Terms of Reference: ECCD Local Expert/Consultant

Tuesday 15 March 2022

 

Extending Integrated Community Based ECCD in Kosovo

Terms of Reference (ToR)

Background on Save the Children

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General information on the project

The specific objective of this project is to improve access and quality in ECCD services that foster holistic development of children aged 0-6. In line with this objective the project aims to promote better care and education practices for children attending preschools and community-based ECCD centres by increasing educators’ professional capacities in certain core areas, and thus improve the quality of education provided in preschools and ECCD Community Based Centres in targeted municipalities.

Objective

To create a “how-to” guide which will include good practices from Save the Children’s ECCD model for the following research activity: Document SCiK’s ECCD community-based model, including a budget analysis of investing in pre-school education in at least two municipalities

Location and official travel involved

Official travel might include travel to specified project locations within Kosovo in agreement with SCIK staff for any assignment related interviews with the field team and project beneficiaries.

Services the Supplier will provide

The consultant will be responsible for creating a comprehensive guide on how to set up an ECCD centre in Kosovo, through utilization of SCIK’s tested methodology and approach, which will outline the exact costs, budget analysis and procedures. This guide will assist the government in replicating SCIK’s ECCD model, which will serve as a “how-to” guide in how to initiate and maintain an ECCD centre in the long term. These findings will then be compiled into a policy paper which will be used as part of an “advocacy package”, meant to advocate to the government on the importance of investing in early childhood education.

Experience and skill set required

The consultant should have the following essential skills and knowledge:

  • University degree (Masters’ degree preferred, PhD is an advantage) in evaluation, research, education, human rights, psychology, social work or any related field in the social sciences;
  • Previous experience in conducting high-quality evaluations; preference will be given to applicants with experience in the field of early childhood care and development, and delivering education development programs
  • Excellent command of English and Albanian (written / spoken). Serbian would be an asset;
  • Ability to produce concise and well-written reports, in reader-friendly format, demonstrating excellent analytical skills;
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills to audiences with varying technical knowledge and skills;
  • Creative, open and acceptance for suggestions;
  • Respect for timeframes

SCIK expects the following deliverables and timeline:

Timeline

The assignment should be delivered during the period between April – May 2022, as specified in the schedule below. The final draft of the paper should be delivered not later than fourteen (14) days after receving the final comments and suggestions from SCIK staff.

Estimated Commencement Date: April 7th 2022

Estimated End Date: May 4th 2022 (presentation date is not included)

 

Deliverable number

Deliverable title

Description

Format and style

Days of work

Delivery date

1

Kick-off meeting

Introductory/kick-off meeting with SCIK staff

Meeting

1 day

April 7th 2022

2

Literature desk review

Conduct literature desk review, including all relevant materials provided by SCIK

Research

2.5 days

April 15th 2022

3

Conduct Interviews

Conduct interviews with relevant project stakeholders

Research

3 days

April 15th 2022

4

Analysis of findings, and submission of first draft of research paper

Deliver the first draft of the research paper to SCIK staff

Draft research paper

4 days

April 22nd 2022

5

Submit final draft of research paper

Deliver the final draft of the research paper to SCIK staff

Final draft of research paper

2 days

April 29th 2022

6

Prepare presentation on final findings and paper

Deliver first draft of presentation to SCIK staff

First presentation draft

1.5 days

May 4th 2022

7

Deliver presentation

Coordinate with SCIK staff to deliver the research paper to the targeted audience in the form of a presentation

Presentation delivery

1 day

Date to be set in agreement with SCIK staff

Total number of working days:

      15 days

 

Status updates/reporting

·       Inform SCIK staff on progress/status of deliverable completion;

·       Coordinate with SCIK staff in regards to field visits and conducting literature review (including sources and information published by SCIK);

·       Coordinate with SCIK involving presentation delivery date.

Acceptance

·       Deliverable 1 – to be approved from SCIK staff by April 7th, 2022;

·       Deliverable 2 & 3 – to be approved from SCIK staff by April 15th, 2022;

·       Deliverable 4 – to be approved from SCIK staff by April 22nd, 2022;

·       Deliverable 5 – to be approved from SCIK staff by April 29th, 2022;

·       Deliverable 6 – to be approved from SCIK staff by May 4th, 2022;

·       Deliverable 7 – to be decided on a delivery date in agreement with SCIK staff.

General assumptions and dependencies

The organization is responsible for:

·        Providing relevant documents (such as: Early Learning Development Standards for Children age 0 to 6, Kosovo Curriculum Framework, Competent educators of the 21st Century, etc.);

·        Providing the engaged consultant with quick access to all relevant material produced by Save the Children members.

Payment information 

SCIK will remunerate the Service Provider on a daily gross fee, from which the income taxes and pension contribution will be withheld and paid according to the Kosovo Law. The terms of payment are in accordance with Save the Children International’s payment policy. All payments will be made through bank transfer within Kosovo.

The Service Provider will invoice SCIK for the fee, in accordance with deliverable assignment timeframe (see delivery timeframe above). SCIK will make the payment through bank transfer in Service Provider’s bank account within fourteen (14) working days upon completion of Deliverable 7 (see above) of the consultant’s engagement and timesheet.

The Fees are inclusive of all costs, overheads and expenses, including travel, subsistence and accommodation.

How to apply for the services

Interested Candidates are welcome to apply by sending the documents listed below to procurementkosovo@savethechildren.orgwith the subject line: ECCD Local Expert/Consultant

a.     Financial proposal for each working day including offer in gross amount before any legal deductions of the country of origin;

b.     Curriculum Vitae;

c.      Samples of similar conducted assignments.

The deadline for responses is: March 30th, 2022 by 16:00.