TOR – BASELINE SURVEY for Youth Led Gesi Initiatives

Oxfam in Nepal

Oxfam has been working in Nepal since the early 1980s undertaking various development initiatives addressing the poverty and injustice faced by women and other socially and economically excluded groups. The level of Oxfam's engagement increased substantially after restoration of democracy in 1990 as it became easier for civil society to work in the new political environment. Over the years, Oxfam…

TOR – BASELINE SURVEY for Youth Led Gesi Initiatives

TERMS OF REFERENCE

BASELINE SURVEY

YOUTH LED GESI INITIATIVES FOR COVID RECOVERY STRATEGIES AND ACTION IN NEPAL

1. BACKGROUND

Oxfam is an international confederation of 19 organizations network together in more than 65 countries, as part of a global movement for change, to build a future free from the injustice of poverty. Oxfam has been working in Nepal for 40 years to support the Government of Nepal with the vision to create a just society without poverty; a society in which all women and men live a life of dignity, enjoy their rights and assume their responsibilities as active citizens of Nepal. Through its different program, it aims to provide people with livelihood opportunities, ensuring that development-related activities are demand driven and sustainable and that the most vulnerable are empowered to claim their rights. 

As defined by the new Country Strategy (2020-2025), Oxfam will work in three inter-connected thematic sectors; 1) Gender Justice, 2) Resilience and Climate Justice and 3) Water Governance. By working in these sectors, Oxfam aims to provide people with opportunities to reduce poverty, vulnerability and inequality, ensuring that development-related activities are gender sensitive, socially inclusive, demand driven and sustainable, and that the most vulnerable are empowered to claim their rights. Oxfam works in close coordination with national and local governments and civil society organizations to support marginalized, socially excluded and economically poor communities.

ABOUT THE PROJECT

The name of the project is “Youth Led GESI Initiatives for COVID Recovery Strategy and Action in Nepal”. The project will contribute to reduce the prevalence and threat of VAWG in target area by increasing the engagement of youth in GESI initiatives. The action working together with local Palika and youth will support Palika in formulation of positive legal and policy environment for gender equality and women’s right as well as strengthen the capacity of service provide to deliver survivor centric and youth friendly services. In addition to this, the project will increase engagement of youth and young women from marginalized community including PWD, gender minorities and GBV survivor, gender transformative 10 business model. Apart of this, youth and young women will be financially literate and capable to start their own work. In nutshell, the project will capacitate youth and young women, increase their human capital to led in GESI initiatives to recovery from shock of COVID.

2. GEOGRAPHIC DEMOGRAPHIC COVERAGE

This project will cover Dungeshwor and Bhagawatimai municipalities in Dailekh in Karnali province and Darsharathchand and Patan municipalities in Baitadi of Sudhurpaschim province. Project will build the human capital of youth and young women (aged 18-40). At the same time will support in strengthening the capacity of service provider and local Palika to delivery survivor centric and youth friendly services. As well as bring youth and young model as model of green business model. Total reach of project is 25,000 youths.

OVERALL OBJECTIVE OF THE PROJECT

The overall objective of the project is to establish youth as partner of development and ensures their voice is heard and that they are being equally engaged in development process in post COVID recovery in Nepal.

There are six specific objectives of the project

  1. Strengthened capacities of youths to exercise their rights.
  2. Opportunities created for youth collective actions for advocacy, communication and policy dialogue on gender equality and social inclusion.
  3. Strengthened capacities of local service providers to provide SRHR, immediate and rehabilitation services for GBV survivors and youth
  4. Developed GESI policy framework and youth guidelines at the Palika level by the intervention
  5. Strengthened financial capacities among youth to develop sustainable business.
  6. Increased awareness of local government, financial institutions, and cooperatives to improve youth and women access to technical and financial opportunities.

3. PURPOSE OF THE ASSIGNMENT

The main objective of baseline survey is to understand and document pre-project status of people especially youth and young women living in Dungeshwor and Bhagawatimai municipalities in Dailekh in Karnali province and Darsharathchand and Patan municipalities in Baitadi district on key project indicators to enable changes in life and livelihoods of the targeted communities to be measured over the course of project. Specifically, the baseline survey aims at collecting pre-project status of targeted HHs/communities on 

  • Knowledge and awareness of GESI, women human rights, youth and young women participation in governance
  • Existing policies on youth participation at municipality level
  • Income level of youth and young women 
  • Occupation preferences of youth and young women, 
  • Mapping of financial institutions at the municipality level
  • Mapping of institutions providing support to youth and young women (government, private sector and CSOs etc.)
  • Social protection/shock responsive social protection,
  • Access to finance and technologies, 
  • Reduction of gender-based violence and care-work burden, 
  • Youth and Women’s leadership

4. METHODOLOGY

Baseline survey will employ both qualitative and quantitative methods for data collection and review of secondary information. Consultant is expected to collect household level data using structured questionnaire (draft to be developed by consultant and approved by Oxfam Nepal) and key informant interview (KII) as well as Focus Group Discussion (FGD) carried out to triangulate and collect qualitative data. The baseline data should also include segregation of beneficiaries by gender, ethnicity, and People with Disabilities (PwDs). Primary data collection methods will be the primary approach through mobilisation of qualified enumerators. Appropriate sampling methodology will be used to determine sampling frame, sample size and respondents. The survey will be carried out in all project areas and communities. We are not rigid to stick with the mentioned methodology, consultant is free to propose appropriate methodology for this study or might be finalised later through mutual discussions.

5. DELIVERABLES AND TIME FRAME AND ESTIMATED WORKING DAYS

Tasks/DeliverablesSuggested time-frame
a. Inception meeting with Thematic Lead, Technical Coordinator, and partner staff to revisit ToR and technical proposal 0.5 days
b. Detailed inception report including detailed work plan, finalized methodology and tools and table of content and dummy table for final baseline report3 days 
c. Training to data collectors/enumerators 2 days 
d. Evening online meeting with supervisors to sort out challenges faced by enumerators and supervisors2 days (2 hours/day for 6 days)
e. Data collection and recording6 days
f. Travel days 4 days
g. Data analysis and preparation of draft baseline study report5 days 
h. Finalization baseline study/submission of final report, responding to comments above 3 days 
i. Oral presentation/meeting and de-brief with project staff 0.5 day
Estimated total26 days

6. BUDGET AND DISBURSEMENT PLAN

Terms of Payment: 40% of the agreed amount will be disbursed after receiving inception report and upon the satisfaction of Thematic Lead whereas remaining 60% of the agreed amount will be released after receiving final report and upon the satisfaction of Thematic Lead. 

7. TENTATIVE WORK PLAN

8. QUALIFICATION AND EXPERIENCE OF THE CONSULTANT

This consultancy will be carried out by an experienced and qualified consultant/firm. The consultant/firm will be selected through a competitive and transparent process. A suggested consultant team shall include one lead consultant and one expert in Gender Equity and Social Inclusion (GESI). Required expertise, experiences, academic qualifications, and competencies of the firms and team members should include: 

  • Masters in statistics, agricultural economics, development studies or gender studies
  • Previous experience of conducting similar studies
  • Knowledge of the project areas/district would be an additional advantage. 
  • Consultancy firms should have VAT registration. 

9. PROPOSAL REVIEW/SCORING CRITERIA

The total score is 100 points that include 70 points on technical expertise, understanding of the assignment, study design and methodology, and 30 points on budget plan.

S.NKey Criteria
1Relevant work experiences of the firm, particularly in conducting baseline of GESI and youth, climate justice and women ang youth economic empowerment programs (30 points) 
2Academic qualifications and work experience of proposed consultants as revealed by CV (20 points)
3Understanding of the assignment along with proposed study design, tools, and methodology (20 points)
4Cost-effectiveness and realistic budget plan (30 points) 

10. ETHICAL CONSIDERATIONS

The Consultant will be required to take all the necessary actions to handle the collected data responsibly (see Oxfam Responsible Data Policy) to ensure data privacy, anonymity, and confidentiality.

The data collection and the survey(s) should include an effective informed consent form that seeks consent from respondents after being informed on the purpose of this data collection, how the data will be stored, used, who will have access to the information and they have to right to remove themselves from the survey at any point in time. A contact number should be communicated to them to do so. The informed consent should be obtained after providing this information in a concise and clear manner and in the most adequate language.

11. APPLICATION PROCESS

Interested consultancy firms those meet the criteria mentioned in the TOR are requested to submit the following documents by 14 September 2022 before 5 pm via email to consultancy_nepal@oxfam.org.uk, clearly mentioning the title of assignment in the email subject line “ Baseline Survey for Youth Led Gesi Initiatives”. The documents should not exceed 15 MB.  

  • A technical proposal including (maximum 5 pages
    • Description of how your skills and experience match the TOR requirements,
    • Description of proposed ideas, activities, strategies methodology, plan, and risks  
  • A financial proposal: should include a detailed budget sheet with breakdowns
  • CV of lead consultant or consultants or team 
  • Profile of the consultancy firm 
  • VAT Registration Certificate
  • Company Registration Certificate and renewal 
  • Tax clearance certificate 2077/78
  • Contact detail (Name, designation, organization, email ID and phone no.) of 2 referees for similar work

12. OUR COMMITMENT TO SAFEGUARDING 

Oxfam is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults and expects all staff, consultants, volunteers to share this commitment. We will do everything possible to ensure that only those who are suitable to work within our values are selected to work for us.  

13. CONFIDENTIALITY/ NON-DISCLOSURE

All material issued in connection with this ToR shall remain the property of Oxfam and shall be used only for the purpose of this procurement exercise. All information provided shall be either returned to Oxfam or securely destroyed by unsuccessful applicants at the conclusion of the procurement exercise. 

During the performance of the assignment or at any time after expiry or termination of the Agreement, the Consultant shall not disclose to any person or otherwise make use of any confidential information which s/he has obtained or may in the course of this agreement relating to partner organization/Oxfam, the respondents or otherwise. 

The consultant will be required to sign a non-disclosure/confidentiality agreement as part of their undertaking of this work.  

14. INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY, COPYRIGHT AND OWNERSHIP 

Oxfam shall retain all reference materials provided as background used by the Consultant in the delivery of this assignment.  All arising intellectual property, ideas, materials, processes, or processes formed in contemplation, course of, or as result of this work shall be passed to Oxfam without restriction. 

Copyright of all arising documents, data, information, or reports produced by the Consultant under this agreement shall belong to Oxfam and will be passed to Oxfam without restriction. Such documents, data, information, and reports shall not be used by the Consultant for any other purpose other than in conjunction with this assignment, without the express written permission of Oxfam 

Oxfam is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults and expects all staff, consultants, and volunteers to share this commitment. We will do everything possible to ensure that only those who are suitable to work within our values are recruited to work for us. This job is subject to a range of screening checks