Research opportunity: social enterprise in Jamaican schools

Type

Consultancy

Key date

Invitation to tender: Tuesday 3 November 2015      

Clarification questions submitted and responded: Saturday 14 November 2015

Submission: Tuesday 17 November 2015   

Evaluation of responses and shortlisting: Saturday 21 November 2015

Interviews: Tuesday 24 November 2015

Final Decision: Saturday 28 November 2015

About

We are commissioning a research project focusing on the impact of social enterprise on the Jamaican Secondary School system, primarily addressing the question of “How does school-based social enterprise programmes influence the overall success of students while ensuring the financial and social sustainability of schools?”. In addressing this larger question the research will simultaneous seek answers to several minor questions reflecting the impact of school-based social enterprise on the transfer of learning process, students’ behaviour and school-community interaction.

  1. Desk Research - Conduct a literature review and consultations with practitioners and agencies in the private and 3rd sectors and the ministry of education. 
  2. Mix method – identify and select 24 schools across Jamaica with and without social enterprise programmes or activities in furtherance of a case study which will provide a comparative analysis of the groups paying attention to teaching and learning techniques and outcomes, school-community interaction, and behaviour of students. This would consist of a mixture of rural and urban, volatile communities and other communities, and co-education and single sex.
  3. Good Practice Framework – develop framework and guide for the effective delivery of in the classroom setting and through school-based social enterprise programmes.

Please read terms of reference below.

Eligibility

Essential:

  • Deep understanding of social enterprise
  • Experience of developing social enterprise as a concept in new markets.
  • Strong focuses on research (quantitative, qualitative, mixed-methods and monitoring) and capacity building
  • A proven experience in youth advocacy and awareness
  • Project leader must possess a PhD in sociology, social policy or related discipline 
  • Project team must consist of a gender expert, methodologist, monitoring and evaluation expert
  • Strong ability and expertise in designing and delivering programmes with youth at the secondary level
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Experience of developing social enterprises focused on providing skills to young people and linking youth/unemployed people to the labour market.
  • Ability to undertake the assignment, including travel across Jamaica, during the periods specified.
  • Strong child protection policy
  • Strong policy on inclusion and diversity

Highly desirable:

The ability to communicate in Jamaican

  • Nine or more years’ full-time experience of working on research projects 
  • Understanding of the British Council’s objectives 
  • Academic publication in particular around Social Enterprise 
  • Certification in Project Management, SPSS and NVIVO
  • Experience and network with the Ministry of Education Jamaica

How to apply

Interested parties should submit:

1) A concise and focused proposal that sets out:

a. An understanding of the brief and an explanation of the approach taken; 

b. A detailed schedule for the research including number of days needed to complete the project;

c. Total Fee.

2) Up to date CV of the personnel that will be delivering the service illustrating relevant knowledge, skills and experience on Social Enterprise in Jamaican Secondary Schools Systemschools

Contact

Please submit questions and applications to morland.wilson@britishcouncil.org