TOR – Consultant, Technical Assistant – Adolescent Development (Specific focus on Generation Unlimited)
Job Number: 528158 | Vacancy Link
Locations: Africa: South Africa
Work Type : Consultancy
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1. Background and Justification
Background and Issue Identification
South Africa (SA) has one of the highest schooling participation rates on the continent, with up to 96% of learners in the compulsory years of schooling (7-15 years) in school; and gender parity has been reached. Participation remain consistently high across provinces and population groups. Attendance rates for 14-18 years olds is 91% notably with gender parity having been reached, albeit with provincial differences. Specifically, while available data indicate that while girls perform relatively better than boys in basic education, while boys outperform girls in STEM related subjects, even though girls outnumber boys in accessing education. On average, 51.8% of mathematics passes and 51% of physical sciences passes were males and echoing a long-term education trend. A result is an exacerbation of gender inequality in the higher levels, with less than one third (28.5%) of female graduating in STEM related careers such as engineering, manufacturing and construction (2015 UNESCO Institute for Statistics).
The result is that female participation in the labor market in these fields trails that of men. Current data indicate that females account for only around 7% of the 28,200 or so professional engineers, professional engineering technologists, professional certified engineers and professional engineering technicians registered with the organization. Other data indicate that In South Africa, the proportion of females to males who graduate with STEM-related degrees is out of kilter: women are underrepresented in math and statistics (4:5), ICT and technology (2:5), as well as engineering, manufacturing and construction (3:10). This inequality is not good for the economy. Indeed, the report further goes to note that by closing the gender gap in employment and pay by just 10% across various sectors of the South African economy, we could generate additional economic growth of 3.2% and decrease the number of unemployed job seekers by 6.5%. Closing the gender gap also helps to alleviate poverty: low-income households will receive an estimated 2.9% more income than previously. Enormous economic opportunity lies in promoting gender workforce equality (ibid.p.8).
UNICEF’s partnership with the Government of South Africa (GoSA) is anchored on the Government of South Africa’s National Development Plan, Vision 2030, and the Department of Basic Education (DBE) blueprint, Action Plan to 2019: Towards Schooling 2030, and informed by UNICEF’s Global Strategic Plan 2018 – 2021 and Goal Area #2, Every Child Learns. The GoSA has identified the improvement in the quality of basic education as its number one priority. On the other hand, UNICEF’s support is centered on improving learning outcomes through quality and holistic early childhood development and basic education, reducing inefficiencies and inequity in the system, deployment of educational technology and promoting innovation, addressing 21st C skills, among others.
To address these challenges and barriers to ensuring quality outcomes for girls, UNICEF partners with Uweso Trust, Department of Basic Education, the Department of Women in the Presidency to implement a job shadowing programme for girls called the TechnoGirl. It is an innovative programme that provides mentorship and structured job-shadowing opportunities for girls, with a bias toward STEM careers. The girls are exposed to job experience and role models in STEM careers for motivation and aspiration for better performance in STEM subjects and taking up studies in higher education and subsequently careers in STEM fields. Girls are therefore placed in companies whose core business activities are focused on scarce career fields and/or occupations were women are under-represented such as engineering, construction, forensic sciences, etc.
2. Scope of Work
2.1 Goal and objectives
The purpose of this assignment is to support the implementation of the Generation Unlimited Catalytic intervention for mainstreaming and scaling up the girls in STEM programme (TechnoGirl), a job shadowing programme for disadvantaged female learners in Grades 9-11) with specific reference to addressing key barriers and bottlenecks focusing on efficiency; impact; scale and sustainability; evidence building; monitoring and evaluation; and, advocacy. These broad parameters are outlined in the « Gen U Front Runner Solutions » Project document, to be shared with the successful consultant.
2.2 The specific objectives are:
2.2.1 Provide technical, advocacy and coordination support for the development and implementation of an advocacy, branding and visibility strategy for the scaling of the TechnoGirl programme
2.2.2 Provide technical and coordination support for capacity strengthening of the TechnoGirl Trust, and national and sub-national government systems to host and support the TechnoGirl programme
2.2.3 Provide technical, advocacy and coordination support for the development and implementation of a strategy to engage young people on the scaling of the TechnoGirl programme
2.2.4 Provide oversight, monitoring and reporting support for the catalytic component of the TechnoGirl Programme
In delivering on these objectives, the Consultant shall closely coordinate closely with the Department of Basic Education, the TechnoGirl Trust, other sections in SACO as well as other stakeholders in the course of implementing this assignment. In addition, s/him will be the main source of analytical and quantitative data on monitoring the progress of this intervention and represent UNICEF at technical level meetings within the office and beyond as the case may be.
2.3. Tasks / Deliverables and Performance Indicators
Measurement framework for the Gen U Catalytic intervention
Establish 5 and 10-year targets for the TechnoGirl programme using data-driven methods in collaboration with DBE
Develop results framework for catalytic components
Develop and implement method with the DBE to measure impact of TechnoGirl Programme on core indicators
Conduct quarterly site monitoring visits on the programme
Prepare quarterly donor reports and short stories on the programme
Donor visits on the programme planned and supported
Advocacy, visibility and branding (undertaken with UNICEF communication section)
Advocacy, visibility and branding strategy and campaign
Contract communication company with experience in social marketing
Develop and implement advocacy branding and visibility strategy and campaign through range of digital and non-digital platforms targeted at various key stakeholders
b) Presidential event
Plan and host annual job shadowing event with Presidency to promote and give visibility to the Programme
Establish partnership with Youth Employment Service (YES) Campaign such that TechnoGirl is recognized as feeder programme to YES
c) Partner with STEM sector convening bodies
Identify potential STEM private sector convening bodies, industry associations, professional bodies to partner on TechnoGirl
Develop and/or support partnerships with them to advocate and support the TechnoGirl Programme
Strengthen TechnoGirl Trust
Facilitate and/or support the transfer of the patent of name TechnoGirl from Uweso Consulting to TechnoGirl Trust
Conduct and/or support a desktop review of form and function of Trusts in SA on other causes to extract lessons for the strengthening of the TechnoGirl Trust
Undertake a financial review of the TechnoGirl model to identify possible cost efficiencies
Follow-up and/or support BBB-EE rating of TechnoGirl
Facilitate and/or draft document that outlines current location of TechnoGirl programme at national, provincial and district levels
Draft and/or support drafting of a core advocacy presentation on TechnoGirl & GenU (with support of communication company)
Support presentation of programme to senior management structures of DBE and PEDs with a view to locate the programme in the DBE MST Strategy (in curriculum branch/directorate) and advocate for Cabinet resolution on TechnoGirl
Close urban- rural divide
Explore and/or support identification of low-cost innovative solutions to bridge the urban location of private sector companies and the rural location of participants in the TechnoGirl programme
Adolescent leadership and engagement
a) Adolescent engagement
Support alumni-led discussions with other alumni, incumbents and potential incumbents on content of programme, strengthening engagement with girls and creating demand (digital and non-digital) for the programme
Explore partnership with existing youth platforms (e.g. G/BEM, U-report, Children’s Radio foundation) for youth engagement on the programme
b) Adolescent empowerment
Identify and/or support identification of alumni to be involved in development and implementation of the catalytic funding component of the programme
Set up and/or support set up of capacity building programme for alumni to take on leadership role in TechnoGirl Trust
Liaise with key partners and service providers on the development and implementation of the various components of the catalytic funding
Liaise with UNICEF programme lead on TechnoGirl to ensure programme coherence between catalytic components and current implementation of the programme
2.3.2 Performance indicators
The Consultant will be subjected to the following set of performance indicators to ensure compliance:
Project 5 and 10-year targets for the TechnoGirl programme established
Results framework for catalytic components developed
Method to measure impact of TechnoGirl Programme on core indicators developed and implemented
Quarterly site monitoring visits on the programme conducted
Quarterly donor reports, short stories on the programme developed
Donor visits supported and conducted
Advocacy, visibility and branding strategy and campaign
Communication company with experience in social marketing contracted and deliverables reviewed and monitored
Advocacy branding and visibility strategy developed and campaign through range of digital and non-digital platforms targeted at various key stakeholders implemented and monitored
Annual job shadowing event with Presidency to promote and give visibility to the Programme planned and hosted
Partnership with Youth Employment Service (YES) Campaign established and implemented
Partner with STEM sector convening bodies
STEM private sector convening bodies, industry associations, professional bodies partnering with TechnoGirl
Strengthen TechnoGirl Trust
Patent of name TechnoGirl transferred from Uweso Consulting to TechnoGirl Trust
Desktop review of form and function of Trusts in SA conducted, and lessons used to strengthen the TechnoGirl Trust
Financial review of the TechnoGirl model conducted, cost efficiencies identified and implemented
BBB-EE rating of TechnoGirl finalised
Document developed on the current location of TechnoGirl programme at national, provincial and district levels
Core advocacy presentation on TechnoGirl & GenU developed
Presentation of programme made to senior management structures of DBE and PEDs
Programme located in the DBE MST Strategy (in curriculum branch/directorate)
Cabinet resolution on TechnoGirl developed
Close urban- rural divide
Innovative solutions identified, and partnerships set up to bridge the urban location of private sector companies and the rural location of participants in the TechnoGirl programme
Adolescent leadership and engagement
Discussions held with alumni, incumbents and potential incumbents on content of programme, strengthening engagement with girls and creating demand (digital and non-digital) for the programme
Partnership established with existing youth platforms for youth engagement on the programme
Adolescent empowerment ($120,000)
Alumni involved in implementing the catalytic funding component of the programme
Capacity building programme set up and implemented for alumni to take on leadership role in TechnoGirl Trust
Relationships monitored and managed with key partners and service providers on the development and implementation of the various components of the catalytic funding
Programme coherence maintained between catalytic components and current implementation of the programme
UNICEF Programme lead
Generation Unlimited Secretariat
Department of Basic Education
Department of Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities
2.3.3: Timeframe, Deliverables and Payment
The payment schedule for this assignment shall be based monthly reports due by the last week of each month. The payment amount shall be the amount agreed upon with the consultant at the point of recruitment, in South African Rand (ZAR) and deposited directly into the Consultant’s account.
|1st Monthly Report||Last week of the First month||As per contract|
|2nd Monthly Report||Last week of the Second month||As per contract|
|3rd Monthly Report||Last week of the Third month||As per contract|
|4th Monthly Report||Last week of the Fourth month||As per contract|
|5th Monthly Report||Last week of the Fifth month||As per contract|
|6th Monthly Report||Last week of the Sixth month||As per contract|
|7th Monthly Report||Last week of the Seventh month||As per contract|
|8th Monthly Report||Last week of the Eight month||As per contract|
|9th Monthly Report||Last week of the Nineth month||As per contract|
|10th Monthly Report||Last week of the Tenth month||As per contract|
|11th /Final monthly report*||Contract expiry date||As per contract|
* The final monthly report shall include a comprehensive hand over note
2.3.4 Required Travel
The consultant maybe required to travel to attend meetings with UNICEF and other partners and/or to conduct consultations/interviews/FGDs. These must be stated in the proposal and must include purpose, location, estimated number of days and costs.
3. Desired competencies, technical background and experience
The following are desired, and applicants will be strictly weighed against these criteria. The consultant/individual contractor shall have:
At least a master’s degree in education, social sciences or related field, with a strong track record in adolescent programming and promotion of girls’ education.
Sound conceptual, planning and analytical skills, capacity and knowledge in research, identification, review and analysis of data and information. Experience with a UN agency or similar international organization is as asset.
A comprehensive understanding and knowledge of the South African education landscape
At least 8 years relevant work experience related to the work required in this assignment.
Strong writing skills, and ability to communicate effectively in the English language
Ability prepare written materials in English.
Ability to multi-task, and to work under tight timeframes.
Record of prior engagement with the Department of Basic Education an asset
Immediate availability is highly preferred.
4. Administrative issues
4.1 The contract will be managed by UNICEF. The consultant/individual contractor shall have regular consultations with UNICEF as needed, either in person or telephonically. These consultations may bring about slight deviations in agreements and the work assignment. This includes an inception discussion to ensure that aspects of the work assignment are understood clearly.
4.2 UNICEF is responsible for the monitoring of the implementation of this assignment and shall execute this in a professional and consultative manner throughout the term of the contract.
5. How to Apply
6.1 Qualified persons are invited to submit their application comprising a cover letter and a full Curriculum Vitae indicating all qualifications and relevant experience and quoting a MONTHLY FEE. Applications submitted without a fee/ rate/ budget will not be considered.
Please indicate your ability, availability and daily/monthly rate (in ZAR) to undertake the terms of reference above (including admin cost if applicable).
We invite you to watch a short video on the system on how to apply: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ePgDIQ9RVYs&feature=youtu.be
If you have not been contacted within 1.5 months of the closing date, please accept that your application was unsuccessful. Regret emails will be sent only to shortlisted/contacted candidates.
UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from South African nationals, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organization
UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on sexual exploitation and abuse, and on any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks
Closing Date Fri Dec 13 2019 16:55:00 GMT+0100 (Afr. centrale Ouest)