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Nov 2, 2017

Christian Aid Marsabit and Isiolo Rapid Assessment Consultancy

Christian Aid

Terms of Reference for Marsabit and Isiolo Rapid Assessment

The Government of Kenya declared drought a national disaster on 10 February 2017 and a humanitarian Flash Appeal was launched in March 2017. Since the launch of the Flash Appeal, the situation has continued to deteriorate. 

The Mid-Season Assessment and Long-Rain Assessment – carried out at the beginning of May and July respectively - both show a sharp deterioration in the food security of the population and the nutrition status of children, particularly in 11 out of 23 ASAL counties. 

The 2017 long rains ended early in all drought-affected pastoral, south eastern and coastal marginal agricultural areas, resulting in a short rainy season. 

This culminated in a third successive poor or failed season in most parts of the rangelands and cropping lowlands Kenya is experiencing in the arid and semi-arid lands, recurrent food and nutrition crises which continue to cause high levels of vulnerability. 

After three consecutive failed rainy seasons, agricultural and pastoral communities have lost the ability to cope as their resources are depleted. 

The 2017 drought is more intense and widespread than in 2010-11, with 3.4 million15 people facing food insecurity, mainly in the ASALs. 

Christian Aid, Action Aid and PLAN are agencies working in Marsabit and Isiolo. Counties. 

This has included humanitarian responses to address the current drought.

Purpose of the assessment
The purpose of this assignment is to gather high quality data and use this information in the development of a proposal for ECHO. 

The HIP is out and the submission date is the 20th of November 2017 (see call in the annexe). 

This assessment would need to be carried out as a rapid assessment, yet provide comprehensive information

Objectives of Assessment   

The assignment entails carrying out an in-depth assessment in Marsabit and Isiolo Counties in Kenya.

  1. DRR: To assess the risks, hazards, vulnerabilities and capacities of drought affected communities. Identify options that could be considered to strengthen and build resilience.
  2. Gender: To assess gender and inclusion aspects of communities and how they are affected during drought.  This includes identifying needs, capacities, risks and vulnerabilities of gender, age and disability specifically. Women, girls, boys, men of all ages are affected by crises in different ways and emergencies tend to change gender dynamics.
  3. Protection: To assess protection concerns for specific gender groups and understand their vulnerabilities within their context and possible ways to overcome and empower the issues of concern.
  4. Livelihoods: How the current drought is affecting the livelihoods of the communities, the coping strategies and possible solutions in the short, midterm and longer term
  5. WASH: Establish the current coverage and access to safe water sanitation, and hygiene. Where the gaps and challenges lie and the best way forward.
  6. Cash transfers: Identify cash transfer modalities being utilised in the area, players in the area, including HSNP, other safety net projects. Identify the gaps in this intervention.
  7. Preparedness capacity for emergencies players including County and National Government sector ministries in the area to manage and respond to emergencies
  8. Education: School enrolment, no of trained teachers, retention, transition to next class and education facilities (formal and non-formal). Barriers and challenges to access quality education.  (see details of quality education indicators)
  9. Do a rapid market assessment in each of the villages visited and the major towns near these centres. Assessment should include goods and prices available, access of service providers (mobile mpesa agents, bank agents or other forms of local banking systems). Goods and services available in the markets and an estimate of food prices.
  10. Do a quick information on health services available in the areas, and the distances people travel to access health services including child and maternal health.
  11. Understand the coordination mechanisms and the challenges around this.
  12. Establish what support is already being provided to the communities and from agencies and identify gaps in assistance.

Scope and Methodology

The consultant will conduct primary data collection through the following methods; Interview key informants (KII), this includes line ministries, NDMA and government offices, community leaders.
Carry out FGDs (4) with females, girls, elderly and disabled groups each, another 4 with male groups, young men and boys, the elderly and disabled in each of the 4 locations that will be provided by the consortium in Isiolo and Marsabit.  

Areas to be assessed in Marsabit include: This will be guided by Christian Aid and Plan.
Areas to be assessed in Isiolo: This will be guided by Action Aid

Role of Consultant
  • Review and contextualise the tools for the assessment.
  • Carry out the assessment and collect the data and information. (provide quantitative and qualitive data)
Collate data and information as it comes and send it to the proposal writing teams
  • Prepare a quick draft report followed by a detailed final report.
  • Be able to provide concrete recommendations.

Skills and Experience of the Consultant
  • Good writing and analytic skills
  • More than 10 years’ experience in humanitarian work
  • Have experience in any of this sector –Cash transfers, DRR, and with experience in gender and   protection, education and accountability in emergencies   in emergencies.
  • Able to understand the context and bring in a wider perspective of the humanitarian context, reality on ground and suggest approaches and interventions
  • Previous experience in rapid assessments
  • Ability to write quickly and concisely
  • Be able to travel to the field and ensure good quality of data collection
  • Ability to assess and provide information on the go.
Ability to work quickly given the urgency of this assignment

Role of ECHO consortium in Kenya 

  1. Provide guidance on the context and process of the assessment
  2. Facilitate transport to the locations for assessment  
  3. Support in identifying locations for assessment and perhaps in organising key informant interviews.
  4. Provide support supervision during the assessment period  

Expected outputs
  • Travel to the field to carry out the assessment
  • Provide information on the go
  • Immediately after the assessment provide a draft report
  • provide a maximum of 20-page report
Time Frame 

Duration: 10 days calendar days

Start Date: Immediate

To apply

Applications should be submitted on or before 2nd of November 5pm closing.

The applicants should include the following in the application and submit to: [email protected]

  1. Cover letter – brief explanation about the consultant with emphasis on previous experience in this kind of work
  2. A technical and financial proposal (The Technical Proposal should outline:  interpretation of the TOR, methodology to be applied, and a detailed implementation plan for the consultancy.
  3. A copy of a report for previous work conducted
  4. A tentative budget on fees with details on costing.
  5. Resume and relevant references

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