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19 Dec 2019

Re-advertisment: Conducting Base Line Study for Provision of Essential life saving Health Interventions in Community affected crisis in Somaliland

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Employer: Save the Children
Job Title: Re-advertisment: Conducting Base Line Study for Provision of Essential life saving Health Interventions in Community affected crisis in SomalilandFeatured job
Job Type: Full-Time
Location: Somaliland
Category: Other

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

1 Title of Consultancy Re-advertisment: Conducting Base Line Study for Provision of Essential life saving Health Interventions in Community affected crisis in Somaliland
2 SCI Contracting Office Save the Children, Hargeisa Office
3 Period of Consultancy 30 days tentatively
4 Consultant type required Indivividual  consultants/firm
5 Responsibility for Logistics arrangements and Costs SCI will arrange transport for the consultant during the field work or desk review.
6 Taxation Provisions Consultant shall be responsible for all Taxes arising from the consultancy in line with the Somaliland Tax regulations applicable at the SCI contracting office named above
7 Travel requirements The consultant will be working mainly Gabiley, faraweyne, Muqdisho and Baidao selected locations. SCI will cover cost of data collectors, accommodation and local transportation.
8 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.
9 Qualification and Experience
  • An in-depth technical response to the TOR by the consultant demonstrating an understanding of   how the assessment will be undertaken.
  • At least a Master’s degree in Public Health, Biostatistics and Epidemiology or above in a relevant field
  • Proven experience of not less than 5 years in conducting quality evaluations and assessing emergency and integrated programmes
  • Solid methodological and research skills
  • Thorough knowledge on the relevant thematic areas and Somalia/Somaliland context
  • Fluency in English language and local language skills would be helpful.
  • Excellent report writing skills
  • Able to communicate effectively and work in the project areas for the duration of the data collection.
10 Evaluation Criteria
  • Detailed technical response to the TOR, with a specific focus on addressing the scope of work, tools and methodology to be used.
  • Initial work plan based on methodology outlined, and availability of applicant
  • Company profile  and CV of  the staff the consultancy firm selected to engage in this consultancy including a minimum of 3 references
  • Detailed budget breakdown based on expected daily rates and initial work plan
11 Application Procedure 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

·         Deliverables

·         Workplan 

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

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.

12 Closing date for Applications Interested consultants shall submit their applications through the email address provided above on or before Dec 28th, 2019.

Shortlisted candidates will be requested for an interview.

13 Terms of Reference (ToR) Complete ToR with details appended below attached herewith as    Annex 1.


ANNEX 1 : Consultancy Terms of Reference


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 is to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children, and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives.


Save the Children (SC) has worked in Somalia for over 65 years and has been implementing health interventions for over a decade. Our long history in Somalia has endowed Save the Children with a comprehensive understanding of the local context, experienced and skilled local staff, and established systems and procedures to effectively implement projects, often in an insecure and unpredictable operating environment. We are one of the biggest health actors in the country. In 2018, we supported over 200 health facilities in 14 regions directly reaching one million people.

Project background

Save the Children Somalia through its member SC Germany has been awarded a three-year community-centered program inGabiley and Farawayne districts of Maroodijeh region of Somaliland,Baidoa (Bay Region) and Mogadishu (Banadir Region) in the South West state of Somalia. In Baidoa and Mogadishu, the proposed intervention will target internally displaced families (IDPs) who have escaped from drought, and conflict. To address the health and nutrition challenges, Save the children will support Female Health Workers in Gabiley and Farawayne districts in Somaliland, to provide to implement integrated Community Case Management (ICCM) of Pneumonia, Malaria and Diarrhea. The project will also support provision of basic primary health care and nutrition services in 13 health facilities in Gabiley and Farawayne districts of Maroodijeh region of Somaliland, 2 health facilities Baidoa (South West State) and 1 health facility in Daynile district in Mogadishu

This support will strengthen the functionality of the health facilities through capacity building, staffing, provision of supplies and supportive supervision to deliver the standard Minimum Initial Service Package (MISP) for maternal newborn and child health services including crucial emergency obstetric and newborn care services and treatment of common illnesses. In addition the project will strengthen the relevant health system, such as the capacity of the affiliated health facilities to support the FHWs, establish national ICCM Technical Working Group (TWG) and empower the existing community level structures such as the Community Health Committee.

Of a total catchment population of 943,656 beneficiaries in rural and underserved areas, the project will directly reach approximately 250,000 beneficiaries (45,000 men, 55,000 women and 150,000 children under age five) with lifesaving health and nutrition interventions focusing on the rural underserved population in Somalia/Somaliland. In addition, a total of 350,000 community members (140,000 males and 210,000 females) will receive key health messages for preventive and promotive health services.

The project objective

The overall objective of the project is to reduce child and maternal mortality in Somalia/Somaliland. The expected project outcomes are:

  • Outcome 1: Children under 5 recover from common illnesses as a result of successful treatment
  • Outcome 2: Malnourished children under 5 are successfully treated and do not relapse
  • Outcome 3: Pregnant and lactating women are healthy and deliver their children safely


To realize the above stated goal and outcomes, the project aims to achieve a number of pre-defined results, as indicated in the following bullet points:

  • Result 1.1. Children in rural areas in Somaliland receive quality treatment close to home by Female Health Workers
  • Result 1.2.: Children in rural areas in Somaliland with more severe illnesses are treated in well-functioning referral facilities
  • Result 1.3: Internally displaced children in Mogadishu and Baidoa are treated in quality health facilities
  • Result 1.4: Communities and families in all target areas have adequate health knowledge and priorities child health
  • Result 2.1.: Complicated acute malnutrition cases are treated in well-functioning referral facilities
  • Result 2.3: Malnourished IDP children in Mogadishu and Baidoa are treated in quality health facilities with families supported to feed/nourish their children

Overall purpose of the baseline study

The purpose of the baseline study is to generate baseline information against each indicator given prior to commencing project implementation. The information will provide a benchmark for project monitoring and evaluation. The baseline study will also generate information that will be used to further inform project interventions and strategies. After the baseline study, the information will be used to track progress towards achieving the projects’ expected results and outcomes.

To be more specific, the consultant is expected to generate information for all relevant project indicators, that requires baseline data collection.


Baseline survey objectives

The baseline study will focus on data collection regarding knowledge, attitudes and practices of the population regarding the most common childhood diseases (diarrhea, pneumonia and malaria). In addition, the baseline study will also generate baseline information on the target population in Baidoa and Daynile districts in CSS. The baseline study report will be used as a measurement to monitor the program progress against the set indicators over the course of the project implementation. This will help the program focused states and districts with disaggregated data that will enable assessment of impact of Save the Children’s direct implementation.

Specific objectives 

To collect information on demographic information of the survey respondents,

1.    To describe the care seeking behaviors of mothers/ caretakers of children under age five years and the preventive health measures especially for pneumonia, diarrhea, and malaria among residents in the study area.

2.    To establish whether the mothers/ caretakers of children under age five years have knowledge of danger signs of various childhood illnesses, especially malaria, diarrhea and pneumonia.

3.    To assess level of utilization of FHW and health facility services in management of childhood illnesses such as malaria, diarrhea and pneumonia.

4.    To establish the state of health conditions of children under age of five years and availability of care-service providers in the target areas.

5.    To identify barriers in accessing information, diagnostic and treatment services for childhood diseases (diarrhea, pneumonia and malaria) that can inform the activities to be undertaken through the female health workers (FHW) program and the facility level interventions.



Data is expected to be collected from the intervention areas presented above. The methods to be used for the baseline assessment will be participatory in order to make the activity a positive learning process. Hence, the consultant is expected to use both qualitative and quantitative data collection, the consultant will also review target health facility records to update relevant indicators.

Below is the main methodology to be used for the baseline assessment.

·         Both primary and secondary sources of information will be used to generate baseline data and information.

·         Both qualitative and quantitative methods of data collection in order all the information needed for the project is collected. Household survey should be carried out in the 2 ICCM districts in Somaliland. Other The data will be gathered through interviewing and holding discussions with the different target groups, female health workers, qualified health staff in the target facilities, children, IDP community members, host communities, community groups and local authorities as well as through reviewing different documents.

Scope of the baseline assessment

The baseline study will cover all the target villages in Somaliland, Gabiley and Farawayne districts will be targeted, while in South West state of Somalia, Baidoa district and Daynile district in Muqadishu will be targeted. The baseline will be conducted for both the ICCM and health facility based component of the project and will should cover all relevant stakeholders (government officials and representatives, female health workers, qualified health staff in the target facilities, children, IDP community members, host communities, community groups and local authorities) who will benefit or participate in the implementation of the project to collect the necessary information.

The study shall consider quantitative and qualitative methods to collect the information needed to measure baseline indicators. Applicants should provide details of methodology they intend to use as well as details information on standard and relevant indicators they will measure to meet the objectives of this study

Duration and Timeline

The baseline study shall be expected to complete within 45 working days beginning immediately upon award of contract.


The following deliverables are expected from the consultant:

a) Inception Report

The consultant shall submit an inception report after signing of the agreement detailing on the survey methods, tools and work plan. Further it should include following as well;

·         Develop survey proposal (brief concept) includes problem statement, research questions, conceptual frame of the research;

·         Develop final survey proposal which includes introduction, literature review and methodology including sample sites/communities;

·         Prepare schedule for field work

b) Presentation of the key findings to the Save the Children Somalia team.

c) Draft report

d) Final report

The consultant shall submit a final report in both hard copies and electronic copies along with all survey data, transcripts of the FGDs, KIIs, photographs and ethical approval etc. The draft report is expected from the consultant before final report. The report will be written in simple English language and must be comprehensive. Reference will be cited after each important facts and figures. The final report should be edited by professional incorporating all comments and corrections if any. Completed checklists, questionnaires, case stories, quotes, photos have to be submitted to Save the Children.


Organisation, Roles and Responsibility

The consultancy will be contracted by and report to Save the Children. The project team, country office MEAL staff and SCG technical team will also support for the baseline study process. They will provide any necessary available documents and information needed, they will also provide technical assistance if need be.

SC Somalia Responsibilities

The SC Somalia will be responsible for the following:

  • Ensure effective coordination of the baseline to support the consultants in undertaking their assignment.
  • Approve inception report
  • Providing input into the tools developed, and baseline design.
  • Provide consultants with literature review materials/necessary documentations.
  • Link consultants to relevant stakeholders
  • Review draft report
  • Approve and signoff final report draft


Ownership of Research Data/Findings

·         All data collected and report findings for this study shall remain the property of the SC Somalia/Somaliland.


Terms and Conditions

Professional Fee: The 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 consultant is expected to estimate all relevant costs for the exercise, including costs for data collectors, vehicle rent, venue, stationary, and accommodation while undertaking activities related to this assignment.

Code of conduct


Save the Children’s work is based on deeply held values and principles of child safeguarding, and it is essential that our commitment to children’s rights and humanitarian principles is supported and demonstrated by all members of staff and other people working for and with Save the Children. Save the Children’s Code of Conduct sets out the standards which all staff members must adhere to and the consultant is bound to sign and abide to the 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. The Consultant will be expected to treat as private and confidential any information disclosed to her/him or with which she/he may come into contact during her/his service.  The Consultant will not therefore disclose the same or any particulars thereof to any third party or publish it in any paper without the prior written consent of Save the Children. Any sensitive information (particularly concerning individual children) should be treated as confidential.

An agreement with a consultant will be rendered void if Save the Children discovers any corrupt activities have taken place either during the sourcing, preparation and implementation of the consultancy agreement.

Mandatory Security Training


The consultant shall be expected to go through mandatory On-line Security and Hostage and Kidnap trainings and submit the certificate of completion to SC before the commencement of the task. Failure to deliver this will lead to an automatic disqualification. SC will advise on the security plan on appointment.

Expertise required

The following attributes are requirements for the selection of the evaluation consultant: 

·         At least a Master’s degree in Public Health, Biostatistics and Epidemiology or above in a relevant field

·         Proven experience of not less than 5 years in conducting quality evaluations and assessing emergency and integrated programmes

·         Solid methodological and research skills

·         Thorough knowledge on the relevant thematic areas and Somalia/Somaliland context

·         Fluency in English language and local language skills would be helpful.

·         Excellent report writing skills

·         Able to communicate effectively and work in the project areas for the duration of the data collection.


Application Procedure & Requirements


Candidates interested in the position are expected to provide the following documentation:

·         A technical proposal with a detailed response to the TOR, with specific focus on the scope of work, methodology to be used and timelines.

·         Initial work plan and indication of availability

·         A financial proposal detailing the daily rate expected but not including accommodation, transportation, stationary, research assistances and all other cost related to this assignment.

·         Company profile or CV including a minimum of 3 references

·         A sample of previously conducted similar studies.

Detailed budget breakdown for both operational and consultancy fees.

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