Consultancy for Baseline Survey for FFO NexusProject

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Employer: Save the Children
Job Title: Consultancy for Baseline Survey for FFO NexusProject Featured job
Job Type: Contractor/Consultant
Location: Somaliland
Category: Other
Description:

 

INVITATION TO BID FOR CONSULTANCY

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 Baseline Survey for FFO NexusProject

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SCI Contracting Office

Save the Children

Somaliland Office

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Period of Consultancy

The assignment will be 25 days inclusive of travels. The anticipated dates of the Baseline Survey are April 1st - April 25th, 2020.

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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

Qualifications

§  The lead consultant or consultants should have a minimum ofpost graduate qualifications (MA level) in social science, particularly economics, Development studies, food security, public health or related fields

§  Minimum of 7 years of demonstrated professional experience delivering Monitoring and Evaluations services

§  Proven experience in conducting quality project Monitoring and Evaluation including baseline survey for multi-sectoral programs especially with FSL, Nutrition, Education and WASH

§  Proven experience in conducting baseline surveys and evaluations for both humanitarian and development projects with understanding of hum-development nexus in fragile contexts

§  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)

§  Experience in providing quality technical reports

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

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Evaluation Criteria

Criteria for evaluation:

  • Demonstrated similar past experience
  • Capacity to deliver (work experience, qualification of the involved consultants and firm’s Capacity carry out the work
  • Soundness of the Technical approach and proposed methodology
  • Budget
  • Proposed Timeline to deliver

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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)     CVs of the consultant(s) with at least three credible referees.

b)     Technical proposal, outlining an understanding and interpretation of the TOR and methodologies including sampling procedure, data collection, data analysis plan, quality assurance, management and tools to be used

c)     Detailed Work Plan

d)     Financial Proposal outlining consultant’s daily rates and break down of all other costs associated with the assignment.

e)     Evidence of relevant experience and samples of products relevant 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 March 29, 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

BASELINE FOR HEALTH, NUTRITION, WASH, EDUCATION AND CHILD PROTECTION SERVICES AND CASH TRANSFERS FOR VULNERABLE CHILDREN AND FAMILIES IN SOMALIA/SOMALILAND (FFO NEXUS)

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.

 

The project finances the implementation of the humanitarian priorities of Save the Children’s Country Strategic Plan (CSP) for Somalia. The focus of the project funding will be on the humanitarian components of goal 1 (562,000 Most Deprived Children 0-5 Have A Strong Start in Life  - “Crisis affected children under five have access to timely and adequate health, nutrition, WASH and child protection services and their families can meet their basic food and non-food needs in times of crisis”) and goal 2 (473,000 Children (6–14yr) Have A Better Foundation for A Bright Future -“473,000 Children (6–14yr) Have A Better Foundation for A Bright Future. Children between 6-14 affected by crisis are protected and enjoy uninterrupted access to education”) of the Save the Children’s Country Strategic Plan.

For children under five, SC, through this project, will provide mobile and facility based health and nutrition services ensuring access to preventive and curative health service throughout the emergency period. To treat and prevent malnutrition, the project will apply the Provision Community based Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) and the promotion of optimal Infant & Young Child Feeding practices in emergencies (IYCF-E). Measures will be complemented with rehabilitating climate resilient water sources for communities in crisis as well as unconditional cash transfers for families with children under five.

To ensure protection of children in crisis, SC, under this project, will set up child friendly spaces, provide psycho-social support and family tracing and reunification services and conduct child resilience and community sensitization sessions. To ensure uninterrupted access to education, schools in communities with high numbers of IDP and returnees will receive temporary financial and material support.

2.   Project Objectives

§  To contribute to a world in which every child in Somalia attains the right to survival, protection, development and participation

§  Crisis affected children under five have access to timely and adequate health, nutrition, WASH and child protection services and their families can meet their basic food and non-food needs in times of crisis

Outcome

Output

OUTCOME 1: 562,000 Most Deprived Children 0-5 Have A Strong Start in Life

Output 1.1: Health & Nutrition: Ensure access to essential lifesaving integrated preventive and curative health and nutrition services among vulnerable children (boys and girls), pregnant and lactating women and their households in drought-affected, IPD and other vulnerable communities in Somalia

Output 1.2: WASH: Improved access to drinking water, sanitation and hygiene promotion for drought affected communities, IDP and other vulnerable populations

Output 1.3: FSL: Families with children under 5 in humanitarian crisis protect and restore access to basic food security

OUTCOME 2: 473,000 Children (6–14yr) Have A Better Foundation For A Bright Future

Output 2.1: Education: Crisis affected children have access to basic education in emergencies services

Output 2.2: Child Protection: Children in drought affected and IDP and returnee areas have improved protection and psychosocial well-being through increased access to preventive and response child protection services.

 

3.   Geographical Coverage

SC will implement an integrated approach; health and nutrition sites, WASH, food security and livelihoods, education and child protection services targeting the most affected populations within 6 regions of Somalia/Somaliland including regions in Somaliland (Sool, Sanaag, Toghdeer); Puntland (Mudug region); and Southern states (Kismayo, Mogadishu, Adado).

4.   Project target beneficiaries

Health: SC will target a total of 90,610 beneficiaries including (22,200 men, 41,227 women, 12,232 Boys and 14,951 Girls).

Nutrition: Under-five children = 25,930 (Boys 12,965, Girls 12,965); Women (PLWs) = 30,392; Men = 914

WASH: SC will target a total of 52,400 beneficiaries including (15,406 men, 16,034 women, 10,480 Boys and 10,480 Girls).

Child Protection: SC will reach a total of 10,895 direct beneficiaries (3150 girls, 3070 boys, 2,907 women and 1768 men), while the number of indirect beneficiaries is 26,175

Education: SC will target a total of 11,620 learners (4,900 girls, 6,300boys)

Food security and livelihoods: SC will provide Cash to 1500 households

5.   Purpose of the Baseline Survey

The main purpose of the baseline survey to assess the status of all indicators and to understand the starting point of key components of the work against which later progress will be measured during the end of project evaluation. This will enable project indicators at outcome level to be measured and tracked.

The baseline survey will assess the current (pre-intervention) situation and will establish benchmarks for project indicators which will be used for evaluating the project effectiveness and the nexus of humanitarian and development.

6.   Key Indicators to be assessed

1.     20% Increase in women with four or more antenatal visits during last pregnancy

2.     40% Increase in skilled attendance at birth in all Save the Children supported target areas

3.     50% reduction in caregivers who believe PHP is acceptable way of disciplining children

4.     40% increase in households with acceptable Food Consumption Scores and Household Dietary Diversity Scores during lean season.

5.     50% increase in practice of early initiation of exclusive breastfeeding within one hour within Save the children target areas

6.     % of school children (disaggregated by sex) describing their school as a ‘Safe Zone’.

7.     % of students enrolled in supported learning institutions that remain in the learning institution the following year (Sex, IDPs)

8.     % of households targeted by latrine construction/promotion program whose latrines are completed and clean

9.     % of people targeted by the hygiene promotion program who report using a latrine the last time they defecated

10.  % people that can demonstrate satisfactory health and hygiene knowledge and practices

11.  % of targeted households that can access 3 meals per day during the time they receive emergency cash

12.  % of groups of children participating in Child Resilience programme, who show improvement in their resilience and their psychosocial wellbeing

13.  % of adult caregivers who believe that PHP is necessary for child raising

7.   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. The consultant will also present the findings to SC, Program staff, technical team and other stakeholders. The consultant shall have to carry out the following and other specific activities during the baseline survey process:

  • Review of key documents that include the proposal documents, Project proposal, logframe, MEAL plan and work plan.
  • Design of baseline survey
    • Produce an inception report that details the methodology to be used, instruments and methods of data collection for both quantitative and qualitative, detailed work plan, a description of how data will be collected including the sampling frame, sample size, data sources, analysis plan, quality assurance, ethical consideration and drafts of data collection tools such as questionnaire, KII and FGD guide
    • Work with SC on putting the baseline survey tool on tablets
  • Conduct training of enumerators and supervisors
  • Conduct field data collection
  • Ensure the quality of data collected
  • Discuss with SC on initial results report on baseline survey
  • Produce first draft report for SC review
  • Conduct final presentation in collaboration with SC.
  • Address comments from SC [if any] and produce the final draft report

8.   Baseline Methodology

The consultant is supposed to propose the methodology during the submission of the technical proposal. The Final methodology will be agreed with SCI during the inception phase.  However, SCI expects the baseline survey will use a mix of qualitative and quantitative methods that will include but not limited to review of existing literature on the humanitarian situation in Somalia, SC’s response through the previous FFO project and other relevant literature, focus group discussions, key informant interviews, observations and a HH survey covering a sample of targeted beneficiaries. The consultant will also conduct desk reviews and key informants to collect institutional based indicators like health facilities, schools, public places and partners. The baseline survey will collect data that will provide indicator benchmarks for the project outcome indicators and establishes the assessment of current situation in project target sectors and locations to provide meaningful information on dynamics and underlying issues that program team can later utilize in implementing interventions.

Participatory methods that maximize the meaningful participation of children and their carers will be important. The evaluators shall present an inception report detailing key survey questions; 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 evaluators will work with the respective technical specialists and teams in the field for FSL, WASH, CP and Health/Nutrition as well as the MEAL team for technical and quality backstopping.

9.   SC Responsibilities

The SC Somalia/Somaliland will be responsible for the following:

§  Ensure effective coordination of the baseline logistics to support the consultants in undertaking their assignment.

§  Review and Approve inception report

§  Provide input into the tools developed, and baseline design.

§  Provide consultants with literature review materials/necessary documentations.

§  Link consultants to relevant stakeholders

§  Review analysis of the data collected prior to the documentation of the final report

§  Review draft report

§  Approve and sign off final report draft

10.   Consultant Responsibilities

The consultant will lead the process of:

§  Study design, methodology, planning and quality control procedures; 

§  Recruiting and/or training enumerators in survey protocols, techniques and on the methods

§  Reviewing existing literature to inform study designs, research questions, and development of sampling methodologies

§  Finalizing work plan, questionnaire(s), KII & FGD guidelines

§  The consultant will guide and provide required technical support to the field teams for carrying out interviews and gathering information from different stakeholders.

§  The consultant will remain responsible for the entire study maintaining the highest level standards and quality and for producing the final survey reports.

11.   Deliverables

The following outputs are expected from the consultant

§  Work plan and Inception Report (with key parameters and indicators to be considered for the baseline survey including methodology, key survey questions; source of information/data; sampling procedures and the sample size, data collection methods and tools, data analysis plan, reporting and all the tools)

§  Both row and cleaned data sets

§  A comprehensive and well organized Final Report complete with standard reporting formats,

§  A set of actionable and evidence-based recommendations

§  Recommendations should consider the needs of specific stakeholder groups, and be relevant to the effective impact measurement of programme objectives and outcomes.

§  The consultant will present findings/recommendations in a workshop organized for key SC staff, program partners, and key stakeholders:  

§  Workshop report summary document to supplement the final report.

12.   Management and Logistics

The consultant will be supervised by the project MEAL manager. The consultant will be responsible for organizing logistical issues with limited facilitation from SCI and as per the consultancy agreement.

13.   Duration of the Assignment

The assignment will be 25 days inclusive of travels. The anticipated dates of the baseline survey are April 1st-April, 25, 2020.

14.   Qualification

§  The lead consultant or consultants should have a minimum of post graduate qualifications (MA level) in social science, particularly economics, Development studies, food security, public health or related fields

§  Minimum of 7 years of demonstrated professional experience delivering Monitoring and Evaluations services

§  Proven experience in conducting quality project Monitoring and Evaluation including baseline survey for multi-sectoral programs especially with FSL, Nutrition, Education and WASH

§  Proven experience in conducting baseline surveys and evaluations for both humanitarian and development projects with understanding of hum-development nexus in fragile contexts

§  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)

§  Experience in providing quality technical reports

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

15.   Payment Details

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

16.   Application Process

Interested and qualified consultants are expected to submit the following documents which will form part of the pre-selection recruitment process:

1.     CVs of the consultant(s) with at least three credible referees.

2.     Technical proposal, outlining an understanding and interpretation of the TOR and methodologies including sampling procedure, data collection, data analysis plan, quality assurance, management and tools to be used

3.     Detailed Work Plan

4.     Financial Proposal outlining consultant’s daily rates and break down of all other costs associated with the assignment.

 

5.     Evidence of relevant experience and samples of products relevant to the assignment

 

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