Final evaluation and end line Survey of Emergency Food Assistance to drought affected households in South Central Somalia, Somaliland and Puntland

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Employer: Save the Children
Job Title: Final evaluation and end line Survey of Emergency Food Assistance to drought affected households in South Central Somalia, Somaliland and Puntland Featured job
Job Type: Contractor/Consultant
Location: Somaliland; Puntland; Somalia
Category: Other


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



Title of Consultancy

Final evaluation and end line Survey of Emergency Food Assistance to drought affected households in South Central Somalia, Somaliland and Puntland


SCI Contracting Office

Save the Children

Hargeisa office


Period of Consultancy

35 working days within 2 months


Consultant type required

In   individual or firm 


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


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


Travel requirements 

The consultant will travel to Somalia field offices to conduct the training of enumerators and field supervisors and to lead the data collection process in all areas.


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


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.


Evaluation Criteria


% Score



C.Vs of Team members 


Experience with similar assignment including work plan



Financial budget




Application Procedure

Interested consultants should submit their applications via email to [Somaliland.procurement@savethechildren.orgThe 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 clearly articulated approach to address the objectives, and the evaluation

·         Workplan

·         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.


Closing date for Applications

Interested consultants shall submit their applications through the email address provided above on or before (19th January, 2020)

Shortlisted candidates will be requested for an interview.



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




The Emergency Food Assistance to Drought Affected Households in South Central Somalia, Somaliland and Puntland Project covers four regions of Somaliland (Awdal), Puntland (Bari and Nugaal) and Central Southern states (Hiiraan). The project is being implemented by Save the Children in Somalia for a period of 9 months (June 2019 to February 2020). The main objective of the project is to support drought-affected children and their families to cover their immediate food and non-food needs. The project targets 14,410 households, which are the very poor and poor vulnerable pastoralist and agro-pastoralists, those with physical disabilities, pregnant and lactating women, elderly, labor-poor households, and child and female headed households. The households are receiving unconditional cash transfers (UCT) or Cash for Work (CFW) to subsidize their food purchases, and some also receive seeds to improve their productive capacity.

In order to meet immediate food security needs of drought affected households in Awdal, Bari, Nugaal and Hiiraan regions, to prevent further loss of productive assets and to mitigate the need for households (HHs) to engage in negative coping strategies, SC will support 14,410 HHs, reaching approximately 80,790 unique beneficiaries with unconditional cash and cash-for-work/cash-for-trainings. All the targeted populations fall within the IPC 3 or 4 phases.


Objectives of the Study

The objectives of the final evaluation are to measure the extent to which the program improved key food security indicators, to identify and document Save the Children Somalia’s successes and lessons learned, and to develop recommendations for similar programs in the future. The findings are intended to be used by Save the Children Somalia, other Save the Children country offices, and donors to improve planning, designing, and implementation of food security programming.



The methodology for the study should include quantitative and qualitative methods.

The quantitative component must align with the methodology used for the baseline study. The baseline study was conducted using a two-stage design with systematic selection of participants, and the final sample size was 749 households. These same households will be interviewed for the final evaluation; Save the Children will provide the consultant with the list of households and their location, and baseline report and other relevant documents. The data collection tool from the baseline study must be used. The consultant must conduct a test of difference for all key indicators (i.e. FCS, HHS, rCSI, GAM, etc.) to detect change(s). The full indicator list is included as Annex 3.

Indicators to be evaluated during end line.

a. The analysis should address percentage changes for the following indicators between baseline and end line

ü  Prevalence of households with moderate or severe Household Hunger Scale (HHS) score

ü  Percentage of households with acceptable Food Consumption Score (FCS)Percentage of households with borderline Food Consumption Score (FCS)Percentage of households with poor Food Consumption Score (FCS)

ü  Prevalence of global acute malnutrition (GAM) in beneficiary households

ü  Percentage of households that can identify at least three promoted IYCF behaviours

ü  Average Reduced Coping Strategies Index (rCSI) Score*

b.   Cross sectional analysis for the beneficiaries at the end line for the following indicators

ü  Percentage of households that report the cash transfer allows them to meet their basic food needs Number of months of household were food self-sufficiency as a result of improved agricultural production programming

c. Project effect on children nutritional outcomes

ü  Effect of cash programming on the nutritional status of children:

· What are the effect of the cash transfers both Unconditional and conditional cash and on child nutrition.

ü  To what extend the cash transfer both Unconditional cash and conditional cash have underlying determinants on child nutrition?

·         The cash transfer and child nutrition outcomes

ü  How CTs increase resources for food, health and care and how cash transfer programming have an impact on children’s dietary intake and health status?

·         Heterogeneity of impact of cash transfer programing on child nutrition


ü  What are the factors that may explain some of the heterogeneous impact of CT programmes on child nutrition? 


The report should include tables with the following information for each indicator:


Baseline value

End line value 

test-statistics for difference



























The qualitative component should include focus group discussion and key informant interviews with beneficiaries and Save the Children Somalia staff. The consultant should ensure the qualitative sampling approach includes men and women of all ages. The consultant will be expected to propose a detailed methodology as part of the application.

Consultant responsibilities


  1. Draft evaluation protocol, for SAVE THE CHILDREN review, which includes sampling approach, data collection plan, data analysis plan, timelines, and logistics.  [See Annex I for an illustrative outline for the research protocol]
  2. Final research protocol
  3. Draft data collection tools, including written informed consent language, for review by SAVE THE CHILDREN and submission to the SAVE THE CHILDREN Ethics Review Committee
  4. Final data collection tools (in English and all translations)
  5. Enumerator training materials
  6. Raw datasets, transcripts, and field notes
  7. Completed USAID Development Data Library (DDL) forms, codebook, and de-identified datasets. For instructions on the preparation of these materials, please see and the Save the Children DDL User Guide.
  8. Summary table of results, for review by SAVE THE CHILDREN
  9. List of sites visited with types and numbers of informants at each
  10. Draft report, for review by SAVE THE CHILDREN  
  11. Final report
  12. Executive summary, approximately 2 pages in length
  13. Final presentation to Save the Children

Pertinent Permissions, Approvals, Insurance, and Other Required Permits

The consultant will be responsible for obtaining all necessary permissions, approvals, insurance, and other required permits and for adhering to national and local formalities. The consultant is responsible for ensuring that research team members have the necessary certifications to conduct human subject research, and all research staff must follow Save the Children’s child safeguarding policies.


The consultancy will be awarded in January 2019. Data collection will take place in February 2019, and the final deliverables will be provided by the end of March 2019.

Intellectual Property

Save the Children will retain the rights, title, and interest to all data collected and reports produced through this research. Any work product resulting from this research must credit Save the Children, any other participating partners, and USAID.

Ethical Guidelines

Every member of the research team must adhere to Save the Children’s ethical guidelines and child safeguarding policy. The research protocol, data collection tools, and informed consent language must be submitted to Save the Children’s Ethics Review Committee (ERC) for approval before data collection begins. Approval by the ERC can take up to 7 working days, so the contractor should build this into their timeline.

Every member of the research team must also adhere to ethical guidelines as outlined in the American Evaluation Association’s Guiding Principles for Evaluators. A summary of these guidelines is provided below.

                   Systematic inquiry: Researchers conduct systematic, data-based inquiries.

                   Competence: The research team possesses the education, abilities, skills, and experience appropriate to undertake the tasks proposed in the evaluation. Researchers practice within the limits of their professional training and competence, and decline to conduct research that fall substantially outside those limits. The research team collectively demonstrates cultural competence.

                   Integrity/honesty: Researchers display honesty and integrity in their own behavior, and attempt to ensure the honesty and integrity of the entire research process.

                   Respect for people: Researchers respect the security, dignity, and self-worth of respondents, activity participants, clients, and other evaluation stakeholders. Researchers regard informed consent for participation in evaluation and inform participants and clients about the scope and limits of confidentiality.

                   Responsibilities for general and public welfare: Researchers articulate and take into account the diversity of general and public interests and values that may be related to the research.


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:


Due Date

Technical and Financial Proposal  

16th January, 2020

Draft research protocol with tools

28th January, 2020

Completed USAID Development Data Library (DDL) forms, codebook, and de-identified datasets. For instructions on the preparation of these materials, please see and the Save the Children DDL User Guide.

30thth January, 2020

Data collection, cleaning and analysis

5th February, 2020

Summary table of results, for review by SAVE THE CHILDREN


15th February, 2020

List of sites visited with types and numbers of informants at each

15th February, 2020

Draft report send to Save the Children

25th February, 2020

Final clean copy of the report incorporating comments and recommendation from SC

1st March, 2020

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

1st March, 2020

Presentation for the results of baseline to stakeholders

5th March, 2020

DDL forms and de-identified datasets, in accordance with USAID DDL requirements

10th March, 2020

All raw datasets, processed data, data analysis commands and transcripts

15th March, 2020

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 draft protocol
  • 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.







Approved Work plan (including study tools).

4 Hard copies and

a soft copy

10% Professional Fees on 100% Operational Costs

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


Draft Report and Liquidation of Operational Costs

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

40% Professional Fees



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       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: indicating “OFDA funded Integrated Lifesaving Assistance for Drought and Conflict-Affected Populations in Somalia” as the subject.  Deadline for submission is 16th January 2020.
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