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Needs Assessment and resources/capacities mapping in terms of child protection services in Buriram province and evaluation of House of Hope Foundation

 

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Needs Assessment and resources/capacities mapping in terms of child protection services in Buriram province and evaluation of House of Hope Foundation

Location: Ban Nong Takai sub-district, Nang Rong district, Buriram Province

Targeted area: Buriram Province

Estimated duration of assignment: 6 weeks

Starting date: as soon as possible

 

  1. Background

House of Hope Foundation (HoH) is a non-governmental organization established in 2004 and registered as Thai Foundation in 2007. As foster home its mission is to ensure a proper psychosocial support for vulnerable children and provide them with a safe environment for their individual and collective development. The foundation is based in Ban Nong Takai sub-district, Nang Rong district, Buriram Province.

Since its establishment, HoH benefits from the financial and technical support of the French NGO, La Chaîne de l’Espoir (CDE). Through its Education Program in Thailand, CDE implements various child development and school health activities at school level (network of 62 schools primary and secondary schools located in 5 districts of Buriram province), build capacities of local stakeholders to set up child protection networks at sub-district level and coordinates with those stakeholders to provide relevant and personalized services to the most vulnerable children and their families.

 

In 2004 CDE was alerted by its network of partner schools on the critical situation of disadvantaged and at-risk children and decided to build a shelter with a hosting capacity of 50 children. Recognizing that a safe and secure family is the optimal environment for the growth and development of girls and boys, efforts have recently been made by HoH team to reintegrate – in the best interest of the child - the children who are separated back into their families and communities. In the last 2 years, 35 children have been reintegrated and 8 children aged from 9 to 16 years old are currently hosted in the foster home. Since January 2017, 2 children only have been referred to HoH.

 

In order to achieve a greater contribution towards the most vulnerable children and children at risk in Buriram province, CDE and HoH are seeking a deeper understanding of needs assessment and resources/capacities mapping in terms of child protection services and what responses could be developed by HoH to identify the target population and to prevent and address vulnerability and at-risk situations.

 

  1. Objectives

The needs assessment and resources/capacities mapping will focus on assessing:

  • The needs in terms of child protection
  • the most prevalent and harmful child rights violations occurring in the targeted area;
  • the root causes and effects of these violations;
  • which categories of children are most vulnerable to suffering these violations;
  • the size and scope of problems met by children that would require a placement in foster home. It is important here to evaluate unmet needs in the target area (g. children identified as needing such placement who cannot be provided with the service because it is not available)
  • key points regarding community perceptions of child protection (including violence, abuse and exploitation)

 

  • Existing capacities and gaps related to those needs
  • community capacities to protect children
  • the institutional structures in place in the targeted area focused on protecting children (including HoH Foundation), their approach and concrete results, as well as their strengths and weaknesses;
  • the current identification processes of vulnerable children and placements processes into formal foster care;
  • the current legal and policy framework related to child protection and its implementation in the targeted area.

 

  • The relevance, efficiency[1], effectiveness, effects/impact and sustainability of HoH services in that context

 

 

 

A SWOT analysis (Strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats) of HoH Foundation with regards to the identified needs in terms of child protection in the area will be conducted leading to key recommendations for the perspectives and development of HoH activities (at foster and community level). The recommendations should focus on prevention and response services that could be reinforced or developed to strengthen the child protection system at local level as well as defining the target population and specific criteria of vulnerability.

 

Considering the services that should be developed, recommendations should also focus on the corresponding needs in terms of human resources and (number of staffs that should compose the HoH team and their position).

 

  1. Evaluation questions

 

The evaluation questions include – but not limited to - the following the evaluation questions include – but not limited to - the following:

Evaluation Criteria

Evaluation Objectives

Evaluation leading questions

Relevance / appropriateness

To assess if the objectives of the HoH project are consistent with the needs of beneficiaries and communities and if the project is in line with the national framework on Child protection and Child rights

 

-        To what extent does the project address the priority needs of vulnerable children in the target area?

 

-        How flexible is the project in response to the needs of the target population?

 

-        How relevant are the services provided in the scope of the project with regards to the national framework on Child protection and Child rights and existing services in the target area?

 

-        What are the strengths and weaknesses of the implementation strategy adopted in the project?

 

Efficiency

To assess if the project has been operated in an efficient way and if the processes/methodologies to achieve the child protection goal are efficient

-        How efficient is HoH intervention methodology?

 

-        Are there enough technical and financial support to ensure an efficient implementation of HoH project?

 

-        How does project management and coordination support the project implementation?

 

Effectiveness

To assess if implemented activities are matching with project’s objectives and expected results

-        What is the level of progress towards achievement of the Project’s objectives and expected results?

 

-        To what extent have the achieved outputs and outcomes contributed to the Child Protection system in target area?

 

-        What were the key factors that influenced the achievements of project’s objectives and expected results? What are the challenges influencing the non-achievement?

 

-        How accessible are the services proposed in the scope of the project?

-        Are the services provided by the project used in the most effective way?

 

-        Are there other objectives that the project could easily be achieving within the scope of the current project that is it not currently?

 

Effects / Impact[2]

To identify intended and unintended changes related to the life and well-being  of children and child protection system at the community level in target area.

-        To what extent is the project making a difference for the target population?

 

-        What do beneficiaries and other stakeholders targeted by the project perceive to be the effects of the services on themselves, their families and community?

 

-        What are the effects of the project on children, parents and other stakeholders involved in the project in terms of knowledge, attitude and practice regarding child protection and child rights?       

   

Sustainability

To assess if positive effects of the project can be maintained on a long-term basis.

-        What is replicable and can be scaled up?

 

-        How will the intended and positive changes that HoH project has made be maintained? 

 

 

The external consultant will also provide recommendations on how to improve HOH response to prevent risks of abuse, to reinforce the well-being of vulnerable children and strengthen the Child Protection system in target area.

 

Recommendations on the future programming shall be made with regard to – but not limited to – the following questions:

 

What key areas of intervention (in terms of scope of work) may HoH explore in order to improve the relevance of its project?

  • How may HoH adapt its programming in order to improve its coverage (reach the maximum target population) and objectives? What key requirements / adjustments does that involve?

 

  • How can HoH adapt its intervention methodology in order to improve the efficiency of the project in terms of coverage and scope of services?

 

 

 

  • Which key stakeholders should HoH engage in order to improve its role within the local Child protection system?

 

  • How can HoH improve the sustainability of its intervention towards vulnerable children in the target area?

 

  • How may HoH adapt its programming in order to maximize effects and impact on the target population? What key requirements / adjustments does that involve?

 

  • What can be CDE’s role for HoH to lead and implement the recommended changes?

 

 

  1. Methodology and timeline

 

The assessment will be undertaken at community level in Ban Nong Takai sub-district with frequent field visits in Buriram province. The methodology will be participatory and could include desk review and analysis, round tables, workshops, field visits, focus groups and key informant interviews, including with children.

 

It will focus on the quality of existing prevention, protection and reintegration services provided for children by the relevant institutions and organizations such as police department, key public stakeholders in health, social welfare and education sectors, schools, public and private foster care organizations, children committees, leaders of village etc.

 

Applicants should outline in detail the evaluation design and methodology they propose to use.
CDE does not endorse a particular methodology for this evaluation, therefore applicants are invited to propose approaches and methods which they believe will most effectively and efficiently answer the different priority questions and meet the purpose of the study within the time available.

The successful applicant(s) will then refine this proposal during inception, in consultation with CDE and the evaluation management group. The evaluation should adhere to international best practice standards in evaluation.

 

The assessment shall be conducted according to the following estimated timeline:

 

Activity

Time frame

Development of research tools, background research including review of the relevant

child protection policies, and strategies in the targeted area, planning.

 

Week 1

Field work (interviews, focus group discussions…) and data collection.

Continuous and immediate debriefing to HoH and CDE teams.

 

Week 2-5

Analysis of findings; drafting preliminary report and presentation of the preliminary report to HoH and CDE teams; meetings and exchange with HoH and CDE management teams.

 

Week 5-6

Finalization and presentation of the final Assessment Report including main findings of the assessment and SWOT analysis of HoH, clear recommendations and models of services for strengthening the child protection system at local level and development of integrated preventive and response services.

 

Week 6

 

  1. Key deliverables

 

The following are the key deliverables:

 

  • A summary report in English (soft copy and hard copy) of maximum 10 pages that includes an executive summary, results (tables and explanatory notes), recommendations and glossary.

 

  • A final assessment report in English (soft copy and hard copy). This report shall include findings and recommendations on how HoH’s programming can contribute effectively to the prevention of child rights violations and to the support of vulnerable or at-risk children.

 

  • Key supporting literature used during the drafting and finalization of the report including key relevant policies and legal documentation, key surveys and study reports.

 

  • All relevant tables and charts used during data analysis. These should be prepared and

submitted in a separate folder as soft copies.

 

  1. Consultant profile

The consultant must have:

  • Strong, proven competency and experience in conducting research, studies and evaluations, on child rights and child protection sectors including for the NGO sector
  • a clear understanding and strong knowledge of community development work, the social welfare system and the foster home care system in Thailand
  • proven experience in participatory research methods
  • excellent analytical, research and report writing skills
  • excellent communication and facilitation skills
  • at least a Master’s degree in the social sciences field, community development, child rights and child protection or any other relevant field of study
  • excellent oral and written communication skills in English.

 

  1. How to apply:

To apply for this consultancy, please submit:

  • a Curriculum Vitae with at least 3 references relevant to the type of study proposed in the ToRs
  • a technical proposal providing a detailed description of the evaluation questions and proposed methodology
  • a detailed financial proposal

 

Application documents shall be sent to the attention of Mr. Vincent PROSPER (vprosper@chainedelespoir.org) and Mrs. Laong MANETERM (laong@chainedelespoir.org).

 

 

Deadline for submission of financial and technical proposals is Friday 28th of December 2018.

 

[1] It may be difficult to have a full assessment on this particular criteria of efficiency as it would require a specific  audit. However the evaluation can give some hints.

[2] It is understood that the scope of the external evaluation is such that impact / effects of the project can only be appreciated and not extensively measured

Contact : laong@chainedelespoir.org


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