Assignment Title: Economic Policy for Education Consultant
Technical Point of Contact: Project Director
IBTCI is seeking a Nigerian Economic Policy for Education Consultant for the final evaluation of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Girls Education Programme (GEP3) in Northern Nigeria. The evaluation will help UNICEF, Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Education, state Ministries of Education, and other stakeholders to determine the relative effectiveness of a range of interventions intended to strengthen access to and the quality of basic education of children, particularly girls, in marginalized communities in six states of Northern Nigeria. Key foci include improving enrollment by girls and keeping them in school as they acquire skills in life and in livelihoods. GEP began in 2012 and expanded to six states: Bauchi, Katsina, Niger, Sokoto, Zamfara and Kano. The evaluation will also include a seventh state, to be determined, as a control. It will feature a number of quantitative and qualitative approaches to collecting data. Overall, it is expected to last from October 2020 through June 2021, with most of the data collection and preliminary data analysis taking place between October 2020 and February 2021. We anticipate a six-person team combining Nigerian and international specialists plus data collection and support staff. This position is contingent upon award.
Using your background and subject matter skills, perform the following tasks on specific task orders and/or contracts. Tasks could include, but not be limited to:
Scope of Work:
- Under the guidance of the Team Leader, collaborate with other team members in refining and conducting the evaluation.
- Determine as feasible the relative effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of the array of interventions, individually and as they appear to be combined with one another
- Assess the likely financial sustainability of interventions at the state and Federal level, assuming reasonable projections.
- Support the team with extensive research of Education programs with regards to UNICEF’s Education programs in Nigeria
- Support and assist with the evaluation with specific emphasis on policy issues, along with other education and learning initiatives
- Collaborate with the Cash Transfer Specialist in developing perspectives on relevant aspects of educational finance.
- Prepare, refine, and deliver reports and presentations, keeping in mind the specific needs of various audiences
- Carry out other assignments and activities as directed by the Team Leader
Serve in the above consultant capacity to support the IBTCI technical practices of Crisis, Conflict & Governance, Agriculture & Food Security & Economic, Education & Growth and Global Health and/or Business Development divisions.
- This position does not authorize/require the consultant to directly communicate with IBTCI clients.
- This position does not authorize/require the consultant to have decision making authority on final work product.
- Solid knowledge and expertise in contemporary approaches to educational finance in a variety of developing country settings, with knowledge of Nigeria a distinct plus.
- Knowledge in diverse areas of social sector economic policies and practices involving children
- Experience in the evaluation and/or assessment of educational interventions with inputs from varied formal and non-formal sources at the community, state, and federal level (or their equivalents)
- Strong economic policy analysis skills, along with the capacity to understand complex legislative provisions with emphasis on children’s education
- Excellent English language communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to persuasively and effectively synthesize policy priorities for policymakers and advocates
Education: Advanced University degree (Master or PhD) is desirable
Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Experience in using non-traditional and innovative evaluation methods including child friendly and remote data collection methods
- Excellent oral and written communication skills
- Knowledge of bilateral and multilateral funding and programming strategies.
Supervisory Responsibilities: This position does not have supervisory responsibilities.
Travel: Travel within Nigeria will be required.
Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.
About the Organization
International Business & Technical Consultants, Inc. (IBTCI), a U.S. based international development consulting company established in 1987, has worked in over one hundred countries and implemented over three hundred projects. IBTCI serves government agencies, private sector companies and several donor agencies. IBTCI specializes in Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) across many sectors including, but not limited to, conflict and crisis, democracy and governance, economic growth, education, environment, and global health.