VSO has been in Nepal since 1964 and currently implementing its programs in 25 districts of five Provinces. Evolving its focus from service delivery in remote districts to its current approach of developing organizational, managerial, and civil society capacities to address poverty. One of the key strengths of VSO is making systemic changes at all levels of education systems working with policy makers to local communities, and also with Civil Society Organizations VSO work at community level where the needs are the greatest, shares skills and experience strategically with people and organizations with the potential to effectively contribute to development in Nepal.
Currently VSO Nepal’s program focuses on Education, Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, Youth, Livelihoods, Gender & Inclusion, Governance, Climate Change and Resilience. Using our unique Volunteering for Development approach we have brought thousands of people together over the years to generate insights, ideas and, above all, action on poverty and exclusion. Working in 24 countries around the world, our unique role in international development is to place committed volunteers with carefully selected organizations where their skills can have the greatest impact.
VSO approach to improving education operates at four levels. At Individual level, where we provide individual support to primary actors through mentoring and coaching support through mobilizing volunteering for development approach ( use of international, national and community volunteers) At school level, where we build the capacity of teachers, head teachers and school Management Committees and Parent Teachers Associations to perform their work effectively, practices inclusive and innovate technologies, and to be accountable, ensure that the school have an enabling and safe learning environment. At community level, where we empower parents, communities including religious leaders through awareness raising activities to support increasing access, quality and improving management efficiency of the schools. Finally, at system level where we collaborate with education policymakers and managers to strengthen the planning and delivery of the overall system, including policy support, support on database management, support in the use of Washington Group Questions to identify children having functional limitations. We also work on Education in Emergencies (EiE) to support children continue the learning and make sure school are safe to learn.
VSO Nepal is closely working with Government of Nepal and implementing several projects in Education sector. Major ongoing projects are ENGAGE, SAHAYATRA, SIKAI, etc. VSO Nepal is collaborating with Federal, Provincial, and local government to improve access to quality education for all children including marginalized and children with disability.
Following VSO IE pathways and change interventions areas, VSO in collaboration with Ministry of Education, Science and Technology has planned to carry out a review of education sector policies and provisions to analysis the strengths and weaknesses of an education polices , drawing on the current policies along with associated policy gaps, with the overall goal of providing recommendations to plan/implement those plans and policies ensuring effective policy design and implementation to accomplish the intended goals of SDGs through updating the existing policies and designing appropriate programme interventions.
Qualifications and experience of the consultant
The education policy review process should be led by a professional with the work background in policy research and it would be good if the person has enough knowledge and experience on education, policy research.
- Minimum a PhD degree in Education or Social Sciences
- At least 10 years experiences on policy research/ educational research
- Extensive knowledge on government priorities, plan, and policies and specially on education sector plan, free and compulsory education act, equity strategy, inclusive education etc.
- Familiar with education sector program and provisions and experienced in such interventions.
- Capable enough to collect information following distance and alternative modes of data collection tools, technique including online system
- Excellent and coherent report writing skills in both English and Nepali.
- Capacity to present the findings in a clear way in a very simple manner.
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Interested and eligible firms or individuals are required to submit the following:
- Technical proposal which includes objectives and method with detailed timeline.
- Financial proposal indicating consultancy fee and a breakdown of expenses.
- Copy of company registration certificate
- Copy of PAN/VAT registration certificate
- Tax Clearance Certificate 2076/77.
Interested and eligible Firms or individuals are requested to submit their letter of interest along with required documents as mentioned above on point no. 6 and 10 to email ID: [email protected] by 15th September 2021.