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Tender Notice 

ITT/001/SCISL/2022

INVITATION FOR EXPESSION OF INTEREST FOR ENDLINE EVALUATION 

 

PROJECT BACKGROUND

Save the Children has been present in Sierra Leone since 1999.  Our thematic priorities have historically focused on Education, Health, Nutrition, WASH, Child Protection and Child Rights Governance. Building Future for Children project is been implemented by Save the Children in Sierra-Leone with support from a private donor through Save the Children Spain. The overall aim of the project is to provide an integrated Education, Child protection, WASH and Construction/ Rehabilitation support to children in 21 schools in Kailahun and Pujehun Districts in Sierra Leone for three years. Due to its importance within the educational context, it is worth highlighting that violence in schools and disability are areas that are addressed within this project. Kailahun and Pujehun districts are located in the border areas with Liberia and also with Guinea in Kailahun. The total volume of the population in these districts is; Kailahun - 525,674 people (9,666 with disabilities) and Pujehun - 346,366 people (4,843 with disabilities), according to the 2015 census and this project will target 10,320 beneficiaries. 

Building Futures for Children” is a 3-year integrated project implemented by Save the Children Sierra Leone with support from a private donor through Save the Children Spain. The overall aim of the project is to improve children’s access to safe, inclusive, and quality primary education in 21 schools and communities across Kailahun and Pujehun districts through an integrated project that combines education, child protection, construction, and WASH activities in collaboration with communities and local government officials.  The project started in 1st February 2019 –and is due to be completed in 31st January 2022. In order to assess project progress including outcome, baseline assessment was conducted at the beginning of the project that provided values of indicators at the beginning of the project and a midline assessment was also conducted to assess particularly the processes and procedures. At this point, the endline evaluation is to be conducted to assess outcome of activities that have been implemented within the framework of this overall objective. 

 

Objectives and Key Questions

The general objective of the endline evaluation is to review the efficiency, effectiveness, relevance, and sustainability of the project implementation in particular, to document results and measure the impact of the project in relation to the overall objectives and expected results defined in the project document. 

  • To analyze the information included in the endline which will be based on the design established for the baseline review and the selected indicators; 

  • To understand how and how well the project adapted their design and implementation of activities in light of COVID-19, and particularly school closures, and the degree to which these activities achieved their desired effects. 

  • To understand how different approaches adopted (i.e. teachers training on gender pedagogy, children and teachers training on gender-based violence, female-friendly toilets, sexual reproductive gender-based violence prevention and protection mechanisms etc) by the project have contributed to close gender gap.

  • To assess the support given to volunteer teachers and their contribution to children education

  • To understand how and how well the project included and supported vulnerable children, including children living with disability, (specifically, capture changes in safeguarding, inclusion and gender-sensitive practices) and has contributed to increasing equality and equity between boys and girls, men and women.

  • To provide recommendations and best practices that may be used in current and future programming and strategy. 

The consultant is expected to lead, accomplish and submit the following within agreed timeframe and budget:

  • An inception report including proposed research methodology including details about sample size, sampling technique, appropriate data collection tools including GEM scale and an updated timeline to implement evaluation. 

  • Produce four (4) reports (End line report, Review meeting report, Report on the identification of most impact stories and Validation Workshop Report) considering SCI evaluation report format and criteria for assessing evaluation report. This will be shared with successful candidate. 

  • Power point presentation on key findings

  • Table of end line values of project indicators according to log frame.

 

ANNEXES

  • Data set of interviews conducted

  • Analyses tables and charts/diagram

EVALUATION TEAM 

The proposed end line consultant should have the necessary expertise in quantitative and qualitative research. Their technical expertise and practical experience should consist of one that can deliver the scope of work and evaluation deliverable, in particular, with regards to:

  • Evaluation design: plan the evaluation approaches and research methodologies, including quantitative and qualitative research methods.

  • Relevant subject matter knowledge and experience: Some working knowledge of Education, health, Child protection, sexual gender-based violence, livelihood and Child rights programming to ensure that the evaluation methods are as relevant and meaningful as possible given the aims and objectives of Building Future of Children Project

  • Evaluation management: Manage evaluation process from beginning to end, including conducting evaluation informed by primary and secondary information to deliver the evaluation report.

  • Primary research: design, management and implementation of primary research in potentially challenging project environments, 

  • Country experience: familiar with the Sierra Leone context and have the appropriate country knowledge /experience and language proficiency required to conduct the evaluation.  

  • Information management: design and manage data and information systems capable of handling required datasets and information for this evaluation 

  • Analysis: knowledgeable in a range of statistical and qualitative data analysis software and approaches like kobo, ODK, etc.

  • Organisational experience: should be able to provide evidence of previous experience of design and implementation of similar evaluation activities required by this ToR.

  • Child participation: experience in engaging children in data collection directly

  • Writing Skills: Advanced English writing skills

  • Gender Equality Men Scale: have proven technical knowledge and skills to use a collection of interview questions developed to measure attitudes towards gender norms in intimate relationships and SRH 

If you are interested in submitting a bid, please contact Save the Children at the email address info.tender.sierraleone@savethechildren.org for complete Terms of Reference document containing all details of this Tender Process from 7th January, with all proposals to be submitted before or on the 21st January 2022 between 9:00am - 5:00 PM.  All submissions must be done in person to the SCI office at 71 Sir Samuel Lewis Road, Aberdeen, Freetown. Sierra Leone