Expression of Interest

Expression of Interest – Operational Research on Protective and Risk Factors in Family Preservation and Gender Dynamics of Reintegration

Project Name: Zambia Family Strengthening Initiative Project

Project Background

Save the Children is the world’s leading independent organization for children. Our vision is a world in which every child attains the right to survival, protection, development and participation. Save the Children has worked in Zambia to promote the fulfillment of children’s rights since the 1980s. Save the Children works across five thematic areas, namely education, health & nutrition, child rights governance, child poverty and child protection. The organization strives to ensure all children learn from quality basic education, that no child dies from preventable diseases before reaching their fifth birthday and that all children are protected from harm.

Save the Children Zambia, with support from the GHR Foundation, is currently in its 4th year of implementation of the project entitled “Zambia Family Strengthening Initiative” which is targeting children who have been separated from their families and or at risk of separation. The project’s overall goal is to reduce family separation and risks to children outside family care through family strengthening interventions, support for case management, linkages to appropriate care, and resources for vulnerable families.

Scope of Work

In order to maximize the effectiveness of project implementation, Save the Children is looking to conduct operational research to better understand both the protective and risks factors associated with families who have been reunified along with families who have separated again after being reunified through the work of the project. In addition, it also aims to better understand the gender dimensions related to family reintegration. The research findings will be used to strengthen implementation and inform future design of similar interventions.

Research Questions

  1. Of the children who have been reunified through Save the Children’s Family Strengthening Initiative, what are the protective factors that help keep children within their families?
  2. What are the risk factors that have caused or could cause separation to occur again?
  3. Do caregivers perceive the driving factors that lead to separation and factors that lead re-unification differently for girls compared to boys?
  4. What are factors driving girls and boys out of the family and what specific gender barriers do girls and boys face when reintegrated back into families? This is to be assessed using participatory consultation with the girls and boys concerned.

Location for Research

Lusaka (Kanyama, Msisi, John Laing and Chawama) and Ndola (Chipulukusu, Nkwazi and Mushili).


  • Activity Number of Days
  • Design study 5
  • Development and testing of data collection tools 10
  • Collect data 15
  • Coding of data 10
  • Analysis of findings 8
  • Report writing and incorporation of feedback 10
  • Presentation of findings 2

Total 60

Competencies Required

  1. The consultant should have a minimum qualification of a Master’s Degree in social sciences preferably: Development Studies, Education, Sociology, Demography and other related disciplines;
  2. At least 5 years’ consultancy work experience with quantitative and qualitative research formative evaluations.

The consultant should have relevant experience and skills in the following key areas:-

  1. Participatory consultation methods with and for boys and girls;
  2. Gender Equality analysis methods;
  3. Qualitative research methods;
  4. Qualitative data analysis software such as Atlas.ti or NVIVO;
  5. Knowledge and understanding of gender related issues in the context of alternative care/reintegration;
  6. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (oral and written);
  7. Extensive report writing skills;
  8. Good interpersonal skills;
  9. Ability to speak any of the local languages (Nyanja and Bemba) in the programme sites added advantage;

Key Deliverables

  1. Draft a proposal on how the assignment will be undertaken, clearly highlighting the methodology, study design, sample size and study duration;
  2. Develop and finalize questionnaire(s);
  3. Undertake field survey, data collection, and analyses using appropriate methods;
  4. Submit all coded qualitative data, including interview transcripts and focus group discussion notes, if applicable;
  5. Submit an initial draft report after data collection and analysis
  6. Submit final report incorporating feedback from Save the Children in hard x 3 and 1 soft copy;
  7. Facilitate dissemination meeting of results
  8. Share raw data in soft copy with Save the Children

Interested applicants are invited to submit expression of interest consisting of the budget, proposed study design, work plan and CV with references of previous works done not later than 18th May 2018 to the address below by submitting the concept paper with methodology, sampling method, and description of tools, method of analysis, duration and budget in relation to the assignment to: The Human Resource and Administration Manager, Save the Children, Plot No. 16794, Diplomatic Centre, Mass Media, Postnet 487, P/Bag E891, Lusaka, Zambia. Please ensure that you mention as the source of this job advertisement.

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