Feasibility Study for Establishing Public TTI to Provide Sustainable and Systematic Teacher Training opportunity 2013 in Somaliland

 

Terms of Reference
Feasibility Study for Establishing Public TTI to Provide Sustainable and Systematic Teacher Training in Somaliland
Introduction
The Ministry of Education and Higher Studies of Somaliland, in collaboration with the “Horumarinta Elmiga” project consortium led by Save the Children International, is seeking expressions of interest from qualified and experienced individuals, teams or organizations to undertake a study regarding the establishment of public Teacher Training Institute (TTI) to provide sustainable and ongoing teacher training in Somaliland.
The TTI will aim to support primary Teacher Training as they seek to develop sustainable teaching capacity in order to improve the status of education in the country.

Somaliland has made commitments towards achieving quality education for all, envisioned in the Education Sector Strategic Plan, as well as other international frameworks such as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the Education for All (EFA), goals by 2015.

One of the areas that has long been an obstacle to Somaliland’s effort towards quality education is the lack of sustainable public TTIs which is exacerbated by the lack of valid and reliable information that is the basis for educational decision making.
The EU funded project “Horumarinta Elmiga” will support the Ministry of Education to carry out a feasibility study in order to address this issue by identifying the best possible options available for establishing and sustaining public TTI in Somaliland to provide systematic teacher training and ongoing professional support for both teachers and relevant education officials in the Ministry of Education and Higher Studies.
The objective of this study is to find a cost effective model of providing sustainable teacher training for primary teachers in Somaliland through public TTIs.
Aims of the feasibility study
The main aim of the study is to explore the possibility and feasibility of establishing sustainable public TTIs
More specifically the feasibility study will focus on the following:
  • Provide an assessment and analysis of how the existing teacher training institutes and mechanisms are functioning and structured in Somaliland
  • Assess the effectiveness of existing faculties of education universities in providing teacher training in Somaliland
  • Analyse the lessons to be drawn from functioning Public TTIs in the neighboring countries like Somalia (Puntland), Ethiopia, Uganda and Kenya.
  • Provide an assessment of how public TTIs are mainstreamed into the MOE&HS system for effective monitoring /supervision in the model countries.
  • Suggest recommendations on specific opportunities for and barriers to establishment of public TTIs in Somaliland.
  • Based on the current and progressive demand for teachers training suggest concrete recommendations on the start up number, locations, physical infrastructure and enrolment coverage of a public TTI in Somaliland.
  • Based on the current market assessement provide budget estimates including capital, maintenance and recurrent costs to esatablish one TTI in Somaliland.
  • Review existing teacher training materials and where possible identify the human and financial investments made to develop them – draw lessons for the MOE&HS.
Scope of Work
The Consultant will undertake the following technical tasks:
 
1. Design study proposal
  • Design and develop a technical research proposal including the sampling frame for regions and participants, and research methodology
  • Determine professional costs for carrying out the study
  • Provide progress reports and final report as scheduled
2. Assessment of existing Public TTI in Somaliland and Neighboring Countries (Mainly Desk Review)
  • Provide an assessment and analysis on the mandates, scope of responsibilities, function and curriculum of public TTI and how it will be mainstreamed, managed and monitored/supervised by the MOE&HS.
  • Conduct select study on the the public TTIs in Neighboring Countries (i.e. Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda) with especial reference to curriculum, operational systems, links with the MOE and accreditation, staffing etc.
  • Identify the overall strengths and weaknesses of private TTIs in Somaliland.
  • Identify number of trained and untrained teaching force currently working for the MoE and projections of teachers to be absorbed by the system in the coming 10 years.
  • Identify/Project the number of expected new teachers for pre-service teacher training (based on expected additional enrolment at schools??
  • Review existing or past public TTIs in Somaliland and their effectiveness and gaps in Teacher development to be considered while establishing a TTI
3. Feasibility of establishing a one big public Teacher Training Institutes: proposal for setting up a public teacher training institute to provide the following:
  • A clear articulation of the merits of such an institute, including its vision, mission, purpose, goals and objectives in regard to the development of teachers and educational professionals in Somaliland.
  • Possible courses, training programmes and activities as well as qualification award structure for the proposed public TTI.
  • With consultation of MOE&HS, the proposed locations and physical structures for the Public TTIs within Somaliland
  • A budget estimate for the initial establishment including recurrent costs such as staff salaries and possible financing arrangements and support including cost sharing options and the minimum number of teacher trainees per annum for viability of the institute and the forecast of likely numbers for the next 5- 10 years.
  • The proposed modes of operation, legal status and organizational structure of such an institute including its governance structure and relation to MOE&HS including possible linkage with an existing institution of higher education (particulary secondary TTI while primary TTI will be linked to primary education areas).
  • Possible administrative and management structures as well as staffing positions.
  • Proposed minimum number of enrolled trainees in the first year and forecast increase in enrolment per annum for the next 5- 10 years
  •  Proposed number of teaching staff in the first phase of implementation and estimated number of teaching staff for the next 5- 10 years and ways of upgrading staff qualifications
  • Alternative scenarios for the possible establishment of such public TTI and analysis of the relative costs
  • Transition strategy from present system to new system of NTTI
  • Recommended maintenance and sustainability strategies, including partnership with other institutions such as HE institutions, donors, etc.
  • Propose effective system/structure for teacher deployment after finishing TTI – especially for female teachers
  • Proposal of curriculum most relevant to Somaliland context (considering gender parity of teachers and types of teachers such as pastoralist/nomadic teachers) — Suggetions on the current Primary TT curriculum and compare with that of the neighboring countries
Methods of Work
  • Relevant literature – The consultant will be required to scrutinize relevant documents to help them complete the study. The documents may include national education plans, Unified Teacher Training Curriculum, ESSD plans, teacher education project documents, Ministry of Education structures, Education Act, government financing and expenditure on education, etc.
  • Data gathering in the selected regions – The consultant will be required to travel to the selected regions and collect relevant data. The MOE&HS will appoint a contact person to support and coordinate the work of the consultant in Somaliland.
  • Assessment of the establishment of similar training institutes
Time frame

Management and supervision of the consultancy
The consultant will report to Save the Children with day to day supervision by the consortium technical specialists and MoE&HS focal person

Terms and conditions

  • SCI will be responsible for the professional fee and other costs arising from the contract. It will provide logistical support as required by the consultant and necessary stationery.
  • This task will be undertaken by one consultant with support from MoE and consortium partners.
  • The consultant shall be paid professional fee for 24 days
  • The first 40% of the professional fees shall be paid upon the signing of contract for the consultant. The final payment of 60% shall be contingent upon the consultants submitting all outputs to a standard deemed satisfactory by SCI and MoE&HS.
  • Travel from the consultant’s domicile to project work areas, and within project work areas as well as reasonable costs incurred with respect to travel, accommodation and subsistence in relation to execution of agreed tasks pursuant to fulfillment of this consultancy will be met or reimbursed by SCI.
  • The consultants shall assume responsibility for all tax obligations and liability resulting from this consultancy. Further, the consultants shall lay no claim whatsoever upon SCI regarding immunity to legal action, or legal representation for contravention of existing legislation during the execution of this consultancy. SCI shall not be held liable for any health or security risks incurred by the consultants during the execution of this contract or thereafter.
  • The consultant will follow Save the Children International guidelines on the ethical participation of children and all participants will be fully informed about the nature and purpose of the survey and their requested involvement.
  • The Somaliland MoE&HS will own the intellectual property rights to all materials submitted by the consultant(s) under the contract.
The consultant must therefore ensure that they have possession of any materials provided to the MoE as a part of the deliverable.
The MoE will be free to reproduce the materials at will and to grant reproduction rights.
The rights to reproduce the reports will fall to the MoE and its contracted agents in Somaliland.
Consultant qualifications
Lead Consultant
  • Advanced degree in education, specializing in educational planning, management, teacher professional development
  • At least five years of relevant experience in working with Teacher Training Institutions particularly public TTIs.
  • Experience as a team-leader in relevant assignments.
  • Demonstrable knowledge of pastoral/nomadic education, preferably in the context of Somaliland.
  • Experience in conducting research studies
  • Ability to analyze critically the findings of the study and develop implementation strategies.
  • Previous work experience with Somali or other pastoral communities is essential.
Application procedures
All applicants must meet the minimum requirements described above. Each application should include the following:
  • Technical and financial proposal
  • Cover letter including the applicant’s suitability for the position and current contact information
  • CV, including detailed work experience, education/degrees etc.
All applications should be sent to Save the Children Human Resources
Somalia.vacancies@savethechildren.org latest by 15th October 2013 15.00 hours EAT.