Terms of Reference (ToR) - Engagement of a Company or two (2) Individual Experts/Consultants to develop Localization and Partnership Strategy for Save the Children Kosova/o

Save the Children

Terms of Reference (ToR)


Engagement of a Company or two (2) Individual Experts/Consultants to develop Localization and Partnership Strategy for Save the Children Kosova/o

 I.  Background on Save the Children

Save the Children is the leading global independent organization for children. Save the Children believes every child deserves a future. Around the world, we work every day to give children a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. When crisis strikes and children are most vulnerable, we are always among the first to respond and the last to leave. We ensure children’s unique needs are met and their voices are heard. We deliver lasting results for millions of children, including those hardest to reach.

We do whatever it takes for children – every day and in times of crisis – transforming their lives and the future we share.

Our vision: A world in which every child attains the right to survival, protection, development and participation.

Our mission: To inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children, and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives.

Our values: Accountability, ambition, collaboration, creativity and integrity.

We are committed to ensuring our resources are used as efficiently as possible, to focus them on achieving maximum impact for children.

 ll.  General Information on the Project

Through “Localization Fund” supported by Save the Children International (SCI), Save the Children Kosova/o (SCiK) aims to assess its level of implementation of SCI’s 7 dimensions of Localization, propose objectives for both expansion of new and existing partnerships and develop an effective and operationalized Localization and Partnership Strategy. Localization and partnerships are key enablers to implement the Country Strategic Plan 2022-2024 and future endeavors of SCiK.  While SCiK has a large portfolio of partners and continuously invests to embed SCI’s localization dimensions in its child rights programming in Kosovo, it is also aware that SC’s potential is stronger to be a partner of choice for a wide range of stakeholders in country.  SCiK continues to work in different fronts to address these challenges with conflict sensitivity and further localization of its interventions through increased community ownership of interventions, ultimately enabling long-lasting and more sustainable positive changes for children in Kosovo. For SCiK to be able to advance its localization agenda, identify points of entry to systematize the grassroots participatory approach and achieve a transformational approach in localization, a further assessment of the level of localization and a structured strategic approach on partnerships and localization is necessary.

 lll.  Objective and Outputs

The overall objective of this engagement is to support SCiK efforts to develop a Localization and a Partnership Strategy in line with SCI’s Local to Global for Impact ambition and partnership principles by: identifying areas for self-improvement for locally-owned partnership frameworks, aiming to empower and strengthen local actors, organizations and communities to take a leading role in addressing their own development and social issues that hinder proper delivery of child rights in Kosovo.

SCiK is looking for a Company or two (2) Individual Experts/ Consultants to co-design and deliver the below processes:

  • Assess the Level of Localization of SCiK through existing methodology used by SCI focusing on 7 dimensions of localization and localization performance measurement;
  • Consultative workshop with CSO partners, CBOs and informal groups/networks to document how they are engaging with the localization agenda; and understand more about the role they wish to see INGOs play in support of the agenda, with focus on: 
    • Partnership expectations, challenges, lessons learned and best practices;
    • Support required to achieve the localization agenda. 
  • Consultative workshop with national and local child-led groups (CLGs) s to document needs and challenges on localization from informal groups perspective, self-assess their needs to increase capacities and exercise their rights as civil society actors on their own, with focus on:
    • Partnership modalities with informal groups, lessons learned and best practices;
    • Support required to achieve the localization agenda.
  • Develop a Localization Strategy and a Partnership Strategy for SCiK based on findings from the assessment, consultative workshops, existing SCI documents, lessons learned a best practice.

 IV.  Key Deliverables:

The selected Company or Experts/Consultants will have the task of facilitating the stakeholder workshops, keeping strong cooperation and communication with SCiK and developing the following deliverables within the indicated timeframe.

  • Localization Self-Assessment Report of SCiK
  • Localization Strategy with Action Plan of SCiK
  • Partnership Strategy with Action Plan of SCiK

LOT 1: Localization Strategy: A company or one (1) individual expert/consultant to conduct localization assessment for SCiK, co-facilitate consultative workshops with CSO partners, CBOs, informal groups/networks and CLGs, and draft the Localization Strategy and its action plan with timeframe and measurable deliverables – total of 34 days of engagement

LOT 2: Partnership Strategy: A company or one (1) individual expert/consultant to co-facilitate consultative workshops with CSO partners, CBOs, informal groups/networks and CLGs, and draft the Partnership Strategy and its action plan with timeframe and measurable deliverables – total of 26 days of engagement

 V.  Location

The contracted services will be performed in Kosovo.

 IV.  Experience and skills required

SCiK is seeking for Company or Individual Experts/ Consultants with the necessary expertise in the localization and partnership principles for the development sector in Kosovo and/or Western Balkans, including the following requirements:

  1. Master's degree in the field of social sciences – development studies, political science, international relations, organizational development, strategic planning and other related fields (PhD would be considered as an advantage);
  2. At least 5 years of proven knowledge and experience on INGO partnership and localization agendas;
  3. Extensive knowledge on child rights context in Kosovo and ability to conduct consultations with children;
  4. Proven experience in international development and delivery of stakeholder consultation processes with civil society in Kosovo, including with children;
  5. Proven ability to think strategically, consider the potential impact of proposed solutions, and prioritize areas of greatest urgency and potential impact
  6. Analytical ability to understand and explain complex ideas and problems in simple and understandable language;
  7. Expertise in facilitating processes of similar complexity;
  8. Demonstrate excellent interpersonal and professional skills in interacting with diverse stakeholders;
  9. Ability to produce high quality products and within the set deadline;
  10. Very good knowledge of English and Albanian (written/spoken). Knowledge of the Serbian language would be considered a strong advantage;

Indicative Assignment Date

Estimated start date: September 29, 2023

Latest completion date: December 15, 2023

  • Status updates/reporting

Throughout this period, the selected Company or Individual Experts/ Consultants must maintain constant communication with SCiK Civil Society and Partnership Specialist as the assigned supervisor for this engagement. In addition to its technical role within the delivery period, SCiK will also provide feedback on proposed approaches, policies and guidelines.

 VII.  Payment information

Other important information

As a condition of entering into a consultancy agreement, the Company/individual(s) must sign the Save the Children International Child Safeguarding Policy and abide by the terms and conditions thereof.

How to apply for services

Interested Candidates are welcome to apply by sending the documents listed below to procurementkosovo@savethechildren.org. with the subject line:

  • For LOT 1 (Subject): Company or Expert/Consultant_Lot1
  • For LOT 2 (Subject): Company or Expert/Consultant_Lot2
  1. Technical proposal: Understanding of the task and the works derived from it, methodology and approach to be used for the task, operational plan with clear timeframe.
  2. Financial proposal: A proposal for each working day (including detailed timeframe), the offer in the gross amount (for individuals) before any home country tax deductions, free of VAT.
  3. Curriculum Vitae (for each expert).

The application deadline is: September 22, 2023 until 4:30 p.m.

Selection criteria

Applications will be evaluated considering the evaluation criteria as follows:

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