CARE INTERNATIONAL IN TIMOR-LESTE (CITL)
Terms of Reference
Patsy Collins Trust Fund Initiative – Cohort 3
Proposal Development – March 2015
Title : Consultant
Duration : 8 working days
Location : Dili, Timor-Leste, with field trips
Reports to : Program Coordinator (Education)
Expected start date : March 2015
a. CARE Australia
CARE is an international humanitarian aid organization fighting global poverty, with a special focus on working with women and girls to bring lasting change to their communities. As a non-religious and non-political organization, CARE works with communities to help overcome poverty by supporting development projects and providing emergency relief. We know that supporting women and girls is one of the most effective ways to create sustainable outcomes in poor communities. We work in over 80 countries around the world
CARE Australia is a member of the CARE International confederation. We strive for a world of hope, tolerance and social justice, where poverty has been overcome and people live in dignity and security.
For over 26 years, CARE Australia has earned an international reputation for our ability to respond quickly to emergency situations in countries as diverse as Haiti, Pakistan and East Africa. We are also renowned for our innovative, sustainable and effective long-term development projects. All our projects are designed to equip the people we support with skills and resources so they can take charge of their lives and work towards a better future. CARE Australia is committed to protecting the rights of children in all areas we work around the world.
B. CARE International in Timor-Leste
CARE works to end poverty and bring about lasting, sustainable development in Timor-Leste. CARE places special emphasis on enhancing the roles of women and girls to assure their equality in society. CARE’s commitment to gender equality is outlined in the CARE International in Timor-Leste Gender and Women’s Empowerment Strategy (2013- 2018).
CARE works with communities in Timor-Leste to ensure women and girls in disadvantaged rural areas have sustainable and measurable improvement in wellbeing and voice. In order to reach this goal CARE to encourage higher quality education, health care and other community services.
C. CARE International’s approach to Education
CARE focuses its attention on marginalized populations, and attends to the disproportionate disadvantages that girls often face as one of the most marginalized groups in many societies. CARE believes that every child has the right to a quality education, and the ability to actively plan their futures. Despite tremendous progress in getting millions of girls and boys into school, there remains an immense gap in the number of children and adolescents attaining an education, i.e. actually learning. The continued need for reaching the most marginalized, both still out of school and in school is clear: Over 57 million children remain out of school, the majority of them girls; meanwhile at least 250 million children cannot read or count, even after four years in school (UNESCO, 2013; UNESCO, 2012; DFID, 2013). In view of these key challenges to address in global education, CARE’s education effort commits to supporting systems that converge to erase barriers and ensure that marginalized girls and boys receive a quality and equitable education from childhood and throughout their adolescent years – i.e. learning and empowerment for all children and adolescents, especially girls.
While basic education and adolescents from age 10-14 remains a critical focus, CARE recognizes that the unique needs of older adolescents, especially girls, from age 15-18 and the barriers to continuing education into secondary school must be addressed.
As an organization, CARE has been long committed to working with global partners and leaders to bring about positive change for the world’s marginalized communities, and often forgotten, citizens. A particular focus of CARE’s commitment is reaching marginalized girls and boys so that they have the same opportunities afforded by and through education. CARE’s new Education Sector Strategy 2020 recognizes that gender norms and practices play a pivotal role in defining if and how girls access their rights and participate fully in their communities. As such, CARE’s work in and through education seeks to influence the underlying social issues and norms that govern community structures, perceptions and practices to promote gender equity.
D. Patsy Collins Trust Fund Initiative Cohort 3
In 2003 the Priscilla Bullitt Collins’ Remainder UniTrust made a generous gift to CARE USA that provided an opportunity to make a positive and enduring influence on the lives of marginalized girls across the globe. Following approval by CARE USA’s Board in 2004, programmatic implementation of the initiative began in 2005. The PCTFI represents a major paradigm shift away from the traditional project based approaches to education that focus only on educational access, toward meta-level, cutting-edge innovations targeting the empowerment of young marginalized adolescents, with a specific focus on girls. This approach was informed by the program shift process and is aligned to the CARE Program Strategy 2020. Since its inception, the Patsy Collins Trust Fund Initiative (PCTFI) has broken ground in how education programming at CARE is designed and leveraged to create lasting and sustainable impact on the lives of marginalized girls across the globe. Foundational to the PCTFI objectives and strategy is the implementation of a series of innovation cohorts, wherein a set of CARE members and COs receive funding to increase the reach of their education programs and address the rights of marginalized girls. PCTFI defines Cohorts as “groups of project teams who work concurrently in different countries and collaborate intentionally within and across countries as they go about their work, sharing with colleagues in an effort to build knowledge through their research and practice.” PCTFI innovations emphasize three key elements; they: 1) foster innovation; 2) improve knowledge and learning systems; and 3) contribute to influencing advocacy efforts for girls’ rights.
Currently, there are two PCTFI funded cohorts: Cohort 1, which will end in June 2015, implements action-research projects, alongside local partners, to address multi-sectoral needs of marginalized girls; and Cohort 2, which will end in June 2017, conducts research-based designs activities to understand and influence the factors in girls’ families and social environments that affect their ability to realize their rights and make choices about their own lives.
As articulated in the Education Sector Strategy 2020, and in line with the roles articulated in the CI Program Strategy 2020, the PCTFI Cohort 3 program focus will specifically contribute to Roles #2 of Promoting lasting change and innovative solutions; and Role #3 of Multiplying impact. To effectively play these two roles, the Cohort 3 program focus will emphasize:
- The Development & testing of an adolescent empowerment framework.
- Knowledge generation and organizational learning: Strong impact measurement, knowledge generation, and adaptive learning approaches
- Partnerships, Engagement and Influencing: Developing partnerships and advocacy strategies to multiply sustainable impact.
Cohort 3 will seek to to undertake an innovative, multi-sectoral and multi-faceted effort to address barriers for adolescent girls and boys to acquire learning skills and knowledge for survival and continued human development during and beyond formal school years. The focus will be on multi-sectoral approaches to education that will capitalize on opportunities to learn about the intersection of quality education, sexual and reproductive health (SRH), and economic empowerment for adolescents.
Drawing from lessons learned and the promising practices identified through the implementation of the Power Within initiative, PCTFI Cohort 1 (Cambodia, Honduras, Mali and Tanzania) and PCTFI Cohort 2 (Bangladesh, Ghana, India and Malawi) over the last 10 years, this new initiative will focus on innovative programs that support the testing, refinement and scale-up of technical models to advance quality and sustainable education for marginalized adolescents by prioritizing four pillars: educational attainment; leadership development; sexual and reproductive health innovation as a facilitator for continuing education; and economic empowerment.
Taken together, these pillars are designed to explore the use of education as a primary empowerment agent to address the underlying socio-economic, cultural and political barriers that prevent adolescent girls and boys from accessing resources that limit the realization of their basic human rights. It will also explore the impact of the inclusion through education of workforce development, SRH, and leadership skills development approaches aimed at the empowerment for older adolescents.
PCTFI Cohort 3 will contribute to the development of a learning continuum framework that seeks to identify what works for girls’ education at different ages and contexts. Part of the quest of this new initiative will be to respond to “education for what?” Successful designs will be based on strong mechanisms to identify barriers to education by addressing the major drivers of dropout, underachievement and the cycle of limited capacities to mobilize, utilize and maximize available resources and life opportunities for adolescent empowerment. Cohort 3 will expand on existing opportunities for adolescent empowerment, while exploring new opportunities for their continued development. This initiative will have a strong commitment to sound social research and will thus invest in innovative monitoring and impact measurement systems.
Woven throughout the program activities will be a focus on identifying and harnessing the power of partnerships at all levels, the design and operation of policy change, and advocacy models. Change does not happen in isolation, and CARE strives to work in collaboration with global partners to multiply the impact of its work, resulting in exponentially more girls and boys attending school, developing the skills to become tomorrow’s leaders, and changing their lives and the lives of those around them. PCTFI Cohort 3 will emphasize working in partnership with public, private, and NGO partners, governments, and civil society to create an enabling environment in which all children receive a quality education that will enable them to become change agents of today, and prepare them to adapt to the changes of tomorrow. Careful attention to knowledge and learning systems and policy and advocacy will help to ensure that the legacy of this effort reaches beyond those targeted by this program.
Building on the strengths and global reach of CARE and our partners, the Cohort 3 initiative will empower young girls and boys across the globe to develop and access a quality and equitable education, develop leadership skills, engage in community affairs and foster healthy behaviors. Through focused evidence based advocacy for the rights and empowerment of young people, the initiative will reach at least 500,000 girls and boys over the 5-year period of implementation.
The overall objective of this consultancy is to develop a full proposal (including logframe and M&E plan) and budget for CARE International Timor Leste in response to the Call for Proposal from CARE USA for the PCTFI Cohort 3, in accordance with the guidelines and criteria provided by CARE USA and CARE International in Timor-Leste.
This proposal development process will involve close partnership between CARE International in Timor-Leste and CARE Cambodia in order to leverage previous experience and learning. This will ultimately result in two separate, but mutually supportive, proposals and projects. The proposal will showcase an approach for cooperation and learning between the two country offices.
3. Reporting Arrangements
The consultant will report directly to Program Coordinator – Education, the principal contact for this consultancy, and will be ultimately accountable to the CITL senior management comprising of:
- Program Quality Manager
- Assistant Country Director of Programs
- The CITL Country Director
The consultant will work together with CARE Cambodia’s PCFTI Cohort 3 Proposal Development Consultant and Program Director Ethnic Minority Women.
The Consultant will undertake the following tasks in close and regular liaison with the Program Coordinator and the Program Quality Manager, and in close and regular liaison with the Assistant Country Director of Programs.
The consultant will start with a desk review of the current literature and evidence base created by CARE and other stakeholders. He/she will then analyze the data gathered during the consultations conducted by the CITL staff in the field and Dili. The next step will be to bring together the relevant CITL staff to further discuss the program design and log frame, after which the draft proposal will be developed and presented to the CITL team for their review and feedback before the consultant finalizes the proposal and budget.
- Desk review of relevant documents including concept note and the request for proposal;
- Support the development of the agenda for the consultation with the government;
- Analyze the data collected during the field and Dili consultations;
- Conduct a program design workshop to draft the program design, log-frame, and budget;
- Develop a draft proposal inline with CITL and CARE Australia standards for program quality, including monitoring, evaluation and learning and CITL’s gender strategy (relevant documents and tools will be provided).
- Present the draft proposal and budget to the CITL team
- Finalize the proposal and budget based on the feedback received from the CITL team
- Submit the final proposal package to CITL
Key deliverables include the following:
- Desk Review
- Analysis of the consultations
- CITL Proposal Development Workshop
- Draft Proposal (including log frame and M&E Plan) and Budget
- Final Proposal Package
6. Schedule and Dates
All outputs specified in the ToR to be completed by 3th April 2015 (some activities may occur concurrently)
|Date||Key Activities||Location||Estimated Days|
|TBC||Analysis of the consultations||Dili||1|
|TBC||CITL Proposal Development Workshop||Dili||1|
|TBC||Draft Proposal (including log frame and M&E Plan) and Budget||Dili||3|
|TBC||Final Proposal Package||Dili||2|
7. Payment Schedule
The Consultant shall receive the following payments upon completion of the outputs as specified above and listed below:
|1. Reimbursement of travel and other costs||Following return to home base||As per expenses incurred|
|2. Approval of Final Proposal Package||Submission within 8 days of beginning consultancy||100 per cent of the total fee payable to the Consultant|
All applicants will require the following competencies:
- University degree in Education, Social Sciences, or related fields;
- Extensive experience in project design and developing new project proposals for education projects
- Sound knowledge and understanding of design methodologies, community empowerment, gender, participatory research and workshop facilitation
- Strong knowledge of development issues, especially in Timor Leste
- Experience in working with international organisations and NGOs
- Writing and editing in English at an advanced level; previous experience in Timor Leste and fluency in Tetun or Indonesia (Bahasa) are desirable.
- Ability to produce high quality proposal and reporting outputs on a tight deadline;
Candidates should provide the following:
- An updated CV
- Proposed workplan and timeline
- Financial Proposal in USD
- Indication of availability
Consultants are required to make their own travel arrangements to and from Timor-Leste and cover their own insurance. A return economy class airfare will be reimbursed after presentation of receipts and an invoice, along with other valid costs such as departure taxes and lowest cost transport to and from airports in the home location. CARE will assist with accommodation and internal travel in Timor-Leste for the duration of the consultant’s visit and provide a per diem according to CARE’s per diem rates.
The consultant will be expected to sign and adhere to CARE’s Code of Conduct and Child Protection policy.
Interested applicant, please email your applications to CITL Program Quality Manager, Samantha.Fox@careint.org with PCFTI COHORT 3 PROPOSAL DEVELOPMENT CONSULTANT in the Subject line before or on Sunday 22nd March 2015 at 5PM (TLT).