Consultant for Documentation of Best Practices in Quality Education, Bihar
Location: Patna with travel to Vaishali and Motihari districts
Duration: 4 months
Closing Date: 19 November 2013
Purpose of Assignment:
The broad purpose of developing process document is to showcase positive examples from schools in Motihari and Vaishali related to use of LFM and ensure CCE. The documents so developed will be used for disseminating lessons on best practices; they will serve as training tools for CRCCs, BRCCs and teachers.
UNICEF in Bihar partners with Education department, SCERT and BEPC in their endeavour towards ensuring quality education to all children, especially those belonging to most marginalized sections.
33 Gram Panchayats of district Vaishali have been selected as sites for convergent implementation of various sector-specific initiatives of UNICEF: thus schools located in these panchayats are also being developed as models of best practices. In similar lines, 123 schools of Kesariya block of Motihari districts are being supported in a way that they become models of best practices. These schools are progressing towards compliance to the 20 components of quality of school as enshrined by ‘Samajhe Sikhey program’ which is being jointly monitored and implemented by UNICEF and BEQM, BEPC.
To improve the quality of teaching learning in model schools, UNICEF is particularly focusing on use of ‘Learner Facilitation Manual’ (LFM) and implementation of ‘Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation’ (CCE) in school. Child profiles that describe children’s socio-economic background, their unique characteristics have been developed in schools. Child portfolios showing samples of creativity and expressions of children have also been developed.
Field visits, observations and reports have highlighted that select schools in district of Vaishali and Motihari have graduated to a level when document developed on these schools can help other schools in their journey towards meeting the common goal of ‘quality education’.
· The consultant will do the necessary desk review, will develop checklist for collecting information; will incorporate suggestions from UNICEF staff on the same.
· S/he will conduct field visits, will meet different stakeholders such as CRCCs/BRCCs/ teachers/Students to collect information on classroom processes, use of LFM;
· Based on field visit will prepare draft process document on use of LFM and will finalize the same after incorporating suggestions and feedback from UNICEF staff.
Major Tasks with Duration and Time Line:
Task 1: Desk review of RTE, SSA, Mission Quality related documents; discussion with UNICEF staff
Estimated No. of days: 2 days
Time Line: Within first week of signing contract
Task 2: Preliminary field visits, development of checklist for school observation, discussion with students, teachers and parents/SMC members
Estimated No. of days: 3 days
Time Line: Within 2 week of signing contract
Task 3: Completing first round of field visits
Estimated No. of days: 20 days
Time Line: By sixth week
Task 4: Submitting first draft of document
Estimated No. of days: 25 days
Time Line: Week 4 to Week 8 (It is assumed that while continuing the field visits, the writing work on document can begin simultaneously)
Task 5: Additional visits, if required; finalization of draft document.
Estimated No. of days: 10 days
Time Line: Week 8 to Week 10
Task 6: Completion of entire document with backdrop, main body and final consolidation/conclusion chapter
Estimated No. of days: 10 days
Time Line: Week 10-12
Total number of days: 70 days spread across 12 weeks
Assignment Scope and Methodology:
a. Desk review and discussion with UNICEF staff: The process of developing document will start with desk review of studies/notes related to RTE, Sarva Shiksha Abhiyam and ‘Mission quality’. A broad over-view of UNICEF and Government of Bihar’s collaborative efforts for ensuring quality education in primary and middle school will be shared by UNICEF staff with consultant. Review of LFM and CCE formats. List of schools selected for documentation will be shared by UNICEF.
b. Preliminary visits to 2-3 schools: The consultant will undertake field visits to 2-3 schools and will share observations; based on these observations, s/he will make broad outline of process document which will be approved through a consultative process with UNICEF staff.
c. Development of checklist for observation and discussion: The consultant will develop checklist on points of observations within schools and discussion with teachers, SMC members and students. This will be finalized in consultation with UNICEF staff
d. Field visit and information gathering: Based on the checklists for observation and discussion, collect information from schools, teachers, SMC members and others.
e. Developing draft document: Based on information gathered through field visits, the consultant will prepare process document. In the process of doing so some data gaps may emerge; additional visits/ discussions can be undertaken if need emerges.
f. Finalization of document in consultation with UNICEF staff: This will be the final task. Based on suggestions and feedback from UNICEF staff, the consultant would finalize the document.
A document on best practices in select schools of Vaishali and Motihari that comprises of:
a. Index and list of abbreviations
c. A background note discussing the purpose of the document, methodology and approach;
d. 20-25 page report highlighting best practices with regards to use of LFM and CCE from Motihari and Vaishali schools with focus on need for LFM/CCE, challenges faced and process of overcoming challenges;
e. The document should have photographs of classroom, teacher-child and child-child interactions; tables and graphs should be included wherever necessary; Boxed examples showing how LFM/ CCE formats helped an individual teacher/ helped resolve a particular problem in school should be included in the document. Quotes from teachers/ other stakeholders can be included to make document lively and interesting.
f. A concluding chapter summarizing lessons from school. This should highlight steps identified by the teachers on ‘how use of LFM can lead to CCE in classrooms’. This chapter should end with a note on ‘Way Forward’.
Official travel involved (itinerary and duration)
· The consultant will be required to undertake at least four visits of 2 to 4 days to Bihar including Patna and select districts for discussions. The districts to be visited will be finalised during inception phase
· The consultant will make his/her own arrangements for travel and stay, UNICEF will not reimburse any cost beyond the costs agreed as per signed contract.
Full payment on receipt and acceptance of deliverables.
Qualifications & Experience required:
The individual will be selected based on:
· Expertise in thematic area i.e. education
· Demonstrated ability to document social sector interventions
· Understanding of regional context
(1) Qualified female/male candidates are requested to please indicate their ability and availability to undertake the terms of reference above.
(2) Your application should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by COB 19 November 2013 with subject line "RFP-13-024 Documentation of best practices in education, Bihar" in separate files:
a) An application, CV and P11 form (which can be downloaded from our website at http://www.UNICEF.org/india/overview_1440.htm)
b) A financial proposal indicating deliverable based fee as per template attached. (download)
(3) The financial proposals of only those candidates, who are found technically responsive, will be opened.
(4) Only short-listed candidates will be called for test/interview (if applicable). Any attempt to unduly influence UNICEF’s selection process will lead to automatic disqualification of the applicant.
(5) Joint applications of two or more individuals are not accepted.
 Samjhe Sikhe indicators have been agreed upon by the government of Bihar as those indicator that can fairly help in assessing the quality of a school.