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Handicap International

HI is an independent and impartial international solidarity organization, which intervenes in situations of poverty and exclusion, conflicts and disasters. Working alongside people with disabilities and vulnerable populations, it acts and bears witness, to meet their essential needs, to improve their living conditions and promote respect for their dignity and their fundamental rights.

TERMS OF REFERENCE

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Name of Project: Strengthening the Inclusion of Children with Disabilities in Early Childhood Education and Development (ECED) in Nepal

Title of Action: Package development for self-paced online training module Introductory and intensive course on inclusive ECED targeting teachers working with moderate to severe disabilities

Handicap International (HI), operating name Humanity & Inclusion is an independent and impartial not for profit organization working in situation of poverty and exclusion, conflict, and disaster. Since 2000, HI has been working in Nepal with Persons with Disabilities and vulnerable populations, focusing on their essential needs, improvement of their living conditions and promotion of their dignity and fundamental rights.

HI is implementing different inclusive education project among which Strengthening the Inclusion of Children with Disabilities in Early Childhood Education and Development (ECED) in Nepal is one for ECED sector. The focus is at the federal level, developing guidelines, tools, material packages and training materials. Handicap International in partnership with Seto Gurans (SG) and funding support from UNICEF Nepal is implementing Inclusive ECED project. The major objective of the project is to: –

  1. Create and pilot a roadmap for identification and holistic support creation for children with disabilities in the context of ECED. 
  2. Support the inclusion of children with additional needs and minor disabilities in the ECD
  3. centres by utilizing picture-aided communication and activity-idea sharing 
  4. Create and implement an online teacher capacity building training material package covering identified topics and pilot the materials with identified stakeholders
  5. Along the same lines, the project will mainly focus on the development of needful tools, training packages, manual, learning materials etc. the geographical coverage would be more at the federal level

Rationale and Context of the Assignment:

Along with the Constitution of Nepal 2072, there are various policies and plans such as the National Education Policy 2076, School Sector Development Plan 2016-2023, Disability Act 2017 and recently the School Education Sector Plan in place that guarantee the right of access to free basic education for all children regardless of their type of disability. However, despite the provision, children with disabilities are more likely to be out of school/ECED center. Numerous barriers keep children with disabilities out of the educational/learning opportunity. In case of children with severe and multiple disabilities, the situation is even worse as commuting them to school daily is a hassle for parents and caregivers and low/no capacity of teachers to support them.

In such a scenario, the self-paced learning plays a major role in helping teacher understand the inclusive context and access the training based on their convenience. The self-paced introductory and intensive package course should support to further strengthen the teachers’ disability context, capacity on inclusive ECED, Inclusive Education and ECED context. The major objective is to develop and finalize a training and course which consists of entire details on inclusive ECED with specific focus on children with disabilities and major components on what teacher must cover in close coordination with CEHRD and its relevant departments.

Therefore, this online learning module is expected to enhance the knowledge of teacher on inclusive education, different dimensions of functional limitation/disabilities and also enhance their capacity with the skills of current trend and development in inclusive teaching practices in the ECED context and intensive course that will help to support the diverse needs of children with moderate and severe disabilities. 

Scope of Work

Based on the background mentioned above, the consultant will be recruited who will be responsible for developing a course package for self-paced online training module as the introductory course on inclusive ECED targeting all teachers. And also development of the self-paced intensive online training modules targeting teachers working with children with moderate to severe disabilities. 

Through these online courses, teachers will learn the concepts that underpin inclusive practice. They will also learn the history of inclusive education, and how it differs from integration and special education. This course is designed to empower teachers with practical tools & knowledge to manage inclusive classrooms and add self-value as an effective educator and should be practical. For the intensive course, this would be targeted to children with moderate and severe disabilities with visual, hearing, mobility, communication, social skills, and developmental issues. 

The training course should be in Nepali and English both. After the developing a draft training module the course the consultant needs to facilitate and participate on the consultation workshop, series of meeting with CEHRD and other agencies and sharing and in align with the webpage development based on the course. 

The consultant will be collaborating to develop two courses one for the self-paced introductory course and another for the intensive course.  The course should support to further strengthen the teachers’ capacity on disability, inclusive classroom, and inclusive Education. The major objective is to develop and finalize the courses which consists of entire details on inclusive ECED and major components on what teacher must cover in inclusive education. The content must be designed in learner-centered manner, be as interactive as possible, utilize photos, activities, recordings, videos, short reading assignments, provide actual tips to be utilized in the classroom etc. 

The work does not demand travel to the field. It is a desk work to be completed where the consultant is based on.

Experience and skill set required

  • Minimum master’s degree in education/Inclusive Education/Disability or social science
  • Minimum five years’ experience of designing and developing training course and content, and manual.
  • Priority will be given to those who have experience in developing online learning content. 
  • Knowledge and skills on contemporary issues and experience on how to support children with developmental disability, multiple and profound/severe disabilities, and knowledge on ECED.
  • Expert knowledge and experience in the field of Inclusive Education and disability is highly preferred.
  • Prior experience of working with government agencies is highly preferred.
  • A good command of the Nepali and English languages
  • Ability to produce quality work within deadline and under pressure
  • Positive attitude, integrity, and commitment to child safeguarding

Service Duration and Location

The consultant work will be responsible to develop two courses on self-paced learning on inclusive education

  1. The Introductory course targeting all teachers and 
  2. Shorter intensive modules on different topics targeting teachers working with children with severe and moderate disabilities. 

The assignment is expected to start by September, upon signing of the contract between the consultant and HI and will finish by the November.  

Work Schedule

Estimated Commencement Date: 16th September 2022

Estimated End Date: 25th November 2022

S.nModalityTimeline
1.Detail Action Plan16th September
2.Meeting with HI and SG and other partners if required and work with web page developerAt least 5-7 times
3.Consultation Workshop with government stakeholders20th September 2022
4.Development of draft of both online package (content development)30th October 2022
5.Incorporating feedback based on it 4th November 2022
6.Sharing and approval workshop for representatives of thematic sector of government agency and line ministries11th November 2022
7.Final version of both the courses and the content development with all in co-operation16th November 2022
8.Pretesting Task22nd November

Deliverables

Deliverable 1: Deliver final developed package for self-paced online training module on the introductory course on inclusive ECED both in English and Nepali

Deliverable 2: Deliver self-paced intensive online training modules targeting teachers working with children with moderate to severe disabilities both in English and Nepali

Contact person from HI

Within the framework of the service provision, the consultant will be asked to collaborate with HI’s team who will be defined by HI later and who will be the point of contact.

Budget

Cost of service provision: Consultant should propose required budget for this consultancy (lead consultant and team members as per the requirement) and cost should be including TDS which will be deducted as per the Government tax policy.

Payment terms and conditions: At the end of assignment and by bank transfer and cheque.

Required document

A brief concept notes highlighting the methodological design including work plan, and quality assurance mechanism and proposed consultancy fees

Personal Application:

  • Bio-data 
  • Cover letter
  • Copy of PAN Registration Certificate
  • Signed ToR

Application via Company

  • Bio-data of Consultant.
  • Cover letter of Consultant.
  • Company registration with Tax clearance 
  • Signed ToR

Please send a cover letter and required documents to e-mail: p.neupane@hi.org the deadline for submitting the application is 14 September, 2022. Please indicate the consultancy title while applying for on the subject of your cover letter.