INVITATION TO BID FOR CONSULTANCY - BASELINE ASSESSMENT FOR INTEGRATED LIFESAVING ASSISTANCE FOR DROUGHT AND CONFLICT-AFFECTED POPULATIONS IN SOMALILAND/SOMALIA

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Job Title: INVITATION TO BID FOR CONSULTANCY - BASELINE ASSESSMENT FOR INTEGRATED LIFESAVING ASSISTANCE FOR DROUGHT AND CONFLICT-AFFECTED POPULATIONS IN SOMALILAND/SOMALIA Featured job
Job Type: Full-Time
Location: Somaliland
Category: Other
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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

BASELINE ASSESSMENT FOR INTEGRATED LIFESAVING ASSISTANCE FOR DROUGHT AND CONFLICT-AFFECTED POPULATIONS IN SOMALILAND/SOMALIA

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SCI Contracting Office

Save the Children

Hargeisa office

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Period of Consultancy

35 working days within 2 months

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Consultant type required

In   individual or firm 

5

Responsibility for Logistics arrangements and Costs

Consultant will cover all transportation and logistics cost and accommodation of consultant during his/her stay in field offices

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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 travel to Somalia field offices for the training of MEAL staff and enumerators. Consult will also conduct key informants interviews in the field 

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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

At least a Master’s degree in Agriculture Economics, Food Security and Nutrition, Social Sciences, Statistics or related field.

Minimum of 5 years’ relevant professional experience in conducting evaluations for food security programs especially cash transfer programs

Strong experience in conceptualizing and evaluating USAID funded programs preferably in the context of Somalia and/or Somaliland.

Excellent communication and report writing skills.

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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

·         Work plan

·         C.Vs of Key staff

·         List of similar assignments and with contacts of referees

 

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 (2nd  October, 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
  • Data collection tools

 

TERMS OF REFERENCE (TOR) FOR THE BASELINE EVALUATION FOR OFDA FUNDED INTEGRATED LIFESAVING ASSISTANCE FOR DROUGHT AND CONFLICT-AFFECTED POPULATIONS IN SOMALIA/SOMALIA

Introduction

Save the Children (SC) has worked in Somalia/Somaliland since 1951 and has provided emergency assistance since 1970 whenever there has been need. In 2016, SCI directly reached 600,936 children. Each year about 650,000 people benefit from our longer term development work in Health, Nutrition, Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH), Education, Food Security and Livelihoods (FSL), Child Protection and Child Rights Governance.

 

With support from USAID/OFDA, SC will implement a one-year program targeting 95,000+ including 55,000+ internally displaced people (IDP) through an integrated, resilience-focused approach including: health and nutrition; water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH); protection; agriculture, food security and livelihoods; and disaster risk reduction activities, targeting the most affected populations of Somalia’s ongoing pervasive drought and its resulting impacts. The integrated project is proposed for intervention in the following areas: Lughaya, Zeila, Borama (Awdal), Iskushuban, Qardho, Banderbeyla, Bosaso (Bari), Dangorayo (Nugal), Baidoa, Dinsoor, Berdale, Burhakaba (Bay), Waajid, Rabdure (Bakool), and Qoryoley (Lower Shabelle).

Project Objectives

 The main objective of the program is to save lives, alleviate suffering and maintain human dignity in communities experiencing humanitarian crisis or that are food insecure.

The program has the following sector specific objectives;

ü  Health: Increased access to primary healthcare for affected communities with total target beneficiaries 

ü  Nutrition: Increased access to interventions aimed at preventing, identifying and treating acute malnutrition among children and PLW

ü  WASH: Targeted children and families affected by drought have improved access to safe and adequate water and sanitation services and hygiene messages to reduce the risk of disease transmission

ü  Agriculture and Food Security: Protect productive assets among drought affected host and IDP communities.

ü  Economic Recovery and market systems: Restore productive assets and livelihood opportunities among drought affected resident and IDP communities

ü  Protection:Increased protection of children from harm, violence, exploitation and abuse

ü  Risk Management Policy and Practice: Strengthen institutional capacity to better address climate and disaster risks and increase community resilience to future shocks and stresses

 

Geographical Coverage and targets

SC will implement an integrated approach; health and nutrition sites, WASH, protection, agriculture & livelihoods, economic recovery and market systems, risk management policy and practice, and child protection  services targeting the most affected populations within Lughaya, Zeila, Borama (Awdal), Iskushuban, Qardho, Banderbeyla(Bari), Dangorayo (Nugal), Baidoa, Dinsoor, Berdale, Burhakaba (Bay), Waajid, Rabdure (Bakool), and Qoryoley (Lower Shabelle

 

 

Table: Beneficiary breakdown by location

Target beneficiaries per theme per districts

Region

Districts

health

nutrition

WASH

child protection

Agriculture & Food Security

Economic Recovery and Market Systems

Bari

 

 

 

       

iskushuban

11970

6853

6227

 

700

147

Qardo

9851

7302

4448

4346

1400

589

BanderBeyla

11710

5122

7117

3397

   

Nugal

Dangorayo

6964

3401

9728

3017

 

296

Bay

Baidoa

31974

32908

22182

8150

5700

300

Dinsoor

14530

2993

 

 

6300

 

Berdale

6396

3653

       

Burkahaba

7300

 

       

Awdal

Lughaya

19268

2269

4873

853

11400

66

Borama

8828

3067

3046

 

 

 

Zeila

16670

3447

4264

 

11400

90

Bakool

Wajid

26748

9020

5800

1223

600

 

Rabdhure

14500

14515

6520

1223

   

Lower shabelle

Qoryoley

51493

9659

58000

1223

1968

 

 

2.  Purpose of the Baseline Survey

The main purpose of the baseline survey is to establish the benchmarks as per the program logical frame indicators which will provide pre-intervention situation that will eventually be used for tracking and assess project performance and progress. In addition, baseline will collect and estimates indicators for FFP program which overlaps in some areas with OFDA programs to provide benchmarks for future comparison of effectiveness of the two programs integration or overlap.

3. Scope of Assignment

The consultant (s) will design and conduct the baseline survey and set out the benchmarks according to programme indicators taking into account regional variations and integration across themes and also with FFP. The consultant will also present the findings to SC, Program Director OFDA/FFP, technical team and other stakeholders. The consultant shall have to carry out the following and other specific activities during the baseline survey process:

Ö        Review of key documents that include the proposal documents, Project proposal, MEAL plan and work plan.

Ö        Design of baseline survey

o   Produce an inception report with a detailed work plan and methodology to be used with respect to the quantitative household survey, provide a description of how data will be collected including the sampling frame, data sources, analysis plan and drafts of data collection tools such as questionnaires

o   Develop an implementation plan for qualitative data collection including tool such as Key Informant Interview guides

o   Collaborate with SC on putting the baseline survey tool on tablets

Ö        Conduct training of enumerators and supervisors

Ö        Conduct field data collection

Ö        Discussion with SC on initial results report on baseline survey

Ö        Conduct final presentation in collaboration with SC. 

4. Baseline Methodology

Detailed design of the baseline methodology will be done by the consultant. The design should take into account that not all activities will be implemented in all locations though each location will receive at least two thematic interventions. Mostly quantitative method will be employed during the baseline survey through a household questionnaire to collect data that would provide indicator benchmarks for the project.  Quantitative method will be mostly employed during the baseline survey through a household questionnaire to collect data from caregivers or household heads or observations at the household. The consultant will also conduct desk reviews and key informants to collect institutional based indicators like health facilities and public places. Few focus groups discussion to compliment the findings of the quantitative survey will be encouraged to provide more information on underlying issues that program team can later utilize in implementing interventions. Due to community sensitivity on issues related to hygiene and infant young feeding practices (IYFP), the consultant will be encouraged to recruit mostly female enumerators from Somalia who can better gather this information from mostly anticipated women respondents.

5. Program Indicators to be assessed

The program intends to assess the following principal indicators from OFDA;

  1. Percentage of pregnant women who have attended at least two comprehensive antenatal clinics
  2. Percentage of new-borns that received postnatal care within three days after delivery
  3. Percentage of births assisted by a skilled attendant at birth
  4. Percentage of pregnant women in their third trimester who received a clean delivery kit
  5. Number and percentage of community members who can recall target health education messages
  6. Number of people admitted, rates of recovery, default, death, relapse, and average length of stay for people admitted to Management of Acute Malnutrition site
  7. Proportion of infants 0-5 months of age who are fed exclusively with breast milk
  8. Proportion of children 6-23 months of age who receive foods from 4 or more food groups
  9. Average number of users per functioning toilet
  10. % of people reporting improvements in their feelings of well-being and ability to cope at the end of the program

2.      Baseline Evaluation Process

The baseline will be carried out in conformity with the standard operating guidelines in the MEAL approach for SC. The baseline assessment will use mostly quantitative method though some qualitative information is still expected to be collected to explain some indicator estimates.  The applicants are therefore expected to elaborate on the baseline methodology that they will follow in their technical proposal.

2.1  Baseline Inception Report

The successful Consultant will prepare a Baseline Inception Report that will describe understanding of the Terms of References, detailed methodology and work plan. The inception report will include the indicator matrix which will detail how all project indicators shall be assessed, specifying the tools to be used. The report will be approved by Save the Children and will act as a key guiding document to the conduct of the baseline survey.

2.2   Work plan

The consultant will prepare a plan that will operationalize and direct how the whole exercise will be carried out. SC Somalia staff will be involved in providing input into design and review of tools, workshop agenda, and the report. The work plan will clearly describe the timing for;

a.     The development of baseline tools

b.    Baseline design workshop with stakeholders

c.     Recruitment and Training of research assistants including pretesting

d.    Fieldwork (Data collection and Analysis)

e.     Report writing and dissemination of results.

 

2.3  Geographical and beneficiary targeting

The exercise will be carried out in AWDAL (Somaliland), BARI and NUGAL (Puntland), and BAY (South Central Somalia). The program is targeting 95,000+ including 55,000+ internally displaced people from the areas. A detailed breakdown of specific activities by area will be provided to the consultants shortlisted for inception report submission.

3.1       Expertise of the consultants

The following are minimum requirements for the team/consultant to be considered for carrying out the assignment

1.    Relevant Masters level education experience and training in Development Studies, Social Sciences, Agro-economics, Public Health, and/or related fields. A team with a combination of at least two of the fields will have an added advantage.

2.    At least 5 years’ experience in conducting similar work. SC-Somalia is interested to verify related assignments conducted in the past 2 years.

3.    Considerable track record and proven experience in quantitative and qualitative methods.

3.2       Team members’ other responsibilities

The members shall be responsible for the following:

×          Adhering to all terms/conditions stipulated in their contracts including SC child safeguarding policy.

×          Obtaining their health insurance

×          Adhering to the agreed time-frames with regard to all activities outlined in the timeline

×          Consultant’s own laptops/computers to be used during the assignment

3.3       Deliverables

The potential consultant will be expected to complete the assignment in 35 days (including development of study protocol and implementation plan/timeline, literature review, inception report, development and pre-testing of data collection tools/instruments, training of assessment team, data collection, analysis, validation and report writing).

The consultants will be responsible for the following deliverables:

 

Output

Due Date

Technical and Financial Proposal  

28th September  , 2019

Inception report with tools

03rd October, 2019

Electronic files with all raw data sets

16th Oct, 2019

Draft report

21st October, 2019

Two printed and two electronic copies of the final reports in English

05th November, 2019

Presentation for the results of baseline to stakeholders

10th November 2019

3.4       SC Somalia Responsibilities

The SC Somalia will be responsible for the following:

  • Ensure effective coordination of the baseline logistics to support the consultants in undertaking their assignment.
  • Approve inception report
  • Providing input into the tools developed, and baseline design.
  • Provide consultants with literature review materials/necessary documentations.
  • Link consultants to relevant stakeholders
  • Reviewing analysis of the data collected prior to the documentation of the final report
  • Review draft report
  • Approve and signoff final report draft

4.0       Ownership of Research Data/Findings

All data collected and report findings for this study shall remain the property of the SC Somalia.

5.0 Budget and Payment Schedule:

The consultant is expected to provide a detailed budget for carrying out the study in US Dollars including consultancy fees.

S.N.

Deliverable

Specifications

Payment

Remarks

1

Approved Work plan (including study tools).

4 Hard copies and

a soft copy

10% Professional Fees

100% Operational Costs

 

Catering for training of research team, data collection, analysis and reporting

2

Draft Report and Liquidation of Operational Costs

Soft copy & Presentation of results to SC Program Director OFDA/FFP

40% Professional Fees

 

3

Final Report

4 Hard copies plus a soft copy

50% Professional Fees

Final payment to the contract upon production of satisfactory report as required by Save the Children.

 

 

6.0       Plan for dissemination and learning

SC-Somalia will organize meetings with various stakeholders at community and district levels to provide feedback on/disseminate findings from the baseline. This will also provide an opportunity for the stakeholders to identify and agree on targets adjustment and policy issues to be taken forward based on findings from the assessment.  The consultant (s) shall present the findings and SC shall lead the discussion on joint planning.

 

 

7.0       Award Criteria

The following award criteria will be used during the evaluation of the proposals: -

Description

Possible Score

Capability and Capacity  Criteria

60 Marks

Compliance with Consultancy requirement

-          Provision of required information & documents; responsiveness to ToR's

 

10

Consultant Experience

-          Qualifications and general experience of the firm/team

-          Proven specific experience in performing similar assignments especially in Somalia in the past three years with reputable organizations.

 

10

10

Adequacy of Work Plan & Methodology

-          Methodology and techniques to be applied well stipulated

-          Clear description of tasks in their Scope of Work

 

20

10

Commercial Criteria

40 Marks

Bidder's Price Quotation (financial proposal)

40

Total Score

100%

 

8.0       Mode of Submission

Save the Children invites technical and financial proposals from qualified consultants. Applications Interested candidates should present an application, as follows: 

  • A Technical application detailing: - Understanding of the ToRs, methodology, CVs of the Team Leaders and technical reference of previous similar works
  • A Financial proposal with a detailed budget taking considering the details in the ToR and timelines therein.

Application Submission address:  Somaliland.procurement@savethechildren.org indicating “OFDA funded baseline assessment for Integrated Lifesaving Assistance for Drought and Conflict-Affected Populations in Somaliland/Somalia” as the subject.  Deadline for submission is 2nd October 2019.

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