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Somalia: Conducting sector review and scoping of social protection in Somaliland

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Somalia: Conducting sector review and scoping of social protection in Somaliland

Deadline for application: 
03 Jun 2019
Save the Children
Job type: 

Save the Children Somalia/Somaliland Country Programme

For over 90 years 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 organisation, 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 has over 40 years’ experience working in Somalia/Somaliland in several thematic areas and is currently working under the broad global themes of Education, Health & Nutrition, Child Protection, Child Rights Governance and Child Poverty (including Food Security and Livelihoods, social protection and youth livelihoods).

Save the Children is a strong advocate for strengthening social protection for all girls and boys. Our work on social protection is founded on a human rights based approach as outlined in the Universal Declartaion of Human Rights (1948) and the Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989). In Somalia/Somaliland Save the Children works with government stakeholders to build capacity and provide assistance and advisory in the development of social protection policies and programmes. As a large scale humanitarian and development partner with long-term safety net programmes currently being implemented in both the north and south, Save the Children places high priority on informing the evidence-base, on which future schemes will be conceptualized and designed. Through promoting social protection in Somalia/Somaliland, Save the Children aims to contribute to the building of a social contract between the citizen and the state that has sustainable impacts on child well being and development.

Save the Children has a long history in Somaliland, complemented by a team of professional national staff and established systems and procedures to effectively manage and implement projects on a large scale in an often volatile operating environment. Save the Children has strong technical and operational capacity in 16 field offices throughout Somalia and Somaliland with experienced national and international staff that add technical value to project management, implementation and monitoring activities.

Social protection and Save the Children’s work in Somaliland

For decades Save the Children has been working with a vision to ensure all girls and boys attain the right to survival, protection, development and participation. Save the Children views social protection as central to this vision as it provides guarantees along the life course that ensure long-term and sustainable solutions for children. Indeed, evidence from many countries shows that social protection schemes that are design for children and are child sensitive, such as child grants, increase access to health services, school enrollment, nutrition and also asset accumulation in poor households.

Save the Children advocates child sensitive social protection and defines this as policies, programmes and systems that address the specific patterns of children’s poverty and vulnerability and recognize the long-term developmental benefits of investing in children.

Save the Children’s child sensitive approach to social protection recognizes that cash alone, whether or not it’s child focused, will not achieve maximum gains for children. As such, where national schemes are in place, we work with governments and communities to: 1) promote enrollment in schemes, 2) complement scheme monitoring mechanisms, 3) minimize negative and maximize positive impacts on children; and, 4) include children’s voices. We also work alongside national schemes to support child well-being and development through complementary activities that promote access to nutrition, school enrollment and attendance, ending child labor and family budgeting.

In the absence of government led social protection schemes, Save the Children is implementing large scale humanitarian and long-term safety net cash programming in Somaliland. As part of a child grant pilot funded by Finland, Save the Children, along with the Ministry of Employment, Social Affairs and Family (MESAF) and HAVOYOCO, a local partner, is implementing a three year cash transfer, distributed on a monthly basis, to 300 internally displaced persons (IDP) households in Hargeisa and Borama. This pilot also includes provisions to support a handover to MESAF, including support for the coordination of social protection as well as the design of social protection systems and schemes. A such, Save the Children staff are engaged in direct capacity building with MESAF, focused on understanding social protection, its design and implementation.

In addition, in line with Save the Children’s global vision, all cash transfers within this pilot are complemented by additional activities that focus on behavioral change communication, including on: 1) infant and young child feeding, 2) good parenting, 3) accessing education, 4) gender sensitization; and, 5) child labor.

Purpose and Scope of the Assignment

The purpose of this assignment is to conduct a review of the social protection sector in Somaliland and provide a scoping accompanied by specific recommendations for the development of future social protection programmes in Somaliland. This will contribute to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 1.3, which calls on all governments to ‘implement nationally appropriate social protection systems and measures for all, including floors, and by 2030 achieve substantial coverage of the poor and the vulnerable’.

In line with the Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989), the sector review and scoping must place strong emphasis on child sensitive social protection, which encourages that social protection must recognize the long-term developmental benefits of investing in children through addressing specific patterns of children’s poverty and vulnerability.

This research and analysis aims to explore: 1) social protection and its rationale, 2) poverty and vulnerability in the context of Somaliland, 3) the political and institutional arrangements for social protection; and, 4) the way forward for social protection in Somaliland to achieve SDG 1.3. As such, this will contribute to MESAF’s strategic oversight, planning and vision for social protection moving forward. As such, the review and scoping should remain practical in approach, drawing on examples from countries in the region, as well as other countries that share similar trajectories and a post-conflict setting. Consideration for fiscal space and strategies for financing social protection should inform the way forward. The research must include a thorough analysis of Somaliland’s national development plans and MESAF’s strategic vision for the social protection sector and serve as foundation upon which policy development can take place.

Assignment Deliverable

  1. Provide proposed draft outline, scope of review and list of key stakeholders with whom meetings are required to carry out assignment.

  2. Travel on fact-finding mission to Hargeisa to carry out meetings with key stakeholders including MESAF and conduct research as necessary to meet the scope of the review.

  3. Brief Save the Children staff on key findings from fact-finding mission and agree on the way forward for timely completion of assignment.

  4. Provide draft report to Save the Children for their review and consultation with other stakeholders as necessary.

  5. Integrate feedback on draft report and submit a final written report and corresponding presentation for approval by Save the Children.

  6. Travel to Hargeisa to present report at dissemination meeting with key stakeholders from government including MESAF, NGOs, CSOs and UN

Time Line

  1. Draft outline – April 15

  2. Fact-finding mission – April 30

  3. De-briefing – May 15

  4. Draft report – June 10

  5. Final report – July 1

  6. Present sector review and scoping – August 1

6. Preparations and Logistical Support

Save the Children staff will provide the following logistical support and guidance:

  • Provide logistical support (transport, accommodation, visa) during the assignment, when out of duty station;
  • If a consultant is coming from outside of Somalia, purchase an air ticket in economy class and provide airport transfer;
  • Provide field visit logistics/transportation and accommodation;
  • Assist in the provision of contacts and make links with key stakeholders as necessary to carry out the assignment;
  • Provision of meeting venue, materials and refreshments required for final presentation and consultation meeting in Hargeisa;
  • Provide guidance, input and support during the assignment; and,
  • Ensure prompt payment of professional fee and other costs arising from the contract.

Consultant Qualification requirements

The consulting firm should meet the following requirements:

  • A minimum of 10 years of experience in the analysis and design of social protection schemes and national social protection systems and frameworks.
  • Extensive experience in evidence based analysis for a rights-based approach to social protection, specifically concerning children.
  • Strong understanding, knowledge and experience in conducting national social protection sector reviews and scoping, within the context of Africa.
  • Ability to write and communicate complex messages and ideas clearly and effectively.
  • Proven understanding and knowledge of the global discourse on social protection.
  • Experience in working with NGO’s/INGOs/Donors and Government Ministries and Departments
  • Understanding and commitment to Save the Children ’s vision, mission and values
  • Experience in working in Somalia and/or Somaliland will be considered an asset.

Payment Details

  • Payment will be in accordance with a detailed budget breakdown as submitted through the proposal, and invoices will be expected from the consultant prior to payment.

  • Save the Children Somaliland will pay the consultant according to Save the Children ’s guidelines on procurement of services.

  • 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 deliverable.

  • 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 and consultants must adhere to. All consultants are bound by the principles and conditions of Save the Children ’s Code of Conduct and will need to sign it before commencing the assignment.

How to apply:

Interested candidates should send the following documents to Save the Children somaliland.procurement@savethechildren.org before 03:30 PM on June 03, 2019:


  1. Cover letter
  2. Detailed technical proposal to ToR, with specific focus addressing the Save the Children’s scope of work, methodology to be used and key selection criteria
  3. CVs of consultant(s) with a minimum of 3 traceable and recent referees; company profile if relevant
  4. Detailed financial proposal based on expected daily rates
  5. Initial work plan and availability of the consultant
  6. Sample of previous work done. This could be tools, guidelines or approved assignment reports. **

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