Education and Planning Consultant

Education and Planning Consultant

Job description

Gorongosa National Park is looking for an Education and Planning Consultant to conduct an education needs assessment and develop a five-year education sector strategy linked to behavior change for the communities located within the Park Buffer Zone. 

Scope of Work

Phase 1 – Needs Assessment / Situation Analysis

Conduct a needs assessment of education in the Buffer Zone communities of the 6 districts surrounding GNP in order to identify the gaps/barriers to education in the districts surrounding GNP

  • The needs assessment must include primary data collection and review, collecting relevant documents from the central, provincial, and district levels of education. The needs assessment must take into account the MINEDH Strategic Plan and include research into local cultural norms in order to capture each local context and sensitivity.
  • This needs assessment scope should cover student performance, methods and techniques used by teachers on literacy and numeracy, teacher absenteeism and motivation levels, teacher attitudes toward students in and outside of class, student dropout rates, student transition rates, school environment and management, and extra-curricular activities.
  • The needs assessment should be done in several districts with the appropriate stakeholders, making sure to include interviews and/or focus group discussions with students, out of school children and youth, community leaders, parents, school boards and other key stakeholders where possible. The needs assessment should also look at different levels of education, including primary education, secondary education, tertiary education, technical and professional education, and adult literacy/education wherever possible.
  • The assessment should identify relevant stakeholders/organizations/potential partners in each district. The assessment must also take an inventory of all dormitory infrastructure (boarding houses) in the BZ districts and assess the level of intervention of school boards (school councils)in school development. 

Undertake a situation analysis of the current programs being implemented by the GP Education Sector.

  • Review GP and Education Sector literature including, but not limited to, the 30-year Strategic Plan, the 5-year Business Plan, the new USAID GDA2 agreement, education program descriptions, relevant education reports, and the Education Sector’s organogram.
  • Conduct a SWOT analyses of the education sector and its programs/sub-sectors. Include relevant stakeholders whenever possible.
  • Write a needs assessment and Education Sector analysis report and present to the GP Education Sector team and relevant stakeholders (district/provincial education representatives)

Phase 2 – Strategic Planning

Based on the gaps/barriers identified during the needs assessment and the results of the Education Sector review and SWOT analyses, the consultant will lead the following tasks:

  • Work with the GP Education Sector Team to develop a 5-year education sector strategy linked to behavior change based on the gaps identified in Phase 1.
  • Through a consultative process and application of an appropriate tool of analysis, identify focus areas and develop strategic objectives and key result areas.
  • Review the institutional capacity, Education Sector set-up, and administrative systems against the identified strategic objectives and key result areas and make recommendations, if any.
  • Propose a strategy for achieving the strategic objectives and key results, including an Education Sector organogram with roles and responsibilities divided amongst Education Sector sub-sectors/programs (i.e. behavior change progression should be clear as beneficiaries pass from program to program) Desired behavior changes within education programs must be clearly defined.
  • Develop a results and resources framework for the plan period.
  • Hold stakeholder meetings to validate the draft strategic plan.
  • Finalize strategic plan and submit to GP Education Sector.

Project Deliverables

  • A situational analysis 
  • Needs assessment
  • Final report and five-year strategic plan
  • Summaries of all key meetings, workshops, discussions and data collection exercises 
  • Background documents, reports or studies, and

Education / Experience

The successful consultant will have:

  • A master’s degree in a relevant field in the area of education, planning, public policy, development studies
  • Five years’ professional experience in strategic planning and management in Mozambique
  • Demonstrated experience working with government partners and stakeholders in human development, especially in education

Skills and Competencies

  • Ability to work with minimal supervision
  • High level written and oral communication skills in English and Portuguese
  • Result-oriented team player, exhibiting high levels of enthusiasm, tact, diplomacy and integrity
  • Excellent interpersonal and professional skills interacting with government and development partners
  • Skills in facilitation of stakeholder engagements / workshops
  • Experience with similar assigments
  • Experience in research, policy development, management and programming-related work

Application Process

Qualified and interested consultants are asked to submit a detailed technical proposal clearly demonstrating a thorough understanding of this terms of reference, which includes the following:

  • Proposal for implementing the assignment
  • Proposed data analysis and management 
  • Proposed timeframe detailing activities and a schedule / work plan
  • Detailed budget including both professional fees and reimbursable expenses.
  • Detailed Curriculum Vitae
  • Names and contact information of three references who can be contacted regarding relevant experience


Technical and financial proposals must be sent to by the end of August 20, 2020.

Project Details and Deliverables