Consultant- Local Education Authorities Capacity Assessment and Development At Aga Khan Foundation


TERMS OF REFERENCE

1. About the Aga Khan Foundation

The Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) is an Agency of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), a group of private, non-denominational development agencies that share a mission to improve the living conditions and opportunities for marginalized communities across some target countries in Africa and Asia. AKF was established by His Highness the Aga Khan in Switzerland in 1967 and began working in East Africa in 1974. Globally, AKF seeks sustainable solutions to long-term problems of poverty, hunger, illiteracy, and ill-health, with special emphasis on the needs of rural communities in mountainous, coastal, and other resource-poor areas. In East Africa, AKF responds to local and regional priorities by developing and implementing effective programming, measuring, and documenting results and sharing lessons with governments, donors, and development actors to influence policy and practice. AKF operates a multi-sectoral portfolio that includes programming in Education, Economic Inclusion, Civil Society, Health and Early Childhood Development.

2. Background

AKF have recently developed a new framework for education programming globally, the Education Improvement Programme (EIP). The EIP promotes an approach where AKF will partner with a global network of local government schools, national and local government, and civil society actors within education ecosystems to co-develop and test affordable and scalable evidence-based models about how best to create quality learning environments and improve holistic learning outcomes for the most marginalised children.

To achieve this, EIP proposes a three-pronged approach; prioritise, innovate, scale:

· Prioritise – In partnership with government, schools, teachers, and Civil Society, identify and prioritise the needs of the education ecosystem to improve quality learning outcomes and inclusive, secure learning environments for all.

· Innovate – EIP is a network of local incubation collaboratives between AKF, government schools, and civil society actors – co-generating new evidence-based education models that work to improve quality learning outcomes for all learners, especially in marginalised areas.

· Scale – Generate new evidence-based models about ‘what works’ in quality education to enable governments to scale approaches for millions of children and youth.

F4L, co-funded by Global Affairs Canada and AKF, will equip a new generation of learners, teachers, school leaders, families, communities, civil society organisations and government leaders with the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values needed to promote more gender-responsive and pluralist quality education systems for all in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. Through F4L, AKDN will ensure equal opportunities to quality education for girls and boys through stronger education systems, more capable female and male education professionals, reduced gender and social barriers to education, and increased evidence generation for better policy and practice.

3. Consultant scope of work

Critical to the above approach is to develop deeper institutional partnerships with Local Education Authorities (at the county, subcounty and school level) in Kilifi and Kwale. This partnership would include institutional capacity development informed by an inclusive capacity assessment and capacity development planning process. While AKF have extensive experience in conducting these with Civil Society Organisations (CSO), AKF recognises the need to contextualise the process and tools to meet the needs of local education Authorities across the two targeted counties.

This consultancy will build on previous work done by AKF with respect to CSO. For this work, the consultant or organisation will be required to work in-person and/or remotely to implement a human centric approach (process clearly articulated in the application) to deliver high quality, relevant, and actionable results, processes, and tools. This consultancy is a co-creation process in which

The objective of this consultancy is to

(i) To review and conduct an initial contextualization of the Government Performance Index tool to effectively support participatory reflection and analysis of Local Education Authorities performance in provision of gender responsive quality education services.

(ii) In collaboration with the AKF team, to facilitate the participatory Local Education Authorities assessment using the contextualized (draft) GPI tool and development of the local Education Authorities strengthening plans

(iii) Build on feedback from the delivery process and experiences of the education Authorities to further adapt the GPI tool.

To achieve the above objectives, below are illustrative activities. The consultant will be expected to build on these as needed to ensure the assignment is completed to the expected standards. He/she is encouraged to consult regularly with AKF for any clarification or assistance to further inform the products from this assignment.

· Review the Government Performance Index (GPI), other AKF’s CSO Organisational Capacity Assessment (OCA) tool in addition to other country level LGA capacity development tools to inform the contextualisation

· Produce recommendations report on the appropriate contextualization and customization as needed on the GPI highlighting areas of customization with respect to applicability to Local Education Authorities for discussion with AKF.

· Prototype the tool in collaboration with AKF and with the country level LGA across Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda.

· Iterate the GPI process and tools based on the learning and feedback from the prototype to finalise a high quality and designed product for each country.

· Conduct the LGA assessment and support the LGA to develop and prioritise a one-year plan of action with resources to implement the interventions.

· Develop a comprehensive assessment report on the LGA assessment and plan of actions

4. Key deliverables

  • Inception report comprising methodology, tools and timeframe for the consultancy

· Final contextualised and customized GPI tool and processes for each country with feedback incorporated.

· Detailed LGA Assessment and plan of action report

5. Work Plan

A detailed work plan should be submitted keeping in mind the above listed activities and key deliverables. The envisaged timeframe of the consultancy is 20-25 days between April 2022 to May 2022. **

6. Criteria for selection

All submissions will be assessed on the following criteria:

· Technical proposal 40%

· Technical experience 30%

· Value for Money 30%

How to apply

1. To Apply

Consultants or organisations interested in this opportunity with AKF should submit:

· Five-page (maximum) technical proposal including work plan

· CV of core team members

· Organisational experience

· Proposed budget (inclusive of all taxes)

i. Itemized consultancy fees/costs

ii. Itemized administrative expenses

Applications should be submitted by midday EAT on 6th May 2022 to akfkenya.procurement@akdn.org

with ”Application For GPI” on the Subject Line

AKF is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to Safeguarding and Promoting the Welfare of Children and Vulnerable Adults and Expects all Staff and Partners to Share this Commitment.

The Aga Khan Foundation is an agency of the Aga Khan Development Network (www.akdn.org)

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