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Monday, August 1, 2016

Fwd: RFP for A review of community-based practices and the role of social protection in addressing risks for children and their families in context of disaster and humanitarian action In Cianjur District

A.      BACKGROUND


Save the Children (SC) is a leading, private child-focused non-governmental alliance of 30 member organizations that works in 120 countries throughout the world. Yayasan Sayangi Tunas Cilik (YSTC-known as “Save the Children”) is a child rights organization working to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives. Since 2005 we work with the Indonesian Ministry of Social Affairs (MOSA) to support a paradigm shifting of child protection and care system from the use of residential care as primary response mechanism towards direct child and family centered services. 

Background Situation of Integration Child and Family Resilience with Social Protection through community based mechanism in every Humanitarian Action  

Indonesia is well-known as prone to disasters that pose threats to human lives and livelihoods. Social protection has been introduced in some disaster prone area to reduce the vulnerability of the people. Social protection and disaster risk reduction have overlapping targets, among others, to reduce the risks faced by vulnerable group (especially children), to tackle the impact of disaster, and seek to build resilience against future shocks and stresses on livelihoods. While both social protection and disaster risk reduction are commonly designed for short term program, they have potentials to sustain long term child and family resilience.


In the context of Families First program, the readiness of children and their families having protective experiences and coping skills to face a situation of risk will help managing significant adversity, shocks and stresses and develop positive outcomes despite such environment. The single most common factor for children who develop resilience is at least one stable and committed relationship with a supportive parent, caregiver, or other adult. These relationships provide the personalized responsiveness, scaffolding, and protection that buffer children from developmental disruption. In this sense, the quality of care for children is the key component to be considered.

On the other hand, one potential starting point for strengthening child protection and care systems in emergency contexts is to support community-based mechanisms, which are critical components of the national system. They allow for immediate action at grassroots level following an emergency. Mobilization of and support for a network of community mechanisms also have potential for significant coverage at scale and may promote long-term sustainability of child protection and care action beyond emergency recovery. Community mechanisms are also key local ways of supporting social transformation, such as changing social norms, beliefs, attitudes and practices in favor of child protection and care. In resource-poor settings and places where the government is unable to fulfill its duties, community mechanisms may support and supplement government capacity. Emerging understanding from these contexts leads to a number of important areas of learning, and found that a community mechanisms are a core component of national child protection and care systems and important for the functioning of the system and also draw support from the wider system. Cianjur is also known as the district with high potential of natural disaster in West Java and can be one of the pilot prevention area to support a comprehensive risk-sensitive child protection model


B.      OBJECTIVES OF THE ASSESSMENT

This assessment seeks to answer and collect the qualitative data based on the following questions:

1.       What are existing risks for children and their families in the target area and what coping strategies are used for strengthening child and family resilience to face emergency situation?
2.       What are the social protection mechanisms and policies that are currently accessible for the target groups, what are the gaps identified for such SP to incorporate protection against disaster risks and what prerequisite conditions would be needed to extent the role of social protection in achieving sustainable child and family resilience?
3.       What existing mechanisms and practices at community level can contribute to strengthen community based disaster risk reduction while building the ownership and engagement of all parties (including by children, families, communities and government) at all levels.


C.      PROCESS

The Assessment will focus on Cianjur District area.  The process will include secondary and primary data collection, and assess a variety of issues related to integration child and family resilience through community based at national, provincial as well as district level. The following are some of the steps in this process, although we welcome interested applicants to provide a more detailed approach in the proposals. 


1.       Write the assessment document

The product of this assessment will be a final report document and power point presentation in English and Indonesian.  YSTC will work together with the firm on the structure and content of this document, but we anticipate that the assessment report will contain the following:
a.       Executive summary
b.       Background
c.       Objective
d.       Methodology
e.       Description of findings and analysis
f.        Recommendations
g.       Conclusions
h.       References


D.      DATA REQUIRED

The firm will consult with YSTC to approve data collection plans, but the following is the minimum amount of data that we anticipate the firm will collect in order to complete the Assessment.  In addition, prior to beginning data collection, the firm will become familiar with SC programs and strategies.

Primary data:
1.       Structured interviews with local government stakeholder 
2.       Structured interviews with civil society actors,
3.       Focus group discussion with community leaders,
4.       Direct discussions (likely focus group discussions) with children and parents.

Secondary data:
1.       Collect national, provincial, district, and lower level data on key indicators including: map areas with high levels of resilience; policy, programs, infrastructures and other resources on.
2.       Other relevant information from studies that explore these and other related issues.

This information should come from accurate and updated sources including government statistics and research conducted by the UN, universities, research institutes, and international and local NGOs.


E.       RESEARCH DESIGN

The firm will include in their proposals an illustrative research design that will be further discussed and approved by SYTC after the contractual process.  As mentioned, we anticipate that the firm will use secondary research methods, focus group discussions, structured interviews, and observation.   

                                                                                                                                       
F.       ACTIVITY AND TIMELINE

  The following is an illustrative timeframe with major milestones. 
No
Activity
Due
1
Firm shares final research methodology including data collection instruments for YSTC approval
August  15
2
Data collection and verification completed
September 10
3
Data Processing and 1st draft report submitted to SC
September 25
4
SC feedback
October 8
5
Submit  the final report and power point presentation
October 15
6
Conduct presentation of final results
By October 20
G.      DELIVERABLES

The firm will deliver the following:
1.       A final report in both English and Indonesian.
2.       A comprehensive power point presentation that highlights the Assessment process in both English and Indonesian.
3.       Soft copies of all raw data including contacts, secondary documentation, photographs, and notes from field work.
4.       A final presentation to YSTC.

The final report and presentation will be property of SC and must be delivered in final format by October 20, 2016.


H.      STRUCTURE OF PROPOSAL

Interested firm(s) should submit a proposal expressing their interest that includes the following information for both locations of this study:
1.       A detailed description of the research plan
2.       An illustrative detailed implementation plan
3.       A capacity statement including a list of previous similar studies
4.       CV’s of at least one principal investigator- providing CV’s of all members of the research team is recommended.
5.       A summary budget inclusive of all costs related to carrying out this consultancy
6.       A list of at least three professional references. 




I.        SUBMISSION OF PROPOSAL

Consulting firm must submit their proposal in a sealed envelope by August 5 before     17.00 Jakarta time, to below address:

Yayasan Sayangi Tunas Cilik partner of Save the Children
Attn. Procurement Committee
Jl. Pedurenan 2A
Kel. Cilandak Timur
Kec. Pasar Minggu
Jakarta Selatan 12550
Phone: 021-7824415

Or  email to: procurement.indonesia@savethechildren.org   by 5 August 2016 before 5 pm with a Subject: Risk Analysis_Families First - <your company name>. Please do not send before this date.

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