13 Sep 2017

TOR FOR CONSULTANCY FOR INDEPENDENT MONITORING OF SOMALIA DROUGHT 2017 – CASH TRANSFER AND MEDIUM TERM LIVELIHOODS STRENGTHENING IN HIRAAN AND TOGDHEER REGIONS.

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Terms of Reference (TOR)

 CONSULTANCY FOR INDEPENDENT MONITORING OF SOMALIA DROUGHT 2017 – CASH TRANSFER AND MEDIUM TERM LIVELIHOODS STRENGTHENING IN HIRAAN AND TOGDHEER REGIONS.

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.

Somalia Drought 2017 – Cash transfer and medium term livelihoods strengthening; Save the Children Somalia through this project intends to alleviate the suffering and contribute to improving the food security of targeted agro-pastoralists and riverine communities across selected sites in Togdheer and Hiraan. The primary objective is to improve food security and livelihoods and build resilience among drought-affected households and their communities. The project will begin with cash transfers to the most vulnerable, enabling them to meet their immediate food security needs. It will also look to increase the ability of the targeted communities to prevent further shocks during crisis, through resilience and infrastructure building exercises agreed upon in collaboration and consultation with the targeted communities.

Outcome 1: Improved capacity of vulnerable households to meet their essential food and non-food needs through cash transfers.

Outcome 2: Strengthened community based resilience through mitigation and preparedness measures.

Consultancy Objectives

To complete independent monitoring of SC Somalia drought 2017 – cash transfer and medium term livelihoods strengthening project in Somaliland (Togdheer region) and South Central Somalia (Hiraan Region) in order to enhance program quality and accountability to beneficiaries. The focus will be on the cash transfer component of the project.

Scope of work

The consultant is expected to visit all the below mentioned districts/ areas and interview the sampled beneficiaries in the below table. The sample size has been calculated at 99% confidence level and at a confidence interval of 5.

Region Number of Household ( Direct beneficiaries Sample size Number of Days
Togdheer 1000 HH 400 HH 7 days
Hiraan 1545 HH 465 HH 7 days
TOTAL 2545 HH

 

865 HH 14 days

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 14 days. The assignment is expected to start between early November.

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
  • 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 with the support of national MEAL manager
  • The consultant will be responsible for organizing logistical issues with limited facilitation from SCI and as per the consultancy agreement.

How to Apply

  • To submit applications for this consultancy, please send the documentation to: Somalia.procurement@savethechildren.org:   Applications will close on 20th September 2017 at 3.30pm.
  • We work with children, communities and governments all over the world and we believe in the right person for the job regardless of where you come from and how you identify yourself. We need to keep children safe so our selection process reflects our commitment to ensuring that only those who are suitable to work with children are considered for these posts. All successful applicants will, therefore, be required to complete a Police Check and must sign onto our Child Protection Policy and organizational Code of Conduct. SCI is an equal opportunity employer.
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