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Call for Consultancy: Mapping the Situation of Children Left Behind in Romania, Ukraine and Moldova


Call for Consultancy

Mapping the Situation of Children Left Behind[1] in Romania, Ukraine and Moldova

Terms of Reference

Terre des hommes (Tdh), in the framework of developing a regional initiative under the Children & Youth in Migration Programme in Eastern Europe, is looking for a consultant, to conduct a qualitative research on the capacity and the adequacy of the child protection systems in Romania, Ukraine and Moldova, to protect Children Left Behind (CLB).


Under the global Tdh Migration Programme, ‘Children Left Behind’ are defined as one of the four target groups in the Theory of Change. The issue of Children Left Behind, is most apparent in four countries of Tdh intervention: Romania, Ukraine, Moldova and Nepal.

In order to develop expertise within Tdh on this strategic issue of CLB, an internal Task Force was set up in May 2018. Its aim is to develop a programme on CLB and promoting cross fertilization between projects implemented in different areas of intervention (multi zones). From the first meetings of the Task Force it became clear that an initial exercise is needed to better understand the situation of CLB and to see what services do/ do not exist for CLB, to better determine the direction and focus of Tdh’s new programme.

The support of an external consultant is required to deliver a comprehensive joint mapping report on the situation of CLB in Romania, Ukraine and Moldova (a situational analysis was already conducted for Nepal), that can feed into the programme design.


The mapping aims to inform the work of Tdh, through the analysis of the adequacy and effectiveness of the existing child protection systems in Romania, Ukraine and Moldova to identify and respond to the needs of Children Left Behind, with a specific focus on accessibility and inclusiveness.

The main goal is to understand the vulnerability factors and the child protection related concerns that CLB face and analyse whether the response mechanisms available offer adequate solutions that are in the best interests of the children.

The main tasks of the consultant are to:

  1. Carry out a desk research, reviewing the available documentation, to understand the phenomenon of CLB in Romania, Moldova, Ukraine, and whether the current child protection system is able to identify and respond to their needs and wants.
  2. Assess children‘s needs of services and identify what services are/ are not available for them (both provided by the State and private service providers/ NGOs, if the case)
  3. Assess the effectiveness of the protection system in terms of accessibility and inclusiveness
  4. Identify specific failures and gaps in the service provision and support to the cause of CLB that are common in Romania, Ukraine and Moldova
  5. Provide recommendation to Tdh for further programme development on CLB


The selected consultant’s mandate is threefold:

Design – in consultation with Tdh: a sound methodology upon which the research process will be based. This will include (and should be reflected in the expression of interest) at a minimum the definition/refining of key research questions, identification and design of data collection methods and tools, research schedule, analytical framework and overall approach to the research.

Data collection, data cleaning and  management: The consultant  is  to ensure the collection  of all relevant data and information, including the views of statutory and non-statutory stakeholders into account, as well as the views and opinions of children left behind. The selected consultant will need to develop in its expression of interest the approach s/he intends to implement, and outline the main methods that will be used, which should include at least desk and literature review, semi structured interviews with statutory and non-statutory stakeholders as well as with children and families.

Write up of the research report, which will include the incorporation of comments and suggestions of Tdh staff and other key stakeholders, outlining key findings as well as recommendations for Tdh with a view to inform future operational developments of Tdh. The developed report and recommendations will form a key background for the CLB Task Force and the CLB programme development for Tdh Romania, Ukraine and Moldova.


The consultant is expected to deliver:

  1. A research methodological framework, including all associated tools
  2. A draft report
  3. A final report (maximum 30 pages excluding annexes).

Time frame

Duration:  approx. 1 month

Tentative starting date: October 2018 – final products to be delivered before end 2018.

Required/preferred experience and skills of the researcher:

  • Demonstrated experience in conducting qualitative research action;
  • Expertise  in  working  and  consulting  with  different  stakeholders,  incl.  children  in  similar researches or direct work;
  • Very good facilitation skills;
  • In-depth knowledge on Child Rights and Child protection in a context of migration;
  • Ability to prepare materials and conduct activities in the field;
  • Excellent analytical and report writing skills;
  • Ability to be creative and open;
  • Ability to work under time constraints;
  • Very good planning and time management skills;
  • Outstanding level of English (the research is to be written in English) and Romanian/ Ukrainian/ Russian are a strong asset.

Application process:

The applicants are invited to submit by October 7 2018 at :

  1. a CV (no more than 3 pages),
  2. a list of publications of a similar nature and scope,
  3. an expression of interest (no more than 3 pages) explaining how they fit the qualifications required and outlining the approach and methods that the consultant will use and implement in the course of the research process & the financial offer.

The consultant will be required to agree and comply with Tdh Code of Conduct and Child Safeguarding standards, as well as to adhere to and follow Tdh administrative and logistical regulations and procedures.

[1] Children and youth left behind by parents/caregivers that left in migration