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TERMS OF REFERENCE FOR THE STUDY ON OPPORTUNITIES AND RISKS RELATED TO CHILDREN’S INTERNET USE IN ZAMBIA

Opportunity Background:

Save the Children International (SCI) is the world’s leading independent organisations for children. SCI has been working in Zambia since 1989, implementing both development and humanitarian programmes with the government, civil society partners, caregivers, communities and children to advance the rights and wellbeing of children to ensure all children learn, survive and are protected. Save the Children supports programmes in the thematic areas of education, health and nutrition, child rights governance, child poverty and child protection. Our child protection work in Zambia strives to ensure that families, communities and government services protect girls and boys from all forms of violence in all settings. In doing so, our breakthrough is ensuring that violence against children is no longer tolerated including working to end the violence and exploitation that children face in online spaces.

Lifeline Childine Zambia has been working in Zambia since 2003 providing lifesaving counselling, guidance and referrals on various social and health problems services to hundreds of thousands of individuals through its toll free children call line 116 and adults call line 933. It provides free counselling for children and adults over the phone and via SMS with support from government of Zambia through ZICTA.

Opportunity Structure:

Objectives and Scope of the Study

The main purpose of this study is to provide a glimpse on the internet use by children aged 9-17 in an internationally comparable form. The study will provide a better understanding of children’s online access (e.g. how, where and when children use internet), skills & practices, opportunities, risks, mitigation strategies and response to risks in the targeted study areas in Zambia.

Specific Objectives of the Study

  • To understand the extent of use of internet among children;
  • To understand the opportunities available for access and use of internet;
  • To identify the type of activities mostly undertaken by children online;
  • To identify risks and harms while using the internet;
  • To assess extent of awareness of mitigation tools/strategies among children and parents/caregivers;
  • To provide estimates on children’s internet use, which will guide actions to implement COP Strategy and other initiatives in support of children’s safe and responsible internet use;
  • To provide clear recommendations how to better protect children from online risks, how to effectively mitigate and response to risks and how use of internet could contribute positively to children’s lives.

Qualifications and Experience

It is recommended that the team comprises at least one team leader to coordinate the overall study and 2 consultants. If the team leader is based outside Zambia and it is not possible for him/her to travel to Zambia due to COVID-19 situation, she/he can be accepted to lead the process and guide the other team members remotely online. In addition, the team needs to engage and partner with local researchers /research institution with relevant local language skills.

Competitive Scope:

How to apply

Interested and suitable parties are invited to submit in separate emails a) technical proposal and b) financial proposal on or before Sunday 18th April 2021, before midnight to the following email address: [email protected]

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Direct queries to: [email protected]

The Technical Proposal should be submitted titled “Study on opportunities and risks related to children’s internet use in Zambia

The Financial Proposal should be submitted titled “Financial Proposal for the Study on opportunities and risks related to children’s internet use in Zambia

Documents should be attached in PDF format only; no physical proposals will be accepted at the Save the Children office.

Note

  • Save the Children will only contact successful applicants
  • Save the Children reserves the right to accept or reject any proposal/expression or cancel the procurement process at any time, without assigning any reason, and shall have no liability to any potential consultants for such rejection or cancellation of the procurement.
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SCI employs approximately 25,000 people across the globe and work on the ground in over 100 countries to help children affected by crises, or those that need better healthcare, education and child protection. We also campaign and advocate at the highest levels to realize the right of children and to ensure their voices are heard.

 

We are working towards three breakthroughs in how the world treats children by 2030:

  • No child dies from preventable causes before their 5th birthday
  • All children learn from a quality basic education and that,
  • Violence against children is no longer tolerated

 

We know that great people make a great organization, and that our employees play a crucial role in helping us achieve our ambitions for children.  We value our people and offer a meaningful and rewarding career, along with a collaborative and inclusive environment where ambition, creativity, and integrity are highly valued.

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