Latest Jobs in Kenya: Consultancy – Learning and Reporting Partner-AKF

Aga Khan Foundation

The Aga Khan Foundation (AKF), founded by His Highness the Aga Khan in 1967, is a member of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), one of the world’s leading poverty solutions networks. AKDN’s integrated approach makes long-term investments, builds permanent institutions and cultivates an active civil society, impacting tens of millions of people annually in 30 countries. Alongside its sister AKDN agencies, AKF implements innovative, community-driven solutions that are based in decades of experience, learning and evaluation. In Kenya, AKF is managing a robust and expanding portfolio of multi-sectorial initiatives that includes investments in education, early childhood development, sustainable economic development, and civil society strengthening.

Schools2030

AKF, in partnership with a global consortium of private foundations, is co-launching Schools2030, a 10-year (2020-2030) learning improvement programme. The ten-year initiative is a participatory action research and learning improvement programme in 1,000 government schools across the ten countries. Using the principles of Human-Centred Design (HCD) and focusing on the key transition years of ages 5, 8 and 14, Schools2030 seeks to catalyse locally rooted education solutions that can inform systems-level approaches for improving holistic learning outcomes. In Kenya, AKF will partner with 100 sites in Lamu and Mombasa Counties to drive classroom level innovation to enable teacher generated solutions to identify and inform ‘what works in education’ for the Coast Region. The sites include 30 pre-primary schools, 30 primary schools, 31 secondary schools and 9 youth development partners/civil society organisation.

The goal of the intervention is that by 2030, Schools2030 will have contributed to 10 country governments to accelerate their progress in achieving SDG4 and SDG8:

  • SDG4 – Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.
  • SDG8 – Promote sustained, inclusive, and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.

Ultimately, the project will ensure that 500,000 (50,000 in Kenya) marginalised children and youth in ten countries over ten years are equipped with the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values to help them interact effectively with the world and become contributing members of a pluralistic society.

AKF, as the Global Secretariat of Schools2030, will be leading the delivery of Schools2030 in Kenya and be representing all the Founding Partners through the Schools2030 Coordinator.

Therefore, the Reporting Partner will be accountable to AKF in Kenya through signing a fixed term Service Agreement Contract.

Scope of work

Schools2030 will work with 100 sites in Mombasa and Lamu Counties. The partner is expected to engage directly with at least 50% of the sites in a year (covering the three age cohorts) but is encouraged to maintain remote contact with the other 50% of the sites. The sample sites are subject to change annually to ensure coverage of all 100 sites by the end of the partnership.

Role of the learning and reporting partner

The learning partner will be engaged in the following key activities:

  • Process documentation: Conduct a broad assessment of the impact of HCD to deliver on the expected objectives of the HCD process. This should incorporate data collection from all sites as well as more detailed follow-up with sites that are seemingly performing well and those that are struggling.
  • Identify 15 high potential solutions: Using remote rapid assessment techniques, identify 15 solutions demonstrating impact and potential for scale.
  • Conduct in-depth assessment of the 15 high potential solutions: Design and deliver a robust assessment of the 15 selected sites to enable the schools, teachers, and AKF to identify the drivers of success and the measurable impact of the solution.
  • Spotlight on the three nationally selected solution: Based on the winning three solutions, conduct interviews and collect further documentation to enable a deeper ‘spotlight’ report to be written on these solutions.
  • Reports: Deliver the report in three distinct chapters:

o HCD process and impact – Learning for the future

o 15 solutions – can they scale?

o Winning solutions – What makes these so good?

To achieve the above it is expected for the learning partner to:

  • Participate in HCD workshops and any others as determined necessary.
  • Participate in Schools2030 events including the National Design Workshop and Innovation in Education Pitch Events
  • Commit a senior staff representative to participate in the Schools2030 National Advisory Committee.
  • Work collaboratively with AKF and other Schools2030 partners to capture and make meaning of data from sites and for communication to stakeholders.
  • Coordinate bi-monthly catch-up meetings with the Schools2030 coordinator and other AKF and non-AKF representatives as deemed necessary.

Duration

The partnership will be valid from 1st June – 31st December 2021, with a possibility of extension based on mutual agreement. Funds will be disbursed in instalments and the said budget is reflected on an indicated duration.

Budget

The budget will be based on need to complete the deliverables but will not exceed the pre-approved budget under AKF’s Schools2030 budget. The budget breakdown should indicate the anticipated expenses on travel separately.

Expected deliverables

  1. Schools2030 report including:

a. HCD process and impact – Learning for the future (Process and evidence or impact)

b. 15 solutions – can they scale? (Evidence of impact from 15 high performing and potential solutions)

c. Winning solutions – What makes these so good? (Spotlight on the three solutions selected to go to the Global Schools2030 Pitch Event)

  1. Active participation in HCD workshops
  2. Active participation in the National Advisory Committee as per NAC Terms of Reference.

Activity schedule:

The activities are likely to be done in a blended manner (remotely and physically)

Date and Activity

  1. 4th June 2021 – Signing partnership agreement for assignment
  2. 11th June 2021 – Inception plan
  3. 16th June 2021 – Orientation meeting with the reporting partner to brief on activities/work plan
  4. w/c 21st June 2021 – Introductory meeting for reporting partner to sites ready for work (during the HCD sessions with partners)
  5. Monthly Site visits at partners’ discretion (remote and physical)
  6. Bi- Monthly (every last Thursday of the second month) Reflection meetings with the reporting partner. Updates on the report and planned activities for completion
  7. 20th August 2021 – Submission of interim report on efficacy of the HCD process
  8. 10th September 2021 – Submission of interim report on high impact solutions (15)
  9. 19th November 2021 – Submission of interim report on winning solutions (3)
  10. 3rd December 2021 – Submission of combined draft report (including documentation of solutions and their impact; and the HCD process and its efficacy).
  11. 10th December 2021 – Review meeting with AKF on the draft report
  12. 17th December 2021 – Final report submission

Qualifications and Experience Required

AKF is seeking an experienced and committed partner with extensive knowledge of doing different studies and assessments to inform learning. The partner should be an institution or organisation registered in Kenya that works with community and learning sites on various research portfolios including assessment. The partner should have human resources (the team with capacity and related expertise) to carry out this assignment.

How to apply

All interested partners must submit the following documents in a folder, to Aga Khan Foundation Kenya through email to recruitment@akfea.org by May 27th 2021 with ‘Learning and Reporting Partner’ in the subject line:

  1. A detailed write up, describing their understanding of the assignment, possible study approach and methods.
  2. A detailed financial proposal indicating all expenses associated with the task and professional fees, with all travel costs indicated separately.
  3. The relevant institutional experience on similar assignments, including competencies in both data collection, analysis and report writing. Including CVs for each staff of the team identified for this assignment.
  4. The copies of relevant legal documents mandating existence and operations such as Registration Certificates, Business license and Tax Certificates will be required.

Please note only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

AKF is Committed to Safeguarding and Promoting the Welfare of Children and Vulnerable Adults and Expects all Staff and Partners to Share this Commitment.

The Aga Khan Foundation is an agency of the Aga Khan Development Network (www.akdn.org)).

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