TERMS OF REFERENCE FOR AN INDIVIDUAL CONSULTANT TO UNDERTAKE A COMMUNITY ASSESSMENT AND PROVIDE RECOMMENDATIONS AND INSIGHTS ON DEVELOPMENT OF COMMUNITY ACTION PLANS (CAPs) FOR 30 ARISE COMMUNITIES IN KAOMA AND NKEYEMA

    • Background and Context

 

Winrock International is a nonprofit organization that works with people in the United States and around the world to empower the disadvantaged, increase economic opportunity, and sustain natural resources.

Since 2013, Winrock has partnered with Japan Tobacco International (JTI) to implement the Achieving Reduction of Child Labor in Support of Education (ARISE) program in Kaoma and Nkeyema districts in the Western Province of Zambia. ARISE is aimed at addressing the child labor problem in grower communities where JTI sources its leaf. This is done through: increasing access to education and community empowerment; economic empowerment of households; and improving policy and regulatory frameworks to address the child labor problem.

ARISE uses a community driven approach by working with Community Child Labor Committees (CCLCs), teachers and other extension workers to 1) implement community level after-school activities, 2) roll-out anti-child labor clubs, 3) run Model Farm Schools (MFS) classes that equip youth to start Youth Producer Clubs, 4) start village savings and loans (VSLA) groups and other natural resource based enterprise 5) foster and enhance sectoral child labor mainstreaming and integration. The CCLCs are provided with trainings to enable them to monitor and follow-up child labor incidences, refer children who have been withdrawn or prevented from it and raise awareness on child labor and education to community members and growers.

In 2019, the ARISE program started the process to transition to new communities and shifted focus to build the capacity of the 30 communities in Kaoma and Nkeyema districts where the program has been since 2013 to enable them to continue to address the child labor problem in their areas. It is envisioned that once the community structures and other ARISE groups have Community Action Plans (CAPs) in place and are provided with technical support in the form of operational toolkits and supportive items/materials they will be able to sustain the gains of the project thus far.

In light of the above, Winrock seeks to engage an experienced consultant to undertake community assessments and provide recommended next steps for each community to sustain child labor prevention activities. In addition, the consultant should provide evidence-based insights on key action points to consider in the development of CAPs in the 30 ARISE communities in Kaoma and Nkeyema districts.

    • Purpose, Objectives and Focus of the Assignment

 

The purpose of this assignment is to determine how the current ARISE groups/structures can sustain efforts to reduce or eliminate child labor and build their own capacity at the same time.

The Specific Objectives Of This Assignment Include

  • To assess ARISE structures and groups (CCLCs, VSLA, anti-child labor clubs, MFS/YPC) and provide functional and comprehensive descriptive and analytical updates focusing on composition, tools they are using now, challenges, opportunities, sustainability mechanisms and support they need to sustain their activities and achievements.
  • Provide technical insights (based on the findings of the above) on what the groups/structures should include in their community action plans (CAPs) as well as how they can plan, review their plans and develop successor plans. It is recommended that the consultant validate these with the community groups/structures.
  • Evaluate the relevance of CAP responsive trainings implemented during 2019 by the ARISE team (and make recommendations for follow-up or new trainings that will enable the groups to implement and monitor their CAPs.
  • Using findings from all the of above, recommend areas of support, specific to each community, that the structures and groups need to be provided in order to sustain the objectives of the program. Alternatively, recommend new approaches to continue without project support.
    • Key Deliverables & Tasks for the consultant

 

The Consultant Is Expected To Provide The Following Deliverables

    • Inception Report: Detailing the overall approach and methodology for the assignment including inclusion criteria, purposive sampling methodology (for key informants), tools to be used for the assignment, and a systematic and comprehensive work plan. Winrock will need to review and approve the inception report and tools before data collection. Winrock will provide primary documents to the consultant such as annual reports, quarterly reports, success stories, training reports, draft toolkits, project KPIs and Logframe.
    • Data collection and analysis: Using agreed upon tools, the consultant is expected to lead and participate in data collection. It is expected that data will be collected through survey of all ARISE structures (focus group discussions), key informant interviews, and desk reviews (from available literature that will be provided to the consultant). Considering the COVID-19 situation, the consultant is expected to provide suggestions on how data will be collected in light of government restrictions and COVID preventative measures, but without compromising the quality of data to be collected.
    • Draft Report: The consultant is expected to submit a draft report of the assignment for review/feedback/input by Winrock. The required structure and outline of the report will be presented to the successful consultant.
    • Power point presentation: The consultant will present key findings and recommendations of the assignment to Winrock (15-20 slides).
    • Final Report: The consultant is expected to submit the final report and other deliverables after working on all comments/feedback/input from Winrock.

 

The consultant will work in collaboration with the Field Coordinator based in Kaoma, Zambia, and will report to the Regional Director and Regional M&E Advisor based in Malawi.

  • Qualifications & Experience of the consultant
  • Must possess Master’s level degree in Development Studies/ Social Science/Community Development/ Rural Development/ Agriculture/ Demography or related fields from reputable and accredited institutions of higher learning.
  • Demonstrable progressive hands-on experience in project review/evaluations. Samples of past similar assignment need to be provided.
  • Strong knowledge of community action cycle (CAC) process and/or other community planning/assessment processes highly recommended.
  • Experience with community-led approaches and social mobilization on child protection and child labor programming is desirable.
  • Knowledge of community structures in Western Province and their potential roles in child labor mainstreaming and integration a plus.
  • Strong report writing and presentation skills a requisite.
  • Fluency in Lozi is preferred.
  • Application procedure
    • Technical Proposal: A maximum of 10 pages detailing understanding of the assignment, methodology, sampling framework, and work plan.
    • Resume: Maximum 3 pages (including all assignments done and at least 3 referees – e-mails, phone numbers and work done for them).
    • Samples of Previous Assignments: At least 2 samples of reports done by the consultant. Links are also encouraged to be included where possible and applicable.
    • Budget: This to include daily rate for consultancy fees (inclusive of taxes), total time (days) required to complete the work, and an indication of direct operational costs (travel, lodging etc.).

 

All submissions ( to be sent in PDF) to dbaloyi@winrock.org cc Patrick.Makono@winrock.org , and Jana.Everett@winrock.org with the subject line “ARISE Zambia CAP Assessment and Development.”

How To Apply:

To apply for this job please visit www.winrock.org.

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