NRC is seeking to engage a Regional Consultant, Psychosocial Support (PSS) in Education to provides overall technical guidance and support to NRC in the Central West Africa (CWA) region, within the thematic area of Psychosocial Support (PSS) and Social and Emotional Learning (SEL).
Globally, NRC provides opportunities for school-aged children (ages 6-18) to complete a full cycle of basic education, targeting children who are out of school or have had their education interrupted. Within this programming, the implementation of Safe and Inclusive Learning principles, in line with NRC’s Child Safeguarding policy, is critical. It is widely recognised that a feeling of safety and wellbeing is a precondition for learning; one way in which this is achieved is by providing psychosocial support (PSS) to displacement-affected children through NRC’s flagship Better Learning Programme (BLP).
BLP programming is intended to support children’s recovery from the traumatic events experienced during crisis through a classroom-based PSS approach. This approach is based on NRC’s five principles for recovery – safety, calming, connectedness, empowerment, and hope. Phase one of BLP introduces these five principles to students by enhancing the capacity of teachers, education personnel and caregivers to provide children with practical knowledge and skills to manage their stress and improve their overall wellbeing though a series of mindfulness activities and deep breathing and stretching exercises.
BLP was introduced in Palestine in 2012, and over the last 7 years, it has been successfully scaled up and mainstreamed in UNRWA while an institutionalisation plan was put place to mainstream BLP in and Ministry of Education schools. Based on the strong results in Palestine, and the high demand for PSS programming in the region, BLP is the process of being mainstreamed in Lebanon and Jordan and was introduced in all other NRC Middle East programs, including Jordan, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria and Libya. BLP has also been implemented in Bangladesh, Myanmar and Afghanistan, and has recently been piloted in Kenya.
NRC will support children affected by COVID-19 with activities from phase one of the Better Learning Programme (BLP 1), helping provide them with a sense of normalcy after experiencing collective traumatic events, and giving them tools to better manage the stress of the pandemic.
The consultant will coordinate the new global grant at the regional level, focused on capacity building on and roll-out of NRC’s flagship PSS response, the Better Learning Program (BLP). The grant specifically aims at ensuring continuation of the provision of psycho-social support in education during COVID-19 times. In close coordination and cooperation with NRC country offices and HQ, she/he will lead on BLP’s contextualization for the region, organizational and staff’s capacity development, and planning and implementation of roll-out of BLP in the region.
Duties and Responsibilities
Contextualized BLP-I manuals
Training on BLP-I to relevant NRC education staff in the region
Support for the development of guidelines, procedures
Standard set of radio messages developed and delivered for the region
Guidance and advice provided for the development of the BLP-I smart phone application
Country specific BLP-I work plans developed and implemented on time, including teacher training and parents’ sensitization sessions (min 1 session per country in 5 countries)
10,000 children, parents and teachers (direct beneficiaries) reached through the regional BLP-I roll out
Planning and delivering results
Communicating with impact and respect
Handling insecure environments
Coping with change
How to apply
All interested are requested to submit their curriculum vitae along with other required documents listed below to the following email: [email protected]
The application should be titled : “Proposal Consultancy BLP” in the e-mail subject.
Only short listed/successful candidates will be contacted.
Offers should include:
CV and motivational letter
Financial offer (bid) detailing the budget (in USD)
Two samples of education related products (i.e. reports/curriculum/tools/training package/strategy documents or frameworks) previously authored (if available);
Recommendation letters previous organizations served
OR 2 references of organizations who can verify the quality of the consultant’s work and/or publicly available works or studies commissioned earlier
Certificate of Registration / Incorporation (if available)
Tax Registration Certificate (if available)
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