INVITATION TO BID FOR CONSULTANCY -Conducting Baseline Study for BMZ Project (2018-2021) In Somaliland

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Employer: Save the Children
Job Title: INVITATION TO BID FOR CONSULTANCY -Conducting Baseline Study for BMZ Project (2018-2021) In Somaliland
Job Type: Full-Time
Location: Somaliland
Category: Other
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INVITATION TO BID FOR CONSULTANCY

Save the Children International (SCI) Somaliland program hereby invites interested consultants to bid for the consultancy assignment detailed below

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Title of Consultancy

CONDUCTING BASELINE STUDY FOR BUILDING RESILIENCE AND ENHANCING ADAPTABLE DEVELOPMENT PROJECT (2018-2021) IN SOMALILAND

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SCI Contracting Office

Save the Children

Hargeisa, Somaliland

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Period of Consultancy

The baseline study is expected to start on  February 2019 and assignment days will be 27 days.

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Consultant type required

Individual or Firm.

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Responsibility for Logistics arrangements and Costs

SCI will cater for the Logistics arrangements and costs; including food, accommodation and local transport.

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Taxation Provisions

Consultant shall be responsible for all Taxes arising from the consultancy in line with the local Tax regulations applicable at the SCI contracting office named above

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Travel requirements

Save the Children will cover the travel costs  (tickets) and arrange local travel to field sites.

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Security requirements

Consultant will comply with standard Save the Children Security procedures, including the completion of SCI online security training prior to travel to Somalia

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Qualification and Experience

          A minimum of first degree relevant to the area of the task (e.g. statistics, social work, development studies, community psychology, gender studies etc.).

          Proven experience in conducting quality baselines, monitoring/evaluations and assessing development programmes.

          Thorough knowledge on the relevant thematic area and East Africa context.

          Strong experience in livelihood and resseilence programs is an asset

          Excellent knowledge on data collection, organizing and analysis

          Experience designing reports.

          Proven experience in working with NGO/INGOs and with the local community.

          Understanding and commitment to Save the Children’s vision, mission and values.

          Experience in working in Somalia/Somaliland will be an added value.

          English essential; local language skills would be helpful.

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Evaluation Criteria

The consultant must meet the required qualifications and experience.

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Application Procedure

Interested consultants should submit their applications via email to [somaliland.procurement@savethechildren.org ].

The applications should be submitted in PDF format as one document comprising Technical and Financial sections as detailed below.

a)     Technical proposal – including but not limited to :

·         Consultants understanding of the assignment and context

·         Approach to the assignment

·         Methodology

·         Tools

·         Deliverables

·         Workplan

 

b)     Financial proposal – providing a breakdown of all charges related to the assignment.

c)     CV(s) of consultant(s) with minimum of 3 treceable and recent refrences and Company’s Profile & Lead consultant(s) CV(s) (Firms Only).

d)     Sample report of the same activity previously done particularly in livelihood and resselience programs.

Applicants should also indicate the date they are available to start working on the consultancy

All applications MUST be submitted on or before the closing date below to be considered for the assignment.

Only shortlisted Candidates will be contacted.

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Closing date for Applications

Interested consultants shall submit their applications through the email address provided above on 27th December, 2018

Shortlisted candidates will be requested for an interview.

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ANNEX1: Terms of Reference (ToR)

 

CONDUCTING BASELINE STUDY FOR BUILDING RESILIENCE AND ENHANCING ADAPTABLE DEVELOPMENT PROJECT (2018-2021) IN SOMALILAND

About us

For over 90 years, Save the Children has been making a difference in children's lives in more than 120 countries. We are the world's largest independent child rights organization, underpinned by a vision in a world in which every child attains the right to survival, protection, development and participation. Our mission is to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children, and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives.

Save the Children is an organization for talented people with different backgrounds and perspectives. We are proud that our people are representative of the children we work with and we thrive on our diversity. We are an equal opportunity organization dedicated to our core values of Accountability, Ambition, and Collaboration. Our culture is embedded in these values, along with a strong commitment to our Child Safeguarding Protocol, ensuring that all representatives of Save the Children demonstrate the highest standards of behavior towards children both in their private and professional lives.

 

Project background

Save the children has just started implementing a  resilience building project in Somaliland with a goal of men, women and children in vulnerable communities have more sustainable livelihoods and are therefore more resilient to shocks. The project has the following outcomes:

  1. Beneficiaries have a higher income thanks to alternative livelihood options.
  2. Pastoralist and agricultural communities have increased their resilience and their yield. 
  3. Improved access to market systems driven skills training and employment opportunities for vulnerable young men and women
  4. Beneficiaries (men and women) of outcome 1, 2 and 3 can cover their basic food and non-food needs thanks to cash transfers. 

The aim of the project is built resilient to shocks of men, women and children in vulnerable communities. This will reduce their coping strategy index and build a households’ asset score components. This project assumes that in order to build resilience, income generation for youth and women from IDPs, host and rural communities will create some savings that they will use during shocks. Increased agricultural production such as livestock and farming will boost agricultural value chain and local markets. Natural disasters like floods and drought will not happen and if they happen will not severely affect the target population.

 

Based on SC extensive experience in the implementation of food security and livelihoods and TVET programming in Somalia, our theory of change is based on the understanding that women, men, youth and communities are able to realize their potential in building long-lasting resilience programmes. SC’s strategy recognizes and builds on the strengths of combining humanitarian relief efforts with early recovery responses to provide an avenue towards sustainable transition from relief to development, while involving key stakeholders in the process. It will also focus on the reduction of inequity. In doing so, SC applies a diverse approach to programming built on existing systems in the communities that are being served. The proposed initiative will employ approaches that target specific groups of vulnerable rural and urban groups. This will increase youth and ultimately household income, improve nutrition/health through reduction of underweight of under five years and reduce household coping strategy index score (rCSI).

 

 Overall purpose of the baseline study

The purpose of the baseline study is to generate baseline information prior to commencing project implementation. The information will provide a benchmark for project monitoring and evaluation including comparison at end-line to assess project performance. The baseline study will also generate information that will be used to further inform project interventions and strategies. After the baseline study, the information will be used to track progress towards achieving the projects’ anticipated outputs and outcomes.

To be more specific, the consultant is expected to generate information from all relevant project indicators, that requires baseline data collection

 

Intervention Logic

Short description

Target Indicators

Impact

Men, women and children in vulnerable communities have more sustainable livelihoods and are therefore more resilient to shocks

% increase in average household income

% reduction of the number of underweight under five boys and girls in target HHs

% reduction in household coping strategy index score (rCSI)

Outcome 1

Beneficiaries have a higher income thanks to alternative livelihood options.

1.3: Percentage increase of the absolute expenditure on child nutrition, child health and education in the target households 

Outcome 2

Pastoralist and agricultural communities have increased their resilience and their yield. 

2.2. Percentage increase of the Total Livestock Unit amount target households

2.3. Number of communities that have successfully implemented a community action plan

2.4. Number of communities that has a functioning community based early warning system 1 year after the end of the project

Outcome 3

Improved access to market systems driven skills training and employment opportunities for vulnerable young men and women

3.2: # of supported TVET centers applying the CBET curriculum

3.3: # of TVET training centers and instructors accredited/certified by MoE&S TVQA

3.5: % of TVET graduates reporting increased incomes after 6 months of their graduation.

Outcome 4

 Beneficiaries (men and women) of outcome 1, 2 and 3 can cover their basic food and non-food needs thanks to cash transfers. 

3.1: % of household with acceptable food consumption score (FCS)

3.2. Share of beneficiaries that can cover basic food and education needs (defined as 3 meals per day and enrolled in education where schools are available) of their children.

 

Methodology

The baseline evaluation will use a mix of qualitative and quantitative methods that include but not be limited to review of existing literature on the humanitarian situation in Somalia, SC’s response and other relevant literature, focus group discussions, key informant interviews, observations and a survey covering a sample of targeted beneficiaries.

Participatory methods that maximize the meaningful participation of children and their careers will be important. The evaluators shall present an inception report detailing how s/he going to collect and analyse each logframe indicator , source of information/data; sampling procedures and the sample size, data collection method and tools, data analysis plan and a report structure. The inception report shall be refined in consultation with SC Somalia/Somaliland staff and approved before commencing data collection.

Below is the main methodology to be used for the baseline assessment.

  • Both primary and secondary sources of information will be used to generate baseline data and information.
  • Both qualitative and quantitative methods of data collection in order all the information needed for the project is collected.
  • The data will be gathered through interviewing and holding discussions with the different target groups, youth associations, children, IDP community members, TVET centers, host communities, community groups, private sectors and local authorities as well as through reviewing different documents.
  • To enable measure the impact of the project later, the baseline study data will be collected from project intervention areas.

The methodology should give plenty of room for the participation of children and communities.

The baseline evaluation shall as far as possible use tools that are context and cultural sensitive.

The evaluators will work with the technical specialists and teams in the field for FSL, TVET and Health as well as the MEAL team for technical and quality backstopping.

NB: some of the indicators may need to employ anthropometric measure.

Scope of the baseline assessment

The baseline study will cover all the target villages in Awdal (Borama), Woqoyi Galbeed (Hargeisa, Berbera) and Togdher (Burao) and Sool (Ainabo) Regions of Somaliland. Furthermore, the baseline assessment will cover all relevant stakeholders (Government officials and representatives, community members, TVET Centers, youth associations, private sector, youth & children) who will benefit or participate in the implementation of the project to collect the necessary information.The baseline study will provide information that enables Save the Children and its partners. 

Duration of the Evaluation

The baseline study is expected to start on  February 2019 and assignment days will be 27 days. Below is a draft schedule of activities.

 

 

Activity

Man days

A

Preparation of the inception report and questionnaires

4

B

Training of the enumerators and piloting the tools

3

C

Field Work (Data Collection)

10

D

Consultative and debriefing meetings at Hargeisa

2

E

Reporting

8

 

Total

 =SUM(ABOVE)  =SUM(ABOVE) 27

 

Presentation of the Results 

The consultancy is expected to produce a quality report focusing on each project outcome, output as well as project indicators, which provides clear information a head of the project implementation; differentiating findings, conclusions and recommendations. The consolidated summary shall put together the key findings from the project target areas and beneficiaries, analyse them and make implementation recommendations. In addition to the report the consultancy shall submit data on methodology used, data collection tools, interview outlines, list of people interviewed/met, etc.

Organisation, Roles and Responsibility

The consultancy will be contracted by and report to Save the Children. The project team, country office MEAL staff and SCG/SCI technical team will also support for the baseline study process. They will provide any necessary available documents and information needed, they will also provide technical assistance.

Location: The consultancy will take place in Awdal (Borama), Woqoyi Galbeed (Hargeisa, Berbera) and Togdher (Burao) and Sool (Ainabo) Regions, Somaliland.

We work with children, communities and governments all over the world and we believe in the right person for the job regardless of where you come from and how you identify yourself. We need to keep children safe so our selection process reflects our commitment to ensuring that only those who are suitable to work with children are considered for these posts. All successful applicants will, therefore, be required to complete a Police Check and must sign onto our Child Protection Policy and organizational Code of Conduct. SCI is an equal opportunity employer.

 

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