STRATEGIC PLANNING FACILITATOR


Terms of Reference for Strategic Planning Facilitator
1. Organizational Overview
Room to Read seeks to transform the lives of millions of children in developing countries by focusing on literacy and gender equality in education. Working in collaboration with local communities, partner organizations and governments, we develop literacy skills and a habit of reading among primary school children, and support girls to complete secondary school with the relevant life skills to succeed in school and beyond.
We are non-governmental, non-religious and work with many local NGOs and community based organizations to implement our programs. We currently work in Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Laos, Nepal, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Vietnam, and Zambia – countries with a desperate lack of resources to educate their children. Since our inception, Room to Read’s worldwide team has impacted over 9 million children by constructing more than 1,600 schools, establishing over 15,000 libraries, publishing 800 new children’s book titles in 11 local languages, and providing more than 20,000 girls with long-term, holistic support to complete secondary school with the skills to negotiate key life decisions. Our global headquarters is located in San Francisco, and we have smaller fundraising offices in Delhi, New York, Hong Kong, London, Mumbai, Sydney, and Tokyo. We have program offices in Colombo, Dar es Salaam, Dhaka, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Kathmandu, Lusaka, New Delhi, Pretoria, Phnom Penh, and Vientiane
Room to Read Zambia was established in 2007 and has over the years grown to a Literacy program that includes reading and writing instruction, school construction projects and local language book publishing.  By mid 2016, the Country program has; established over 600 libraries, benefited more than 360,600 learners and trained around 3,000 teachers through our in-service educator professional development program. We have also published 21 titles in Zambian local languages with 135,600 copies printed and distributed.
2. The strategy formulation Facilitator:
The facilitator is being sought for a ten day consultancy engagement to facilitate the preparation of a strategy for transitioning of Room To Read Zambia Country Office from a direct implementer to a systems strengthening approach. This shall involve development of a program, plan and capacity to support the government of Zambia with the goal to help develop literacy skills and a habit of reading among primary school children and help girls to complete secondary school with relevant life skills to succeed in school and beyond.
3. Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
The consultant shall undertake literature review of sector and subsector relevant documents available in and outside Room to Read to appreciate the sector status and dynamics. Further, the consultant shall study internal review reports done by RtR Zambia leading to the decision to pursue this transition.
The facilitator shall have an opportunity to hold scouting meetings with individual members of the management team to appreciate their understanding of the proposed directions, and appreciate their thoughts, plans, ambitions, suggestions and fears.
Prepare potential scenarios for the transition and identifying all the factors for the development of the country program, including:
  • The current sector situation/environment and possible focus areas for systems development
  • Identifying facilitating and constraining (Challenging) factors to the transition and alternative remedial measures to mitigate challenges.
  • Feasible transitional scenario considerations in respect to funding, structure etc
  • Resource mobilization approaches and possibilities
The consultant shall facilitate a 2 or 3-day strategic planning workshop aimed at sifting through and concretizing potential strategic thrusts.
The facilitator shall prepare a report:
  • Clearly identifying key strategic issues
  • Identifying RtR capacity development needs and proposing a capacity building plan
  • Identifying critical factors impacting the proposed shift from direct implementation to systems strengthening.
  • Reviewing viability and responsiveness of the Country Office structure, for the new approach.
  • Presenting components of a strategic plan document for 2017 to 2020.
  • Outlining further information needs to feed into the strategic plan
 4. Reporting arrangements
The consultant’s primary contact shall be the country director of Room to Read Zambia.
5. Required skills and experience
Education:
  • A Masters degree or equivalent in education, public policy or administration, international development studies, management or related field
Skills
  • The ability to influence others, to liaise with a wide range of people at all levels and across different cultures and to act with credibility, tact and diplomacy
  • Strong skills in facilitation, project management, team-building, communication, and conflict resolution or mediation
  • Strong team leadership skills including ability to establish priorities and to plan, coordinate and monitor own work plan and those relevant to the team members and partners
  • Ability to manage and oversee large and complex analyses, including collating and presenting data, monitoring and evaluation, progress reporting
  • Ability to comfortably interact at all levels ranging from high levels including government officials, heads of development missions, to technical working level and field implementers
  • Ability and experience in managing multiple parties in an international context
Experience:
  • At least 8 years professional work experience/consultancy with international NGOs
  • Experience is supporting wide ranging changes from programmatic implementation to project or systems approaches
  • Experience in institutional and organizational capacity building at the national level
  • Demonstrated significant experience in team leadership and strategy planning facilitation
  • Added advantages will be assigned for:
    • Experience in facilitating change management in developing country contexts among governments and other development sector stakeholders
    • Thorough understanding of the Zambian education sector, with particular reference to early grades
6. Applications
To apply for consideration, please send a write up of not more than 4 pages describing your understanding of the TOR and your proposed approach on this assignment toZambia@roomtoread.org, with copy to the Human Resource Manager, Mrs Constance Pola-Banda at Constance.Pola-Banda@roomtoread.org. The application should reach us on or before 25th August 2016. In your cover letter, please state your proposed daily fee rate.
Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

Popular Posts

Labels

AB Bank Zambia Abt Associates ACC Anti Corruption Commission Zambia Access Bank Accountant Administration Afdb African Development Bank Agriculture Airtel Zambia Atlas Copco Zambia AU African Union Aviation Jobs AWF African Wildlife Foundation BancABC BANKING JOBS Barclays Bank Zambia Blantyre BOZ Bank of Zambia British Council in Zambia CARE INTERNATIONAL ZAMBIA Cavmont Bank Center for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia CHAI Clinton Health Access Initiative Chamber of Mines of Zambia Chibombo Chililabombwe Chingola Chipata Chirundu Choma Citibank Civil Engineer Climate Change and Environment COMESA Community Development Jobs Consultancy Copperbelt Copperbelt Energy Corporation Copperbelt University CRS Catholic Relief Services Customer Care Customer Support - Technical Support Danish Refugee Council DBZ DEVELOPMENT BANK OF ZAMBIA Democratic of the Congo Driver Jobs ECOBANK ZAMBIA Economist Education EGPAF Elizabeth Glazer Pediatric AIDS Foundation ELECTORAL COMMISSION OF ZAMBIA Electrical Engineering Environmental Jobs ERB Energy Regulation Board ESAMI Eastern and Southern African Management Institute FHI360 Finance Finca Malawi FINCA Zambia First Quantum Minerals Ltd FNB FIRST NATIONAL BANK ZAMBIA Food and Nutrition GOVERNMENT JOBS Graduate Trainee Health Hospitality Jobs HPCZ Health Professions Council of Zambia Human Resources Human Rights ICT JOBS Insurance Jobs Internship IRC International Rescue Committee Islamic Relief Jhpiego Kabwe Kalulushi Kalumbila Kasama Kasumbalesa Kitwe Konkola Copper Mines plc Lecturer Legal Aid Board Legal Jobs Librarian Lilongwe Livingstone LMC Lumwana Mining Company Limited Lubambe Copper Mine Limited Lumwana Lusaka Lusaka University Maamba Collieries Limited Malawi Jobs Marie Stopes Zambia Marketing Mazabuka Mechanical Engineering MEDIA AND COMMUNICATIONS MEDICAL STORES LIMITED Mining Jobs Ministry of Gender and Child Development Ministry of local government and housing MKUSHI Mongu Monitoring and Evaluation Mopani Copper Mines PLC MPIKA MTN Zambia MU MULUNGUSHI UNIVERSITY Mufulira NAPSA National Pension Scheme Authority National Airports Corporation National Milling Corporation NCC NATIONAL COUNCIL FOR CONSTRUCTION Ndola NEPAD NFNC National Food and Nutrition Commission NGO JOBS NHA National Housing Authority NLACW National Legal Aid Clinic for Women NPA National Prosecution Authority NRFA National Road Fund Agency NU Northrise University OXFAM PACRA Patents and Companies Registration Agency PACT PATH INTERNATIONAL PC Population Council Peace Corps Zambia PIA Pensions and Insurance Authority Plan International Procurement Jobs Project Manager PSI Puma Energy International Purchasing - Supplies Manager PwC RDA Road Development Agency Records Management Research Restless Development Rural Electrification Authority SADC Southern African Development Community Sales Sandvik Save the Children SCHOLARSHIPS Security Jobs SNV ZAMBIA Solwezi Standard Chartered Bank Statistician SUPPLY CHAIN Teaching Jobs Telecommunications The World Bank UN United Nations UNDP UNICEF UNZA University of Zambia US Embassy in Zambia USAID Zambia Veterinary Council of Zambia Volunteering VSO Voluntary Service Overseas WaterAid Zambia WFP World Food Programme WHO World Health Organization Workers Compensation Fund World Vision WWSC Western Water and Sewerage Company Zambia Banks Zambia Breweries Plc Zambia Catholic University Zambia Red Cross Society Zambia Sugar Plc Zamtel Zanaco Zambia National Commercial Bank ZAWA Zambia Wildlife Authority ZDA Zambia Development Agency ZEMA Zambia Environmental Management Agency ZESCO Zambia Electricity Supply Corporation Limited ZICA Zambia Institute of Chartered Accountants ZICTA Zambia Information n Communications Technology Authority Zimbabwe ZIPAR Zambia Institute for Policy Analysis and Research ZNBS ZAMBIA NATIONAL BUILDING SOCIETY ZRA Zambia Revenue Authority ZTB Zambia Tourism Board ZWMA Zambia Weights and Measure Agency