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Somalia is a complex political, security and development environment, where poverty and deprivation remain high and a generation of Somali children have lost the opportunity for formal, and even non-formal, education to secure a more stable and prosperous future. Instead, most children are left at risk of abuse, neglect and exploitation, ongoing poverty and vulnerability, migration pressures and the threats of forced recruitment in armed groups or criminal gangs.
Investing in children, both before and during their primary education cycle, is proven to yield long-term results. It is essential that resilience efforts must address the root causes of children
vulnerability, particularly malnutrition, understand their many constraints to accessing and benefiting from quality education, provide capacity and system strengthening support to anticipate, manage and overcome shocks and cumulative stresses on the education sector, and provide a safe, protective environment for children to transform into productive members of their communities
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These Terms of Reference (TOR) are for the internal mid-term review of the Joint Resilient Education in South Central Somalia programme (2019-2021), implemented by UNICEF and WFP, funded by BMZ and supported by KfW. The programme focuses on addressing the root causes of children vulnerability, with specific focus on multi-causal malnutrition, understanding their many constraints to accessing and benefiting from quality education and providing a safe, protective environment to support children to learn, reach their potential and be engaged as productive members of their communities. UNICEF and WFP are also placing significant focus on capacity strengthening at all levels of government, to strengthen national institutions and systems in order to build absorptive, adaptive and transformative capacity at the community and school level through integrated cross-sectorial and inter-agency coordination and collaboration.
Scope of Work:
The review will cover all the components of the joint programme education, WASH and nutrition in Schools as well as Livelihood in the Federal Member State of Jubaland (Lower Juba and Gedo Regions), as well as in Banadir Region. The review will look at progress to date (starting from January 2019) and contributing factors such as strategic partnerships and the effects of selected partnerships on achievement of results so far. The period covered by this review is from January 2019 to June 2020.
- To what extent is the activity aligned with and provide complementarities with the policies and priorities of the government, UNICEF, WFP, BMZ/KfW and other development or humanitarian actors in the country?
- How appropriate is the intervention? To what extent does the activity respond to the needs of beneficiaries? including school children, school communities, and federal MoECHE, Banadir MoE and Jubaland MoE?
- To what extent are outputs and outcomes being achieved? Are the programme indicators being monitored remain relevant and provide the right information regarding achievement of anticipated outputs and outcomes?
- What are the main external and internal factors influencing output and outcome achievement or non-achievement?
- To what extent was the design and implementation of the activity gender-sensitive? How is gender being mainstreamed in the programme; what is the effect and lessons from this?
- How are disability and other forms of exclusion being mainstreamed into the programme; what is the effect and lessons from this?
- To what extent was the design and implementation of the activity under current programme is benefited from the previous joint BMZ/KfW supported nutrition programme
- Is assistance reaching the different groups of beneficiaries with the right quantity and quality of assistance, and at the right time?
- What is the level of involvement of the Community Education Committees (CECs), Community Development Committees, parents/caregivers, community workers, natural community leaders, local organizations, teachers, school administration, and other stakeholders in the programme?
- Are the cooperation arrangements between UNICEF, WFP, Ministries of Education, Ministry of Water and Ministry of Planning, at national and regional levels, in relation to agreed roles and responsibilities, adequate? Are the shared processes well understood and implemented by all key stakeholders? If not, what are the barriers?
- What have been the strengths and weaknesses of the strategic collaboration between UNICEF and WFP (i.e.: capacity to implement a multi-sector integrated programme; activity planning and implementation of the joint programme, etc.)?
- How is this partnership contributing to programme value for money: economic (e.g. cost savings via procurement; shared costs, etc.); efficiency (training, implementing partners, etc.); and effectiveness (e.g. enhanced results, M&E activity, community behavior change, implementing partners, etc)? Based on evidence collected, are any changes recommended?
- Are there opportunities to leverage the UNICEF-WFP partnership into/with other joint resilience programs (JPLG, JRA, etc?)
- What are some opportunities for scale up, expansion and layering additional support to the existing education package of interventions for future cooperation?
Methodology and technical approach
- Undertake a document review which should include (but not be limited to): planning documents, government policies paper, joint UNICEF/WFP proposal (including all documents referenced); logframe and any updates; donor reports; third party monitoring reports; joint mission/monitoring reports; implementing partner reports; education data; specific education, nutrition, WASH policies directly related to this programme; common results framework.
- Undertake field-based monitoring and research, including interviews, focus group discussions and remote follow-up interviews as necessary in Jubaland (3 programme districts TBC) and Banadir (2 programme districts TBC). In Jubaland, at least two schools and two ABE centers will be visited per programme district, while in Banadir, 2 schools per programme district will be visited. Consultations (KII, focus group discussions, etc.) are expected to be undertaken with:
- Technical/programme staff of UNICEF and WFP at Country Office (Mogadishu), field offices and Nairobi levels
- Beneficiaries: parents and caregivers; children; pregnant and lactating women; community leaders; community workers; Community Development Committees; water committees; teachers; school administration, local education authorities, school hygiene clubs; Community Education Committees;
- Government representatives (Federal, State and District): Ministry of Health; Ministry of Education, Ministry of Water; Ministry of Planning; Banadir Regional Administration
- Implementing partners for both WFP and UNICEF for education and school WASH, livelihoods components
Expected Deliverables and Timeline
May -June 2020 Desk review, drafting field survey questionnaires
June – August 2020 Field Work
1 September 2020 Draft Mid-Term Review Report
End September 2020 Presentation of findings to UNICEF and WFP
30 September 2020 Final Mid-Term Review Report
- Inception report
- Brief summary of document review which should include updated Interview/Review Questions, and analysis of existing data.
- Mid-Term Review Report (draft and final versions)
- Presentation of findings to UNICEF and WFP
Inception report with seven 7 days from start of collections
Brief summary of document review, including updated interview/review questions and analysis of data desk review
31 July 2020
Draft Mid-Term Review Report
1 September 2020
Presentation of findings to UNICEF and WFP
30 September 2020
Final Mid-Term Review Report
30 September 2020
General Conditions: Procedures and Logistics
- The consultant has right to stay in UNICEF property: UNICEF will organize travel and accommodation through TA
- The consultant will provide his/her materials e.g. laptop:
- Due to the security constraints in Somalia, the consultant is authorized to have access to UNICEF transport:
- No contract may commence unless the contract is signed by both UNICEF and the consultant or Contractor
- For international consultants outside the duty station, signed contracts must be sent by fax or e-mail. Signed contract copy or written agreement must be received by the office before Travel Authorization is issued.
- No consultant may travel without a signed travel authorization prior to the commencement of the journey to the duty station.
- Unless authorized, UNICEF will buy the tickets of the consultant. In exceptional cases, the consultant may be authorized to buy their travel tickets and shall be reimbursed at the most economical and direct route, but this must be agreed to beforehand.
- Notes: Consultants will not have supervisory responsibilities or authority on UNICEF budget.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
- Advance degree in Education, social service, or other related disciplines
- Eight years relevant experience
- Technical education, nutrition, and WASH expertise
- In-depth knowledge and experience conducting similar monitoring and learning reviews in Somalia or other similar insecure environments
- Strong understanding of and expertise in community engagement processes
- Gender expertise and good knowledge of disability issues
- Should have strong analytical and oral and written communication skills, review experience and familiarity within Somalia and/or the region
For every Child, you demonstrate…
UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.
UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.
UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.
Individuals engaged under a consultancy or individual contract will not be considered “staff members” under the Staff Regulations and Rules of the United Nations and UNICEF’s policies and procedures, and will not be entitled to benefits provided therein (such as leave entitlements and medical insurance coverage). Their conditions of service will be governed by their contract and the General Conditions of Contracts for the Services of Consultants and Individual Contractors. Consultants and individual contractors are responsible for determining their tax liabilities and for the payment of any taxes and/or duties, in accordance with local or other applicable laws.