CoRMSA: Terms of Reference for Baseline Studies

Consortium for Refugees and Migrants in South Africa
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Opportunity closing date: 
Sunday, 5 January, 2020
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For conducting a baseline study on the protection of Children in Migration and their communities’ human rights in South Africa.

1. Background information:

The Consortium for Refugees and Migrants in South Africa (CoRMSA) is a national network of organisations working with asylum seekers, refugees and international migrants. CoRMSA currently has 25 member organisations across the country. Our member organisations include legal practitioners, community based refugee and migrant led organisations, advice offices, academic institutions, social service providers amongst others. The CoRMSA model is such that through our members and partners, collectively we cover work at local, provincial, national, regional and global levels to ensure that the daily challenges faced by foreign nationals are addressed through policy and practices that fosters social cohesion. CoRMSA’s main objectives and mission is the promotion and protection of the human rights of all foreign nationals in ways that promote the well-being of all in South Africa and the region. CoRMSA has over fifteen years of experience working on migration engaging in policy advocacy and lobbying; coordination and network building; capacity building; rights awareness and information sharing.
CoRMSA in partnership with Kindernothilfe (KNH) German Government (BMZ) funded project will be implementing “Children in Migration and their communities are empowered to claim their human rights” project. This 41 months’ project is targeting Children and Youth in Migration and their communities to support them in their empowerment process to be able to claim their human rights so that they can enjoy inclusive policies and have access to basic services. Part of this project is to conduct a “baseline study” on the state of Children in Migration’s protection and access to basic service as enshrined in the Bill of Right, Chapter 2 of South African Constitution. Ideally, this baseline study should be conducted with the participation of all three variables involved in child rights protection (children in migration, their communities and authorities).

 2. Objective of the Baseline Study.

The overall objective of the baseline study is to produce a detailed report on the state of human rights protection and access to basic services of Children in Migration at the beginning of the project that will inform, strengthen and enhance CoRMSA skills on its project implementation.  In order to establish whether the project objectives have been realistic with regard to a project’s duration, scope and budget and to determine which changes the project has brought about, it is necessary to know the initial values of the indicators at project start. The purpose of a baseline study, as seen by KNH, is therefore the determination of the indicator values at project start. These are the initial values to which those responsible for the project can later refer, when they seek to monitor and assess what outcomes/impacts have been achieved.

3. Expected Results and Deliverables of the Baseline study.

The project staff (CoRMSA) and other persons linked to the project should be able to draw the following information from the produced baseline study report:

  • Research on Children in Migration human rights protection instruments and mechanisms in South Africa.
  • The current state of the Children in Migration human rights protection and access to basic services in South Africa.
  • Statistical data on Children in Migration based in South Africa with reference to their statuses i.e. undocumented, separated, stateless and documented children.
  • Statistical data and the level of Children in Migration denied access to education, health care service and other critical basic service.
  • The level of human rights understanding of Children in Migration and their communities.
  • The level of protection of Children in Migration by both the Social Workers and School Administration Clerks
  • The level of acknowledgement of the Rights of Children in Migration in existing or pending governmental guidelines and the level of their implementation relating to access to enabling documents.
  • Recommendations on the trainings, awareness, dialogues, campaigns etc. in addressing the identified trends and challenges. 
  • Review of planned indicators and/or recommendations on operationalisation of the project indicators

Development of a participatory M&E system aligned to the impact matrix and the project activities

4. Execution method.

In accordance with KNH and CoRMSA policies, the consultant will conduct both qualitative and quantitative research and data collection informed by the expected results mentioned above. This will be accompanied by a physical visit and interviews with the three variables identified above and CoRMSA staff members. It is planned that the consultant will travel within the provinces where the project will be implemented. The provinces are Limpopo, Gauteng, Kwa-Zulu Natal, Free State and Western Cape Province). The consultant will work closely with CoRMSA Staff members for support. The baseline study is expected to start in January  2020 and be completed by end of March 2020. The reporting times will be agreed upon between the consultant and CoRMSA Director.
5. The Prospective Applicant

Prospective applicant could be one person or a team of two-person maximum:

  • Preferably has a Master’s degrees in Social Science and or relevant qualification.
  • Should have expert knowledge and understanding of migration policies in South Africa.
  • Should have at least 3 years’ experience working with Children and registration with social service profession will be added as advantage.
  • Should have experience in conducting both qualitative and quantitative research and data collection.
  • Should have experience with participatory project planning and execution approaches.
  • Must have a valid Identity document or permit or dispensation to conduct work in South Africa.
  • Must have a valid code 8 drivers’ license.
  • Ability to communicate fluently in English and other African language will be an advantage.

6. Proposal and contract

Proposals should include only the following documents:

  • a general outline and ideas for the baseline study and its methodologies (letter format)
  • examples of previous research/es conducted
  • current Curriculum Vitae
  • certified copy of identity document/permit, dispensation.
  • Detailed budget (traveling and accommodation logistics) will be organised by CORMSA. The contract will be based on the agreed scope, work plan and the agreed budget for the study.

Please send the proposals by the 05 January 2020 to:

CoRMSA Contact person:
Ms. Gloria Makxeta
Tel: 011 405 7560
Fax: 011 403 7559

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