TERMS OF REFERENCE
International Consultancy for development of a Wi Pikin Training Manual
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
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.
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.
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
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:
Stories, proverbs and songs
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.
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
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.
At least a Masters Degree in Social Sciences, Public Health, Development Communication or related
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-
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
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.
Interested persons are requested to send their applications including P.11 and CV to firstname.lastname@example.org with
a copy to email@example.com on or before 18 September 2012.