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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. Our 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.

  1. 1.  Background of the Project

The Child Sensitive Social Protection (CSSP) project is being implemented in Lufwanyama district in Copperbelt province of Zambia.  The project was initiated in January 2017 with funding from Save the Children Finland under the partnership programme of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) of Finland. The project rests on three critical pillars namely; i) improved access for children and their families to social protection programs; ii) increased capacity of service providers to deliver quality services relevant for social protection and iii) enhanced child sensitivity among service providers, social protection recipients, their households/families (parents and caregivers) and the community at large. The project aims to strengthen and link these three pillars in a 5-year long project, making current social protection programs (more) child sensitive. The following are the result areas of the CSSP project;

 

Impact:

Reduced poverty and vulnerability status of children through strengthening of the government social protection system in Zambia

 

Outcome:

Improved well-being of children in the CSSP project area

 

  1. 2.  Purpose and Objectives of the End of Project Evaluation

The main purpose of this end of project evaluation is to assess the extent to which the project achieved its intended objectives and results; assess the relevance of the strategies and approaches that the project has been using, as well as to make recommendations for future CSSP programming, especially focusing on  strengthening the government social protection system in Zambia. Primarily, the evaluation will measure the level to which the project has:

  1. Enhanced child sensitivity among service providers, social protection recipients (households/families/parents and caregivers) and the community in the target area.
  2. Contributed to improved delivery of basic services, which are relevant to social protection programmes in the CSSP project area.
  3. Contributed to improving government policies, programs and the implementation at the local/regional/national level for Child Sensitive Social Protection Programmes.
  4. Document what worked and what didn’t and draw lessons learned which should inform recommendations on how to improve the implementation of similar projects in future.

2.1.  Objectives

–       To assess the effectiveness, efficiency, relevance and sustainability of the project.

–       To assess the scalability, gender sensitivity and gender effects of the  specific components of the project

–       To assess the relevance of project’s approaches based on the Zambia context.

–       To generate lessons learnt & recommendations to inform the next phase of CSSP programming.

Ethics and Child safeguarding

The consultant will have to adhere 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 assignment execution will be agreed upon.

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 the 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, 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: –

 

MANDATORY REQUIREMENTS

•           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 companies

 

REQUIRED EXPERTISE & EXPERIENCE

  • The Lead consultant/team must possess the following qualifications and competences in order to be eligible for this assignment:
    • A recognized university degree in Social Policy and Social Development,  Demography, Education or  related social science (at a minimum of masters’ level but preferably at doctorate level).
    • Profound understanding and extensive knowledge of the social protection services such as the Social Cash Transfer (SCT) by the government in Zambia.
    • 5-10 years’ experience in high level studies specifically social protection research
    • Previous experience of working with children, using participatory child-friendly assessment/research/evaluation methodologies in education and child protection.
    • Previous experience of engaging civil society organizations, national partners and key government staff in the development and implementation of assessments/evaluations.
    • Evidence of having done similar work specifically related to social protection  in similar set ups as the project area (Rural areas) in the past 3 years
    • Commitment to follow Save the Children’s Safeguarding Policy.
    • A demonstrated high level of professionalism
    • Strong interpersonal and communication skills

Application Conditions

Follow link provided for specific additional information requirements :

Deadline for submission of the Expressions of Interest is Monday 17th May 2021 at midnight GMT.  Expressions of Interests submitted after the stated closing time and date will not be accepted.

Note

  • 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.

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