Switzerland: Consultancy-Theory of change
|Closing Date : 2017-01-17|
Duty Station : Basle, Switzerland
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Organization: Terre des hommes Foundation Child Relief
Closing date: 17 Jan 2017
Founded in 1960, Terre des hommes (Tdh) Foundation s mission is to assist children in need. It endeavours at all times to defend the rights of children by binding humanitarian and development approaches. Today, Terre des hommes Foundation is the largest non-governmental organisation (NGO) for children s aid in Switzerland. Besides, Tdh has development projects and emergency relief programmes in more than 38 countries worldwide. Over the past fifty years, Terre des hommes has developed in two core areas: healthcare and child protection. The 5-year strategic plan Terre des hommes Making a difference for children 2016/2020 Strategic Plan lays out the primary goals the Foundation will pursue in its programs and various departments. As part of this plan, Tdh would like to enhance its impact on the living conditions of crisis-affected children and their families and stand out in its sector thanks to: -Its focus on two areas of intervention (health and child protection) which merge five priority programmes (migration, exploitation, juvenile justice, mother and child healthcare, humanitarian crisis) and two specialised programmes (specialized care and advocacy). -Proximity and an operational presence in the field in five regions of intervention (Africa, Middle-East, Asia, Latin America and Europe)**
-**Clear goals and a capacity to demonstrate the quality of the results through a coherent and efficient steering, monitoring and evaluation system; -A strengthening of the Foundation s accountability towards the stakeholders with whom and among whom they operate; -Innovation as a key demarcation factor vis- -vis other actors present.
The thematic policies reinforce this framework from a thematic and technical point of view in order to support the design of projects and programs by teams and partners in the field:
-Children in street situation (2007); Maternal and Child healthcare/nutrition (2010), Fight against Child trafficking (2010), Working with children and their environment (Psychosocial reference document 2010), Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (2010), Protection System strengthening (2011); Child Protection (Manual for intervention in humanitarian crisis- 2008), Restorative Juvenile Justice (2014), Food Security and Livelihoods (2015).
These documents intend to clarify the concepts, define Tdh operating approaches, give examples and frame Tdh interventions: support to system strengthening, empowerment, capacity building, promotion of coordination, advocacy as well as community based development.
-Some thematic policies (Health; Water, sanitation and Hygiene; PSS) also develop models for action defined in the Project Cycle Management Manual as the approach which the project wishes to adopt vis- -vis its beneficiaries. It proposes a representation of the reality that is sufficiently simple to be useful for professionals in charge of planning, implementation and follow-up of projects.
However, if these documents define a global approach and an operating framework, it remains too general to harmonize Tdh interventions and to effectively assist Tdh staff and partners for the design of projects and programs on the complex issues tackled by the organization.
Moreover, these thematic policies have to be adapted to the recent changes decided within the programs of the organization, which is particular the case for Maternal and Child Health. It should also be noted that Migration did not exist as a specific program until now (Protection against child trafficking. until recently) and Exploitation was not focused, as it is the case today, on the value chains of large companies.
With the completion recently of our visioning process, Terre des hommes has defined its values and commitments that propose some principles of action: Commitment, Courage, Respect and Ambition are required by Terre des hommes in addition to the Charter written by Edmond Kaiser in 1960.
For its part, the 2016-2020 Strategic Plan of the Foundation defined its method of intervention as follows:
Through a rights-based approach, Terre des hommes aims to guarantee a respect for and the implementation of the rights of children to bring about positive and sustainable change, both at institutional and community level. The children s well-being and living conditions cannot be improved in the long-term unless all stakeholders work together towards this goal.
This is why Terre des hommes intervention:
-Is part of a participative approach adopted and developed by a group of stakeholders, represented by the children, their families and communities, formal and informal civil society organizations, businesses, state and local authorities.
-Adapts itself to the local context, based on systemic, detailed and ongoing analyses, with a particular focus on maintaining social cohesion, on gender-based discrimination and a respect for the specificities of the operational context.
-Encourages and helps countries to fulfill their obligations and institutionalize services, mechanisms and good practices by strengthening protection and health systems.
-Focuses on building the resilience of children, their families and communities affected by humanitarian crises by reconciling short term responses with long-term objectives.
-Applies the most appropriate methods of action: support and advice, individual and collective capacity building, developing social innovation, enabling dialogue, support for coordination, advocacy or direct action, by default and always on a provisional basis
Objective of the consultancy
On the basis of the existing defined approaches and practices, Terre des hommes needs to define with further details its Theory of change, an adaptive and nuanced framework able to tackle complex problems at individual, social and institutional levels.
The expected Theory of change (ToC) should respond to the following characteristics:
-A clear support of communication to facilitate the dialogue with its partners donors, INGO as well as national authorities and civil society organizations in countries of intervention,
-A TOC that offers a more consistent approach in Tdh and help to harmonize interventions, making programs easier to steer at institutional level and more effective services supports at HQ and region levels.
-A helpful, simple and engaging framework that will assist staff and partners in the design of projects and programs to tackle complex social problems. The different types of intervention will be clarified and their interconnections are highlighted according to different types of contexts.
-A framework that will support critical thinking to adapt it for a specific context, taking into account particular problems and existing resources.
It is important to mention that this is a first consultancy will be followed by others in order to support the implementation of the different types of action ( pillars ) that will be identified in this consultancy.
The work will be carried out in two stages:A technical and methodological support to help Program Managers, to consolidate ways of intervention more frequently followed in each program (migration, exploitation, juvenile justice, mother and child healthcare, humanitarian crisis).
This first stage will help to elaborate the institutional theory of change, but will also contribute to develop the operational plans to implement Programs strategies that have been defined in the 2016-2020 overall Strategy. As a matter of fact, the design of operational plans will take place during the same period.
Estimated period: February to April 2017 On this basis and with a cross cutting approach, the TOC of Tdh will be defined, identifying the main pillars of action and their most relevant and effective combination to contribute to system strengthening.
Estimated period: May to July 2017
Tdh recommends the following inclusions in the methodological approach to be proposed:
-An important desk review has to be carried out to capture the main ways of intervention within Tdh programs through the different thematic policies, key projects and most relevant ex-post evaluations and capitalizations.
-The study of a short sample of projects in each program should be considered, to analyze the ways of intervention actually implemented,
-Interviews with staff at HQ (senior management, programs management, humanitarian aid division, regions management) and at field levels (country representatives, programs coordinators and project managers) should be carried out.
-Working groups involving program managers, humanitarian aid desks and regional representatives should be envisaged.
-A strong methodological support must be provided to help staff to organize the work needed to consolidate the existing ways of intervention, in the most effective way and in close collaboration with field staff and even national partners.
-A meeting with all Tdh Country Representatives is planned to be held in July that could offer a space to share, even to finalize the Theory of change.
-A strong expertise in Child protection and mother and child health will help to question our way of intervention and to identify the most relevant and effective ways in a very diversified organization.
N.B. Two consultancies have been launched in December 2016: one in Jordan to develop a resilience based theory of change; a second one in Moldova to design a theory of change for capacity development projects. These two consultancies are expected to nourish an institutional work on these topics.
-The consultant team will develop TOC narrative and visuals. The narrative will be a summary of the theory that explains the overall logic and highlights major assumptions of how and why change might happen as an outcome. The narrative will also have for objective to convey easily and quickly the main elements to Tdh teams and partners and to help delegations to communicate about this theory.
-A PowerPoint explaining the change pathway with visuals and narrative explanations.
-A final report with the narrative, the visual materials, recommendations for strategic orientations and recommendations for the next consultancies per type of intervention. The report should not exceed 20 pages without annexes.
-An executive summary
Organization of the consultancy
The consultancy will be steered by the Management Committee of Operations Divisions (CODIR OP) and specifically under the responsibility of the Programs Director, Beata Godenzi, in close link with the Board of Directors.
All work should be done in collaboration with Terre des hommes whose focal points are as follows: Nathalie Lauriac, Head of Quality & Accountability Unit and Pierre Philippe, Technical Resources Director
The consultancy will be conducted by a team of external consultants specialized in theory of change design and experts in the field of Child protection:
-Sound Technical knowledge and understanding of Child Protection and Mother and Child Health in emergency contexts, protracted crises and long term contexts
-Sound experience in developing theory of change for NGOs
-Good experience in strategic planning
-Training and facilitation capacities on theory of change methodologies.
Budget and mode of payment
The exercise should start by the beginning of February 2017 for a maximum length of 6 months.
The estimated budget for this consultancy is around 30 000 and 35 000 (inclusive of all taxes).
The mode of payment is the following:
How to apply:
To be considered, interested and qualified consultants teams must submit the following documentation:
-Technical offer explaining your understanding of the consultancy, the objective and the methodological approach describing the different steps planned, their specific objective, the methods, tools that will be used for each one, the means and deliverables for each step,
-Financial offer with a detailed budget
-Curriculum vitae (max. 3 to 4 pages highlighting work experience and qualifications relevant to this evaluation)
-Full contact details of at least two references from among recent clients
-One sample report highlighting experience relevant to this evaluation
Applications not comprised of above-mentioned documents will not be considered.
Please submit your application exclusively via email to Mrs Nathalie Lauriac(email@example.com)
Deadline for submissions is January 17, 2017.
Only applicants submitting complete applications and under serious consideration will be contacted.