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Assessment and analysis of data on early learning and development and basic education in support of the Investment Case for Early Childhood Development in South Africa

Apply now Job no: 503931
Work type: Consultancy
Location: South Africa
Categories: Education, Early Childhood Development, Consultancy



UNICEF in collaboration with government developed an Investment Case that provides an analysis which supports priority setting discussions related to the roll-out of the ECD Policy. The Investment Case emphasises that many of the benefits of early childhood development interventions only occur later in life once children receive subsequent investments in primary and secondary school; and not from the early childhood development interventions alone. This requires an understanding of the current status in these later phases of childhood as to maximise the return on investing in early childhood development.


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The purpose of this assignment is to conduct a comprehensive data assessment and analysis on early learning and development and basic education in support on the Investment Case for early childhood development in South Africa.  


The specific objectives are to identify, review and analyse relevant data (and their sources) in relation to children from birth to 18 years and to identify and analyse trends in relation to the aforesaid data and the consequences for investment in in the life cycle (noting the pipeline of early childhood, primary and secondary education investment and transitions).


1. Inception

Develop and submit an inception report and detailed work plan in a prescribed format followed by an inception discussion to clarify all matters related to the contract and the inception report,


2. identification OF DATA SOURCES and collection

Identify and collect all data and identify their sources that will provide the information as required in Part II below. This includes the development of an annotated bibliography of these data sources for future use in the prescribed format.


3. review and analysis

The overall purpose of the review and analysis of the data is to present the data in accessible form as per the categories below and to identify and show trends as well as comparative trends between areas and indicators where possible. The different areas are indicated separately for practical purposes, however, it is understood that they are linked with one another. All data and analysis needs to be disaggregated by age, grade, gender, location and quintile where available.


AREA 1: Early Childhood Development (birth - 6 years)

Data in relation to key indicators on access, quality and resourcing need to be identified, collected, reviewed and analyzed.


AREA 2: Primary education (7 - 13 years)

Data in relation to access, efficiency and quality need to be identified, collected, reviewed and analyzed



AREA 3: Secondary education (14 - 18 years)

Data in relation to access, efficiency and quality need to be identified, collected, reviewed and analyzed


The review and analysis of the data for all three areas need to be submitted in a consolidated report in the prescribed format


Desired competencies and experience

  • At least a Master’s degree in statistics, economics, education, ECD, social sciences, governance or related field.
  • Demonstrated experience, capacity and knowledge in research, identification, review and analysis of data from secondary data sources.
  • An understanding and knowledge of the South African situation, in particular early childhood development and basic education and the data sources available.
  • At least 5 years relevant work experience related to the work required in this assignment.
  • Strong analytical and writing skills, ability to conceptualise, plan and prepare written materials in English.


How to Apply

Qualified consultants are invited to submit a well-developed proposal based on the criteria below that reflects an understanding of the assignment and capacity to execute the assignment within the required timelines. This needs to be submitted 2 separate parts, i.e. technical proposal (cover letter) and financial proposal (fee structure). These should be submitted as two separate documents.


The Cover Letter, which contain the following required technical areas related to assignment (Non-inclusion of any of the below components will lead to disqualification):

  • Executive summary
  • The consultant’s understanding of the assignment.
  • The approach that will be followed in executing the assignment
  • An indication of the intended timelines envisaged to complete this assignment  
  • References that can be contacted (at least two work related references).
  • An indication of possible risk factors associated with this assignment
  • Reference to similar work (at least 2).


    Attach the following:

    (a)  Curriculum Vitae (CV)


    The Financial Proposal/Fee needs to be submitted as a separate document and include:

  • Proposed pricing in accordance with the TOR and in South African Rand.
  • Other costs (if any).


Applications submitted without a fee will not be considered.


Please direct any enquiries by email to safpretoriavacancy@unicef.org and mark it clearly as ENQUIRY: EDUCATION DATA ASSIGNMENT. Enquiries received less than 2 working days before the closing date may not be responded to the short time and high volumes of enquiries.


Interested and qualified candidates are requested to submit their application to the following link: https://www.unicef.org/about/employ/?job=503931  By 07 May 12017.


This notice will appear on http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/, http://www.unicef.org/southafrica, Reliefweb, UN Job List, UN Jobs.


Please indicate your ability, availability and fee rate (daily/monthly) to undertake the terms of reference above.


If you have not been contacted within 1 month of the closing date please accept that your application was unsuccessful. Regret emails will be sent to shortlisted/contacted candidates.



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