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TERMS OF REFERENCE (TOR) FOR THE BASELINE EVALUATION FOR  Althani project (Provision of Emergency Life-saving interventions (Health, Nutrition, WASH and Livelihoods) to drought and conflict affected communities in Somalia)

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TERMS OF REFERENCE (TOR) FOR THE BASELINE EVALUATION FOR  Althani project (Provision of Emergency Life-saving interventions (Health, Nutrition, WASH and Livelihoods) to drought and conflict affected communities in Somalia)

Location: 6 regions of Somalia- Southern states (Bakool and Mogadishu), Puntland (Mudug and Bari); and regions in Somaliland (Sool and Togedheer)

Application Deadline: 26th  November-19 at 10:00AM.

Send documents To: CSS.LOGISTICS@savethechildren.org


Save the Children (SC) has worked in Somalia since 1951 and has provided emergency assistance since 1970 whenever there has been need. In 2016, SCI directly reached 600,936 children. 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.

The proposed response will provide immediate lifesaving child and maternal focused health, nutrition services, cash for consumption smoothening to the most vulnerable groups, and contributes to reducing morbidity and mortality related to acute malnutrition. Through this project, SC will provide emergency health, nutrition, WASH, cash for food services to drought affected communities across 6 of the 18 regions of Somalia; Somaliland (Sool and Togedheer); Puntland (Mudug and Bari); and South Central Somalia (Bakool and Mogadishu) with a focus on areas that have huge health/nutrition service gaps and particularly areas affected by the current drought with IDP populations. The project will build on the current SC health, nutrition, WASH and food security interventions and drought response programming as well as scale up to new locations to ensure maximization of services/coverage. SC will respond to the humanitarian health needs by supporting health facilities through fixed, mobile, and integrated community case management (ICCM) based services. Primary health services will provide general consultations and treatment for common diseases, and will be complemented by a community health component, including scheduled outreach and community case management of childhood illness. SC will provide nutrition services as part of the integrated package in all target locations.

Project Objectives

Intervention Logic Outputs
Overall Objective Crisis affected population have access to timely and adequate health, nutrition, WASH, and livelihood interventions
Intermediate Outcomes


Outcome 1 – Improved access and uptake of lifesaving health services across targeted vulnerable communities in Somalia by September 2020 Output 1.1: Delivery of quality preventative and curative health services, including RMNCH services, provided at the health facility level
Output 1.2: Communities and Families in target areas have adequate health knowledge and improved health seeking behaviour with their children treated close to home
Output 1.3: Capacity of Existing Disease surveillance systems strengthened in target areas.
Output 1.4: Health systems and management structures strengthened
Outcome 2: Improve coverage and quality of lifesaving treatment services for acute malnutrition in drought-affected areas in Somalia Output 2.1: Children under 5 with acute malnutrition receive timely and effective treatment for acute malnutrition
Output 2.2: Malnourished Pregnant and lactating women access community management of acute and quality treatment
Outcome 3: Children under 5 who receive timely and effective services for prevention of acute malnutrition and relapse Output 3.1: Improved Infant and Young Child feeding practices among care givers of children 0-23 months and Pregnant women
Outcome 4:  Households with children below 2 and PLWs consumption of diverse, nutritious food improved Output 4.1: Household purchasing power temporarily increased
Outcome 5: Provide reliable and sustained access to sufficient safe water-based on identified strategic water points and establishment of sustainable management structures Output 5.1: Improved household access to sustained safe water
Output 5.2: Improved access to proper sanitary facilities at household and health/ nutrition sites
Output 5.3: Improved household capacity on proper hygiene behavior/ practices

 Geographical Coverage and targets

SC will implement an integrated approach; health and nutrition sites, WASH, protection, livelihoods,  and child protection  services targeting the most affected populations within 6 regions of Somalia including regions in Somaliland (Sool and Togedheer); Puntland (Mudug and Bari); and Southern states (Bakool and Mogadishu) of Somalia

Project target beneficiaries
Sector Estimated number of direct beneficiaries
Nutrition 108,915  children under 5 (boys- 54,457; girls- 54,458) and  50,538 pregnant and lactating women
Health 705,600 persons (male 282,240; female 423,360) of which 271,480 are under five children (boys-133,025;girls-138,455)
Protection  n/a
WASH  43,309 persons (male 11,035; female 11,154; boys: 10,186; girls: 10,934)
Livelihoods  31,285 Households (187,710 people- female 31,285, male 31,285, boys 62,570, girls 62,570)
  1. Purpose of the Baseline Survey

The main purpose of the baseline survey is to establish the benchmarks as per the program logical frame indicators which will provide pre-intervention situation that will eventually be used for tracking and assess project performance and progress. In addition, baseline will collect and estimates indicators for the program effective  to provide benchmarks for future comparison of effectiveness of the areas of improvement plus inter-sectoral(thematic) integration or complementarity.

  1. Scope of Assignment

The consultant (s) will design and conduct the baseline survey and set out the benchmarks according to programme indicators taking into account regional variations and integration across themes. The consultant will also present the findings to SC, Program staff, technical team and other stakeholders. The consultant shall have to carry out the following and other specific activities during the baseline survey process:

  • Review of key documents that include the proposal documents, Project proposal, MEAL plan and work plan.
  • Design of baseline survey
    • Produce an inception report with a detailed work plan and methodology to be used with respect to the quantitative household survey, provide a description of how data will be collected including the sampling frame, data sources, analysis plan and drafts of data collection tools such as questionnaires
    • Develop an implementation plan for qualitative data collection including tool such as Key Informant Interview guides
    • Collaborate with SC on putting the baseline survey tool on tablets
  • Conduct training of enumerators and supervisors
  • Conduct field data collection
  • Discussion with SC on initial results report on baseline survey
  • Conduct final presentation in collaboration with SC.
  1. Baseline Methodology

Detailed design of the baseline methodology will be done by the consultant. The design should take into account that not all activities will be implemented in all locations though each location will receive at least two thematic interventions. Mostly quantitative method will be employed during the baseline survey through a household questionnaire to collect data that would provide indicator benchmarks for the project.  Quantitative method will be mostly employed during the baseline survey through a household questionnaire to collect data from caregivers or household heads or observations at the household. The consultant will also conduct desk reviews and key informants to collect institutional based indicators like health facilities and public places. Few focus groups discussion to compliment the findings of the quantitative survey will be encouraged to provide more information on underlying issues that program team can later utilize in implementing interventions. Due to community sensitivity on issues related to hygiene and infant young feeding practices (IYFP), the consultant will be encouraged to recruit mostly female enumerators from Somalia who can better gather this information from mostly anticipated women respondents.

2. Baseline Evaluation Process

The baseline will be carried out in conformity with the standard operating guidelines in the MEAL approach for SC. The baseline assessment will use mostly quantitative method though some qualitative information is still expected to be collected to explain some indicator estimates.  The applicants are therefore expected to elaborate on the baseline methodology that they will follow in their technical proposal.

2.1  Baseline Inception Report

The successful Consultant will prepare a Baseline Inception Report that will describe understanding of the Terms of References, detailed methodology and work plan. The inception report will include the indicator matrix which will detail how all project indicators shall be assessed, specifying the tools to be used. The report will be approved by Save the Children and will act as a key guiding document to the conduct of the baseline survey.

2.2   Work plan

The consultant will prepare a plan that will operationalize and direct how the whole exercise will be carried out. SC Somalia staff will be involved in providing input into design and review of tools, workshop agenda, and the report. The work plan will clearly describe the timing for;

  1. The development of baseline tools
  2. Baseline design workshop with stakeholders
  3. Recruitment and Training of research assistants including pretesting
  4. Fieldwork (Data collection and Analysis)
  5. Report writing and dissemination of results.

2.3  Geographical and beneficiary targeting

6 regions of Somalia will be targeted including regions in Somaliland (Sool and Togedheer); Puntland (Mudug and Bari); and Southern states (Bakool and Mogadishu) of Somalia targeting IDPs, host communities, children under five, pregnant and lactating women and women of child bearing age. A detailed breakdown of specific activities by area will be provided to the consultants shortlisted for inception report submission.

3.1       Expertise of the consultants

The following are minimum requirements for the team/consultant to be considered for carrying out the assignment

  1. Relevant Masters level education experience and training in Development Studies, Social Sciences, Agro-economics, Public Health, and/or related fields. A team with a combination of at least two of the fields will have an added advantage.
  2. At least 5 years’ experience in conducting similar work. SC-Somalia is interested to verify related assignments conducted in the past 2 years.
  3. Considerable track record and proven experience in quantitative and qualitative methods.

3.2       Team members’ other responsibilities

The members shall be responsible for the following:

  • Adhering to all terms/conditions stipulated in their contracts including SC child safeguarding policy.
  • Obtaining their health insurance
  • Adhering to the agreed time-frames with regard to all activities outlined in the timeline
  • Consultant’s own laptops/computers to be used during the assignment

3.3       Deliverables

The potential consultant will be expected to complete the assignment in 35 days (including development of study protocol and implementation plan/timeline, literature review, inception report, development and pre-testing of data collection tools/instruments, training of assessment team, data collection, analysis, validation and report writing).

The consultants will be responsible for the following deliverables:

Output Due Date
Technical and Financial Proposal 30th November 2019
Inception report with tools 10th  Dec, 2019
Electronic files with all raw data sets 30th Dec, 2019
Draft report 10th January, 2020
Two printed and two electronic copies of the final reports in English 30th January, 2020
Presentation for the results of baseline to stakeholders 30th Janaury, 2020

3.4       SC Somalia Responsibilities

The SC Somalia will be responsible for the following:

  • Ensure effective coordination of the baseline logistics to support the consultants in undertaking their assignment.
  • Approve inception report
  • Providing input into the tools developed, and baseline design.
  • Provide consultants with literature review materials/necessary documentations.
  • Link consultants to relevant stakeholders
  • Reviewing analysis of the data collected prior to the documentation of the final report
  • Review draft report
  • Approve and signoff final report draft

4.0       Ownership of Research Data/Findings

All data collected and report findings for this study shall remain the property of the SC Somalia.

5.0 Budget and Payment Schedule:

The consultant is expected to provide a detailed budget for carrying out the study in US Dollars including consultancy fees.

S.N. Deliverable Specifications Payment Remarks
1 Approved Work plan (including study tools). 4 Hard copies and

a soft copy

30% Professional Fees

100% Operational Costs

Catering for training of research team, data collection, analysis and reporting
2 Draft Report and Liquidation of Operational Costs Soft copy & Presentation of results to SC Program 70% Professional Fees Final payment to the contract upon production of satisfactory report as required by Save the Children.

6.0       Plan for dissemination and learning

SC-Somalia will organize meetings with various stakeholders at community and district levels to provide feedback on/disseminate findings from the baseline. This will also provide an opportunity for the stakeholders to identify and agree on targets adjustment and policy issues to be taken forward based on findings from the assessment.  The consultant (s) shall present the findings and SC shall lead the discussion on joint planning.

7.0       Award Criteria

The following award criteria will be used during the evaluation of the proposals: –

Description Possible Score
Compliance with Consultancy requirement

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



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.




Adequacy of Work Plan & Methodology

–          Methodology and techniques to be applied well stipulated

–          Clear description of tasks in their Scope of Work




Bidder’s Price Quotation (MK) 20
Total Score 100

8.0       Mode of Submission

Save the Children invites technical and financial proposals from qualified consultants. Applications Interested candidates should present an application, as follows:

  • A Technical application detailing: – Understanding of the ToRs, methodology, CVs of the Team Leaders and technical reference of previous similar works
  • A Financial proposal with a detailed budget taking considering the details in the ToR and timelines therein.
  • Past  relevant experience – please attach signed and stamped contracts
  • Application Submission address: CSS.LOGISTICS@savethechildren.org indicating “Athani funded integrated emergency Provision of Emergency Life-saving interventions” as the subject.  Deadline for submission is 26th November 2019.

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