Child In Need Institute CINI
RFQ for Research Learning Documentation Consultant
Research Analysts, Research Associate, Research Assistant
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Full Time

Closing Date

Nov 30 2021


RFQ for Research Learning Documentation Consultant



About CINI


CINI is a registered non-profit non-government organization (NGO) registered under the Societies Registration Act in India. We work with over 1900 Indian professionals. We are guided by a Governing Body composed of experienced Indian practitioners, academics and administrators. Founded in 1974 by pediatrician, Dr. Samir Chaudhuri, CINI is located in Kolkata (former Calcutta), West Bengal, India and runs operations in the states of West Bengal, Jharkhand and Odisha, assisting about 7 million people. We have been recipient of prestigious awards and recognitions in India and around the world.

CINI is regarded as one of the most influential institutions working for poor children in India. For more than four decades, CINI have been partnering with central and state government, national and international donors, non-government organizations and local communities to strengthen the capacity of deprived children and women to improve their health, nutrition, education and protection conditions. Distilling international and national experience, CINI as an organization seeks to learn from the poor to improve our interventions in under-serviced rural and urban areas. The aim is at strengthening local governance processes that give marginalized and poor communities a voice and influence national policy. In the recent past, CINI has undergone a methodological shift in its policy and action by adopting a human rights-based approach in its development work. It has evolved from focusing on a service delivery mode of functioning to a mix of facilitation and Service delivery.While working with the communities and fulfilling their contextual needs, CINI realized that sustainable development is only possible by building partnerships with key stakeholders and adopting an integrated approach across education, protection, health and nutrition domains. These learning have resulted in evolution of a Child Friendly Communities (CFC) model that ensure accesses to the rights and entitlements of children in the society. This shift led to adoption of a human rights-based approach in programme, fostering partnerships for local development among community actors, service providers and elected representatives.




With United Nations Convention on Rights of the Child (CRC) coming into effect, CINI branched into urban sector in the year 1989. The organization has been responding to child rights needs in urban context and its complexities that impact the realization of child rights. It started with education support at Sealdah Railway Station and ward 58 and gradually extend the educational reach.

The flagship program for CINI urban education has been its Accelerated Teaching-Learning methodology. Professor Abul Khair Jalaluddin, Sister M. Cyril Mooney, Resource Teachers from Sarva Siksha Mission (SSM), West Bengal Education Department, and MV Foundation have helped to design the Bridge Course Curriculum of CINI.


The project, An Approach towards Reinforcing Education for Deprived Children of Kolkata, have been designed to impact 11,000 children and 1,64, 568 indirect population in 15 wards of Kolkata through creating a model of meaningful learning opportunities, retention of children in 100 schools and enhancing learning outcomes of most vulnerable through 53 community-based centres.


The project is being implemented through three broad components which are as follows:


A.               Community based learning centres: A total of 1000 children will be benefitted from 53 community-based learning centres for 12 to 16 years children, studying in classes III-X.

B.               Improving retention and learning through Special Training and tracking at 100 formal schools: A total 10,000 children from 100 formal primary schools will be benefitted through learning level and retention-based support programme.

C.                Capacity Building of School Teachers:Strengthening capacities of earmarked school teachers through continuous meetings and conveying information of the project implementation.

  • The pandemic and lockdown had multiple repercussions for underprivileged children. CINI worked to prevent their learning loss by adopting a Blended Learning Solution by scheduling home visits and online classes based on smartphone accessibility. Correspondingly, digitalisation of pedagogical tools and resources paved the way of sharing activity kits through physical and online classes. At the same time, daily correspondence was done with school teachers to ensure their continued support to children coming to CINI’s learning centres. This has enabled the relinking of these underprivileged with education system ensuring their return to school once it reopens.

  • At the same time, community-based tracking of children is being carried to map out different vulnerabilities that are pushing children out-of-school. Interventions needs to planned accordingly based the type of vulnerability of children. The tracking, learning centre and school relationship building will facilitate the retention of children in school and bridge the gap in learning.

Therefore, the key requirement is to document the entire process of planning and implementing the project activities for the project An Approach Towards Reinforcing Education for Deprived Children of Kolkata.


Scope of Work


The primary aim of process documentation is to have the entire method of planning and implementation of the project activities touching different components of learning-based support of children, community-based tracking of children and working with schools and SSM, for external stakeholders and Donors. The objective is to capture the process and highlight the good practices and replicable models of the project. The consultant/agency would have to visit project area and discuss with the project team, community people and local officials to identify and document step-by-step implementation starting from inception. At the same time, the document should also reflect the success and failure of implementing project activities along with highlighting good practices and lessons learnt.


The document would help in understanding project reach/outcome and further plan strategies accordingly.


Deliverables and Requirements

  • Meeting with staff at various levels

  • Interact with field level staff.

  • Interaction with different stakeholders- children, parents, community people, school teachers and others

  • Undertake field visit to understand community perspective

  • Capture the different field activities through discussions and interviews and observation

  • Capture photos of real-life situation for use in the document.

  • Establish the interventions with different case stories

  • Capturing the good practices and replicable models

  • Sit with all team members from time to time to discuss any problems and showcase the progress of the process document.

  • Finalisation of the process document and sit with Programme Officer

  • Submission for review and finalisation with Assistant Director of CINI Kolkata Unit

  • Designing the document

  • Maintaining all CINI branding guidelines and child safe while developing the process document

Qualifications and Experience


The expected qualification and experience required from the interested applicants are as follows:

  • Proven experience of documentation

  • Experience of at least 3 - 4 years in Social Sector with an understanding

  • Strong writing and editing skills in English

  • Has good understanding of social development/NGO sector, especially in educational support to underprivileged children

Expected Duration of Work

The expected duration of work is 3 months starting from the date of commencement.


Proposal Requirement


Please submit the following documents electronically to Purchase Committee, CINI Kolkata Unit at within 30th November, 2021.

  • CV indicating relevant experience and academic background

  • Brief outline of the Approach and Methodology to providing the services noted above indicating major factors/issues to be considered and how they will be addressed

  • Financial proposal shall be submitted separately and include all costs necessary for carrying out service

  • Proposed work schedule/timeline including number of days required (max. 3 months)

  • Three (3) references/ testimonies and experience of similar work delivery

For any questions or inquiries please contact: 1. Prabir Mallick (9038697687) 2. Anupa Datta (6291041013)


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