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CONSULTANCY: Measuring the resilience of children and youth affected by migration and their families



Created in 1960, the Foundation of Terre des hommes Lausanne (Tdh) mission is to defend and promote the rights of children, in humanitarian as well as development contexts. Today, Terre des hommes Foundation is the largest non-governmental organization (NGO) for children’s aid in Switzerland. Tdh implements projects and programs in more than 45 countries, including in Albania, Greece, Kosovo, Moldova, Romania and Ukraine. Over the last fifty years, Terre des hommes has developed several programmes, in two core areas: healthcare and child protection.

Every year, Tdh offers sustainable solutions and a better future for over one million children and their relatives by focusing on two levels:

  • through field intervention worldwide for children, whereby projects are carried out under our own management or in partnership with local organizations;
  • as an ambassador for children’s rights in Switzerland and throughout the world, through advocacy campaigns that promote the fundamental rights of children as contained in the Convention on the Rights of the Child adopted by the UN in 1989.

As part of its protection programming, Tdh’s work is articulated under three different programmes, namely the Tackling Child Labour programme, the Access to Justice Programme, and the Children and Youth in Migration programme. Its transversal protection sector provides oversight and advice of protection approaches and methods that are being used in the implementation of all programmes at Tdh.

The current consultancy is being issued by the Children and Youth in Migration programme in Europe, but is aimed at contributing to the overall work that Tdh is to undertake on resilience issues beyond report and across all of its programmes.


Resilience Programming within Tdh

Tdh defines resilience as "[t]he capacity of girls, boys, families, communities and systems to anticipate, cope, adapt and transform in the face of shocks and stresses." The outputs generated by this consultancy are expected to align with this multi-dimensional definition of resilience.

Moreover, keeping in mind the protection focus of Tdh interventions, their measurement are to be embedded into a wider Mental Health and Psycho Social Services (MHPSS) conceptual framework which includes 5 core pillars that support psychosocial wellbeing and build the resilience and the capacities of children, youth, families and communities to cope and overcome trauma and adverse situations:

  1. Safety, security and emotional well-being: Safety from threat, ability to exert control over the situation and avoid danger, a predictable environment, respect for human rights.
  2. Relationships and networks: The integrity of interpersonal bonds and wider social supports, integration, sense of belonging, social cohesion.
  3. Justice/ social rights: Sense of justice, equal access to economic opportunities, ability to address human rights violations, social stability, good governance.
  4. Roles and identities: Established roles within family and society. Employment. Fitting in. Participation. Sense of mastery over life.
  5. Future / hope / purpose and meaning: Ability to hold a coherent narrative that allows individuals to make sense of their lives. Sense of continuity of life. Maintain systems of belief and meaning.

Finally, gender and youth are integral transversal components of Tdh programming and project cycle management and these elements are to be considered when developing indicators, designing tools, sampling, timing of interventions, identifying locations, methods of consultation and participation, content, training approaches, data collection, analysis, content development and dissemination.

The Children and Youth in Migration Programme:

Tdh’s Children and Youth in Migration Programme (CYiM) aims at ensuring that “[b]y 2030, Children and Youth affected by Migration[1] are treated with dignity and realize their right to be protected along all stages of their migration path and seize development opportunities” as outlined in its CYiM Theory of Change.

A number of core strategies are envisaged in order to achieve this ambitious goal including: Public Mobilisation and Advocacy Work; Capacity Development; Service Delivery; Well-Being and Resilience Strengthening; and, Youth Empowerment.

Along with the CYiM Theory of Change, the programme has also developed a global set of 11 indicators that are to measure both the performance of the programme and its impact on children and other beneficiaries. A Programme Outcome Indicators Framework (POIF) has been published (the full document is available upon request), which serves staff in the roll out of the indicators at national, regional and consolidate them at global level.

Measuring Tdh intervention on the resilience in CYiM:

One of the POIF indicators states that: a) Formal and informal actors ensure together that CYiM access their rights along all stages of their journeys”; and b) that “CYiM effectively access appropriate and quality services for their protection and their development” stating: “In Central and South Eastern Europe, number of children affected by migration and their family members whose resilience has been enhanced”.

The reference sheet for this indicator indicates that “[it] is intended to measure the impact of Tdh's intervention on the ability of a child or a young person (and his family) affected by migration to deal with events related to its environment and to overcome them”.


The successful (team of) candidates will contribute to the development of a methodological framework that will allow Tdh and its partners to measure the impact that its programme interventions have on strengthening the resilience of children and youth and their families. The successful candidate(s) will then support Tdh in the application of the first baseline measurement of the conceptualization and operationalization of resilience.

The objectives of the consultancy are as follows:

  1. To carry out an inductive and anthropological assessment to contextualize the concept of resilience, resilience strengthening, and how formal and informal actors may contribute to strengthening the resilience of CYAM and their families in Europe.[2]
  2. To produce a mixed-methods methodological framework based on this contextualization that will allow Tdh to measure the contribution of its intervention on strengthening the resilience of CYAM and their families across cultures in Europe. [3]
  3. To support Tdh in the production of a baseline study using the methodological framework.

Workstream 1: Carry out an inductive anthropological assessment to contextualize resilience within the Europe programming context (November 2018)

As outlined above, Tdh is carrying out different interventions that aim at strengthening the resilience of children, either in other geographic regions that Europe, or as part of its work carried out within other programmes than the CYiM programme.

The consultant(s) will carry out a wide ranging consultative process not only of the Europe context but also the operational environment of Tdh to integrate the existing initiatives that are currently in place in Tdh and – insofar as possible - integrate them into the conceptualization and operationalization of resilience for Europe programming. An M&E framework is being developed on the basis of a programme Theory of Change (ToC) linked with a resilience model in Jordan.

Deliverable: Preliminary report highlighting the findings of the assessment and adjusting the methodology proposed for Workstream 2 (November 20, 2018)

Workstream 2: Development and finalisation of a methodological framework aimed at measuring resilience (November-December 2018)

The methodology built upon this conceptualization and operationalization will include mixed methods to avoid “the danger of importing constructs and associated research tools from dominant cultures […] ignoring contextual nuances that are more often relevant to indigenous communities” (Ungar & Liebenberg, 2011). Additionally, and based on the information provided in the General Background section of these Terms of Reference, successful candidates should use, or adapt or transform the existing knowledge and orientations developed and/or taken by Tdh in relation to resilience, in order to ensure a workable methodological framework and associated tools that Tdh staff will be able to use after the satisfactory completion of the entire consultancy. This requires consultants to carefully take into consideration current capacities of Tdh to carry out such work and identify the potential obstacles, be they internal or external, which may prevent Tdh from carrying out its M&E work in the future.

Deliverable 1: Preliminary methodological framework (December 1st)

Deliverable 2: Final methodological framework (December 21)

Workstream 3: Implementation of the baseline study and production of a baseline report (January 2019)

Based on the completion of Workstreams 1 and 2, the consultant(s) will support Tdh in the implementation of a baseline assessment for measuring resilience in 2018. The baseline will be limited to the coverage involved in the projects that are part of the CYiM programme in Europe zone. This will be the basis of future replication in 2019 and 2020 to contribute to the measurement of Tdh performance and contribution to impact in its work on strengthening children and youth’s resilience (and that of their families).


Tdh is looking for an expert (or a team of experts) possessing an extensive experience and a range of skills. The consultant will need to be familiar with inductive, anthropological methodologies as well as familiar with project cycle Monitoring and Evaluation processes, with a background in social sciences preferably with experience in child protection issues and programming. At a minimum the consultants will need to possess the following minimum qualifications

  1. A PhD in a social science (anthropology, psychology or a relevant discipline) or a Master’s degree combined with more than 12 years of relevant experience and research.
  2. A minimum of 10 years of experience in research-action or practice related to these topics. Preferably with experience in inductive research, or monitoring and evaluation related to development and protection and with previous experience focusing on children and youth programming, or migration issues.
  3. A strong track record of previous research, monitoring work and evaluations, publications or scientific work in the field of migration, child protection (with a focus on MHPSS) or resilience.
  4. Outstanding written and spoken English required. Knowledge of French or an C/SEE language an additional asset.
  5. A commitment to protecting children and youth affected by migration.

Application Assessment Criteria

  1. Applications will be assessed and weighted according to three criteria:
  2. Strength of the expert profile(s) proposed to carry out the action (50 points)
  3. Quality of the preliminary methodological approach proposed (35 points)
  4. Financial proposal (15 points)

[1] Children and young people affected by migration:

  • Any child/young person belonging to one of the 4 following categories:
  • Children and young people on the move (engaged in a migration process);
  • Children and young people who are potential migrants (living in environments highly affected by the migration of children and young people and/or migration compelled environments forcing them to move for economic, social, cultural, historical, or political reasons, etc.) ;
  • Children and young people whose kin (parents siblings, guardians) have migrated (children left behind);
  • Children and young people temporarily or permanently out of migration (integrated, reintegrated, and returned).

[2] The achievement of objectives one and two should integrate a wide-ranging consultative process taking into account all different initiatives within Tdh that have targeted the concept of resilience and built on it. The 5 pillars conceptual framework is annexed to the present ToR in order to allow applicants align their offer and methodology against it.

[3] The achievement of objectives one and two should integrate a wide-ranging consultative process taking into account all different initiatives within Tdh that have targeted the concept of resilience and built on it


Candidates are expected to send their full application package by November 6 to

The application package is to be composed of:

  1. CV(s) of the expert(s) proposed
  2. A cover letter of no more than three pages which outlines a preliminary description of a possible approach to be used to carry out the consultancy needs for conceptualization, operationalization, and methodological framework for measuring resilience.
  3. A proposal which would include the estimated number of days that the candidate(s) will dedicate to the assignment, and the amount of the daily fee in EUR (inclusive of VAT and all other applicable taxes) they will charge.

Moreover, all candidates are expected to abide by Tdh Child Safeguarding Policy and will therefore be required to commit to respect Tdh Risk Management Policies including: Child Safeguarding Policy, Safety and Security Policy and Anti-Fraud/Corruption Policy, Whistle Blowing Policy.

Tdh is not in a position to respond to every applicant individually. Please note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted for the first interview.