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11 Jun 2019

Terms of reference for  consultant conducting livestock disease surveillance training for ministry of livestock epidemiology unit staff

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Save the Children International (SCI) Somalia program hereby invites interested consultants to bid for the consultancy assignment detailed below

1 Title of Consultancy Terms of reference for  consultant conducting livestock disease surveillance training for ministry of livestock epidemiology unit staff
2 SCI Contracting Office Save the Children Somaliland, Hargeisa Office

Mansoor Hotel Road, Jig-jig Yar Area.

3 Period of Consultancy The assignment will take 10 working days including Training Preparation, conducting, Report writing days. The service will start within June.
4 Consultant type required Individual or Firm.
5 Responsibility for Logistics arrangements and Costs Save the Children will assist in arranging Venue(s), refreshment(s) and lunch(s) if needed.
6 Taxation Provisions Consultant shall be responsible for all Taxes arising from the consultancy in line with the Somaliland Tax regulations applicable at the Save the children Somaliland Office.
7 Travel requirements The consutant will manage his/her travel into and in Hargiesa since this assignment only needs movement in Hargiesa only
8 Security requirements Consultant will comply with standard Save the Children Security procedures, including the completion of SCI online security training prior to travel to Somaliland.
9 Qualification and Experience The consulting firm/individual should meet the following requirements:

  • A minimum Masters degree of Epidimology; PHD is an Advantageous.
  • A minimum of 10 years of experience in the field of epedimiology data management, analysis and reporting.
  • Extensive experience in training facilitation on on livestock disease surveillance disease surveillance system.
  • Experience related to Somaliland ministry of livestock and fishery development particulary epidemiology unit.
  • Ability to write and communicate complex messages and ideas clearly and effectively.
  • Experience in working with NGO’s/INGOs/Donors and Government Ministries and Departments
  • Understanding and commitment to Save the Children ’s vision, mission and values
10 Evaluation Criteria
  • Educational qualification
  • Number of years of experience of consultancy team
  • Proven track record of experience in subject matter, as displayed in history of high quality publications
  • Experience conducting similar work in Somaliland and with Livestock health institutions of Somaliland Government.
11 Application Procedure Interested consultants should submit their applications via email to [].

The applications should be submitted in PDF format as one document comprising Technical and Financial sections as detailed below.

  • Cover letter
  • Detailed technical proposal to ToR, with specific focus addressing the scope of work, methodology to be used and key selection criteria
  • CVs of consultant(s) with minimum of 3 traceable and recent referees; company profile if relevant
  • Initial work plan and availability of the consultant
  • Sample of previous work done. This could be tools, guidelines or approved assignment reports.

Applicants should also indicate the date they are available to start working on the consultancy

All applications MUST be submitted on or before the closing date below to be considered for the assignment.

Only shortlisted Candidates will be contacted.

12 Closing date for Applications Interested consultants shall submit their applications through the email address provided above on or before 19th June 2019.

Shortlisted candidates will be requested for an interview.

13 Terms of Reference (ToR) Complete ToR with details appended below attached herewith as    Annex 1.

  • Purpose of the consultancy,
  • Introduction of the project,
  • Background of the consultancy,
  • Objectives of the consultancy,
  • Proposed methodology and approach,
  • Scope of work,
  • Key deliverables / outputs
  • Activity timelines

ANNEX 1 : Consultancy Terms of Reference

Terms of reference for  consultant conducting livestock disease surveillance training for ministry of livestock epidemiology unit staff

  1. Introduction
  • Save the children Somaliland country Program

For over 90 years Save the Children (SC) 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 is to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children, and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives. Save the Children Somalia/Somaliland (SCSOM) has over 40 years’ experience   working in   Somalia/Somaliland in several thematic areas and is currently working under the broad global themes of Education, Health & Nutrition, Child Protection, Child Rights Governance and Child Poverty (Food Security and Livelihoods).

Save the Children (SC) has been operational in Somaliland since 1951, implementing programmes across the following sectors: WASH, Food Security and Livelihoods, Health, Nutrition, Education, and Child Protection/Child Rights Governance. Currently SC’s programme in Somalilnd are situated under the broad global themes of Education, Health & Nutrition, Child Protection, Child Rights Governance and Child Poverty.

Save the Children has been implementing Child Poverty/ livelihoods programs in Somalia/Somaliland for the last two decades and is currently implementing projects in  all the regions of Somaliland SC Somaliland annually reaches an estimated 30,000 households (approx. 210,000 people) through its Child Poverty/ Food Security and Livelihoods (FSL) interventions, which can be broken down into the following categories: unconditional/conditional cash grants; livestock and crop production; income generation; natural resource management and infrastructure rehabilitation; and technical, vocational training (TVET) for youth employment. These programmes aim to increase the ability of children, women and men in vulnerable communities to resist and recover from cyclical shocks and stresses through strengthened ecological, social, and economic capital of households and communities and increased resilience.

  • Project – Building Resiliance and Ehancing Adaptable Development in Somaliland

Save the children is currently implemting  a  resilience building project in Somaliland with a goal of Men, women and children in vulnerable communities have more sustainable livelihoods and are therefore more resilient to shocks. The project has the following outcomes:

  1. Beneficiaries have a higher income thanks to alternative livelihood options.
  2. Pastoralist and agricultural communities have increased their resilience and their yield.
  3. Improved access to market systems driven skills training and employment opportunities for vulnerable young men and women
  4. Beneficiaries (men and women) of outcome 1, 2 and 3 can cover their basic food and non-food needs through cash transfer.
  1. Training MoLF EDMU staff on disease surveillance, data collection, analysis and reporting:

The ministry of livestock has a epidemiology and data management unit that is assigned to do disease serviellence. BREADs project will training 25 staff from the ministry of livestock and fisheries on disease surveillance and reporting. It is extremely too risk to realise disease outbreak late, due to the economic lost it will have on already drought weekened pastoralist. Disease surveillance will enable the ministry of livestock to respond appropriately and mobilise forces to neutralise diseases before they get out of hand. The gap is that the staff in Epidemiology Management Unit are lacking the capacity in terms of monitoring and reporting of disease surveillance. This training will cover topics including data collection, data processing and storage, analysis and reporting as well as disseminating and using information.

  1. Purpose and scope of the assignment

The consultant will traing MOLF EDMU national and regional staff. The consultant will train these representatives on disease surveillance. The training should cover the following:

  1. Introduction to disease surveillance; Definitions, Goals of surveillance,Role of epidemiology in surveillance,Use of surveillance in disease management – historical perspective Types of surveillance,  Sampling to Estimate Disease Frequency, Sampling to Detect Disease, Sampling for Hypothesis, Testing, Sample Size
  2. surveillance methods and approaches; Introduction, Epidemiological surveillance, Surveillance Objectives and uses, Surveillance Approaches, Types of surveillance, Methods of Surveillance, Indicators of Effective Surveillance, Laboratory diagnosis, Quality control of data  Data standardisation
  3. designing an active surveillance program; Principles of Survey, Survey versus Census, Population and Sample, Inference, Representative Sample and Bias, Random Sampling Estimation and Precision Confidence interval, Survey Accuracy.
  4. components of regional or national surveillance system
  5. an overview of standard methods and procedures for data collection, storage and quality control

The main objective of the training is to equip MOLF epidemiology unit staff skills and knowledge on disease surveillance Including data collection, analysis and reporting.

The facilitator should ensure that the training is participatory as possible (80% participatory). The trainer should be able to use participatory tools and educate participants on the use of different tools and community apprials mechanisms.

A detailed training program, tools and approach will be agreed upon singing of contract.

  1. Assignment Deliverables

The following products should be delivered to SC and MoLF at the end of the training;

  1. Training report – the report should detail the training process and summary of all the findings and arising matters during the discussions
  2. All the training resources, tools and guidelines like presentation, training manual.
  1. Time Line

The assignment will take 10 working days including Training Preparation, conducting, Report writing days. The service will start within June.

Preparations and Logistical Support

Save the Children Somaliland’s FSL team will provide the following logistical support and guidance:

Ensure prompt payment of professional fee arising from the contract;

  • Provide guidance, input and support during the exercise;
  • Provision of meeting venue and any other materials needed for these meetings, discussion and trainings.
  1. Consultant Qualification requirements

The consultant should have:

  • A minimum of master degree in epidemiology or PhD.
  • Trainings and/or demonstratable experience on disease surveillance
  • Experience in participatory trainings, this should be clearly demonstrated via the interview as well though provision of proves (testonamies and reccomendations letters)
  • Previous experience and assignment in regard to conducting a such activity
  • Experience in working with NGO’s/INGOs/ Donors and Government Ministries and Departments
  • Understanding and commitment to MoLF and Save the Children’s vision, mission and values
  • Experience in working in Somaliland will be an added value
  1. Payment Details
  • Save the children Somaliland will pay the consultant according to Save the Children’s guidelines on procurement of services.
  • A contract will be signed by the consultant before commencement of the action. The contract will detail terms and conditions of service, aspects on inputs and deliverables.
  1. 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 which all staff members must adhere to and the consultant(s) are bound by the principles and conditions of Save the Children’s Code of Conduct and will need to sign it before commencing the assignment.

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