INVITATION TO BID FOR CONSULTANCY - Consultancy for Third-Party Monitoring and verification for Short-Term Regional Emergency Response Project (STRERP)

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Employer: Save the Children
Job Title: INVITATION TO BID FOR CONSULTANCY - Consultancy for Third-Party Monitoring and verification for Short-Term Regional Emergency Response Project (STRERP) Featured job
Job Type: Full-Time
Location: Hargeisa; Somaliland
Category: CONSULTANCY
Description:

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

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Title of Consultancy

Consultancy for Third-Party Monitoring and verification for Short-Term Regional Emergency Response Project (STRERP)

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SCI Contracting Office

Save the Children

Somaliland Office

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Period of Consultancy

The assignment will be 15 days inclusive of travels. The anticipated dates of the third-party monitoring are July 15-30, 2019.

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Consultant type required

Firm or Individual

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Responsibility for Logistics arrangements and Costs

The consultant shall be responsible for their own logistics arrangements and costs. The consultant will not be entitled to per-diem

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Taxation Provisions

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

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Travel requirements

The consultant is required to travel to different location in Somalia/Somaliland during the consultancy activities. Specific locations will depend on the sampling and the Technical approach in the approved proposal  

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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 Somaliland.

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Qualification and Experience

Firm Profile

  • Registered legally as a company/firm to offer third-party monitoring and verification consultancy services in Somalia/Somaliland
  • Strong work experience in providing consultancy on monitoring, evaluation, data analysis, reporting and field-based research or survey services
  • Demonstrate proven capacity to carry work in all parts of Somalia/Somaliland through the existence of well-established networks (full access to government, districts, and village levels).
  • Previous experience of working with the INGOs and/or the UN agencies in delivering monitoring, evaluation, data collection, analysis and reporting activities.
  • Capacity to arrange all logistical and security arrangements independently for field work (the TPM service provider is expected to organize its logistics and security arrangements)

Lead Consultant Profile

  • Post graduate qualifications (MA level) in social science, particularly economics, agriculture, food security, entrepreneurship or related fields
  • Minimum of 5 years of demonstrated professional experience delivering Monitoring and Evaluations services
  • Proven experience in conducting quality project Monitoring and Evaluation including third party monitoring particularly on Food security and livelihood projects in Somalia/land
  • Proven experience in food security, food voucher and food for work programming
  • Experience in applying participatory tools especially when interviewing/collecting information from children
  • Knowledge of Save the Children and its internal processes will be beneficial but is not essential
  • Knowledge and understanding of the social and cultural context of Somali people will be an asset.
  • Solid analytical, result based planning, report writing, communication and diplomacy skills with ability to correlate different data sets to actionable conclusions.
  • English language skills (report should be written in English).
  • Ability to make clear presentations and disseminate findings to both technical and nontechnical audience

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Evaluation Criteria

Criteria for evaluation:

  • Similary past experience
  • Capacity to deliver (work experience, qualification of the involved consultants and firm’s Capacity to arrange all logistical and security arrangements independently for field work
  • Soundness of the Technical approach and proposed methodology
  • Budget
  • Proposed Timeline to deliver
  • Valid Licience/Registration

 

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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

·         Key staff biodata

 

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

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.

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Closing date for Applications

Interested consultants shall submit their applications through the email address provided above on or before July 01st, 2019

Shortlisted candidates will be requested for an interview.

 

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Terms of Reference (ToR)

Complete ToR with details appended below attached herewith as    Annex 1.

  • Purpose of the consultancy,
  • Introduction of the project,
  • Background of the consultancy,
  • Objectives of the consultancy,
  • Proposed methodology and approach,
  • Scope of work,
  • Key deliverables / outputs
  • Activity timelines

 

ANNEX 1 : Consultancy Terms of Reference

TERMS OF REFERENCE

CONSULTANCY FOR THIRD-PARTY MONITORING AND VERIFICATION FOR SHORT-TERM REGIONAL EMERGENCY RESPONSE PROJECT (STRERP)

 

1.    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 organization, underpinned by a vision in a world in which every child attains the right to survival, protection, development and participation. Our mission 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 behaviour towards children both in their private and professional lives.

Save the Children is implementing Short-term Regional Emergency Response Project (STRERP) project financed by African Development Bank through Intergovernmental Authority on Development(IGAD). The project is implemented in Somalia/Somaliland in13 regions with 35 districts. Save the Children is implementing with partners with experienced local civil society organization (CSOs), Gargar Relief and Development Organization (GREDO) and Juba Foundation, who are responsible for the implementation of core project activities in designated project locations who understand the local contexts and have wide community acceptance. Save the children is implementing the project in 9 regions while GREDO and Juba Foundation are implementing in three regions; Juba Foundation is implementing in Gedo region while GREDO is implementing in lower Shabelle, Bakool and 2 districts in Bay region.

Overall objective

The overall objective of the project is to reduce food insecurity, hunger and malnutrition, as well as associated diseases and promote long-term resilience.

Specific Objective

The Specific Objective of this programme is to provide emergency food assistance and medical aid to the most vulnerable populations in Somalia/Somaliland, as well as put in place the preliminary building blocks to strengthen links between the production, distribution and consumption hubs of the food systems in the affected regions, leading to increased system-wide efficiency and longer-term resilience.  Below are the project outputs:

·         Output 1.1 Household access to and availability of diversified and nutritious food increased

·         Output 1.2: Targeted children and their families have increased access to sufficient safe water and sanitation facilities and adopt improved hygiene practices at HH and community level

·         Output 1.3. 9000 households have improved livestock productivity through access to voucher distribution

·         Output 1.4.  Increased access to safe water in communities and CTC centers for AWD affected areas in Somalia/land

·         Output 2.1. Food vouchers for vulnerable households to purchase nutrient diverse foods redeemed

·         Output 2.2.: Reinforced technical and institutional capacities of local governments for better management and coordination of humanitarian assistance.

Target beneficiaries: The food security component of the project targets a total of 50,462 HHs, which are disaggregated by Food Voucher 47,262 HHs and Food for Work 3,200 HHs

 

Target Locations: The project is implemented in Mudug, Galgaduud, Middle Shabele, Lower Shabele, Bay, Bakool, Bari, Nugaal, Mudug of South Central and Puntland and Awdal, Togdheer, Sool and Sanaag in Somaliland.

 

2.    Purpose of the third-party monitoring

The purpose of the Third Party Monitoring Consultancy Services is to conduct independent monitoring of quality and verification of services delivered to assess the achievement and progresses against the target plans, processes followed to implement activities, accountability to beneficiaries and government engagement,

 

Specific Objectives will include:

1.     To assess the effectiveness, appropriateness and fairness of the beneficiary selection process and community engagement

2.     To assess the accountability to beneficiaries (Sharing, participation, feedback and compliant handling mechanism)

3.     To monitor the redemption process with regards to the system and the vendors and identify any issues and challenges

4.     To assess the achievement and progresses (monitoring) in improving the food security of the target beneficiaries against project performance indicators

3.    Proposed Methodology

The proposed methodology involves:

1.     Beneficiary interviews (Survey), observations and Focus Group Discussions (FGDs), to assess the achievement and progresses in improving the food security of the target beneficiaries against project performance indicators, accountability to beneficiaries, selection and overall beneficiary engagement process and fairness and document any gaps, concern and/or lessons or best practices

2.      Key Informant Interviews (KIIs) with Local Authorities, and Implementing Partners, to assess the engagement with the government through line ministries, engagement and the management of the partners in delivering the life-saving assistance in this project.

3.      Document review for sites and beneficiary selection processes to assess the selection process especially beneficiary selection and re-verification process, appropriateness and fairness of the targeting criteria and to the extent it was applied.

 

4.    Monitoring and Verification focus areas

Beneficiary selection Process

§  Hold interviews with beneficiaries and non-beneficiaries and other stakeholders to document the beneficiary selection process specifically community participation including women and marginalized groups in the selection and verification of beneficiaries.

§  Document the process of selecting beneficiary’s committees and establish the role of the committee members and SCI staff in the selection and verification of project beneficiaries.

§  Assess the appropriateness of the targeting criteria, the extent to which it was followed and overall fairness of the process.

§  Identify if there were any shortcomings in the process of food distribution.

§  Determine how the targeted communities have benefited from the food voucher and food for work intervention in their respective communities.

Information Sharing

§  Assess the extent to which the beneficiaries are informed and aware of key project information such as project objectives, activities, timelines, entitlement, number of food distributions, expected results, targeted beneficiaries, criteria for selecting beneficiaries and response during stagnation period.

§  Establish whether beneficiaries have been informed and are aware about opportunities/activities in which they can participate.

§  Establish whether there is information that beneficiaries would like to have about the project and its implementation but they are not getting.

Complaint and response mechanisms:

§  Establish beneficiaries’ awareness of mechanisms through which they can give feedback or make complaints to SC. (how to complain or raise concerns about activities, what they can complain about, who can complain to, how and where they can complain and issues of response effectiveness, appropriateness and confidentiality).

§  Assess the acceptance and level of confidence that beneficiaries have in the existing SC complaints response mechanisms

§  Generate ideas for improving the existing complaint handling mechanism

Participation

§  Generate Information about how beneficiaries including children would like to/ are participating in the project implementation.

§  Assess the overall participation with regard to all beneficiaries at all stages including mobilization, structural establishment, selection, verification, re-verification

Project Intervention Outcomes

§  Collect qualitative data on the impact of the program including case studies that demonstrate change in the lives of children

§  Assess the impact of the food voucher and food for work interventions in contributing to reduce vulnerability of crisis-affected people in target locations, especially women and children through integrated measures

§  Document unintended impact of the project (Negative and Positive Impacts)

§  Find out the % of the target population with improved Food Consumption Score (FCS)

§  Assess the household reducing Coping Strategy Index (rCSI)

§  Assess the household Minimum Acceptable Diet and the children (6–23 months) in beneficiary households receiving a minimum acceptable diet (MAD)

Other Project Interventions

§  Collect data on the other project interventions including WASH, health and Capacity building for government staff

§  Assess the progress made in these areas against target

§  Identify implementation gaps and bottlenecks and suggest recommendations

5.    Deliverables

The following outputs are expected of the consultant

§  Third party Monitoring and Verification report of not more than 30 pages capturing the findings on achievement against target, accountability to beneficiaries, engagement with the government and challenges and bottlenecks to implementations if any with actionable and evidence-based recommendations

§  Detailed methodology, sampling and data collection tools

§  Cleaned data sets

§  A set of pictures with GPS coordinates taken during the monitoring exercise shall be appended separately.

§  Two to three case studies that demonstrate change in the lives of target beneficiaries including children

 

6.    Management and Logistics

The consulting firm will be supervised by the project MEAL manager

The consulting firm will be responsible for organizing logistical issues with limited facilitation from SCI and as per the consultancy agreement.

7.    Duration of the Assignment

The assignment will be 15 days inclusive of travels. The anticipated dates of the third-party monitoring are July 15-30, 2019.

 

8.    Required Profile

Firm Profile

§  Registered legally as a company/firm to offer third-party monitoring and verification consultancy services in Somalia/Somaliland

§  Strong work experience in providing consultancy on monitoring, evaluation, data analysis, reporting and field-based research or survey services

§  Demonstrate proven capacity to carry work in all parts of Somalia/Somaliland through the existence of well-established networks (full access to government, districts, and village levels).

§  Previous experience of working with the INGOs and/or the UN agencies in delivering monitoring, evaluation, data collection, analysis and reporting activities.

§  Capacity to arrange all logistical and security arrangements independently for field work (the TPM service provider is expected to organize its logistics and security arrangements)

Lead Consultant Profile

§  Post graduate qualifications (MA level) in social science, particularly economics, agriculture, food security, entrepreneurship or related fields

§  Minimum of 5 years of demonstrated professional experience delivering Monitoring and Evaluations services

§  Proven experience in conducting quality project Monitoring and Evaluation including third party monitoring particularly on Food security and livelihood projects in Somalia/land

§  Proven experience in food security, food voucher and food for work programming

§  Experience in applying participatory tools especially when interviewing/collecting information from children

§  Knowledge of Save the Children and its internal processes will be beneficial but is not essential

§  Knowledge and understanding of the social and cultural context of Somali people will be an asset.

§  Solid analytical, result based planning, report writing, communication and diplomacy skills with ability to correlate different data sets to actionable conclusions.

§  English language skills (report should be written in English).

§  Ability to make clear presentations and disseminate findings to both technical and nontechnical audience

9.    Payment Details

Payment will be in accordance with a detailed budget breakdown as submitted through the proposal, and invoices will be expected from the consultant prior to payment

10.  Application Process

The consultant is expected to submit the following documents which will form part of the pre-selection recruitment process:

1.     Company Profile

2.     Valid Company license

3.     CVs of all involved consultant(s)

4.     Technical proposal, outlining the methodologies including sampling, analysis, management and tools to be used

5.     Work Plan

6.     Proposed Budget

7.     Proven samples of the previous similar work with INGOs and/or UN agencies preferably

Reference – At least two credible referees.

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