Call for Proposals: Evaluation of Save the Children's Protection for the Children on the Move and Local Vulnerable Children

Monday, June 18, 2012 - 14:50
Save the Children
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Opportunity closing date: 
Friday, June 29, 2012
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Call for proposals

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Save the Children’s protection programme in Limpopo aims to ensure that children in and around Musina are protected from exploitation, abuse, violence and neglect through comprehensive and coordinated care, support and protection. SAve the Children is commissioning the evaluation in order to assess the effectiveness, relevance and sustainability of the programme as it is currently designed and implemented, and to provide recommendations on the way forward.

Background

Migration has always been a feature of Southern Africa, yet in recent years South Africa has seen increasing numbers of children migrating from Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Lesotho, Swaziland and further afield, crossing borders to seek a better life. Some of these children migrate without an adult caregiver.

Musina is a small town on the northern side of the Limpopo Province, and shares borders with Botswana and Zimbabwe. Musina is situated 15 kilometres (km) from Beit Bridge, the only major border crossing between South Africa and Zimbabwe, which hosts heavy volumes of human and commercial traffic to and from Zimbabwe linking other countries to the north such as Zambia, Malawi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Tanzania and Burundi. The number of migrants moving through this border has increased significantly over the past decade. Although no published or formal estimate is available, the interagency forum in Musina works on the basis of an estimated average of 1 000 children on the move in Musina town, and 600 in Makhado, at any given point in time. These include children who are just passing through as well as those remaining there for several months after crossing the border. The majority of those counted are boys aged 14-18. For many children, poverty and lack of educational and other opportunities propel the decision to migrate to South Africa. Children on the move face a range of risks such as physical abuse, sexual and gender-based violence, child labour, other forms of exploitation, and psychosocial distress. In South Africa there has been a need to increase awareness and facilitate access to essential services, including shelter, education, food, health and legal documentation for unaccompanied migrant children.

Its response to the situation in Musina has evolved over the past decade from a remotely managed project working through the Centre for Positive Care (CPC), Children’s Advisory Councils and stakeholder meetings facilitated by Save the Children; to a directly implemented emergency response to the cholera outbreak between June 2008 and June 2009; and since 2009 adopting a systems-strengthening approach focussed on capacity building and monitoring of local partners, as well as coordination and advocacy for awareness and action on the appropriate care and protection of children on the move. Save the Children’s interventions in Musina have included outreach programmes in farming areas where many children – notably girls – end up after crossing the border; supporting children on the streets and at the border; establishing a transitional shelter for children and supporting the implementation of the inter agency child protection information management system (IA CP IMS) designed to track children on the move, as well as the Best Interests Determination Tool (BID). The programme has also worked with transitional shelters, resource centres, schools and ECD facilities that provide essential services and ongoing support to children in Musina and the surrounding areas.

Through the current project – Strengthening the Local Child Protection System for Children on the Move and Other Vulnerable Children in Vhembe District, Limpopo Province – Save the Children aims to ensure that children in and around Musina are protected from exploitation, abuse, violence and neglect through comprehensive and coordinated care, support and protection.

Purpose and Objectives of the Evaluation

Save the Children is commissioning an evaluation of the protection programme in Musina in order to assess the effectiveness, relevance and sustainability of the programme as it is currently designed and implemented, and to provide recommendations on the way forward. The evaluation report will be used to plan for continuation of the protection programme and to seek further resources as appropriate.
 
The specific objectives of the evaluation are as follows:

  • To independently assess results achieved against the objectives and outputs specified in the original project proposal, so that Save the Children can provide feedback internally as well as to donors and other partners including beneficiaries;
  • To highlight any lessons learnt and innovative aspects of the project, and make recommendations as appropriate for continuation and/or scale-up of activities;
  • To assess whether basic monitoring measures implemented during the project period were sufficient, and make recommendations for improvement.
Scope of the evaluation

The scope and methodology of the evaluation takes into account relevant Save the Children monitoring and evaluation strategies and standards. The evaluation will consider the following focus focus areas of the protection programme as implemented in Limpopo between June 2011 and June 2012:
  • Training and capacity building of government officials and staff of partner organisations;
  • Strengthening coordination between communities, civil society and government;
  • Building community awareness on the rights of unaccompanied migrant children and local vulnerable children on issues around abuse, exploitation and SGBV and the importance of referral to services;
  • Providing support to improve educational outcomes of unaccompanied migrant children. 
The following key questions will be addressed within and across the four focus areas:
  • Do resource/drop-in centre and transitional shelter staff provide comprehensive care, support and protection to the children they serve (as defined by the project and relevant standards in the South African context)? What are the internal and external factors enhancing and hampering their efforts?
  • Are coordination efforts effective in identifying and responding to issues of unaccompanied migrant children? Which aspects of the approach can be replicated in other areas? What are the gaps in the approach?
  • Has the programme been successful in capacitating and supporting government departments (including the South Africa Police ServiceSAPS and SANDF) to effectively monitor, refer and protect unaccompanied migrant children? What more should be done to strengthen these processes and ensure that children are adequately protected?
  • Have there been changes in communities’ responsiveness to acts of child abuse, exploitation and SGBV? Are victims of abuse, exploitation and SGBV accessing the necessary support?
  • Are unaccompanied migrant children able to access formal or non-formal education? What are the factors that ensure that they stay in and complete their education? Conversely, what factors might prevent them from completing their education?
  • What has been the value of vocational training provided to unaccompanied migrant children?
  • What has been the value of child protection committees in coordination and response to child protection issues?
  • What has been the value of using mass media such as radio and pamphlets in raising issues of child protection in Musina? Would there be value in expanding this approach to include new media (e.g. social media such as Facebook and Twitter)?
Timeline and deliverables

A detailed timeframe will be agreed upon appointment of the service provider. It is expected that the final product will be delivered no later than 31 August 2012.

Required deliverables include:
  • Detailed action plan for the evaluation with related timeframe and deadlines;
  • Evaluation design (including data collection methods and tools);
  • Draft report for comments and input from the project team;
  • Final report and recommendations;
  • Presentation/debriefing workshop for project staff and key stakeholders, where the consultant will present the findings of the evaluation and facilitate discussion on the recommendations. 
Required Expertise and Experience 

The service provider should possess the following expertise and skills as a minimum:
  • Extensive experience in conducting evaluations, including designing and employing both qualitative and quantitative data collection methods and tools which are participatory and sensitive to the needs of children and youth;
  • At least five years experience of working with the children’s sector preferably on issues of migration and related issues such as child protection legislation and gender issues including SGBV and other sensitive topics;
  • Familiarity with the South African social protection system, including government systems and cross-sector working;
  • Programmatic experience in the non-governmental sector is desirable but not essential.
The total budget available for the baseline assessment is R69.395. Interested parties should submit an outline budget with the proposal which includes total days required to complete the evaluation, daily fees, any logistical support and travel costs to be incurred, and all other associated costs.

Submission and Evaluation of Proposals 

All proposals should be submitted by email to dhopwood@savethechildren.org.za by close of business on 29 June 2012. Ensure that the subject line states 'Proposal – Evaluation of Protection Programme'.

Proposals must include the following and should not exceed five pages:
  • Proposed approach and outline design of the evaluation;
  • Work plan reflecting the key outputs/deliverables, proposed timeframes and potential for meeting the final deadline of Friday 31 August 2012;
  • CV and references;
  • Outline budget;
  • Where possible, candidates should submit written evidence (e.g. evaluation reports) of previous work meeting the requirements laid out in this terms of reference with their application.
Selection of the consultant will be based on:
  • How well the proposal meets the requirements set out in the terms of reference;
  • Relevant skills and experience;
  • Value for money.
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