International expert (or team of experts) in Life Skills

Closing date: 23 Nov 2018

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Life Skills (LS) Curriculum

Terre des hommes (Tdh) Foundation Lausanne is seeking to contract an international expert or a team of experts that display the human, ethical and technical capacities to develop a LS curriculum focused on employability and entrepreneurship skills of adolescents and youth, in particular for those at risk and engaged in child labour in Jordan and Lebanon.

I. Organization and Context background information

Created in 1960, the Foundation of Terre des hommes Lausanne (Tdh) mission is to defend and promote the rights of children, in humanitarian as well as development contexts. Today, Terre des hommes Foundation is the largest non-governmental organization (NGO) for children’s aid in Switzerland. Tdh implements projects and programs in more than 40 countries, including Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt and Syria. Over the last fifty years, Terre des hommes has developed several programmes, in two core areas: healthcare and child protection. Every year, Tdh offers sustainable solutions and a better future for over one million children and their relatives by focusing on two levels:

  • through field intervention worldwide for children, whereby projects are carried out under our own management or in partnership with local organizations;
  • as an ambassador for children’s rights in Switzerland and throughout the world, through advocacy campaigns that promote the fundamental rights of children as contained in the Convention on the Rights of the Child adopted by the UN in 1989.

In 2017 Tdh conducted a mapping and revision of Mental Health and Psycho Social Services (MHPSS) interventions applied in various programmes and projects in the field. The revised MHPSS framework is focused on building the resilience and wellbeing of individual children, families, communities and society as a whole through a holistic approach.

This conceptual MHPSS framework includes the IASC MHPSS pyramid, the ecological framework, the 3 capacities of resilience (coping, adaptive and transformative), and 5 core pillars that support psychosocial wellbeing and build the resilience and the capacities of children, youth, families and communities to cope and overcome trauma and adverse situations:

  • Safety, security and emotional stabilization Safety from threat, ability to exert control over the situation and avoid danger, a predictable environment, respect for human rights.
  • Relationships and networks: The integrity of interpersonal bonds and wider social supports, integration, sense of belonging, social cohesion.
  • Justice/ social rights/ citizenship: Sense of justice, equal access to economic opportunities, ability to address human rights violations, social stability, good governance.
  • Roles and identities: Established roles within family and society. Employment. Fitting in. Participation. Sense of mastery over life.
  • Future / hope / purpose and meaning: Ability to hold a coherent narrative that allows individuals to make sense of their lives. Sense of continuity of life. Maintain systems of belief and meaning.

Tdh responded to the Syria crisis in Jordan and Lebanon through providing protection and child protection services to Syrian refugees and vulnerable host communities, including child protection case management, sports and arts for psychosocial wellbeing activities, life skills, learning and support services and community awareness.

Since September 2017 Tdh in Jordan and Lebanon is implementing the project “Protection of the most vulnerable children affected by the Syrian crisis in Lebanon and Jordan” funded by AFD, targeting the most pressing child protection issues amongst vulnerable Syrian and host communities children such as child labour and child marriage.

Based on the MHPSS conceptual framework and based on existing LS curricula, Tdh aims to develop a curriculum tailored to the needs of the most vulnerable young people including Entrepreneurship skills. This last module will cover life skills and practical training on communication, job interview, and business planning and basic accounting and financial and numeracy skills. These Life skills courses will also explore the individual assets, talents and personal interests of young people, who can then be referred to Vocational Training (VT) opportunities. Considering that the most vulnerable young people in general have limited access to formal VT opportunities, the LS programme will equip them with the minimum skills and knowledge to make more informed decisions and be more protected while entering the labour market.

II. Objective and deliverables of the assignment

The purpose of the assignment is to develop a Life skills curriculum which will include employability and entrepreneurship skills for adolescents and youth, boys and girls aged 15-24 years old, in particular those at risk and engaged in labour.

The LS curriculum should be developed in line with the Tdh MHPSS conceptual framework. More specifically it should contribute to develop the psychosocial skills related to the 5 pillars of intervention and particularly to pillar #4 of this framework “Roles and Identities”, mainstreaming children and youth participation and action. It is expected this curriculum to contribute towards building the following skills (to be confirmed and discussed between the consultant and Global Protection/MHPSS advisor at HQ):

  • Emotional skills (regulation, self-awareness, self-acceptance),
  • Social skills (collective and cooperative activities and peer support)
  • Cognitive skills (skill building opportunities through education, professional and vocational training and employment)
  • Entrepreneurship and employability skills

Taking into consideration that this curriculum will be used primarily with vulnerable children and those at high risk or engaged in child labour, the curriculum should mainstream children and youth participation and action, and should look at supporting children and youth understanding of child rights and child protection and they related actions to support them. In addition, specific chapter on child labour, its risks and consequences and the responsibilities of duty bearers towards the protection of children should be included

The curriculum aims to build the resiliency and empower the vulnerable children and youth and equip them with the necessary skills to cope, adopt and transform their individual lives as well as those of their peers.

The curriculum should employ child and youth friendly, participatory and child protection sensitive approaches throughout its content and methodology of implementation.

III. Key deliverables

The following deliverables are expected from this assignment:

  • Mapping and desk review of existing LS manuals used in Tdh particularly in the MENA region and in other agencies, with a particular focus on LS for adolescents and youth engaged in labour
  • Consultation with Tdh staff and volunteers, and key stakeholders to identify good practices and needs of the most vulnerable adolescents and youth.
  • Consultation with adolescents and youth, participating in Tdh Jordan and Lebanon activities on their needs and ideas, with a particular attention for those engaged in labour.
  • Consultation with employers engaging children on their knowledge, needs, ideas and point of view on child labour
  • Development of the LS curriculum including a focus on entrepreneurship and employability, complementing modules on Self-confidence, Interpersonal and communication skills, conflict management, creative thinking, decision making, human and child rights and self-protection skills, with specific recommendations on how to work with adolescents and youth engaged in labour and how to support children and youth active participation toward the curriculum.

The curriculum should include different steps of children and youth participation and adopt a Participative Action research methodology; from (a) the collective identification of challenges, (b) to the decision on what to target in the learning process, (c) to the definition of the LS plan, (d) to implementing the plan, (e) to the reflection on what has been learned to (f) finally the measurement of the impact on children and youth (measuring how the skills are applied in practice).

  • Development of a training toolkit for the social workers and the facilitators on the LS curriculum and methodology.
  • Deliver a Training of Trainers to Tdh staff and partners on the new curriculum and its practical tools in English.

IV. Modalities and Timeline

The assignment is expected to be carried within a period of 12 weeks between 1st of December 2018 – 28thFebruary 2019 for a total number of 30 days.

A precise timeframe is to be proposed by the consultant or the team of consultants, together with a detailed methodology and proposed budget.

Tdh will cover all the transportation and the logistical support needed in Jordan and Lebanon in the framework of this assignment.

V. Requirements for the expert

The expert or the team of experts should meet the following conditions, qualifications and experience:

  • Master (or higher) Degree in education, social sciences, development studies or related field;
  • Technical expertise in the field of child protection and understanding of child labour issues in the MENA region;
  • Proven expertise in the development of similar life skills curriculums, youth development and educational guidelines using interactive and participatory learning methodologies;
  • Knowledge and experience in applying the international guidelines and standards in applying the life skills in social programmes;
  • Knowledge and experience of working with iNGOs in Middle East countries with strong understanding of social and child protection issues;
  • Excellent communication skills;
  • Ability to manage the available time and resources and to work to tight deadlines;
  • Available for the whole period of the assignment;
  • Thorough knowledge of issues related to child labour, refugee population and humanitarian context in Jordan and Middle Eastern countries.
  • Proficiency in English and Arabic (preferred).

VI. Application procedure

The application should be sent to and contain the following information:

  • CV of the expert or group of experts
  • Company profile (if applicable)
  • Cover letter
  • Example of relevant work
  • Technical and methodological offer for the assignment
  • Timeline and confirmation of availability on the set period of time
  • Financial plan for the consultancy including number of days needed for the completion of the entire assignment, in a maximum of 13’000 euros, including travel, transportation and accommodation in Jordan and Lebanon.

VII. Ethical considerations

The consultant/consulting agency must sign the Terre des hommes Child Safeguarding Policy and Code of Conduct and be willing to adhere to its principles and expected practices. If a breach of the policy or code of conduct takes place the consultancy will be terminated immediately without any financial burden on Tdh.

VIII. Disclaimer on copyright, data protection

All documents, project designs, drawings, data and information shall be treated as confidential and shall not without the written approval of Tdh be made available to any third party. In addition, the consultant(s) formally undertakes not to disclose any parts of the confidential information and shall not, without the written approval of Tdh be made available to any third party. The utilization of the report is solely at the decision and discretion of Tdh. All the documents containing both raw data/materials provided by Tdh and final report, both soft and hard copies are to be returned to Tdh upon completion of the assignment. All documentation and reports written as, and as a result of the research or otherwise related to it, shall remain the property of Tdh. No part of the report shall be reproduced except with the prior, expressed and specific written permission of Tdh.

The expert or the team of experts will work under the leadership of the AFD Project Coordinator, with the support of the MENA Regional Migration Manager, the Protection Sector in Headquarters and the programme departments of Tdh Jordan and Lebanon.

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