TOR FOR CONSULTANCY FOR INDEPENDENT MONITORING OF SUSTAINING LIFE-SAVING AND HUMANITARIAN RELIEF TO COMMUNITIES AFFECTED BY DROUGHT IN SOMALIA – IRF5(FSL COMPONENT) PROJECTSPOSITION TITLE| XILKA LA RAADINAYO:
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Terms of Reference (TOR)
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SCI has worked in Somalia/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 Somali/Somaliland program is currently implementing a safety net program, IRF 5 funded by Department for International Departments (DFID) in Central South Somalia, Puntland and Somaliland in several selected districts. . The project focuses on lifesaving interventions to address the immediate effects of the ongoing drought. SCI is targeting 10,841HHs in all the targeted areas with 4-month safety net program up to the end of the year 2017.
The primary objective of this consultancy is to undertakethe independent monitoring of SCIsustaining life-saving and humanitarian relief to communities affected by drought in Somalia under IRF5 (FSL Component) projectsin Central South Somalia, Puntland and Somaliland in several selected districts in order to enhance program quality and accountability to beneficiaries.
Scope of work
The consultant is expected tovisit all the below mentioned districts/ areas and interview the sampled beneficiaries in the below table.The sample size has been calculated at 95% confidence level and at a confidence interval of 5.
|Total targeted HHs||Sample Size (HHs)||Number of 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 look at 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 have received their unconditional and conditional cash payments.
- Gather general feedback from project beneficiaries between the advantages and disadvantages of using mobile cash transfer systems.
- Visit water storage facilities to assess their hygiene and sanitation as well as the feedback from the VRCs and community members.
- Organize interview with VRCs and community to know the quantity and quality of water received against allocated amount.
- The consultant will interview Village Water Management Committees (WMCs) and other sampled beneficiary representatives to assess the beneficiary satisfaction with water trucking and document any feedback/complaints.
- Interview WASH training participants and assess the behaviour change after attending training Hygiene and Sanitation training sessions (attend were possible)
- Hold interviews with beneficiaries to establish their level satisfaction with the services/facilities and document any feedback/complaints.
- Hold interviews with beneficiaries to establish community ownership of the WASH facilities and their willingness/ability to maintain them.
- Come up recommendations regarding on process of water trucking
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 (CRM): –
- Establish beneficiaries’ awareness of mechanisms through which they can give feedback or make complaints to SCI. (how to complain or raise concerns about activities, what peoplecan complain about, who tocomplain to, how and where they can complain and issues of confidentiality).
- Assess the extent to which complaints mechanism has been accessible to all beneficiaries including women, children and marginalized groups
- Assess the acceptance and level of confidence that beneficiaries have in the existing SCICRM.
- Generate ideas for improving the existing complaint handling mechanism
- The independent monitor will review the extent in which the program stakeholders including children are participating in the implementation of the project
- Generate information about how beneficiaries including children would like to participate in SC programs.
- 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 SCI programs in their respected areas.
- Organize meeting with the respective village’s community structures to see if there is an overlap among SCI 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 25 days in all the locaitons starting from the date the consultant signed the contract (tentatively the exercise is expected to start early October 2017).
The following outputs are expected of the consultant:
- Detailed methodology and data tools
- 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 coordinatestaken during the monitoring exercise shall be appended separately.Pictures must show supported facilities, beneficiaries receiving servicesand all other information that depicts the quality of services being offered
Management and logistics
- The consultant will be supervised by the Area MEAL Managerwith 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.firstname.lastname@example.org ON or BEFORE 18th September 2017 at 2.00pm
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