TOR Mapping of Peace & Education

Country: Ethiopia
Organization: Save the Children
Closing date: 17 Jun 2021

TERMS OF REFERENCE

Mapping of Peace and Education National, Regional and AU policies

  1. Background

Save the Children International, African Union Liaison and Pan Africa Office (SCIPAO) and Plan International's African Union Liaison Office (PIAULO) are among the major Children's rights advocates that work to influence the African Union's (AU) policies and practices to reflect, respond to, promote and protect children's rights. Save the children Pan Africa and AU liaison has been working with the AU Commission to influence policy decisions at the Commission's department for Human Resources, Science and Technology (AU/HRST) and that of Peace and Security Council (PSC). In the past 5 years, apart from the issue of attacks on education being recognized by CESA and having indicators on monitoring and evaluating attacks adopted in the CESA compendium of indicators; African Ministers of Education in October 2017 adopted a decision on safe schools calling for all member states to endorse the Safe Schools Declaration (SSD) and implement its Guidelines.

The African Union (AU) envisions among others, a peaceful and prosperous Africa, integrated, and led by its own citizens and occupying the place it deserves in the global community and in the knowledge economy. Inspired by this vision and the aspirations of AU's Agenda 2063, the Continental Education strategy (CESA 16-25) (expected to deliver the necessary human capital for the realization of the AU's vision) recognises peace and a secure environment as one of its pillars under the mission of reorienting Africa's education and training systems to meet the knowledge, competencies, skills, innovation and creativity required to nurture African core values and promote sustainable development at the national, sub-regional and continental levels. CESA 16-25 is operationalising its programmes through clusters, presently 12 in number, among which is the Peace and Education Cluster. The mandate for this Cluster includes, among others, formulating national policies on peace education and conflict prevention; training stakeholder as peace actors and mediators; learning lessons and developing and disseminating materials on peace education; and reinforcing initiatives and activities of the Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA)'s Inter-Country Quality Node (ICQN) on Peace Education.

CESA 16-25 underscores the importance of protecting schools and universities from attacks and military use in order to ensure the continuation of education during war and in post conflict situations in Africa. The violations include recruitment and use of children; killing or maiming of children; sexual violence against children; attacks against schools or hospitals; abduction of children; and denial of humanitarian access. In response to attacks on schools and universities, and their military use which predisposes them for attacks, CESA 16-25 condemns the practice by both national forces and non-state actors and has identified the Cluster on Peace Education as the appropriate platform to facilitate continuous education during wars and in post conflict situations, towards the attainment of the continental education strategy's goals and objectives.

Save the children Pan Africa and AU liaison has been working with the AU Commission to influence policy decisions at the Commission's department for Human Resources, Science and Technology (AU/HRST) and that of Peace and Security Council (PSC). In the past 5 years, apart from the issue of attacks on education being recognised by CESA and having indicators on monitoring and evaluating attacks adopted in the CESA compendium of indicators; African Ministers of Education in October 2017 adopted a decision on safe schools calling for all member states to endorse the Safe Schools Declaration (SSD) and implement its Guidelines.

Again, the PSC has condemned the phenomenon of attacks on education in at least 6 of their Open Sessions and called for more member states endorsing the SSD. The Council has also recommended for the issue of protecting children during wars to be escalated to the AU Summit level. In addition, the establishment of a Group of Friends of children affected by armed conflict, co-convened by the Ambassadors of Nigeria and Liberia, both members of the PSC, underscores the importance attached to the issue at the AUC. The safe schools Guidelines is useful as a tool for preventing attacks on schools as well as for protecting education during and after armed conflict situations. To date, only 28 out of the 55 African member states have endorsed the SSD

Specific areas of the study will include;

  • * * The extent of implementation of the principles of the Safe Schools Guidelines/protection of education from attacks and military in the 28 AU member states that have so far endorse the Safe Schools Declaration.
    • Existence and operationalization of reporting mechanisms on the implementation of the Safe Schools Guidelines or any mechanisms for providing continuous education at all times in target member states in the national, regional and AU level

The consultancy of this specific task will be primary focusing on states under active conflict from endorsing states of the SSD and other states which have shown interest to endorse.

Angola, Burkina Faso, CAR ,Chad, Cote D'Iovire, DRC, Liberia, Mali , Nigéria, Somalia , South Sudan, Sudan, Ethiopia, Cameroon and Zambia.

Goal and specific objectives

The overall goal is to contribute to the formulation and implementation of continental and national policies for peace and secure environment for education in Africa.

Specific objectives of the study are:

  1. 1. Mapping the national, regional and AU level policies to scale up the engagement Peace Education cluster ICQN on Peace and Education in CESA 16-25
    1. Improved understanding on peace education policies in Africa by ensuring secure environments for continuous education before, during and after armed conflict situations in Africa.
    2. Improved and systematic advocacy for peace education delivery through the development of a database on national education policies with well domesticated international instruments on peace education and conflict prevention in school and university environments
  2. Assessment

The technical proposal and the financial proposal constitute sixty percent (60%) and forty percent (40%) of the final mark respectively.

Duration

The assignment is envisaged to take duration of total of 3 months.

Angola, Burkina Faso, CAR ,Chad, Cote D'Iovire, DRC, Liberia, Mali , Nigéria, Somalia , South Sudan, Sudan, Ethiopia, Cameroon and Zambia.

Duration

The assignment is envisaged to take duration of total of 3 months.

Expression of Interest and application

SCIPAO invite competent individual consultants to express interest to submit a technical and financial bid preferably physically. Submissions of your proposal should be made to Save the Children - African Union Liaison and Pan Africa Office by June 18, 2021.. The bid should be accompanied with both your resume, an outline of how you would approach the ToR including a daily rate and a sample of your work on Peace Education. Three references from past work should also be included.

Application Information:

Please attach a copy of your CV and cover letter with your application, and include details of your current remuneration and salary expectations. A copy of the full role profile can be found at www.savethechildren.net/careers

How to apply:

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