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Consultancy – Inclusive Family Strengthening Project Catholic Relief Services – Zambia Country Program

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About Catholic Relief Services

Catholic Relief Services carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. Our Catholic identify is at the heart of our mission and operations. We welcome as part of our staff and as partner’s people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and commitment to serving those in need. Since 2000 CRS Zambia has been implementing a number of programmes to support vulnerable communities in Zambian. Recent programming areas include: nutrition, agriculture, food security, HIV/AIDS, WASH, financial inclusion, and early child development.

Project Summary

Children who grow up in safe, healthy, nurturing families have better outcomes in life—including improved cognitive, emotional, and social development, better health, and greater success in school. To help break the cycle of poverty, CRS is implementing the Inclusive Family Support Project in Zambia to create more resilient families and communities.

CRS’ Children in Families Strategic Change Platform is a bold initiative to strengthen families. The goal of the platform is to help vulnerable children thrive in safe, healthy, and nurturing families; create more resilient and supportive communities; and work with governments to establish policies and systems that strengthen families. CRS also advocates with governments, donors, and other regional and global stakeholders to direct resources and support to strengthening families.

Through the Inclusive Family Strengthening Project in Zambia, CRS will build upon decades of experience in community and family strengthening activities—and our strong partnerships with the Catholic Church, governments, and local organizations—to ensure families in targeted communities have the resources and skills to care for children. To strengthen families, CRS will help caregivers learn and practice positive parenting; connect isolated families with supportive communities; help children—especially children with disabilities—attend remote or in-school learning and access health and social services; and build families’ resources through savings groups, cash grants, school vouchers and financial education.

Objective

The consultant will provide capacity building and mentoring support to IFSP to ensure that families living with children with disabilities are strengthened to effectively care for, stay together and positively parent their children; as well as help families living with children with disabilities have increased access to services and supports.

The consultancy is divided into the following components:

1. Capacity building of partners and community-based volunteers in disability-inclusive approaches

I. Create Training of Trainers (ToT) training material, including the TOT facilitator guide and the materials for Trainers to use in step-down training to partner staff and project volunteers. Incorporate the following topics into the training materials

a. disability awareness;
b. disability etiquette when working with families of children with disabilities;
c. information about referral services and pathways
II. Facilitate initial field testing of training materials and incorporate changes in the final draft
III. Facilitate TOT training for 45 project volunteers. Pending COVID restrictions, training may need to be delivered to smaller groups in multiple sessions.

2. Quarterly accompaniment of Congregational partners in Lubwe, Kasaba, Ndola & Luanshya, in collaboration with CRS staff

I. Mentor partner staff and volunteers to ensure that activities are disability inclusive
II. Identify and document promising practices related to disability inclusion added to quarterly narrative reports

Geographic coverage for mentorship support includes:

  • Luapula, Chifunabuli district – Lubwe and Kasaba towns.
  • Copperbelt, Ndola and Luanshya Districts

Activities

Capacity Building/ Training of Trainers
Activity Timeline
Prepare presentation slides and materials for the training modules
22 – 26 March 2021
Present presentation slides for all training modules to the IFSP team for review
29 to 31 March 2021
Revise and finalize presentation slides, as needed, based on feedback from the IFSP CRS team 5 to 9 April 2021
Prepare draft training agenda and share with the IFSP CRS team 12 to 14 April 2021
Finalize and print training materials & agenda, as needed, based on feedback from the IFSP CRS team 19 to 23 April 2021
Conduct Trainings 3 to 7 May 2021
10 to 14 May 2021
17 to 21 May 2021
Prepare and Conduct pre- & post tests for the training participants Beginning and end of the training
Draft and submit training report to the IFSP CRS team with recommendations of follow-on actions to enhance and operationalize the knowledge and skills learned 30 May 2021

Location and duration of training

The TOT training will be five (5) days long at a venue within Lusaka to be advised later. Estimated number of participants for the training is 45 volunteers in 3 sperate sessions to ensure adherence to COVID-19 guidelines

Partner Mentorship support

Activity Timeline
Identify individual partners’ capacity support areas During training
Develop partner focused mentorship plan and share for approval, including mentorship checklist Within two weeks after training
Develop on-site quarterly mentorship travel schedule with partners and CRS team Within two weeks after training
Design monitoring tools to identify and document best practices Two weeks before first quarterly visit to the project sites
Conduct quarterly mentorship visits to support disability-inclusive approaches among partners and volunteers. Once every quarter – Actual dates to be communicated

Reporting

The consultant will be required to submit a report at the end of the training. Subsequently quarterly reports will be required for each supportive mentoring session held with partners.

Duration of Consultancy

The consultancy will be over 6 months and payment is upon successful completion of each activity.

Qualifications & Experience

Experience advising NGOs on disability mainstreaming
Experience working with organizations of persons with disabilities
At least 5 years’ experience providing services and/or facilitating trainings on disability inclusion
Experience developing or conducting disability awareness and anti-stigma in Zambia, including digital social behavior change (SBC) messaging
Able to work under minimum supervision
Ability to travel to various project sites to provide onsite

Applicant Instructions: Please email a cover letter, and organization profile to: procurement.zambia@crs.org

The closing date for applications is 16th March 2021.

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