Position Title: GFFO Base-line Consultant
Activation Date: 27 July, 2021 Announced Date: 27 July, 2021 Expire Date: 02 August, 2021
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SCI - Afghanistan
Save the Children has worked in Afghanistan since 1976. Our way of working close to people and on their own terms has enabled us to deliver lasting change to tens of thousands of children in the country. The UN Convention of the Rights of the Child is the basis of our work.
We are helping children get a better education, we make it possible for more boys and girls to attend school, we help children protect themselves and influence their own conditions. We work with families, communities and health workers in homes, clinics and hospitals to promote basic health in order to save lives of children and mothers
With the financial support of German federal foreign office SC- Afghanistan would like to implement integrated Health, Nutrition and Child protection project in Kandahar and Balkh provinces of Afghanistan. This project will respond to immediate health and nutrition needs by ensuring access to lifesaving primary health and nutrition services, through five integrated mobile health and nutrition team (3 in Kandahar and 2 in Balkh). More specifically the nutrition interventions under this project will contribute to improve equitable access to timely and quality life-saving curative and preventative nutrition services for vulnerable people through systematic identification, referral and treatment of acutely malnourished children and pregnant and lactating women’s, micronutrient supplementation, and optimal maternal nutrition. Moreover, life-saving activities under the project will be implemented in Protection for the most vulnerable people
- Background and context
Ongoing conflict, recurrent natural disasters, lack of recovery from past crises and the added health and socioeconomic strain of the Covid-19 pandemic have contributed to a sharp increase of humanitarian needs in Afghanistan in 2021. About 30% of the population has limited or no access to basic health services within a two-hour travel radius. It is anticipated that 50 % of people are suffering from some form of psychological distress. Out of 34 provinces, 27 provinces – including Kandahar and Balkh - are in the emergency level threshold of acute malnutrition and prioritized for the Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) 2021. Nearly one in two children under five and one in four PLW is now facing acute malnutrition and requires life-saving treatment services. The on-going conflict and the added socioeconomic pressures of the Covid-19 pandemic have also increased a range of protection risks for children. Grave child rights violations are a significant concern, with children consistently killed and injured, recruited and used in hostilities, detained, abducted, made victims of sexual violence, exposed to deliberate attacks on schools and hospitals, and denied humanitarian assistance by parties to the conflict.
- Scope of baseline
- Purpose and key questions
This baseline is being conducted at the start of the project. This will establish benchmarks for project indicators against which project progress will be measured at the end of the project life.
Key baseline question/s
- What is the status of the rapid catch indicators defined in the project log frame?
- Are there gender differences between male and female in reference to the status of the project indicators?
- Are there differences on the knowledge of health seeking behaviours between male and female caregivers and project beneficiaries living in the different geographical locations?
- What is the status of IYCF practices among PLW and caregivers?
- What coping mechanisms do PLW utilise to cope with stress?
- What is the capacity of community-based child protection networks to prevent and respond to CP risks?
The key stakeholders/audiences for this evaluation are:
Federal Foreign Office
Primary implementing organisation
Save the Children International [(Project team; Program Development, Quality Improvement team; Advocacy and Communications team)]
[N/A] The project is directly implemented by SC
Ministry of Public Health (MoPH)
Health and nutrition promotion committees, community leaders, parents and care givers, teachers, religious leaders and responsible community-based child protection mechanisms, boys and girls.
IDPs, returnees and underserved host communities
International development/humanitarian research community
- Secondary Questions
- What opportunities exist for the project to further consider inclusion of vulnerable groups particularly women, girls, people with disabilities and older people in the design and its implementation of activities?
- What are opportunities exist for children to be meaningfully involved in the project implementation?
- What are opportunities exist for children to be meaningfully involved in the project implementation?
- How does children want to give feedback/complaint and receive information regarding the project ?
- Baseline assessment Methodology
- Research design and sampling
The external consultant is expected to develop an appropriate methodology suitable to determine the achievements vs the indicators defined in the project log frame. However, it’s recommended that a mixed of qualitative and quantitative approach to data collection is used. Following are the indicators:
- % of pregnant women who received at least one antenatal care visit
- % of under one children who received Penta 3 vaccine
- % of sensitized caregivers who demonstrate the knowledge of at least three newborn danger signs
- % of target beneficiaries report the ability to cope effectively with mental and psychosocial stresses
- % of admitted SAM children recovered
- % of infants (0-5 months) who are fed exclusively with breast-milk
- Percentage of beneficiaries (desegregated by age, sex and group) have improved knowledge about IYCF-E
- % of children (6-23 months) who receive food from four or more food groups
- Percentage of targeted girls and boys who report an increased feeling of safety and wellbeing
- Percentage of targeted parents and caregivers who can identify at least one positive parenting strategy
- Percentage of community members who report changes in knowledge, attitudes and behaviour, which favour the protection of children from violence, abuse, exploitation, and neglect
All primary data collected during the course of the baseline assessment must facilitate disaggregation by gender, age, [disability, location or remoteness, vulnerability status].
The Evaluation team is required to adhere to the Save the Children Child Safeguarding, Data protection and Privacy policies throughout all project activities.
- Ethical considerations
It is expected that this baseline assessment will be:
- Child participatory. Children should be meaningfully involved in the baseline as a holistic process and not only as informants. Refer to the Practice Standards in Children’s Participation (International Save the Children Alliance 2005); and Global Indicator technical guidance (SCI M&E handouts Package, Volume 2).
- Inclusive. Ensure that children from different ethnic, social and religious backgrounds have the chance to participate, as well as children with disabilities and children who may be excluded or discriminated against in their community.
- Ethical: The assessment must be guided by the following ethical considerations:
- Child safeguarding – demonstrating the highest standards of behavior towards children
- Sensitive – to child rights, gender, inclusion and cultural contexts
- Openness - of information given, to the highest possible degree to all involved parties
- Confidentiality and data protection - measures will be put in place to protect the identity of all participants and any other information that may put them or others at risk.
- Public access - to the results when there are not special considerations against this
- Broad participation - the relevant parties should be involved where possible
- Reliability and independence - the evaluation should be conducted so that findings and conclusions are correct and trustworthy
It is expected that:
- Data collection methods will be age and gender appropriate.
- Baseline activities will provide a safe, creative space where children feel that their thoughts and ideas are important.
- A risk assessment will be conducted that includes any risks related to children or young people’s participation.
- Informed consent will be used where possible.
- Expected Deliverables
The baseline deliverables and due dates (subject to the commencement date of the baseline) are outlined below. The [Baseline team lead] will advise [SC Evaluation Project Manager] immediately of any risks or issues that may impact on their ability to provide the deliverables by these due dates.
Deliverables and Due Dates
- Technical and Financial Proposal (at EoI stage)
- An inception report with a work plan, detailed final methodology and data collection tools after incorporating feedback from SC staff
- Draft report for feedback and review by SC
- Final report (data set for quantitative and qualitative data attached if relevant), annexed with case stories (one story from each of three SO) and an annex of the comparative baseline and end line assessment results and log frame targets. Final report is submitted after feedback from SC team is addressed satisfactorily.
- Maximum of two pages of evaluation summary report and one paged annex rapid catch indicators and values/figures.
- Debrief with program and management staff
- A power point presentation that includes a summary of the evaluation report (including process, findings and recommendations).
Deliverable Due Date
The Baseline Team is contracted and commences work
3rd week of Sept
The Baseline assessment consultant will facilitate a meeting with the relevant stakeholders at the commencement of the project to review and approve the Inception report:
The inception report will include:
- Baseline objectives and key baseline questions
- description of the methodology, data sources, draft data collection tools (preferably against the key baseline questions) and sampling considerations
- caveats and limitations of baseline
- key deliverables, milestones and timelines
- risk and issue management plan
- a stakeholder communication and engagement plan
- consultation protocols for consulting with children and other vulnerable groups (if applicable)
- Logistical or other support required from Save the Children
Once the report is finalised and accepted, the baseline team must submit a request for any change in strategy or approach to the evaluation manager or the steering committee.
A concise 1-page Progress Report is to be submitted every [ week documenting progress against the evaluation plan including:
- progress over the last period
- risks and issues management report
- key scheduled activities and deliverables for the next period
Data collection tool
- Survey instrument
- Data collection mechanism
A Baseline Report* (Draft Version) including the following elements:
- Executive summary
- Background description of the Program and context relevant to the baseline
- Scope and focus of the baseline
- Overview of the evaluation methodology and data collection methods, including a baseline matrix
- Findings aligned to each of the key baseline questions
- Specific caveats or methodological limitations of the baseline
- Conclusions outlining implications of the findings or learnings
- Annexes (Project logframe, baseline TOR, Inception Report, Study schedule, List of people involved)
Data and analyses including all raw data, databases and analysis outputs
Final Baseline Report* incorporating feedback from consultation on the Draft Evaluation Report
Knowledge translation materials:
- PowerPoint presentation of baseline findings
- Evidence to Action Brief**
** The Evidence to Action Brief is a 2-4 pages summary of the full report and will be created using the Save the Children Evidence to Action Brief template.
- Reporting and governance
The evaluation will be managed by a steering committee to which the consultant(s) will be reporting to. The steering committee will be composed of
1. Malik Ahmad Farid (MEAL Specialist); Technical lead & coordinator of the evaluation. Will coordinate all technical aspects of the evaluation including supervising the consultant
2. Dr Zameer ( GFFO project manager); provide all needed programmatic support including following up on budget approvals, report review, and finalization. Will also support Malik in supervising the consultant.
3. Philip (Head of Research, Evidence and Learning) will provide technical backstop and overall MEAL leadership to the entire evaluation including liaising with SLT and external liaison where needed.
Other members of the Evaluation committee include Dr Mansoor , Razia, Hannah Green, Najibullah Noori and Hamdullah Meyakhel (CP) will be providing technical input and review of inception report, tools and draft reports.
4. The steering committee is to provide reporting against the project plan. The following regular reporting and quality review processes will also be used:
- Verbal reporting weekly to the MEAL Specialist by outlining progress made over the past week.
- A written Progress Report (1-page) by email to the Save the Children Evaluation Project Manager every 2 weeks, documenting progress, any emerging issues to be resolved and planned activities for the next month.
The PDQ Director will be accountable for approving the Final Evaluation Report.
- Minimum of postgraduate degree in Law, Public Policy, Social Sciences or related fields.
- Technical expertise in in child protection and child right governance
- Previous experience of M&E in Child Rights Governance and Child Protection Projects, including conducting end of project evaluations for large-scale Child Rights Governance and Child Protection projects;
- Experience and knowledge of Child Rights Governance and Child Protection programming and evaluations in the context of Afghanistan;
- Technical human resources and having strong staff, written, spoken, communication and facilitation skills;
- Experience of working directly with children and commitment to meaningful child participation;
- Submission of a sample of previous work or writing that is relevant to this assignment
- Experience of using participatory techniques in data collection and child-friendly participatory techniques (preferred);
- Previous experience of the companies in Afghanistan is highly favorable.
- Having of work license and bank account.
- Ability to deliver the report in its final state with excellent English, grammar and sentence structure (proof-reader will be at consultants’ own cost)
Qualified applicants are highly encouraged to apply for the position by sending the below documents mentioning the position title and vacancy number (21-096) in the subject of their email before closing date 02 August 2021
* Letter of Interest and Update CV as a single document
* SCI application form: http://www.acbar.org/upload/1572430756959.docx
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