JOB TITLE
Policy and Research Analyst

ROLES and RESPONSIBILITIES
The core role of the Research and Advocacy Consultant is to research documents on education and employability and strategically analyze findings in line with guiding policies in order to make informed ideologies. The Consultant has to be abreast with educational trends so as to up scale the Foundation’s educational policies.

The duties of the Research and Advocacy Consultant are highlighted below: 

Methodology

  1. Gathering Data, Research Educational Policy and Trends & Identify relevant stakeholders
  2. Diagnose the problems and gaps where intervention is required
  3. Research innovative tools, resources and policies deployed in other developing countries such as:
    1. Kenya
    2. Ghana
    3. South Africa
    4. India
  4. Provide findings to the team to find ways of addressing the problems

Sources

Policies and documents produced by organisations such as:

  1. British Council
  2. UK Department for Education’s ESSPIN
  3. Phillips Consulting
  4. Dalberg Consulting
  5. Education Innovations
  6. World Bank
  7. UNESCO
  8. UBEC
  9. National commission for Colleges of Education
  10. Federal Ministry of Education
  11. National Board for Technical Education
  12. Nigerian Universities Commission
  13. NBTE
  14. Open Data for Africa
  15. Educational for All
  16. Mindset Learning
  17. The Bridge Academies
  18. Teach First UK
  19. Other relevant bodies
  20. http://nigerianschoolsdirectory.com/list
  21. http://www.nigeriainfonet.com/Directory/education__learning_ii.htm

Aims

  1. Conducting analysis, summarising and explaining research finds and their implications for our resource section
  2. Providing data for our baseline expansion to other states
  3. Producing policy and advocacy papers
  4. Producing opinion pieces
  5. Producing videos and podcasts

Reporting Relationship:  Senior Program Manager

SKILLS and EXPERIENCE 

  1. Excellent written and verbal communication,advocacy, strong editing skills  
  2. Superior Writing and Research Skills
  3. Graphic/Creative Design Skills
  4. Excellent Analytical and critical thinking Skills
  5. Strong IT Skills
  6. Advanced Microsoft Powerpoint and Excel Skills
  7. Ability to use dropbox, sharepoint and goggle drive
  8. General understanding of maintenance and handling of high volumes of data
  9. Creative self-starter who can work independently or on a team
  10. Experience with writing creative and well-researched pieces on a variety of issues
  11. Organized, driven and able to gather data from a number of challenges independently
  12. Strong attention to detail

EDUCATION

  1. Bachelor degree in any discipline preferably in the social sciences and quantitative degrees (e.g. statistics)
  2. Additional qualifications that are design oriented will be a plus

              Experience with Microsoft Excel

SCOPE OF WORK

Step 1: Source for the following national policy documents on education

  1. 1st Edition: National Policy on Education (1977)
  2. 2nd Edition: National Policy on Education (1981)
  3. 3rd Edition: National Policy on Education (1998)
  4. 4th Edition: National Policy on Education (2004)
  5. Implementation Guidelines for the 4th Edition
  6. 5th Edition: National Policy on Education (2007)
  7. Implementation Guidelines for the 5th Edition
  8. 6th Edition: National Policy on Education (2013)
  9. Implementation Guidelines for the 6th Edition
  10. National Policy on Science and Education
  11. 4 year strategic plan for development of the education sector 2011-2015

Step 2: For each document, create a summary report (in more than 2 pages per report) with the following headings:

  • Objectives of the policy
  • Success/Expected Outcomes of the policy
  • Metrics for the measurement of success of the policy
  • Initiatives, Plans and Ideas proposed in the policy with respect to:
    • Curriculum
    • Teacher training and development
    • Standards and Quality Assurance
    • Technical and Vocational Education & Training
    • Institutional Management of Education
    • Science and Technology Education
    • Career Guidance & Counselling

Step 3: Develop a chart on the national education system similar to the chart below. In addition, ensure you provide the following info with respect to below:

  1. Age of target youth e.g. 12-18
  2. Duration of education level e.g. 6 years
  3. Requirements for Entry e.g. Primary School Leaving Certificate + Common Entrance Examination + Minimum Age of 12
  4. Name of Certificate upon completion
  5. Use of certification e.g. SSCE allows you to enter a polytechnic, college of education or university
  6. Ability to be employed using the certification. If yes, where?
  7. Limitations associated with the certification
  8. Relevant National Stakeholders at each level of the education system with respect to
    1. Curriculum Development and Learning Materials Specification: e.g. National Education Research and Development Council (NERDC) – for primary and secondary education
    2. Teaching Training, Registration and Management: e.g. Nigerian Teachers Commission for primary and secondary education
    3. School Administration: e.g. Universal Basic Education Commission for primary education
  9. Relevant State Stakeholders at each level of the education system with respect
    1. Curriculum Development and Learning Materials Specification: N/A
    2. School Administration: State Universal Basic Education Commission
    3. Teaching Training, Registration and Management: [ ]
    4. Quality Assurance: [ ]

Step 4: Source for the state education policy documents on education for the 36 states in Nigeria in the following order:

  • Phase I:
    • FCT and Nasarawa – North Central
    • Kaduna and Niger – North Central
  • Phase II:
    • Osun and Lagos – South West
    • Kano and Jigawa – North West
    • Borno and Yobe – North East
  • Phase III:
    • Ekiti and Oyo – South West
    • Kogi and Kwara – North Central
    • Rivers and Edo – South South
    • Enugu and Imo – South East
    • Bauchi and Gombe – North East
    • Kebbi and Sokoto – North West
    • Zamfara and Katsina – North West
  • Phase IV:
    • Akwa Ibom and Cross River – South South
    • Delta and Bayelsa – South South
    • Adamawa and Taraba – North East
    • Jos and Benue – North Central
    • Ogun and Ondo – South West
    • Abia and Ebonyi – South East
    • Anambra – South East

Step 5: For each document, create a summary report (in more than 2 pages per report) with the following headings:

  • Objectives of the policy
  • Success/Expected Outcomes of the policy
  • Metrics for the measurement of success of the policy
  • Initiatives, Plans and Ideas proposed in the policy with respect to:
    • Curriculum
    • Teacher training and development
    • Standards and Quality Assurance
    • Technical and Vocational Education & Training
    • Institutional Management of Education
    • Science and Technology Education
    • Career Guidance & Counselling

Step 6: Summarise key players that are working in the education space and their work – e.g. Education Innovations posts information on such players on its website including the work that they do. Please include the following:

  1. The name of organisation
  2. The year of start up
  3. Core services
  4. Objectives
  5. Other implementing partners
  6. Funders and funding strategy
  7. Impact so far
  8. Monitoring and evaluation metric
  9. Your proposal on how SOSF can partner with them if at all

Step 7: Please gather data in the excel spread sheet titled ‘Education Database Requirements’ for each of the states below through desktop study and qualitative data (interviews). See also attached expansion plan (ppt)

  • Phase I:
    • FCT and Nasarawa – North Central
    • Kaduna and Niger – North Central
  • Phase II:
    • Osun and Lagos – South West
    • Kano and Jigawa – North West
    • Borno and Yobe – North East
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