Invitation to bid for Consultancy Final Evaluation of Building Resilience and Enhancing Adaptable Development (BREADs) in Somaliland (2018 – 2021)
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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||Final Evaluation of Building Resilience and Enhancing Adaptable Development (BREADs) in Somaliland (2018 – 2021)|
|2||SCI Contracting Office||Save the Children
|3||Period of Consultancy||25 days starting from contracting date.|
|4||Consultant type required||Individual or Firm|
|5||Responsibility for Logistics arrangements and Costs||The consultant will be responsible for organizing logistical issues with no facilitation from SCI as per the consultancy agreement.
|6||Taxation Provisions||Consultant shall be responsible for all Taxes arising from the consultancy in line with the Somaliland Tax regulations applicable at the SCI Hargeisa Office|
|7||Travel requirements||Consultant will manage any travel costs|
|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||· Relevant masters level education experience and training in Research, Development studies or Social Sciences, and/or related fields.
· Proven experience of not less than 5 years in conducting quality evaluations and assessing food security and livelihood related and/or integrated programmes
· Solid methodological and research skills
· Experience of previously conducting similar evaluations for UN or INGOs.
· Thorough knowledge on the relevant thematic areas and Somalia/Somaliland context
· Fluency in English language and local language skills would be helpful.
· Excellent communication and report writing skills
· Able to communicate effectively and work in the project areas for the duration of the data collection.
· Able to demonstrate solid experience with evidence of previous work on similar topics and/or for international organization.
|11||Application Procedure||Interested consultants should submit their applications via email to [email@example.com ].
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
· Key staff biodata (Resume)
b) Financial proposal – providing a breakdown of all charges related to the assignment.
c) CV(s) of consultant(s) with minimum of 3 treceable and recent refrences and Company’s Profile & Lead consultant(s) CV(s) (for firms Only).
d) Sample report of the same activity previously done.
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 candidates shall submit their applications through firstname.lastname@example.org no latter than 17th October, 2021 at 3:30PM (Hargeisa Time)|
|13||Terms of Reference (ToR)||Complete ToR with details appended below attached herewith as Annex 1.
ANNEX 1 : Consultancy Terms of Reference
TERMS OF REFERENCE
Final Evaluation of Building Resilience and Enhancing Adaptable Development (BREADs) in Somaliland (2018 – 2021)
Action Title: Building Resilience and Enhancing Adaptable Development (BREADs) in Somaliland (2018 – 2021
Project SOF: 27600275
Award Amount: EUR 3,845,000
Dates: 07 November 2018 – 31 December 2021
Project Objective: Children, women and men in vulnerable communities in Somalia/Somaliland are better able to resist and recover from cyclical shock and stresses from conflict, environmental and economic crises.
Somalia has been in a state of protracted conflict and political instability for decades and experiences chronic displacement and food insecurity linked with recurring environmental shocks, including droughts, flooding and recently the covid-19 pandemic with its health and socio-economic effects. The country’s government infrastructure, institutions and services are still in their infancy, and international agencies continue to provide many basic services. According to the HNO2021, about 2.6 million people are internally displaced in Somalia and face serious risks of marginalization, forced eviction and exclusion. Somalia has high rates of poverty with about 69% of the population living under the international poverty line of US$1.90 a day and a significant proportion (about 80%) remain vulnerable to climate-related shocks, conflict, and economic disruption. The HNO2021 also estimates that about 5,6 million people would need humanitarian support by the second half of the year.
Save the Children’s Response in Somalia/Somaliland
Save the Children (SC) has been working in Somalia/Somaliland for over 65 years implementing child protection, child right governance, health, nutrition, education and poverty reduction interventions. SC has three operational Area Offices; Somaliland, Puntland, and Southern States and present in more than 75% of Somalia/ Somaliland Regions. SC is one of the largest humanitarian organizations in Somalia/ Somaliland with an annual budget of over USD100 million. Poverty Reduction interventions (livelihoods & youth empowerment projects, humanitarian food security projects, and Cash Sensitive Social Protection projects) makes up a significant portion of SC’s portfolio. SC’s Child Poverty Portfolio is supported by several donors that include but not limited to German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), GFFO, Danida, AfD, BHA, FCDO and many others.
BMZ Resilience Project Background
Save the Children Somalia/Somaliland has been implementing the Building Resilience and Enhancing Adaptable Development (BREADs) project funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) Awdal, Marodijeh, Sahil and Togdher regions since November 2018 and has an anticipated end date of December 2021. The project set out to strengthen resilience at two levels: at the household level (by focusing on individuals in vulnerable households) and at the community level (enhancing adaptive capacity of vulnerable communities). The project targeted to reach 4,820 households living in Awdal, Marodijeh, Sahil and Togdher regions over the three-year duration.
The BREADs project established women self-help group and trained members on self-help group principles, business skills, numeracy and literacy to boost group saving and lending. Group members were also given access to loans for startups. The project supported pastoralist and agriculturalist communities by constructing irrigation infrastructures, provided farmers with agricultural inputs and veterinary services and products. The project developed and piloted mobile skills and entrepreneurship training for rural and IDP women and youths, offered IBTVET and EBTVET training to youths in urban areas as well and strengthened the capacity of MOE&S VQA to implement TVET strategy and policy, curriculum development and provision of training equipment and tools to the targeted TVET centers. In addition, the BREADs project also provided 1,206 households with unconditional cash transfers and IYCF sensitizations with the aim of increasing household expenditure on child nutrition, child health, parental care and education among the targeted households. BREADs project also contributed to the establishment of social protection system in Somaliland.
Somaliland (Awdal, Marodijeh, Sahil and Togdher regions)
Objectives of the Final Evaluation
The overall objective of this consultancy work is to evaluate the project achievement against the project results framework (outcome and impact) and find out if there is change in project measuring parameters. In addition, it will evaluate if the project contributed any intended and unintended impacts at HH, community and system level. Furthermore, the evaluation will further assess and learn from the processes, achievements and challenges encountered during project implementation and provide recommendations for future programming.
More specifically, the purpose of conducting of this final evaluation includes:
- To assess effectiveness, efficiency and impact of implementing integrated livelihoods on the ecological, social, and economic capital of households and communities affected by recurrent shocks.
- To assess the extent of change in the capacity of households and communities to adapt to recurrent shocks as a result of the project interventions.
- Documenting lesson learnt from the three years resilience interventions of integrated livelihoods interventions.
- Recommend improvements for the longer-term resilience intervention strategy for the same or similar intervention areas and/or communities
The evaluator is expected to employ OECD/DAC evaluation criteria for this exercise, the following guiding evaluation questions should be followed:
- To what extent were the project objectives valid for the SC Somalia/Somaliland and target communities?
- Analyze appropriateness of the project design, relevance of the project strategies and approaches in light of the operational context (Somaliland national development plan and priorities as well as SC strategic plan) and its adaptation over the three years.
- To what extent the project reached the most marginalized and deprived and which strategies have been most useful for ensuring that?
- To what extent was the project to the context and child rights situation?
- To what extent does the project meets target clients’ needs as outlined in the project document and was it designed based on target clients’ needs?
- Assess the extent to which the project interventions meet the holistic needs of vulnerable children and mothers and the extent to which they take into consideration longer- term needs of the target population.
- To what extent project achieved planned objectives and results?
- Indicate for each expected outcome and output (result) what has been accomplished in relation to what has been stated in the project document and logical framework?
- Have the monitoring and results-based management systems (including MEAL/M&E framework) used contributed to the effectiveness of the project and if so, why and how?
- Document the strategies that have proven particularly effectiveness in achieving the results.
- What were the major underlying factors (internal and external) influencing the achievement or non-achievement of the results within the three years of project implementation?
- How economically the project inputs (funds, expertise, time, etc.) were converted into expected results, the quality of service provision, project monitoring and make recommendations for improving efficiency of similar or future projects operating in the same context.
- To what extent where the strategies employed to achieve results were cost-effective? What other more efficient and cost effective strategies would have been used?
- How efficiently have the lessons learned along the way been utilized in improving the projects? (It is expected that the lessons learned during the implementation of the projects will be documented as a part of the assignment)
- What is the key short term and long-term changes produced by project, positive or negative, intended or unintended and what are the key factors behind these changes?
- What real difference has the BREADs project activities made for the direct, and indirect stakeholders of promoting ecological, social, and economic capital of households and communities affected by recurrent shocks.
- What are the lasting changes achieved by project in relations to making difference on BREADS practices in the target community.
- Identify and analyze the significant changes that the project has brought in children’s lives. What real difference has the intervention made in the lives of the beneficiaries?
- Document any evidence of practical success (case stories).
- Assess the sustainability of the results (will the outcomes endure; how likely does continuing progress towards the impact seem), and what are the major factors contributing or hindering sustainability.
- Assess to what extent and how the project has increased the accountability and capacity of duty bearers. Document ownership and involvement of government at different levels, and other key stake holders.
- What were the major factors which influenced the achievement or non-achievement of sustainability of the project?
- To what extent will the results/benefits last/continue at household, community and systems
In addition to the above OECD/DAC criteria, the evaluation team will also assess:
- Coverage and targeting: Assess the extent to which the planned coverage and targeting was achieved and its appropriateness to the local situation
- Integration: Analyze the impact of the integrated approach in realizing the project objective and make recommendations for improving the delivery of holistic programs for target communities.
Based on the findings of the above generate lessons learnt, challenges, and best practices make a realistic and feasible recommendations for improving interventions on ecological, social, and economic capital of households and communities affected by recurrent shocks
Scope of Work
The final evaluation will cover a sample drawn from all the target locations in Somaliland and will cover all relevant stakeholders (government officials and representatives, community members and children) who participated in the implementation of the BREADs project to collect the necessary and required information. Furthermore, the final evaluation is expected to provide information from both intended and unintended project achievements that enables Save the Children and its partners to develop future strategies to further improve their program interventions.
The BREADs final evaluation will use a mix of qualitative and quantitative methods that will include but not be limited to review of existing literature on the situational context in Somaliland, SC’s intervention strategies and other relevant literature, analysis of the project monitoring data, focus group discussions, key informant interviews, observations and a survey (including anthropometric measurement for children between 6 to 59 months) covering a sample of targeted beneficiaries and nonbeneficiaries.
Participatory methods that maximize the meaningful participation of children and their careers will be important. The evaluators shall present an inception report detailing key evaluation questions with respect to each evaluation criteria; source of information/data; sampling procedures and the sample size, data collection method and tools, data analysis plan and a report structure. The inception report shall be refined in consultation with SC Somaliland technical staff and approved before commencing data collection.
The final evaluation shall as far as possible use tools that were used to establish the project baseline and mid-term evaluation; any adaptations to the tools should still enable comparison with the baseline and mid-term data in measuring results.
The evaluators will work with the respective FSL technical specialist, research as well as the MEAL team for technical and quality backstopping.
The following issues should be given due consideration in designing the methodologies.
- Both primary and secondary sources of information will be used to generate data and information. The project baseline report, mid-term evaluation, annual reports, monitoring reports, work plans, project proposal, proceedings, minutes of village relief committees established by the project etc. are some of the documents that should be reviewed.
- Both qualitative and quantitative methods will be employed for the review of primary and secondary data.
- The data will be gathered through interviewing and holding discussions with the different target groups, government officials, community groups and local authorities as well as through observation and reviewing different documents.
- Concerned staff of Save the Children will also be interviewed.
- The methodology should give plenty of room for the participation of children and
The final evaluation is estimated to be 25 working days, including preparations, field work in Somaliland, data analysis and report writing. The following timeline is proposed for the planned consultancy work.
|Activity||Expected Level of Effort in Days|
|Desk Review, preparing inception report and developing data collection tools.||4|
|Training enumerators and field-testing tools||3|
|Field work (data collection)||9|
|Debrief on findings (validation workshop)||1|
The consultant will carry out the following specific activities for the consultancy.
- Dvelop a detailed work plan for the study and share with Save the Children for input and approvals.
- Produce an inception report demonstrating his/her capacity to handle the consultancy by explicitly explaining his/her understanding of the TOR that he/she deems sufficient serve the study purpose.
- The inception report should exhaustively cover the proposed design and methodology, analysis plan, suggested final report format and in line with the agreed evaluation design and data collections tools at global level.
- Conduct training for enumerators in line with field data collection plan and tools.
- Based on the proposed and reviewed field plan, conduct field data collection.
- Analyse primary collected data in line with the study questions and draft a report accordingly
- Share analysed data with Save the Children Somalia/Somaliland
- Upon satisfactory review of the draft report by SCI and SCG, the consultant will present the report findings
- Respond to report queries and comments and submit final evaluation report for BREADs Final Evaluation
Presentation of the Results
The consultancy is expected to produce a quality report focusing on each project outcome with deep dives on project output indicators as well, which provides clear information during implementation; differentiating findings, conclusions and recommendations. The consolidated summary shall pull together the key intended and unintended findings from the project target areas and beneficiaries, recommendations should focus on improving similar programming in the future. In addition to the report the consultancy shall submit raw data, methodology used, interview outlines, list of people interviewed/met, etc. SC Somalia/Somaliland office will disseminate the findings and lessons learnt, which means the consultancy shall have no exclusive copyright of the report.
Copyright and Intellectual Property Rights
The title rights, copyrights and all other rights of whatever nature in any materials used or generated under the provisions of this consultancy will exclusively be vested with Save the Children Somalia/Somaliland Country Office. All products developed under this consultancy belong to the project exclusively, guided by the rules of the grant contract. Under no circumstances will the consultant use the information of this evaluation for publication or dissemination to any individual or organization without official prior written permission from Save the Children Somalia/Somaliland Country Office.
Organizational Roles and Responsibility
The consultancy will be contracted by and report to Save the Children in Somaliland. The project team, country office technical team will also support the final evaluation, providing necessary and available documents and information needed, they will also provide technical assistance.
Location: The consultancy will take place in Somaliland.
Awarding Criteria for the Consultancy
Please refer to Evaluation Criteria which will be used during the evaluation of the technical proposals.
Terms and Conditions
Professional Fee: The consultant will come up with his/her own rate, which will be subject to negotiation within the bounds of donor requirements, market price and set standards of SC in Somaliland. The consultant is expected to estimate all relevant costs for the exercise, including costs for data collectors, vehicle rent, venue, stationary, travel costs, accommodation and others, which he/she is expecting to incur while undertaking activities related to this assignment.
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 is bound to sign and abide to the Save the Children’s Code of Conduct.
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. The Consultant will be expected to treat as private and confidential any information disclosed to her/him or with which she/he may come into contact during her/his service. The Consultant will not therefore disclose the same or any particulars thereof to any third party or publish it in any paper without the prior written consent of Save the Children. Any sensitive information (particularly concerning individual children) should be treated as confidential.
An agreement with a consultant will be rendered void if Save the Children discovers any corrupt activities have taken place either during the sourcing, preparation and implementation of the consultancy agreement.
Mandatory Security Training
The consultant shall be expected to go through mandatory On-line Security and Hostage and Kidnap trainings and submit the certificate of completion to SC before the commencement of the task. Failure to deliver this will lead to an automatic disqualification. SC will advise on the security plan on appointment.
The following attributes are requirements for the selection of the evaluation consultant:
- Relevant masters level education experience and training in Research, Development studies or Social Sciences, and/or related fields.
- Proven experience of not less than 5 years in conducting quality evaluations and assessing food security and livelihood related and/or integrated programmes
- Solid methodological and research skills
- Experience of previously conducting similar evaluations for UN or INGOs.
- Thorough knowledge on the relevant thematic areas and Somalia/Somaliland context
- Fluency in English language and local language skills would be helpful.
- Excellent communication and report writing skills
- Able to communicate effectively and work in the project areas for the duration of the data collection.
- Able to demonstrate solid experience with evidence of previous work on similar topics and/or for international organization.
Application Procedure and Requirements
Candidates interested in the position are expected to provide the following documentation:
- A technical proposal with a detailed response to the TOR, with specific focus on the scope of work, methodology and timelines.
- Initial work plan and indication of availability
- A financial proposal detailing the daily rate expected including accommodation, transportation, stationary, data collectors, research assistances and all other cost related to this assignment. (Operational and consultancy fees).
- Two copies of recent and similar studies previously conducted by the consultant.
- Company profile and a detailed curriculum vitae (CV) of the lead consultant with contact details (the CV should include at least three traceable references)
- At least two copies of previously conducted similar studies.
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