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Re-advert: Endline Evaluation on GPE COVID19 Program in Galmudug, Hirshabelle, South-West, Jubaland & Benadir, Somalia

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    Consultancy
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    8 months ago
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  • Deadline:
    April 12, 2021
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1 Title of Consultancy RE-advert- End line evaluation on GPE COVID 19 program in Galmudug, Hirshabelle, South-west, Jubaland and Benadir, Somalia.
2 SCI Contracting Office Save the Children 

Somalia

3 Period of Consultancy 35 days in (April-May 2021)
4 Consultant type required Individual or Firm.
5 Responsibility for Logistics arrangements and Costs Save the children will pay consultant fee in a lumpsum and will not reimburse any incurred costs during assignment. The consultant will cover for their own Logistical arrangements and costs; including food, accommodation and local transport and all cost associated with data collection work and whole activities.
6 Taxation Provisions Consultant shall be responsible for all Taxes arising from the consultancy in line with the local Tax regulations applicable at the SCI contracting office named above
7 Travel requirements The consultant will cover the travel costs (tickets) and arrange local travel to field sites.
8 Security requirements Consultant will comply with standard of Save the Children Security procedures, including the completion of SCI online security training prior to travel to Somalia.
9 Qualification and Experience The following are minimum requirements for Consultant/Firm to be considered for carrying out this end line evaluation. 

•       Should have a minimum of Bachelor Degree in social science or equivalent experience and training in education, and/or related fields.

•       At least 5 years’ experience in conducting similar work including impact assessments. SC-Somalia is interested to verify related assignments conducted in the past 2 years.

•       The technical people of the consultant should have full access to the areas of the assessment.

•       The consultant should familiar with Somali context in general and particularly the local context of the assessing areas (southern states of Somalia).

•       The consultant team should have enough report writing and data analysis skills.

•       Considerable track record and proven experience in quantitative and qualitative methods.

10 Evaluation Criteria The consultant must meet the above required qualifications and experience.
11 Application Procedure Interested consultants should submit their applications via email to CSS.LOGISTICS@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;

a)     Consultants understanding of the assignment and context

b)    Approach to the assignment

c)     Workplan

d)    Key staff biodata

B Financial proposal providing a breakdown of all charges related to the assignment

• Company profile and CVs for technical staff including a minimum of 3 references

• A sample of previously conducted baseline surveys.

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 12th April 2021 

Shortlisted candidates will be requested for an interview.

13 Background 

In late 2019, an acute respiratory disease, known as COVID-19, emerged. The infectious disease is having a significant impact on education worldwide with governments across the globe closing educational institutions in an attempt to contain the COVID-19 global pandemic. The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the outbreak as a global pandemic and as of April 18, 2020 more than 2,258,909 cases and 154,388 deaths were reported worldwide. In addition, as of March 20, 2020, over 100 countries have implemented nationwide closures impacting half of the world’s student population. In Somalia, 116 cases of COVID-19 have been reported to date. On March 18, 2020, the Federal Government of Somalia (FGS) halted all international travel into the country until further notice. Furthermore, the Government suspended all local travel within the country. The Somali Government also closed all schools and universities nationwide and schools will not re-open until the next academic year. Under normal circumstances 2020/2021 academic year is due to commence in August 2020, however this will depend on the evolving situation. While school closure limits the points of contact and potential spread of the virus, there is a need to minimize the education disruption particularly for the most vulnerable. School closures carry a high social and economic cost in particular for disadvantaged children.

In response to the developing situation, the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) allocated US$250 million globally to help countries with COVID-19 response. The allocation for Somalia is US$10 million ($5.4m FGS, $1.7m Puntland, $2.9m Somaliland). This program document has been developed for the US$5.4 million FGS allocation and is based on the Somalia Education Sector COVID-19 Response Plan (attached in Annex 1). The overall goal of the Somalia Education Sector Response Plan is to: (a) minimize morbidity and mortality of COVID-19 among school communities, teachers and learners in Somalia; (b) minimize/mitigate the disruption to the children’ education and learning; and (c) ensure safe return to quality learning for teachers, learners and school communities. The Response Plan focuses on three key objectives which are: (a) support teachers, learners and school communities to prevent the transmission and spread of COVID-19; (b) ensure continuity of learning through the implementation of key activities aimed at maintaining quality learning and well-being of teachers, learners and school communities during the COVID-19 emergency; and (c) facilitate the safe return to quality learning for teachers, learners and school communities after the COVID-19 emergency. The Response Plan targets 589,559 children (50% girls) in need and the funding requirement for the implementation of the plan is US$30.5 million. The US$5.4 million FGS GPE COVID-19 accelerated grant will be used to reach some of the targets set out in the Response Plan.

Geographical Coverage of the Assessment.

This end line evaluation will be conducted on where GPE COVID 19 response activities have been implemented since May 2020. The program supported 100 primary schools in different states and regions across southern state of Somalia such as Banadir, Galmudug, Hirshabelle, Jubbaland and South West states. Below table shows target area break down per district.

State District
Jubaland Garbaharey, Bardhere, Kismayo, Afmadow,
Hirshabelle Beletweyne, Maxaas, Matabaan, Buloburte, Balcad, Cadale, Mahadaay, Warsheikh, Jowhar,
Benadir Boondheere, Wadajir, Yaaqshid, Shibis, Hiliwa, Kahda, Kaaran, Waberi, Hamar Jabjab, Hamar weyne
Galmudug Hobyo, Jariiban, Adado, Godinlabe, Xeraale, Gurceyl, Dhusamareb, Dharkenley,
Southwest Baidoa, Wanla weyn, Afgoi, Diinsoor, xudur, celberde, wajid,

General Objective:

The overall objective of the end line evaluation is to evaluate and provide detailed analysis of the project outcomes and achievements against the pre-sat project objectives/outcomes (Minimizing and mitigating the impact of COVID-19 emergency on access to education and the educational attainment of Somali children affected by the COVID-19 emergency). The evaluation also will measure the specific performance and progress made by the project through comparing baseline and end line evaluations. 

Specific objectives:

1.     To assess the project’s performance and achievements vis-à-vis the project’s overall objectives, the project indicators in the logical framework and the baseline data for the indicators gathered at the start of the project.

2.     To assess the relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, impact, sustainability.

3.     Assess how the project contribute continuation access to education and wellbeing for children during and after COVID19 pandemic.

4.     How the project facilitates the safe return to quality learning for teachers, learners and school communities after the COVID-19 emergency.

Methodology

SCI Somalia will select a researcher consultant/firm to carry out end line evaluation on GPE COVID 19 education program in Somalia. the selected consultant will be required to prepare detailed research methodology. The prepared methodology should define an appropriate sample size and specify mechanisms that will be adopted to avoid selection bias. GPE MEAL coordinator and SCI education technical Specialist will review and approve the methodology proposed by the consultant.

Consultant role and expecting deliverables

1.     Producing an Inception report.

2.     Developing study design and data collection tools including (qualitative and quantitative data collection tool).

3.     Calculate sample size for activities to be monitored (both cluster level and individual sample size).

4.     Data collection, cleaning and analysis.

5.     Producing draft report of the assessment and share to SCI relevant team to review and comment.

6.     addressing all comments and finalizing the assessment report including case studies, conclusion and recommendations.

7.     Data sets (Excel, Stata – for all collected data (quantitative and qualitative). Qualitative data should be transcribed for future use by Save the Children Country Programmes. The data sets should be in an appropriate format (SPSS, Excel, and Word) and will be submitted together with the end final evaluation report.

8.     PowerPoint presentation, summarizing the key findings of the end line evaluation should be submitted together with the final report.

9.     Evidence photos with GPS coordinates for the assessed location.

Save the children role:

Save the children will provide the following support to the successful consultancy firm/individuals:

1.     Project documents including project log-frame and proposal.

2.     Provision list of schools to be assessed and their contacts.

3.     School enrollments and list of teachers supported.

4.     Link Consultant to the relevant stakeholders.

5.     Other relevant documents.

Reporting

The consultant will maintain daily contact to the SCI team assigned to supervise the evaluation activities. On daily basis data collected will be analyzed by the consultant and given feedback to the teams.

Time Frame

The consultancy will last approximately 35 days including induction and travel days. The days will be started on by the time he/she sign the contract.

Terms and Conditions

Consultancy fee: The consultant will come up with his/her own rate which will be subject to negotiation within the bounds of donor requirements and set standards of SC in Somalia the consultant is expected to estimate all relevant costs for the exercise, including costs for data collectors, vehicle rent, venue, stationary, standardization test and accommodation while undertaking activities related to this assignment.

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 is bound to sign and abide to the Save the Children’s Code of Conduct.

A contract will be signed by the consultant before commencement of the action. The contract will detail terms and conditions of service, aspects on inputs and deliverables. The Consultant will be expected to treat as private and confidential any information disclosed to her/him or with which she/he may come into contact during her/his service.   The Consultant will not therefore disclose the same or any particulars thereof to any third party or publish it in any paper without the prior written consent of Save the Children. Any sensitive information (particularly concerning individual children) should be treated as confidential.

An agreement with a consultant will be rendered void if Save the Children discovers any corrupt activities have taken place either during the sourcing, preparation and implementation of the consultancy agreement.

How to Apply

To submit applications for this consultancy, please send the documentation to: CSS.LOGISTICS@savethechildren.org. (End line evaluation on GPE COVID 19 program in Galmudug, Hirshabelle, South-west, Jubaland and Benadir, Somalia. .) as subject of your email. Applications will close on 12th April 2021.

We work with children, communities and governments all over the world and we believe in the right person for the job regardless of where you come from and how you identify yourself. We need to keep children safe so our selection process reflects our commitment to ensuring that only those who are suitable to work with children are considered for these posts. All successful applicants will, therefore, be required to complete a Police Check and must sign onto our Child Protection Policy and organizational Code of Conduct. SCI is an equal opportunity employer.

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