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TERMS OF REFERENCE FOR SOMALILAND RESIDENTIAL CARE CENTERS ASSESSMENT – Somaliland

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TERMS OF REFERENCE FOR SOMALILAND RESIDENTIAL CARE CENTERS ASSESSMENT

Background

SOS Children’s Villages Somaliland is a Member Association of SOS Children’s Villages International. This federation was first established in 1949 and focused on children’s development into a self-supporting and contributing members of the society. SOS Somaliland is a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) that is not for profit, non-sectarian, and non-partisan.

It was established in Somaliland in 1999, with its first operations in the Sahil region. Currently, SOS Somaliland is operational in two more regions of Awdal and Marodijeh. SOS implements social programs ranging from childcare, child protection, youth empowerment and participation, education, and emergency relief interventions. SOS works closely with many stakeholders, including government authorities at national, regional, and district levels, other NGOs, INGOs, local communities, as well as CSOs.

SOS Somaliland shares a vision with SOS Children’s Villages International and beliefs that every child belongs to a family and grows with love, respect, and security. To realize this, SOS builds families for children in need to help them shape their futures and to share in the development of their communities.

SOS Somaliland is committed to the welfare of children who lost parental care or at risk of losing parental care. Often ensuring that children grow up in a loving family environment, and strengthening families of origin and communities as a preventive measure in the fight against child abandonment and social negligence. SOS Somaliland upholds Child Protection Policy as part of their commitment to safeguarding children and young people from all abuse.

Ministry of employment social affairs and family with support of the child right partners including SOS children’s villages Somaliland and other key child protection partners willing to conduct national assessment towards the children in the residential care centers. This assessment will mainly focus on number of the existing residential care in Somaliland and the capacities of the centers, available facilities/services in the centers, living conditions and safety of the children in the centers and possible risks, established standards and management regulations and systems in the centers, number of centers and their historical backgrounds and etc. Therefore, SOS Children’s Villages Somaliland is looking a consultancy firm to conduct this assessment.

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Purpose of the Assessment

The main purpose of the assessment is to map out the current situation of the children in the residential care centers and identify the existing gaps with the consideration of the draft minimum standard of care for children in residential care centers alternative care centers in Somaliland and come up with recommendation and priorities for better improvement.

Objectives

The specific objectives of the assessment are included but not limited to:

To identify the number and types of the residential care centers in the targeted locations

To learn the categories of the children in the centers

To study the number of children and their family background

To know the management structures of the residential care centers

To figure out the existing and reporting mechanisms available in centers,

To know the availability of adequate services like education health, nutrition, play and recreation, psychosocial, living condition, shelter

To study the availability of policies, guidelines and standards of the centers To figure out the daily program of centers

To study the living conditions of the children in the centers To sort out the risks exposure of the centers

To understand the types and quality of programmes or services provided to children with special needs

To know the financial situation and fund sources of the centers

Expected Results

The expected results of the assignment are included but not limited to:

Number and types of the residential care centers in the targeted locations are identified. categories of the children in the centers are clearly addressed

The living conditions of the children in the centers are well studied Existing and reporting mechanism available in centers are identified

Scope of the Assessment

The assignment will focus to assess the current situation of the children in the residential care centers and identify the existing gaps with the consideration of the draft minimum standard of care for children in residential care centers alternative care centers in the 6 regions of Somaliland (Awdal, Maroodi-Jeeh, Saahil, Togdheer, Sool and Sanaag).

Assessment Methodology

The survey will employ a mixed research design of quantitative and qualitative approaches. It will particularly adopt a cross-sectional survey design. A cross-sectional research design involves carrying out data from a target population at one point in time. This design will be chosen because through it, the researcher will be able to collect and analyze data as it exists in the field without manipulating any variables.

Activities and Timeframe for residential care centers assessment in Somaliland

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Activities

Timeframe

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Preparation phase

Recruitment of the external lead consultant

Desk review and consultation meetings with key stakeholders and identify gaps vis the international standards

Develop, receive & approve inception note, tools and methodologies to carry out, the desks review, FGDs and interviews with various categories of stakeholders

Present the incept note to the Task-force regular meeting for review and approval

Train data collector and pre-test data collection Tools and Finalize schedule of the Survey

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Data collection Phase

Organize and conduct field visits and meetings for data collection Organize and summarize collected data

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Report writing Phase

Drafting of the assessment report

Organize meeting with CP actors and to review the drafted report and receive feedbacks    

Finalize assessment Report

Activities and Timeframe

Cooperating Consultants agrees:

The Consultant must share the detailed assessment proposal, work plan, budget, , and program ahead of time for quality checks and harmonization.

The Consultant shall provide a comprehensive process report at the end of the assessment capturing all the above objectives.

Duration of the Assessment

The assessment will take 45 days including reporting days

Payment Schedule

The consultant fees’ payment shall be made in two phases according to the following schedule:

The first payment of 40% advance of the total agreed contractual amount will be made immediately after the signing of the contract agreement.

The second payment of 60% of the total contract amount shall be made to the consultant upon approval and acceptance of the Assessment report.

Profile of the consultant:

The consultant should have:

University degree or equivalent in social studies, legal studies, human rights; At least five (5) years of professional experience in the social protection sector

including conducting assessments or studies relevant to this consultancy; Excellent consulting skills, proven facilitation, and good interpersonal and

communication skills

Ability to transfer complex concepts and ideas into practical and straightforward language

Experience in working with international organizations

Fluency in English (ability to write reports in clear and readable language)

Application procedures

Interested Consultants are invited to submit their technical and financial proposals, including proposed work plans, CVs of lead Consultant(s), and a clear demonstration of understanding and interpretation of this Terms of Reference (ToR) to the HR on   hr@sos-somaliland.org. Indicate “RESIDENTIAL CARE CENTERS ASSESSMENT” in the subject line, to reach us not later than 25h November 2020.

SOS Children’s Villages is committed to safeguarding the rights of the children and, therefore, it is expected that every individual who joins with SOS Children’s Villages Somaliland understands his/her responsibility in protecting and keeping children safe.

*Any document that is sent late and received after the deadline mentioned above will not be considered.

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