29 Sep 2023

Social Behaviour Change Radio Programmes at Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN)

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Job Description


1. About the Aga Khan Development Network

The Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) is a network of private, non-denominational development agencies that share a mission to improve the living conditions and opportunities for marginalised communities across 30 countries in Africa and Asia. Through innovative, community-driven solutions that span social, economic, and cultural dimensions, AKDN agencies aim to holistically improve quality of life.

AKDN’s education goal is to ensure all girls. boys, women, and men, are equipped with the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values to help them interact effectively with the world and be contributing members of a pluralistic society. AKDN assumes a holistic and systems approach to education programming ensuring all interventions are globally informed, locally rooted, are embedded in government and community interests and structures, and work to promote social inclusion, equity, and pluralism. AKDN invests in all sectors of the formal education systems, from pre-primary to tertiary, as well as in other formal and informal life-long learning opportunities, including teacher professional development. AKDN education agencies operating in East Africa are the Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) and its affiliate, the Madrasa Early Childhood Programme (MECP), Aga Khan University (AKU), Aga Khan Academies (AKA), and Aga Khan Education Services (AKES).

2. About the Aga Khan Foundation

AKF seeks sustainable solutions to long-term problems of poverty, hunger, illiteracy, and ill-health, with special emphasis on the needs of rural communities in mountainous, coastal, and other resource-poor areas. In East Africa, AKF responds to local and regional priorities by developing and implementing effective programming, measuring, and documenting results and sharing lessons with governments, donors, and development actors to influence policy and practice. AKF operates a multi-sectoral portfolio that includes programming in Education, Economic Inclusion, Civil Society, Health and Early Childhood Development. Gender Equality is a cross cutting theme in the portfolio. AKF will be the primary interlocutor for this assignment but engaging all AKDN education agencies in the process will be critical.

3. About Foundations for Learning

Foundations for Learning (F4L) is a five-year (2020-2025) project co-funded by Global Affairs Canada and AKF and implemented by AKDN education agencies, that will improve the educational systems at the pre-primary and primary level, in addition to strengthening women’s empowerment, and gender equality in three countries: Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda. F4L will strengthen the delivery of quality, gender-responsive, and inclusive pre-primary and primary education, and other social development services and reduce gender and social barriers to the utilisation and uptake of education and other sustainable development services. Together, F4L’s interventions will address the gender, social, cultural, and economic barriers that women and girls face in accessing education, making life decisions, and improving their equitable learning outcomes as key steps to exercise their basic human rights.

Critical to F4L is enabling individuals and communities to identify negative attitudes and behaviours and adapt these to promote inclusion, gender equity, and pluralism within themselves and their behaviours and across society.

4.Purpose and Objectives of the Assessment

AKDN aims to engage an organisation that will produce social and behaviour change media programming through local radio stations in Southern Coastal Tanzania (Lindi, Mtwara), which will promote discussion, shift attitudes, and encourage listeners to take positive action to keep children in school, particularly girls.

  • Informed by existing research done under F4L (including the situational analyses, rapid gender analysis, baseline reports, and SBC strategies), conduct a rapid assessment of information needs and media preferences of stakeholders in the target geographies.
  • Undertake a capacity assessment of local radio stations and use this to inform a capacity development process.
  • Support the radio stations to produce weekly content regarding gender issues and education for engage core target audiences to broadly communicate high quality content to influence attitudes and behaviours.
  • Assess radio programmes; analyse and use these data with the radio stations to improve the programming.
  • Assess the impact of the radio programmes on social attitudes and behaviours.

5.Key deliverables

The deliverables of this consultant will include the following:

  1. Draft of 12-month radio programming strategy: A final document detailing the key findings from the rapid assessment and programme strategy.
  2. Radio programmes: as per agreed strategy
  3. Final report: Demonstrating capacity development of radio stations and impact of radio programmes.6. Work Plan

The deliverables of this consultant should be delivered over a 15-month period


  • Demonstrated experience delivering radio programming for community mobilisation and social and behaviour change
  • Experience working with local radio stations in Tanzania is a must. Existing relationships with local radio stations is preferred.
  • Experience delivering capacity building programs for local radio stations

8.Criteria for selection

All submissions will be assessed on the following criteria:

  • Technical proposal 40%
  • Technical experience 30%
  • Value for Money 30%
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Method of Application

Organisations interested in this opportunity with AKF should submit: A proposal outlining relevant experience, suitability for this consultancy and approach (no more than 4 pages). Proposal must include evidence of carrying out impact evaluations of radio programmes

Budget: Please include VAT

Monthly work plan

Applications should be submitted to [email protected] by midday EAT on Friday 13th October 2023.

AKF is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is Committed to Safeguarding and Promoting the Welfare of Children and Vulnerable Adults and Expects all Staff and Partners to Share this Commitment.

The Aga Khan Foundation is an agency of the Aga Khan Development Network (www.akdn.org)

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