Consultancy - Inclusive Education
Accra | Accra
In 2015, the Government of Ghana completed the development of an Inclusive Education (IE) Policy. The Policy defines the strategic path of the government for the education of all children with special educational needs. The Policy Objective three (3) emphasizes the need to promote the development of a well-informed and trained human resource cadre for the quality delivery of IE throughout Ghana. This policy builds upon sections in the 1992 Constitution, the National Development Agenda, the Education Strategic Plan and International Commitments to achieve national as well as international goals for creating an environment for addressing the diverse educational needs of Ghanaians.
As part of evidence generation to inform the Policy development process, the Ghana Education Service (GES) through the Special Education Division (SPED) completed the formative assessment of the Inclusive Education interventions implemented in the initial five districts. The aim of the assessment was to determine the extent to which each of the three programme strategies originally initiated have benefited the districts, the schools and the pupils, by assessing: the teaching practice, the enrolment/attendance of children with disabilities, screening practices, the physical school environment, and attitudes/support towards children with disabilities. The formative assessment used the IE Monitoring Tool developed to support the process as well as regular monitoring of IE interventions.
The study found that there was a general improvement of Inclusive Education (IE) situation in all 5 districts: more children with disabilities were enrolled, more teachers trained on IE, smaller teacher/pupils ratio, etc. In addition, there was also increased acceptance of children with disabilities in school, mainly through the screening and community sensitization, to some appreciable extent and which require further continuous improvement. However, the formative assessment also revealed a number of weaknesses in the implementation of the strategy, especially in the area of capacity development of key GES personnel. It observed that the content of the teacher training materials currently available were mainly information-based with a focus on technical and theoretical issues framing IE within schools and provided inadequate practical and problem solving strategies in actual classroom settings. This made it very difficult to transact the training material and contributed to the reduced success in supporting head teachers and teachers from drawing practical lessons and adopting strategies to promote child participation and inclusive education in classroom and schools. Additionally, UNICEF has supported Teacher Education Division of the GES to mainstream IE issues into the Curriculum for all 43 Training Colleges. The next phase is to develop a pre-service modular for training in the Training Colleges.
Following the recommendations of the formative assessment and the need for pre-service module for the Training Colleges, an international consultancy is proposed to develop Inclusive Education (IE) Modules for Pre/In-service Education Training (PRE/INSET).
Purpose and Scope of work
The purpose of the consultancy is two-fold:
Develop IE Pre/In-Service Teacher Training module based on review of both international and national good practice.
Plan and lead the initial Training of Trainers at the National and Regional levels.
The assignment is expected to involve the following:
1. Secondary review of available materials, including:
Inclusive Education documents including the IE policy, plan, and formative assessment;
Revised IE Curriculum for both General and Early Childhood Programmes
IE training materials and accompanying documentation.
International and national good practices in IE training;
2. Consultation with key stakeholders
Field visit to consult with Training Colleges Principals, teachers and district training teams (attached is the list of districts) to get first hand feedback on IE training needs;
Map and propose key stakeholders - NGOs, DPOs (Disabled People Organizations), inclusive and special teachers as well as academics working in the field of inclusive education – who will form the technical working group to support the training package development.
Collaborate with the Special Education Division (SPED) to perform the task to ensure effective participation of all stakeholders.
3. Drafting of IE training modules Flash Disk as the content of training will include videos
The training modules that will be developed is expected to include a pre and post-test, trainee and Training of Trainer (ToT) booklets
Presented to the, Teacher Education Division, SPED Directorate (involving personnel from GES-HQ, Division, Braille Unit, Assessment Centres and Special Schools, NGOs, GFPD) prior to field testing.
4**. Testing of IE training modules:**
Testing and feedback of drafted module by a selection of relevant stakeholders.
Additional stakeholder consultations
5**. Design and lead the training of trainers (ToT)**
Design the ToT together with officials from the Training Colleges
Training of Trainers (50 officials including Training College Teachers, IE Coordinators, Training Officers, Private Schools, NGOs, SPED) in each of 2 different locations to be determined. Ideally participants should include persons with disabilities where available.
This should include a booklet with DVD or Flash Disk.
6**. Report writing and dissemination:**
- The final report should delivered in hard copy and soft copy in the form of DVD or flash disk etc.
- Presentation to key stakeholders
- Recommendations for roll out of Training plan.
Detailed Report of the Preliminary findings of the desk review on relevant documents; & outlining the overall strategy, steps, and timeline to achieve the objectives of the consultancy.
Draft IE Training modules developed in consultation with stakeholders;
Revised training modules in the form of a booklet and accompanied by DVD
TOT training and detailed report of the training
Final report including recommendations for roll out of the Training plan and modules delivered in hard copy and soft copy in the form of DVD or flash disk etc.
Copy of presentations made to key stakeholders orienting them on the training modules submitted to UNICEF-GES
Fees and Payment Schedule
The contract amount will be negotiated with successful candidate being guided by UNICEF applicable fee range.
Proposed payment schedule:
20% of fee upon completion of deliverable 1
20% of fee upon completion of deliverable 2
20% of fee upon completion of deliverable 3
40% of fee upon completion of deliverable 4
Payment will only be made for work satisfactorily completed and accepted by UNICEF.
The total effective work time under this proposed assignment is 50 working days as indicated above with an expected start date in April 2016.
Expected background and Experience
The consultancy will be undertaken by an international consultant with the following profile:
- Advanced University degree in education, or other relevant subject.
- Experience in development of education assessment instruments/tools
- At least 8 years of experience in Inclusive Education work at both international and national levels.
- Familiarity with education systems in Sub-Saharan Africa and previous work experience with UNICEF, an advantage.
- Extensive experience in training and capacity development.
- Solid experience in issues of marginalized constituents (disabled children, ethnic minorities, girls) and in tailor making training material to diverse contexts
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
- Experience on results tracking and monitoring
- Knowledge of the Ghana education sector would be an asset
- Experience in monitoring and evaluation will be an advantage.
 DPOs shall be consulted regarding the development of activities regarding them (“Nothing about us without us”), it is a development best practice.
 Training package should include booklet with DVD/Flash Disk as the content of training will include videos. Considering the lack of electricity in most of the rural area, it is advised to still print booklets for the trainings.
Interested individuals who meet the minimum requirements should please submit their application (indicating the title of the consultancy in the subject line) with a copy of their CV and P11 form to,
‘firstname.lastname@example.org’ by Tuesday 12 April 2016
Candidates are also required to indicate their fees for the services to be provided in dollars. The fee should be expressed as a daily rate.
- Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
- Location: Accra | Accra
- Grade: Mid/Senior
- Education and Training
- Education and Training
- Closing Date: 2016-04-12