#TENDER: Scoping Study on Best Practices in Providing Quality Education in Development Contexts

Support Plan International Ireland to refresh its thinking and strategies in relation to best practices, gaps and/or innovations in the education sector, particularly relevant to girls and children with disabilities.


Since 2003 Plan International Ireland has been committed to supporting and promoting the right to education, by providing funding and support to Plan International Country Offices, to implement holistic programmes, through local communities.

We adopt Plan International’s Child-Centered Community Development approach (CCCD) which “aims to help children and young people realise their rights and their potential, through local communities. We also advocate and influence policies and process at national, regional and international level, to advance those rights.”

Specifically we have been implementing a flagship programme called “EQUIP: Education: Quality, Inclusive, Participative”, funded by Irish Aid’s Partnership Grant Programme, since 2012. It aims to ensure the right to quality education for all children in West Africa, with a focus on Burkina Faso, Guinea, Guinea Bissau and Sierra Leone. It focuses on three elements of the Right to Education: quality, access and governance. The issue of access is further broken down to address two vulnerable groups: Girls and Children with Disabilities. A final objective is to ensure that Plan International engages with the government to challenge and influence key policies that impact on the right to quality education for all children.

The current funding cycle will finish in December 2016, so we are preparing a new proposal, to be submitted by June this year. It therefore offers an opportunity to refresh our thinking and strategies in order to reposition ourselves to play a meaningful and effective role in delivering a quality education programme in the development context.


This scoping study is expected to refresh our thinking and strategies in relation to best practices, gaps and/or innovations in the education sector, particularly relevant to girls and the disabled.

It will also map other actors in the sector, and potential partners, within Ireland and the Plan International Federation. Specifically, it is expected to inform and make recommendations to support the development of a new education programme for Plan International Ireland.


  • Review of best practices and learning within the Plan International Federation, by looking at policy and practice within Plan International and National Offices. In particular, gather case studies of good practice, and identify leading National Offices and Country Offices working on quality education;
  • Review of best practices within the broader education sector, with a particular focus on the use of new innovations, including technology, in the delivery of education solutions in a development context;
  • Mapping and review of key Education stakeholders in Ireland, in order to consider best practices, gaps (particularly in advocacy), and potential partnerships.


  • A report, no longer than 20 pages, which will provide an overview of key changes, gaps and opportunities within the education sector, and provide specific recommendations in relation to a new programme for Plan International Ireland.
  • A mapping of relevant education partners in Ireland, and the Plan International Federation
  • A list of resources (studies, researches, reports, useful website, etc)


  • Documentation review e.g. case studies, policy documents, sectoral reviews, project proposals;
  • Discussion / meetings / with Plan International Ireland staff;
  • Discussion/skype calls with key experts within the Federation, including Country Offices;
  • Discussion/meeting with stakeholders in Ireland, mainly INGOs, relevant domestic NGOs, academics and Irish Aid;
  • Workshop/feedback session on the report with relevant Plan International Ireland staff.


  • This scoping study is expected to take a maximum of 20 working days, including reporting and feedback. The consultant will be required to submit a short technical proposal indicating realistic action plan (max 20 working days).
  • He/she will be supervised by the Development Co-ordinator in Plan International Ireland.
  • It will carried out in March 2016. Ideally the consultant will be based in Ireland.


  • To be agreed

Essential Attributes

  • Advanced University Degree in public education or related field.
  • A minimum five (5) years of relevant professional experience in the areas of basic/ primary education, teacher development, capacity building of education administrations, education economics and in the definition and implementation of sectoral policies in the education sector;
  • Experience of working in a development context, with West Africa an advantage.
  • Experience in the evaluation of technical assistance projects, preferably, those under the education portfolio;
  • Knowledge of, and practical experience with gender and inclusion analysis;
  • Full working knowledge of English and excellent report writing skills
  • Ability to interpret and analyse complex qualitative and quantitative data, and to present findings and recommendations in a clear and concise way.
  • Based in Ireland (preferable)

Submission of Expression of Interest

Consultants that meet the requirements should submit expression of interest, which should include the following:

  • Cover letter including the consultant’s/firm’s suitability for the assignment and current contact information;
  • CV, including detailed work experience, education; where more than one consultant will be involved, clearly indicates the overall lead consultant and responsible persons & include CVs;
  • Sample of previous work done.

Shortlisted consultants/firms will be requested to present a detailed evaluation work plan that will include description of evaluation methodology & further refinements and elaboration to the terms of reference. It will be approved by Plan International Ireland, and will act as the agreement between parties as to how the evaluation will be conducted.

To Apply

Closing Date: 19th February 2016

Send expression of interest hr@plan.ie

For further information feel free to contact Barbara Scettri | Development Programmes Co-ordinator on 087 122 1752 or Barbara.Scettri@plan-international.org