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Employer: Save the Children
Job Title: Consultancy For End-Line Evaluation Featured job
Job Type: Contractor/Consultant
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

CONSULTANCY FOR END-LINE EVALUATION FOR SOM INTEGRATED LIFESAVING ASSISTANCE FOR DROUGHT-AFFECTED COMMUNITIES IN SOMALILAND

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SCI Contracting Office

Save the Children

Hargeisa, Somaliland

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Period of Consultancy

June, 2019 and assignment days will be 22 man-days

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Consultant type required

Individual or Firm.

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Responsibility for Logistics arrangements and Costs

The consultant will cover 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

The consultant 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

          Higher university degree or above in a relevant field

          Proven experience of not less than 3 years in conducting quality evaluations and assessing emergency and integrated programmes

          Thorough knowledge on the relevant thematic areas and Somalia/Somaliland context

          Strong experience in multisector program, livelihood and resilience programs is an asset

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

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

          Excellent report writing skills

          English language is essential; local language skills would be helpful.

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Evaluation Criteria

The consultant must meet the above 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

b)      Deliverables

c)       Work plan

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

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

f)       CV(s) of consultant(s) with minimum of 3 traceable and recent references and Company’s Profile & Lead consultant(s) CV(s) (Firms Only).

g)      Sample report of the same activity previously done particularly in livelihood and resilience 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 May, 2019

Shortlisted candidates will be requested for an interview.

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 TERMS OF REFERENCE (TOR)

 

CONSULTANCY FOR END-LINE EVALUATION FOR SOM INTEGRATED LIFESAVING ASSISTANCE FOR DROUGHT-AFFECTED COMMUNITIES IN SOMALILAND

 

Background

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 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 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 organisation 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 behaviour towards children both in their private and professional lives.

In Somaliland, the regions of Togdheer, Sool and Sanaag are the worst affected areas. More than 80% of the livestock has perished due to the drought and the remaining ones are too weak to be sold. The drought situation has also increased the disease burden across communities; AWD has been reported from many areas in the regions of Togdheer, Sool and Sanaag.

Save the children international is implementing an integrated life-saving Health, Nutrition, WASH, CP and FSL assistance for drought-affected communities in Somaliland. This is drought emergency responses in four regions across Somaliland namely Togdher, Sool, Sanaag and Marodijeh regions. Activities will primary consist of health and nutrition service, provision of water and hygiene kits, case management, child resilience, and income generating activities and unconditional cash transfers to droughts affected households with malnourished children, so that they can be able to meet their immediate food and non-food needs.

Purpose of the End-Line Evaluation

The objective of this assignment is to conduct end-line evaluation of SOM Integrated lifesaving assistance for drought-affected communities in Somaliland, this is to enhance the program quality and accountability to beneficiaries.

This end-line 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.

Hence, this end-line evaluation is expected to generate relevant findings, lessons, and practical recommendations for improving humanitarian assistance to drought-affected communities in Somaliland. This evaluation is expected to guide and inform implementing agency and other stakeholders in the sector for their future programming of integrated Health, Nutrition, WASH, CP and Livelihoods in Somaliland. The project under evaluation has gone under successive phases; it started as direct emergency relief, later added some WASH infrastructures, Cash program, and economic promotion (IGA) and later in the project, ICCM and child protection with some activities i.e. CFS of which communities will take over was added. Hence, the action tried bridge the gap between emergency and reconstruction/rehabilitation/recovery. Therefore, the evaluation aims to draw some additional learnings on this.

Project objective: the overall objective of the project is to reduce vulnerability of drought-affected people especially women and children, in El-Afeyn (Sanaag), Buro (Togdheer) and Aynabo districts of Somaliland through integrated healthcare, income, nutrition, WASH and CP response, with five main results:

·         Result 1: (Health):  Improve access to life saving emergency primary healthcare services to the drought affected communities of Somaliland

·         Result 2: (Nutrition): Reduction of nutrition related morbidity and mortality rates to below emergency threshold in Somaliland through treatment of acute malnutrition and IYCF promotion among children under 5 and PLWs.

·         Result 3: (WASH): Provide immediate life-saving WASH services to 10.000 vulnerable households affected by the drought in Somaliland

·         Result 4: (FSL): Provide unconditional cash transfers to meet lifesaving needs of 1.335 (600 before) vulnerable households affected by drought in Somaliland

·         Result 5: (child protection): Vulnerable boys and girls in the selected drought affected areas are provided with basic psychosocial support through participation in child friendly spaces activities.

Specific objectives of the assignment

 

The evaluation team shall:

Document the results and impact of the projects; sharing the learning and challenges among project implementers, partners and stakeholders. The five criteria set out by the DAC[1] will be utilized as follows:

1.       Impact

·         Identify and analyse the significant changes that the project has brought in children’s lives. What real difference has the intervention made in the lives of the beneficiaries? 

·         Assess the progress towards the actual project impact.

·         Document any evidence of practical success (case stories).

2.       Effectiveness

·         Indicate for each expected outcome and output (result) what has been accomplished in relation to what has been stated in the project document, logical framework and SCF programme plan.

·         Have the monitoring and results-based management systems (including MEAL/M&E framework) used contributed to the effectiveness of the project and if so, why and how?

·         Document the strategies that have proven particularly effective for achieving the outcomes.

·         Where applicable: collect the end-line project indicator data.

3.       Sustainability

·         Assess the sustainability of the results (will the outcomes endure; how likely does continuing progress towards the impact seem, and what are the major factors contributing or hindering sustainability.

·         Assess to what extent and how the project has increased the accountability and capacity of duty bearers. Document ownership and involvement of government at different levels, and other key stake holders.

4.       Relevance

·         Analyse appropriateness of the project design, relevance of the project strategies and approaches in light of the operational context and its adaptation over the one years. 

·         Assess to what extent the project has reached the most marginalized and deprived and which strategies have been most useful for ensuring that.

·         Assess the relevance of the project to the context and child rights situation.

 

5.       Efficiency

·         Analyze how economically the project inputs (funds, expertise, time, etc.) were converted into expected results, the quality of service provision, project monitoring and make recommendations for improving efficiency of similar or future projects operating in the same context.

·         Consider cost-effectiveness and attribution of the project interventions to the changes that have taken place/results achieved.

·         How efficiently have the lessons learned along the way been utilized in improving the projects? (It is expected that the lessons learned during the implementation of the projects will be documented as a part of the assignment)

 

In addition to the above DAC criteria, the evaluation team will also assess:

 

·         Connectedness: Assess the extent to which the project interventions meet the holistic needs of vulnerable children and mothers and the extent to which they take into consideration longer- term needs of the target population.

·         Coverage and targeting: Assess the extent to which the planned coverage and targeting was achieved and its appropriateness to the local situation

·         Integration: Analyse the impact of the integrated approach in realizing the project objective and make recommendations for improving the delivery of holistic programs for target communities.

 

Based on the findings of the above generate lessons learnt, challenges, and best practices make realistic and feasible recommendations for improving humanitarian assistance while strengthening local emergency preparedness, response capacity and resilience for communities in Somaliland.

Scope of Work

The consultant will drive or calculate the sample size from the list of villages under SOM Integrated lifesaving assistance for drought-affected communities in Somaliland projects target locations. The end-line evaluation will be conducted in Somaliland, Togdheer, Sool, Sanaag and Marodijeh regions. The consultant is also expected to find out how the shift from a primary humanitarian project to a more integrated project with more structural and transitional components has worked out. In doing so the consultant will focus all relevant project indicators. 

 

In addition to the above indicators, the consultant is also expected to give much attention the following points as well.

·         Was the cash intervention aligned to the findings from the malnutrition screenings and can we demonstrate less relapses into malnutrition in the cash-recipient families?

·         Did the cash contribute to children staying in school (or attending school at the new location with reference to displaced families)?

·         Exclusive focus on cash? In case a significant number of cash-recipient households (including IGA beneficiaries) would show labour availability, would there have been different modalities to better engage the households in recovery-oriented activities WHILE doing life-saving assistance

·         Regarding the mobile teams, what about a cost-benefit analysis in terms of reaching beneficiaries with this modality, in addition to this how the shift from mobile teams to fixed health facilities and ICCM has worked out, how the local actors perceive it?

 

Methodology 

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

Participatory methods that maximise the meaningful participation of children and their carers will be important. The evaluators shall present an inception report detailing key evaluation questions with respect to each evaluation criteria; 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. 

The end-line evaluation shall as far as possible use tools that were used to establish the project baseline (FSL and Wash sectors), mid-term; any adaptations to the tools should still enable comparison with baseline and mid-line data in measuring results.

The evaluators will work with the respective technical specialists and teams in the field for FSL, Wash, Nutrition, CP and Health/Nutrition as well as the MEAL team for technical and quality backstopping.

 

Planning and Logistics

The data collection exercise for the SOM Integrated lifesaving assistance for drought-affected communities in Somaliland, the end-line evaluation is expected to start early June, 2019 and assignment days will be 22 man-days. Below is a draft schedule of activities  

 

Activity

Man days

a.        

Inception report and tool development

3

b.       

Secondary data review

2

c.        

Training of the enumerators and piloting the tools

1

d.       

Field work (data collection)

8

e.       

Consultative and debriefing meetings at Hargeisa

1

f.         

Report writing

7

 

Total

 =SUM(ABOVE) 22

 

The actual sites will be agreed in the planning day, but this end-line evaluation will target sample villages of SOM Integrated lifesaving assistance for drought-affected communities in Somaliland intervention areas of Togdheer, Sool, Sanaag and Marodijeh regions.

 

Presentation of the Results

 

The consultancy is expected to produce a quality report, which documents the good practices and lessons learnt; differentiating findings, conclusions and recommendations. The consolidated summary shall pull together the key findings from the project, analyse them (in reference to SC Germany programme objectives) and make programmatic recommendations. In addition to the report the consultancy shall submit data on methodology used, interview outlines, list of people interviewed/met, etc.

SCG, SCI and the implementing partners will disseminate the findings and lessons learnt, which means the consultancy shall have no exclusive copyright of the report.

Organisation, Roles and Responsibility

The consultancy will be contracted by and report to Save the Children. The project team, country office MEAL staff and technical advisors will provide all the necessary support for the end-line evaluation process. They will provide project documents and also will provide technical assistance (e.g. avail any other documents and information needed etc).

 

Terms and Conditions

Professional Fee: The consultant will come up with his/her own rate which will be subject to negotiation within the bounds of donor requirements and set standards of SC in Somaliland, the consultant is expected to estimate all relevant costs for the exercise, including costs for data collectors, vehicle rent, venue, stationary, and accommodation while undertaking activities related to this assignment.

 

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.

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 and Hostage and Kidnap trainings 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.

Expertise required

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

·         Higher university degree or above in a relevant field

·         Proven experience of not less than 3 years in conducting quality evaluations and assessing emergency and integrated programmes

·         Thorough knowledge on the relevant thematic areas and Somalia/Somaliland context

·         English language is essential; local language skills would be helpful.

·         Excellent report writing skills

 

Application Procedure & Requirements

 

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 not including accommodation, transportation, stationary, research assistances and all other cost related to this assignment.

·         Company profile or CV including a minimum of 3 references

·         A sample of previously conducted similar studies.

·         Detailed budget breakdown based on expected daily rates.

 

 

 

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