Education Finance Consultant

Job Description

Assignment Title: Education Finance Consultant

Department/Location: Home base and Nigeria

Technical Point of Contact: Project Director

Type: Consultant

Classification: Consultancy


IBTCI is seeking an International Education Finance Consultant to participate in 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.
  • Conduct the evaluation of the School Grant Cash Transfer, including but not limited to evaluation of its relative effectiveness and cost-effectiveness in encouraging marginalized and/or highly disadvantaged girls to attend school, to stay in school, and to learn.
  • Evaluate the relationship if any between Cash Transfer activities and other interventions in promoting access and retention.
  • Working with the Quantiatitve and Qualitative Data Specialists, participate in design, implementation, and analysis of a Household Survey to measure the effectiveness and impact of Cash Grants to Girls
  • Prepare, refine, and deliver reports and presentations
  • Carry out other assignments and activities as directed by the Team Leader

Minimum Requirements:

  • Knowledge of and experience with cash transfer programs, preferably in education sector or community settings
  • Experience with school- and district-level educational financing
  • Experience in evaluation and/or assessment of cash transfer interventions.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Oral and written fluency in English

Education: Advanced University degree (Master or PhD) is desirable or long years of experience in relevant work.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Experience in using non-traditional and innovative evaluation methods including child friendly and remote data collection methods
  • Knowledge of formal and non-formal cash transfer activities in sub-Saharan Africa, with Nigeria knowledge highly desirable.
  • Nigeria context knowledge is desirable

Supervisory Responsibilities: This position does not have supervisory responsibilities.

Travel: International travel and travel within Nigeria will be required. May include travel to fragile and/or conflict-prone zones.

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.