About Save the Children:
Save the Children is an international independent non-governmental, non- profit, organisation founded in 1919. We work in over 120 countries worldwide. We are the world’s leading independent organisation for Children. Our vision is 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 worked in Afghanistan since 1976. Our way of working close to people and on their own terms has enabled us to deliver lasting change to tens of thousands of children in the country. The UN Convention of the Rights of the Child is the basis of our work.
We are helping children get a better education, we make it possible for more boys and girls to attend school, we help children protect themselves and influence their own conditions. We work with families, communities and health workers in homes, clinics and hospitals to promote basic health in order to save lives of children and mothers.
The EU’s humanitarian aid funds relief operations for survivors of natural disasters and conflicts outside the European Union Aid is provided impartially, directly to people in need, without discrimination on the grounds of race, ethnic group, religion, gender, age, nationality, or political affiliation. Funded by the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid Department (ECHO), the MHPSS interventions are implemented by three Partners in Afghanistan, a). Première Urgence – Aide Médicale Internationale, b).Handicap international and c). International Organisation for Migration (IOM) in the Western Part of Afghanistan.
In partnership with ECHO, Save the Children is commissioning a review seeking to evaluate the existing the current MHPSS interventions being implemented by ECHO partners in Afghanistan and document the MHPSS programming in the Country.
Purpose of the Review
The evaluation should improve the understanding of and document the impact of the ECHO funded Mental Health and Psycho-Social Support (MHPSS) programmes, and provide recommendations to improve the relevance and effectiveness of MPHSS programmes in Afghanistan.
The evaluation should concentrate as far as possible on MHPSS programming in Afghanistan in its entirety, but specifically evaluate the performance of the individual ECHO partners, document partners’ practices when relevant in order to draw lessons learned for improved overall performance.
The key questions that the evaluation should answer includes:
Impact, Quality and effectiveness:
· Have MHPSS partners met their objectives in terms of humanitarian response (identifying and targeting the most vulnerable)?
· What have been the outcomes of the MHPSS services provided?
· Are the MHPSS approach appropriate, relevant and sufficient for the targeted population?
· To what extent is the programme gender sensitive/address gender issues?
Relevance and coverage:
· Assess the relevance of the mental health programmes implemented by the ECHO partners in Afghanistan
· Where do the MHPSS partners respond, and do responses concentrate in areas of most acute needs?
· What challenges have existed with regard to relevance and coverage?
· How effective are the current MHPSS interventions implemented by each partner?
Efficiency and Value for Money:
· Which management and implementation approaches have enabled the MHPSS partners to deliver better value for money/what improvements can be made?
· Assess and document the existing opportunities for synergies in the provision of mental health services among partners
· How effective is the internal operational coordination and cooperation between MHPSS partners and with the donor and how can this be improved (central and field level, challenges, advantages etc.)?
· How do MHPSS interventions work alongside complementary interventions in other sectors?
Design and Methodology
The evaluation is recommended to employ a mixed methods approach, collecting both qualitative and quantitative data. The quantitative data should ensure statistical representativeness, and utilize both primary and secondary quantitative data. Relatedly, the qualitative component is expected to incorporate the following approaches:
· Desk review:
The desk review should include, at a minimum:
o Internal documentation: The consultant to review proposals, interim reports and annual reports from MHPSS partners, with the aim of analysing the effectiveness of their programming.
o Evaluations: The consultant to review internal and external assessments conducted to date by the partners.
· Key Informant Interviews: Key informant interviews should include the following levels:
The consultant should determine a feasible number of KIIs and relevant organisations, but must include donor organisations, ECHO TAs in Kabul, MHPSS Partners (national level), Community Stakeholders and other humanitarian actors, Government Stakeholders.
o Stakeholders, including MoPH, at national level, and sufficient number of KIIs should be held with government stakeholders at field level.
· Focus Group Discussions:
The consultant should recommend a feasible/realistic groups to consult through FGDs, considering the following:
o Communities which have received MHPSS services: The FGDs should be held in different geographic areas, to understand the effectiveness of the strategies used, and beneficiaries’ perceptions in the various regions.
o Direct beneficiaries: FGDs/KII to be held with individual clients of the MHPSS services to understand how the services impacted their lives.
o All FGDs/’Interviews should include a proportional representation of women, elders, youth and other vulnerable groups.
Note: For in-depth interviews, observations, and ethnographic approaches that the consultant intends to apply in this assessment, the consultant is advised to engage more with target groups/beneficiaries rather than government and humanitarian stakeholders.
Save the Children and MHPSS partners’ Roles and Responsibilities
The following roles and responsibilities will be led by Save the Children in coordination with MHPSS partners.
· The consultant is engaged by SAVE THE CHILDREN and reports to the Senior MEAL Manager.
· Guiding access to internal documents and data will be done by SAVE THE CHILDREN, through close cooperation with MHPSS partners who (along with ECHO) commit to provide PSS documentation and data sources as relevant.
· Provision of a contact list to the consultant to be done by SAVE THE CHILDREN
· Access to beneficiaries to be coordinated by SAVE THE CHILDREN in collaboration with MHPSS partners in each geographical area
· Recruitment of local staff/enumerators/interpreters (SAVE THE CHILDREN)
· Data entry staff/equipment support (SAVE THE CHILDREN)
· Coordinating travel and logistics for field work (SAVE THE CHILDREN)
· Visa arrangement for the consultant to Afghanistan (SAVE THE CHILDREN)
Consultant Roles and Responsibilities
The following should roles should be considered (subject to further discussions during the inception phase):
· Training data collection teams
· Overseeing data collection
· Data entry/analysis
· Developing processes and tools
· Producing the deliverables below
· Inception report to include details of methodology, tools and timeline/ work plan for the assignment to be approved by team leader and MHPSS partners.
· Draft and final report(s), page limit (approx. 20 pages excluding annexes), executive summary (to include Background, Evaluation Objectives, Methodology, Summary of Findings, Key Recommendations)
· A three paged summary of the assessment findings (for dissemination leaflets)
· Presentation of report findings at workshops
· Final report (data set for quantitative and qualitative data attached)
Final report must be submitted and approved within two months from the starting date of the consultancy work. Consultant needs to submit a tentative plan for two months of consultancy work along with expression of interest.
Note: It’s the assignment field work is recommended to be completed between the 1st September – 10th October 2018.
All data collected during this exercise will become the property of ECHO/Save the Children and will not be shared with third parties without the express permission of the ECHO/Save the Children.
Consultants should endeavor to have their own insurance that is in line with Afghanistan requirements.
Save the Children is committed to ensuring a safe environment and culture for all children with whom we come in contact during the course of our work. All external consultants involved in this exercise will be required to comply with Save the Children’s Child Safeguarding Policy and sign the Code of Conduct. Strict confidentiality and anonymity of data should be ensured throughout the process of this evaluation. Statistical data cannot be used in any way that could be construed as harmful to any individual respondent.
· It is preferred that the consultancy should have an office and/or a liaison in Kabul. If the selected consultancy will have presences in eastern and northern regions of the country that will be a plus point.
· The lead technical consultant must have technical expertise in Mental Health Programming and acquainted with the relevant information/ study by other national and international actors on the subject.
· The lead technical consultant must have sound understanding of MHPSS options for Afghanistan or similar context.
· Experience of working directly with community without any prejudice and commitment to meaningful beneficiaries’ participation;
· Experience of using participatory techniques in data collection;
· Must have experience of qualitative and quantitative data analysis
· Fluency in English essential
Expressions of Interest
Expressions of interest are requested from suitably qualified candidates and addressing the following:
· An outline of the proposed methodology to complete the assignment.
· Response to the criteria as set out in the ‘consultant requirements’.
· Consultant daily rate.
· Examples of at least two similar reports or studies produced in English, and for which the consultant is sole or lead author.
· Details of three professional referees.
· Consultant qualifications.
Expressions of interest that do not cover these requirements will not be considered.
Deadline for submission of expressions of interest: 16th August 2018
Submissions should be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Qualified candidates/firms may send their Application, including
* Letter of Interest
* Update CV
* SCI application form (below link)
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SCI will not consider any applications received without SCI Application form and VA Number, Post Title (Evaluation consultant VA# 18-127) Subject line and after the closing date.
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Interested applicants must fill above SCI application form, or your application will not be considered.
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