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Submitted by Web Master on 24 March 2022
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BACKGROUND INFORMATION

Policy Forum (PF) is a network of 60 civil society organizations registered under the Non-Governmental Organizations Act, 2002. The diverse membership is drawn together by a specific interest in influencing policy processes to enhance poverty reduction, equity and democratization focusing on public money accountability at both central and local levels.

Predominantly, Policy Forum operates through its Budget Working Group (BWG), and the Local Governance Working Group (LGWG), each bringing together members to influence budget and policy processes through dialogues and strategic engagements at the national and local level respectively. The network also convenes the Tax Justice Working Group (TJWG) which advocates for issues related to taxation and Domestic Resource Mobilization in Tanzania.  

For many years Policy Forum has been advocating for accountable use of public money through social accountability monitoring approach. This was done by conducting trainings to its members and other stakeholders like Government Officials, Councillors, CSOs actors, academicians e.tc. With the coming of the EOL project, Policy Forum will embark on using Social Accountability and its advocacy tools to address the learning crisis among the rural youth in Tanzania through system strengthening. This is part of a novel approach by consortium program that PF will be implementing in collaboration with other three Southern Africa Development Cooperation (SADC) countries namely Malawi, Zimbabwe and Mozambique under the support of the Education Out Loud (EOL) program.

ADDRESSING THE LEARNING CRISIS AMONG RURAL YOUTH THROUGH SYSTEM STRENGTHENING

In response to the learning crisis, diverse groups of CSOs have stepped up to respond to specific learning problems that directly affect rural youth populations. However, the size of these organisations and their disparate grouping has resulted in fragmented and disconnected efforts that could be enhanced to yield greater national benefits with capacity building.

Under the auspices of Education Out Loud (EOL), the program aims to contribute to improving the ability of rural youth collectives to participate effectively in the national and transnational spaces to positively influence access, quality, and relevance of education systems for enhanced learning outcomes, particularly for marginalized groups. It is expected that this effort will raise the advocacy abilities of rural youth collectives in Tanzania and the other countries to better engage with system actors at the transnational level. In Tanzania, PF will use its social accountability monitoring and SDGs experience to ensure that decisions made in selected transnational spaces are influenced by advocacy efforts from a more diverse set of actors including youth rural collectives.

PROJECT AIM AND IMPACT

The project seeks to contribute to systems strengthening as a means to address the learning crisis in the following ways; Systems thinking development in traditional education spaces in order to shift the dynamics of education-focused systems and networks of actors towards better policies to achieve improved and equitable learning outcomes: CSO's & Non-Traditional Actors (NTA's) activities enhancement to support & strengthen CSOs, NTA's and related stakeholders in the education system enabling them to participate in regional or transnational spaces: Give voice & visibility to Rural Youth in transnational spaces thereby addressing their disconnection from education policy, therefore, inability to influence better learning outcomes for themselves.

By the end of the project, it is anticipated to have amplified the voice and enabled greater visibility of education-focused CSO's, Rural Youth and NTA's that advocate for better learning outcomes for and support rural youth collectives in Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe. This agency is to be achieved in both national and transnational spaces - strengthening their advocacy efforts to better engage with decision-makers that affect their experience of the education system.

SCOPE OF THE ASSIGNMENT

Given the fact that the project will be implemented from March 2022 to April 2024, the consultant will be required to work hand in hand with the Project Team from the project inception phase to its closure following a series of activities. The project will be implemented in one selected district in the regions of Lindi, Mbeya and Mwanza respectively. While working with the project team the consultant will be responsible to undertake the following tasks;

  1. Preparing all relevant training materials that will be delivered to the selected Rural Youth collectives which is the target population in this project.
  2. Delivering Social Accountability Monitoring (SAM) training to Rural youth collectives focusing on education system strengthening and transformation.
  3. Leading the process of selecting advocacy agenda that the Rural Youth collectives will champion at the national and transnational space for better learning outcomes within the education system
  4. Assisting in developing and designing of country & cross-country advocacy/action plan
  5. Producing reports and documentation of the progress of the project from its kickoff to the closure of the project.
  6. Documenting successes, learnings and challenges recorded throughout the project cycle
  7. Advising the project implementors on entry points for education system transformation, especially at the transnational spaces
  8. Facilitating joint learning sessions through information generated across project implementing countries.
  9. Work with the Project Team to assess and document the project’s results.
  10. Provide critical information on the needs of the rural youth collectives in terms of their abilities and capacities to engage with the decision-makers at the transnational spaces for education system transformation.
  11. Facilitating in-country learning sessions by reflecting on project achievements and providing recommendations on how to improve the same.

EXPERTISE AND EXPERIENCE REQUIRED

  1. Extensive knowledge and application of the Five Processes of Social Accountability Monitoring from Public Service Accountability Monitor (PSAM)
  2. Profound knowledge of advocacy interventions, policy and processes, gender equality and social inclusion.
  3. In-depth understanding of the Tanzania Education systems and how to address the existing systemic challenges.
  4. Strong knowledge of the country’s education system actors, both at the national and transnational spaces
  5. Demonstrate professional experience in conducting trainings to different system actors within and beyond government structure including non-state actors
  6. Strong facilitation skills and ability to produce a well-written report in English including the ability to communicate technical study findings to a non-technical audience.
  7. A good understanding of the CSOs sector most preferably in the youth and education sector
  8. Experience in undertaking a similar task with CSOs and in particular with the network-based organisations
  9. Understanding of the existing transnational spaces responsible for education system transformation for the enhanced learning outcomes among the rural youth.
  10. Comprehension of the youth landscape in relation to education provision in Tanzania
  11. Knowledge of the sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and SDG 4 in particular
  12. Extensive experience in project Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning.
How To Apply

The application should not exceed 5 pages and will reflect the following: Technical proposal covering Understanding of the mandate, Methodology description, Work plan, providing evidence of similar work conducted (sample report), attachment of the consultant Curriculum Vitae (CV) and financial proposal. Along with this, the consultant is expected to work with the project team for 19 days as per the project operational plan and timeframe.

Interested candidates should send in their application no later than 13th May 2022 to the email address: info@policyforum.or.tz

Please note: Due to a large number of applications, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted

Send your application to

Executive Director

Policy Forum

P.O Box 38486

Dar-es-Salaam

Email: info@policyforum.or.tz

0782317434