INDEPENDENT CONSULTANT SCOPE OF WORK
USAID/Liberia Civil Society Activity (CSA)
|Consultant for Political Economy Analysis in Education – (PEA Consultant)
|Period of Performance On/About (From-To)
|June 27, 2022
|August 5, 2022
|Initial Level of Effort
|Base of Operations
|CSA Senior Policy Advisor
The USAID Liberia Civil Society Activity (CSA) was launched in 2022 to support Liberian citizens and civil society organization to advocate for policy reforms, policy implementation, and service delivery improvements through multi-stakeholder coalitions that build feedback loops among the GOL, CSOs, and citizens. In Objective 1, the activity will form issue-based coalitions around three thematic windows. Composed of diverse members, coalitions will analyze the most critical issues that can lead to feasible reforms, co-create advocacy strategies, and translate them into improved policy formation and implementation. Under Objective 2, coalitions will apply citizen engagement strategies and policy dialogue platforms to integrate citizens’ voices in advocacy agendas. Coalitions will close feedback loops by disseminating results of their advocacy efforts to the broader community to encourage continued dialogue. Activities under Objectives 3 and Objective 4 will ensure that coalition members’ achievements are sustainable by building their financial resilience and adaptive capacities and linking them to a pool of Liberian private sector service providers.
The CSA project aims to build on previous advocacy collaborations by USAID, NAYMOTE AND CENTAL such as the “More for Education” campaign that helped to increase the budgetary appropriation to education fiscal years 2018/2019 and 2019/020. This is However, there are localized, county and district specific challenges to leveraging resources into improved earning outcomes at the community level. Some of the issues around governance and accountability, impacts of policies and systems, inclusive decision making, deconcentrated service delivery and access to information. The extent to which these issues affect service delivery and education outcomes can be determined through a Political Economy Analysis
involving issues-focused research involving in-depth consultations among stakeholders, including education sector experts and policy makers among others.
Political Economy Analysis (PEA) is an investigative analytical to explaining why things happen in a given development context, through improving understandings of underlying power dynamics and relationships. USAID’S PEA methodology seeks to support the development of approaches at different stages of the project implementation. The CSA project will conduct a sector-level, issue-based PEA process into each of the two thematic windows, Education and Health, to deconstruct them into specific issues, understand and identify opportunities for advocacy, and ensure alignment with the strategic areas of focus of the CSA and Government of Liberia’s development priorities. The PEA’s problem-driven analysis will ensure that interventions are centered around high-impact issues that matter to Liberians.
With the support of CSA Core Partners CENTAL and NAYMOTE, and under the oversight of the CSA Technical team, the PEA Consultant will work alongside other national and international experts to conduct the Political Economy Analysis of the Education sector. He/she will identify underlying legal,
policy, regulatory and structural factors that enhance or constrains performance and service delivery to citizens and communities. He/ She will also examine the incentives and impediments for action that will enable county and district-level oversight of primary and secondary education services in Liberia. Focusing on the challenges with the timely budget/financial allocations to schools, availability of qualified teachers, and access to affordable, available, accessible, and adequate education amenities in Liberia. The consultant will identify key opportunities and most effective approaches that community groups, civil society organizations, and coalitions may take to support improved education services in Liberia.
o How the controlling laws, regulations and policies are implemented and the impacts on local education service delivery
o State of governance and accountability system for education service delivery at county, district and facility level.
o Resource mobilization and funding mechanisms for education systems and facilities o Recommendations for advocacy pathways for citizens and CSO coalitions
o Recommendations for managing the challenges and constraints to satisfactory service delivery
o Bibliography of laws/regulations/policies and research work, professional papers and other references utilized
USAID CSA values diversity and inclusion and strongly encourages women and persons from marginalized groups to apply