TERMS OF REFERENCE International Consultancy for development of a Wi Pikin Training Manual September 2012 Background Since 2010, as part of the Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) component of the Nutrition Package of Activities, UNICEF has supported the establishment of mother support groups (MSGs) throughout the country as a key mechanism for support and behaviour change on IYCF practices. This initiative seeks to reduce incidence of child malnutrition and reduce child mortality through adoption of favourable childcare practices, particularly early and exclusive breastfeeding and introduction of nutritious complimentary foods. Since 2008, UNICEF Sierra Leone’s Education programme in an effort to strengthen women’s participation in decision making at school and community levels has supported the setting up of Mothers Clubs (MCs). Members advocate for all girls and boys to go to and stay in school, ensures active community participation and support for education and the management of village schools. They enrich their children’s nutrition through vegetable gardens and also participate in Peer Health Groups, sharing information about reproductive health, HIV/AIDS, immunization, exclusive breastfeeding, malaria prevention and nutrition. The MCs spend time with children to discuss and tackle issues such as child marriage and teenage pregnancy. Both community structures – MSGs and MCs, build on naturally existing informal social networks in villages and communities across Sierra Leone, harnessing them towards the health, development and wellbeing of women and children. Provided with a common identity – called Wi Pikin (Our Children in Krio), the support groups play an important role in community and chiefdom level advocacy and social mobilisation activities and a have a growing role in enhancing democratic governance, improving service delivery and fostering empowerment. At present, there are a total of 2,182 Wi Pikin groups in the country. A large proportion of members are housewives engaged in subsistence farming, small scale trading and have diverse ethnic backgrounds though some of them speak and understand the country’s lingua franca, Krio. The level of literacy among the groups is extremely low but they are being supported to become the agents of change in their respective communities. Some of the groups rely on co-opted members for record keeping. The groups are supervised by UNICEF implementing partners and Government counterparts. UNICEF Sierra Leone’s Child Protection (CP) programme is supporting the Government to setup Child Welfare Committees (CWCs) as mandated by Sierra Leone’s Child Right Act. CP is also working with Paramount Chiefs, to appoint child protection focal points at village level as it will be impractical to set up CWCs at all villages. In 2011, a Wi Pikin strengthening strategy was developed to provide direction towards building capacity of Wi Pikin members and improving group cohesiveness, efficacy and action. As one of the recommendations from the Wi Pikin strategy, a Learning and Networking Summit was organised in October 2011. This event brought together Wi Pikin group members, Paramount Chiefs, Councillors and potential partners in the areas of livelihoods, microfinance and adult literacy for the purpose of collaborative problem solving and exploring community level partnerships. As a part of a capacity development strategy for the Wi Pikin groups, UNICEF and partners seek the services of a consultant to develop a Training Manual for the Wi Pikin Groups. Rationale The development of a comprehensive training guide/package is a key next step in the process of strengthening capacity and competencies of Wi Pikin group members and providing partners with useful tools that will help to improve programme implementation. The proposed package aims to provide Wi Pikin groups with basic and easy to understand information on key ideas and concepts on early childhood development and positive parenting within which thematic information on Health and Nutrition, Basic Education, Child Protection will be subsumed. Information in the manual will be conveyed in an easy to read and friendly manner, with liberal use of visuals and trainers will be encouraged to use participatory techniques that trigger discussion and dialogue. The training manual will also focus on soft skills like communication, team building, leadership, negotiation and partnership building, as these are fundamental to enhancing group cohesiveness. The training manual will be developed and written in a manner such that implementing partners are able to deliver it effectively and quality is not diluted during the cascade trainings. Supervision and Reporting The consultants will be supervised by the C4D Specialist and will also work closely with the Wi Pikin Working Group setup in the office. Methodology The consultant may use a number of methods to write the manual, such as: Review of relevant literature including strategy documents Training needs assessment workshop Pre-test/trial training In writing the contents, the following methods may be adopted (please refer to page 19 of the guideline prepared for writing the package for notes on the following) given that most of the beneficiaries are illiterate: Name Games Brainstorming Group work Demonstration Stories, proverbs and songs Games Simulation exercices Role plays Key Tasks Review of relevant literature (Wi Pikin Strategy, Guideline on developing the package, First Learning Summit report, and other documents on Wi Pikin groups) Focus Group Discussions and interviews with representative sample of Wi Pikin groups to assess their learning needs and discuss their successes and challenges Coordinate work with curriculum developer (national consultant) of Wi Pikin training guide Conduct trial training for 40 participants to pretest training manual. Conduct ToT for 40 participants on the new Wi Pikin training guide. Deliverables Report from Needs Assessment meetings and Focus Group Discussion (maximum 8 pages) Final Wi Pikin training guide Report from trial training and ToT workshop (maximum 10 pages) Soft copies of all of the above Timeframe The international consultancy will last for a period of 40 days from the time of commencement. The national consultants will be contracted for 30 days. Qualifications International Consultant At least a Masters Degree in Social Sciences, Public Health, Development Communication or related fields. At least 15 years of working experience related to curriculum development (particularly related to parenting practices and ECD) and developing teaching and learning materials especially for non- literates. Exceptional planning and coordination skills. Good writing and communication skills. Working experience in West Africa preferred, although not essential. Excellent planning and coordination skills, with proven ability to work with various stakeholders. Remuneration and Terms of Payment Two weeks DSA advance will be made available to the consultant on arrival. After the completion of draft Wi Pikin training guide 30% of the professional fee will be paid to the consultant. Remaining payment will be made within 10 days of delivery of final Wi Pikin training guide and report from trial training. The consultants will be paid the applicable DSA in Sierra Leone according to UNICEF rates. Responsibility of UNICEF Country Office UNICEF will facilitate availability of documents for literature review, meetings with partners and key informant interviews. UNICEF will facilitate 3 days needs assessment workshop and Daily Subsistence Allowance for the period of stay in Sierra Leone Transportation costs including (cost of international flights from current location to Sierra Leone and back, cost of visa and terminal expenses) to Sierra Leone. The office will arrange transportation to work on the first day of the mission while the staff finds his own means of transportation through taxi or otherwise thereafter. In case of emergency SL office will arrange and pay for necessary travel of staff back home location. The office will support the consultant in identifying possible hotels to stay. Office hours are from Monday to Friday 08.00 to 17.00 each day. Deadline Interested persons are requested to send their applications including P.11 and CV to email@example.com with a copy to firstname.lastname@example.org on or before 18 September 2012.
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