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National Consultant to conduct a Girls’ Education Mapping Study, Khartoum, Sudan, 40 working days

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For 70 years, UNICEF has been working on the ground in 190 countries and territories to promote children's survival, protection and development. The world's largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.
Purpose of the Position
UNICEF would like to support MOE in engaging a consultant to do a state based mapping on factors that push children, particularly girls out of school in the different states of Sudan. The consultant will be required to conduct a desk review & analysis from existing national and state level data, to provide the information required to update a girls' education strategy that address the contexts of girls' drop out from schools and poor learning achievement based on state level bottlenecks.
The information generated from this exercise will be vital not only for UNICEF but also for Ministry of Education, and different stakeholders in their planning and implementation. The Ministry of Education will use the findings from the study to update the Girls Education strategy that will expire in 2016 as well as use the information for the next Education Sector Strategic Plan (ESSP).
Key Accountabilities and Duties & Tasks
The services of a consultant are required to conduct a states based desk review to map on issues affecting girls in the 18 states of Sudan. The consultant will analyze the gender issues around girls' education, identify the push and pull factors affecting girls' in each stateand advise on the way forward. The idea is to find a way of creating good synergy in improving girls' education. Specifically, the consultant will: 
  • Develop a detailed work plan in accordance to the objectives of the ToRs for review by a Subcommittee. The work plan should detail the study design and should include data collection tools and techniques, sampling methodology, and a realistic timeline for each activity. 
  • Undertake a desk study of relevant literature on girls education in Sudan to identify, document and analyze issues of gender in the education sector in terms of girls' access, retention and completion of primary for each of the 18 states of Khartoum; 
  • Conduct field visits and collect data through quantitative and qualitative data collection tools with the relevant identified sample to validate findings. Only two states will be sampled and two localities per each of the sampled state. 
  • Conduct a mapping of partners in each state and where possible, in each locality that are working in girls' education by mapping Who is doing What and Where including their contact details. 
  • Conduct data analysis of the data collected from both desk review and field visits to identify:
  • the different factors contributing to girls' low access, retention and progression by state;
  • best practices in girls' education programming through extensive review of the literature and using the experiences in Sudan;
  •  Produce a detailed professionally written analytical report of the key findings with recommendations submitted to UNICEF in both electronic form and 3 bound hard copies by the end of the study period.
 The Report should include the following:
  1. An overview of the current status of girls education
  2. A detailed description of issues affecting girls education by state
  3. A mapping of who does what and where
  4. An analysis of best practices for girls education
  5. Recommendations on the way forward to address the disparity in Girl Child enrollment, attendance, retention, completion and learning achievement
  6. Existing gaps in the area of gender and education
  7. List of agencies/ institutions involved in girls' education within the states with a description of the nature of their involvement.
 Support the Ministry of Education to update the girls Education Strategy based on the findings from the mapping study
Qualifications of Successful Candidate
Education:  
University degree at Masters or Doctorate level in the social sciences, education, development studies, research or other relevant field of study; 
Work Experience:  
  • At least five years of proven knowledge and skills in research on girls education;
  • He/she is expected to be familiar with the education system in Sudan with a focus on girls education
  • The consultant is expected to have demonstrated capability to conduct mapping studies
  • Demonstrated experience in developing girls education strategies or similar work
  • Analytical and report writing skills; 
Language skills required:  
Fluent in Arabic and English in both spoken and written
Other skills and attributes required:
  • Excellent people and communication skills
  • Flexible nature and ability to adapt to changing directions/thinking that may occur during the consultative workshops
  • Familiarity with Ministry of education policies and documents (such as the ESSP) would be an added advantage;
Core Values 
  • Commitment
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Integrity
  • Core competencies
Communication
  • Working with People
  • Drive for Results
  • To view our competency framework, please click here. 
UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organisation.
The consultant to indicate his/her fees either in $/SDG reflecting all-inclusive fees (including lump sum travel and subsistence costs, as applicable) for the services to be provided.
Closing Date 23 Oct 2016 E. Africa Standard Time 
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