Education Consultancy on Learning Outcomes
Jordan, Norwegian Refugee Council
NRC Jordan Country Office is looking for a consultant to undertake a comparison of the learning outcomes acquired by students at all levels of primary and secondary education in Jordan and Syria.
In particular, the research aims at:
Assessing the academic preparedness of Syrian refugee students living in Jordan and the potential outcome of their placement tests or national exams, and their subsequent placement in Syria, based on their education from Jordan.
Informing the potential type and level of assistance required in Jordan and Syria to support students’ academic preparedness to engage in the formal education in Syria based on their education in Jordan. In particular, the research will need to point out the discrepancies that should be addressed by a potential support programme aiming at increasing students’ chances to be successful when returning to Syria.
Scope of the Consultancy:
The consultancy is estimated to require approximately 60 working days spread over a period of 4 months. The consultancy will consist in a desk review and relevant stakeholder consultations, if needed. Presence in Jordan is not mandatory but routine consultation with NRC Jordan will be required throughout the consultancy.
The consultancy is estimated to require approximately 60 working days spread over a period of 4 months for the development of one in-depth report and one shorter and visual briefing note to be used for external dissemination. The consultancy will consist in a desk review and relevant stakeholder consultations, if needed4. The study will not entail any data collection, for this reason presence in Jordan is not mandatory but routine consultation and communication with NRC Jordan will be required throughout the consultancy.
Major tasks and Responsibilities :
After the preliminary consultation with NRC, submit and present the inception report detailing the scope, objectives and methodology of the research.
Before the drafting the report, present to NRC and UNHCR the research findings.
In close consultation with NRC, develop, outline and proposed content for the full report. This comprehensive report shall include a full comparative framework and recommendations to the education sector and duty bearers.
Write the report to be review by NRC Jordan, NRC Syria and NRC’s Middle East and Regional Office (MERO), as required.
Finalize full report based upon feedback.
Write the briefing note summarizing the main results, extracted from the full report and geared towards a broader audience. Outline and contents should also be agreed with NRC before writing commences.
Package the briefing note with the appropriate communication design (page layout, visuals, graphs, typography, etc.) for external dissemination.
Throughout the all consultancy, frequent coordination and consultation with NRC research focal point and NRC Steering committee when needed, in order to ensure that the research deliverables are in line with NRC and UNHCR expectations, and address any potential issues on a timely manner.
Presentation of the research findings.
Full narrative report on the detail findings including recommendations for advice and service provision.
Write a policy brief of maximum 8-10 pages recapping the results of the research and geared towards a broad audience.
The consultancy is estimated to require approximately 60 working days to be spread over a period of 4 months (to account for the time NRC and UNHCR will need to review the outputs). All the outputs should be delivered by October 2020.
This is a fixed priced, Defined Output based consultancy. Fees will be paid according to the work-plan and deliverables agreed in the contract and based on the written authorization from NRC Evaluation Steering Committee stating the satisfactory receipt of the deliverables.
Please note that the consultant will be expected to refine the work plan, outputs and dates upon commencing the assignment together with the evaluation steering committee.
Indicative number of working days: (indicative only, to be refined by consultant) Activity Milestones or Outputs:
5 days Preliminary analysis of relevant documents, desk review, consultations with NRC Inception report
2 days Review of the inception report based on NRC comments Final version of the inception report
36 days Analysis and presentation preparation Presentation of the research findings
8 days Report writing First draft of the report
3 days Revision of the report according to comments Final report version
4 days Briefing note drafting First draft of the briefing note
2 days Revision of the briefing note according to comments Final version of the briefing note
- Institutional and organisational arrangements
A steering committee is formed to manage the consultancy and follow up on potential recommendations. The steering committee is comprised of technical education and youth staff, M&E, return focal point, as well as head of programmes for strategic direction. The consultant will work closely with NRC’s Research Coordinator who will engage relevant NRC technical specialists in the Jordan Office, Middle East Regional Office and UNHCR to agree on content and outline of deliverables. The research coordinator will act as the focal point for this consultancy, who will liaise with the consultant for all necessary administrative and logistical issues, as well as ensure all technical resources (documents) and decisions are provided in a timely manner.
Duties of the consultant
- All consultant companies, ltd or sole-trade, must be registered in accordance with the legal requirements at their base. Proof of registration must be provided by the consultant, before a contract will be signed. This can be business registration documentation, and/or VAT or company tax registration. If the consultant is a sole-trader, he/she should be able to provide a confirmation of this status from a certified accountant or the tax authorities. If the sole-trader is based in a European country, he/she should be able to submit a sole-trade certificate/registration document. If the sole trade consultant is from the US a certification from his/her registered accountant about the sole-trade status is sufficient. All sole-trade consultants from a
European country must also provide an A1 certificate from the social authorities to verify that he/she is a member of the national social security scheme.
In addition to the requirements provided in paragraph (2) above, the Consultancy and its Key Personnel, as the case may be, shall provide NRC with the following documents that can be requested from the Consultancy and its Key Personnel:
The Certificate of Incorporation
Certificate showing the objectives, management structure and authorized signatories
Certificate of registration with Tax Department.
Certificate of registration with (...Specify the entity. This depends on the type of Consultancy services...)
Copies of last 2 years audited financial statements.
Insurance Policy as required under Article (7.1) of this Agreement.
Valid Vocational License
Any other documents or certificate that NRC may request from time to time.
The consultant is responsible to provide their own insurance and must provide details before a contract will be signed.
If the consultancy requires substituting the Key Personnel, the Consultancy shall provide details of the subcontracts in their bid. The consultancy shall notify NRC where it intends to substitute all or part of the services and shall obtain the prior written approval of NRC for all subcontractors. The list in annex 2 shall be in line with the received and accepted bid.
Reports should be submitted in Microsoft Word format, in UK English [amend as appropriate]. All text should be unformatted. Graphs or other graphical devices should be editable (i.e. not pictures). All references must be cited according to convention, and detailed in a bibliography, using the Harvard system as set out in the UNESCO Style Manual. All verbatim quotations must appear in quotation marks, and must not be of excessive length. All data collected under the consultancy must be submitted with the deliverables, in a widely recognised format such as Microsoft Excel.
Everything submitted to NRC must be the original work of the consultants. Any plagiarism in any form, or any other breach of intellectual property rights, will automatically disqualify the consultant from receiving any further payments under the contract by NRC, and NRC will seek to recover any payments already made.
Duties of NRC
NRC shall be authorized to deduct from each invoice the applicable withholding tax (5% for national consultants and 10% for international consultants) as may be levied from time to time under the applicable tax legislation in Jordan, and pay such withholding directly to the tax department. Proof of payment will be provided to the consultant upon request.
For international consultants:
· Per diem amount for NRC Jordan is 50 USD per day for the days the consultant is working in Jordan and submission of receipts will not be required. Alternatively, consultants can include the required per diem in their fees
· Accommodation in Amman will be covered by NRC in shared guesthouse facilities of a good standard. Flights, visa and local travel in Jordan will be also be covered by NRC.
· Flights will be booked through the NRC Travel agent and paid for directly by NRC through the NRC travel agent. Alternatively, International travel is booked by the Consultant and later reimbursed based on receipts. The total amount must not exceed the amount specified in the budget. The Consultant will cover the eventual extra costs
· NRC shall reimburse visa fees based on receipts provided by the consultant
- For national consultants:
· Per diem will not be paid separately, this must be included in the daily rate
· Accommodation will not be provided under this consultancy
- Qualifications of the consulting company
Expressions of interest should be submitted by July 05th strictly through email: email@example.com
Failure to meet the closing date and manner of submission will result in the bid being rejected.
The application must be sent in PDF files as an attachment to the resume. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
Applications should include the following:
o Cover Letter, highlighting experience relevant to this consultancy
o Sample of previous consultancy report/lessons learned/evaluation document that are relevant to this work- please only provide links and not the documents
o Proposed budget, detailing consultancy fees, international travel, per diem, insurance costs and communication.
§ Any costs related to procurement and provision of equipment, material, services required to complete the consultancy should be included in the fees. No additional costs shall be charged separately.
Experience and Qualifications:
Experience working on developing and reviewing education curricula
Experience working on the MENA/Jordan/Syria formal education context
Experience in refugee/IDP/ humanitarian/transition contexts
Experience working with humanitarian or development organizations
Fluency in English and Arabic, both written and verbal
Relevant university qualifications
A minimum of ten years of relevant professional experience
The application must be sent in PDF files including the following:
CV and Cover Letter, highlighting experience relevant to this consultancy
Sample of previous consultancy report/lessons learned/evaluation document that are relevant to this work - please only provide links and not the documents
Proposed budget, detailing consultancy fees, international travel, per diem, insurance costs and communication. No additional costs shall be charged separately.