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Deadline Extension: Terms of Reference (TOR) Development of Case Study, curriculum and digital monitoring tools for Self Help Group Cluster Level Associations – Mogadishu, Somalia

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Deadline Extension: Terms of Reference  Development of case study, curriculum and digital monitoring tools for Self Help Group Cluster Level Associations

Job Location: Mogadishu

Job Duration:    40  days of work in the period from 19th September to 17th November 2021.

Job Type: Service Contract

  1. Background information

Since 2010, Concern Worldwide has supported a total of 250 Self Help Groups (SHGs) in Somalia/Somaliland with funding from FCDO and Irish Aid. In the first and second phase of the FCDO-funded Building Resilient Communities in Somalia (BRCiS) Concern has supported the establishment of 114 Self Help Groups in seven regions of Somalia, including urban and rural contexts.

In December 2017, Concern and Youthlink supported the formation of the first SHG Cluster Level Association (CLA) in Mogadishu, Dadihiso CLA, consisting of a federation of 10 mature SHGs which mutualized their capital. In light of the challenges to access formal financial services due to lack of guarantor, Concern piloted a new cash injection approach, providing a business collateral of $25,000 USD for the CLA to use as a revolving fund for loans. From February 2018 to December 2020, Dadihiso CLA issued loans amounting to $91,500 USD covering a total 417 women borrowers, including non-SHG members. The capital injected into the CLAs constantly grows due to the small percentage profit margin on the in-kind loans. As a result, by December 2020, the CLA has gained a profit of $8,760 USD resulting in a sustainable revolving fund entirely managed by the women in the CLA.

Following Dadihiso’s success, Concern supported the establishment and training of two more CLAs in Mogadishu: Danwadaag and Daruro; each receiving cash grant of 15,000 USD in April and November 2020 respectively. In 2020, Dadihiso and Danwadaag CLAs issued in-kind loans amounting to $33,100 to 133 women who eagerly needed this financial loan assistance during Covid-19 livelihood crisis.

For the past three years, the CLAs have showed significant improvement in terms of financial management and have substantially increased community access to flexible loans by acting as informal micro-finance institutions that provide Sharia-compliant loans with little or no lending requirements. Moreover, the CLAs have started to assist new Self-Help Groups establish and have gained influence within their community. With support from Concern Worldwide and Youthlink, the three CLA’s started to link with MFI and banks to manage their capital and advocate for more accessible conditions.

The Women’s Saving Group Hub was established in Mogadishu – Banadir region, on 15th of April 2021 by three self-help group Cluster Level Associations (CLAs) named Dadihiso, Danwadaag and Daruro, with support from YouthLink and Concern Worldwide. This innovative project is implemented in the scope of the BRCiS Consortium FCDO-funded resilience programme. The Women’s Saving Group Hub aims to further strengthen and scale–up the SHG & CLA model as a Somali-owned and impactful solution to reduce the barriers for poor women’s social and financial inclusion, contributing to resilience and women’s empowerment.

The recently inaugurated Hub is led by 60 elected representatives from three CLAs and is the first saving group networking and learning platform in Somalia led by federations of self-help groups (CLAs). The core functions of the Women’s Saving Group Hub are:

  1. Provide capacity building and mentorship services to new and existing Self-help groups (SHGs) and Cluster Level Associations (CLAs).
  2. Support economic and financial inclusion through the provision of business incubation and development services, access to CLA loans, private sector engagement and fundraising.
  3. Promote knowledge and information exchange, social interaction and women’s agency.
  4. Purpose of the consultancy

 Expert consultant services are required to produce a high quality case study on the CLAs, develop the CLA training curriculum and the CLA monitoring tools in close collaboration with the CLAs, Youthlink and Concern. This consultancy contributes to achievement of the following Women’s Saving Group Hub project outcomes:

  • Outcome 1; The CLA and SHG model for women’s social and economic inclusion is strengthened, replicated and scaled-up
  • Outcome 3; “CLA and SHG showcase their management, savings and business skills and advocate for improved access to formal micro-finance services”
  1. Specific tasks and consultancy outputs to be undertaken by the Consultant

The Consultant will closely collaborate to the Women Saving Group Hub committee and its members, as well as to Youth Link and Concern project team, to deliver the following consultancy outputs: 

  • Detailed case study on the CLA’s in Banadir
  • The consultant will review the existing CLA related documentation and conduct interviews with CLA members and key informants to develop a quality case study on the three CLAs established in Mogadishu (Dadihiso, Danwadaag and Daruro). The case study (5 pages max) will include both quantitative and qualitative data to generate evidence on CLAs performance and value for money (4Es), capturing best practice and lessons learned. The methodology and the outline content of the case study will be agreed in advance with Concern and Youthlink team. Essential content of the case study will include:
  • Analysis of CLAs value for money (economy, efficiency, effectiveness and equity)
  • Review of CLAs performance as informal micro-finance service providers
  • CLAs impact on women empowerment
  • CLA best practices and lessons learned
  • Potential for the scale-up of the CLA model
  • Translation of the case study to Somali language 
  • Development of the CLA model curriculum and capacity building of CLA facilitators

2.1 Building on Concern’s existing CLA training curriculum and other training resources, the consultant will work closely with Concern SHG technical specialist, Youthlink and the CLAs to produce a detailed and comprehensive training manual for the establishment of CLAs. The curriculum aims to facilitate the replication of CLA model in Somalia. The content of the training manual will include, but not limited to, the following topics:

  • CLA model concept
  • Requirements for the establishment of a CLA
  • Legal form, organizational structure and governance
  • Leadership, team work and conflict management
  • Financial management of mutualized capital
  • Management of loan services
  • Linkages to banks/MFIs and business development services
  • Small & medium business development and management skills
  • Cost-benefit analysis for small & medium businesses/IGAs
  • Risk analysis and risk mitigation
  • Awareness and advocacy on gender equality
  • Others to be defined.
  • Translation of the training manual to Somali language.
  • Facilitation of Trainer of Trainer sessions on the full curriculum to CLA facilitators, in collaboration with Concern SHG specialist 
  • Development of CLA digital monitoring tools

3.1 Review the existing CLA monitoring tools and work with the SHG specialist and MEAL manager in the definition of SMART indicators and data collection tools to monitor:

  • CLA group performance,
  • Monitoring of capital, loans provided, repayment rate, default rate, profit, etc.
  • Monitoring of CLA income generating activities
  • Monitoring of CLA women agency/empowerment

3.2 Development of digital data collection and analysis tools to monitor the agreed CLA indicators. The tools should be accessible on mobile phone in Somali and English.

3.3 Facilitation of a training session on the digital data collection and analysis tools to monitor the agreed CLA indicators.

  1. Timeframe
  • Working days in the period from 19th September to 17th November 2021
  1. Lines of Communication

The consultant will provide direct advisory services to the Hub committee and report progress on bi-weekly basis to Concern Worldwide resilience project manager, YouthLink programme director and Concern Worldwide Technical Specialist for SHGs. 

  1. Essential Experience/Qualifications
  • Master’s Degree in Social Sciences, Education, Development, Monitoring & Evaluation or other relevant field
  • At least 6 years of professional experience in capacity building, monitoring & evaluation and/or research in social science.
  • Proven experience developing training curriculum and facilitating capacity building process.
  • Proven experience in monitoring and evaluation using quantitative and qualitative methods.
  • Experience in the development of digital data collection in ONA, KOBO, or mobile apps.
  • Strong analytical and writing skills and track record in producing high quality reports/ documents.
  • Good knowledge of educational context in Somalia , its issues and opportunities relation to women
  • Coaching, mentoring, partnership and training facilitation skills.
  • Ability to work autonomously and deliver quality outputs timely with minimal supervision.
  • Fluency in Somali is required.
  • Proficiency in written English is required.
  1. Desirable Experience/Qualifications
  • Experience working on women empowerment projects focusing on women’s economic and financial inclusion
  • Experience working with women saving groups or women cooperatives

8.  Application process

Qualified and interested parties will submit the following:

  • A technical proposal clearly demonstrating a thorough understanding of this ToR and including:
    • Description of the approach and methodology proposed for each of the consultancy outputs described in the ToR.
    • Description of previous experience in similar assignments and qualifications outlined in this ToR (with submission of two most relevant reports/deliverables).
  • CV
  • References
  • A financial proposal with a detailed breakdown the number of days allocated to each consultancy output and the total daily fee (all inclusive) in United States dollars.

All applications should be sent electronically to: procurement.mogadishu@concern.net with subject line: Application consultancy CLA case study, training curriculum and monitoring. The Submission of technical and financial proposals closes on 15th September 2021.



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