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RFP - Endline Evaluation and Capitalisation of Sports for Empowerment Project in three urban areas of West Bengal (Malda, Berhampore and Siliguri)

RFP - Endline Evaluation and Capitalisation of Sports for Empowerment Project in three urban areas of West Bengal (Malda, Berhampore and Siliguri)

Organization: Terre des hommes (Tdh)

Apply By: 21 Aug 2022

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About the Organization

Terre des hommes (Tdh), the leading Swiss child relief non-profit organization, is active in more than 30 countries with its programs in mother and child health, migration and access to justice. Tdh works in both development and humanitarian contexts. In India Tdh implements projects through local partners in the states of West Bengal and Jharkhand, Tdh India Country Office (ICO)’s areas of expertise lie in Child Protection, Mother & Child Health, WASH and Emergency Response. Besides financial support, Tdh ICO supports its partners with technical support and is involved in all stages of the project- from designing to monitoring and evaluation.

Tdh’s Migration Programme in India is focused on supporting children and youth at risk of or affected by unsafe migration and exploitation to guarantee formal and informal actors ensure CYAM (Children and Youth Affected by Migration) access their rights along all stages of their journeys; CYAM effectively access appropriate and quality services for their protection and development; social, legal and policy frameworks positively address CYAM rights and needs at local, national, regional and global levels.

About the Proposal

Operating since 1997, Praajak is one of the leading child and youth-focused organizations in West Bengal, working in sector through the lens of gender justice and equity. It uses this perspective to address vulnerabilities of young people arising out of migration, child trafficking and child marriage. It works to strengthen child protection systems and develop community-based psychosocial support and mental health services. Praajak believes in actively using traditional sports like Kabaddi in its interventions for children and adolescents.

The Project is being implemented with adolescent girls and young women from 60 migrant communities in urban areas of West Bengal (Malda, Berhampore and Siliguri). These cities are the first stopping points in the journey of displaced communities migrating from rural and impoverished hinterlands, tribal belts and the closed tea gardens of West Bengal and from states of Jharkhand and Bihar. Entire families migrate, with burgeoning populations settling beside railway tracks and shanties with no facilities for sanitation, drinking water and electricity and no documents for claiming entitlements. While local mafias extract “rent” from the settlers in exchange for shelter, there is always risk of homelessness due to violence and displacement by local authorities and police. Families along with children earn small amounts of income by doing unskilled/odd jobs or through rag picking and begging. Many use these cities as a transit to further migrate to bigger cities like Delhi, Bangalore and Mumbai. Unsettled conditions in these communities increase the vulnerability of girls and young women who bear the brunt of neglect and gender-based discrimination in a context of scant resources and patriarchal social values. Girls are not admitted to school, instead sent to beg in railway stations, bus depots, tourist and pilgrimage spots. Often, they are left alone to look after younger siblings without any adult supervision and have to care for themselves. Traffickers are active in these urban shanties and slums, populated by migrant populations with weak roots in the communities and next to no social capital. It is easy for traffickers to gain trust of the girls who are unskilled, uneducated and growing up in neglect and lure them towards establishing sexual relationships. Girls runaway with traffickers in search a ‘good life in the city’ and end up in situations of domestic-violence or in brothels and red-light areas. Many girls go missing, with only a few of these events reported to the police. In a prevailing culture of compulsory marriage for girls few years after puberty, the decision of girls to marry adult men is not ‘frowned upon’ by their families or communities. West Bengal has 40% of child brides in the whole country (National Family Health Survey 2015-16) and child marriage is the most prevalent method through which children and young women are trafficked. Other factors which increase vulnerability for being trafficked or being in situation of early marriage are: lack of personal safety, isolation, emotional distress, homelessness, family dysfunctionality, childhood sexual abuse and lack of social support. Available evidence shows that there is also a strong correlation between sexually exploited girls and young women and childhood sexual abuse, gender-based violence, chronic maltreatment and neglect, and otherwise unstable home environments, which is the norm in migrant communities.

Expected results:

This project will work towards the following three interlinked outcomes –

  • Improving the life skills and self-efficacy of the adolescent girls.
  • Fostering participation of boys through collectives to prevent discriminatory practices and unsafe migration within their families and communities.
  • Increasing girls’ knowledge of, and access to, local schemes, services and livelihoods.
  • Promoting and strengthening of support networks and mechanisms for girls at community level.

Objectives

To empower girls at risk of/affected by unsafe migration in 3 cities in West Bengal to participate through sport in a more protective and inclusive community around them, reducing their risk of further unsafe migration.  

Specific Objectives:

  • At least 75% of targeted girls (i.e 1215 girls) improve their life skills, and self-efficacy.  
  • 60% of boys (i.e 648 boys) participate through collectives to prevent discriminatory practises, and unsafe migration within their families and communities.  
  • Increased knowledge of, and access to, local schemes, services and livelihoods for 60% of targeted girls (i.e 972 girls) at risk of or affected by unsafe migration.  
  • Support networks and mechanisms for girls at risk of or affected by unsafe migration are promoted and strengthened at community level.

Eligibility

We are looking for a consultancy agency having a team with the following skills and qualifications:

  • The individual Candidate or the lead researcher of the Research agency should have a master’s degree in Anthropology/ Psychology/Social Work// Sociology/ or significant professional qualification in related field.
  • Experience of conducting research on protection related issues of children and young people, including child trafficking and migration following a rights-based approach
  • Expertise in monitoring & evaluation work in social development and protection projects, and capitalization exercises.
  • Track record in developing and conducting surveys including qualitative and quantitative data collection. Prior experience of using human centered design would be an asset.
  • Experience in managing and coordinating large scale surveys, delivering agreed outputs on time and on budget.
  • Experience in data collection and analysis using child friendly Participatory Learning and Action (PLA) methodology
  • Excellent and demonstrated understanding of Child Safeguarding, PSEA and ethical issues in research.
  • Ability to work with communities in relevant local languages (in this case, Hindi would be an advantage).
  • Strong quantitative data entry and analysis skills and previous experience using statistical analysis software (SPSS, Stata).
  • Excellent communication skills (Hindi and Bengali) with children and communities, and experience in appropriate techniques for collecting data from children and youth.
  • Ability to operate within an intercultural environment.
  • Ability to write high quality, clear, concise reports in English.

How to Apply

Interested individuals and companies are invited to submit the following application documents: Expression of interest outlining how the consultant(s) meets the selection criteria and their understanding of the ToR and methodology.

  • A proposed activities schedule/work plan with time frame
  • Copy of profile of the agency, including the CVs of the key team members who will lead the study
  • Two recent example of similar study report written by the applicant agency
  • Financial proposal detailing itemized fees, data collection and administrative costs.
  • Contacts of 3 references / agencies where recent assignments have been undertaken
  • Recruitment procedure follows the Child Safeguarding Policy, including reference checks.
  • Only short-listed agencies will be contacted for an interview.

Please mention “Endline Evaluation and Capitalisation of Sports for empowerment project in west Bengal” in your email subject line and send it to our email id tdhidorecruitment@gmail.com by 21 August 2022.

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