Terms of Reference (TOR) for a Consultancy to ICT & Blended Learning Situational Assessment at SPH, NIPH, Cambodia

 niph    January 24, 2019

Project Title: National Public Health Institute Strengthening in Cambodia: National Institute of Public Health (NIPH) – 01 August 2018 – 31 July 2019

Project Objective 3: Strengthening the capacity and quality of NIPH’s School of Public Health - Introduce Blended Learning into learning and teaching at School of Public Health: A situational Assessment

Job Title: International Consultant

 

Introduction

The School of Public Health (SPH) at the National Institute of Public Health (NIPH) was established in 2005, and since 2007 has been offering short health-related courses and 5 master programs - Master of Public Health (MPH) and Master of Science in Epidemiology (M

sc. Epi) and Nutrition (MSc. Nutri) and Master of Hospital Administration (MHA). Our vision is to become a vibrant center of excellence for public health teaching, research and community action through the development and application of knowledge that prevents disease, protects the public from harm and promotes health and quality of life. Unlike other school programs, these programs are weekend programs, with faculty members are health professionals from different health departments under the Ministry of Health, and some non-governmental organizations, with a wide range of degree and expertise.

From 01 August 2018 – 31 July 2019, the International Association of National Public Health Institutes (IANPHI), through Emory University, has provided financial support to a project namely “National Public Health Institute Strengthening in Cambodia” and has assisted NIPH in identifying additional potential partners and resources. NIPH has received additional technical and financial support from its current partners, including US-CDC in Cambodia, Institute of Tropical Medicine Antwerp (ITM), and German International Cooperation (GIZ).

Therefore, to strengthen the capacity and quality of academic programs SPH proposed in the project, a new approach of teaching and learning, called “blended learning”, a combination of technology and face-to-face teaching and learning will be introduced with the support from the project. ‘Blended learning access multiple methods for content development and presentation, teacher student interaction, and e-assessment. Blended learning is relatively cost effective, and can provide quality education to distant students. The pedagogy for Information Communication Technologies (ICT) should be initiated to provide proficiency for teachers, so that they are empowered with the ICT skills.’ 

Therefore, SPH is looking for an international consultant to do a situational assessment of SPH in relation to ICT and ‘blended learning’ with recommendations for improvement.

Responsibilities

  • Collect, review, analyze all necessary information or documents to conduct a situational assessment of the learning/teaching approach, facilities, infrastructures and other relevant assessments at SPH, NIPH to fully understand the situation in relation to the development/or integration of ICT and ‘blended learning’.
  • Assess the weaknesses or gaps and strengths of learning/teaching approach, facilities and infrastructures needed to integrate with ‘blended learning’ approach
  • Provide actionable recommendations, aligned with SPH’s vision and learners’ needs, for development or improvement of the situation in order to include ICT and ‘blended learning’ into the current learning and teaching approaches.
  • Identify the most effective blended learning solutions to address performance, knowledge and skill gaps at SPH, NIPH.
  • Consult relevant stakeholders (especially, faculty members) through at least two meetings/workshop

Expected outputs/Deliverables:

  • Two working group consultative meetings with faculty members and other relevant stakeholders
  • Methodology design for situation assessment in consultation and approval from SPH
  • Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) and ‘blended learning’ situation assessment final report. (in English)

Minimum Requirements

  • Degree of Science in ICT education, Multimedia, Adult Education, Higher Education, Educational Design, Organizational Development, Instructional Design or related field or equivalent years of relevant work experience is required.
  • Minimum of 5 years of working experience with ICT in Education, preferably ‘blended learning’ or educational design and development with various levels of the organization (especially educational institution) is required
  • Having experience with health-related educational design, training at higher education or/and research is preferred.

Skills

  • Demonstrates a combination of performance consulting, design and technical skills. 
  • Intermediate proficiency level skill with Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint. 
  • Experience with Learning Management systems is preferred. 
  • Demonstrated knowledge of adult learning environment and technology. 
  • Excellent stakeholder relationship skills with all levels of the organization.
  • Manages work and time to meet or exceed promised deadlines.

Duration of the Work

  • The duration of contract shall be for a maximum of 15 days between 05 March 2019 – 20 March 2019.
  • The consultant will work closely with SPH Team and will from time to time submit and share the progress of activities as agreed.

Scope of financial Proposal and Schedule of Payments

  • The consultant will be offered a fee of up to 800$ per working day for the maximum of 15 working days.
  • Travel costs (a round trip flight ticket of 1,500$) and accommodation of 100$ X 15 days
  • The payments will be made in installments based upon outputs/deliverables specified in the TOR (under payment schedule) and upon certification of satisfactory work as per work plan and endorsed by SPH, NIPH.  

Payment Schedule

  • 20% on signing the contract and submission of a blueprint including methodology for drafting situation assessment methodology (in English).
  • 40% on completion of a draft report of the assessment (in English) with two consultative meetings with faculty members and other relevant stakeholders
  • 40% on submission of final report (incorporating all the input from the key stakeholders – especially faculty members) (in English).

Office Facilities

  • The Consultant will be based in SPH Office located in NIPH
  • He/she will spend time, as required in the office in NIPH compound
  • The consultant is expected to bring his/her laptop with him/her
  • Consultant is expected to come well- equipped with their own technological solutions (i.e. roaming mobile, personal email address)
  • Printing Facilities: SPH, NIPH will provide office supplies and printer facilities only when presented inside the NIPH premises
  • Communication Facilities: SPH, NIPH will provide access to internet and office desk telephone only when presented inside the SPH office premises only.

Candidates are requested to submit their CV along together with a cover letter, and a proposed methodology* to Mr. Dy Dimanche, H/P (855) 11 707 052, at dimanche_dy@niph.org.kh, NIPH contract officer. Further technical information about SPH and the project, please contact Dr. Heng Sopheab at hsopheab@niph.org.kh and Mr. Chan Tola (Quality officer at SPH) at c.tola@niph.org.kh

 

Deadline of this application will be 18 February, 2019. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

* A proposed methodology could be a 2 or 3-page methodology proposed by the consultant to meet the objective and scope of the study.