Consultant - Conduct Baseline Assessment for School Safety Somalia

Consultancies Garowe, Somaliland



Project/Consultancy Title: Conduct Baseline assessment for school safety

Project Location(s): Benadir (Kahda, Deynille), Galgaduud (Caddo, Dhusamareb) Mudug (Galkayo) and Nugal (Garowe) regions in South Central Somalia



Mercy Corps has been working in Somalia since 2005, responding to the humanitarian and development needs of the Somali people. We assist communities to transition from crisis to recovery to sustainable development by working with them to diminish the drivers of instability, empower community voices and enhance service delivery through local governance structures. Mercy Corps in consortium with CARE and DBG are implementing an ECHO funded Education in Emergencies (EIE) project - Emergency Education Support for Vulnerable Children (ESVC). The project seeks to address the primary barriers to education, which limits access, attendance, retention, quality of education and child well-being.


Purpose / Project Description:

The project provides basic EIE services for 31,000 boys and girls who are out of school or are at risk of dropping out of school in 16 districts of Sool, Sanaag, Bari, Nugaal, Mudug, Galgadul and Banadir regions[1]. It also introduces innovative ways of working, particularly in the conflict-affected areas, to address the challenges identified including gaps related to safe learning spaces, insufficient teachers and limited oversight by the local authorities. Project interventions include (a) construction of temporary learning spaces and rehabilitation of existing school facilities (b) Provision of teaching/learning materials (c) teacher training (d) psychosocial support and child protection (e) and School security and safety interventions.


Consultant Objectives:

The main objective of this consultancy is to undertake a comprehensive baseline assessment that covers the following key areas, which broadly defines the framework of safe learning environments for schoolchildren:

  • Safety of the schools / learning – map out the common hazards / risks faced by the project target schools in line with EIE cluster school safety variables and analyse the impact of each in terms of undermining children access to education opportunities.
  • Child Protection – in line with Inter-agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE) framework standards, map out the common hazards / risks faced by schoolchildren that could likely undermine the development, wellbeing and education access opportunity for schoolchildren in project target schools.
  • Mapping out the availability of psychosocial support services (PSS) in the project target areas where children who require PSS support could be referred to access these services (counselling /medical support).



The findings of the baseline assessment are aimed to:

  1. Inform project stakeholders (Ministry of Education officials, Teachers and school Care Takers, Community Education Committee (CEC), local leaders and security personnel) on broad areas of school safety, child protection/ rights and PSS support.
  2. Enable School management to develop school safety plans to enhance child safety and protection in Schools.
  • Enable Minister of Education (MoE) and School management to establish/identify referral pathways for children affected by attacks/trauma to access quality, timely and appropriate services.


Consultant Activities:

The Consultant is expected to undertake the following activities:

  • Develop an Inception Report detailing among other things: the process and methodologies to be employed to achieve the objective of this consultancy as stated above. It should include the interview schedules, data collection and reporting plans and important time schedules for this exercise, and presented to Mercy Corps for review and further inputs before proceeding to the field for data collection.
  • Undertake desk review of key and relevant project documents (proposal, project implementation reports, Mercy Corps programme management guidelines), EIE framework, Ministry of Education sector strategies, School development Plans and any, other relevant documents related to the essence of this assessment.
  • Design data collection methodology as appropriate, guided by the international evaluation standards and relevant framework(s).
  • Design, develop, pilot, critique (with Mercy Corps team) and refine data collection tools including translation to the local Somali language, where appropriate.
  • Conduct a comprehensive field based baseline assessment [using both quantitative and qualitative data collection methods] as a means of providing insights on status of school safety and child protection in project target sites.
  • Carry out data collection, entry and analysis and write up the Baseline assessment report.
  • A draft report will need to be presented for review to the Mercy Corps team - highlighting key findings, school level safety and security status and present recommendations, taking into consideration the outputs of the debriefing session. Mercy Corps will review this for initial feedback before producing a second draft.
  • Submit a Final report to Mercy Corps as shall be stated in the Consultancy Contract.


Consultant Deliverables:

The Consultant will provide the following deliverables:

  • Inception Report expected within four days after signing of the contract.
  • Debriefings / Feedback to programme team – The consultant will report his/her preliminary findings to the Mercy Corps’ programme team before leaving the field.
  • Draft report.
  • Final report.


Timeframe / Schedule: 

It is anticipated that the Evaluation will take 25 days from the date of signing the Contract. The Consultant/Consultancy firm should develop a feasible costed work plan/activity schedule covering approximately 25 days and submit this as an integral part of the proposal. The proposed time-frame is as follows:

  1. 2nd week of November 2019 - Develop necessary data collection tools (i.e. survey and interview questionnaires; focus group, observation and/or informal interview protocols, etc.). Plan logistics: domestic travel, translators, translation of evaluation tools.
  2. 3rd-4th Week of November 2019- Finalised data collection tools and implement data gathering activities.
  • 4th week of November 2019- Encode, analyse data and prepare draft evaluation report outlining assessment process, key findings, recommendations, next steps/ action plan.
  1. 28th November 2019- Conduct de-brief meeting with organisation leadership, key project/programme team and implementing partner key staff.
  2. 30th November 2019- Finalise and submit the Final Report.


The Consultant will report to:

  • Country Director
  • Director of programmes


The Consultant will work closely with:

Project officers, MEAL Manager, Operations Director and Programme Desk Officers


Required Experience & Skills:

  • Post-graduate or graduate studies in clinical psychology or related topic.
  • Good technical knowledge on Children safety, Child Protection and Child Rights based approach.
  • At least 3 years of experiences in psychological and psychotherapeutic interventions, specially working on MHPSS system development for client.
  • Knowledge of strategic and operational management of humanitarian operations and proven ability to provide strategic recommendations to key stakeholders.
  • Strong analytical skills and ability to clearly synthesize and present findings, draw practical conclusions, make recommendations and to prepare well-written reports in a timely manner;
  • Experience in qualitative data collection and data analysis techniques, especially in emergency operations;
  • Experience, knowledge and clear understanding of Somalia’s humanitarian context;
  • Good interpersonal skills and understanding cultural sensitivities;
  • Readiness to travel to Somalia and conduct direct standard evaluation activities.