Alignment with CP purpose, objectives, and priority issues: Save the Children (SC) employs a Child Rights-based approach in all our programming. Our child rights programming is anchored on three pillars: 1) Direct actions on violations of children’s rights and gaps in service provision 2) Strengthening the capacity of duty-bearers to meet their obligations (policies, practice, and legislation); 3) Strengthening the understanding and capacity of children, their caregivers and civil society to claim rights and hold others to account. Our interventions are guided by a country-specific Child Rights Situation Analysis to understand the situation of children and their rights.
The project was aimed to promote inclusive approaches by supporting vulnerable adolescent girls from IDP, returnee and host communities in Kismayo at high risk of being affected by negative strategies adopted by families to cope with the socio-economic impacts of COVID-19, conflict, migration, displacement, and climate change, by strengthening resilience of their families to such shocks.
The project addresses the capacities, rights and critical needs of adolescent girls who need strengthened protection due to specific age, gender and disability-related risks. Girls early and forced marriage is common among both IDP and non-IDP communities, due to deeply embedded cultural beliefs and gender stereotypes, lack of awareness by parents and caregivers on children’s’ rights, and limited access to education for girls.
To strengthen the resilience of families, the project provides regular and predictable cash transfers in the form of child benefits for adolescent girls, complemented with capacity strengthening and systems building support for the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (MoLSA) in social protection delivery. Cash transfer beneficiaries were selected based on pre-defined selection criteria and methodology applied by community committees who were trained on child protection and cash transfers.
Cash transfer on its own is not necessarily sufficient to ensure that targeted children have positive outcomes around education and protection, hence the project l combined cash transfer with complementary interventions (cash plus) to ensure that the cash will have a maximum impact on children, particularly adolescent girls. Local partner, Juba Foundation, is leading in ensuring children’s well-being is promoted by enhancing the capacity of households and communities to care for children through the Parenting without Violence common approach and strengthening the capacity of children through child resilience activities, structured play, and recreational sessions.
The project seeks to contribute to addressing negative coping mechanisms affecting adolescent girls from the most vulnerable Internally Displaced Persons (IDP), returnees, and host communities in Kismayo, as a result of the socio-economic impacts of COVID-19, conflict, migration, displacement and climate change. This will be achieved through three outcomes:
- The resilience of families, especially women and girls, is increased through use of regular, predictable and reliable cash transfers and establishment of a localized shock-responsive mechanism that is designed, monitored and implemented with communities, local partners and other stakeholders in line with the Somalia Social Protection Policy. This will also be complemented with supporting women’s access to finance through saving groups and cash grants.
- Rights of vulnerable girls with and without disabilities are respected, and they are protected from risks related to child marriage, Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and school dropout by increasing the awareness of parents, caregivers and communities on negative impacts of child marriage and FGM, and awareness of gender equality, Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS), access to education and disability rights. In addition, strengthen MHPSS through case management for girls, especially Gender Based Violence (GBV) survivors using SC Steps to Protect Common Approach, and increasing confidence of girls to empower them to demand their rights.
- The capacity of government systems, state authorities, local partners and communities is strengthened and inclusive to ensure the design and delivery of inclusive social protection schemes and improved attitudes to girls’ protection and wellbeing.
Addressing negative coping mechanisms affecting adolescent girls from the most vulnerable Internally Displaced Persons (IDP), returnees, and host communities in Kismayo, because of the socio-economic impacts of COVID-19, conflict, migration, displacement, and climate change.
- Outcome 1: The resilience of families, especially women and girls, is increased through use of regular, predictable, and reliable cash transfers and establishment of a local shock-responsive mechanism
- Outcome 2: Rights of vulnerable girls with and without disabilities are respected, and they are protected from risks related to child marriage, FGM and school dropout.
- Outcome 3: The capacity of government systems, state authorities, local partners and communities to ensure child and social protection work is strengthened and inclusive
- GENERAL OBJECTIVE OF THE ANNUAL SURVEY
The purpose of the Annual Survey is to track the progress of the project and provide evidence for adaptation using child-sensitive shock-responsive approaches will also be conducted and document challenges, and best practices to inform future similar programming.
2.1 SPECIFIC OBJECTIVES
The aim of the end-of-year survey is to collect data on project indicators in order to inform project stakeholders about the progress of the project’s yearly objectives. It will also provide an overview of the overall project progress in comparison to the project baseline results at the start of the project. The data will serve as a baseline for project monitoring and evaluation. The end-of-year monitoring survey will be used to track progress toward meeting the project’s intended outputs and outcomes, as well as to give information on how cross-cutting themes have been mainstreamed in previous years. Conduct knowledge, attitude, and practice study on behavioral change in social and gender norms.
Collect qualitative and quantitative data on the impact of the program including benefits of Cash Transfer, VSLA, IYCF messaging, and integration sectors including case management support (family tracing and reunification FTR, PSS, referrals), Parenting without Violence (PwV), and Child Friend Space activities, and collect case studies that demonstrate change in the lives of children.
Recommend improvements for the longer-term resilience intervention strategy for the same or similar intervention areas and/or communities.
The Annual Survey will employ a mixed method both quantitative and qualitative approach in the Kismayo districts in the Lower Jubba region. The methods to be used for the Annual Survey will be participatory to make the activity a positive learning process. The consultant will work with the advice and directions of the Save the Children technical team. Save the Children is a child-sensitive organization therefore, Girls and boys will be consulted by using child-friendly and gender-sensitive methodologies; special attention needs will be put into ensuring that boys, girls, women, and people with disabilities (both adults and children) will be able to participate. Everybody’s participation will be voluntary, meaningful, safe, and inclusive.
The consultant should fully understand the nature of the assignment and propose and develop a compatible data collection methodology based on the project objective and result framework. the consultant should also justify their proposed methodology and explain why he/she/they prefers it.
The primary data and data analysis process will be disaggregated by gender, age, and disability. preliminary findings will be presented to the project team and key partners to validate.
Methods need to be inclusive to ensure that women, men, girls and boys from different backgrounds will be able to participate (including persons and children with disabilities).
Methods need to be gender sensitive with equal and safe participation of women, men, girls and boys of different ages. Participation of stakeholders will be voluntary. Children’s participation needs to respect the Save the Children’s basic requirements for effective and ethical child participation. As the minimum the following standards need to be fulfilled: child participation must be voluntary, safe and inclusive.
- CONSULTANT ROLE AND EXPECTING DELIVERABLES
The consultant is expected to perform through 3 phases –inception, data collection process, and reporting. Some key activities during these phases include the development of research tools, training data collectors, document review, data collection, analysis/interpretation, report writing, and presentation internal to the SCI team. The evaluation will have the following key phases:
Phase I – Desk study: Review of documentation and elaboration of field Study
The lead consultant/evaluation team will review relevant documents from section 6 below (Reference material). Based on this review, they will produce an inception report which will include an elaborate plan of the survey that will include but not limited to study, methodology, and sampling strategy of the data collection plans etc. The survey will only proceed to the next stage upon approval of the inception report. An appropriate inception report format will be provided to the selected consultant.
- Project narrative proposal and the logical framework
- Baseline Report
- Project monitoring and evaluation plan
- Monthly and Quarterly Reports
- Project MEAL reports
- Project narrative reports
Phase II: Field Data Collection
This phase of the survey will seek to collect primary data on the key evaluation questions explained under the evaluation criteria. The consultant will use the agreed plan, methodology, tools, and sampling strategies from phase 1 to conduct the fieldwork.
Phase III – Data analysis and production of evaluation report
The team will draw out key issues in relation to evaluation questions and produce a comprehensive report.
As a minimum, the evaluation process will include the following key steps:
- Review relevant literature related to the project (list of reference materials provided below) and draft an inception report before the evaluation exercise in the field.
- Application of appropriate data collection tools (e.g. questionnaire, checklist, etc.) for interviews and focus group discussion;
- Data analysis and Evaluation Report writing; and
- Presentation of key evaluation findings;
- Dataset, photos, GPS, and case studies.
The consultant will maintain daily contact with the SCI team assigned to manage the monitoring activities. The collected data will be analyzed on daily basis by the consultant and given feedback to the teams.
A final report with the main text of a maximum of 40 pages excluding the cover page, table of contents, abbreviations, and annexes. The draft report should be delivered in a soft copy in English. References should be fully cited after all important facts and figures. The report should be structured as follows:
- Front page with the title of the report, project and SC CO name, date, and authors of the report
- Table of contents
- List of abbreviations used
- Executive summary
- Brief background and description of the project
- Objectives and the intended use of the evaluation
- Methodology and limitations of the evaluation
- Findings, including a table presenting the progress of the project objectives and results and their respective indicators against the baseline data
- Conclusions & Recommendations
- Challenges, lessons learned, and suggested actions for the way forward with timelines and responsible
- Tools used
- List of people interviewed or consulted
- Bibliography of the documents reviewed
- Terms of Reference for the evaluation
- Summary table of indicators baseline vs progress of its achievements
5.1 TIME FRAME
The consultancy work will last approximately 30 days including induction and travel days. The days will start by the date the contract is signed.
5.2 TERMS AND CONDITIONS
Consultancy 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 Somalia the consultant is expected to estimate all relevant costs for the exercise, including costs for data collectors, vehicle rent, venue, stationary, standardization test 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 to which all staff members must adhere, and the consultant is bound to sign and abide by the Save the Children’s Code of Conduct.
A contract will be signed by the consultant before the commencement of the action. The contract will detail terms and conditions of service, aspects of 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.
- ETHICS AND CHILD SAFEGUARDING
The consultant is obliged to conduct the research in an ethical manner making sure children are safe at all times. The consultant should seek the views of various stakeholders, including children. Efforts should be made to make the research process child-centered and sensitive to gender and inclusion. The consultant must respect the rights and dignity of participants as well as comply with relevant ethical standards and SC’s Child Safeguarding Policy and Code of Conduct. The research must ensure voluntary, safe, and non-discriminatory participation and a process of free and un-coerced consent. Informed consent of each person (including children) participating in data collection should be documented.
A contract will be signed by the consultant before the commencement of the action. The contract will detail terms and conditions of service, aspects of inputs, and deliverables.
All data that will be collected should be considered as SCI properties and can’t be used for other purposes.
Skills and Qualifications
How to apply
Application Procedure and Requirement
- Candidates interested in the position are expected to provide the following documentation:
- A technical proposal with a detailed response to the TOR, with a specific focus on the scope of work, methodology, and timelines, and how the participation of children and persons and children with disabilities in the evaluation will be ensured.
- Initial work plan and an indication of availability.
- A financial proposal detailing the daily rate expected including accommodation, transportation, stationery, data collectors, research assistance, and all other cost related to this assignment. (Operational and consultancy fees).
- Company profile or CV including a minimum of 3 references.
- At least two previously conducted similar studies.
- Contract Management and reporting arrangements
In close collaboration with MOLSA, SC will contract a potential consultant or Firm with Protection and Resilience background to conduct the Annual survey.
HOW TO APPLY:
Applications can be submitted by either:
Electronic Submission via ProSave (Recommended)
- Submit your response in accordance with the guidance provided in the below document:
- Bidders are encouraged to apply via Ariba system. Please request the Ariba link via email sending your company profile and Business registration certificate/CV. Please address your request to apply via ProSave to email@example.com
Electronic Submission via Protected Email box (Optional)
- Email should be addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Note – this is a sealed tender box which will not be opened until the tender has closed. Therefore, do not send tender related questions to this email address as they will not be answered.
- The subject of the email should be “PR206543- Annual survey of SOM Danida Single Grant Strengthened Protection and Resilience for Adolescent Girls in Jubbaland (SPRAJ)– ‘Bidder Name’, ‘Date’’.
- All attached documents should be clearly labelled so it is clear to understand what each file relates to.
- Emails should not exceed 15mb – if the file sizes are large, please split the submission into two emails.
- Do not copy other SCI email addresses into the email when you submit it as this will invalidate your bid.
Your bid must be received, no later than 26th November 2022
Bids must remain valid and open for consideration for a period of no less than 60 days