Development of Environmental Education Resource via ReliefWeb

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I – CONTEXT

Handicap International Federation, under the operating name Humanity & Inclusion (registered trademark) is an independent and impartial international aid organization working in situations of poverty and exclusion, conflict and disaster.

Working alongside persons with disabilities and other vulnerable groups, our action and testimony are focused on responding to their essential needs, improving their living conditions and promoting respect for their dignity and their fundamental rights.

HI is currently implementing projects in more than 50 countries worldwide.

“Growing Together” is a 4-year regional project implemented by HI and partners in Thailand, Bangladesh and Pakistan in order to support communities to promote the resilience, participation and holistic development (social, emotional, physical, cognitive, moral development) of children in refugee, IDP camps and in host communities.

The project goal is to enable children with disabilities and other vulnerable children (age 0-12) to develop their full potential and resilience on an equal basis with other children and acquire fundamental educational and social skills through inclusive play, arts, games, sport, culture, and early years’ education in displacement settings in Bangladesh, Pakistan and Thailand.

For this purpose, the project will engage various beneficiaries:

  • Parents of children under five years old to participate in parenting clubs in order to raise their awareness on the importance of play for children and strengthen their knowledge and self-confidence on early child development, child protection and child participation.

  • Children of primary school age to participate in clubs, where they will socialize whilst also learning knowledge — through inclusive play, games, arts, and sports — on topics including: environmentalism, inclusion, child protection, child participation, disaster risk reduction.

  • Local child-development service providers to be more responsive to the needs of boys and girls with disabilities and other vulnerable children, and to implement measures and tools to encourage their inclusion in their services, especially through play.

As mentioned in the objectives above, the Growing Together approach recognises that play is a child’s way of learning and of coming to terms with the world around them. Therefore, child’s right to learn through play is at the centre of the project.**

II – OBJECTIVE(S) OF THE CONSULTANCY

The objective of the consultancy is to develop a guideline and learning plan for an environmental education program for children age 6-12, which uses inclusive play and art-based activities. This inclusive education resource will be used with children, with and without disabilities, participating in non-formal, educational activities within children’s clubs.

The guideline should be a user-friendly package that guides adults on lesson planning, and key technical messages related to environmental education for children with and without disabilities, with recommendations and examples of play and art-based activities that teach children basic knowledge on the environment and climate change, including good practices for being environmentally friendly in their communities and daily life. Especially important is that the guideline incorporates and guides others on leading inclusive environmental education activities.

III – METHODOLOGY OF WORK, TIMELINE AND LOCATION

  1. Description of work:

The consultant/firm is expected to carry out the following tasks:

  1. Desk review of relevant documents (HI project proposal, M&E framework, existing resources used by NGOs, local authorities, education department, etc. to educate children on the environment).

  2. Analyze the key characteristics and information/learning needs of the target population on environmental education based on the previous desk review and primary and/or secondary data sources.

  3. Using information from steps 1 and 2, develop a framework for an environmental education program which includes outlining key learning objectives and key messages to teach children.

  4. Develop an easy to use and clear environmental education program guideline and learning plan which references and links to creative play and art-based activities for children age 6-12 on climate change and the environment, for our three implementing countries (Thailand, Pakistan and Bangladesh.) This package should cover minimum technical content and knowledge as defined by the Growing Together technical standards and objectives.

  5. Develop and provide orientation to teams on the framework, guidelines, learning plan, supplementary learning materials.

  6. Pre-test learning materials, with country teams, to check for relevance and usability of guideline and learning plan.

  7. Work with and support country teams in localization process of the resources, and also integrate any major adaptations to the final guideline, learning plan and framework that are relevant for all teams/contexts (ex: related to child-friendly practices, usability of guideline, inclusion, technical content, etc.).

Time and location:

The consultancy will work remotely from his/her country of residence.

The consultant/firm will work under the supervision of the Growing Together Regional Technical Coordinator (RTC).

This consultancy is proposed to start in April/May 2018. The consultant/firm will propose a work schedule at inception phase. The work schedule must clearly specify the manner in which the consultant will approach the activities required to perform the assignment.

IV – DELIVERABLES

1) Detailed work plan and inception report at inception phase.

2) Framework for an inclusive environmental education program for children age 6-12 which outlines key learning objectives and key messages for children to learn.

3) Draft guideline and learning plan with references to and/or sample play and art-based activities, which are inclusive and align with the environmental education framework.

4) Final guideline and learning plan with references to and/or sample play and art-based activities, which are inclusive and align with the environmental education framework.

5) Outline of specifications explaining in detail how to reproduce any supplementary play/game/learning materials that have been identified as effective and important learning tools and could be localized and reproduced (ex: board games, playing cards, etc.)

6) Brief introduction and overview of the guideline, learning plan and any supplementary materials for project teams (ex: in the form of PPT or pamphlet)

7) Support, recommendations, guidance to country teams during process of localization. In collaboration with RTC, validate country team suggested modifications.

8) Orientation to country teams on the new environmental education resource (to be confirmed if the orientation is to be done remotely or in the project locations).

V – LOGISTICS

The consultant/firm will:

· Provide a proof of its freelance worker’s official status and the documents evidencing the legality of his/her activities in his/her country of domicile.

HI will:

· Make available relevant documents to the consultants.

VI – CANDIDATE PROFILE

· Previous experience in curriculum and resource development for children, particularly using participatory and inclusive approaches to educate children

· Good understanding of play and art-based learning and teaching methodology

· Knowledge of environmental education learning materials, resources, curriculum

· Good understanding of learning methodology in development contexts Excellent written and spoken English skills

HOW TO APPLY:

Interested candidates should submit the following information with their application:

  1. Cover letter demonstrating relevant experience with similar assignments

  2. Curriculum vitae and list of previous similar assignments.

  3. English writing sample from similar assignment.

  4. Technical offer indicating proposed methodology and outline of potential contents.

  5. Financial proposal outlining costs.

Complete applications should be sent by email to HI: [email protected] with “Environmental Education Resource Consultancy” written in the subject line of the email.

Deadline for submission of applications: 12 March 2018 at 5.00 pm (Bangkok time)

 


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