Re-Advert: consultancy For Independent Monitoring Of CSSP Project In Somaliland

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Job Detail

  • Job ID 2318
  • Type Consultancy
  • Experience 5-9 years
  • Career Category Monitoring & Evaluation
  • Qualifications Master’s Degree

Job Description


Save the Children International (SCI) Somalia program hereby invites interested consultants to bid for the consultancy assignment detailed below

Title of Consultancy



SCI Contracting Office

Save the Children Hargeisa Office

Period of Consultancy

20 days starting from contracting date.

Consultant type required

Individual or Firm

Responsibility for Logistics arrangements and Costs

The consultant will be responsible for organizing logistical issues with no facilitation from SCI as per the consultancy agreement.


Taxation Provisions

Consultant shall be responsible for all Taxes arising from the consultancy in line with the Somaliland Tax regulations applicable at the SCI Hargeisa Office

Travel requirements

Consultant will manage any travel costs

Security requirements

Consultant will comply with standard Save the Children Security procedures, including the completion of SCI online security training prior to travel to Somaliland

ANNEX 1 : Consultancy Terms of Reference

Terms of Reference (TOR)




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 organisation, 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 proposed project will build on progress and learning from the 2017-2021 Child Sensitive Social Protection (CSSP) pilot, and seeks to establish and strengthen CSSP systems in Somaliland to contribute to improved and inclusive human capital development for children, with and without disabilities. The project will continue to target Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Hargeisa, and expand to non-IDP households in Berbera. This will be achieved by enabling the most vulnerable children and their families to access a child benefit, complemented with strengthened child and gender sensitivity of the grant through cash plus approaches. The cash plus interventions focus on enhancing behaviour change for parents and caregivers to support achievement of responsive caregiving leading to improved nutrition, education and overall well-being of children.  through a CSSP parenting package developed in the 2017-21 phase of the CSSP project. child benefit In addition to this, a life skills package will also be rolled out with children.,

The project works with the Ministry of Employment, Social Affairs and Family (MESAF) in implementation of the child benefit, while simultaneously helping to strengthen the government’s capacity to be able to finance and lead it, in line with the new social protection policy that is currently under development. Also, the project works with  Horn of Africa Voluntary Youth Committees (HAVOYOCO),  local municipalities of Berbera and Hargeisa, and other key stakeholders in establishing transparency and accountability mechanisms (community score cards, public hearings, grievance redressal mechanisms) to help the Child benefit beneficiary families access basic services such as health & nutrition, education and WASH.

Consultancy ObjectivesTo complete independent monitoring of Save the Children’s Child Sensitive Social Protection (CSSP) Project in Hargeisa and Berbera town. In order to enhance program quality and accountability to beneficiaries, the monitoring will give a particular attention to issues around the child grant and find out how this was operationalized at household level as well as issues of use, misuse and diversion.

Scope of WorkThe local consultant will visit all project intervention sites in Hargeisa (San’ani IDP, Sheikh Omer IDP, Mahamed Moge IDP) and Berbera (Magaalo Cad). The consultant will then calculate the sample size from the project beneficiaries in the respective project sites in Hargeisa and Berbera.

Areas of focus of the consultant

A: Program implementation

Food Security and Livelihood

  • 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, community committees and 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.
  • Community based targeting approach was used to select the beneficiaries. The consultant should assess the effectiveness, fairness and suitability of the targeting approach
  • Determine any issues related to the payment process or diversion of assistance. Diversion of cash through voluntary or involuntary taxation or forced contribution should be properly scrutinized and reported.
  • Determine how the targeted communities have benefited from the unconditional cash transfers in their respective communities.
  • Collect case studies from the beneficiaries to support the findings

Mobile cash transfer system:

  • Determine how targeted project beneficiaries have benefited from the mobile cash transfer system in which they have received their unconditional cash payments.
  • Gather general feedback from project beneficiaries regarding mobile based cash transfer mechanism employed by the project, and report any challenges the beneficiaries have faced/ing while accessing mobile money.

Accountability to beneficiaries

B: Information sharing

  • Assess the extent in which the beneficiaries are informed and aware of key project information such as project objectives, activities, timelines, budget, 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 not currently provided.

C: Complaint and response mechanisms: –

  • Establish beneficiaries’ awareness of mechanisms through which they can pass their feedback as well as complaints to SC and Havoyoco. (how to complain or raise concerns about activities, what they can complain about, who they can complain to, how and where they can complain and issues of confidentiality).
  • Assess the extent to which feedback and reporting mechanism has been accessible to all beneficiaries including women, children and marginalized groups
  • Assess the acceptance and level of confidence that beneficiaries have in the existing SC and Havoyoco feedback and reporting mechanisms.
  • Generate ideas for improving the existing feedback and reporting mechanism

D: Participation

  • The independent monitor will review the extent in which the program stakeholders including children are participating in the implementation of the project
  • Generate information about how beneficiaries including children would like to participate in SC programs

E: Impact

  • Collect qualitative data on the impact of the program including case studies that demonstrate change in the lives of children and their families.
  • Collect the impact of the child grant to the children in focus in terms of improvement of their education, health and nutrition. An in-depth research is not needed, but HH interview on how they have used the cash and how it benefited to their children can suffice.

F: Program integration

  • Hold interviews with beneficiaries to find out Level of integration with other ongoing Save the Children programs in their respected areas.
  • Organize meeting with the respective village’s community structures to see if there is an overlap among SC programs/projects going on in the project supported areas.

Duration of the assignment

The duration of the assignment of third-party monitoring will take maximum 20 days starting from contracting date.


The following outputs are expected of the consultant

  • Detailed methodology and data tools (inception report)
  • A field monitoring report of no more than 20 pages summarizing findings of the field monitoring and recommendations after every field visit.
  • A set of pictures with GPS coordinates taken during the monitoring exercise shall be appended separately.
  • Raw data and cleaned data should be shared as well.

Terms and Conditions

Professional Fee: The local 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 Somaliland. The local consultant is also required to estimate the logistical and data collection costs.

Application: Expression of interest should include:

  • Technical proposal: brief explanation on the consultant’s previous experience in this kind of work, profile of the consultant, understanding on the TOR, the task to be accomplished and draft time plan on how the work will be done.
  • Sample of previous work: The consultant will be expected to present previous sample of reports with similar work
  • Financial proposal: the financial proposal should provide cost estimates for service rendered including enumerators, venue and stationary for training and (Daily Consultancy Fees)
  • Tax and Insurance: The consultant shall be responsible for his/her income tax and/or insurance during the assignment.
  • Save the children will not cover any travel related costs, as this service will be advertised locally.

Code of Conduct: Because Save the Children’s work is based on deeply held values and principles, it is essential that our commitment to children’s rights and humanitarian principles is supported and demonstrated by all members of staff. Save the Children’s Code of Conduct sets out the standards which all staff members must adhere to. The consultant is bound by the principles and conditions of 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.

Consultancy Profile

  • Higher university degree in relevant field
  • Proven experience in conducting quality third part monitoring, baseline studies and assessing humanitarian programmes
  • Thorough knowledge on the relevant thematic area and Somaliland context
  • Strong TVET, child rights and child protection programming skills (child participation skills an asset)
  • English is essential; local language skills would be helpful.

Application Process

Interested and eligible local applicants can send their CVs along with their testimonials and at least two copies of reports of similar work

Skills and Qualifications

•         Higher university degree in relevant field

•         Proven experience in conducting quality third part monitoring, baseline studies and assessing humanitarian programmes

•         Thorough knowledge on the relevant thematic area and Somaliland context

•         Strong TVET, child rights and child protection programming skills (child participation skills an asset)

•         English is essential; local language skills would be helpful.

How to apply

Interested consultants 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.

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 (Resume)


b)    Financial proposal – providing a breakdown of all charges related to the assignment.

c)    CV(s) of consultant(s) with minimum of 2 treceable and recent refrences and Company’s Profile & Lead consultant(s) CV(s) (for firms Only).

d)    Sample report of the same activity previously done.

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.

Closing date for Applications

Interested candidates shall submit their applications through  no latter than 4th October, 2022 at 3:30PM (Hargeisa Time)

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

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