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Source: Save The Children

Save the Children is the world’s leading independent non-profit organization for children. Our vision is a world in which every child attains the right to survival, protection, development, and participation. Its mission is to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children, and to achieve immediate and lasting changes in their lives. In Zambia, Save the Children has been implementing programs across Child Rights Governance (CRG), Health and Nutrition, Child Protection, Education, Child Poverty and Humanitarian thematic areas since 1983.

As part of this ambition, Save the Children in partnership with Lifeline Child Line Zambia, has been implementing the Children on the Move(COM) Project whose aim is to ensure that migrant children (internal and external) or un accompanied and separated Children(UASC) and those at risk of unsafe migration are protected from violence, abuse and exploitation by providing quality care and protection.

Zambia has been the country of origin and transit for children on the move. In recent times, it has been observed that Zambia is slowly becoming more of a destination for migrant children as compared to being a transit country. Migrant children, especially unaccompanied or separated migrant children, are at heightened risk of violence, exploitation and abuse, as well as of being trafficked.

It is therefore important that all stakeholders draw on their in-depth contextual expertise to implement innovative solutions that address push factors and strengthen child protection systems and procedures to address the needs of COM/UASC.  A strong case management and referral process forms part of the immediate, medium and long-term needs and clearly identify the roles and responsibilities of various service providers. 

While the government of the Republic of Zambia has developed the Best Interest Determination (BID) guidelines for vulnerable migrant children and National Referral Mechanisms, their do not adequately address specific processes for multi stakeholders on managing these cases with or without need for BID to be conducted. Therefore, terms of reference are intended to support the development of guidelines and a referral mechanism to specifically address the protection needs of COM/UASC.


Overall Objective

Develop guidelines and referral mechanisms that provides clear procedural steps for stakeholders to take in the process of determining durable solutions for the needs of vulnerable migrant children.

Specific Objectives

      i.        Develop specific processes for stakeholders on managing cases of COM/UASC

    ii.        Develop referral pathway/flowchart for COM/UASC cases


Scope of the assignment

The consultant is expected to:

  • Conduct desk review of relevant laws, current referral mechanisms, policies, guidelines and best practices to inform the drafting of specific guidelines and referral mechanism for the COM/UASC;
  • Hold consultation meetings with key stakeholders to collect feedback on specific elements to be included and addressed in the guidelines and referral mechanism.
  • Develop and pilot the draft Guidelines for COM/UASC;
  • Develop the referral mechanism for COM/UASC;
  • Facilitate stakeholder’s validation meeting on developed guidelines and referral mechanism to stakeholders.
  • Update the Guidelines and the referral mechanism based on recommendations from the stakeholder validation meeting. 
  •  Present the final guidelines and referral mechanism to Save the Children and the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Human Trafficking.  


Key deliverables

  1. Produce a technical proposal and budget that demonstrate understanding of the task at hand, including methodology and relevant justification of suitability to undertake this assignment.
  2. Develop clear guidelines and referral mechanism to be submitted subject to consultative process among stakeholders.
  3. Produce and submit the process report for the development of the guidelines and referral mechanism.

Ethics and Child safeguarding

The consultant will have to adhered to the Save the Children child safeguarding protocols and relevant ethical guidelines which will have to be demonstrated in the inception report and throughout the assignment.

Proposed Time Frame

The time-frame for the baseline will be 30 working days from the date of signing the contract with Save the Children.

Qualified applicants who are interested in applying for the above must meet the following requirements:

  • Interested and qualified consultants/firms are required to submit a proposal interpreting these Terms of Reference elaborating the proposed methodology. Detailed work plan and budget indicating both the professional rates and costs for logistics/operations in Zambian Kwacha. Detailed CV for the lead Consultant including summarized CVs of technical personnel. The applicants must also provide a list of previous/current similar assignments or engagements completed with at least 3 years, work references and provide links of sample works successfully produced in the last three to four years. In addition, applicants should provide requirements as listed below: –


•           That they are not on any Save the Children prohibited parties list or blacklisted by the government.

•           Copy of the National Registration Card or copy of the passport

•           Copy of Tax Clearance Certificate (TPIN)

•           Certificate of incorporation for company’s



  • Expertise in child rights and child protection.
  • Experience in developing guidelines, protocols, and other child protection tools.           
  • A Master’s Degree in International Law, Social Sciences or other relevant field
  • A minimum of 6 years of demonstrable professional experience in human rights and child protection work.
  • Excellent analytical and writing skills;
  • Ability to deliver within the set time.
  • Minimum work experience of 5 – 10 years
  • Provide proof of successfully completed consultancy assignments of similar scope.

Application Conditions

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Deadline for submission of the Expressions of Interest is Wednesday 24th February 2021 at midnight GMT.  Expressions of Interests submitted after the stated closing time and date will not be accepted.


  • Save the Children will only contact successful applicants
  • Save the Children reserves the right to accept or reject any proposal/expression or cancel the procurement process at any time, without assigning any reason, and shall have no liability to any potential consultants for such rejection or cancellation of the procurement.