9 Jan 2018



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Job Description







Save the Children International has been implementing a European Union (EU) funded education support program titled Education is Light (Waxbarashadu Waa Iftiin 2) Puntland in collaboration with MOEHE accredited VTCs and Enterprises. The program is implemented by a consortium comprising of CARE, Save the Children, ADRA and VU Amsterdam University who are working in close coordination with the Ministry of Education, Puntland. The programme being implemented in Garowe, Galkayo, Bossaso , Qardho , Badhan and Burtinle towns is expected to contribute to a sustainable, cohesive education system offering relevant services to the majority of  relevant age groups in Puntland with specific objective to strengthen delivery of effective  TVET. The Technical Vocational Education & Training (TVET) is one of the major components of this program.  Provision of Market driven skills is linked with Employment Promotion Services and functional literacy/numeracy training. The skills training is being conducted in Vocational Training Centers and Host training Enterprises located in the major towns in Puntland. So far, skills training has been offered up to proficiency basic levels as articulated by VQA-F. Competency based education and training modular curriculum in ten skills areas have been developed including a number of Diploma level subjects.

The TVET Component is implemented in Garowe, Galkayo, Bossaso , Badhan, Burtinle and Gardo VTCs in Puntland   to (380) youth (boys and girls) to enable them engage in gainful employment self and wage employment.. The trainees were trained in two cohorts and the last batch completed their training in October 2017. The project is expects TVET graduates will be engaged in gainful wage or self-employment within six months of their graduation. SCI therefore wishes to engage the services of an International Consultancy or a Technical institution to conduct an end of project tracer study in the Puntland state of Somalia.


The tracer study overall objectives is to collect information that can be used to help determine the project’s contribution to achieving the overall goal of transforming the livelihoods of the youth  under WWI 2 projects through skills training and employment. It is also expected to measure the effectiveness (social, economic and skills training impact) of the project in equipping the target group with the necessary skills, attitude and knowledge towards self and / or wage employment. The data collected through the tracer study will enable  reporting  on  key impact indicators, and employment status, generate analysis about factors determining post-skills training career paths and performance in different employment subsectors as well as recommendations for improving the ‘competitiveness’ of skills graduates in the labor market. Additionally, the tracer study is essential in building an evidence base to demonstrate the impact of skills training.


The general focus will be tracing and  identification of the ex-trainees through  – but not limited to –  SCI officers and VTCs, Host Training Enterprises, FGDs , observation of the graduates at work, interviews with the employers, meeting with the unemployed graduates, data collection (qualitative and quantitative), data analysis and reporting. The consultant will develop a work plan; literature review and review project background documents, progress reports, mid-term review reports, evaluative end line reports. Production of  an inception report which includes key research tracer questions and approaches; tracer and assessment methodology; sampling methods applied; data collection Instruments; training plan for data collection in three locations will be done. Undertaking data collection using qualitative and quantitative methodology; analyze data and develop a tracer study report with primary and secondary findings; develop recommendations in line with the purpose of the tracer study; and presentation of tracer report. The review will draw on both primary and secondary data collection techniques that are expected to include desk review of relevant documents generated since the inception of  training including labor skills market surveys / local markets and skills assessment reports, baseline data, Field visits monitoring reports; periodical and annual reports; mid-term review reports.


The consultant will review current MOE&HE and MOL TVET and employment policies, studies and strategies including WWI phases 1 and 2 documents, studies and relevant reports. In addition, he /she will analyse and report on:

  • Employment rates of the ex-trainees – both in formal and self-employment.
  • Whether they are employed by their former Host Trainers
  • Document those employed by other enterprises other than their trainers
  • If in self-employment, sources of capital and their new comparative economic status
  • Number of ex trainees who reverted to their former occupations.
  • Those unreachable /status unknown
  • Comparative Income levels individual and households
  • Numbers of Children / sibling is directly benefitting.
  • Skills areas showing the highest rate of employment
  • Challenges facing the unemployed graduates and why
  • Challenges’ facing unemployed female graduate’s singles /married.
  • Challenges facing women in wage employees / self-employment
  • Challenges faced by SCI ; Enterprise trainers and Community
  • The usefulness of the skills they acquired
  • Usefulness of tools kits or cash grants
  • The views of the current employers , parents, and potentials trainees
  • Youth post skills training livelihoods support options to spur gainful employment.
  • Document Economic and behavioral changes in the beneficiaries’ lives including human-interest cases.

NB: The consultant is not limited to the above.


The deliverables / outputs of this assignment are:

  • An inception report.
  • First Draft Report,
  • Final Report

The duration of the assignment will take 20 working days excluding the travel days.

  Activity Days Location
1 Document Review & Tools Preparation 02
2 Travel days 02
3 Training of Enumerators 01 PL
4 Data collection 08 PL
5 Data Analysis 02 PL
6 Debriefing 01 PL
6 Report Writing 04


  • Post-graduate degree in Economics and livelihoods (preferably specializing in TVET), Social Science or related field,
  • Minimum of 5 years relevant professional experience in TVET research or tracer studies,
  • Strong experience in conceptualizing and implementing tracer studies within the context of TVET and preferably in the context of Somalia
  • Good understanding and experience in vocational skills training programs,
  • Evidence of past similar assignments.
  • Strong experience in research that links TVET with youth wage and self-employment
  • Excellent communication and report writing skills in English
  • Computer literate,

Candidates interested in the consultancy will be expected to provide the following documentation:

  • A technical proposal with detailed response to the TOR, with specific focus addressing the scope of work, methodology to be used and key selection criteria.
  • Initial work plan based on methodology outlined, and indication of availability
  • A financial proposal detailing the daily rate expected and other payment if applicable
  • Company/Institutional  profile or CV including a minimum of 3 references
  • Technical proposal (20 pages max.) outlining interpretation of the Terms of Reference , study design and methodology, including a timeline for implementation.
  • At least one copy of past report of similar work.

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 which all staff members must adhere to.

Save the Children places the highest priority on the safety and security of its personnel. The consultant will work and live amongst the SCI staff. Save the Children will cover the cost of the consultant’s travel to the field and back after the end of the contract (including airport tax), accommodation, and meals in field locations. Though applicants are expected to provide a budget for the exercise, The consultant shall be responsible for his/her income tax and/or insurance during the assignment A contract will be signed by the consultant upon commencement of the assignment which will detail additional terms and conditions of service, aspects on inputs and deliverables. Save the Children’s Code of Conduct and Child Safe-guarding policy sets out the standards that  all staff members must adhere to. The consultant is bound by the principles and conditions of SCI’s Code of Conducts, Child Safeguarding policy, ethical standards and participation practice standards.


Applicant from the EA and Horn Africa region are encouraged to apply.To submit applications for this consultancy, please send required documentation to: puntland.supplychain@savethechildren.org:   Applications close on 18 January 2018 at 3.30 pm.


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