CONSULTANCY: DEVELOPING A MODEL FOR STRENGTHENING CAPACITY IN LIFE SKILLS DEVELOPMENT AND EMPOWERMENT

1.0 Background:

Oxfam is an international confederation of 20 affiliates networked together in more than 90 countries committed to ridding the world of poverty and injustice. To achieve this, we support local projects in developing countries, we lobby governments and companies to consider the interests of the poorest people and we campaign to involve citizens in our work. We implement our programs by working with local NGO partners and civil society organizations and engaging with private sector and governments.
In Uganda, Oxfam started work in the 1960s, partnering with local Organizations, volunteers and supporters as well as communities to bring about developmental change. It envisions Uganda free of extreme inequality and injustice; a society where citizens and particularly women across all age groups claim and exercise their rights and responsibilities; and are able to influence decisions that affect their lives. Our country program is anchored on three thematic goals, which aim to promote women’s rights, good Governance and accountability, Resilient livelihoods as well as enhance humanitarian preparedness, reduce vulnerability to disasters and ensure an effective response to humanitarian crises.

1.1 About the Project:

The number of South Sudanese refugees in Uganda exceeded 1 million in mid-August and around one third of the people of South Sudan were uprooted from their homes by conflict affecting the country. There are no signs that root causes of the displacement – violence, food insecurity, loss of security, resources and even the very basic services will disappear in the near future and the displaced/refugee/host populations must prepare themselves for a long period of living in displacement. Therefore, there is a high risk of children and youth missing out on any education if the education system is not supported and strengthened.
The interventions in South Sudan (SSD) and Uganda (Ug) are different by nature. The context in SSD has been characterized by a situation of emergency for many years thus, more strategic focus is placed on resilience building than ‘traditional’ emergency projects, evidenced by the teacher professional development model for both Accelerated Education Program (AEP) and primary school teachers and the policy work whereby local experience is taken to the national level for adoption or influencing.
In Uganda, the refugee settlement provides a different context whereby existing formal education structures and host communities have experienced a massive influx of refugee which puts heavy pressure on those systems and capacities.

Under the Governance and Accountability theme, a four-year project on Resilient Learners, Teachers and Education Systems is being implemented in Uganda – Palabek Refugee Resettlement and surrounding host community and in South Sudan (SSD) from March 2018-February 2022; with support from the European Union. The intended outcomes include: Improved resilience of learners and teachers in the targeted areas of Southern Sudan and Uganda and Improved resilience of education systems. In this regard, OXFAM in Uganda intends to develop modules and approaches for teachers and out-of-school learners in both non-formal and formal education to become active, self-reliant and resilient citizens.
Objectives:

  1. To develop an economic empowerment strategy for youth out of school (14-18 years) from refugee and hosting communities for harnessed social economic potentials
  2. To explore the policy and legal context that support refugees and youth to engage in economic and social enterprises for increased livelihood opportunities

1.2. Tasks and deliverables

1.2.1 Key tasks and deliverables

  • Review the national strategy and legal framework in relation to economic empowerment of refugees and host communities in Uganda.
  • Develop an economic empowerment strategy in consultation with project partners and other stakeholders working on life skills training and youth empowerment in the refugee and hosting communities.
  • Develop 1 pager on life skills model that can be undertaken to uplift economic standing of youth out of school and clarifying how change will happen
  • Describe the steps that will be taken to deliver the model guiding on the kind of capacity that needs to be undertaken to foster development of soft and intellectual skills for out of school youth.
  • Suggest training modules necessary for the development of the life skills and ensure translated version in Luo language.
  • Suggest already developed life skills modules that can be adopted for the indicated skills
  • Present defined module to Oxfam and its partners

1.3 Qualifications and skills required

The consultant should be well acquainted with the current context in South Sudan and Uganda refugee education guidelines and policies. S/He should have the following different mix of qualifications and skills:

  • Higher university degree in Humanitarian/Development studies, education, economics, statistics, social sciences, gender and other related fields.
  • Qualifications in Adult Literacy Education is an asset
  • Experience in developing innovative socio-economic approaches to economic empowerment
  • Excellent attention to detail and evidence of quality outputs from previous assignments.
  • Strong social and analytical skills will be an added advantage

Oxfam will:

  • Facilitate the work as per the specified schedule
  • Provide relevant documents to the consultant
  • Effect payments according to the agreement 1.4 Budget and Timelines
  1. The consultant shall submit the detailed cost and time breakdown (consultant fee, travel, etc.) along with the technical proposal as per the TOR.
  2. An inception report will be submitted within 7 working days from date of contracting.
  3. Development of the model will be accomplished within 20 working days from agreement on the inception report.
  4. The consultant will submit a revised version within 10 working days following validation of the draft.

1.4 Application Requirements

Interested candidates in the position are expected to provide the following documentation:

  • A technical proposal with detailed response to the TOR, with specific focus on addressing the scope of work and methodology to be used
  • Sample of previous training manuals developed
  • Initial work plan and time frame based on methodology outlined, and indication of availability
  • A financial proposal detailing the daily rate expected, transportation costs, accommodation costs, etc. and initial work plan
  • Company profile or CV including a minimum of 3 traceable, recent and relevant references to this task
  • Team composition with a lead consultant, and a CV of each person to be involved in the assignment, including relevant experience

1.6 Management Arrangements

The consultant will work closely with the Project Officer and Thematic Manager under the BRICE in ensuring the methodology is suited to the specific project locations. The methodology and deliverables will be shared for consultation and inputs from relevant OXFAM including the focal points for South Sudan in the Education and Humanitarian teams.
Please send your applications to ugandalogistics@oxfam.org not later than 19th March 2019 at 17.00hours.