TERMS OF REFERENCE TO HIRE AN INDIVIDUAL NATIONAL CONSULTANT

November 21, 2023
Application ends: December 2, 2023

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 TERMS OF REFERENCE TO HIRE AN INDIVIDUAL NATIONAL CONSULTANT

    

Location    Sierra Leone 
Application Deadline    2nd December, 2023 
Contract Type    Individual Consultancy – To conduct a study on Social Emotional Learning (SEL) in Sierra Leone and co-lead the development of a National Social and Emotional Learning Framework 
Working Language    English    
Expected Start Date    December 2023
Contract Period/LOE Seven months  

   

ChildFund International 

ChildFund International is a non-profit development organization working in 23 countries worldwide to improve the well-being of about 21.1 million children and families, regardless of race, creed, religion, and gender. ChildFund Sierra Leone has had a presence in Sierra Leone since 1985 implementing development programs that are geared towards providing positive outcomes for children living in poverty. Our key program interventions include child protection, early childhood development, health, nutrition, education, emergency response, disaster risk reduction, livelihoods, disability inclusion, youth, civic engagement and leadership. We operate in all districts in Sierra Leone except Bonthe and Pujehun, and annually reach over 2, 511,039 children, youth, families and communities. We implement our programs through our local partners in collaboration with government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), Non-Governmental Organizations, local councils and other stakeholders. 

 

There are many Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) frameworks that have been developed around the world by governments, donor agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), universities, colleges and other institutions. These frameworks have been developed based on specific country’s context, policies, learning needs and curricula. SEL frameworks can be categorized based on age range such as early childhood, middle childhood, adolescence and adulthood. The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) framework is one of the most widely used SEL frameworks around the globe. 

According to the Ministry of Basic and Senior Secondary Education, Sierra Leone does not have a nationally approved SEL framework. Therefore, NGOs are using different SEL frameworks, such as CASEL, I am Somebody, War Child Ideal, War Child Team Up, Social, Emotional and Ethical Learning and Learning Through Play in implementing SEL in-service teacher training and other SEL related activities. Since Sierra Leone is a post conflict nation that has also experiences several natural disasters, pandemic, epidemic and violence in schools, it is critical for schools to provide safe, conducive, inclusive and gender-transformative environments to enhance life-long learning and SEL and psychosocial well-being.

 

On that note and in consultation with the Ministry of Basic and Senior Secondary Education, ChildFund International is seeking a consultant to conduct a research in select regions in Sierra Leone to study the existing SEL frameworks, identify skills through participatory research and support the development of a nationally contextualized SEL framework for Sierra Leone that aligns with the provisions of the country’s curriculum and education policies. The result of the study will be useful to understand the views and perspectives of teachers, parents and other education stakeholders on SEL skills; identify key SEL skills; literature on SEL and provisions of the Education Sector Plan for SEL. 

Overall Consultancy Aim

The aim of this study is to conduct research on SEL and develop a nationally contextualized Social and Emotional Learning Framework for Sierra Leone.

Objectives of the consultancy

  • To conduct research on SEL in each region in Sierra Leone.
  • To identify appropriate global SEL frameworks for the Sierra Leonean context
  • To identify the most relevant SEL skills for Sierra Leonean children
  • To identify available activities in the existing education curriculum and Education Sector Plan that support SEL skills. 
  • To develop a SEL framework for Sierra Leone that matches the contextual needs and aligns with the education curriculum and the Education Sector Plan.

This consultancy will include review of the following:

  • Related global literature on available SEL frameworks and domains
  • Provisions of the Sierra Leone Education Sector Plan for SEL
  • Sierra Leone’s Medium-Term National Development Plan
  • Existing SEL Skills in Sierra Leone
  • The work of institutions on SEL in Sierra Leone 

Expected Deliverables and Payment Structure

Expected Deliverables  Installment Payment Structure
  • Inception report delineating the process(es) and tools for the research and development of the SEL framework
40%
  • Submission of draft research report
40%
  • Submission of final research report and approval
20%
  • Co-lead SEL Working Group meetings to develop SEL Framework
TBD after negotiation with the consultant 

 

Payment Schedule   

 

The first installment payment of 40% will be made after the approval of the inception report, 40% after the submission of draft research report and 20% final payment upon receipt and approval of the final research report by the MBSSE.

Processing and payment shall be made within 30 days of receipt of the invoice. 6.5% of the professional fees will be retained by ChildFund Sierra Leone as withholding tax and a certificate be awarded to the consultant.  

Payments for Co- leading the National SEL Working Group Meetings

  • This payment will be staggered based on the agreement between ChildFund Sierra Leone and the prospective consultant. 

Experience Required

The Consultant should possess the following:

  • Experience of designing and undertaking a qualitative study with stakeholders and draw conclusions and identify recommendations related to the findings.
  • Experience of conducting research related to primary education and working on programs related to technical assistance for Ministries of Education to integrate SEL in classroom practice.
  • Experience of managing and analyzing multiple sources of information with ability to develop common themes and draw conclusions based on varied sets of findings and perspectives.
  • Commitment to critically analyze data, interpret it for multiple audiences and identify action-oriented recommendations.
  • Ability to deliver to tight timeframe and meet deadlines. 
  • Ability to work flexibly, adapting approaches as and when findings and learning evolves.
  • Ability to adhere to ChildFund International’s Child and Youth Safeguarding Policy, Anti-Fraud, Data Protection policies which ensures that the rights and data of those participating in the study are respected and protected and that the funds remitted by ChildFund are judiciously utilized.
  • Proficiency in Krio, written and spoken English.

 

Skills and Qualification Required

The following are the required Technical Skills and Qualifications

  • Minimum higher degree in relevant fields but preferably in Psychology and Education 
  • More than 5 years of experience in the field of Education, psychosocial support, child protection, and child development programs.  
  • Sound knowledge and understanding of Social and Emotional Learning concepts and or emotional intelligence.
  • Proven track record working with higher-level education authorities. 
  • Previous experience developing training frameworks, curricula and modules.
  • Huge understanding of Sierra Leone education policies, system and the Education Sector Plan  
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively as a team member and with people from different cultural and ethnolinguistic backgrounds 
  • Demonstrated experience using Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, Word, PowerPoint)  
  • Ability to travel across the five regions of Sierra Leone
  • Availability between December 2023 – June 2024
  • Commitment to ChildFund’s values and willingness to abide by ChildFund’s  Safeguarding , Anti- Fraud and Data Protection Policies and Procedures.   

 

Application Process

We invite interested candidates to submit the following application documents:

  1. Expression of interest including relevant expertise, previous relevant work (including one example of link to similar work) maximum 2 pages
  2. Proposed approach to the study and activity plan-maximum 2 pages
  3. Detailed budget inclusive of cost for field research 
  4. Curriculum Vitae
  5. Two relevant references 

Applicants should submit documents through the email: SierraLeoneProcurement@ChildFund.org and copy bsartie@childfund.org

with email clearly marked with the title of ‘’SEL Framework Consultancy’’.   

Closing date for submission of complete applications is 2nd December, 2023 2023 

Only applicants with complete documents will go through the selection process and only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.    

ChildFund Sierra Leone is committed to a workplace culture that promotes diversity, equity and inclusion in all its forms.  

 

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