National Consultancy to support Education in Emergencies

National Consultancy to support Education in Emergencies

Closing date: 12 Mar 2018

Title of consultancy: National Consultancy to support Education in Emergencies (Zambian National only)

Possible start date: March 2018 (as soon as possible)

Closing date: 12 March 2018

Duration: 5 Months

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For every child,…

The UNICEF Programme in Cooperation with the Government of the Republic of Zambia (GRZ) is designed to address and mitigate the triple threat of poverty the country’s children face, while responding to the needs with interventions addressing the multiple causative factors.

In response to the combination these threats involve the Programme supports national efforts to improve service delivery in the key areas of: child health and nutrition and HIV and AIDS, quality basic education, water, sanitation and hygiene education, child protection and social policy, advocacy and communication.

Background of the Consultancy

Luapula province has a 2017 projected total population of 1,185,446 representing 7% of Zambia’s total population with Nchelenge district accounting for 16% of the provincial population. Luapula is one of the hardest to reach and poorest provinces of Zambia.

Since October 2017, the number of asylum seekers crossing the Zambian border from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has continued to increase. New arrivals are reportedly fleeing serious insecurity due to clashes between Congolese security forces, and local militia groups in towns of Pweto, Manono, Mitwaba (Haut Katanga Province) as well as in Moba and Kalemie (Tanganyika Province). Access to safe and secure education and critical information for the wellbeing of children, adolescents and the youth is crucial in line with UNICEF’s mandate and its core commitment for children.

Of the projected 25,000 people expected to enter Zambia under this refugee influx by end of March, 14,750 are estimated to be children under 18 years, with approximately 2,950 of these under the age of three years. About 11,800 children are in need of immediate access to early childhood learning and development, primary and secondary education as well as non-formal education opportunities for out-of-school children and adolescents.

Most of the refugee children have witnessed violence and aggression which can have series of negative implications to their wellbeing. Provision of quality education services must move forward immediately as schooling has been shown as a stabilizing force for children in times of crisis or upheaval. Education helps meet the psychosocial needs of these children, it provides a channel for conveying survival messages and developing skills for conflict resolution and peace building. It also lays a foundation for broad reconstruction and social and economic development, and it provides protection from harm. Moreover, education is a human right promoting personal development and preparedness for responsible citizenship.

Justification for the Consultancy

The national consultant will be responsible for the implementation of UNICEF’s educational interventions in Mantapala refugee settlement, including the construction of classroom blocks and setting up of educational activities for early childhood, primary and secondary education. He or she will be working closely with the Ministry of General Education (MOGE), which is coordinating the general emergency response in Mantapala refugee camp Save the Children and Plan International who are UNICEF’s partners to implement programme activities. The consultant will also coordinate with other UNICEF sections (such as Child Protection and WASH) and with other UN Agencies such as UNHCR, which is leading the overall coordination. The consultant will also conduct regular monitoring and reporting on project implementation to UNICEF Education Chief in line with reporting requirements in the terms of reference.

Objectives and Targets for the consultancy

The following are the objectives of the Consultancy,

  • Coordinating and monitoring of the construction of 24 classrooms in two sites in Mantapala refugee settlement, with two different implementing partners and in consultation with MOGE.
  • Support transportation of teaching and learning materials from Lusaka to Mantapala refugee camp and ensure safe storage in collaboration with the implementing partners.
  • Ensure the local development, procurement and placement of classroom furniture, including desks for primary and secondary classrooms and for teachers as well as mats for ECE classrooms.
  • Support the assessment, selection, training and monitoring of teachers to ensure effective use of classroom pedagogy, including the proper use of learning and teaching materials, to ultimately ensure quality teaching in the classroom.
  • Ensure overall coordination and collaboration with other UNICEF Zambia sections, including Child Protection and WASH, to ensure the delivery of fully integrated, quality educational services for children.
  • Ensure overall coordination and collaboration with the Government of Zambia and other development partners (such as Save the Children, Plan, and UNHCR), including representation in education sector coordination meetings and emergency inter-agency coordination meetings in Nchelenge.
  • Ensure clear and quality communication updates and reporting between the UNICEF field office and Zambia Country Office.
  • Undertake any other tasks pertaining to educational activities in Mantapala refugee settlement as assigned by UNICEF.


Reporting requirements

  • Weekly Project Management Updates, including status update of all activities and other relevant information.
  • Monthly Project Management Reports, including status update of all activities, by end of each month (starting from date of contract signing). All reports to be submitted at regular monthly intervals, starting from the moment of signing of the contract
  • Minutes of Coordination meetings with Education sector sub-group, the multi-sectoral Emergency Coordination group and other relevant fora.
  • Classroom-level monitoring reports, based on MoGE template and completed by MoGE’s Standards Officer. If the Government’s officer is unable to complete this report timely, based on discussions with the UNICEF supervisors, the consultant will be requested to conduct the monitoring and complete the MoGE template.
  • Training reports of teacher trainings, including agendas listing the activities and methodologies, attendance lists and assessment tasks.

All reporting needs to be sent (in soft copy word document) to the Chief of Education and Education Specialist (Equity), and other relevant stakeholders as requested by UNICEF.

Project Management

The national consultant will work with the Education Section of UNICEF Zambia Country Office, and be accountable to the Chief of Education. Day-to-day supervision will be through Education Specialist (Equity). Updates and discussions will take place over e-mail and/or conference calls, while all reports will be submitted through e-mail.

Location and Duration

The consultant is expected to start his/her assignment immediately upon signing of the contract, expected to be on or about March 12th. The contract’s duration is 5 months from the contract signing date. The consultant will be based in Nchelenge district with travel to Lusaka as and when necessary. UNICEF will cover the travel and DSA costs following UNICEF regulations.


How can you make a difference?

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

Qualification/Specialized knowledge and Experience

  • Advanced university degree in education, or a related technical field.
  • A minimum of 2 years’ professional work experience in education in emergencies programme planning and management, at national and international levels
  • Significant knowledge and experience of humanitarian work, preferably in the Education cluster or sector approach, with emphasis on coordination and capacity building.
  • Familiarity with Zambia national development priorities and challenges, particularly in education, is required
  • Familiarity with the Refugee Crisis and Regional/National Emergency Response is as advantage.
  • Excellent facilitation, coordination and reporting skills.
  • Fluent in written and spoken English.

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Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

How to apply:

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