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Terms of Reference (TOR) for Consultancy for Independent Third-Party Monitoring of Enhancing inclusive Support for Basic Food Security and Livelihood Needs and Child Protection for Locust Invasion, covid-19, Drought and Conflict Affected Families and Children in Abudwak, Somalia

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1 Title of Consultancy / advisory  ToR Consultancy for Independent Third-Party Monitoring of Enhancing inclusive support for basic food security and livelihood needs and child protection for locust invasion, covid-19, drought and conflict affected families and children in Abudwak, Somalia
2 SCI Contracting Office Save the Children Mogadishu Office, Somalia
3 Period of Consultancy 15 working days.
4 Consultant/Advisor type required Individual/Firm.
5 Responsibility for Logistics arrangements and Costs The applicant will cover for any Logistics arrangements and costs; including food, accommodation and local transport. (Subject of change)
6 Taxation Provisions Applicant shall be responsible for all Taxes arising from the consultancy in line with the Somaliland Tax regulations applicable at the SCI contracting office named above
7 Travel requirements The applicant will Responsible any Travel outside in Mogadishu, Somalia.
8 Security requirements Applicant will comply with standard Save the Children Security procedures, including the completion of SCI online security training prior to travel to Somaliland (if applicable)
9 Qualification and Experience To qualify for this assignment, the consultant must:

Please refer below awarding criteria indicated on section 6 of this document

10 Evaluation Criteria Refer below awarding criteria indicated on section 6 of this document
11 Application Procedure Interested applicants should submit their applications via email to


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

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 consultants shall submit their applications through the email address provided above on or before September 14st, 2021

Shortlisted candidates will be requested for an interview.

13 ToR Consultancy for Independent Third-Party Monitoring of Enhancing inclusive support for basic food security and livelihood needs and child protection for locust invasion, covid-19, drought and conflict affected families and children in Abudwak, Somalia

Location: Abudwak
Application Deadline: September 14st, 2021
Send documents to: CSS.LOGISTICS@savethechildren.org

 1.    Background

Save the Children (SC) is implementing MFA Finland funded project to support the most vulnerable families in 14 drought and conflict affected internally displaced people’s (IDP) camps and host communities in Baidoa Somalia by addressing their urgent basic needs to prevent further food insecurity, malnutrition, poor health and gender-based violence (GBV). A monthly cash transfers via mobile phone (USD 64 per month) will be provided for 4 months to 1,405 households (HH). The cash transfers will be linked to awareness raising on child feeding, appropriate care practices and prevention and response to violence and abuse. An integration between food security and livelihoods (FSL) and child protection (CP) will be emphasized by providing cash transfers to some HH identified through CP case management. Children will receive support to build their resilience to better address risks and stress they are facing, and caregivers, community groups, community leaders and service providers will be trained to prevent and respond to CP issues.

2.    Project Objective:

Project objective: Impact indicators
Drought, locust, covid-19 and conflict affected children and their families, including PLW and children in the first 1,000 days, are protected and their wellbeing and resilience is enhanced through appropriate UCT, CP and capacity strengthening interventions ·      % reduction in the average household reduced coping strategy index (rCSI) (target: 20%)

·      % of households with acceptable food consumption scores during lean season (target: 20% increase from baseline)

·      % of households with increased Dietary Diversity Scores during lean season (target: 33%)

·      % of trained civil society actors and formal and non-formal service providers (% females and % males) demonstrating knowledge in disability inclusion and capacity to integrate right-based approach on disability in programming, disaggregated by gender (target: 60%)

·       % boys & girls reporting increased confidence and self-esteem, disaggregated by gender, age and disability (target: 50%)

Target Location

S/N Region District Village Target beneficiaries per village
1 Galgadud Abudwak Baligis IDP 120
2 Garasle IDP 95
3 Dayacan IDP 120
4 Kulmiye IDP 80
5 Mahad Alle IDP 70
6 Alla_amin IDP 120
7 Hurfada IDP 70
8 Jaqafwibir IDP 70
9 Landher IDP 95
10 Abudwak town (Host) 240
  Total 1,080

To improve the accountability of the program a third-party monitor will be contracted to monitor the project progress and also to ensure whether the project implementation is in line with SCI accountability strategy.

3.    Consultancy Objectives

To complete independent monitoring of Save the Children’s Improving well-being and care of vulnerable children in Abudwak – in order to enhance program quality and accountability to beneficiaries.

4.    Scope of work

Program implementation under two broad result:

Result 1: Income protection during lean season for improved access to nutrition for persons and children with disabilities, PLW, children in the first 1,000 days and their families through provision of monthly unconditional cash transfers Indicators: 

·         # of community committees with at least one committee member with a disability (target: 7 committees)

·         % of caregivers (% mothers and % fathers) of children between 0-59 months who demonstrate knowledge of key IYCF practices, disaggregated by gender and disability (target: 75%)

·         % of women and % men reporting shared decision making with spouse on cash transfer use, disaggregated by gender and disability (target: 80%)

·         % of monthly cash transfer spent on food (target: 75%)

Result 2: Girls and boys including children with disabilities are protected from violence through prevention and response actions including age appropriate and culturally relevant information Indicators:

·         # of children with CP, including GBV risks identified, referred and receiving support through case management, disaggregated by gender, age, disability and type of CP concern (target: 575 children: 300 boys, 275 girls)

·         % of supported caregivers that demonstrate improved parenting and caregiving attitude and practices, disaggregated by gender, age and disability (target: 40%)

Result 3: Civil society actors have improved knowledge, capacities and tools to carry out inclusive programming promoting the rights of persons and children with disabilities Indicators:

·      # of persons and children with disabilities taking part in trainings, committees, advocacy groups and consultation meetings supported by the project, disaggregated by gender (target: 20 adults, 30 children; 40 % female)

 5.    Beneficiary selection:

·         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 beneficiaries, 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 payment or diversion of assistance. Diversion of cash through voluntary or involuntary taxation or forced contribution should be properly scrutinised and reported.

·         Determine how the targeted communities have benefited from the unconditional cash transfers and child protection intervention in their respective communities.

6.    Mobile cash transfer system:

·         Determine how targeted project beneficiaries have benefited from the mobile cash transfer system in which they’ve received their unconditional cash transfer.

·         Gather general feedback from project beneficiaries between the advantages and disadvantages of using mobile cash transfer delivery system.

·         Document the beneficiaries’ satisfaction on the quality of the mobile handsets provided.

7.    Information sharing:

  • Assess the extent in which the beneficiaries are informed and aware of key project information such as project objectives, activities, timelines, entitlement, number of cash payments, expected results and targeted beneficiaries and 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 have about the project and its implementation but they are not getting it.

8.    Complaint and response mechanisms:

  • Establish beneficiaries’ awareness of mechanisms through which they can give feedback or make complaints to SCI. (how to complain or raise concerns about activities, what they can people complain about, who can complain to, how and where they can complain and issues of confidentiality).
  • Assess the acceptance and level of confidence that beneficiaries have in the existing SCI complaints response mechanisms.
  • Generate ideas for improving the existing complaint handling mechanism.

9.    Collect feedback from the community dialogue session.

Case management:

  • Find out how the community dialogue session is contributing to community awareness on child protection issues and referral of child protection cases

10. Participation:

  • Generate Information about how beneficiaries including children would like to/ are participating in the project implementation.
  • Document the how children’s selection procession in child resilience workshops.
  • Collect feedback work participants and parents of whose children did not participate the workshop.

11. Project results in regard to integration:

·         Identify and Document evidence of project integration between the cash programming and child protection.

12. Impact:

  • Collect qualitative data on the impact of the program including case studies that demonstrate change in the lives of children.

·         Assess the impact of the child protection interventions in preventing and responding violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation within the project targeted communities.

·         To document unintended impact of the project (negative and positive impacts).

13. Deliverables:

The following outputs are expected from the consultant

·         Detailed methodology and data tools

·         The field monitoring reports of no more than 15 pages summarizing findings of the field monitoring and recommendations.

·         A set of pictures with GPS coordinates taken during the monitoring exercise shall be appended separately.  Pictures must show supported facilities, beneficiaries receiving services, SCI branding and all other information that depicts the quality of services being offered.

  • Two to three case studies that demonstrate change in the lives of children.

14. Management and logistics

  • The consultant will be supervised by the area MEAL manager with support of the national MEAL manager.
  • The consultant will be responsible for organizing logistical issues with limited facilitation from SCI and as per the consultancy agreement.

15. Duration of Assignment

This assignment will take 15 working days in Abudwak inclusive of travels.

16. Profile Required

  1. Experience in social protection programing specially cash program and child protection, DRR and related fields. Experience in Somalia context is desirable.
  2. Prior experience in conducting cash based programing, child protection assessments. Having conducted similar assignment in Somalia will be an advantage.  
  3. Solid analytical, result based planning, report writing, communication and diplomacy skills with ability to correlate different data sets to actionable conclusions.
  4. English language skills (report should be written in English). Ability to make clear presentations and disseminate findings to both technical and non-technical audience

17. Application Process

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

  1. Cover letter and CV
  2. Technical proposal, outlining the methodologies and tools be used and Budget Summary.
  3. Proven samples of the previous similar work with INGOs and UN agencies preferably Abudwak.
  4. Reference – At least two credible referees.

18. 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(s) and interpreters if applicable are bound by the principles and conditions of Save the Children’s Code of Conduct and will need to sign it before departing to the field.

19. Key Deliverables and Timelines

The assessment and the training is supposed to be completed over a period of approximately 15 working days between September and October 2021.

20. Duration of Assignment

The assignment is expected to be undertaken between September-October 2021

21. Expected Profile of Consultant

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

·         A post-graduate qualification in Economics, Social Sciences, Development Studies, Business studies or any related fields.

·         At least 10 years of experience in coordinating and conducting Market related studies, assessment and market-based programming including market-based livelihoods and Labour market assessment.

  • 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).
  • Ability to produce high-quality work under tight timeframes; and

Ability to work jointly with the MEAL team and integrate feedback as required

Share your documents with email; CSS.LOGISTICS@savethechildren.org   with the subject line of the email body “Livelihoods Market Assessment and Staff training in Somalia.

 Deadline for submission is September 14st, 2021



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