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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 CONSULTANCY FOR THIRD PARTY MONITORING OF FFO NEXUS TOP UP (CASH TRANSFER COMPONENT)
2 SCI Contracting Office Save the Children
3 Period of Consultancy The assignment will be 20 days inclusive of travels.
4 Consultant type required Firm or Individual
5 Responsibility for Logistics arrangements and Costs The consultant shall be responsible for their own logistics arrangements and costs. The consultant will not be entitled to per-diem
6 Taxation Provisions Consultant shall be responsible for all Taxes arising from the consultancy in line with the Somalia/Somaliland Tax regulations applicable at the SCI contracting office named above
7 Travel requirements The consultant is required to travel to different locations in Somalia/Somaliland during the consultancy activities. Specific locations will depend on the sampling and the Technical approach in the approved proposal
8 Security requirements Consultant will comply with standard Save the Children Security procedures,
9 Qualification and Experience Qualification of the lead consultant:

·       Post graduate qualifications (MA level) in social science, particularly economics, agriculture, food security, entrepreneurship or related fields

·       Minimum of 5 years of demonstrated professional experience delivering Monitoring and Evaluations services

·       Strong work experience in providing consultancy on monitoring, evaluation, data analysis, reporting and field-based research or survey services

·       Proven experience in conducting quality project Monitoring and Evaluation including third party monitoring particularly on Food security and livelihood projects in Somalia/Somaliland

·       Proven experience in food security, cash transfer programming

·       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.

·       Solid analytical, result based planning, report writing, communication and diplomacy skills with ability to correlate different data sets to actionable conclusions.

·       English language skills (report should be written in English).

·       Ability to make clear presentations and disseminate findings to both technical and nontechnical audience

10 Evaluation Criteria
Description Weighting Scores
Compliance with Consultancy requirement

–        Provision of sound technical purposal with required information & documents; responsiveness to ToR’s: 10 marks

–        Qualifications and technical qualities of purposed team e.g. level of qualifications and number of years worked to similar assignment. 10 marks

 

20

Relavant Consultant Experience

Prove of past experience of the consultancy firm. Please submit copies of similar contracts and note that each copy of contract shall carry 3 marks till allocated marks of 15 Marks are achieved.

 

15

 

Adequacy of Work Plan

–        Submission of detailed & realistic work plan with clear description of tasks and the Scope of Work 10 marks

10

 

Consultant of the interview,

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

–        Demonstration of technical capability and expertize in project evaluations

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

35
Submission of realistic and acceptable financial proposal 20
Total Scores 100
11 Application Procedure Interested consultants should submit their applications via email to [somalia.tenders@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.

c)      Capacity to deliver (work experience, qualification of the involved consultants and firm’s Capacity to arrange all logistical and security arrangements independently for field work)

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 24th July, 2021

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

CONSULTANCY FOR THIRD PARTY MONITORING OF FFO NEXUS TOP UP (CASH TRANSFER COMPONENT)

  1. Background

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.

COVID-19 is a significant threat to the well-being and safety of children globally, as it exposes them to health risks and disrupts their healthcare, education, and access to basic needs like food, protection and social interaction with family. The World Health Organization (WHO) Situation Report 97 (as of 26 April 2020) confirmed 2,804,796 cases and 193,710 deaths reported globally. Somalia/Somaliland has 436 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 23 deaths (as at 26th April), but the long porous border of Somalia/Somaliland with neighbouring countries (Ethiopia/Kenya/Djibouti with confirmed cases) and its 23 designated points of entry, including 4 major airports (Mogadishu, Garowe, Bosaso and Hargeisa), puts Somalia/Somaliland at a high risk for transmission. Somalia is the second most fragile country in the world; it faces a protracted conflict and widespread humanitarian needs that threaten the well-being and safety of children. Given the current global context of the outbreak, including the exponential reporting of confirmed cases, the risk of COVID-19 spreading remains high because of crowded living conditions in urban centers and poor hygiene practices. According to WHO, countries in fragile, conflict and vulnerable settings like Somalia are especially at risk for wide-spread community transmission. Somalia/Somaliland’s healthcare system is weak. Somalia/Somaliland’s capacities to prevent, detect and respond to any global health security threat scored 6 out of 100 as measured by the Health Emergency Preparedness Index in 2016. The number of health workers in different parts of the country is 2 per 100,000 people compared to the global standard of 25 per 100,000 people. Less than 20 per cent of health facilities have the required equipment and supplies to manage epidemics. In addition, Somalia is poorly prepared to mitigate and respond to this crisis, with large numbers of displaced people living in encampment settings, those experiencing emergency and crisis levels of hunger, and high levels of gender-based violence and gender inequality. In particular, girls face specific risks due to the disproportionate burden of household chores and their heightened vulnerability to SGBV. The most vulnerable population includes over 2.6 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) living in overcrowded sites with poor hygiene. Due to their low economic status, the IDPs have limited access to health care service, if at all. Many also lack safe drinking water, clean latrines and hygiene kits including soap. Apart from IDPs, the elderly – approximately 2.7 per cent of the population – and the urban poor, are also considered vulnerable groups who could be heavily impacted should COVID-19 spread. In the worst-case scenario, children in Somalia will face catastrophic consequences due to increased stress on the healthcare system, significant economic disruptions, erosions of protection systems and reductions in education. These scenarios will undermine children’s survival, protection and learning; in the context of Somalia, the progress made so far to improve children’s situation will be derailed, possibly for the long-term.

The programme funding will be utilised to implement humanitarian priorities to ensure crisis affected children have access to timely and adequate health, nutrition, WASH and child protection services and their families can meet their basic food and non-food needs in times of crisis by focusing on the following sectors and interventions. The proposed approach provides an excellent opportunity for humanitarian funding mechanisms to complement ongoing, long-term, development initiatives in Somalia. This humanitarian action would therefore build on the foundation of development programmes creating synergies for shock-responsiveness, responding to immediate humanitarian needs while also protecting development-oriented investments in household resilience.

The project target is in addition to and feeds into our broader CSP strategy. Our immediate priority is to prevent and manage the pandemic as the coronavirus overwhelm the health system. But this is a crisis that goes beyond health systems; the social and economic effects of the crisis will also be severe. That’s why Save the Children is also working to extend programmes aimed at sustaining learning, protecting nutrition and countering poverty. By leveraging our existing programming, Save the Children is already responding to the coronavirus crisis.

Save the Children is implementing integrated Health, nutrition, WASH, education and child protection services and cash transfers for vulnerable children and families for crises affected by the drought and Covid-19 related crises in Somaliland/Somalia. Activities will primary consist of health and nutrition service, provision of water and hygiene kits and unconditional cash transfers to droughts affected households with malnourished children, so that they can be able to meet their immediate food and non-food needs. The top up has cash transfer compononent that targets 1650 HHs in Togdheer, Sool and Kismanyo.

  1. Project target beneficiaries
Region District #HHs
Togdheer Burao 476
Sool Ainabo 424
Kismanyo Kismayo                750
Total   1650

3. Purpose of the third-party monitoring

The purpose of the Third Party Monitoring Consultancy Services is to conduct independent monitoring of quality and verification of services delivered to assess the achievement and progresses against the target plans, processes followed to implement activities, accountability to beneficiaries and government engagement,

  1. Specific Objectives will include:
  2. Proposed Methodology

The consultant will come up with their preferred and suitable methodology, but the proposed methodology involves:

  1. Survey, observations and Focus Group Discussions (FGDs), to assess the achievement and progresses in improving the food security of the target beneficiaries against project performance indicators, accountability to beneficiaries, selection and overall beneficiary engagement process and fairness and document any gaps, concern and/or lessons or best practices
  2. Key Informant Interviews (KIIs) with Local Authorities, and local structures, to assess the engagement with the government through line ministries, engagement of the local structures in delivering the life-saving assistance in this project.
  3. Document review for sites and beneficiary selection processes to assess the selection process especially beneficiary selection and re-verification process, appropriateness and fairness of the targeting criteria and to the extent it was applied.
  4. Monitoring and Verification focus areas

Beneficiary selection Process

  • 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.
  • Identify if there were any shortcomings in the process of Cash Transfer.
  • Determine how the targeted communities have benefited from the cash transfer in their respective communities.

Information Sharing

  • Assess the extent to which the beneficiaries are informed and aware of key project information such as project objectives, activities, timelines, entitlement, number of cash transfers, expected results, targeted beneficiaries, 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 they are not getting.

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 complain about, who can complain to, how and where they can complain and issues of response effectiveness, appropriateness and 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

Participation

  • Generate Information about how beneficiaries including children would like to/ are participating in the project implementation.
  • Assess the overall participation with regard to all beneficiaries at all stages including mobilization, structural establishment, selection, verification, re-verification

Other Project Interventions

  • Assess the food security situation of the target beneficiaries, through assessing indicators like food consumption score, diatary diversity, hunger scale, coping strategies, meal frequencies and minimum acceptable diet
  • Collect data on the other project interventions including WASH, health and child protection
  • Assess the progress made in these areas against target
  • Identify implementation gaps and bottlenecks and suggest recommendations
  1. Deliverables

The following outputs are expected of the consultant

  • Third party Monitoring and Verification report capturing the findings on achievement against target, accountability to beneficiaries, engagement with the government and challenges and bottlenecks to implementations if any with actionable and evidence-based recommendations
  • Detailed methodology, sampling and data collection tools
  • Both row and cleaned data sets
  • A set of pictures with GPS coordinates taken during the monitoring exercise shall be appended separately.
  • Three case studies that demonstrate change in the lives of target beneficiaries including children
  1. Management and Logistics

The consultant will be supervised by the MEAL Manager. The consultant will be responsible for organizing logistical issues with limited facilitation from SCI and as per the consultancy agreement.

  1. Duration of the Assignment

The assignment will be 20 days inclusive of travels. The anticipated dates of the third-party monitoring are 20th June – 10th July 2021.

  1. Qualification
  • Post graduate qualifications (MA level) in social science, particularly economics, agriculture, food security, entrepreneurship or related fields
  • Minimum of 5 years of demonstrated professional experience delivering Monitoring and Evaluations services
  • Proven experience in conducting quality project Monitoring and Evaluation including third party monitoring particularly on Food security and livelihood projects in Somalia/land
  • Proven experience in food security, cash transfer programming
  • Experience in applying participatory tools especially when interviewing/collecting information from children
  • Knowledge and understanding of the social and cultural context of Somali people will be an asset.
  • Solid analytical, result based planning, report writing, communication and diplomacy skills with ability to correlate different data sets to actionable conclusions.
  • English language skills (report should be written in English).
  • Ability to make clear presentations and disseminate findings to both technical and nontechnical audience

  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

  1. Application Process

The consultant is expected to submit the following documents which will form part of the pre-selection recruitment process:

  1. Company Profile (if company)
  2. CVs of all involved consultant(s)
  3. Technical proposal, outlining the methodologies including sampling, analysis, management and tools to be used
  4. Work Plan
  5. Proposed Budget
  6. Samples of the previous similar work

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