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Consultant for Technical Advisor
Strengthening Community Resilience through Safe School Initiative (SCRSSI) Project
Summary: Plan International Asia Hub seeks to have one consultant to serve as technical advisor to support to implementation of SCRSSI project. The consultant is expected to support the SCRSSI project team, provide technical advice on specific topics that include safe schools, gender transformation in safe school implementation as well as support in facilitating trainings, webinar for capacity development of the project team in targeted countries according to the agreed work plan. The consultant will work from one of Asia Countries where Plan International office operates. This consultancy work shall be needed for 45 days within 10 month timeframe depends on the achievement of deliverables.
Plan International Asia is continue strengthening and expanding its portfolio on Disaster Risk Management programming that include safe school, community based DRR that contributing to strengthening community resilience in the region. Since June 2018, Plan is implementing a three-year Strengthening Community Resilience to Disaster through School Safety Initiative project in Asia funded by Japan National Office. This project seeks to ensure girls and boys in the most at risk communities in Bangladesh and Nepal have equal access to safer education and learning environment that minimizes the impact of disaster and promotes gender equality.
Goal: Girls and boys in the most at risk communities have equal access to safer education and learning environment that minimizes the impact of disaster and promotes gender equality.
Outcome 1: Comprehensive School Safety Framework that is gender transformative is promoted at regional level among CSOs and within Plan in Asia. (For Asia Hub)
Outcome 2: Key stakeholders are better prepared to address right to education and protection of boys and girls in high risk communities.
(Key stakeholders means communities member, students, school and educations authorities)
Outcome 3: Good practices and lessons learned on gender transformative Safe School interventions are systematically documented and shared among key stakeholders
Outcome 4: National Safe Schools Policies/guidelines is effectively implemented by target local authorities
In this regional project, Asia Hub has role of overall coordination and technical support to Nepal and Bangladesh Country Office and lead by one project coordinator (Ms. Lingling Liu). Under this project, Asia Hub DRM through the project coordinator responsible to deliver and implements outcome one (1) related activities directly and technically supports outcome two to four (2-4) of Country Office activities. By implementing outcome one (1) related activities, Asia Hub DRM is expected to build the capacity of Country Office project team and also organized learning events to strengthen Country team’s knowledge and skills on gender and inclusion. Furthermore, provide guidelines and technical inputs to supervise and support the quality work of Country level activities, such as gender transformative school contingency plans, gender transformative IEC materials, etc.
In order to ensure the quality of project implementation, based on the observation during the 6 months implementation, the project coordinator needs additional resource support especially around technical advice on specific topics that covered in the project implementation that include guidance on gender transformative implementation, monitoring & learning, technical advice on safe schools concept and comprehensive understanding around that
This type of support can be through a consultancy work. The consultant is needed to provide focused technical advisory and support around safe schools concept, gender transformation in safe school implementation as well as support in facilitating trainings, webinar for capacity development of the project team in targeted countries according to the agreed work plan. In addition this consultant is also expect to support target country offices to review and finalize case stories, video and learning products. , so does the monitoring tool.
Based on the background above, Asia Hub DRM is seeking one consultant (individual) to support to SCRSSI project implementation. The selected candidate will get his/her time spent paid by SCRSSI project. The consultant expected to work for 45 days within 10 month timeframe depends on the achievement of deliverables.
Detail expected deliverables with key responsibilities as following:
· A finalized guideline of gender transformation implementation of three pillars by working with the existing external consultant (Ms. Olivia from Widea) and all levels of stakeholders. (5 days)
· A developed project monitoring tool for project quality and outputs tracking, data management and spotlight visualization, collect and analyze data by using this tool for the first quarter. ( 3 day)
· Technically review and control the quality of country office work. (Work plan, contingency plan, IEC material, school safety plan, etc.) (15 days)
· Finalized case stories and videos as well as other learning related articles with the targeted country offices. (6 videos, 8 case stories and 3 other learning related documents) (19 days)
· Develop the TOR of a regional research. (3 days)
· Working with existing external consultant to develop and finalize the guideline on gender transformative implementation of the Comprehensive School Safety Framework.
· Monitoring the quality of country level project activities, provide support as needed, reporting the progress by the developed monitoring tool in close coordination with the Project Coordinator at regional level
· Support to review and improve the case stories, case videos and learning related materials from Country Office.
· Develop and finalize the regional research TOR in consultation with other relevant stakeholders.
· In close coordination with DRM project coordinator and regional technical experts, develop the capacity of relevant staff within the target countries and their partners. More specifically:
Provide in-country support/training to relevant country project staff and partners in gender transformative implementation of three pillars and increase their technical capacity in the areas of monitoring and learning.
Dealing with Problems:
Complexity of problems handled & the degree of investigation, analysis, & creative thinking required to solve them
· Capacity to work and communicate effectively with others in a diverse and long distance environment
· Capacity to work and communicate with staff from different cultures and in different languages
· Capacity to develop monitoring tools and learning related products and online promotion.
· Capacity to provide effective training at regional and country levels.
Communications and Working Relationships:
· Regional Office: The position will involve working closely with the Asia DRM team, MER advisor as well as the Gender and Inclusion specialist. She/He will directly report to the Regional DRM Project Coordinator.
· Country Office: The position will collaborate with SCRSSI project focal points, technical experts, and M & E staff in target countries (Nepal and BGD) on the implementation of the SCRSSI project
Knowledge, Skills, Behaviours, and Experience Required:
· Strong knowledge of monitoring and evaluation and learning systems, preferable in a humanitarian and international development context specifically in Asia.
· Advanced knowledge of comprehensive school safety and gender transformation.
· Understanding of humanitarian and longer-term development approaches, including Plan’s Child Centred Community Development approach.
· Demonstrable understanding of programme and community development issues, with experience of or ability to work directly with NGOs.
· Minimum Bachelor’s degree and preferably a Master’s degree related to, planning, monitoring & evaluation, development studies, disaster risk management, social sciences or other relevant field, or equivalent through work experience
· At least 5 years of progressively responsible experience in planning, management, and monitoring of international development projects, preferably in disaster risk management, climate change, education, child protection, gender or inclusion
· Demonstrated capacity to work and communicate effectively with others especially in high intense situations and across distance environment
· Demonstrated capacity to coordinate well among various involved stakeholders
· Strong information gathering, analysis and presentation skills
· Demonstrated ability to review, synthesize information and produce quality reports
· Strong computer skills using Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and Power Point) and internet use
· Fluency in English with good writing skills is essential
· Experience in community based and child friendly monitoring and evaluation practices
· Ability to work collaboratively in a team environment, as well as independently, especially under distance management
· Demonstrates clear respect to all, especially children and women, without discrimination
· Acts as a team player, willing to get the best outcome overall, adjusting own priorities if necessary
· Remains calm and positive under pressure
· Proven experience in coordinating large scale complex projects involving multiple stakeholders
· Minimum five (5) years’ experience in planning, research, monitoring and evaluation of social development programs and projects
· Experience in the field of disaster risk management, preferable in Safe School projects or emergency response and recovery
Physical Environment and Demands:
- A valid passport and ability to travel frequently internationally within the Asia region (Southeast and South Asia)
Level of Contact with Children:
*Low contact: Medium to very low frequency of interaction*