3 Aug 2019

Terms of Reference (TOR) Consultancy for Independent Third Party Monitoring EU RESTORE Project in Bari and Sanag regions, Somalia

Job Description

INVITATION TO BID FOR CONSULTANCY

 

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

1 Title of Consultancy Third Part Monitoring
2 SCI Contracting Office Gardo Ofice
3 Period of Consultancy 15 days
4 Consultant type required Both individual or firm (Firm is recommended)
5 Responsibility for Logistics arrangements and Costs the consultant shall be responsible for their own logistics arrangements and costs.  
6 Taxation Provisions Consultant shall be responsible for all Taxes arising from the consultancy in line with the local Tax regulations applicable at the SCI contracting office named above
7 Travel requirements The consultant will travel in Puntland( Bar, Sanaag and Nugal Regions)
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 Somalia
9 Qualification and Experience Post graduate qualifications (MA level) in social science, particularly economics, agriculture, food security, entrepreneurship or related fields

 

10 Evaluation Criteria SCI Consultant Evaluation process
11 Application Procedure Interested consultants should submit their applications via email to puntland.supplychain@savethechildren.org

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

a)     Technical proposal – including but not limited to :

·         Consultants understanding of the assignment and context

·         Approach to the assignment

·         Methodology

·         Tools

·         Deliverables

·         Workplan

·         Key staff biodata

 

b)     Financial proposal – providing a breakdown of all charges related to the assignment.

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.

12 Closing date for Applications Interested consultants shall submit their applications through the email address provided above on or before (8th Aug 2019 @3:30 PM

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 (TOR)

Consultancy for Independent Third Party Monitoring

EU RESTORE Project in Bari and Sanag regions, Somalia

 

  1. Introduction

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 organization, 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 organization 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.

  1. Background

The drought crisis in Somalia is worsening, especially in rural areas which have experienced consecutive seasons of poor rainfall and low river water levels. The widespread shortage of water for human, livestock and crops, has led to near total crop failures and increases in livestock deaths. In some locations, especially remote pastoral settlements, the price of water has increased by as much as 300%. Those who cannot afford to pay for water are forced to use unprotected water sources, thereby putting them at risk of acute watery diarrhoea (AWD)/cholera. According to a Save the Children assessment, 85% of households in Somaliland and 74% in Puntland have reported their main income source severely affected (lost more than half of usual income) due to the drought. As such, there is rapidly diminishing food access among poor households as staple food prices continue to rise sharply and livestock prices decrease significantly. Over 2.9 million people face Crisis and Emergency (IPC Phases 3 and 4) across Somalia through June 2017; this represents more than a two-fold increase compared to six months ago. Additionally, more than 3.3 million people are classified as Stressed (IPC Phase 2), bringing the total number of people facing acute food insecurity across Somalia to over 6.2 million. The average household dietary diversity score (on a scale of 0 to 12) is 2.2 in Somaliland and 3.9 in Puntland. Furthermore, 92% of households in Somaliland and 86% in Puntland reported children taking 2 or fewer meals. According to the Nutrition Cluster, almost 1 million children are acutely malnourished.

In response, Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) and Save the Children International (SCI) have come Together with local organisations Candlelight for Environment, Education and Health (“Candlelight”) and KAALO to build on the successes and lessons learnt from the EU-funded Building Resilient Communities in Somalia (BRCiS) consortium.

The ultimate goal of this action is to contribute to strengthening the resilience of Somalis and bridging the gap between emergency relief and rehabilitation. The specific objective is to sustainably improve food security and livelihoods and build resilience among vulnerable households and their communities in Somaliland and Puntland.  The action will target 126,474 drought-affected pastoralists, agro-pastoralists, urban poor and IDPs (19,899 HHs) in 27 communities across Togdheer, Awdal and Woqoooyi Galbeed regions (Burao, Baki and Sabowanag & Gabiley districts respectively) of Somaliland, and Bari, Nugal and Sanaag regions (Bosaso, Dangoronyo and Badhan districts respectively) of Puntland.

  1. Result s

The objective will be reached through three main expected results (intermediate outcomes):

  1. Strengthened community based drought mitigation and preparedness measures:
  2. Improved Natural Resource Management for drought mitigation and adaptation:
  3. Diversified livelihoods and assets rebuilt
  4. Consultancy Objectives

 

To complete independent monitoring of SC EU RESTOR Project in Bari region and Sanaag Region in order to enhance program quality and accountability to beneficiaries

 

  1. Scope of work
Income generation activities:  Cash Grant in Mogadishu 2017
District  

Village

Total Beneficiaries Intervention
 
Badhan RAD 50 Child Grant/UCT
Badhan Awsane 50 Child Grant/UCT
Bosaso Faluja 40 Child Grant/UCT
Bosaso Kalabayr 60 Child Grant/UCT
Badhan El-Buh   Rehabilitation of Earth dam
Badhan RAD   Construction of Earth dam
Badhan Midigale   Gully Erosion Control
Badhan Awsane   Gully Erosion Control
Badhan Midigale   Agricultural Inputs
Bosaso El-Dahir   Agricultural Inputs
Bosaso Faluja   Agricultural Inputs
Bosaso Kalabayr   Agricultural Inputs
Bosaso Faluja   Construction of Earth dam
Dangoroyo Haji Khayr   Gully Erosion Control
Dangoroyo El-Buh   Gully Erosion Control
Dangoroyo Dangoroyo   Income generation Activities
Dangoroyo Barweyn   Construction of Earth Dams
Badhan Awsa, Rad, Midigale, Badhan, El-Buh   Rangeland Management Training
Badhan Awsa, Rad, Midigale, Badhan, El-Buh   Early warning Training
Bosaso Armo, El-Dahir, Faluja, Kobdhehad, Kalabayr   Rangeland Management Training
Bosaso Armo, El-Dahir, Faluja, Kobdhehad, Kalabayr   Early warning Training
Dangorouo Dangoroyo, Haji Khayr, El-Buh, Barweyn, Usgure   Rangeland Management Training
Dangorouo Dangoroyo, Haji Khayr, El-Buh, Barweyn, Usgure   Rangeland Management Training
Total  Household Beneficiaries    

 

Program implementation

Food Security and Livelihood

A: Beneficiary selection

  • 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 beneficiary’s 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.
  1. Identify if there were any shortcomings in the process of payment 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 and income generating activities (IGA) intervention in their respective communities.

    B: Mobile cash transfer system:

  • Determine how targeted project beneficiaries have benefited from the mobile cash transfer system in which they’ve received their unconditional cash transfer
  • Gather general feedback from project beneficiaries between the advantages and disadvantages of using mobile cash transfer delivery system.
  • Collect information of which approach (mobile money transfer and Hawala) beneficiaries are interesting or preferring to get money.
  • Document the beneficiaries’ satisfaction on the quality of the mobile handsets provided

 

B: Information sharing

  • Assess the extent in which the beneficiaries are informed and aware of key project information such as project objectives, activities, timelines, entitlement, number of cash payments, 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 to have about the project and its implementation but not they are not getting.

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 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

  • Generate Information about how beneficiaries including children would like to/ are participating in the project implementation.
  • E: Project results integration
  • Identify and Document evidence of project integration between the cash programming health, nutrition and WASH.
  • Map out the proximity of FSL targeted villages to WASH/Health/nutrition services of the same project
  • 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.

 

F: Impact

  • Collect qualitative data on the impact of the program including case studies that demonstrate change in the lives of children
  • Assess the impact of the IGA interventions in contributing to reduce vulnerability of crisis-affected people in Shebelle-IDP-camp, especially women and children in Mogadishu, through integrated measures
  • To document unintended impact of the project (Negative and Positive Impacts)
  • Find out the % of the target population with acceptable Food Consumption Score (FCS)
  • Assess the Household Dietary Diversity Score (HDDS)
  • Assess the household reducing Coping Strategy Index (rCSI)
  • Find out how much the cash transfer (IGA and UCT) contributed to children’s access to education

 

 

  1. Deliverables:

The following outputs are expected of the consultant

  • Detailed methodology and data tools
  • The field monitoring reports of no more than 10 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, SC branding and all other information that depicts the quality of services being offered
  • Two to three case studies that demonstrate change in the lives of children
  1. Management and logistics
  • The consultant will be supervised by the area MEAL manager with support of Head of REALM
  • The consultant will be responsible for organizing logistical issues with limited facilitation from SCI and as per the consultancy agreement.
  1. Duration of Assignment

This assignment will take 15 working days in target locations inclusive of any travels and Fridays.

  1. Key selection criteria
  • Post graduate qualifications (MA level) in social science, particularly economics, agriculture, food security, entrepreneurship or related fields
  • Proven experience in conducting quality project Monitoring and Evaluation particularly on child rights related projects.
  • Proven experience in Cash programming, small business start ups
  • Experience in applying participatory tools especially when interviewing/collecting information from children
  • Knowledge of Save the Children and its internal processes will be beneficial but is not essential
  • Knowledge and understanding of the social and cultural context of Somali people will be an asset.
  1. Payment details
  • Payment will be in accordance with a detailed budget breakdown as submitted through the proposal, and invoices will be expected from the consultant prior to payment

7.0 Application Process. See annex B

All proposals should be submitted before 12th August 2019 to the above subject email.


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