Save the Children Consultancy to Develop a Skilful Parenting Training Manual for Facilitators of Parents Support Groups

Save the Children

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Development of a Skilful Parenting Training Manual for Facilitators of Parents Support Groups

1. Background

Save the Children is the world’s largest independent organization for children, making a difference to children’s lives in over 120 countries. 

We deliver immediate and lasting improvements to children’s lives worldwide. 


Save the Children listens to children, involves children and ensures their views are taken into account. Save the Children secures and protects children’s rights – to food, shelter, healthcare, education and freedom from violence, abuse and exploitation.

Our vision is a world in which every child attains the right to survival, protection, development and participation. Our mission is to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children, and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives. 

As a child rights organization, we are committed to ascertain and follow the priorities of the communities we work with and to increase child and community participation in governance, policy-making and delivery of services.

Save the Children (SCI) in partnership with Childline Kenya (CLK), is implementing a project that promotes family based care for children without appropriate care in two sub counties in Kenya.

Among other things, the project is committed to empowering parents and caregivers with skills to care and nurture their children in a family setting. 
The partnership also supports Childline Kenya to operate the National Child Helpline116 a 24-hour emergency service for children and general public to report protection concerns facing children and links children and families to services and information on issues relating to interventions for children’s safety.

According to the latest statistics generated by the type of cases reported, child neglect and abandonment is the most serious, most of them attached to custody and maintenance battles amongst parents. 

This eventually introduces stress and vulnerability in the children caught in the battle and they become vulnerable to various forms of abuse.
Following closely is physical and sexual abuse, most often perpetrated in the children’s environment by people well known to them. 
It is out of these findings that  Childline Kenya felt the need to reach out to families; especially parents in a bit to strengthen parenting skills; through knowledge and skills building  to largely prevent risks and vulnerabilities currently being reported.
In collaboration with the Department of Children Services, Childline Kenya developed and piloted the first draft of Skillful Parenting Manual premised on the importance of providing parents with skills; resources and knowledge that will enable them provide their children with care and support.

The target recipient intended for the Skilful Parenting information is parents and caregivers who have the primary responsibility of care and protection for children. 

Particular of interest for this training manual is parents or caregivers who maybe experiencing certain vulnerabilities that might put children at risk. 
The intended users of the training manual will be facilitators of parent/caregivers groups who are expected to be the community based social workforce already engaged with parents groups.

2. Purpose of the Assignment

The purpose of this assignment therefore is to review and revise the current Skilful Parenting Manual to focus its scope to parents as the primary duty bearer in the care and protection of children. 

There is need to ensure the training manual incorporates knowledge and skills training that will equip them in undertaking their fundamental role of raising children. 
The draft manual as it is now is too wide in scope, making it challenging to tailor training sessions and learning outcomes to parents as the particular target group.

Specific Objectives:
1. To review and redraft the current draft of the Skilful Parenting Manual in line with the assignment purpose and scope. The proposed topics/sessions are:
  • Understanding yourself (this also to include issues related to self-care, controlling of emotions)
  • Skilful parenting (includes topic on involving fathers/men in parenting)
  • Parenting styles
  • Children’s rights and responsibilities
  • Children’s developmental stages (understanding typical behaviour and children’s needs at each stage)
  • Communicating with children (includes also involving children in decision making)
  • Positive discipline
  • Available services; reporting abuse (child protection)
2. To define intended learning outcomes for each topic within the manual.
3. To pilot and test the training manual to the first line of intended implementers.

3. Scope of the Consultancy

The consultant with input from SCI and CLK will:

  • Revise the draft manual for it to suit to the target groups as explained in section 1;
  • Enrich the content of the draft manual (by referring to other existing parenting training manuals);
  • Develop each topic (8 topics in total) into a 2 hour parenting session with clear:
  1. Background information (introduction to the topic of a session);
  2. Purpose, key messages and learning outcomes;
  3. Material and preparation needs;
  4. Practical and participatory activities and exercises with step to step guidance to a facilitator.
  • Provide a two day Training of Trainers for SCI and CLK staff who will field test each session.
  • Prepare a final manual after reviewing feedback from the field testing.
4. Qualifications and Experience Required
  • Degree in a relevant field (development studies, child protection, child rights, social work, sociology)
  • Excellent knowledge on children’s rights
  • Excellent knowledge on  issues related to skilful/good parenting and positive discipline
  • Experience in using participatory methodologies with adults and with children
  • Experience in developing participatory training manuals and in facilitating training of trainers
  • Fluency in English and ability to write clearly
  • Understanding and commitment to Save the Children’s vision, mission and values
5. Duration and Scheduling of the assignment

The consultancy will take place in May-July 2016 and will require 15 consultancy days with the following indicative timeframe:

Period of Work
No of Days
Initial meetings/skype calls with SCI and CLK
Revision and enrichment of the draft manual and
development of each topic into a clear participatory session
May -June
Conducting a ToT for staff who will pilot sessions
(includes preparations)
Preparation of a final manual after receiving
comments on the draft from SCI and CLK and feedback from the field testing
Including any final edits after receiving comments
from SCI and CLK

6. Payment details and administrative support

The consultant will be contracted by and report to SCI Kenya Country Office and will work in close collaboration with SCI and CLK.

If the consultant is staying outside Kenya, it is possible to organise initial meetings and any necessary communication by Skype calls. However, the consultant will have to travel to Kenya for training of staff before field testing.

The consultancy fee will be paid in two instalments: 40% after the revised draft manual has been approved (before field testing) and 60 % after approval of the final manual. 

The consultant shall be responsible for covering her/his insurance and all taxes arising from fees paid under the Agreement (according to consultant’s home country laws). 
The fees will be subjected to Withholding Tax as per the Kenyan Government Laws and it will be deducted by SCI from the final payment.

A contract will be signed by the consultant before commencement of the action. The contract will detail terms and conditions of service, aspects on inputs and deliverables.

7. Application Requirements

Interested candidates will be expected to provide the following documentation:

  • Cover letter
  • CV (maximum 3 pages; with traceable references)
  • Expression of Interest (CLICK HERE to download) with statement of qualifications against required qualifications and experience
  • An example(s) of manual prepared by applicant/previous written work
  • A detailed financial proposal. If the consultant is residing out of Nairobi, this should include travel and accommodation costs for facilitating two day training in Nairobi.
Please send an Expression of Interest by close of business 25th  May, 2016 to: with a copy to

Any enquiries about the Consultancy can be sent to:

8. Code of Conduct

Save the Children’s work is based on deeply held values and principles of child safeguarding, and it is essential that our commitment to children’s rights and humanitarian principles is supported and demonstrated by all members of staff and other people working for and with Save the Children. 

Save the Children’s Code of Conduct sets out the standards which all staff members must adhere to and the consultant(s) are bound by the principles and conditions of Save the Children’s Code of Conduct and will need to sign it before commencing the assignment.

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