Consultant , hargeisa 2014-07-08 08:00:44 (utc)

About this job


Save the Children is the world’s largest independent children’s organization,

making immediate and long-lasting improvements to children’s lives in over

120 countries worldwide.

Save the Children has a long history of working in partnership in Somalia and

it is one of the leading INGO’s working in Somalia for the rights of children.

Save the Children has a unified presence in Somalia since January 2010 and

is working in the thematic areas of education (including skills training for youth),

health, protection and emergency responses. Save the children has an operation

in Somaliland, Puntland and South Central Somalia. 




TOR for a consultant to develop a clear minimum standard for

Somaliland institutions of Higher Learning

1.    Background

Horumarinta Elmiga (Education for Empowerment through Cohesive

and Harmonized System) financed by the European Commission

commenced as of November 15 2012 for three years in Somaliland.

The project is implemented in 19 districts from all the six regions selected

for their low access to primary, secondary and vocation training services.

The project implemented by SCI led consortium aims to support the capacity

and operation of the higher education institutions in Somaliland through direct

support of National Commission of Higher Education (NCHE), DHE and Universities.

  The higher education sector has an important role to play in the development

of the education system and in social and economic development more broadly.

However, the institutional infrastructure governing this sector is still very

weak and institutions are in their early stages of development.

The Higher Education Directorate of MoE is responsible for developing

educational policies and infrastructure governing Higher education,

while the NCHE is responsible for setting standards and grant of Letter

of Interim Authority, quality assurance, accreditation and grant of Charter. 

Currently there are over 20 universities both Public and Private operating in Somaliland.

2.    Objectives of the consultancy

Support the NCHE in establishment of minimum standards in targeted qualifications:

3.    Justification/ need for the activity:

Even though NCHE is mandated to ensure quality and standards in institutions

of higher learning there are no minimum standards as yet, set for certain disciplines

in institutions of higher learning, against which NCHE can monitor quality and

standards and enforce complicity. This action will support the NCHE to identify

higher learning disciplinary/curriculum areas in which minimum standards need

to be agreed and set, and order them into levels of priority from a

developmental perspective. The action will identify and establish links with

initiatives nationally and regionally, which are already focusing on establishing

minimum standards in selected discipline areas.

4.    Scope of the Consultancy

The scope of the work will include the following:

  •         Asses and review the current practice or techniques employed by NCHE to

assess the standards of higher education learning institutions and provide a

comparative picture of how they relate them to regional initiatives

that focus the establishment of minimum standards for higher education

institutions. The aim is to improve the  existing standards which can be used

as a platform to establish common standards;

  •   establish representative working group to develop agreed minimum standards

through the  involvement of a wide range of higher education institutions,

employer representatives, and professional associations

  •   lead and facilitate the process of establishing/developing minimum

standards for institutions of higher learning

  •    Assess and review the key teaching and training courses

provided by institutions of higher learning to understand their

level of adequacy and effectiveness in equipping the undergraduate

and post graduate students with the required knowledge and skills.

  • Based on the assessment findings and other related literature,

and in a participatory way develop clear Minimum standards for

institutions of higher learning.

The minimum requirements developed shall focus majorly but not limited to

areas relating to:

vUniversities governance and structure

vUniversities human resources

vAcademic programmes

vFinancial resources

vStudents Administration and support services

vStandards of teaching and learning

vAssessment of student learning outcome

vResearch and innovation

vCommunity services

vConstituent colleges and campuses

vAcademic integrity and standards

vStandards of physical resources and structural safety (facilities and equipments)

vQuality assurance  and monitoring services

vStudents admission procedures (admission criteria/bench marks)

vProcedures for monitoring procedures & review of core activities

vGender equity by including techniques that encourage female participation and learning

  •           Conduct consultations, debriefing and dissemination workshop to share the findings

and draft minimum standards as per the objectives of the assignment.

  •          Collate the contributions of the stakeholders into final document.
  •  Ensure that the final document (minimum standards)reflect the final

contributions of the stakeholders and is in  the required standard

byconducting final consultative workshop to share and

validate the final draft

  •   Ensure that minimum standards are in line and do not

contradict articles in the Higher education legislative bill

or Higher education Act in future

  •      Present the final draft standards to the Minister of Education

through the NCHE

  •       Develop a plan of action for aligning the institutions of higher

learning on the required minimum standards and

capacity support required

5.    Deliverables

The following outputs should be presented in three printed copies each together

with one electronic copy

  • A clear minimum standards for use by national commissionfor higher education

 against which NCHE can monitor quality standards and enforce compliance

  •    2 Days capacity building and validation workshops for  NCHE,

DHE and Universities conducted to understand how to  monitor the

proposed minimum standards governing higher education in Somaliland

  •         A technical report detailing activities undertaken, findings and recommendations

6.    Methodology

The consultant will work with NCHE and agree on a plan for the completion of the work.

Ideally a steering committee comprising key stakeholders of higher education

institutions in Somaliland should lead this process within envisaged timeframe.

Before the start of the task the approach and timeframe should be agreed

upon and the process should be participatory to facilitate capacity building for

the primary stakeholders.

7.    Consultant qualifications

  •      The consultant must have extensive expertise in education sector policy and planning,

legal frameworks, development of legislation and capacity building.

The consultant will be familiar with resource-poor contexts and experience

of working in post-conflict situation

  •          An advanced degree in education, specializing in curriculum development,

teaching methodology, assessment/evaluation of learning outcomes

and development of development of standards particularly at the

university level.

  •          At least 10 years’ experience relevant to the assignment

(including experience in the development of minimum standards for Higher Education)

  •         Experience as team-leader in relevant assignments.
  •   Demonstrable experience in developing and implementing gender

sensitive educational programmes in the context of complex

socio-cultural challenges.

  •         Ability to assess critically the review activities and results.
  •     Excellent logical thinking, coupled with sensitivity with regard to

political processes and the challenges inherent in socio-political


  •         Excellent writing skills
  •         Proficiency in English

Job keywords/tags: execlent knoledge of language

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