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Invitation To Bid For Consultancy, Putting together the “Child Sensitive Social Protection” Parenting Facilitators Guide, Somalia/Somaliland

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

1 Title of Consultancy Putting together the “Child Sensitive Social Protection” Parenting Facilitators Guide
2 SCI Contracting Office Save the Children

Hargeisa Office

3 Period of Consultancy The duration of the assignment will be 20 days. This excluded the number of off-days.
4 Consultant type required Individual or Firm
5 Responsibility for Logistics arrangements and Costs Save the Children will not be providing any logistical support as we don’t expect travels nor field visits during the assignment.
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 Save the Children is not expecting field visits/travels from the consultant(s)
8 Security requirements The consultant shall be expected to go through mandatory on-line security training 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 consultant(s) 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 ·         At least an advanced degree in education and /or educational economics or related field.

·         Experience in undertaking curriculum development or similar work, preferably teacher or facilitator guides

·         At least 8 years of relevant experience in the field of educational research and educational plan developments

·         Good experience in gender education analysis

·         Good communication skills, with fluency in written and spoken English. Knowledge of Somali language is an asset

·         Good experience in teaching methodologies, in particular adult teaching/training.

·         Excellent analytic and writing skills

10 Evaluation Criteria The consultant must meet the required qualifications and experience defined above, completeness of application and below criteria:

Evaluation Criteria  Weighing Marks  
Provision of sound technical purposely with required information & documents; responsiveness to ToR’s – (scope of services and methodology): 20
Qualifications and technical qualities of proposed team e.g. level of qualifications and number of years worked to similar assignment. 10
Prove similar work conducted by the consultancy firm/individual. Submitting of minimum 2 copies of similar reports and note that each copy of report shall 5 marks till allocated marks are achieved 15
Submission of detailed work plan with clear description of tasks and the Scope of Work 5
Submission of realistic and acceptable financial proposal – reasonable budget breakdown and cost consideration the commercial criteria score will be calculated using the formula below 10
Interview 40
Total 100
11 Application Procedure Interested applicants should submit their applications via email to [somaliland.procurement@savethechildren.org].

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

–          A technical proposal with detailed response to the TOR, with specific focus addressing the scope of work and methodology to be used.

–          Initial work plan based on methodology outlined, and indication of availability.

–          A financial proposal detailing the daily rate expected and initial work plan.

–          Company profile or CV including a minimum of three traceable, recent (with the last five years) and relevant references to this task.

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 candidates shall submit their applications through Somaliland.Procurement@savethechildren.org, no latter than 20th September 2021.
13 Terms of Reference (ToR) Complete ToR with details appended below attached herewith as    Annex 1.

  • Introduction
  • Overall objective of the Assignment,
  • Methodology
  •  Scope of work
  • Expected Tasks and Deliverables
  • Duration of the assignment
  • Code of conduct

ANNEX 1 : Consultancy Terms of Reference

Terms of Reference for the putting together the “Child Sensitive Social Protection” Parenting Facilitators Guide

  1. Introduction

Save the Children International (SCI) is a non-governmental organization whose mission is to fight for children’s rights and deliver immediate and lasting improvement to children’s lives worldwide. SCI has been operational in Somaliland since 1951. Current programs straddle relief and development in various sectors including Health, Nutrition, Child Protection, Child Rights Governance, Vocational and Skills Training, Education and Food Security & Livelihoods (FSL) working in Somaliland, to help communities cope with drought, conflict, displacement and flooding.

SCI has been implementing a child sensitive social protection[1] project targeting poor and vulnerable children of internally displaced persons’ (IDP) households in Hargeisa. The main component of the project is regular monthly cash transfers in the form of “child grants” complemented by activities to enhance child sensitivity among parents, caregivers and communities for improved child nutrition, education and protection outcomes. The project targets 450 households with two children who are aged five years and below with a monthly child grant of $20 per household in three IDP camps in Hargeisa.  The project recognizes that cash transfer on its own is not necessarily sufficient to ensure that targeted children have positive outcomes around nutrition, education and protection issues, which is why the project focuses on the “child sensitivity” component in addition to the cash transfer. The child sensitivity component comprises a parenting intervention with the child grant beneficiary parents and caregivers and a child resilience intervention with girls and boys of the child grant beneficiary households. The parenting intervention is focused on behavior change communication interventions to improve knowledge, attitude and practices on parenting behavior, child nutrition, education and protection. Additionally, there is a component on establishing mechanisms to promote transparency and accountability, using social accountability tools, in the delivery of basic services relevant and critical to such as education and health.

The core component of these complementary activities is the ICDP based parenting the aim of which is to help parents become more conscious of ways to improve their relationships with their children, have more enriching interactions, and promote positive disciplining strategies. This intervention is being done by the program staff from Save the Children and HAVOYOCO and community champions in the target sites. However, it is intended that teachers in Somaliland are also trained with the module so that they convey it to the parents and caregivers. To this end, Save the Children intends to develop a facilitator guide for the CSSP parenting programs in Somaliland.

  1. Overall objective of the assignment

The overall objective of this consultancy is to put together a ICDP[2] based Facilitators’ Guide for the Child Sensitive Social Protection Parenting intervention in Somaliland.

 Specific objectives are  

  • To assess the content and ICDP program material developed by the program staff and in consultation with the team put together a comprehensive facilitators’ guide
  • Review the content developed and confirm it is culturally relevant material for the parents and caregivers in Somaliland/ Somali context
  • To ensure all key resource material being used for undertaking the various parenting sessions on the ground are put together as an annex for the comprehensive facilitators’ guide
  1. Methodology

The CSSP program team  comprising Save the Children and HAVOYOCO staff have already developed contextually appropriate and relevant material and content for undertaking parenting sessions with communities and target households  and have been successfully implementing these sessions on the ground since the last 3 years. The consultant will work closely with the Save the Children and HAVOYOCO CSSP program staff for gathering and understanding the ICDP based content and program intentions. He/she will also be given  a sample guides by Save the Children in other countries while his/her final work will be presented to Save the Children technical team for review and approval.

  1. Scope of work

To put together a comprehensive Parenting Facilitators guide based on the following sessions:

  • Consists of 19 weekly sessions, out of which the majority, i.e. eight sessions, are based on the International Child Development Program (ICDP) – a program that originated in Norway and has now been implemented in more than 53 countries. ICDP draws on developmental psychology and focuses on parental empathy, sensitivity and local adjustments of key concepts. The program is based on eight guidelines for good interaction that parents are encouraged to practice with their children.
  • One session on gender that intends to foster more engagement of fathers in parenting along with giving girls and boys equal opportunities
  • Two sessions on disability inclusion that aims at sensitising households and communities towards the rights and support to be provided to persons with disabilities and promoting their involvement and inclusion in mainstream activities.
  • Three sessions on nutrition emphasizing the Importance of Breastfeeding; Complementary Feeding and Essential Hygiene; and nutrition for pregnant and lactating mothers
  • One session on family budgeting which promotes planning of expenses and savings based on actual family income, including cash from the program support
  • Another two sessions on Education and child labour that sensitizing parents and caregivers on the importance of investing in child education and against the negative consequences that child face if engaged in work in early ages
  • Finally, there is a conclusion and celebration session in which a plan is also made for sustaining the parent groups through local champions
  • The guide will be arranged per session and content will be agreed with SCI technical team.
  1. Expected Tasks and Deliverables

    The consultant is expected to carry out the tasks and provide the deliverables listed in the table below:

  • A 19 session facilitators’ guide based on the details provided in the scope of work
  • An annex which provides all key material to be used along with the guide per session.
  1. Duration of the assignment

The duration of this assignment will take 20 working days excluding the travel days

  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 is bound to sign and abide by 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.

[1] Save the Children defines CSSP as: Public policies, programmes and systems that address the specific patterns of children’s poverty and vulnerability, are rights-based in approach, and recognise the long- term developmental benefits of investing in children.  Save the Children’s vision for CSSP is that: All children, especially the most deprived and marginalised girls and boys, have access to, and benefit from, government social protection programmes that address their specific needs and vulnerabilities throughout their life cycle.  .

[2] “ICDP” stands for “International Child Development Programme”.



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