CONSULTANCY TERMS OF REFERENCE – Early Childhood Development (ECD) Programming & Advocacy Strategy for Save the Children Malawi

  • Contract
  • Malawi
  • TBD USD / Year
  • Salary: TBD

Save the Children

The Opportunity


Early Childhood Development (ECD) Programming & Advocacy Strategy

for Save the Children Malawi

1. Background

Save the Children in Malawi has been implementing Early Childhood Development programmes in Malawi since 1983 when it first started its programmes at Mbalachanda in Mzimba South. Available documented records show that over the past 17 years SC has implemented a large number of strategic ECD programmes supporting Malawi government’s policies and strategies which evolved in focus from care to integration of agriculture and livelihood, nutrition, early stimulation, early learning, inclusion and transitions to lower primary.

2. Purpose of Consultancy: As we embark on a new strategic period, SC Malawi wants to hire services of a competent Early Childhood Development specialist to take stock of its substantial ECD portfolio, looking at the various approaches of implementation, and their impact, analyse the political economy of the ECD sector in Malawi and provide recommendations on how Save the Children can best support the GoM’s efforts to improve coverage and quality of ECD service provision in Malawi, in terms of its programming and advocacy efforts.

3. Objectives, Activities, Outcomes and Timeframe

The objectives, activities and the intended outcomes of the ECD research and political economy analysis are described in the following table. The expected timelines for each activity are also noted below.





1) Develop a comprehensive picture of SC’s ECD work in Malawi since 1983

1) Review SC-Malawi ECD projects reports dating back to 1983

2) Consult SC USA documentation data where information is missing in Malawi

3) Interview relevant stakeholders in Malawi on ECD programming

4) Document strengths and weaknesses of SC ECD programming since 1983


ECD capacity statement , outlining our approaches, innovations and their impact-5 pager and a slide deck

2) Evaluate SC-Malawi competitiveness against peer NGOs in service provision and advocacy in ECD leading to the 2030 ambition

1) Engage top ECD programming organisations for review

2) Highlight their approaches, innovation, major contributions and vision for the future of their ECD work

4) Articulate how SC stands against its peers on service provision, advocacy ad policy influencing


Report on the competitiveness of SC-Malawi in ECD service provision and advocacy to be presented as a sub-section of the ECD Strategy

3) Establish Malawi Government’s ECD policy and strategy evolution flagging out potential sub thematic areas defining the journey to Vision 2063

1) Conduct power mapping of key stakeholders investing in ECD and their interests

2) Interview relevant government experts and development partners on vision, priorities, and most strategic investments needed to expand coverage of quality ECD provision


Identify areas where SC can add value and help shape government ECD priorities


Report on Malawi government ECD policy and strategy evolution to be presented as a sub-section of the ECD strategy

Design SC-Malawi ECD strategy for 2022-2024 and beyond linking the current SC global and Country Strategic Plan and government NESIP 2020-2030

1) Organise a multi-stakeholder strategy development workshop for ECD in SC-Malawi from 2022-2024 and beyond using the recommendations of objectives 1-3 above as major reference material

2) Write an ECD strategy for 2022-2024 and beyond using the results of the multi-stakeholder workshop

3) Debrief SC-Malawi leadership on the draft strategy

4) Submit a final version of the strategy in both soft and hard copies


A 2022-2024 ECD strategy as a standalone document

4. Expected Outcomes

Benchmarks for success include the following outcomes:

  • Capacity Statement and slide deck on SC contribution to ECD development in Malawi: 1983-2022
  • A 2022-2024 ECD strategy including-
    • analysis of key ECD programming actors approaches, impacts and vision
    • government and development partners vision, priorities, and most strategic investments needed to expand coverage of quality ECD provision
    • recommendations for SC programming and advocacy

5. Submission

Interested consultants should review the TORs and submit their Technical and Financial proposals through the email

The deadline for submission is Tuesday 15 July 2022.

The Organisation

We employ 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 realise 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.

A copy of the full role profile can be found at

We need to keep children safe so our selection process, which includes rigorous background checks, reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.

All employees are expected to carry out their duties in accordance with our global anti-harassment policy.

How to apply

Please follow this link to apply:

Noting that Closing date is 15-Jul-22