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Life skills curriculum development for adolescents and young youth

USAID/Twiyubake Program

About Us

Global Communities, established in 1952, is an international non-profit organization that works closely with communities worldwide to bring about sustainable changes that improve the lives and livelihoods of the vulnerable. We envision a world where everyone has the freedom, means and ability to live and prosper with dignity. 

 Background

 Global Communities Rwanda is requesting applications from competent consultancy firms or organizations to develop a life-skills education curriculum for adolescents and young youth supported by the USAID funded Twiyubake program. The goal of the Program is to support 50,000 vulnerable households in 12 districts, by reducing economic and social vulnerability and empowering parents to make investments to meet the unique needs of their families, particularly young children and adolescents. Targeted vulnerable populations include people living with HIV/AIDS (PLHIV), orphans and other vulnerable children (OVC), members of households caring for these two groups, and out of school youth, especially girls.

The program is expected to achieve four interlinked results: increased capacity of families and communities to provide healthy, nurturing, and engaging environments for vulnerable children below age five; decreased family economic vulnerability; increased knowledge, attitude, skills, aspirations and confidence of adolescents transitioning to adulthood; and increased capacity of communities to provide essential preventative and protective services to vulnerable families and children.

Under the Twiyubake program, Global Communities is also implementing the PEPFAR funded DREAMS (Determined, Resilient, Empowered, AIDS-Free, Mentored and Safe) initiative in two districts of Kigali city. The overarching aim of the DREAMS Initiative is to foster the development of women and girls to be safe from HIV/AIDS and realize their full potential.

The program has a strong focus on building capacity of adolescents as they transition to adulthood. This includes empowering them with knowledge on sexual reproductive health and rights, and strengthening their workforce readiness skills. Twiyubake has established in- and out of school based youth groups/ clubs, reaching over 40,000 program beneficiaries including Adolescent Girls and Young Women (AGYW) served under DREAMS. The program intends to roll out comprehensive life-skills education training through these groups.

Purpose of the assignment

 The purpose of this assignment is to develop a comprehensive life- skills education curriculum, including a facilitators training guide, for adolescents and young youth (the curriculum will be developed in English). The developed curriculum will be used by program volunteers and AGYW group mentors in training beneficiaries on important life- skills. The contracted firm or organization will design locally – relevant content, drawing upon internationally recognized standards and best practices in life skills education. Particularly, the content is expected to focus on core life skills including: self-awareness, empathy, effective communication, interpersonal relationships, managing emotions and cope with stress, creative thinking, critical thinking, decision-making, problem-solving and financial management. The final document should encompass a step- by- step guide for facilitators for the delivery of each session. The life-skills curriculum should apply an interactive approach, as such the modules should include guidance on role play, quizzes, games, group discussions and other innovative education techniques to ensure participants are fully engaged in the sessions and to reinforce the skills being taught. 

Tasks

Working closely with the health promotion team and Global Communities’ senior management, the selected consultants or organization will:

  • Meet with program staff to clarify the vision and objectives related to the life skills education content and to prioritize which life skills best fit the needs of the target group of beneficiaries.
  • Conduct an in-depth literature review of existing curricula and approaches used in Rwanda and the region, relevant to the age group 10 – 24. It is expected that the consultant will draw on and build on existing curricula and approaches being used nationally and regionally.
  • Develop an outline of the curriculum with brief description of each module (content, delivery, timeframe, sources of materials to be used, etc.) for approval by the senior management prior to elaboration of the complete curriculum.
  • Draft, in English, a comprehensive life skills education curriculum with content relevant to core life skills. The manual should include guidance and teaching aids to be applied by facilitators in the delivery of each module.
  • Finalize the curriculum based on feedback from the program team
  • Facilitate a 2-day workshop to orient program staff on the life skills curriculum (Workshop logistics will be organized and funded separately by the program).

Timeframe

 The consultancy is expected to be implemented within a timeframe of 30 calendar days, starting from the date that the contract is signed.

Selection Criteria

 Applications will be assessed on cost reasonableness and technical considerations with much emphasis on past experience in similar assignments developing life- skills and another educational curriculum.

Desired profile of the consultancy firm

Applicants will be assessed based on the following criteria.

  • Locally registered firm or organization
  • Proposed personnel should have relevant educational background in Education, international development, psychology, public health, social work, sociology or another relevant discipline, preferably at the postgraduate level.
  • Proven track record in Curriculum development and design of training materials in Rwanda and the region for NGOs or projects related to youth, gender, sexual reproductive health, and other similar technical areas.
  • Having done similar assignments for USAID funded OVC projects in an added advantage
  • Understanding of the issues facing adolescents and youth from vulnerable populations in Rwanda
  • Demonstrated competence in oral and written English and Kinyarwanda language skills, including a proven ability to prepare educational materials in a clear, concise manner (the program may ask shortlisted applicants for copies of previous work)
  • Strong communication and writing skills, attention to detail, and ability to meet deadlines.
  • Knowledge of the country context
  • Excellent computer skills and experience in editing, formatting, and polishing large documents. 
  • Experience with layout and design

How to apply

Interested applicants are requested to submit a technical and financial proposal (in English), electronically by Monday 11th March 2019 at 5 PM local time to inforwanda@globalcommunities.org The email should be titled ‘Life skills curriculum development consultancy’.

Technical proposal should explain how the applicant intends to carry out the work and should include the following:

  • Updated CVs of the individuals proposed for this statement of work, highlighting relevant qualifications and experience.
  • Description of applicant’s experience with content/ material development and delivery of trainings of a similar nature and details of 3 former clients who can be contacted for reference (Institution, name, position, contact details).
  • Detailed methodology that the consultant(s) suggest would be appropriate from their understanding of the TOR.
  • Proposed schedule and timeframe for implementation of this work.
  • Copies of certificate of completion for similar work.

Financial proposal should be clear, realistic and reasonable for the work in accordance with the bidder’s technical approach and should include unit costs.

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