Terms of Reference (ToR) for Baseline Study (Consultant) for the Project “Creating Opportunities and Preventing Adolescent Unaccompanied Migration from Honduras
Creating Opportunities and Preventing Adolescent Unaccompanied Migration from Honduras is a two-year project (March 13 1, 2018 – December 31, 2019) that builds upon the investments made by the Mexican Agency for International Development Cooperation (AMEXCID) and German Agency for Cooperation (GIZ) to prevent unaccompanied migration (UM) in the Northern Triangle. With more than 11,000 cases of child migration from Honduras to Mexico annually in recent years, 39% were unaccompanied child migrants. Alarmingly high rates of violence are reported during transit, including particular vulnerabilities of female migrants including the risk of sexual and gender based violence (SGBV).
The proposed initiative aims to prevent UM from two communities in Honduras, San Pedro Sula and Tegucigalpa, which are confronted by two main UM risks factors – widespread poverty and extremely high levels of violence. The initiative will directly address these two risk factors by improving the self-protective behaviours of and positive gender equitable relationships among vulnerable female and male very young adolescents (VYAs) (10-14) to reduce the risk of SGBV; reducing barriers to economic opportunities based on gender-differentiated needs of female and male older adolescents (OAs) (15-19) at risk of migration; and improving the integration of gender equality and evidence based practices into policies to prevent the UM of girls, boys and adolescents from the Northern Triangle.
The proposed project builds upon an existing regional initiative to prevent UM from the Northern Triangle funded by the Mexican (US$ 1 million) and German (€500,000) Governments and SC Mexico (US $55,000). The design of the proposed initiative is informed by the baseline evaluation (79 girls; 97 boys) for the current initiative with, consultations with the Honduran and Mexican governments, female and male adolescents (FMAs), and desk research.
A baseline study will be conducted in Honduras and the key objectives are as follows:
- Identify the benchmarks for the Creating Opportunities and Preventing Adolescent Unaccompanied Migration from Honduras intended outcomes, against a set of approved indicators;
- Provide information for setting realistic and achievable targets for the two-year project;
- Provide evidence on key contextual factors, particularly related to the unaccompanied migrations, gender equality, and verify Save the Children’s understanding of the situation in Creating Opportunities and Preventing Adolescent Unaccompanied Migration from Honduras intervention areas;
Save the Children Honduras, Save the Children Canada, and the donor (Global Affairs Canada) will be the major users of the baseline data. In addition, key stakeholders in project countries such as government line ministries/departments, partner NGOs, local authorities, and communities are interested parties of the findings.
Throughout the project cycle, outcomes will be measured through a mix approach (quantitative and qualitative), beginning with the quantitative survey.
The Consultant will be the lead national technical consultant for this baseline study in Honduras, with a focus on:
- Planning and reporting on country level baseline data collection;
- Finalizing design and sampling methodology;
- Develop and finalize the data collection tools, piloting and translating the data collection tools into English;
- Carrying out all recruitment, training and supervision of enumerators/data collectors and supervisors required to complete the assignment efficiently;
- Leading the implementation of high quality gender sensitive data collection on all PMF indicators at both the household and health facility level, with adequate field testing and supervision of all data collection and data entry;
- Overseeing data entry, cleaning and validation of household, facility data, and key informants and
- Preparing clean data analysis tables of the household survey, education facilities, and the vocational training questionnaire data, with disaggregation to be determined in consultation with Save the Children, but at a minimum, by sex and age (14-19).
- Providing full transcripts from all qualitative interviews;
- Share a draft report for Save the Children’s feedback;
- Adjust Save the Children’s feedback in the draft and provide final report in hard and digital copy.
- Minimum of 7 years of experience in coordinating and administering baseline/endline studies, including gender-sensitive data collection and entry, data management and storage, preferably for international non-profit organizations or multilateral agencies with preference for studies in migration and protection;
- Demonstrated experience in training, facilitation and supervising survey enumerators and data entry team to collect and enter data as per high quality standards;
- Demonstrated experience in setting up relevant data base systems;
- Knowledge of and experience with gender equality and measuring gender sensitive/transformative programming;
- Fluency in English and Spanish (spoken and written) is a requirement;
- Ability to produce high quality work under tight timeframes;
- Ability to work jointly with the Save the Children Honduras office and integrate feedback as required.
- Prior experience working on evaluations for Canadian Government (GAC/CIDA/DFATD) considered an asset
The companies or individual consultants interested should request the complete Terms of Reference to the email: firstname.lastname@example.org, before May 22, 2018.
Save the Children is committed to actively safeguarding children from harm and ensuring children’s rights to safeguarding are fully realized, and that representatives of Save the Children never abuse their power to exploit or abuse (sexually, economically, etc.) people in project locations. It takes seriously the commitment to promote child safeguarding practices and protect children from harm, abuse, neglect and any form of exploitation as they come into contact with Save the Children supported interventions. In addition, positive action will be taken to prevent child abusers from becoming involved with the study in any way and take stringent measures against any staff and/or associate who abuses a child. Decisions and actions in response to child safeguarding concerns will be guided by the principle of ‘the best interests of the child’. Further, Save the Children recognises that its staff and volunteers are likely to find themselves in a position of power related to project beneficiaries and other stakeholders. Consequently, specific measures will be taken to prevent of sexual exploitation and abuse (PSEA) of project beneficiaries and other stakeholders.
As such, the study must ensure appropriate, safe, non-discriminatory participation; stressing the views of all young girls, boys, (14-19 years) be collected; a process of free and un-coerced consent and withdrawal; confidentiality and anonymity of participants. Environments and working methods should be adapted to youth capacities; time and resources should be made available to ensure that youth are adequately prepared and have the confidence and opportunity to contribute their views. The consultant, all enumerators, and all those coming in contact with children will undergo a training that will cover child safeguarding and PSEA; and sign their acceptance.
8. Ethical Principles and Code of Conduct
The consultant, all enumerators, and all those coming in contact with children must know and sign the acceptance of the Ethical Principles and Code of Conduct of Save the Children prior to signing the contract. Must do so at the time of accepting the award of the consultancy.