The United Nations Children’s Funds (UNICEF) invites qualified and interested consultants / service providers to tender RFP documents for the following works:
The United Nations Children’s Funds (UNICEF) is a United Nations agency for providing humanitarian and developmental aid to children around the world. It was established by the General Assembly of the United Nations in 1946. UNICEF in accordance with its Charter and Mission statement, works with governments, civil society organizations and other partners in more than one hundred and sixty countries to advance children’s rights to survival, protection, development, and participations, and in doing so is guided by the convention on the rights of the child.
Applications are invited for:
Title: Request for Proposal (RFP) – Developing a National Life Skill Framework for Adolescents and Young People
Reference No: RFPA 9174323
Life skills are defined as “a large group of psychosocial and interpersonal skills that can help young people make informed decisions, communicate effectively, and develop coping and self-management skills that may help lead a healthy and productive life. Life skills programmes for adolescents aim to build knowledge and skills, and to promote empowerment and resilience.
Life skills development is a strategy used in interventions related to empowerment, sexual and reproductive health (including disease transmission prevention awareness), gender equality, employment readiness, livelihoods, education, citizenship, peacebuilding, child marriage prevention, addressing juvenile delinquency, drug use and other areas, as one component of broader agendas. In girl’s education promotion and child marriage prevention programmes, life skills for adolescent girls are a core intervention deployed to equip girls with information, skills and support networks so that they can be change agents in their own lives2
A growing body of evidence suggests that successful performance in school, work and life needs to be supported by a wide range of skills, attitudes and values whose development should be fostered by education systems. Teaching and learning life skills when done effectively are incredibly important for empowering children, adolescents specially girls and young people to achieve success in education, employment and personal goals and enable them to have a say in decisions that affect their lives.
In Nigeria’s complex and diverse scenario, life skills have inherent attributes to elicit empowerment and active participation from children, adolescents, and young people, helping them recognize their power and potential and take positive action to promote social inclusion, harmony and promote equal opportunities for all. There is evidence that life skills enable young people to protect themselves from a multitude of vulnerable social environments and risk-taking behaviors. Therefore, Nigerian children, adolescents and young people need o be provided the opportunity to gain knowledge and develop relevant values, attitudes and skills that will enable them to participate fully in education provisions and continue learning.
This request for proposal (RFP) will focus on the development of a National Life skills Framework targeting adolescents and young people who are in upper primary, and secondary schools focused on building support systems within the school to promote transition and learning outcomes.
The purpose of this RFP is to develop a National life Skills Framework for children and adolescents. The life skills framework is primarily to be built on a strong Rights based and Empowerment approach, supporting children and adolescents in Nigeria to address vulnerabilities, lead informed lives, take decisions, and be responsible citizens. The primary target audiences for this framework are learners and their teachers, policy makers, teacher educators and other groups (governmental and non-governmental) that work with teachers, frontline workers and other functionaries in education, health, protection and nutrition, and organizations active in these sectors.
The expected National Life Skills Education Framework will have the following.
- Clear definition of the life-skills framework, its purpose and how it can be used
- Definition of various target groups by age
- Clear definition of most pertinent vulnerabilities associated with identified age groups
- Identification of required skills for the age group to prevent and mitigate identified vulnerabilities with emphasise on access to learning and transitions.
- Scanning of available opportunities and pathways to skills acquisitions- including national policies and legislation.
- Reflective and complementary of the on-going revisions to the National Secondary School Curriculum.
- Clear identification of strategies for acquisition of the life skills by each identified target group making sure various programmes meet their needs.
- Identification of players/partners/stakeholders in the environment that can offer the requisite skills.
- Suggestions of how various life skills can best be assessed.
Description of the Assignment
- Inception phase: A detailed work plan that covers the full duration and all components of this assignment.
- Desk Review of relevant literature, including existing LSE initiatives in Nigeria and delivery frameworks.
- Development of a skeletal Framework
- Focus Group Discussions and Consultative Meetings to define Life skills for Nigeria with different stakeholders.
- Development of the first Draft of the National Life Skills Education Framework.
- Dissemination of the first draft to Government for validation
- Finalization of draft National Life Skills Education Framework.
- Public Presentation of the finalized National Life Skills Framework.
- At least 5 years’ experience of working in basic education in a development and humanitarian context
- Proven track record in developing Comprehensive Life Skills Framework.
- Proven track record in adopting innovative approaches in contexts related to the LSCE Initiative.
- Ability to work and deliver results in English language
- Ability to facilitate workshops and events and work in close contact with the different stakeholders.
Application Closing Date
3rd May, 2022.
Submission of Documents
All proposals should be submitted to: [email protected] with the LRFP number used as email subject title.
Note: That the technical proposals should be submitted separately from the financial proposal either as separate attachments in a single email or as attachments in two separate emails clearly labelled.