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Early Childhood Education (ECE) Mid-Term Evaluation - International Consultant

Save the Children

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Terms of Reference:Early Childhood Education (ECE) Mid-Term Evaluation - International ConsultantBackgroundAlmost seventy percent (70%) of children from 3-5 years old have in Laos have no access to any form of early childhood education . With little or no preparation at all, children enter primary schools that use a curriculum that is known to have high demands on children and is taught in the national language. This lack of preparation of children is assumed to be one of the reasons for the resulting low learning outcomes among children in primary schools, especially in rural ethnic areas. Efforts have been going on in Laos to revise the primary level curriculum and to strengthen the approaches in teaching Lao language to non-Lao speaking children. But the issue of making early childhood education accessible to young children to support their development and build the foundations for learning remain a big gap in the system.Save the Children plans to work with the Department for Early Childhood Education of the Government of Laos’ Ministry of Education and Sports (MOES) to address this challenge on providing young children with access to early childhood education and provide more children with a head start in life.In the past several years, the MOES has partnered with a number of development partners, including Save the Children, to develop and pilot modalities of delivering early childhood education. To be able to move towards increasing access, the ECE Department has to develop a strategy that the MOES will use countrywide to adequately support early learning and development among children 3-5 years old.This partnership between Save the Children and MOES will focus on implementation of the modalities that the MOES has deemed most effective based on pilot experience, and adapting these to contexts where children belong to smaller ethnic groups are in remote rural areas, including areas with low population densities, Ready to School (RtS) Project: A Community Partnership in Early Childhood Education program has been implemented since January 2019 in Nambak and Phonthong districts in LuangPrabang Province, Laos. Over three and a half years, the RtS program will support the ECE Department, specifically 27 ECD learning centres and local officials and communities in the two target districts within LuangPrabang. The program will promote ECE for more children, so that they can have a head start in life.Through the Ready to School Project, the ECE Department will be supported in working with target local officials and communities in LuangPrabang in setting up, adapting, and managing a combination of 3 programme models that are now running in pilot areas in the country.1-The Pre-primary (PP) programme – a one-year education programme for 5-year-old children that aims to prepare them for Grade 1 classrooms by introducing them to the Lao language, reading, writing, and maths, as well as provide opportunities for socialisation. The classrooms are held for a full day, with 5-6 hours of structured learning activities. This programme was developed by the MOES with various development partners including Save the Children and UNICEF, and is the main ECE modality implemented by the government.  This modality will be used in Nambak District in conjunction with CCDG.2- The Community Child Development Group (CCDG) – an education programme for children 3-4 years old, focusing more on providing children with opportunities for play and socialisation. This modality is being piloted with support from the World Bank Global Partnership for Education project.  This modality will be used in Nambak District in conjunction with PP.3- Multi-Age Teaching classrooms (MAT) – similar to CCDG, this mode of delivering ECE was conceptualised to provide ECE opportunities to children in villages where there are low numbers of children.   MAT classrooms target children ages 3 through 5. This modality will be used in Phonthong District.Communities, through the Village Education Development Committees (VEDCs), will be engaged in planning the ECE programmes in their area and will be encouraged to contribute ECE venues tapping existing community spaces, as well as contribute time to supervise/manage the centres and provide volunteer teachers and community facilitators, with support.Ready to School will strive to carefully study the various inputs necessary for setting up and maintaining these modalities of ECE and strive to identify and maintain levels that could potentially be sustained by the MOES and the communities. The MOES plans to conduct evaluations of these 3 modalities in the next year few years and the RTS   can be part of these evaluations that will help the MOES in decision making. The project will link with the global Ready to Learn Common Approach of SC to benefit from and contribute to global learning and technical support, with adaptations to the context in Laos.  Understanding that most mothers of these children are also very young, this ECE programme will integrate efforts to engage young mothers and provide opportunities for their own development as they participate in the education of their children.The Goal of this project is: Vulnerable children, including girls, have improved readiness for primary education through participation in a quality early childhood education (ECE) program in enabling communities. Three program models: 1) the pre-primary program, 2) the community child development group, and 3) multi-age teaching classes, are managed and running in the targeted remote areas where children belong to ethnic groups. The project aims to achieve four outcomes as follow:Increased access to early childhood education (ECE) interventions for children, including girls, in target disadvantaged communities (outcome 1)Improved capacity of stakeholders in the community and strengthened system for quality early childhood education programs that protect and promote children’s cognitive, social, emotional and physical development (outcome 2).Young mothers and out of school girls are empowered through life skills training and active participation in early childhood education of children in their communities (outcome 3)Evidences of sustainable and effective design and implementation strategies for community managed early childhood education program in remote disadvantaged communities are established for MOES' reference in planning scale up of ECE programming in the country (outcome 4)PurposeThe mid-term evaluation will be conducted in order to review project progress and implementation of child development and learning outcomes as well as their learning environment at home in targeted districts of Nambak and Phonethong prior to the project activities.Primary objectives of this mid-term evaluation are to:To review project progress for children’s early learning and development outcomes on four core domains: emergent literacy, emergent numeracy, social-emotional development, gross and fine motor development.To review children’s exposure to learning and playing materials at home as well as various types of interactions with their parents.To review the explore if or how a variance in children’s development is associated with caregivers’ demographic, socio-economic backgrounds, home learning environment and activitiesDetermine whether the IDELA global tool is suitable for assessments of children with disabilities who attend the early intervention program.Secondary objective:To assess and evaluate the project relevance/design, implementation, effectiveness & sustainabilityTo provide summary of implementation and output to date based on monitoring data and document lessons learnt. Lessons taken away from the evaluation will feed into best practices moving forward, guiding on how to better design and provide services to highly vulnerable children and their caregivers.Research QuestionsWhat are the current children’s development outcomes on four core domains measurement by IDELA, and how have they improved?What is the current children’s learning and playing materials at home? what types of interactions do children have with their caregivers, and how have they improved?How is children’s development associated with caregivers’ practices, and how have they improved?How has IDELA helped you assess your child’s disabilities? and how has IDELA help you support them?To what degree did these programs address relevant needs, how effective were they in meeting these needs, and how sustainable are these programs? (It was necessary to map out implementation activities since program start, in order to have a full understanding of how the program was implemented.)Scope of the studyMid-term evaluation will be conducted in 25 villages (one ECE learning centre per village) across those 2 districts (21 villages at Nambak and 4 villages at Phonthong district).Methodology and ToolsIn keeping the baseline methodology, the midline used a mixed-methods, repeated Cross-sectional study.Two types of tool to be use, the first evaluated is the International Development and Early Learning Assessment (IDELA), which directly assesses developmental skills through a series of games with children, covering 4 core domains-emergent literacy, emergent numeracy, social-emotional development, gross and fine motor development. The second evaluated is the Home Environment evaluation which will be answered by the main caregivers of the children assessed by IDELA. The Home Environment survey will assess the family’s social, economic and demographic backgrounds as well as home learning environments for children.Sample sizeA total of sample size approximately 300 children aged 3.5-6 years who have completed ECE curriculum (PP, CCDG and MAT) from current project intervention, and approximately 300 caregivers who have trained on ECE curriculum.The mid-term evaluation has designed to hire external consultant to be support evaluation process, the specific role and responsible as follow:Consultant Tasks-Review study designed (inception report)-Review assessment tool-Data review (monitoring data and primary data)-Data analysis-Produce preliminary finding-Complete evaluation report-Provide PPT for the key finding both English-Submit package of final draft report.Expected Outputs-Adapted version of IDELA administrative guide and stimulus cards-Adapted Home Environment assessment tool-Primary data from 25 schools and their caregivers-Quality of midterm evaluation report-Key finding and recommendation (English and Lao)Requirements:-Advanced degree in education, Development or another relevant field-Extensive experience in conducting evaluations with early childhood education programs. Previous work-Demonstrated knowledge of using IDELA tool-Strong quantitative analytical and writing skills (in English)-Flexibility to make adjustments and changes when necessaryManagement of consultancy      Somxay Inthasone Head of Education SectorTimeline:We propose consultant to carry out the project evaluation over a period of 16 days, while the specific dates of implementation depend on the availability of the team members and consultant consultation.NoDate and TimeMain activities / TasksResponsibilitiesSupported by# of days for consultant15th -6th Oct, 2020Review inception report/IDELA tools/materials and provide feedback to RTS teamExternal consultantPM02214th -15th Oct, 2020Consultant review monitoring data and pre-analysisExternal consultantRTS team02316th – 19th Nov, 2020Data analysisExternal consultantPM, Team and Noy04423rd Nov, 2020Share preliminary finding to RTS teamExternal consultantPM, Team and Noy01523rd -26th Nov, 2020Produce midterm report and share to RTS projectExternal consultant 04630th Nov, 2020Revise report per feedback/comment from RTS/SCHKExternal consultant 0171st Dec, 2020Provide PPT key finding and recommendation (English & Lao) to RTS teamExternal consultant 0183rd Dec, 2020Share final package of midterm report to RTS teamExternal consultant 01 Total of working days   16 daysApplication Information:Interested candidates please submit full application and a copy your ID card/passport to hr.laos@savethechildren.org (specify the position ‘Early Childhood Education (ECE) Mid-Term Evaluation  Consultant’ you apply to).Closing date is 24 Sep 2020. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.Save the Children International is a child-rights based organization. Safe recruitment is central to the safeguarding of children and young people that we come into contact with, and support through our programmes.We need to keep children safe so our selection process, which includes rigorous background checks, reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.Save the children is an equal opportunities employer, qualified females, persons with disability and candidates from diverse cultural backgrounds are encouraged to apply.All employees are expected to carry out their duties in accordance with our global anti-harassment policy. 

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VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENTRe-Advertise_UXO Project facilitator Volunteer Humanity and Inclusion (HI) has been active in Lao P.D.R. since 1996. The organization’s vision is of a Lao society where all adults and children live as equal individuals in a safe environment.  HI is currently seeking a qualified and motivated person to work in the position of UXO Project facilitator VolunteerPosition type: 7 Months contractBase location: Huamuang District, Huaphan provinces. Background Lao PDR is a landlocked country situated in Southeast Asia. Lao PDR is the most bombed country in the world per capita, with more than 270 million cluster sub-munitions dropped on it during the Vietnam War from 1963 to 1974. All 17 of the country’s provinces still suffer from UXO contamination and more than 90% of the people in these areas live in fear of UXO. Commencing in January 2018, a new UXO Project was launched in Lao PDR, which is based in the Houamueang District of Houaphan Province around two hours’ drive from Sam Neua. The project aims to reduce the humanitarian and socio-economic risk posed by UXO on rural life and livelihood through a comprehensive approach of Survey and UXO Clearance, Mine/UXO Risk Education, Behavioural Change Interventions, Victim Assistance and Advocacy within 44 target villages involving some other partners like GRET, Oxfam and UXO Lao.Through its UXO project, HI aims to reduce the threat of UXO/mines by raising awareness and promoting safe practices. HI’s Risk Education team delivers safety briefings to villagers and conducts movie events to promote safe practices in UXO/mines contaminated areas. With the aid of community volunteers, the RE team develop a community-based risk management plan for each village to continue delivery of UXO/mines safety messages and designate a focal point for UXO reporting and marking.  To support the RE activities, the volunteer will develop the existing materials used to deliver RE, as well as design new material adapted to the Houaphan context. To promote UXO awareness and safety at the provincial level, HI aims to establish a UXO Education Centre within the HI Provincial Office in Sam Neua, which will also serve to provide information of services for persons with disability. Through its various projects, HI Laos aims to promote the rights and inclusion of persons with disability safety in Lao PDR Main responsibilities and activities:Provide on job coaching to Data Team, Risk education and Victim Assistance Managers to professionalize their project management (budget, indicator, work plan, quality implementing, follow up and monitoring, reporting)Support the final evaluation of the project by conducting survey, data collection and reportingMotivate youth network in Sam Neua, develop RE awareness session, IEC materials and relevant tools to raise awareness on UXO/Mines risk targeting young teenagers in Sam Neua and Houameuang in collaboration with the team and UXO Education Centre staffSupport to the development of IEC materials to promote rehabilitation, mental health and vocational services for UXO victim, persons with disability in Houaphan province upon requestSupport to the establishment of Disability Champions, build their capacity on disability mainstreaming and enhance their participation and involvement to bamboo value change activities of GRET/BNDAEstablish and develop the UXO Education Centre, provide necessary support for overall operation of the center by creating sustainable management system (develop, monitor and market) of the Centre with involvement of partners and UXO/mines survivors.Develop articles related to projects operations, awareness raising topics, etc. to public on HI Facebook Page and other mediasDesired qualifications:Bachelor/Master Degree in Communications and/or Political Sciences and/or Development/Humanitarian Project ManagementExperience of project Management including budget managementExperience of graphic design and associated software is required (video/photo editing)Knowledge of effective communication strategies to develop communication activities and associated materials.Previous experience in business management/development would be an advantage.Team work spirit but ability to work autonomously and manage own tasks.Diplomacy & FlexibilityFluent in English languageApplicants should email a letter of interest (no more than one page) and CV (no more than two pages, containing thecontact details of 3 references) to email: recruitment@laos.hi.org by 27th September 2020; please state clearly in the Email subject the position being applied for. Only the shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Humanity and Inclusion: PO Box: 2496, 51/1 Hongkae Road, Ban Sisangvone, Vientiane Tel: (021) 412 110; FAX: (021) 416 242; Humanity and Inclusion is an equal opportunity employer. Women and people living with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. All the candidates are informed that, all along the recruitment process:Humanity and Inclusion cannot ask the candidates for any money or incentive to select them.Humanity and Inclusion cannot accept any money or incentive from the candidates to select them.

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Position: Component Rebuild and Fabrication SuperintendentJoin our growing company in the dynamic mining industry, multi-cultural team environmentExcellent opportunity for an experienced person to lead our large Mobile Maintenance crews in Phu Kham Copper – Gold OperationGenerous salary and benefits package – 9 days on, 5 days off rosterTHIS POSITION IS AVAILABLE TO LAO NATIONALS ONLY. PanAust Limited is an Australian-headquartered copper and gold producer in Laos, with pre-development and exploration assets in Laos, Myanmar and Papua New Guinea (PNG). The Company is focused on a sustainable business model associated with the production and sale of copper and gold, delivery of production goals and growth.In Laos, PanAust owns a 90 per cent interest in the Lao-registered company, Phu Bia Mining. The Government of Laos owns the remaining 10 per cent. Phu Bia Mining owns and operates PanAust Phu Kham Copper-Gold Operation and Ban Houayxai Gold-Silver Operation.This is a unique time to join Phu Bia Mining. The Company’s Phu Kham Copper-Gold and Ban Houayxai Gold-Silver Operations are world-class in terms of safety, production and performance. The Company is committed to continuing to deliver outstanding operational results while developing a mine closure plan that will provide sustainable outcomes for the Government and people of Laos.By joining the Phu Bia Mining team, you will have the opportunity to work in a multi-cultural environment, where you will be supported by experienced expatriates and Lao supervisors who will provide you with training and development and the opportunity to develop and improve your English language skills. You will be rewarded with a generous salary and benefits package, including family medical insurance and performance bonuses.We offer many different career opportunities at our mine and exploration sites and in our Vientiane office; and as an employer who values diversity, we encourage women to apply for all available positions.  Our modern mine camps provide great Lao, Asian and Western food, sport and recreational facilities and housekeeping services. Site-based employees work a roster of 20 days on, 8 days off or 14 days on, 7 days off for shift work, while Vientiane – based employees work 5 days per week with 2 days off.Reporting to the Mobile Maintenance Manager, you will be responsible for providing the vision, leadership and management of the PKM mobile maintenance operations area achieving the required safety, production and cost performance outcomes. Additionally you will be responsible for all mobile maintenance component rebuild and fabrication activities at Phu Kham Operations including, component overhaul/repair, welding, fabrication works and overhaul of work tools such as buckets and blades. Ensuring the Welding and CRS workshops both achieve availability and cost targets through the effective implementation of strategies for the mobile maintenance areas and ensuring compliance to PanAust policies, standards and procedures, in particular the position ensures compliance to PanAust financial DAM and business code of conduct. Your responsibilities will include: Supervising the high performing Mobile Maintenance section to meet the safety and production targets.Ensuring effective compliance to the company health and safety systems.Leading and motivating the mobile maintenance services team instilling a culture of team work, safety and accountability.High quality budgets, forecasts, actual cost and physicals reporting utilising financial systems updated on a regular basis;Taking the initiative in continuously searching for and implementing operational improvements in mobile maintenance operations justified by quality supporting analysis.Ensuring mobile maintenance operations comply with the relevant statutory, corporate and site standards;Fostering a culture of preventative maintenance and minimise breakdown maintenance.Leading your teams to ensure that PKM mobile maintenance operations maintain the present world class 5 star level under the Caterpillar contamination control program.Implementing immediate opportunities for Lao localisation, including at the supervisor level and develop plans for on-going localisation of positions currently held by expatriates.To be successful in this role, you will require:Proven experience in proactive safety leadershipMechanical Engineering and/or Trade QualificationExtensive experience in mechanical and weld/fabrication background working on similar fleet to PBMPrevious experience in supervising and leading a multi-cultural teamExcellent verbal and written communication in English and Lao languageCompetency in Microsoft Office suiteIf you are interested in applying for the position, we encourage you to apply online via our website at:https://career10.successfactors.com/sfcareer/jobreqcareer?jobId=12983&company=PanAust  
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