11 Sep 2017

TOR FOR CONSULTANCY FOR INDEPENDENT MONITORING OF INTEGRATED LIFESAVING ASSISTANCE TO DROUGHT AND CONFLICT-AFFECTED COMMUNITIES PROJECT IN SOMALILAND, PUNTLAND AND CENTRAL SOUTH SOMALICOMPONENT) PROJECTS

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CONSULTANCY FOR INDEPENDENT MONITORING OF INTEGRATED LIFESAVING ASSISTANCE TO DROUGHT AND CONFLICT-AFFECTED COMMUNITIES PROJECT IN SOMALILAND, PUNTLAND AND CENTRAL SOUTH SOMALICOMPONENT) PROJECTS

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 organisation, 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.

Save the Children is an organization for talented people with different backgrounds and perspectives. We are proud that our people are representative of the children we work with and we thrive on our diversity. We are an equal opportunity organisation dedicated to our core values of Accountability, Ambition, and Collaboration. Our culture is embedded in these values, along with a strong commitment to our Child Safeguarding Protocol, ensuring that all representatives of Save the Children demonstrate the highest standards of behaviour towards children both in their private and professional lives.

SC has worked in Somalia/Somaliland /Somaliland for over 60 years, since 1951. Our long history has endowed us with a comprehensive understanding of the local context, experienced and skilled local staff, and established systems and procedures to effectively implement projects, often in an insecure or unpredictable operating environment. In 2015, 1 million people benefitted directly from our work in Health, Nutrition, WASH, Food Security and Livelihoods (FSL), Education, Child Protection, and Child Rights Governance.

Save the Children Somaliland is currently implementing ECHO funded Food security and livelihoods support to address household’s poor purchasing power to address the declining IPC rates in communities, whose purchasing power affected by the recurrent droughts, particularly children, elderly, and PLWs at risk to malnutrition and starvation. A February 2017 assessment by SC shows households in Sool have lost 81% of their goats and sheep and 79% of their camels thus reducing their purchasing power for cereals and access to meat and milk. Livestock is the main source of income but the effect of the drought has been detrimental. A significant proportion of remaining livestock is reported as “very thin”; these herds are unlikely to survive the January-March Jilaal dry season. Weakened livestock face extra risks posed by physical accidents, aberrant eating habits and predisposition to infectious diseases.

Drought affected households have had their main source of income reduced severely or lost because of the drought. According to a Save the Children’s (SC) assessment in December 2016, 85% of households in Somaliland have had their main source of income reduced by at least half as compared to pre-drought conditions.

Consultancy Objectives

The primary objective for this monitoring is to complete the independent monitoring of SC Integrated lifesaving assistance to drought and conflict-affected communities project in Puntland, CSS, and Somaliland in order to enhance program quality and accountability to beneficiaries.

Scope of work

The consultant is expected to visit all the below mentioned districts and interview the sampled beneficiaries in the below table.

Area Total HHs supported Sample size # of days
Puntland- Galkacyo 1200 400 8
Central South Somalia- Beletwiene and Baidao 8428 400 12
Somaliland-  Taleh 700 400 6
Total 10328 1200 26

Areas of focus of the consultant

A: Program implementation

Food Security and Livelihood

  • Hold interviews with beneficiaries and non-beneficiaries and other stakeholders to
  • Document the beneficiary selection process specifically community participation including women and marginalized groups in the selection and verification of beneficiaries.
  • Document the process of selecting beneficiaries committees and establish the role of the committee members and SCI staff in the selection and verification of project beneficiaries.
  • Assess the appropriateness of the targeting criteria, the extent to which it was followed and overall fairness of the process.
  • Determine any issues related to the payment process or diversion of assistance. Diversion of cash through voluntary or involuntary taxation or forced contribution should be properly scrutinised and reported.
  • Determine how the targeted communities have benefited from the unconditional cash transfers & Cash for work activities in their respective communities.
  • Collect case studies from the beneficiaries to support the findings

Mobile cash transfer system:

  • Determine how targeted project beneficiaries have benefited from the mobile cash transfer system in which they’ve received their unconditional and conditional cash payments.
  • Gather general feedback from project beneficiaries between the advantages and disadvantages of using mobile cash transfer systems.

Accountability to beneficiaries

B: Information sharing

  • Assess the extent in which the beneficiaries are informed and aware of key project information such as project objectives, activities, timelines, budget, expected results and targeted beneficiaries and criteria for selecting beneficiaries.
  • Establish whether beneficiaries have been informed and are aware about opportunities/activities in which they can participate.
  • Establish whether there is information that beneficiaries would like have about the project and its implementation but not getting are currently.

 

C: Complaint and response mechanisms: –

  • Establish beneficiaries’ awareness of mechanisms through which they can give feedback or make complaints to SC. (how to complain or raise concerns about activities, what they can people complain about, who can complain to, how and where they can complain and issues of confidentiality).
  • Assess  the extent to which complaints mechanism has been accessible to the all beneficiaries including women, children and marginalized groups
  • Assess the acceptance and level of confidence that beneficiaries have in the existing SC complaints response mechanisms
  • Generate ideas for improving the existing complaint handling mechanism

D: Participation

  • The independent monitor will review the extent in which the program stakeholders including children are participating in the implementation of the project
  • Generate and Information about how beneficiaries including children would like to can participate in SC programs

E: Impact

  • Collect qualitative data on the impact of the program including case studies that demonstrate change in the lives of children and their families.

F: Program integration

  • Hold interviews with beneficiaries to find out Level of integration with other ongoing Save the Children programs in their respected areas.
  • Organize meeting with the respective village’s community structures to see if there is an overlap among SC programs/projects going on in the project supported areas.

Duration of the assignment

The duration of the assignment of third party monitoring will take maximum of 15 days starting from the date the consultant signed the contract (tentatively the exercise is expected to start early October 2017).

Deliverables:

The following outputs are expected of the consultant

  • Detailed methodology and data tools
  • 1 field monitoring reports of no more than 15 pages summarizing findings of the field monitoring and recommendations after every field visit.
  • A set of pictures with GPS coordinates taken during the monitoring exercise shall be appended separately. Pictures must show supported facilities, beneficiaries receiving services and all other information that depicts the quality of services being offered

Management and logistics

  • The consultant will be supervised by the Area MEAL Manager and FSL Program Manager with the support of the National MEAL Manager
  • The consultant will be responsible for organizing logistical issues with limited facilitation from SCI and as per the consultancy agreement.

Applications should be forwarded to: Somalia.procurement@savethechildren.org  ON or BEFORE 18th September 2017 at 2.00pm

For any Clarifications send an email to Somalia.procurement@savethechildren.org and copy Fred.gemo@savethechildren.org

Save the Children is an equal opportunities employer and encourages women to apply.

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