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Call for Consultancy on Development of an M&E methodology

2016-11-28

 

Terms of reference for a Consultancy  on Development of an M&E methodology for capturing outcomes of  Child protection capacity development  activities in the framework of the «Capacity development of Child protection social actors” CAP +»

Context and justification

At the beginning of 2014, Tdh carried out a general situation analysis to develop a clearer understanding of the  level of competencies of social actors skills (internal and external) in our contexts of intervention. The main findings were:

 

  • There is a lack of general and specific skills in child protection actors (different type of skills personal and social, methodological and technical) in our countries of intervention (Tdh staff and external actors)
  • There is a lack of supervision associated to social work practices in all our countries of intervention
  • Working conditions are sometimes inappropriate, (workload, division of labor and responsibilities, lack of resources or strategic will) leading to high staff turnover and therefore, lack of staff.
  • Projects’ objectives set in relation to social interventions are often unrealistic with the skills available in given contexts of intervention. This often results in a non-optimum quality of interventions to protect children and in some situations failing to reach project goals (the latter is particularly true in the context of chronic crises or emergency).

 

To address this situation a decision was taken to develop a two phases institutional project aiming at strengthening the skills of child protection actors in Tdh geographical areas of intervention; CAP +.

The overall objective for this project is: “in 2020, child protection actors in Terre des hommes geographic area of work, will  have increased their skills through the set-up of sustainable  training and continuous learning opportunities”.

 

The first phase (2014-2016) of this project is to develop a sustainable capacity building strategy at the regional  levels to strengthen the skills of child protection social actors within Tdh and the external CP community. The next phase ( 2017-2020) will continue to build on the initiatives started in the first phase in the different regions,  with even more  emphasis on formal and informal external Child protection system actors.

 

A review of Tdh child protection strategies was carried out in 2015 and proposes recommendations  for Tdh to improve and  strengthen its capacity building components in its child protection projects.

 

Here are some extracts from this report, mainly from the “ recommendations”  section 4  

“Capacity building strategies need to be relevant to the context and there is no ideal template, there are some recommendations which can be applied in all settings regarding how Terre des hommes can seek to further strengthen its capacity building efforts, at a country / program level, regionally and globally. And the first one is to develop a strategic long term approach to capacity building based on analysis of need.

 

The second recommendation of this review is to “Establish a clear mechanism for monitoring the effectiveness of capacity building efforts, including indicators.”

 

In link with these recommendations but also with the objective of reinforcing its capacity to contribute to lasting result Tdh needs to develop a theory of change (ToC) framing our strategies of capacity building within our interventions which constitutes the first objective of this consultancy.

 

Developing our theory of change for capacity building will enable us to clarify the expected changes for the diverse actors supported by the project and the expected outcomes for the children.

 

Once the capacity building ToC  is clarified, It will be easier to look at the type of  M&E methodology that would help us to capture the changes that took place in terms of  Knowledge, methods and tools as well as  practices ( attitudes and behaviours) at actors level without forgetting to look at how this changes  impact the quality of their work with the children.

 

Thus, the design of a Monitoring & evaluation framework is the second objective of this consultancy, this will  strengthen staff and partners capacity to design, monitor and evaluate relevant and robust strategies of capacity building in the area of child protection.

 

Moldova has been selected to be the country where the piloting of the proposed methodology could be implemented.  

Tdh has been working in Moldova since 2004, aiming at meeting the needs of children and participating in the improvement of the Moldovan child protection system.  Building the capacity of professionals has been always an important and integral part of the work of Tdh in the country and abroad. Through coordination with national partners Tdh has developed and implemented a capacity building program which focus both on prevention and protection dimension of the child protection system and which is designed to target various groups of professionals. From 2004 until mid-2016 more than 10.000 multi-disciplinary stakeholders (social assistants, teachers, doctors, police officers etc) have benefit from trainings of various kinds. According to participants, overall the trainings implemented by Tdh lead to an increase in their knowledge and skills, as well as to the development of a stronger child protection culture. Tdh Moldova believes that the lessons learned throughout developing and implementing the capacity building program can be replicated and considered good practice for other delegations. The capacity building program developed in Moldova is fully documented and the office has the experience of testing and practical application of M&E systems and tools, which makes the consultancy more accessible and easy to be implemented/piloted.

 

OBJECTIVES OF THE CONSULTANCY

 

1/ Develop a theory of change for capacity building, that describes the impact pathway to promote outcomes for the professionals involved in child protection that can then, in turn, lead to midterm and long term outcomes for children in care.

 

2/ Develop a monitoring and evaluation framework that proposes a methodological guidance (methods, types of indicators) to monitor and evaluate this type of project.

 

Specific objectives of the consultancy

 

1/ Develop a capacity building theory of change,

In order to develop a theory of change, the following tasks should be carried out :

 

a/ Definition of the main outcomes and impacts that capacity building project should produce

 

  • Analysis of the expected and achieved outcomes of the projects implemented in Moldova, based on monitoring and evaluation reports, staff and partners interviews or focus groups.
  • Identification and understanding of the current main problems regarding levels of competencies in child protection, their causes and consequences, and existing resources that can be leveraged or strengthened in our area of intervention in Moldova.
  • Definition of the aspects of the problem that can be addressed by Tdh, the main outcomes that can be produced to contribute to the improvement of the situation.

These analyses will be based on desk reviews (internal and external documents) , staff interviews as well as consultation with the partners involved in the capacity building interventions.

 

b/ Design a theory of change for capacity building in Moldova

Clarification of the existing program logic and the impact pathways of Tdh Moldova.

  • Analysis of the weaknesses of the intervention, threats that could be better addressed and the strengths and opportunities that could be reinforced and mobilized to improve our capacity building strategy in Moldova.
  • Design a theory of change that will define how change will come about and how the intervention will contribute to this change .The hypothesis about how changes will occur should draw upon consultants expertise,  Tdh thematic advisors feedbacks (regional and HQ), staff and key partners points of view and research based findings.
  • A regional workshop will be held to put this first scheme of action in discussion with the EE region staff and HQ thematic advisors : identification of the necessary adjustments to take into account the specificities of other contexts in the region.
  • Adapt the theory of change to draw a relevant framework for the EE zone.

 

2/ Develop a Monitoring & evaluation guidance for the capacity building TOC developed for Moldova and EE.

 

  • Define the information requirements on the basis of a clear identification of the expected changes for the diverse actors supported by the project and the expected outcomes for the children,
  • Define  measurable indicators of success  for each level of action
  • Design  a methodological guidance that will help to monitor and to evaluate this type of project. The guidance developed  should be consistent with the existing  Tdh methodological  monitoring guideline

 

 

METHODOLOGY PREREQUISITES

 

There are already a lot written on different strategies/theory of change for capacity building as well as monitoring and evaluation of such projects outcomes . So this consultancy will first need to proceed to a review of existing documents.

 

  • Participatory methodologies will be privileged to ensure adequate involvement of program staff, key partners and senior management at country and regional level.
  • A regional workshop with project managers of the EE region will be organized.
  • Exchanges with country representatives and program coordinator involved in capacity building projects in the EE region.
  • Interviews and meeting with the thematic advisor in charge of the capacity building institutional project (CAP+ ) and the Quality & accountability Unit will be organized at the beginning of the consultancy.

 

DELIVERABLES

 

1/ Develop a capacity building theory of change

 

  • The consultant will develop standardized TOC narratives and diagrams. The narrative will be a summary of the theory that explains the overall logic, hihlights major assumptions and presents a compelling case as to how and why the initiative is expected to work out. The narrative will have for objectives to convey easily and quickly the main elements to Tdh team and to help the delegation to communicate about this theory. The diagrams will also illustrate the partners roles.
  • A PowerPoint explaining the pathway with diagrams and narrative explanations and the necessary adjustments for other contexts.
  • A final report in English with the narrative, the visualization materials, recommendations for strategic orientation at the regional level and recommendations for capacity building interventions in protracted-crises contexts.
  • An executive summary (max. 2 pages)

 

 

2/ Develop a Monitoring & evaluation guidance for the capacity building TOC developed for Moldova and EE.

 

  • The consultant will develop a  M&E framework and methodological guidance  that can be used in the context of capacity building project based on the above ToC.

 

TIME FRAME

The assignment is expected to be conducted within 4 months from the signing of the contract according to the general rules and conditions of Terre des hommes.

 

CONSULTANT PROFILE

  • Training degree in social science, education or in training engineering
  • Extended working experience in capacity building in the area of child protection
  • Expertise in TOC design
  • Experience in working in international development context

 

SUBMISSION OF APPLICATIONS

To be considered, interested and qualified consultants must submit the following documentation:

  • Technical offer explaining your understanding of the consultancy, the objective and the methodological approach describing the diferents steps planned, their specific objective, the methods, tools that will be used for each one, the means and deliverables for each step,
  • Financial offer with a detailed budget
  • Curriculum vitae (max. 3 to 4 pages highlighting work experience and qualifications relevant to this evaluation)
  • Full contact details of at least two references from among recent clients

 

Submit your application exclusively via email to info@tdh-europe.org

 

Deadline for submissions is December 4th, 2016 (COB, Swiss Time). Only applicants submitting complete applications and under serious consideration will be contacted.

 

TERRE DES HOMMES CHILD SAFEGUARDING POLICY

 

Tdh Lausanne commits to best practice in Child Protection in the implementation of its projects, following its own Child Safeguarding Policy. Besides, in the event of partnering with local organizations, Tdh Lausanne ensures that they also develop and apply a Child Safeguarding Policy.

 

In this framework and provided that the volunteers will be in contact with Tdh partners and beneficiairies, they will be requested to sign and follow Tdh Child Safeguarding Policy and will therefore be briefed accordingly