USAID/Africa Bureau and Office of Education is looking for a consultation team to do the following:
- Describe and synthesize how education serves as a resilience capacity and a sustained pathway out of poverty in sub-Saharan Africa.
- Describe and synthesize how other types of resilience capacities improve education outcomes at the individual/household or systems level.
- Explore how trends or findings differ in conflict-affected countries.
- Discuss policy implications for USAID programming, including the journey to self-reliance, in a way that can be leveraged by Resilience Focus Countries.
This work should leverage existing, publicly available data sets that provide panel data or nationally or sub-nationally representative data at the household or individual level that can allow for comparisons over time. The data sets can be unique to a country or used internationally or regionally. Data sets leveraged can come from a wide variety of sectors beyond education. The geographic focus should remain on sub-Saharan Africa, with emphasis on specific countries to be determined in consultation with USAID. In addition to leveraging existing data sets for synthetic purposes, consultants should review existing education and resilience data and programmatic or evaluation reports from countries in sub-Saharan Africa, as well as relevant education and resilience policies to supplement findings or trends in the synthetic review and support the discussion of policy implications. Finally, consultants should also propose 1-3 country specific reports that may involve primary data collection, such as key informant interviews of stakeholders or life history interviews with beneficiaries of programs. These country specific reports should be outlined, budgeted, and incorporated in the workplan, but ultimately are dependent on Mission concurrence.
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