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INVITATION TO BID FOR CONSULTANCY TRACER STUDY OF THE BMZ-BREADS SUPPORTED TVET GRADUATES IN SOMALILAND

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INVITATION TO BID FOR CONSULTANCY TRACER STUDY OF THE BMZ-BREADS SUPPORTED TVET GRADUATES IN SOMALILAND

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

1 Title of Consultancy TRACER STUDY OF THE BMZ-BREADS SUPPORTED TVET GRADUATES IN SOMALILAND
2 SCI Contracting Office Save the Children

Hargeisa office

3 Period of Consultancy The estimated period of the assignment is 35 working days
4 Consultant type required Both individual and consultant companies can apply this assignment
5 Responsibility for Logistics arrangements and Costs The consultant will be responsible for covering all other relevant costs to this assignment. However, SCI will only arrange the required transport while traveling within Somaliland for the purpose of this 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 Somaliland.
7 Travel requirements The consultant will be responsible for covering travel outside Somaliland. She/he will travel to the field locations as per required where the project activities are going on. Some of these location including Gabiley, wajale, arabsio dila, Borama, Berbera, Shiekh, Burao, boon, garbo-dadar and Ainabo
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 The desired consultant should have the following academic qualifications, technical skills and experience:

  • A post-graduate qualification in Social Sciences, Development Studies, Business studies or any related fields.
  • At least 10 years of experience in coordinating and conducting tracer studies or evaluations of youth economic empowerment programs in conflict and humanitarian affected countries preferably Somalia;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of youth economic empowerment program especially TVET;
  • Demonstrated experience in training, facilitation and supervising survey enumerators to collect and enter data as per high-quality standards;
  • Demonstrated experience in quantitative and qualitative data analysis.
  • Fluency in English (spoken and written). Those fluent in Somali will have an added advantage;
  • Ability to produce high-quality work under tight timeframes; and
  • Ability to work jointly with the MEAL team and integrate feedback as required;
10 Evaluation Criteria The evaluation criteria include the followings:

Description Possible Score
Compliance with Consultancy requirement

–       Provision of required information & documents; responsiveness to ToR’s

 

20

Consultant Experience

–       Qualifications and general experience of the firm/team

–       Proven specific experience in performing similar assignments especially in Somalia in the past three years with reputable organizations.

 

 

15

Adequacy of Work Plan & Methodology

–       Methodology and techniques to be applied well stipulated

–       Clear description of tasks in their Scope of Work

 

10

5

Consultant of the interview,

Demonstration of better understanding of TOR and scope of work during the interview

Demonstration of technical capability and expertise in project evaluations

Presentation of well-structured Methodology and techniques to be applied for the execution the required consultancy services

40
Submission of realistic and acceptable financial proposal – reasonable budget breakdown and cost consideration 10
Total Score 100

 

11 Application Procedure Interested consultants should submit their applications via email to Somaliland.Procurement@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. The submission deadline for the proposal is on 5th August 2021.

Please be informed that only shortlisted candidates will be communicated and requested for an interview.

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

  • Background
  • Introduction to the project
  • Purpose of the consultancy,
  • Study questions
  • Scope of work and Methodology
  • Award critertia
  • Key deliverables and timelines
  • Expected profile of consultant

ANNEX 1 : Consultancy Terms of Reference

Terms of Reference for the Tracer Study of the BMZ BREADS Supported Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Graduates in Somaliland.

June 2021

  1. Background

Save the Children (SC) is the world’s leading independent organisation for children. We work in 120 countries. We save children’s lives; we fight for their rights; we help them fulfil their potential.

We work together, with our partners, to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives. Following a major transition, our international programmes are now delivered through a merged operation with 15,000 staff, managed through seven regional hubs and reporting to a relatively small, central office. We’re changing to become more efficient, more aligned, a better partner, a stronger advocate, a magnet for world-class people and relevant for the 21st century.

  1. Introduction to the project

Save the Children has worked in Somalia since 1951 when we set up a vocational school for orphaned boys in Somaliland. From the early 1970s we have provided emergency assistance when the needs demand. Each year, about 650,000 people benefit from our longer-term development work in Health, Nutrition, Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH), Education, Food Security and Livelihoods (FSL), Child Protection and Child Rights Governance. Youth unemployment remains one of the biggest challenges towards peace and stabilization in Somalia. Somalia has one of the largest proportional youth populations in the world. It is estimated that 73 percent of the Somali population is aged under 30. Within this group, internally displaced youth and young returning refugees are considered among the most marginalised and at-risk groups in the country. Young people from poorest and most deprived families in Somalia find it difficult to transition to work as they lack the required life skills. Without work, young people are more at risk of poverty, early pregnancy, early marriage, not being able to access health care, and unable to invest in their own families, among other factors preventing the realization of their rights.

SC Somalia with funding from Germany’s Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) project in in Hargeysa, Berbera, Borama and Burao. The overall objective of the project is to enable men, women and children in vulnerable communities to have more sustainable livelihoods that are resilient to shocks. The project has the following expected outcomes:

  1. Beneficiaries have a higher incomes linked to alternative livelihood options.
  2. Agro-pastoralist communities have increased resilience to shocks and improved yields.
  3. Improved access to market driven systems, skills training and employment opportunities for vulnerable young men and women.
  4. Through cash transfers, the beneficiaries (men and women) able to attain outputs 1, 2 and 3 and also able to cover their basic food and non-food needs.

As part of outcome 3, the project is running a TVET program which is aimed at imparting business and employability skills to the vulnerable youth to enable them start own businesses or find gainful employment within their localities upon completion of the course. The TVET package is comprised of specialized skills training and provision of business start-up grants or kits. The TVET program is provided through existing TVET institutions operating in the targeted locations. SC Somalia plan to conduct a tracer study of the TVET graduates to assess the impact that the program has had on youth economic empowerment. This will help generate key lessons that will help to inform on-going interventions and the design of similar future activities.

  1. Purpose of the Tracer Study

 

The underlying objective of the tracer study is to determine the impact of the TVET program on it graduates. Specifically, the assessment will focus on the following:

  • Establish employment rate of EB, IB and Mobile TVET youth graduates supported disaggregated by gender location, and type of skill learned.
  • Provide details on employment engaged in youth TVET graduates type of employment engaged in employed youth including type of employment, daily, weekly and monthly income or salary received by employed youth.
  • Assess the economic activities the TVET program graduates are engaged in and the performance of these activities;
  • Determine if the TVET program helped to build the capacity of the targeted youth in terms of skills and improve their livelihood condition upon the completion of the project;
  • Identify the external and internal factors which helped young people get employment.
  • Prepare five case stories from employed youth three from those who received paid jobs and two from those engaged in self-employment.
  • Provide recommendations (based on the findings) on how SCI can better support employment creation of Somali youth.
  1. Study Questions 

Below are the key questions to be answered as part of the tracer study:

  • How many youths are employed and what type of employment are they engaged?
  • How much salary or income do you earn per week or month?
  • Have the TVET program graduates been able to open and sustain own businesses or get gainful employment as a result of the skills obtained from the trainings?
  • provide ranking of employability of skills learned by youth people?
  • What are the internal (design & implementation) and external factors affecting the realization of the objectives of the TVET program?
  • What are the key lessons in terms of design, implementation and context that can be documented to inform on-going projects or design of similar future interventions?
  1. Scope and Methodology

The tracer study will track the TVET program graduates and assess the impact the program has generated on their livelihoods. The study will target all TVET graduates who received training from the BMZ in the target areas of the project to see how they are utilizing the skills and knowledge gained from the training and how this is benefiting them economically. The successful consultant will be provided with a list of TVET graduates who have been trained under the project which will form the sampling frame for the study. The study will be done in Somaliland. The successful consultant will also be expected to undertake an assessment of the capacity of the institutions engaged to provide TVET trainings under the project.

The study is expected to use a mixed methods approach and the applicants will be expected to propose the methodological approach that can be used to undertake this study. The proposed approach will be discussed and approved by SC Somalia MEAL team as part of the inception process. 

  1. Key Deliverables and Timelines

The study is supposed to be completed over a period of approximately 35 working days between July to september 2021.

  1. Duration of Assignment

The duration of this assignment is 35 days and is expected to be undertaken between July and September 2021.

  1. Expected Profile of Consultant

The desired consultant should have the following academic qualifications, technical skills and experience:

  • A post-graduate qualification in Social Sciences, Development Studies, Business studies or any related fields.
  • At least 10 years of experience in coordinating and conducting tracer studies or evaluations of youth economic empowerment programs in conflict and humanitarian affected countries preferably Somalia;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of youth economic empowerment program especially TVET;
  • Demonstrated experience in training, facilitation and supervising survey enumerators to collect and enter data as per high-quality standards;
  • Demonstrated experience in quantitative and qualitative data analysis.
  • Fluency in English (spoken and written). Those fluent in Somali will have an added advantage;
  • Ability to produce high-quality work under tight timeframes; and
  • Ability to work jointly with the MEAL team and integrate feedback as required;

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