Consultant "Safe Learning Model – Social and Emotional Learning - SRGBV prevention"
Concern Worldwide is an Irish-based non-governmental, international, humanitarian organisation dedicated to the reduction of suffering and working towards the ultimate elimination of extreme poverty in the world’s poorest countries. Concern has been operating in Sierra Leone since 1996 and supporting those who live in extreme poverty through Education; Health; and Food, Income and Market programmes.
Safe Learning Model – Social and Emotional Learning - SRGBV prevention
The Safe Learning Model (SLM) integrated program is funded by Irish Aid to be implemented between 2017 and 2021 by Concern Worldwide in the Tonkolili District, Sierra Leone. The programme aims at improving maternal, child, adolescent and reproductive health; creating a safe, conducive and quality education system and enhancing protection and wellbeing of the communities in the district.
Within this programme, the Safe Learning Model (SLM) will adopt a holistic approach to education and bring together interventions on school-related and gender-based violence (SRGBV) within education programme. This approach to learning seeks to counter the issues of SRGBV and gender stereotypes, which can keep children from learning and regularly attending school and which may also cause them to drop out. The interventions will aim at fostering a safer and more encouraging learning atmosphere in schools and communities. This is then intended to improve children’s education participation, learning outcomes and safety.
The SLM integrated program will also include research which aims at testing whether the different activities of the SLM program work and how the different levels of intervention (in school, out of school, and community) interact. This research will test the hypothesis that children will learn better if they are protected from SRGBV and allowed to learn in a safe and nurturing environment.
Concern Worldwide Sierra Leone is looking for international/ national/ consultant(s)/ teams/ firms/ academia to develop a curriculum and a facilitator’s guide for Social and Emotional Learning sessions mainstreaming SRGBV prevention.
The curriculum will be designed to be carried out with pupils from classes 1, 2 and 3 (each classes will be divided into smaller groups for the purpose of the SEL) and take place after school as a year round activity implemented throughout the project period. The sessions will be rolled out with experiential education methods, using play, child-centred and recreational focused activities. It will aim at promoting safety and wellbeing among the students and developing the appropriate SEL core skills (self-management, self-awareness, social awareness, relationship skills and responsible decision-making mainstreaming gender issues).
The second objective is the development of a facilitator’s training guide for the implementation of this curriculum. This training guide will be used by Concern to train SEL facilitators. These facilitators will be either teachers, community members, elders or older students. These
facilitators will need to be trained on the curriculum and on the recreational learning methodology.
The activities will ensure accessibility and feasibility for all facilitators and schools and will therefore need low resources to be carried out. All material developed will ensure age appropriateness, local relevance, gender sensitivity and compliance with ethics rules. The curriculum shall be in English with appropriate illustrations for easy reference, putting into consideration its target users.
Development of a Social and Emotional Learning curriculum for children of 6 to 8 years old (grades 1 to 3) in Tonkolili district (Sierra Leone) to empower them to protect themselves from any form of abuses particularly school related and gender based violence.
Roles and Responsibilities of Consultant
The consultant will primarily communicate and report to the National Education Coordinator CWW Sierra Leone and the Project Manager. The Consultant is also expected to interact with the Senior Education Adviser, Area Coordinator and Project M&E Advisor in the course of the curriculum development.
SEL Curriculum for Grade 1, 2 and 3 with integration of SRGBV prevention activities:
- Compilation of existing materials related to curriculum produced by other agencies on SEL and age appropriate SRGBV intervention.
- Develop final compilation of detailed and applicable SEL modules with the integration, where appropriate, of specific activities dealing with SRGBV. The modules will be presented in the form of after-school recreational activities for grades 1, 2 and 3. Each of the modules will propose different playful activities to be led by the facilitator.
SEL facilitator’s training guide:
Develop the modules to train facilitators on what Social and Emotional Learning is and how to facilitate sessions including:
- Awareness on methods based on experiential and recreational learning
- Preparing and organizing playful SEL sessions
- Facilitating process during the SEL activities
- Ensuring active engagement of children
- Wrapping up a SEL session
- Monitoring and assessment of the specific social and emotional skills learned
- The Consultant is expected to deliver the following outputs:
- Detailed synopsis including work plan for SEL Curriculum and facilitators’ guide.
Framework outlining the core component of the SEL curriculum with integrated SRGBV prevention activities for children age 6 to 8 years
- (i.e., grade 1, 2 and 3 children of Tonkolili district, Sierra Leone) to be submitted to Concern for feedback and approval.
- Full Draft SEL Curriculum (to be submitted to Concern for feedback)
- Final SEL Curriculum incorporating all feedback to be approved by Concern
- Draft of Facilitators Guide (to be submitted to Concern for feedback)
- Final Facilitators Guide incorporating all feedback to be approved by Concern
The overall consultancy work as outlined above is expected to take 3 months from beginning of June to end of August 2017 (following an approved work plan submitted by the Consultant and agreed with CWW).
Previous experience in curriculum development of primary school education.
Previous experience Social and Emotional learning in the age range of 6 to 8 years and on the prevention of School related gender based violence among primary school children in Sierra Leone.
Understanding and experience on Social and Emotional Learning and prevention of SRGBV interventions and in the development of manuals/guides relating the two.
Understanding and experience of working with Education sectors in Sierra Leone.
Good understanding of teaching learning methodology in Sierra Leone context.
Fluency in written and spoken English
Commitment to and understanding of Concern Worldwide aims, values and principlesLines of communication
The consultant reports on deliverables and all operational matters to the National Educational Coordinator or his designate.
Expression of interest:
All expressions of interest should include a cover letter and:
Technical Proposal: A brief explanation about the applicant with particular emphasis on the previous experience in related areas; profile of the applicant, understanding of the ToR and task to be accomplished.
Financial Proposal: The financial proposal should provide cost estimates for services including daily consultancy fees. The proposal should also include estimates for transport cost; stationery, supplies, printing and copying.
Please note that incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
- Concern values efficiency, competence and integrity, and hire Consultant/consultancy firm with suitable qualifications without distinction as to race, colour, religion, national origin, tribe, gender or age.
- We encourage all qualified women, men/ consultancy firm to apply for the consultancy assignment in Concern Worldwide
- You can send your application letter/expression of interest through firstname.lastname@example.org/ email@example.com and can collect the full version of the TOR.
- Submit both the technical and financial proposal with a separate and sealed envelopes to
The HR Manager, Concern Worldwide, 23A Cantonment Road, Off Kingharman Road, Freetown
The Letter of Application can be sent through e-mail. The technical and financial proposal should be submitted through sealed envelopes separately either in person, post or DHL to Concern Worldwide Sierra Leone, HO Freetown.
Closing date for receipt of applications for the above vacancy is on the 31st May 2017
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