Request for Proposal and ToR for Baseline Study – Hargeisa, Somaliland

Request for Proposal and ToR for Baseline Study.



1.1 About SOS Children’s Villages (short introduction)

SOS Children’s Villages is a global federation of 136 national SOS Children’s Villages associations, working in more than 2000 programme locations worldwide. We work together with a single vision: every child belongs to a family and grows with love, respect and security.

Uniquely, we provide long-term, family-like care for children who have lost parental care (alternative care service), and we work with vulnerable families and communities to help strengthen them and prevent child abandonment (family strengthening service, FS). SOS alternative care is usually organised in the form of a cluster of SOS families, where each SOS parent cares for small group of children.

SOS Children’s Villages Somaliland (SX) is part of SOS Children’s Villages International, the umbrella organization to which all SOS Children’s Villages including SOS Children’s Villages Somaliland Association is affiliated. SOS Somaliland is a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) that is not for profit, non-sectarian and non-partisan and which has been in existence since 1999.

SOS Somaliland (SX) shares vision with SOS CV International and beliefs that every child belongs to a family and grows with love, respect and security. To realize this, SOS SX builds families for children in need, help them shape their own futures and share in the development of their communities.

SOS SX is committed to the welfare of children who lost parental care or at risk of losing parental care

– often ensuring that children grow up in a loving family environment, and to strengthening families and communities as a preventive measure in the fight against child abandonment and social neglect, and upholds child protection policy as part of their commitment to the protection of children and youth from abuse.

SOS CV was established in Somaliland in 1999, when SOS started its first operations in Sahil region. Currently, SOS SX implements programs ranging from child care, child protection, youth empowerment and participation, education and emergency relief interventions. SOS SX is operational in three regions of Somaliland: Awdal, Marodijeh and Sahil, and a relationship with many stakeholders, including government authorities at national, regional and district levels, NGOs, INGOs, local communities, as well as other CSOs who are in and out of the operational area.

1.2 Description of programme location

Somaliland is one of the Least Developed Countries (LCD) in the world. Over half of the population lives below the UN poverty line and has one of the highest youth unemployment rates where two out of three young people below the age 35 years are unemployed.

Somaliland has faced consecutive droughts in the past 5 years and the cyclone that hit in mid-2018 affected severely the livelihoods of the people living in the coastal area of Sahil and Awdal regions. With this protracted draughts as well as the effects of the cyclone, pastoralist and agro-pastoralist families lost their livestock, agricultural plots and shelter, and as a result of this, moved to urban areas. In addition, children under 5 years represent more than one-quarter of all those affected and are the most at risk of malnutrition and water and sanitation hygiene (WASH) related illnesses and other childhood diseases.

In Somaliland, there are a significant number of socially and economically vulnerable and excluded populations. Among the most disadvantaged groups are the large numbers of OVCs, most of whom are affected economically, socially and psychologically. Generally, children in Somaliland face many challenges including lack of parental care, poverty, lack of clean water, recurrent diseases, and lack of

Request for Proposal and ToR for Baseline Study protection including their basic rights to quality education, health, nutrition, participation and proper shelter.

The situation of these vulnerable households were deteriorated due to the infestation of desert locust affecting livelihoods, persistent long running drought which affected pastoralist and agro-pastoralist, and more recently, the Covid19 pandemic.

SOS Children’s villages in partnership with Dutch relief alliance (DRA) is implementing the Somali joint Response Programme (SOMJR) 2021 which will be focusing on Maroodi-Jeex, Sahil and Awdal Regions particularly most vulnerable households, focusing on the following sectors and modalities: Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), Food Security and livelihood (Agricultural and Fisheries production, Food Distribution, IGA) Multipurpose Cash (MPC) and Protection. The project duration will be from January 2021 up to December 2021.

1.3 Rationale and overall objective of the baseline study

The baseline study is to analyze the situation prior to the project in the following study areas: Maroodi-Jeex Region (Malowle IDP, Qalax IDP, Naasahablood C IDP, Balligubadle District and Salahley District), Sahil Region (Mandhera IDP, Buluhar District) and Awdal Region (Baki District) to provide baseline information against the indicators and become a benchmark for the project implementation.

This study is expected to meet the following objectives: 

Create deep understanding of the magnitude and root causes of Social Problems and natural hazards of the study locations.

Provide information on the socio-economic status (e.g. Poverty rates, Demographic data, and Marginalized groups).

Assess the current situation of targeted vulnerable households to identify their basic needs, livelihood gaps and protection concerns in the following areas; Hygiene, Water and Sanitation (WASH), Resilience of the community, level of Gender Basic Violence (GBV), Agricultural practices, Fishing, and level of food consumptions.

Specific Objectives related to Emergency Response:

Identify Food Security data including number, type and quality of meals per day in the target location?

What were the sources of families’ food and income?

Were the families’ consuming diverse food/dietary to be well nourished?

Analyse the impact of food insecurity on the population’s nutritional status?

Assess level of disaster Risk Reduction initiatives and community coping strategies in the communities and how effective they are to lead recovery?

Identify effects of external shocks faced by the communities and their impact to their livelihoods (e.g. harvest, livestock, and pasture)?

What are the main water sources in the target locations?

Do the families have access to water and sanitation facilities? How much water is available per person per day?

Request for Proposal and ToR for Baseline Study

What are the sanitation practices (defecation, waste management and personal sanitation) in the community?

What are the current or threatened water- and sanitation-related diseases? What are the protection concerns in the community?

What special security risks exist for women and girls?

How is the market access of fishery production in target areas?

How is the level of agricultural production in the target communities?

Identify recreational playgrounds (e.g. Child-Friendly Spaces) for children in the study area?


The bidders are welcome to submit their proposal for a baseline study in Maroodi-Jeex, Sahil and Awdal, Somaliland. This bid is open to all national and international suppliers (independent consultants or companies) who are legally constituted and can provide the requested services. The bidder shall bear all costs of the bid; costs of a proposal cannot be included as a direct cost of the assignment. The proposal and all supplementary documents have to be submitted in English. Financial bid needs to be stated in USD.

2.1 Process of Submission of Bids

To facilitate the submission of proposals, the submission duly stamped and signed can be done electronically in PDF format and sent to Electronic submissions preferred.

The titles of submitted documents should clearly state “Technical proposal for baseline study in Marodi-Jeh, Sahil and Awdal by the company/consultant title” and “Financial Proposal for baseline study in Marodi-Jeh, Sahil and Awdal by the company/consultant title”. Please make sure that the technical and financial proposals are handed in separately (financial proposal to be submitted in a separate PDF file). During the process of evaluation, technical bids will be opened and evaluated first. The financial part of those proposals, which are shortlisted after evaluation of the technical proposal, will be opened in a second step.

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