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Review of Ghana National Early Childhood Care and Development Policy
Overall, the contracting institution will be tasked to take stock of all frameworks and policies in the ECD space, particularly, the Nurturing Care and ECE Policy Frameworks; provide technical assistance and coordinate the steps
with guidance from the MoGCSP and UNICEF to facilitate the policy revision, together with other accompanying documents mentioned within 10 months.
Key tasks are as follows:
Development of roadmap for draft ECD Policy Framework Outline
- Develop a roadmap for the ECCD policy framework revision process, facilitate to accelerate the process for the development/revision of ECCD policy framework in discussion with MoGCSP and other line Ministries as needed;
- Provide technical inputs and consolidate inputs from the consultation into the policy document and implementation plan
- Synthesize the key inputs from Stakeholders/action area groups, identify policy gaps referencing other sector Ministries policies/frameworks and make recommendations in addition to the focus areas established for the ECCD policy development;
Facilitation of Policy Development Process (workshops and consultations)
- Provide technical support to and facilitate stakeholder consultations through thematic areas and workshops (established from tasks 1 – either by sector; thematic/action areas; life-cycle approach, age groupings) for the development of the ECCD goals; objectives, strategies, activities (this can be agreed amongst stakeholders during the initial process guided by the findings/recommendations and in consultation with sectors).
- Consolidate technical inputs from UNICEF (Education, WASH, Social Protection; Child Protection; Health/Nutrition) from MoGCSP, and other stakeholders from available materials such as the ‘Nurturing Care, Early Childhood Education Frameworks’, laws, national plans and other documents that influence ECD service provisions, and to support Technical Teams during workshops to align with the life- cycle approach (according to ages ranging: 0-3; 4-5; 6-8) and to accomplishing tasks;
- Document ECD development process;
- Complete the technical notes to inform future sector planning and programming in alignment with the ECCD policy, based on the Ghana experience.
- Coordinate with the MoGCSP for wider consultations and partnerships during the development process and through workshops to reflect on process and share/document results from capacity building efforts; to enable other countries to learn from results;
Reviewing/developing the ECCD Policy Framework
- Draft technical notes from information gathered/inputs into the ECCD Policy development templates through the engagement of key stakeholders by MoGCSP with technical support from UNICEF;
- Finalise ECCD Policy Framework in collaboration with MoGCSP, UNICEF, and stakeholders;
- Coordinate, provide technical direction and consolidate inputs from the development of costed implementation plan; ECD guidelines, ensuring its alignment with the different sector plans (approach to the budgeting/costing should be agreed by all TWGs – eg. Costed plan may reflect different sector plans and or TWG may establish harmonized activities for the ECD costing);
- Develop/finalize the ECCD guideline and M&E and Learning Framework respectively (the ECD policy guidelines with established roles/responsibilities of different institutions at national/decentralized levels including service providers to serve as an accountability framework to recognise objectives and accountability relationships) for effective coordination and system strengthening to improve children’s development.
Validation of ECCD policy framework (workshops)
- Develop power point presentation for the validation workshops for three different zones – northern; middle and southern. The national level engagement will form part of the southern zone workshop, and will be determined during the development process;
Finalization of the ECCD policy framework
- Finalize the ECCD policy (with accompanying ECE policy guideline; human resource capacity assessment; MEL/Costed Framework; and a power point presentation).
The expert shall fit the following requirements :
- Advanced University degree in monitoring and evaluation and/or other disciplines relevant to the object of the evaluation;
- A minimum of 5 years of experience in evaluating development programmes and projects in the following areas: health/nutrition; early learning; safety and protection; responsive family/community engagements;
- A minimum of 5 years of progressively responsible work experience in the planning, management and/or oversight of ECCD and protection programmes;
- Have a perfect knowledge of the ECCD sector and the country specific context;
- Have a perfect command of quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis methods;
- Have excellent oral and written communication skills in English;
- Have excellent analytical, synthesis and writing skills.