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Save the Children Innovation Fund - Review and Independent Assessment Consultancy Opportunity

Dear all
Save the Children is seeking proposals from suppliers able to evidence the necessary experience, skills and capacity to provide: -
 an independent assessment of the effectiveness and results of the Breakthrough Strategic Investment Fund, and
 to draw lessons about how any future investment in innovation in Save the Children might be channelled most effectively.
The review team should bring its own expertise on project funding, innovation and international development.

The review is primarily for internal use by Save the Children but findings may also be used externally with funding partners or development networks.

Deadline for submission: 5 August 2018
Final deliverables due by: 30 November 2018

The Breakthrough Strategic Investment Fund (BSIF) has been allocated annually to provide relatively small scale but catalytic funding for education, protection, livelihoods, health and nutrition, children’s participation and child rights governance, implemented across sub-Saharan Africa and Asia by Save the Children. The purpose of the BSIF is to provide funding to ‘test and invest in’ new approaches and tools which can be replicated or customised more widely by Save the Children or relevant external actors. The ideas should not be fundable from conventional sources although they should demonstrate potential to leverage resources to realise long-term benefits. They should also facilitate learning and evidence sharing and have a clear plan for learning from successes and failures.

The BSIF has been a significant opportunity for SCUK to make small focussed investments directly in country programmes to innovate, learn and document what works. The grants are intended to impact directly on our ability to design and implement quality programmes, and they have played an important role in the development of larger programmes now funded by development partners.

This review focuses on the current three year portfolio of 22 projects with total expenditure of some £2.5m this year.


The review will be based on progress and information from years 1 and 2 of the current portfolio, the projects are expected to finish by 31 December 2018. The team will have access to a project supervisor within Save the Children who will provide documentation, facilitate access to informants and facilitate organising focus groups or other meetings as required.
It will not be possible to include visits to country offices or project sites during the review; virtual contact with implementing teams and advisors based overseas will be possible. Face to face meetings with staff based in UK are possible.
The review should include in depth assessment of a small sample of the projects being funded, but not every project in the portfolio.
Deliverables -
 Inception report setting out proposed methodology, timetable, tools, approaches, risks and constraints
 Draft report summarising findings and recommendations
 Presentation to Save the Children of the draft report
 Final report incorporating any additional elements requested by Save the Children

Timetable and detailed process will be agreed with the selected contractor. In total, it is anticipated that the review will involve some 20 – 30 days work.

For full information and a bidder’s pack, please contact me on

Judy Roberts
Deputy Head of Child Protection Team
Global Programmes

Organisation Save the Children

Country United Kingdom