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Research to Assess Education Access for Vulnerable Children in Kayin State, Myanmar

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Organization : Save the Children International
Type : Nonprofits / องค์กรไม่แสวงหาผลกำไร
Date : 18 Sep 2017
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Deadline : 2 / October / 2017

Terms of Reference

Consultancy for Research to Assess Education Access for Vulnerable Children in Kayin State, Myanmar 

Project Titles: BEST, PREPS & QUEST Projects

 Background

Refugee Return and Reintegration

After fleeing to Thailand in 1984, refugees from Myanmar have lived in Thailand for more than 30 years.   The new government has been in power in Myanmar since 2016, and there is some hope that this might be the time for refugees to return home.

The preparedness for refugee return is taking place in the nine (9) temporary shelters along the Thai-Myanmar border.  Education preparedness is vital to the relevance of education services in the refugee camps in Thailand – as the education in the refugee camps is not formally recognized by either government - Thailand or Myanmar.  The Thai government allows non –governmental organizations (NGOs) to provide basic services for refugee children in the 9 temporary shelters.  Since 2013, Save the Children has been providing basic education for 35,000 children.

Regarding refugee return and integration, one of the key issues is continuity of refugee children’s education in Myanmar after they return. Due to the differences of curriculum, language of instruction, teaching and learning style/method - there will be challenges for refugee children to be enrolled in Myanmar government schools.

There may be different challenges regarding refugee return and integration to Karen Teachers Work Group (KTWG) affiliated schools, (community schools and mixed schools). In this case, the language of instruction, teaching and learning style/method, and curriculum will be more familiar. However, these schools struggle with less resources and tend to rely on community contributions to operate – an increased scale of refugee return may lead to tension.

Save the Children would like to further understand refugee return and integration particularly as it relates to children’s access to quality basic education services in South-East Myanmar.  There were 71 refugees who returned in 2016 and there will be 247 refugees returning in 2017.  This study aims to better understand experiences of enrollment procedures for returning refugee students; helpful assistance in the return and integration process, as well as identify any difficulties and obstacles that may occur. The findings will be used to inform discussions with stakeholders; and the design of improved refugee education transition programs and processes.

Over-age, Out-of-School Children

Save the Children Thailand began a close partnership with the Karen Teachers Work Group (KTWG) starting in 2014. Over the three year ACCESS project, through the support of KTWG over 88,190 Out-of-School Children (OOSC) were (re)enrolled in Karen areas of South East Myanmar. In the final evaluation of the ACCESS project it was noted that both in the context of the refugee camps in Thailand and in Karen areas of South East Myanmar – older OOSC, particularly those who had not attended primary school, were especially hard to reach.

The study will aim to better understand the population of overage OOSC in selected areas of South East Myanmar and especially any returning refugee children who experienced interruptions to education in the refugee camps or who may have opted out of formal schooling for other reasons. The findings of the study will inform a pilot non-formal education program.

Purpose of the Study

Objective 1: A study on returning refugee children and youth to assess their access to education in Myanmar (mixed, gov’t, and community schools). This will include an assessment of enablers as well as barriers to each type of school system and for various age groups/student levels.

Deliverables: (1) research report; (2) recommendations on programming to address barriers

Potential area of return and pilot project study sites

Kayin

Hlaingbwe*

Hpa-An

Kawkareik

Kyainseikgyi

Myawaddy


Objective 2
: A study on ‘older’ OOSC in Kayin State to assess their options/pathways back into education. This will include an assessment of enablers as well as barriers to formal and non-formal education. [NOTE that there may be some overlap in study subjects if some older OOSC are also returning refugees. 

Deliverables: (1) research report; (2) recommendations on NFE programming needed to address access challenges

Duration of the Project

*The next return group is likely to move around February 2018, the study will follow their experiences of return and integration.

Preparation work will commence in late 2017. Around twenty (20) days of field work and twenty (20) days remote work in anticipated between late 2017 to early 2018. 

A draft work plan must be agreed during the first two weeks of the consultancy

Methodology

The methodology will be jointly developed by the consultant, Save the Children, and KTWG. The field work will be conducted in partnership with KTWG as it relates to their affiliated schools and communities in Kayin state. As this is a hard to reach population in the past Save the Children has utilized snowball sampling methods and a series of key informant interviews.

Deliverables and Expected Outcomes

Objective 1: Refugee Return & Integration

Deliverable 

Description of tasks

Output

1)    Review of relevant secondary sources.

Desk review of relevant sources,including

(http://themimu.info/sites/themimu.info/files/documents/Report

_Beyond_Access_Refugee_Students_Experiences_of_Myanmar_

State_Eduation_SCI_2015.pdf). 

Review of secondary sources to be incorporated in the Situation Analysis report

2)    Propose research strategy and work plan

 

Research strategy (including research design and work plan) all tools should be shared for feedback

3)    Consultations with NGOs, UN Agencies and CBOs  and communities in Myanmar to understand the current situation of preparedness for return & integration

Focus groups or meetings

 Recommended to involve

KRCEE, KED, KTWG, SC, RTP, ADRA, JRS, WE , UNHCR , KnED

KWO, KTWG

Detailed notes from consultations;

4)    Child participation – every effort should be made to consult returning refugee students for their perspective & recommendations

Focus groups and/or key informant interviews conducted

in a child friendly manner with informed consent from children and their guardian(s)

Consultations with target children will inform the Situation Analysis Report and any recommendations

5)    In partnership with KTWG, identify relevant community leaders, education personnel, religious leaders, youth leaders or other entities in select townships

Key informant interviews

Schedule of planned interviews; detailed notes from each meeting; and analysis incorporated in final report

6)    Conduct meetings, focus group, interview  with UN agencies, NGOs,  government schools and community schools and non-formal education providers and government agencies  to identify gap in enrolling refugee children to community, mixed, or government schools

-Child rights and Child Protection Approach

Focus group notes and report; photographs

 

7)    Identify key recommendations for the improvement of refugee education transition programs and processes

 

Recommendations incorporated in final Situation Analysis Report

8)     Situation Analysis report

Outline of report to be shared with SCI Thailand and partners

Full report to include analysis of secondary sources, field work, recommendations  and high resolution photographs

9)    Prepare presentation to present to Save the Children  and partners 

 

Power point presentation of key findings and recommendations

Objective 2: Over Age Out-of-School-Children

10) Review of relevant secondary sources

 

Review of secondary sources to be incorporated in the report

11) Propose research strategy and work plan

 

Research strategy (including research design and work plan) all tools should be shared for feedback

12) Consultations with KTWG, KED, SC Myanmar Hpa-An, and others as mutually agreed

 

Detailed notes from consultations

13) Child participation – every effort should be made to consult overage OOSC for their perspective & recommendations

Focus groups and/or key informant interviews conducted in a child friendly manner with informed consent from children and their guardian(s)

Consultations with target children will inform the Situation Analysis Report and any recommendations

     

15) Identify key recommendations on NFE programming needed to address the access challenges

 

Consider KED & KTWG’s position on any existing models

16)  Situation Analysis report

Outline of report to be shared with SCI Thailand and partners

Full report to include analysis of secondary sources, field work, recommendations  and high resolution photographs

17) Prepare presentation to present to Save the Children  and partners

 

Power point presentation of key findings and recommendations

 

       

Consultant Qualifications:

Management

The consultant will be managed by Save the Children’s Senior Education Specialist.

Closing date for submissions:  2 October 2017

Submission for Consultancy

The submission must address the terms of reference and include:

  • A resume addressing skills and experience relevant to the role
  • A proposal addressing the deliverables, incorporating a full all-inclusive budget and work plan to achieve deliverables: timeframe / methodologies and approaches to be employed (max 5 pages) 

Note: Please cost in accommodation and travel. SC can assist with camp passes, if required. If travel to camps or long distance travel is required SC will only be able to provide car travel if consultant activities and travel dates coincide with field staff activities. Close coordination with KTWG for any activities with their affiliated schools or communities in South East Myanmar.

Contact :  hr.thailand@savethechildren.org

Please indicate in the subject as “Apply for Research to Assess Education Access for Vulnerable Children in Kayin State, Myanmar _(Name of candidate)”

Only shortlisted candidates will be notified.

 We need to keep children safe so our selection process, which includes rigorous background checks, reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse

Contact : hr.thailand@savethechildren.org