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RE-ADVERT: INVITATION TO BID FOR CONSULTANCY For Third-Party Monitoring and verication for FFO Nexus Project, Cash Transfer In Puntland.

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Job Description

INVITATION TO BID FOR CONSULTANCY For Third-Party Monitoring and

verification for FFO Nexus Project, Cash Transfer

Save the Children International (SCI) Somalia program hereby invites interested

consultants to bid for the consultancy assignment detailed below

CONTRACT/CONSULTANCY

RE-ADVERT: INVITATION TO BID FOR CONSULTANCY For

Third-Party Monitoring and verication for FFO Nexus Project,

Cash Transfer In Puntland

Consultancy for Third-Party Monitoring and verification for

FFO Nexus Project, Cash Transfer

2 . SCI Contracting Office

Save the Children

Puntland Of ice

  1. Period of Consultancy

The assignment will be 15 days inclusive of travels. The anticipated dates of the third-party monitoring are June 15-30 , 2020.

  1. Consultant type required

Firm or Individual

  1. 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

  1. 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 fieldbased 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 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

  1. Evaluation Criteria.

Criteria for evaluation:

Relevant Education background

Similary past experience

Soundness of the Technical approach and proposed

methodology

Budget

Proposed Timeline to deliver

  1. Application Procedure;

Interested consultants should submit their applications via

email to [somalia.procurement@savethechildren.org].

The applications should be submitted in PDF format as one

document comprising Technical and Financial sections as

detailed below.

  1. 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
  1. b) Financial proposal – providing a breakdown of all

charges related to the assignment.

  1. 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.

  1. Closing date for Applications

Interested consultants shall submit their applications through

the email address provided above on or before 5 July, 2020

Shortlisted candidates will be requested for an interview.

  1. 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 AND VERIFICATION FOR

CASH TRANSFERS FOR VULNERABLE CHILDREN AND FAMILIES IN

SOMALIA/SOMALILAND (FFO NEXUS).

 

  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.

The project finances the implementation of the humanitarian priorities of Save the

Children’s Country Strategic Plan (CSP) for Somalia. The focus of the project funding will

be on the humanitarian components of goal 1 (562,000 Most Deprived Children 0-5 Have

A Strong Start in Life – “Crisis affected children under five 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”) and goal 2 (473,000 Children

(6–14yr) Have A Better Foundation for A Bright Future -“473,000 Children (6–14yr) Have

A Better Foundation for A Bright Future. Children between 6-14 affected by crisis are

protected and enjoy uninterrupted access to education”) of the Save the Children’s

Country Strategic Plan.

For children under five, SC, through this project, provides mobile and facility based

health and nutrition services ensuring access to preventive and curative health service

throughout the emergency period. To treat and prevent malnutrition, the project applies

the Provision Community based Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) and the

promotion of optimal Infant & Young Child Feeding practices in emergencies (IYCF-E).

Measures are complemented with rehabilitating climate resilient water sources for

communities in crisis as well as unconditional cash transfers for families with children

under five.

To ensure protection of children in crisis, SC, under this project, sets up child friendly

spaces, provides psycho-social support and family tracing and reunification services and

conducts child resilience and community sensitization sessions. To ensure uninterrupted

access to education, schools in communities with high numbers of IDP and returnees will

receive temporary financial and material support.

  1. Overall objective

To contribute to a world in which every child in Somalia attains the right to

survival, protection, development and participation

Crisis affected children under five 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

  1. Project FSL target beneficiaries

Food security and livelihoods: SC provides Cash to 1500 Households in Somaliland and

Southern States people (900 in Somaliland and 600 in Southern States)

  1. 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

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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 food distribution.

Determine how the targeted communities have benefited from the food voucher

and food for work intervention 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, reverification

Other Project Interventions

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 for Multi-Area Programs. The

consulting firm 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 15 days inclusive of travels. The anticipated dates of the thirdparty monitoring are June 15-30, 2020.

  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 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

  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/Registration
  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. Proven samples of the previous similar work with INGOs and/or UN agencies preferably.