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The purpose of the Education Support Initiative (ESI) contract is to recruit, hire and maintain technical, professional, operational, and support staff that supply services to the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Education Office and education sector. It includes full-time positions as well as short- and medium-term consultants.
USAID’s 2018 Education Policy recognizes that in order to support the journey to self-reliance, “education in partner countries must have the capacity to embed effective approaches to improving learning and education outcomes, to innovate, and to withstand shocks and stresses” (p. 17). The 2019 USAID Policy Framework equally stresses the importance of resilience as part of ensuring that the journey to self-reliance, and agency investments in this process, are not derailed in the face of complex crises and natural disasters. USAID views capacity building at various levels of an education system as vital support in a country’s journey to self-reliance, as it enables partner countries to prevent, mitigate, and recover from crises that might otherwise set them back. As UNESCO-IIEP (2011) guidance argues, resilient education systems maintain education delivery during crises, and good "educational planning anticipates and analyses risks contribut[ing] to building systems that are more resilient and therefore less impacted by emergencies" (p. 23).
USAID hypothesizes that:
This work has four primary objectives:
This work should leverage existing, publicly available data sets that provide panel data or nationally or sub-nationally representative data at the household or individual level that can allow for comparisons over time. The data sets can be unique to a country or used internationally or regionally. Data sets leveraged can come from a wide variety of sectors beyond education. Sample data sets of interests could include, but are not limited to:
The geographic focus should remain on sub-Saharan Africa, with emphasis on specific countries to be determined in consultation with USAID.
In addition to leveraging existing data sets for synthetic purposes, consultants should review existing education and resilience data and programmatic or evaluation reports from countries in sub-Saharan Africa, as well as relevant education and resilience policies to supplement findings or trends in the synthetic review and support the discussion of policy implications.
Finally, consultants should also propose 1-3 country specific reports that may involve primary data collection, such as key informant interviews of stakeholders or life history interviews with beneficiaries of programs. These country specific reports should be outlined, budgeted, and incorporated in the workplan, but ultimately are dependent on Mission concurrence.
USAID anticipates refining the research questions in consultation with the consultants. Key questions may include:
The consultants will be responsible for outlining and describing their specific approach to data collection and analysis, including specifying the datasets used and the countries of focus, in order to answer the research questions. The contractor will collaboratively work with USAID to refine the research questions. The contractor will leverage USAID staff to vet policy recommendations.
The specific tasks are:
The following deliverables will be produced by the consultant team:
The contractor should submit a proposed timeline with deadlines in the work plan that allows sufficient time for USAID to review deliverables.
The specific make-up of the Consultation team is up to each Contractor to propose. The Contractor should clearly illustrate their proposed staffing plan and outline how the staffing plan will support the objectives of this scope of work. Qualifications and experience of the whole team should reflect:
The expected period of performance is July 1, 2019-January 31, 2020.
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