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Employer: Save the Children
Job Type: Contractor/Consultant
Location: Somaliland
Category: Other



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


Title of Consultancy



SCI Contracting Office

Save the Children

Hargeisa, Somaliland


Period of Consultancy

17 days (Except Friday)


Consultant type required

Individual or Firm.


Responsibility for Logistics arrangements and Costs

Save the Children responsible Travel & Accomodation for Outside Hargeisa activities.


Taxation Provisions

Consultant shall be responsible for all Taxes arising from the consultancy in line with the Somaliland Tax regulations applicable for consultancy contract.


Travel requirements

All the consultancy activities are in Somaliland.


Security requirements

Consultant will comply with standard Save the Children Security procedures, including the completion of SCI online security training if required.


Qualification and Experience

The following attributes are requirements for the selection of the evaluation consultant:

          Postgraduate qualification (Masters or above) in Education or in a discipline relevant to this assignment with a minimum of 8 years experience.

          Experience in the evaluation of technical assistance project, preferably DANIDA-funded projects,

          Proven capacity in working across the levels of institutions from policy, to legislation and organizations and ability to assess institutional capacity and incentives;

          Excellent report writing skills


Evaluation Criteria

The consultant must meet the required qualifications and experience.


Application Procedure

Interested consultants should submit their applications via email to [ ].

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.


Closing date for Applications

Interested consultants shall submit their applications through the email address provided above on 18th December, 2018

Shortlisted candidates will be requested for an interview.


ANNEX 1: Consultancy Terms of Reference



For over 90 years Save the Children (SC) has been making a difference in children's lives in more than 120 countries. We are the world's largest independent child rights organisation, 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 Somalia/Somaliland (SCSOM) has over 40 years’ experience working in Somalia/Somaliland in several thematic areas and is currently working under the broad global themes of Education, Health & Nutrition, Child Protection, Child Rights Governance and Child Poverty (Food Security and Livelihoods).


Save the Children (SC) has been operational in Somaliland since 1951, implementing programmes across the following sectors: WASH, Food Security and Livelihoods, Health, Nutrition, Education, and Child Protection/Child Rights Governance. Currently SC’s programme in Somalilnd are situated under the broad global themes of Education, Health & Nutrition, Child Protection, Child Rights Governance and Child Poverty.

Save the Children has been implementing Child Poverty/ livelihoods programs in Somalia/Somaliland for the last two decades and is currently implementing projects in all the regions of Somaliland SC Somaliland annually reaches an estimated 30,000 households (approx. 210,000 people) through its Child Poverty/ Food Security and Livelihoods (FSL) interventions, which can be broken down into the following categories: unconditional/conditional cash grants; livestock and crop production; income generation; natural resource management and infrastructure rehabilitation; and technical, vocational training (TVET) for youth employment. These programmes aim to increase the ability of children, women and men in vulnerable communities to resist and recover from cyclical shocks and stresses through strengthened ecological, social, and economic capital of households and communities and increased resilience.


Cognisant of the growing needs of the youth, Save the Children have secured funding from DANIDA to implement an employment promotion services project duped Danish TV Collection Appeal. The project was implemented in Hargeisa (Ayaha 1&2, Sheekh Cumar. Havoyoco, HTI), Borama (Havoyoco) and Berbera town (Gavo and Yovenco), The implementation period of the project was 24 months; February, 2017 to January, 2019. The project also closely worked with the TVET centers Ministry of Employment Social Affairs and Family, Ministry of Education, Business corporate/private business enterprises, Chamber of Commerce and other stakeholders involved in implementing skills training programs.


In order to provide durable solutions for vulnerable Somali families and means to help children facing hunger, the project was a part of a larger initiative by Save the Children to support the creation of realistic livelihood opportunities for vulnerable youth and their families in Somaliland.


The program aims at building resilience through skills training offered to youth from vulnerable families and provide targeted assistance to their families who are facing hunger with an aim to assist them move from crisis to sustainable development. Leveraging the impact of HE II, the project proposed to work to contribute towards SC’s country strategic plan to ensure that a) Both female and male care-givers have sufficient income at all times to meet the essential needs of their children for survival, learning and Page of 11


protection; b) families who are poor are resilient against disasters and shocks and continue to invest in their children's survival, learning and protection; and c) adolescent girls and boys who are deprived, have the opportunity to build the skills, networks and self-esteem they need to make the transition to safe and decent livelihoods. In addition, this project will cover gaps youth skills development and empowerment noted in HE II including holding national symposiums focusing on youth thematic issues; Support the first ever M4P market systems development study whose output will be building SCI staff capacity and comprehensive market systems development assessment to input a potential pilot; Training of Career Counsellors to provide on the job readiness courses for targeted Youth; and and linkages with microfinance by the private sector.



Since decades, save the children has been trying to help children good start of life and secure good living conditions for those who are already struggling with life’s many challenges in Somalia. One way of doing this, is that save the children creates hope and properity for these children through livelihood provision, protection and promotion programs by working with their care givers. Many of the intervention in which SC is currently doing in Somaliland includes provision of cash and food, disaster management and resilient building programing, income promiton throught business trainings, business start up grants, saving schemes and youth skills promotion through soft and hard skills trainings. Since SC aims income from these activities are invested in children’s well being, we carry out complamentary IYCF and child sensitivity awareness raisings and trainigs to care givers and communities.


In this action, SC engaged with both care givers and youth on income promotion and skills building initiatives.

- With care givers, SC supported 50 most deprived mothers in Ayax 1 and Ayax 2 of Hargeisa districts. These mothers received entrepreneurship and business management trainings, start up grants, Continues mentoring and monitoring and good parenting sessions. The parenting sessions where the soft component of the project. Care givers were sensitized on proper positive daily care and practices while discouraging negative behaviours in more practicall manaer. Each parent received 12 session of good parenting.

- In regard to youth empowerment, SCI has supported building job readiness skills of TVET graduates, entepruenerhip and business development training and provisoin of seed money for business startup. It has also developed job readiness skill development manual that has been trained on TVET providers and job centres to mentor youth and support transitioning to decent employment. In addition to facilitating labor market to absorb youth graduates with skills, SCI conducted market systems development study for the purpose of identifying and analysising value chains of potential growing sector.


Project Objective:

The overall goal of Danish TV Collection Appeal Project is to contribute to the reduction of child hunger in Somaliland.

The outcome of the project:

1. Improved knowledge and attitudes of caregivers in vulnerable households on importance of investment in children’s nutrition and wellbeing.

2. Increased access to meaningful and sustainable livelihoods for youth.


Main Outputs of the project:

1. 50 IDP households have improved knowledge and awareness of child-sensitive behavior and children's nutrition and well-being.

2. 4000 parents, caregivers and youth from Hargeisa are provided with child-sensitive drama and campaigns

3. 10,000 households across Somaliland are reached through mass media actions such as radio broadcasting

4. 520 (50% females) TVET Graduates (18-29 years) from the HEII-project have gained valuable work experience through on-the-job training.

5. 36 TVET Graduates (18-29 years) from the HEII-project have improved access to gainful wage and/or (self-) employment through provision of business start-ups, business development support and mentorship services which contributes to financial safety nets for households.

6. 435 TVET trainees (18-29 years) have benefited from skills training of level 1, 2 and 3, informed by the labor market survey.

7. 435 vulnerable youth incl. TVET Graduates (18-29 years) from the HEII-project have benefited from job readiness and career counseling sessions.


Project Indicators Objective/Outcome


Overall Objective: Increased household income through improved livelihoods for youth is invested in children’s wellbeing

OV1: % increase in school retention and regularity rate of boys and girls among the target households OV 2:% increase of nutrition level of boys and girls among the target households OV 3: % increase in dietary diversity of boys and girls in the target households

Outcome 1: Improved knowledge and attitudes of caregivers in vulnerable households on importance of investment in children’s nutrition and wellbeing

1.1. % increase in overall care by parents/ caregivers as reported by children among the target households 1.2. Increased role of women in household decision making and understanding of how to promote gender equity among children 1.3. Number of parents/caregivers trained on child sensitivity and parenting practices, exhibiting improved sensitivity in the development, care and support of their children

Output 1.1. Child-sensitive behavior change communication and awareness raisings provided

1.1.1. 50 households receivied BCC & seed money

1.1.2. 200 food-insecure children benefitting from BCC



This evaluation will assess the performance of the project against key parameters including the project’s relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, sustainability, timelines of activity implementation and its strengths and weaknesses.


The purpose of documentation of good practices is mainly to draw lessons learnt and document most significant change stories from the various beneficiaries of the project including the targeted IDP households attended knowledge and awareness of child-sensitive behavior sessions, parents and caregivers learn about meaningful investment in children to reduce child hunger, youth, training centers, households benefited from the income generating activities and line ministry to allude to the success or otherwise of the project in terms of both the intended and unintended impacts of the project.


Hence, this final evaluation is expected to generate relevant findings, lessons, and recommendations which will be shared with key stakeholders of the project and used by the implementing agency and other stakeholders in the livelihood sector to guide and inform future programming of child sensitive, parenting, skills training and youth social empowerment in Somaliland. This information will also be shared with key stakeholders of the project, importantly the donor (DANIDA), MOYS&T, MESAF TVET Centres and other relevant actors in Somaliland.



Specifically, the evaluation and documentation should address the following key objectives:

· Assess the overall performance of the project against the key evaluation paradigms of relevance, efficiency, effectiveness, impact and sustainability

· Assess the employability of the trainings graduates (those taken the business development support) and determine the various variables that facilitate/hinder the employment of the graduates in the labour market with due gender consideration.

· Review the impact of the injucted seed grant to the lives of vulnerable IDP households in Hargeisa

· Assess effects of the child sensititivy behavorial, knowledge and awareness session provided to the IDP households in Hargeisa

· Document lessons learnt and best practices drawn from the implementation of the Danish TV Collection Appeal project using among other most significant change stories.



a) Document Review: Project progress/interim reports, Horumarinta Elmiga Final report, Horumarinta Elmiga Tracer Study and Final Evaluation, monitoring reports, project case studies, Job readiness skill development manual, Market Systems Development Study – MSD report, Somaliland national youth policy and national employment converence report in 2017/8.

b) Focus Group Discussions: Focus Group Discussions will be held with TVET graduates both employed, Self-employed and unemployed.

c) Semi-Structured Interview (SSI): SSI will be carried out with selected individual male and female graduate and present TVET graduates, care givers trained business, good parenting and provided of business grants, job centre managers, career counsellors at TVET centres, TVET centre managers, , concerned government authorities including MESAF and MoE, SCI Project staff and partners - HAVOYOCOetc.

d) Key Informant Interviews: This method is important to capture the views and professional opinions of people who know about the circumstances on the ground and Danish TV project in particular. It will target supported TVET graduate enterprueners, female headed households benefited in IGA.

e) Most significant change stories: It is suggested that the consultants should collect stories of change from identified beneficiaries of the project. The stories will focus on what the project beneficiaries consider to be the most significant change brought by the project in their lives, capacities, or way of operating. Stories should be collected especially from employed/self-employed graduates, IDP households, job centres. .

f) Evaluation sites: The evaluation will encompass visits to: Hargiesa town as well as a visit to the offices/places of various stakeholders identified as sources of information.




The duration of the assignment is expected to be 17 days during the month December/January. Below is a tentative itinerary that the selected consultant will work.



Person days



Development and submission of the inception report (includes detailed methodology and study tools)




Consultative and briefing meetings with the program team




Data collection & debriefing




Data Analysis, report writing and submission of draft reports




Revision, finalization of the report, submission and approval







The consultants should deliver the following outputs and services:

· Inception report: detailing the methodology, including methodology, the sampling framework that will be used, proposed sources of data; and data collection, analysis procedures and a draft but a detailed table of content. The developed tools will be discussed and approved by Save the Children Program Team before data collection commences. The report should also detail how youth will be involved in the evaluation exercise. Revised first Draft Final Report, incorporating suggestions and recommendations from the reference group. A second round of revision may be required before the final version of the Final Report can be produced,

· A final report one electronic copy in PDF Format and one in DOC format)

· An electronic copy of all data collection tools and the tracer study data set.

· High quality photos and case studies



Candidates interested in the position are expected to provide the following documentation:

· A technical proposal with a detailed response to the TOR, with specific focus on the scope of work, methodology to be used and key selection criteria.

· Initial work plan based on the methodology outlined, and indication of availability

· A financial proposal detailing the daily rate expected but including accommodation, transportation, stationary, research assisstances and all other cost related to this assignment.

· Company profile or CV including a minimum of 3 references

· A sample of previously conducted semiliar studies.

· Detailed budget breakdown based on expected daily rates.



· 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.

· A contract will be signed by the consultant before commencement of the action. The contract will detail terms and conditions of service, aspects on inputs and deliverables. The Consultant will be expected to treat as private and confidential any information disclosed to her/him or with which she/he may come into contact during her/his service. The Consultant will not therefore disclose the same or any particulars thereof to any third party or publish it in any paper without the prior written consent of Save the Children. Any sensitive information (particularly concerning individual children) should be treated as confidential.

· An agreement with a consultant will be rendered void if Save the Children discovers any corrupt activities have taken place either during the sourcing, preparation and implementation of the consultancy agreement.


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.


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