Improved Education’ (IE) Palestine Evaluation Consultant - Palestine

Jerusalem


The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is a non-governmental, humanitarian organization with 60 years of experience in helping to create a safer and more dignified life for refugees and internally displaced people. NRC advocates for the rights of displaced populations and offers assistance within the shelter, education, emergency food security, legal assistance, and water,sanitation and hygiene sectors.

The Norwegian Refugee Council has approximately 5000 committed and competent employees involved in projects across four continents. In addition, NRC runs one of the world’s largest standby rosters -NORCAP, with 650 professionals, ready to be deployed on 72 hours notice when a crisis occurs

NRC Improved Education Programme (IE) in Palestine

The situation in Palestine remains a protracted protection crisis with humanitarian consequences, driven by lack of compliance with international law on the part of the Occupying Power.

The NRC Education programme in Palestine aims to meet the needs of school-aged children (6-15) and youth (16-24) in Gaza, West Bank, including East Jerusalem. The programme will continue focusing on most vulnerable children, at risk of being denied protective, inclusive and enabling education.

The ‘Improved Education’ program aims to achieve improved learning environment, education outcomes and psycho-educational well-being of children through the following components:

Teaching and non-teaching school staff capacity building on inclusive, child-centred teaching and learning approaches especially in Education in Emergencies (EiE);        

Parental involvement through the establishment and activation of parent associations (school clubs or existing PTAs) through capacity building to improve parental engagement in children education and improved skills by promoting joint-educational activities;

Legal intervention consisting of the provision of legal awareness to students, parents and teachers in schools and support in the existing framework of the referral system;

Provision of capacitation grants to allow target schools to meet gaps in provision of materials, especially improved teaching and learning aids and to be better equipped in the likelihood of attacks to education;

Psycho-educational support (named ‘Better Learning Project’ BLP): i) training for teachers on techniques on how to manage a classroom, in collaboration with school counsellors, with children who have gone through stressful and traumatic events; ii) training for counsellors to support students with chronic problems that severely affect their school functioning, including behavioural problems, bed-wetting, sleep disturbances including nightmares, depression and concentration.

Provision of WASH/Shelter school rehabilitation and/or support through provision of caravans/tents as a response to attacks on education (this component has not yet been implemented- no funding was received so far)

Evaluation

The main purpose of this evaluation is to support learning and provide guidance for future programme direction: whether and how the IE programming is scaled up, improved and implemented further including how it is phased out as a directly implemented programme and handed over to partners. In addition, the evaluation should be an opportunity for NRC to be accountable to beneficiaries, partners and donors. The evaluation will cover the IE programme spanning over 2 years: from September 2014 to date.

Deliverables

The evaluator will submit three reports and two presentations:

  • Inception report

  • Draft evaluation report

  • Final evaluation report

  • Presentation to NRC and relevant partners & stakeholders

 

Profile

NRC seeks expressions of interest from individuals/teams, ideally with the following skills/qualifications and expertise:

  • Sound and proven experience in conducting evaluations based on OECD-DAC evaluation criteria, particularly utilisation and learning focussed evaluations 

  • Extensive experience of theories of change and how they can be used to carry out evaluations

  • Expertise in participatory qualitative data collection techniques

  • Background in delivery of psychosocial programmes specifically within the education sector

  • Additional, desirable knowledge, includes:

  • Understanding of psychosocial programming within education setting

  • Understanding of global and regional trends and initiatives on psychosocial programming within education settings

Necessary Skills:

  • Fluency in written and spoken English is required; Arabic highly desirable

  • Prior experience in the Middle East, preferred

  • Proven experience of managing evaluations of humanitarian projects

  • Experience of designing qualitative data collection methods and of managing participatory and learning focussed evaluations

  • Excellent team work and communication skills, flexibility and good organisational skills

 

Please see here (link) for the Terms of Reference for full details of the consultancy, before submitting enquiries or applications.

 

Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.
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  • Organization: NRC - Norwegian Refugee Council
  • Location: Jerusalem
  • Grade: International Consultant
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Accounting (Audit, Controlling)
    • Emergency Aid
  • Closing Date: 2017-08-19

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