AKDN Education Agencies
Mapping Value Add to Education in East Africa
TERMS OF REFERENCE
1. About the Aga Khan Foundation
The Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) is an Agency of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), a group of private, non-denominational development agencies that share a mission to improve the living conditions and opportunities for marginalized communities across some target countries in Africa and Asia. AKF was established by His Highness the Aga Khan in Switzerland in 1967 and began working in East Africa in 1974. Globally, AKF seeks sustainable solutions to long-term problems of poverty, hunger, illiteracy, and ill-health, with special emphasis on the needs of rural communities in mountainous, coastal, and other resource-poor areas. In East Africa, AKF responds to local and regional priorities by developing and implementing effective programming, measuring, and documenting results, and sharing lessons with governments, donors, and development actors to influence policy and practice. AKF operates a multi-sectoral portfolio that includes programming in Education, Economic Inclusion, Civil Society, Health, and Early Childhood Development.
AKDN in East Africa has five primary agencies being, AKF and its affiliate, the Madrasa Early Childhood Programme (MECP), Aga Khan Academy (AKA), Aga Khan Education Services (AKES), and Aga Khan University (AKU). Each of these agencies has separate mandates to improve the delivery of education and improve learning outcomes for children in East Africa. Currently, AKDN is delivering Foundations for Learning (F4L), co-funded by Global Affairs Canada and AKF, a multi-agency project to equip a new generation of learners, teachers, school leaders, families, communities, civil society organizations, and government leaders with the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values needed to promote more gender-responsive and pluralist quality education systems for all in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.
Through F4L, AKDN will ensure equal opportunities to quality education for girls and boys through stronger education systems, more capable female and male education professionals, reduced gender and social barriers to education, and increased evidence generation for better policy and practice. To maximize impact and influence, AKDN seeks to draw on this opportunity to reflect and develop a comprehensive approach to increase collaboration to maximize AKDN’s support to education systems, government, schools, teachers, and partners across East African to improve gender-responsive education services and learning outcomes for all boys and girls.
3. Consultant scope of work
The consultant or organization will be required to work in-person or remotely to implement a human centric approach (process clearly articulated in the application) to deliver high quality, relevant, and actionable results. The consultant/organization will:
- Engage with all AKDN education agencies to develop a comprehensive understanding of the different agencies' mandates, programming, and strategic direction.
- Develop a comprehensive mapping of government and development partners in East Africa identifying where there is saturation and gaps in the delivery of gender-responsive education programming and expertise.
- Develop a comprehensive mapping of AKDN education agencies in East Africa based on the above to demonstrate where AKDN agencies are unique, can add the greatest value, opportunities for collaboration, opportunities for growth, and areas where there is duplication across AKDN. Present the mapping to AKDN agencies for feedback and discussion.
- Continue to collaborate with AKDN agencies to finalize the mapping and develop a comprehensive gender-responsive strategy for AKDN collaboration across business development, implementation, and influence across East Africa.
4. Key deliverables
- Comprehensive gender-responsive mapping and report on AKDN Education Agencies in East Africa and how this relates cross-agency and in the broader East African education ecosystem.
- Presentation to all AKDN Education Agencies of the above report and continued collaboration to develop the final deliverable.
- Final mapping and gender-responsive strategy for AKDN collaboration across business development, implementation, and influence across East Africa.
5. Work Plan(Activity and Deadline)
- Draft comprehensive mapping report on AKDN- 17th September 2021
- Presentation of comprehensive mapping report on AKDN
- Continued collaboration with all AKDN Education Agencies
- Final mapping and gender responsive strategy for AKDN collaboration across business development, implementation, and influence across East Africa- 29th October 2021
6. Criteria for selection
All submissions will be assessed on the following criteria:
How to apply
- Technical proposal 40%
- Technical experience 30%
- Value for Money 30%
Consultants or organizations interested in this opportunity with AKF should submit:
- Six-page (maximum) technical proposal including work plan
- CV of core team members
- Organizational experience
- Proposed budget (please indicate whether the proposed budget is inclusive of the relevant taxes)
Applications should be submitted by midday EAT on Friday 12thAugust 2021 to [email protected] with the title Consultancy_Mapping Value
Add to Education in East Africa on the subject line.
AKF is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to Safeguarding and Promoting the Welfare of Children and Vulnerable Adults and Expects all Staff and Partners to Share this Commitment.
The Aga Khan Foundation is an agency of the Aga Khan Development Network (www.akdn.org)
 F4L is part of larger education and civil society programme, Foundation for Education and Empowerment (F4EE) is a five-year, CAD $57.6 million (GAC: $49 million, AKFC: $8.6 million) project that will improve the educational systems at the pre-primary and primary level, in addition to strengthening women’s empowerment, and gender equality in five countries: Kenya, Madagascar, Mozambique, Tanzania, and Uganda. The project is executed by Aga Khan Foundation Canada (AKFC) and implemented by AKDN education agencies and CSO partners.
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