Friday, June 16, 2017

Consultant to Conduct a Study on CSE in Secondary Schools

Terms of Reference for a Consultant to Conduct a Study on CSE in Secondary Schools
Duty Station: Kigali, Rwanda
Assignment: To determine and document the knowledge, attitudes, practices, and behaviours (KAPB) of parents about the implementation of Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) programs in Rwanda.
Expected duration of Assignment: 90 days
Application Deadline: Monday June 26, 2017

Health Development Initiative-Rwanda (HDI) is a not-for-profit organization based in Kigali, striving to improve both the quality and accessibility of healthcare for all Rwandans through advocacy, education, and provision of inclusive services. HDI supports community and health systems strengthening and works to empower individuals with tools and knowledge to advance the health of their communities, so that all Rwandans may lead healthy lives, free from preventable disease and premature mortality. 
It is in this regard that HDI delivers and promotes comprehensive sexuality education (CSE) for boys and girls in- and out-of school. In 2016, the Government of Rwanda introduced the CSE program for secondary schools.Given its recent introduction, and the fact that it is often misunderstood a ‘promoting sex and promiscuity’, there needs to be a close follow-up on its implementation, to track and support its desired effects and impact.Parents play an important role when it comes to reinforcing the efforts made by schools to equip children with comprehensive knowledge and skills on sexual and reproductive health and rights.As of today, however, HDI is not aware of any study/research conducted on this topic in Rwanda.
HDI with financial support from Norwegian People’s Aid (NPA), is therefore hiring a consultant/firm to design and conduct a mixed method (Qualitative and Quantitative) research to determine and document the knowledge, attitudes, practices, and behavior (KAPB) of parents who have children in secondary schools in the implementation of Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) programs in Rwanda.HDI has decided to conduct this study in order to contribute to the early evaluation of CSE effects and impact. 
Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) program is one of the initiatives adopted by the Government of Rwanda to advance education and health outcomes among adolescents and young people.The primary goal of the CSE program is to equip children and young people with the knowledge and skills to make responsible choices in matters of relationships, sexual and reproductive health.More specifically, CSE seeks to:
  1. Increase knowledge and understanding;
  2. Explain and clarify feelings, values and attitudes;
  3. Develop or strengthen skills; and
  4. Promote and sustain risk-reduction behavior.
Internationally, CSE is defined as an age-appropriate, culturally relevant approach to teaching about sexuality and relationships by providing scientifically accurate, realistic, non-judgmental information. It provides opportunities to explore one’s own values and attitudes and to build decision-making, communication and risk reduction skills about many aspects of sexuality. CSE covers the following six (6) key concepts, which have been demonstrated to change behaviors; i) Relationships, ii) Values, Attitudes and Skills, iii) Culture, Society and Human Rights, iv) Human Development, Sexual Behavior and vi) Sexual and Reproductive Health.
Since 2016, the Ministry of Education, through the Rwanda Education Board (REB), is implementing a new CSE curriculum for primary and secondary schools,in order to promote sexual and reproductive health and rights. The previous CSE curriculum covered HIV, reproductive anatomy physiology and family planning to a limited extent. However, the new curriculum covers the full spectrum of CSE topics, for the first time. These will be taught from a human rights-based perspective, with the use of experiential learner-centered and participatory methodologies in both public and private schools.
In 2015, the population of primary schools students totaled 2,450,705 spread across 2,752 schools while that of secondary school was 543,936 distributed in 1,543 schools (Joint Review of the Education Sector 2015/2016).
Research main question:
  • What Knowledge, Attitudes, Practices, and Behaviours (KAPB) do Rwandan parents have in relation to the implementation of comprehensive sexuality education in secondary schools?
Cross sectional survey using mixed methods (qualitative and quantitative methods) targeting parents who have children in public and/or private secondary schools. The quantitative data from the survey will be used along with qualitative data from focus group discussions and key informant interviews with parents, school leaders and parents in the school committees. A representative sample will be drawn from the study population from districts and secondary schools nationwide.
Outputs and deliverables of the Consultancy:
  • Develop research sub-questions and present them to HDI for agreement
  • Develop a research protocol, a representative sampling frame, the required researchtools(KAPB survey, interview guide for FGDs and key information interviews) and a database for date entry and analysis
  • Train and supervise the data collection team
  • Develop a data collection timetable and make the necessary logistics/administrative arrangements for the data collection.
  • Submit weekly updates on the progress of the assignment by email
  • Develop the first draft of the research report and submit to the programme team for comments
  • Conduct a validation meeting (including oral presentation) for key stakeholders on the second draft of the report to collect final comments
  • Revise, finalize, format and proof-read the research report
  • Develop a draft scientist paper in accordance to the format of the identified scientific journal and submit to the programme team for comments
  • Finalize thescientific paper for peer review and publication in the scientific journal
Skills and experience:
  • Doctorate (PhD) degree in public health, pedagogy, education or another related field or Masters in Public Health, pedagogy, education or another related field with at least 10 years post qualification work experience in public health,
  • Published work in the field of public health, pedagogy or education,
  • Experience in conducting qualitative and quantitative studies,
  • Excellent knowledge of spoken and written English,
  • Good communication and writing skills,
  • Ability to organize and facilitate facilitation dialogue with key stakeholders.
How to apply:
Applications should be submitted to HDI before Monday June 26, 2017 at 5: 00 pm (Rwandan time).
Applicants should submit the following documents:
  • Profile of the firm and/or Curriculum vitae of the consultant(s)
  • Technical proposal and financial quote
  • Minimum 2 samples of published work
Applications can be submitted to the HDI email at: Selected consultant(s) will be expected to sign a contract and start work immediately. For further information don’t hesitate to contact our phone number: +250788309262/ +250788306047.

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