ToR of final evaluation for SHO Humanitarian Response Somalia

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Employer: Save the Children
Job Title: ToR of final evaluation for SHO Humanitarian Response Somalia
Job Type: Full-Time
Location: Puntland
Category: Other
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TERMS OF REFERENCE (TOR) FOR THE EVALUATION OF SHO SOMALIA NUTRITION TREATMENT PROGRAM IN NORTH-EAST SOMALIA

Description

Save the Children in Somalia (SCI) has been operational in Somaliland/Somalia for over 40 years, with programmes across the following sectors: WASH, Food Security and Livelihoods, Health, Nutrition, Health, and Shelter, with Disaster Risk Reduction and Child Protection mainstreamed where possible. Somalia has one of the worst cases of protracted emergencies in the world having experienced more than two decades of deaths, destruction of properties and displacement occasioned by civil war It has experienced an extensive drought situation and had huge impact on the lives of vulnerable children in many areas particularly Puntland. Thus, there is a need to scale-up lifesaving nutrition treatment in line with SO1 and SO2 of the HRP 2017. Somalia SHO Nutrition treatment program funded by Save the Children Netherland aims to scale up treatment and prevention of acute malnutrition to mitigate the situation and reduce risk of morbidity and mortality related with acute malnutrition.

Purpose of the Evaluation:

  1. Assess level of achievements of project targets and objectives as outlined in the project proposal

  2. Assess adherence or otherwise to Core Humanitarian Standard on Quality and Accountability

  3. Assess timeliness and scale of reach verses needs of the response

  4. Arrive at lesson learnt (worst and best practices) and recommendations for future projects in Somalia or similar contexts.

Scope of the evaluation

The evaluation covers the SHO funded Nutrition project implemented from 22nd of March 2017 to 31st January 2018. The evaluation should cover 80% of activities implemented under the project. The evaluation will focus on the geographical areas of 1. Sanag Region (Dhahar district), 2. Bari Region (Qandala, Gardo and Alula districts) Nugal region (Garowe district) and Mudug region (Galkayo and Galgadud districts). Furthermore, the evaluation will focus on overall program quality, detect program effects and gather credible evidence that describes programs contribution in the change effort. More efficient and timely detection of these effects will enhance future programming and tranlate findings into practice.

Evaluator Selection Process:

SCI program evaluation is a very competitive process. Candidate consultants to this proposal are evaluated by a selection team involving logistics HR, Nutrition and MEAL teams following strict selection criteria such as research potential; previous similar evaluations and professional skills. Once identified, candidates are invited for an interview either face-to-face or Skype meeting.

The Project Goal: Nutrition support to hard-to-reach populations, particularly rural and pastoralist communities, with both in-patient and outpatient treatment of Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) and Moderate Acute Malnutrition (MAM).

Objective 1: Screening: to detect malnutrition, timely referral and optimal treatment outcomes under the age of five and pregnant & lactating women through trained community volunteers (CNVs). Besides screening of target participants, the CNVs will involve nutrition education and health awareness sessions with the aim of improving access to nutrition services for target beneficiaries.

Moreover, SC has supported MoH in Puntland with 15 Mobile Nutrition Teams (MNT) that covered five districts across three drought-affected regions of Puntland- Qandala, Gardo and Alula districs in Bari region, Dhahar distric in Sanaag region and Garowe district in Nugal region. In Garowe Nugal, SC is conducting SSPJR targeting IDPs only, while this SHO program has reached on rural areas. The aim of MNTs is to provide Outpatient Therapeutic Program (OTP) to children under five that are identified with SAM and Therapeutic Supplementary Feeding Program (TSFP) to children under five and PLWs with MAM. The fifteen MNTs is complementing the 6 MNTs already supported under the SSPJR project that covers Banderbayla and Bossaso districts in Bari region, Dangoronyou and Garowe districts in Nugal region, and Badhan in Sanaag region in order to scale up the provision of nutrition services and reach further more vulnerable populations.

Objective 2: Stabilization centres: In addition to supporting existed stabilization centres at major towns in the area, the project aimed is to refurbish stabilization centre located at Gardo hospital with the provision of necessary furniture, equipment, and supplies such as transportation, food. SC will also provide basic support to child’s caregiver and ultimately make the space functional to serve referrals from eastern Sanaag and Bari regions. A total of 1282 children plus their parents/caregivers is intended to be benefitting from the three stabilization centres from the fifteen MNTs.

Objective 3: Behaviour Change to improve the knowledge of optimal feeding practices and cultural beliefs as these factors contribute to the deterioration of a child’s nutritional status. Through BCC, the project is aimed to conduct Infant Young Child Feeding (IYCF) group sessions targeting caretakers/mothers, community leaders, Sheikhs and fathers. Mass communication and awareness by CNVs during screenings and formation of Mother to Mother groups for IYCF promotion.

Objectives and purpose of the evaluation.

Overall, the evaluation will assess the nutritional improvements of under five children, service provision and rehabilitation and construction of stabilization centres. In addition to that the evaluation will assess project contribution to the behaviour change of caregivers and training of IMAM, IYCF and Hygiene promotion of staff.

Methodology

The details of the evaluation methodology will be developed by the evaluator and submitted to Save the Children for approval. The evaluation shall adopt both qualitative and quantitative methods collect information from primary and secondary sources. Following the scope of the work, the consultant shall propose appropriate methods for collecting data. Methods should include but not limited to desk review, Key Informant Interview, focus group discussions to beneficiaries, nutrition and health teams, gender analysis and consultation with key stakeholders following the DAC criteria. Within the timeframe proposed, the consultant should be able to gather and include in the final report anecdotal evidence/stories of change

  1. Key Deliverables

  2. An inception report with Research methodology including sampling procedure appropriate validated draft data collection tools and an updated detailed schedule for the evaluation

  3. A 30-40 page draft report (in MS Office), in the following format at a minimum

a) Executive Summary (max. 2 pages)

b) Introduction.

c) Methodology, including sampling.

d) Analysis and findings of the evaluation; responding to the objectives and evaluation criteria

e) Conclusions

f) Recommendations

  1. Annexes: The consultant shall submit the following as annexes in both soft and hard copy to SC within one week following the end of field work

a) Relevant maps and photographs of the evaluation areas

b) Bibliography of consulted secondary sources

c) Finalized data collection tools

d) List of key informants

e) Raw data of the research in MS Excel format

f) Reports of the presentations of preliminary findings and recommendations, validation and feedback sessions with community, key stakeholder and SCI Somalia.

  1. Final evaluation report: A final evaluation report addressing all the criteria and inputs from SC and the donor with corresponding finalized annexes, including: summary, background, objectives, survey methodology, findings, recommendations, annexes will be delivered in 1 hard copy and 2 CDs to SC within the stipulated time.

The length of the final evaluation report should not exceed 70 pages and the report should be guided by SHO Quality proforma humanitarian evaluations which will be delivered during inception phase.

  1. Timeline

The evaluation is expected to last for 25 consultancy days. Below is a draft schedule of activities

Activity

a. Literature Review of project documents and reports, feedback and learning - 3 days

b. Development and submission of the inception report (includes detailed methodology, study tools and research questions) - 3 days

c. Travel to Project locations (Bosaso, Qandala, alula Gardo, Garowe, Dhahar, Galkaio , Galgaduud ) -

2 days

d. Familiarization of the research instrument to the data collection team - 2 days

e. Field work (training of enumerators, pre-testing tools, data collection & debriefing) - 9 days (2 days of training, 2 days pre-testing and 5 days data collection)

f. Data Analysis, report writing and submission of draft reports - 4 days

g. Revision, finalization of the report, submission and approval - 2 days

Total: 25 days

CONSULTANT’S PROFILE

The potential consultant should meet the following requirements

CONSULTANCY PROFILE

  1. Higher university degree in relevant field
  2. Proven experience in conducting quality evaluations and assessing development programmes

  3. Previous experience in conducting Nutrition Evaluations, KAP, SMART surveys and thorough knowledge on Somalia context

  4. Strong child rights programming skills (child participation skills an asset)

  5. English essential; local language skills would be helpful

ORGANISATION, ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITY

The consultancy will be contracted by and report to Save the Children Somalia/ Somaliland country office particularly MEAL staff and Nutrition Program Manager. This team will act as the advisory group for the evaluation process. They will provide the documents mentioned under Available Documentation and approve the inception report.

Save the Children Netherlands will participate in the approval of inception report, in providing feedback to the draft report and approval of the final evaluation report. They will also provide technical assistance (e.g. make practical in-country travel arrangements, oversee/assist in making appointments, assist in finalizing the programme, avail any other documents and information needed etc). Finally the MEAL team and Nutrition program manager will provide feedback to the draft report and approval final evaluation report.

PLAN FOR DISSEMINATION AND LEARNING
The consultancy will present the preliminary findings to key stakeholders (SCI, partners, relevant government stakeholders, community leaders etc) in one feedback forum per area. The project implementing and MEAL as well will be responsible for ensuring feedback are given to all stakeholders, particularly children who were involved in the evaluation.

ADMINISTRATIVE INFORMATION
Payments: The consultancy fee will be paid in three instalments:, 30% when the inception report is received, 30% when the final report is received and 40% when the final report is approved. We invite applicants to submit proposals for estimated cost of the evaluation.

AVAILABLE DOCUMENTATION

The following documents will be availed for and utilized by the consultancy (for inception report):

  • Project document and logical framework; project work plans

  • Quarterly, six-monthly and annual implementation reports with all attachments

  • Baselines and mid-term reviews, SMART surveys, KAP surveys, MNT statistics/other UN/stakeholders assessments

  • Project monitoring/MEAL plans

  • Project publications

  • Training and activity reports; lists of target schools/ communities and criteria for choosing them.

  • Quarterly review meeting minutes, monitoring visit reports and MEAL data sheets

  • Other documents available upon request (SCI Country Annual Reports, Child Rights Situation Analyses, Country Strategic Plans, relevant national strategies, sectoral plans etc).

  • Code of conduct: Save the Children's work is based on deeply held values and principles of child safeguarding, and it is essential that our commitment to children's rights and humanitarian principles is supported and demonstrated by all members of staff and other people working for and with Save the Children. Save the Children's Code of Conduct sets out the standards which all staff members must adhere to and the consultant is bound to sign and abide to the Save the Children’s Code of Conduct.

Mandatory Security Training

The consultant shall be expected to go through mandatory on-line security training and submit the certificate of completion to SC before the commencement of the task. Failure to deliver this will lead to an automatic disqualification. SC will advise on the security plan on appointment.

HOW TO APPLY:
  1. Application Requirements

Interested candidates in the position are expected to provide the following documentation:

  • A technical proposal with detailed response to the TOR, with specific focus addressing the scope of work and methodology to be used
  • Sample of previous Nutrition Evaluations or similar evaluations
  • Initial work plan based on methodology outlined, and indication of availability
  • A financial proposal detailing the daily rate expected and initial work plan
  • Company profile or CV including a minimum of 3 traceable, recent and relevant references to this task
  • Team composition with a lead consultant, and a CV of each person to be involved in the assignment, including relevant experience,

All proposals should be sent by 14 February 2018 to Mohamed.kalid@savethechildren.orgSulaiman.munshi@savethechildren.orgluca.genovese@savethechildren.nl .

Interviews with pre-selected candidates will take place between 19 and 20 February 2018.

Publish date: 2018-02-10 23:39:45
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