Children in Crossfire is an Irish-based international NGO whose purpose is to respond to the rights and needs of young children caught in the crossfire of global poverty and injustice. Children in Crossfire Tanzania focuses on increasing access to quality Early Childhood Development (ECD) supporting children’s developmental needs and giving them a chance to reach their fullest potential. For more information go to: www.childrenincrossfire.org

In December 2021, the government of United Republic of Tanzania launched the National Multisectoral Early Childhood Development Programme (NMECDP). The NMECDP will be implemented from 2021/2022 to 2025/2026 and promotes a multi-sectoral approach to young children’s nurturing care, which focusses on addressing the holistic developmental needs of children aged 0-8 years to ensure that: “All children in Tanzania are developmentally on track to develop to their full potential”. 

Working in partnership with the Tanzania Early Childhood Development Network (TECDEN) and the Union of Tanzanian Press Clubs (UTPC), Children in Crossfire aims to support catalyze the implementation of the NMECDP through a three-year project (October 2021 to September 2024) funded by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation known as Mtoto Kwanza to be implemented in all 26 regions of Tanzania mainland.

The Mtoto Kwanza project supports implementation of the NMECDP through an innovative approach that leverages Children in Crossfire‘s experience and position in the ECD sector and its existing strategic partnerships, contributing to address both supply and demand for the NMECDP by ensuring that civil society leaders and local community voices inform and shape delivery of the NMECDP nationally and sub-nationally across Tanzania. 

Children in Crossfire is looking to commission a consultancy agency/academic institution with experience in the evaluation of advocacy projects and policy engagement, which will conduct the evaluation in parallel to the ongoing project implementation, spanning a period of two years from October 2022 to September 2024. The consultant will provide local expertise and apply their experience in evaluating and providing learnings while the Mtoto Kwanza project is being delivered. 

A detailed Terms of Reference can be downloaded from: https://www.childrenincrossfire.org/stay-connected/join-our-team  The Terms of Reference sets out the scope of work, deliverables and timelines; and the required experience and qualifications of the consultants, tendering procedures and selection criteria.

A proposal should be submitted by email to Children in Crossfire at: jobstz@childrenincrossfire.org with the subject line: “Proposal – Independent Evaluation of Mtoto Kwanza Project”. A short cover letter should indicate the candidate’s availability to undertake the assignment within the proposed timescale. Only those candidates selected for interview will be contacted.

The closing time for receipts of applications is by end of Monday 08 August 2022.