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Time To shine ICT #TTOSICT 2021/2022 Project Proposed Curriculum for Mentorship

Time To shine ICT #TTOSICT 2021/2022 Project Proposed Curriculum for Mentorship

Time To shine ICT #TTOSICT 2021/2022 Project Proposed Curriculum for Mentorship

Kick-events have been central to the success of theTime to Shine ICT #TTOSICT project at the initial stage for the past five years to promote collaboration between parents and teachers to encourage student participation.

This one-day event presented the proposed curriculum: Scratch programming, IoT (IoT), Urban Planning, and the Open Science Framework for classroom experimentation, and during this session, the GoGirls team pointed out what they envisioned for this project, such as;

  • Computer-literate students
  • Teamwork among learners
  • Interactive learning
  • Critical Thinking & business modeling skills
  • Knowledge on how to come up with models for urban planning  
  • Diversification of knowledge
  • Flexibility in the learning environment
  • Exposure to different STEM careers
  • Have the relevant knowledge of the real-world application of some science concepts such as IoT, #ClassroomOnPhone, and Scratching Programming.

Consequently, the GoGirls team and nine teachers from primary and secondary schools within Juba exchanged ideas and knowledge on possible Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) activities for the selected students from their respective schools.

Over the years, the #TTOSICT Project became a platform for teachers from various schools to discuss challenges they faced with students, learn from each other, and collaborate on relevant #STEM projects among themselves. Hence, in three different groups, the teachers highlighted the challenges they faced when teaching sciences in schools and what they envisioned?

 The teachers categorically shared their challenges as:

  • A negative perception of the use of ICTs in our communities.
  • Lack of training of teachers on ICTs 
  • Lack of computer Labs and ICT resources in most schools explains why even schools, up to today, type and print their exams at different computer centers.
  • Language barrier, in most cases Arabic – pattern.
  • The new textbook framework has outdated technology and programming languages.
  • The new textbooks are very shallow and lack substantial content.
  • Girls are not encouraged to take ICT as a career because some parents still look at ICT as a male profession.

What they envisioned for this project included;

  • Students should be able to use science apparatus to pass information.
  • Be able to apply scientific knowledge to respond to daily needs
  • Students, especially girls, should use ICT Knowledge to promote businesses and use this knowledge to advance their careers in Technology.
  • Students should be able to apply Mathematics in their daily lives.
  • To promote individualized learning to respond to the child’s ability and personality.
  • Collaborative learning. 
  • Enable economic growth by broadening the reach of technology such as high-speed internet.
  • Teachers still take out exams for typing at different computer centers within Juba because they lack computers.
  • Internet for schools.
  • We as teachers know that computers are for boys – Girls need to be encouraged to take ICT as a career.
  • The relevant authorities should be hosting experts to tell the public about the importance of ICTs.
  • We still need more awareness on the different media platforms on the importance of ICTs.
  • The relevant partners should train teachers on the new curriculum to adapt accordingly.
  • It’s good to revise the syllabus of South Sudan for primary and secondary schools again. Most countries have developed because of integrating technology with other subjects such as economics, commerce, accounts, and agriculture, among others.

From this engagement, the GoGirls team will take critical actions to engage with the relevant policymakers, continue to innovate in this field, and collaborate with communities on projects that benefit these communities, teachers, and students at large.

This project is supported by UNDP South Sudan Peace and Community Cohesion (PACC) Project with funds from Sweden.

 

Terms of Reference (TOR) for a national consultant to develop GoGirls Internal Policies (Re-advertised)

GOGIRLS ICT INITIATIVE

RE-ADVERTISED TERMS OF REFERENCE (TOR)

1. Consultancy Information
Consultancy Title:
National Consultant to Develop Internal Policies
Location:
GoGirls ICT Initiative Premises, Juba
Type of Contract:
Individual Contract
Post Level:
National Consultant
Languages Required:
English
Application Deadline:
18 February 2022 (Midnight Juba, South Sudan)
Starting Date:
25 February 2022
Expected Duration of Assignment:
ASAP (20 working days)

2. Background

GoGirls ICT Initiative is a Juba, South Sudan based non-profit initiative founded by a group of dedicated young women in the fields of Computer Science, Information Systems, ICT4D Innovation, and peacebuilding. 

GoGirls ICT’s focus is on mentorship in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) related topics leveraging more on Open-Source resources to create an Open Culture in South Sudan. Founded in 2015, the Organization was finally registered as an independent Non-Governmental Organization in 2019.

 

In July 2020, Public Accountants carried out a financial management capacity assessment for GoGirls ICT Initiative (GoGirls) on behalf of UNDP. Their report contained several recommendations for policies to be developed and put in place. These policies include: 

  • anti-fraud and corruption policies. 
  • whistle blower policies. 
  • policies/procedures and tools for programme development.
  • monitoring and evaluation policies, procedures, and guidelines
  • policies on staff training
  • procurement policy (revision of the current manual was recommended)
  • policy on sexual harassment (SH) and sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA), as well as a policy against retaliation.

However, based on the immediate organizational needs, GoGirls management has prioritized development of the following policies:

  • Procurement policy (review of the current manual)
  • Anti-fraud and anti-corruption policies
  • Whistle blower policy 
  • Sexual exploitation, harassment, and abuse policy

3. Purpose of the Consultancy

The purpose of the consultancy is to:

  • Review the current procurement manual of the GoGirls to develop a comprehensive policy on procurement
  • Develop policies on anti-fraud, anti-corruption, whistle blower, Sexual exploitation, sexual harassment, and abuse.

4. Objective of the Consultancy

  • To strengthen the organizational policies (operational & programme) of GoGirls to effectively carry out its mandate and achieve its vision in South Sudan. 

5. Duties and Responsibilities

  • Conduct some desk research on programme and operations policies of national organizations in South Sudan to produce a background paper
  • Facilitate a workshop to brainstorm on the proposed policies (procurement, anti-fraud, anti-corruption, whistle blower, Sexual exploitation, sexual harassment, and abuse) to feed into the background paper
  • Analyze reports on capacity assessment of GoGirls to strengthen the background paper for development of the prioritized policies. 
  • Facilitate interviews to solicit input from the partners and board of directors of GoGirls to prepare first draft policies on procurement, anti-fraud, anti-corruption, whistle blower, Sexual exploitation, sexual harassment, and abuse.
  • Present the first draft policies in a validation workshop to be organized by GoGirls in Juba 
  • Integrate feedback from the partners and board of directors and submit the second draft policies to the board of directors and management of GoGirls for discussion and approval by the board of directors. 
  • Prepare and submit final policies on procurement, anti-fraud, anti-corruption, whistle blower, Sexual exploitation, sexual harassment, and abuse to the management of GoGirls. 

6. Methodology

  • The consultant shall adopt a combination of participatory tools and methodologies like desk research; report analysis, Strength, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats (SWOT) analysis; consultations and interviews with key partners/ stakeholders and workshop facilitation techniques to promote participation and buy-in.
  • The consultant will work closely with the management of GoGirls throughout the entire consultancy process as well as with partners in Juba.

7. Time frame and Deliverables

Activity

Desk review.
Facilitate brainstorming/ consultative workshop and interviews with the management and partners of GoGirls to develop draft policies on procurement, anti-fraud, anti-corruption, whistleblower, Sexual exploitation, sexual harassment, and abuse.
Facilitate the validation workshop and update the draft policies.
Present the final draft policies.
Total number of working days

Deliverables

Inception Report with clear methodology, detailed work plan, stakeholder mapping and the background paper.
First draft of the policies.
Second draft of the policies.
Final draft policies.

Time allocated

4 days
12 days
3 days
1 day
20 days

8. Competencies

Corporate Competencies

  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality, and age sensitivity and adaptability
  • Demonstrates diplomacy and tact in dealing with sensitive and complex situations
  • Strong communication, team building, interpersonal, analysis, and planning skills

Professionalism

  • Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of the subject matter
  • Demonstrates experience in subject matter
  • Demonstrates ability to negotiate and apply good judgment
  • Shows pride in work and in achievements
  • Is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines, and achieving results

Planning & Organizing

  • Organizes and accurately completes multiple tasks by establishing priorities while taking into consideration special assignments, frequent interruptions, deadlines, available resources, and multiple reporting relationships
  • Plans, coordinates, and organizes workload while remaining aware of changing priorities and competing deadlines
  • Establishes, builds, and maintains effective working relationships with staff, partners, and beneficiaries to achieve the planned results

Communicating Information and Ideas

  • Facilitating and encouraging open communication in the team, communicating effectively.
  • Delivers verbal/written information in a timely, clear, organized and easily understood manner
  • Strong communication skills and the ability to listen and take direction and leadership from others.

Self-Management & Emotional Intelligence

  • Creating synergies through self-control, and tolerates conditions of stress, uncertainty or ambiguity and continues to maintain a positive outlook to work productively.

Other Corporate competencies

    • Ability to establish effective working relations in a multicultural team environment.
    • Excellent supervisory, team building, diplomatic and interpersonal skills.
    • Resourcefulness, initiative, and maturity of judgement.
    • Strong communication and advocacy skills.
    • Ability to work in a complex environment requiring liaison and collaboration with multiple actors.
    • Ability to demonstrate sensitivity, tact, and diplomacy.
    • Excellent analytical, organizational and negotiation skills, especially resource management skills.
  • Excellent networking skills.

9. Required Skills and Expertise

Education

  • Advanced university degree (Master’s or equivalent) in Public Administration/ Governance, Law, Political Science, Sociology, International Development, and/or related Social Science fields. 

 

Experience

  • 4-8 years’ experience in designing, planning, developing and analyzing policies of operations and programme for non-state actors (national organizations/ civil society organizations)
  • Experience in NGO management, working with innovation hubs and their organizational development 
  • Experience in gender sensitive evaluation and analysis of organizational policies. 
  • In-depth knowledge of anti-fraud, anti-corruption, whistle blower, Sexual exploitation, sexual harassment, and abuse in project management and operations of non-governmental organizations 
  •  Experience in engaging with partners and stakeholders using participatory and consultative approaches and ability to manage diversity of views in different cultural contexts.
  • Familiarity with the local political, economic, social, and local governance system in South Sudan
  • Experience in using a range of quantitative and qualitative data gathering and analysis techniques related to policy review and development and experience in facilitating consultation workshops with good presentation and IT skills. 
  • Excellent written and spoken communication skills in English and good report writing skills.

 

Languages

  • Fluency in spoken and written English.
  • Knowledge of Arabic is an asset.

10. Institutional arrangements

  • The consultant will be based in Juba, South Sudan. The consultant is expected to use their own computer/laptop and cell phone. However, depending on availability of physical facilities (e.g., working space, computer, printer, telephone lines, internet connection etc.) and at the discretion of GoGirls, such facilities may be provided at the disposal of the Consultant.
  • The consultant will be contracted for 20 full-time working days.
  • The consultant will report to the GoGirls Executive Director who will review and approve delivery of outputs. 
  • The Executive Director will also be responsible for liaising with the Consultant to provide all relevant documents, set up stakeholder interviews and workshops, and arrange visits to the office.

11. Payment Schedule

Sn.

1st Payment
2nd Payment
3rd Payment

Deliverables

Inception Report with clear methodology, detailed work plan, partner/ stakeholder mapping and the background paper.
First draft of the policies on procurement, anti-fraud, anti-corruption, whistle blower, Sexual exploitation, sexual harassment, and abuse.
Second and final draft of the policies.

Payment

20%
40%
40%

11.    How to Apply

All organizations or persons interested can submit their proposals (technical and financial proposals) in person or by email to: 

Physical address in Juba: 88.4 City FM Compound, Suk Melisia, Munuki

E-mail address: application@gogirlsict.org

The available starting date and fee of the assignment which is subject to negotiation should be clearly stated in the Letter of Interest. Applications should be received no later than 21 January 2022.

Technical proposal comprising of the following:

  • Letter of Confirmation of Interest and Availability.
  • Personal CV indicating all prior experience with similar assignments, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the Candidate and three (3) professional references.
  • Brief description (max. 1 page) of why you consider yourself as the most suitable for the assignment, and a methodology (max. 1 page) for how you will approach and complete the assignment.

Financial proposal: Indicating the all-inclusive, fixed total contract price, supported by a breakdown of costs.

Consultancy Evaluation Criteria

Offers received will be evaluated using a Combined Scoring method, where the qualifications and proposed methodology will be weighted 70%, and combined with the price offer, which will be weighted 30%.

Criteria to be used for rating the qualifications and methodology:

Technical evaluation criteria (total 70 points)

  • 4-8 years’ experience in designing, planning, developing and analyzing policies of operations and programme for non-state actors (national organizations/ civil society organizations) in post-conflict contest (20 marks)
  • Experience in NGO management, working with innovation hubs and their organizational development (10 marks)
  • Experience in gender sensitive evaluation and analysis of organizational policies (5 marks)
  • In-depth knowledge of anti-fraud, anti-corruption, whistle blower, Sexual exploitation, sexual harassment, and abuse in project management and operations of non-governmental organizations (10 marks)
  •  Experience in engaging with partners and stakeholders using participatory and consultative approaches and ability to manage diversity of views in different cultural contexts (5 marks)
  • Familiarity with the local political, economic, social, and local governance system in South Sudan (5 marks)
  • Experience in using a range of quantitative and qualitative data gathering and analysis techniques related to policy review and development and experience in facilitating consultation workshops with good presentation and IT skills (5 marks)
  • Excellent written and spoken communication skills in English and good report writing skills (5 marks).
  • Relevant Academic Background and language proficiency (5 marks).

Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 49 points in the Technical Evaluation will be considered for the Financial Evaluation.

Financial evaluation (total 30 points)

All technically qualified proposals will be scored out of 30 points/ marks. The maximum points (30) will be assigned to the lowest financial proposal. 

All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

Call for Mentors

Call for Mentors

Call for Mentors: Time To Shine ICT #TTOSICT 2021/2022

Are you a University student passionate about technology? If yes, GoGirls ICT Initiative is inviting you to apply for 7 days of training on STEM mentorship and explore interesting topics like Scratching Programming, Urban Planning, Internet of Things (IoT), and the Open Science Framework for classroom Experimentation with the integration of Art to make learning science fun, adventurous and practical.

The Benefits of this training are:

  • Critical thinking and business modeling skills.
  • Gain the relevant knowledge of the real-world application of science concepts.
  • Knowledge of urban planning and how to come up with models.
  • Leading and working with a team.
  • Learn skills on how to conduct gender-sensitive training.
  • Exposure to different STEM concepts and problem-solving skills.
  • Gain knowledge on effective presentation skills and organization of training activities. 

At the end of this training, some mentors will be mentoring primary and secondary school students to come up with projects as they continue to work on their own projects in groups.

Here is the link for you to apply for this training:

Application Form

Application Deadline: 11th February 2022

This project is supported by UNDP South Sudan Peace and Community Cohesion (PACC) Project with funds from Sweden.