accountability in providing education services. The Standards allow practitioners working on Education in Emergencies to speak the same language facilitating better coordination, program design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation. The INEE MS are written in a generic manner in order to be applicable to a broad range of contexts. However, to promote the INEE MS and make it more applicable to specific contexts, it has been considered imperative to contextualize the standards. Contextualization refers to the process of “translating” the meaning and guidance of the Standards for the context of a country (or region) so as to make the content of the Standards more appropriate and meaningful to the given circumstances. To date, contextualization processes have taken place in 13 countries: Afghanistan (2008), Somalia (2011), Vietnam (2011), South Sudan (2012), Sri Lanka (2013), oPt (2013), Ethiopia (2013), Bangladesh (2014), Lebanon (2014) Jordan (2015), DRC/North Kivu (2015), Iraq/Kurdistan (2015) forthcoming, and Sudan (2016) forthcoming. However, until this point, no formal assessment or evaluation has been carried out on the effectiveness of this work. It is therefore imperative at this juncture to explore the benefits of contextualization and to ask ‘What works?’ in relation to the contextualization processes that have so far taken place.
The project sets out to verify the implied assumption that the INEE MS are most effective when they are contextualized to each national setting and to capture lessons that can be applied to future standards’ contextualization work both within and outside the education sector as well contribute to global, regional and national advocacy in terms of what standards and/or other would contribute to helping governments ensure access to quality education for all children.
The secondary objective of this research is to inform the INEE Standards and Practice Working Group’s ongoing evaluation on the continued use and relevance of the INEE MS globally. The working group is in the process of deciding whether a revision of the current minimum standards is necessary at this point and this research will feed into those discussions.
TASKS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The consultant will:
- Present a methodology for the review, detailing proposed scope, questions and list of country case-studies and key informants. It should include proposals for questionnaires, focus groups, interviews, as well as desk and (possibly) field research. This methodology and approach must be shared and discussed with the INEE Reference Group.
- Upon agreement of this methodology, a project timeline with deadlines and expected dates for input from the consultant and the INEE Reference Group, is agreed upon.
- With the support of the INEE Coordinator, organize and co-facilitate teleconferences with the INEE Reference Group regularly throughout the consultancy to gather feedback on deliverables.
- Coordinate, incorporate and respond to feedback from the INEE Reference Group.
- Meet regularly with the INEE Coordinator to discuss progress on the project.
- Develop an evaluation report
Overarching research questions
How to measure for it
[Objective 1] In which contexts has the INEE MS been contextualized? How did the processes differ? And how did those differences influence the uptake and application of the standards?
• How did the following factors influence the contextualization process and follow up?: level of contextualization (national, regional or sub-regional), state and nature of emergency at the time and since, governance throughout the process, level of stakeholder participation, etc.
• Analysis of reports from each contextualization accessed and analyzed
[Objective 2] To what extent has contextualization of the INEE MS led to improved education response at the governmental, organizational and individual levels in an emergency?
• To what extent has the contextualization process led to increased knowledge (and action/use/application) of the INEE MS in C/DRR and EIE?
· Self-reporting from partners in-country and those involved in the processes (survey, interviews, focus groups, case studies)
· Review of new education strategies and policies in the period since the contextualization.
· Analysis of costs associated with contextualizing the INEE MS
- Implementation of the consultancy will be evaluated based on the following deliverables, with a suggested timeline:
- Timeline for the project, including deadlines for consultant and Reference Group
- Methodology of the evaluation developed and shared with INEE Key Reference Group for feedback (3-4 pages)
- First Full Draft of Evaluation Report developed and shared with INEE Key Reference Group for feedback
- Second Full Draft of the Evaluation Report developed, based on feedback from INEE Key Reference Group –
- Final Evaluation Report with Clear Recommendations
- On-going communication with INEE Reference Group on the report via email and teleconference. INEE Reference Group will provide timely feedback on outline, first and second draft of Evaluation Report.
- Regular communication with INEE Coordinator on project progress.
- The INEE Coordinator will make all necessary background materials available and facilitate contact with key informants where necessary.
PROFILE OF CONSULTANT
- Masters Level education in education, international development or other relevant area.
- Significant knowledge and experience (at least 10 years) in humanitarian work and in the field of education, working with MOEs, international NGOs and the UN
- Excellent knowledge and experience in conducting evaluations
- Demonstrated experience of working with the INEE MS and the MS contextualization processes, and other key EiE tools and mechanisms (e.g. Cluster)
- Demonstrated experience in research and analysis in the domain of education and child protection
- Proven ability to write clearly and effectively
- Experience in consulting / working independently to produce concrete deliverables within a set timeframe.
- Experience developing practical tools & guidance for development and/or emergency contexts.
- Strong organizational skills the ability to manage complex projects within tight deadlines.
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills; ability to work with multiple and diverse stakeholders, including diverse colleagues from a range of backgrounds (gender, nationalities, ethnicities, etc.), as well as with different stakeholders, for example NGOs, UN agencies, governments, and donor agencies
- Extensive knowledge and experience of working in education in emergencies and/or psycho-social support in emergencies.
- Advanced computer skills, especially in Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
The consultant will report to the INEE Coordinator for Standards and Practice and liaise with the INEE Secretariat, INEE’s Reference Group, and others stakeholders as relevant.
The INEE Reference Group will comprise a small number of members of the Standards and Practice WG and external experts with experience in contextualizing the minimum standards at field-level. They will serve as dedicated focal points and will provide feedback on the various stages of the consultancy.
Please apply send your CV, motivation letter, writing sample and proposed timeline to complete the project as well as a list of keep respondent’s you would approach in conducting this work (max. 2 pages) to firstname.lastname@example.org
Any incomplete application will not be taken into consideration.
This consultancy is subject to pending funding.