Call for Proposals For Provision of Value for Money Services

Reference: NL-HO-0014

Framework Arrangement


War Child Holland (WCH) is a non-governmental organisation, investing in a peaceful future for children affected by armed conflict by focusing on education, psychosocial support and enhanced protection. We use creative methods to empower children, young people and their communities to become socially active and to achieve positive and lasting changes in their lives. WCH is both self-implementing and cooperates with a variety of partner organisations in 13 countries around the world. Our Head Office is based in Amsterdam. Please visit for further details of our work.

More than 35 Million children worldwide are denied schooling due to conflict. War Child, together with stakeholders from the public and private sector, has developed a breakthrough innovative education project called Can’t Wait to Learn. The project, a tablet based educational game for out of school children, has been successfully piloted in Sudan, and is now taken to scale to reach children affected by the Syrian refugee crisis and South Sudanese refugee children in Uganda. Major supporters including USAID, IKEA Foundation, the Dutch Postcode Lottery, and have committed support to the project. Can’t Wait to Learn is part of the Humanitarian Education Accelerator led by UNICEF and UNHCR and funded by DFID. Our aim is to take this project to scale and to reach many more children in the years to come.

Can’t Wait to Learn (CWTL) proposes new cost-effective solutions to the urgent challenges facing education for children in emergencies. By utilising innovative technological solutions with a focus on serious gaming, CWTL has the potential to provide out-of-school children with access to education opportunities, especially in rural areas where no formal schools exist. The programme uses education technology as part of a model of education which is offering certified curriculum level content through applied gaming and personalised pupil engagement. The programme uses a range of innovative, results focused approaches: combining context specific applied gaming and community-based facilitation instead of waiting for formal schools to be built; a strong innovation management staged approach to growth with rigorous appropriate research; and focusing on getting the right partnerships in place.

Purpose of the Call for Proposals

War Child Holland (WCH) is seeking a consultant, on the basis of Framework arrangement, to lead a total of four value for money (VfM) analyses over a 3.5 year period. The consultant will work alongside the WCH R&D and programme team including the CWTL Research Coordinator, the CWTL Quality Assurance Advisor, CWTL Finance Lead and in-country and Amsterdam-based teams. The Value for Money Consultant will contribute with specific technical expertise in value for money and cost effectiveness modelling, applied to Chad, Sudan and Uganda. The consultant will also provide input on a validation study of learning outcome measures in order to ensure that these measures and data can be used for Value for Money analyses. Furthermore, the consultant will be involved in discussions and internal presentations of the results and implications.

The consultant shall report to the Director of Research and Development while working in close collaboration with the Research Coordinator. The DfID VfM framework[1] will be used to assess the economy (cost per child), efficiency (cost per completer), effectiveness (cost per competent completer) and equity (cost per harder-to-reach child). VfM analysis will test for economies of scale, scaling effects (by comparison of new with historical VfM analyses), compare VfM across the three settings and implementation models, and identify drivers of cost and cost-saving. The consultant will be conducting four VfM analyses; one in Uganda in 2020, one in Chad in Year 2021, and two in Sudan (one in Year 2020, one in Year 2022 to achieve the outputs outlined about.

War Child operates with low-cost aim, and pricing is therefore part of key components in our bid evaluation process.

WCH also accepts pro-bono services and goods.

How to Apply

This tender opportunity is open to all qualified institutions and individual consultants. Interested vendors are advised to contact WCH at to obtain the bidding documents free of charge.

Please note that the publication of this Tender Notice doesn’t commit WCH to implement the announced procurement.

Submission deadline

The deadline (receiving date, not sending date) for submission of proposals is 4th April, 2020, at 23:59 local time of the Netherlands. Late bids will not be accepted.

[1] DFID. 2011. “DFID’s Approach to Value for Money (VfM) Department for International Development,” no. July: 2–9.