Save the Children Improving Child Protection and

Save the Children
Improving Child Protection and Rehabilitation of Children from sexual Abuse and
Exploitation in Bangladesh (Ref: EIDHR/2011/223-092)
Draft ToR for Conducting Final Evaluation of the Project
1. Background
Save the Children is one of the major actors in child protection both at global level and in
Bangladesh. Child Protection is one of the global themes of Save the Children that includes
violence against children as one of sub thematic areas of work. The key focus of this sub-theme
is preventing of and responding to sexual abuse and exploitation of children.
Approximately 40 percent of the 142 million population of Bangladesh is children1. As one of
the world’s poorest countries with low human development, high demand for limited basic and
essential services, gaps in skills and policies to meet care and protection needs of children and
traditions and beliefs that creates social acceptance for abuse, exploitation and violence against
children. All these create enormous challenge for the children to realize their right to protection.
While sexual abuse and exploitation cut across the society in Bangladesh, affecting children
irrespective of class, gender, geographical territory, religion and race, some children are more
vulnerable than others. For instance, the children who live in extreme poverty and are not
receiving appropriate care, the children who are on the move (trafficked, migrating, etc), and the
children who are living and working on the streets are extremely vulnerable to sexual abuse and
Sexual abuse is an abuse of power and trust, and the situation of powerless abused children
entails suffering in silence and secrecy and the added weight of a heavy burden of shame and
guilt. Sexual abuse can lead to social exclusion and a whole range of psychosocial problems.
Many victims and families of victims are reluctant to report abuse due to the stigma attached.
They also fear reporting their case, because the entire justice system is rife with entry points for
further victimization – from the time of reporting to the time of sentencing, and even beyond2.
2. Project Description
Save the Children in Bangladesh through its Child Protection sector has been implementing the
project ‘Improving Child Protection and Rehabilitation of Children from sexual Abuse and
Exploitation in Bangladesh’ to address the increasing incidence and vulnerability of tortured and
ill treated children in particular sexually abused and exploited children, with the financial support
from the European Union. Initially, the project was designed in 2009 and later on, it was
awarded the fund in 2011 to implement the project interventions starting from January 2012 with
a 36 months duration. The project is scheduled to be completed by December 2014.
The project has been designed in accordance with United Nations Convention Against Torture
(UNCAT) and United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) for ensuring
realization of child rights as well as preventing various form of torture and ill-treatment against
children. The duration of the project is 36 months i.e. from January 2012 to December 2014.
Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics, Government of Bangladesh (2011): Population and Housing Census
Save the Children Sweden (2001): Commodities in Stigma and Shame
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The overall objective of the project is to reduce cases of sexual abuse and sexual exploitation of
children in the project areas and to successfully rehabilitate and reintegrate those children into
the society who encountered it.
The specific objective 1 is By end of project, period, protection mechanisms against sexual
abuse and exploitation of children and community, institutional and governmental level have
been improved and fewer children have become subject to sexual abuse and exploitation in the
project areas.
The specific objective 2 is By end of project rehabilitation systems for sexually abused and
exploited children have been improved and the number of sexually abused and exploited
children successfully integrated into society has increased.
Bangladesh Jatiyo Mahila Ainjibi Samity (English abbreviation BNWLA), Breaking the Silence (BTS)
and INCIDIN Bangladesh have been implementing the project in 16 districts across 7 divisions in
The locations of the action are, in Dhaka City (Mirpur, Pallabi ,West Agargoan, Mohammadpur,
Shabuzbagh, Ramna Thana), the Districts of Satkhira (Agirdari Union under Satkhira Sadar Subdistrict), Meherpur (Sholotaka Union under Gangni Sub-district), Moulvibazar (Varaura & KhaiChara
Tea Garden Union under Srimangal Sub-district), Mymensing (Khakdohor Union under Mymensing
Sadar Sub-district), Jamalpur (Jamalpur Sadar Sub-district municipal area), Gazipur (Pubile, Kashempur
and Member Bari Union under Gazipur Sadar Sub-district), Narayanganj: (Gudlnail Union under
Narayanganj Sadar Sub-district), Barisal (Tungi Baria Union under Barisal Sadar Sub-district), Jessore
(Bagachra union under Sharsha Sub-district), Manikganj (Mitura Union under Manikganj Sadar Subdistrict), Rajshahi City (Divisional Capital), Rangpur City (District Capital), Khulna City (Divisional
Capital), Barisal City (Divisional Capital), and Chittagong City (Divisional Capital).
The target groups of the project are 40,000 children, 20,000 parents (couples), 129 communities, 200
local NGOs, 200 state officials from 5 ministries and governmental institutions. The final beneficiary of
the project are 40,000 children, who are sexually abused and exploited or at risk of becoming abused
and exploited.
The estimated results are:
1. By end of project period, enhanced awareness among caregivers, law enforcement agencies, civil
society and local/central government on UNCAT and UNCRC as part of the Universal Human
2. By end of project period, cooperation among NGOs, communities, children groups, law
enforcement agencies, local and central government and corporate sector to address child sexual
abuse and exploitation has strengthened;
3. By end of project period, tabooing of sexual abuse and exploitation has been increasingly addressed
in the project areas;
4. By end of project period, child protection networks and groups are in place and their child
members are empowered to raise their voice against sexual abuse and exploitation;
5. By end of project period, child protection syllabus has been incorporated into the national primary
and secondary curriculum;
6. By end of project period, articles of UNCAT and UNCRC related to child protection have been
harmonized with national law and passed to the parliament for approval;
7. By end of project period, national child protection index methodology has been accepted by the
National Bureau of Statistics;
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8. By end of project period, increased numbers of children have been rescued from situations of
sexual abuse and exploitation;
9. By end of project period, increased numbers of sexually abused and exploited children have access
to psychosocial support through institutional and community based care;
10. By end of project period, the quality of psychosocial services for sexual abused and exploited
children in institutional and community based care has improved;
11. By end of project period, increased number of child survivors successfully rehabilitated and
reunited with their families.
The strategies are:
 Changing knowledge, attitude and behaviors of stakeholders;
 Improving the access and quality of direct services to survivors;
 Community engagement and mobilization to strengthen child protection mechanisms;
 Advocating for relevant policy changes at local and national levels;
 Strengthening partnerships with local organization and networking.
3. Objectives of the Final Evaluation
This project has a complex design integrating different child protection issues like sexual and
gender based violence, unsafe migration, and trafficking and institutional transformation along
with strong outcomes relating to policy formulation and reform. The project was designed to
expand the child sexual abuse and exploitation programme of former Save the Children SwedenDenmark in Bangladesh, and has functional linkages with ‘Partnership to combat child labour
through corporate social responsibility (CSR) in Bangladesh’ project under EYE (Engaging
Youth in Education) programme and LINK (Rural Urban Child Migration) project under CRG
(Child Rights Governance) program as well as CWAC (Children Without Appropriate Care)
program under Child Protection. These all together, has given the project a dimension which
needs to be understood appropriately and analyzed critically. The Child Protection Sector would
like to have a comprehensive understanding on the contribution of the project in line with the
project goal and objectives with a focus on what worked better and what did not work, which
will enable the sector to draw critical recommendations.
The specific objectives of the end evaluation are
1) To appraise the (a) Relevance, (b) Appropriateness (design, coverage, quality - primarily
related to functionality and suitability of the current implementation strategies), and (c)
Effectiveness of the project with special reference to (i) the effectiveness of the current
Partnership approach, (iii) sustainability of the current community-based initiatives and
institution/centre-based services with policy inference;
2) To assess which interventions, activities and strategies related to the objectives have
proved to be most effective & least effective and document learning from the significant
processes with an added focus on child participation;
3) To provide recommendation on how the programme contributes to the broader Child
Protection programing outcomes as well as in national CP system in Bangladesh for
further program development.
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4. Evaluation questions
The assignment will explore the following key areas:
a) Relevance
 Is the project consistent with the specific development challenges in the country? How
does it align with national strategies and priorities?
b) Efficiency of implementation
 Has the project been implemented within deadline and cost estimated?
 How the monitoring contributed to achieve the results of the project?
 Any identified synergies between project initiatives that contributed to reducing the costs
while supporting results?
c) Effectiveness
 How did the project implementation contribute towards the stated outcomes?
 To what extent the project beneficiaries benefited from the project as described in
project document?
 What need based adoptions and changes were proposed to capitalize the implementation
learning to create broader impact?
d) Impact
 To what extent is the project contributing to a long-term positive effect on vulnerable
children and communities?
 What (if any) unintended impacts have there been? Were they positive or negative?
 From national perspective, what difference has the project made concerning systems (e.g.
services, referral pathways, capacity, budgetary allocations, legal framework etc.) for the
care for children in Bangladesh?
e) Sustainability
 How sustainable are the outcomes achieved? (specific focus areas)
 What are the potential risks and threats to sustainability?
f) Lessons-learned and recommendations
 What strategies, processes and initiatives were most and least effective and why?
 What challenges and constraints were there and what strategies were undertaken to
overcome those challenges and constraints?
 What are the good practices that needs further focus?
 Case studies/ Most Significant Changes (MSC)/ Success and failure story.
5. Methodology
The evaluation will be done integrating both qualitative and quantitative research methodology
focusing on both primary and secondary level information. The evaluator needs to propose
participatory research methodology with strong ethical consideration in line with SCI guideline.
The methodology will be finalized based on the feedback from Save the Children in Bangladesh.
The consultant will also identify the respondent groups and propose different user-friendly
methods and tools for respective groups. For children, following the SCI guideline, the
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consultant will develop the most child-friendly tools for information generation through
following proper process.
Identification of the respondent groups along with sampling and selection of study area will be
critical with the complex nature of the project.
6. Main Tasks:
The following main tasks will be undertaken by the consultant:
Document Review: Save the Children project documents including relevant documents,
reports and statistics, baseline report, mid-term evaluation report, interim reports,
financial reports, relevant laws and regulations, funds spent etc.;
Draft Evaluation Methodology and Tools: to be submitted for review by Save the
Evaluation Design Workshop: with Project Management Steering Committee (PMSC)
members to finalize tools;
Information Collection in Working Locations: Information will be collected by the
consultant through surveys, key informant interviews, focus group discussions, case
studies, and site visits;
Presentation of Preliminary Findings: at the conclusion of the field work, the consultant
will give a brief presentation of preliminary findings to the PMSC members and Save the
Children staff;
Analysis and Report Writing: Analysis of the data and produce the evaluation report with
Finalization of the Report: based on input from stakeholders and Save the Children staff.
7. Deliverables
 Inception report including formats, tools and methodologies, scope, depth and relevance
of the evaluation (to include full set of draft data collection tools);
 Evaluation methodology and tools;
 Presentation of preliminary findings and recommendations at a meeting of stakeholders;
 Draft evaluation report based on the finding of the comprehensive evaluation;
 Final evaluation report incorporating inputs from Save the Children staff and
8. Duration of the assignment
The whole process of final evaluation will take 30 days including submission of final report. The
consultancy will start tentatively from 21st December 2014 with a duration of 2 months. A
tentative schedule for the evaluation is as follows:
Key Activity
Documents Review
Develop Methodology and Tools
Time Allocation
2 days
4 days
Evaluation team consultation
1 day
Conduct evaluation in project areas
14 days
Preliminary presentation and de-briefing
with Save the Children
1 day
Work plan
Evaluation process
Finalization of
evaluation tools
Transcripts from
interviews, focus
groups, etc.
Input from Save the
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Key Activity
Meeting with Project Management Steering
Committee members
Time Allocation
1 day
Input from stakeholders
Evaluation team consultation
1 day
Draft Evaluation Report
5 days
Finalize the report
1 day
30 days
Input from evaluation
First draft of evaluation
Final draft of evaluation
9. Key Contacts, reporting & documentation
The Study will be supervised & coordinated by Md. Ekramul Kabir, Manager-Child Protection
under the guidance of Md. Ehsan Ul Islam Chowdhury, Director- Violence Against Children and
Laila Khondkar, Director-Child Protection. Meeting will be held fortnightly among the
consultant and Save the Children for sharing and following up the progress, provide necessary
inputs for quality improvement of the assignments.
10. Required Skills and Competencies for the Assignment
Save the Children staff and PNGO staff will provide necessary support to the consultant. The
lead consultant will be responsible for overall management of the final evaluation and
completing the evaluation as per these Terms of Reference. The consultant’s profile should
include the following:
An advanced degree in sociology/anthropology/development studies/statistics or social
science related subjects;
Demonstrated experience in Child Protection Programming and at least 5 years of
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;
Demonstrated proficiency in producing reports, meeting international standards (EU or
Excellent technical ability and experience in qualitative analysis – and in particular,
demonstrated knowledge and proficiency in different methods of qualitative analysis;
Good understanding on the sexual abuse and exploitation of children;
Experience in combining mixed methods of research methodology;
Excellent ability to work in English, effective oral and written communication skills.
11. Remuneration/fee and mode of payment
The consultant will be paid a total amount in three installments as consultancy fee which will be
paid in A/C payee cheque. The consultant will be responsible for taking care of all the expenses
related to the assignment. Tax and VAT will be deducted according to the Regulation of the
Government of Bangladesh. The payment will be made according to the schedule as below:
30% after submission of concept note, tools & methodologies for evaluation as well as field
visit plan to Save the Children;
40% after submitting the draft evaluation report ;
30% after submitting the final report including all the deliverables mentioned in the ToR.
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12. Format for the Final Evaluation Report
The final evaluation report should be clear and simply written and free of jargon. The main body
of the report should not exceeding 40 pages plus annexes, and should include the following
a) Basic information page;
b) Contents page;
c) Abbreviations and acronyms page;
d) Executive summary (1 page max.);
e) A short introduction to the project and context;
f) Evaluation Methodology;
g) Findings & Analysis (the exact headings for this part are likely to include the key areas
mentioned in the scope of work for the evaluation of this ToR);
h) Summary of Recommendations (including details as to how they might be implemented);
i) Summary of lessons indicating with who and how lessons should be shared including those
who are benefiting from the project, and how any resulting changes in the report will be
The report should include the following annexes:
The Terms of Reference of the evaluation;
The names of the evaluator/s (CVs should be shown, but summarised and limited to one
page only);
Detailed evaluation method including: options taken, difficulties encountered and limitations.
Detail of tools and analyses;
Case Studies and KII report;
Logical framework matrices (original and improved/updated);
Map of project area, if relevant;
List of persons/organizations consulted;
Literature and documentation consulted;
Other technical annexes (e.g. statistical analyses, tables of contents and figures).
13. Ethics, Safeguarding and Code of Conduct
As the lead consultant will be working on behalf of Save the Children, s/he will be required to
adhere to the Child Safeguarding Policy and ethical guidelines. The consultant will sign Save the
Children’s Safeguarding Policy.
The consultant will make clear to all participating stakeholders especially children of all ages that
they are under no obligation to participate in the evaluation. All participants will be assured that
there will be no negative consequences if they choose not to participate. The consultant must
obtain informed consent from all participants, including children and their caregiver if a child is
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to be interviewed. The consultant must receive prior permission for taking and use of visual still/
moving images for specific purposes, i.e., ‘for evaluation report and presentations’. The
consultant will assure the participants the anonymity, confidentiality and will assure the visual
data is protected and used for agreed purpose only.
14. Apply Instruction:
If you are interested please send your proposal in hard copy through courier along with the
below mentioned required documents to The Director of HR, Save the Children, Bangladesh
Country Office, House # CWN (A) 35, Road- 43, Gulshan-2, Dhaka – 1212.
- A cover letter (not more than 1 page) introducing the evaluator and how the skills and
competencies above are met, with concrete examples as appropriate. Please also use this cover
letter to indicate the evaluator’s availability during the evaluation period;
- An outline technical proposal (including proposed methodology, time schedule and work plan)
as well as financial offer including Tax & VAT as per GOB rule for the assignment;
- A CV detailing relevant skills and experience, including contactable referees;
- Proven record of experience in implementation child protection related projects including
names of organizations and period (minimum two),3)
- Team details and
- Consultancy fee history (minimum last two)
- One or two examples of a final report of a previous evaluation that consultant has led.
You can also send the soft copy through below mentioned two email addresses by 30 December,
Email address- [email protected]; [email protected]
For further clarification and communication please contact Md. Ekramul Kabir |
Manager-Child Protection @ 0172 909 7019.
Application Deadline: December 30, 2014
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