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Dec 6, 2017

Christian Aid Consultancy for End-line Survey

Terms of Reference
 
Addressing Gender Inequalities to Improve Sexual and Reproductive Health Outcomes Project
SRH Project

 
Consultancy for End-line Survey
 
1.0 About Christian Aid: Christian Aid is an international development organization working globally for profound change that eradicates the causes of poverty, and striving to achieve equality, dignity and freedom for all, regardless of faith or nationality. 

 
We work with partners to implement integrated and innovative programs to end poverty by addressing the underlying causes. 

In Kenya, we focus on strengthening and empowering citizens in Kenya to: demand accountable and delivering institutions, access quality health services and realize resilient and thriving livelihoods.
 
2.0 Consultancy Overview: Christian Aid seeks the services of a qualified consultant to carry out an End-line evaluation for the project “Addressing Gender Inequalities to Improve Sexual and Reproductive Health Outcomes in Narok County” (SRH Project). 

The SRH project is three-year project (2015-2017) funded by Comic Relief Maanda and implemented by Christian-Aid in Kenya. The project is implemented in Narok County in partnership with ACK Narok Integrated Program (NIDP), Community Health Partners (CHP) and Transmara Rural Development Program (TRDP). 

The three partners implement the SRH project in 30 Community Units (CUs) across six sub-counties of Narok County including: NIDP (Narok North and Narok East); TRDP (Transmara); CHP (Narok South and West).
 
Other partners include Centre for Violence against Women (COVAW) and Center for Education and Awareness (CREAW). COVAW is responsible for strengthening the capacity of the community to utilize SRH services and addressing power imbalance in the community using the SASA model while CREAW’s role is to ensure equitable access to quality health services for poor and marginalized women and men within the community.
 
3.0 About the SRH Project objectives
 
By the end of the project, the SRH Project aims to address gender inequalities to achieve the following four sexual and reproductive health outcomes among women and girls:
  1. Increase in utilization of antenatal and skilled delivery services by 30% by women in 30 Community Units (CUs) in Narok County.
  2. Reduction in unmet needs for Family Planning among women and girls in Narok County.
  3. Changes in social norms, attitudes and practices that lead to a reduction in sexual and gender based violence and other harmful practices.
  4. Improved gender responsive SRH services at the community and facility level.
Gender Analysis models useful in understanding the power dynamics and how the knowledge could be used to enhance achievement of the project outcomes include:
  • Comic Relief Maanda Initiative – The Maanda Initiative which seeks to achieve transformational change for women and girls across the four of Comic Relief’s goal areas: Health, Education, Trade, Enterprise and Employment of Women and girls.
  • SASA Model - a methodology for addressing the link between violence against women and HIV/AIDS. Its outcome is inspiration, enabling and structuring effective community mobilization to prevent violence against women and HIV/AIDS.
  • The Harvard Analytical Framework – Also referred to as the Gender Roles Framework or Gender Analysis Framework and aims to help planners design more efficient projects and improve overall productivity by mapping the work and resources of men and women in a community and highlighting the main differences. It demonstrates the economic justification for allocating resources to women as well as men.
  • Faith for Life Model - The Faith for Life Model has essential messages which religious leaders and faith communities (Christian & Muslims) need to know to intervene on health seeking behaviour and maternal and child survival. It contains supportive scriptures and application of those scriptures in the implementation of mother and child health programmes.
The above Gender Analysis Models were taken into consideration at the project design level and may be of use in design of the end-line evaluation. Other project interventions are described within the Maanda SRH Project Consolidated Work Plan Template and Project Log-Frame

Christian Aid’s project implementation partners including Community Health Partners (CHP), Narok Integrated Development Programme (NIDP), and Transmara Rural Development Programme (TRDP) facilitated access for women to SRH services, especially Family Planning (FP), Ante Natal Care (ANC) and skilled assistance at delivery through their/Ministry of Health (MoH) health facilities at community level. 

They also mobilized communities to engage on Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) issues.
 
Centre for Rights Awareness and Education (CREAW) and Coalition on Violence Against Women (COVAW) developed an SRH advocacy strategy and tools and supported the implementing Partners in lobbying on gender and SGBV related issues based on national policy and laws. 

They represented grassroots SRH issues to national dialogue platforms.
 
4.0 Target beneficiaries
 
Target project beneficiaries by the endo of the project include:
 
• Categories of people benefiting directly from the project include:
  • 4,500 pregnant women (skilled delivery)
  • 7,500 pregnant women (4 ANC)
  • 21,750 women and girls (family planning)
  • 15,225 men (support to family planning)
• Frontline workers include:
  • 90 Community Paralegals (training and skills in legal aid)
  • 750 CHWs (training in community health strategy and SASA model)
  • 150 TBAs (re-oriented as mother accompaniers and referral champions)
  • 300 law enforcers/health workers (health workers, teachers and law/policy enforcers) training as change agents on SGBV using the Suluhisho ni mimi model
  • 200 religious leaders (engaged through the Faith for Life model in changing social norms related to SGBV)
  • 60 male champions (County leaders, community leaders) empowered to spearhead SRH rights and policy issues for women and girls.
  • 150 women leaders
5.0 Scope and objectives of the End-line Review

The End-line Evaluation will provide a complete review of the project achievements. 

It shall provide an assessment of project progress in achievement of project outputs and outcomes as per the log frame, and related delivery of inputs and activities and factors (internal and external) that affected successful implementation and results achievement. 

The consultant will analyze any other pertinent issues that influenced implementation of the project and future project direction of SRH interventions by Christian Aid Kenya.
 
5.1 Specific objectives of the evaluation will be:
  1. To assess the progress made towards anticipated project goals.
  2. To assess efficiency and effectiveness of Christian Aid approaches in influencing decision making, participation and access to SRH services among women and other community members within the project catchment area.
  3. To highlight lessons learnt in project implementation making recommendations for improving future SRH projects implemented by Christian Aid.
6.0 Methodology of the End-Term Evaluation
 
The consultant is expected to lead and coordinate this exercise in close collaboration with Christian Aid staff (Health Programme Manager, the SRH Project Officer and M&E Officer) and partner staff involved in project implementation in respective project catchment areas. 

The methodology proposed by the consultant must use processes and methodologies of good technical quality, and systematically use reliable information from multiple sources that support relevant analysis and correspond to the stated goals and objectives of the project and type of evaluation.
 
To this end, the consultant is expected to use gender responsive participatory mixed methods approaches incorporating both Qualitative and Quantitative methods and primary and secondary data and information that would adequately capture the end-line information for the project indicators. 

The consultant is also expected to triangulate and cross-validate data to ensure a robustness of the evaluation.
 
All data and analysis developed must be handed over to Christian Aid at the end of the study.
 
All outputs must be in English.
 
7.0 Timeline
 
The assignment shall take a maximum of 25 working days upon signing of consultancy contract with data collection anticipated to commence no later than in 15th December 2017.
 
8.0 Main Tasks/deliverables of the Consultancy
 
The consultant is expected to undertake the following tasks:
 
1. Review relevant project documents including (but not limited to):
  • Project proposal,
  • Project log-frame,
  • Baseline Survey Report (February 2015)
  • Any other CA documents that will aid in developing of a robust end-line evaluation methodology
2. Develop a detailed methodology and tools. The methodology; evaluation objectives and questions, data collection methods tailored for each evaluation questions, ethical considerations and appropriate annexes (tools, work-plan and budget). The methodology shall be approved by CA before data collection commences.
 
3. Conduct Qualitative and Quantitative data collection activities following the agreed upon methodology, and carry out data cleaning, analysis and interpretation of the findings.
 
4. Develop and submit an acceptable draft report after the analysis of data for CA staff feedback following an agreed upon format. The report should be comprehensive and

provide detailed specific findings within each result area, lessons learnt and good practices, and considerations/recommendations.
 
5. Lead the analysis and synthesis of evidence to develop key findings; Discuss findings with Christian Aid and implementing partners and incorporate feedback to generate the final report.
 
6. Prepare and submit to Christian Aid offices in Nairobi 3 hard copies and a soft copy in CD-ROM of the final acceptable report in English of no more than 40 pages (excluding references and annexes) utilizing the format below:
  • A front page with title of the evaluation, date and authors of the report
  • Executive summary that presents the key points of the different sections
  • Objectives and the intended use of the evaluation
  • Methodology and limitations of the evaluation
  • Description of the project
  • Findings
  • Conclusions and recommendations
  • Relevant annexes which as a minimum must include:
i. List of people/organizations interviewed and consulted
 
ii. All full versions of the data collection tools
 
iii. Bibliography of the documents reviewed
 
iv. Evaluation workplan
 
v. These Terms of Reference for the evaluation
 
7. Summary of the findings in (MS PowerPoint) to be used for subsequent dissemination
 
8. The final cleaned data set used for analysis and production of the final report in an acceptable electronic format (Excel, SPSS, STATA). All raw data (quantitative data files, transcripts from In-depth Interviews, FGDs etc should also be submitted to Christian Aid offices in Nairobi for reference and future use. Christian Aid has sole ownership of all final data and any findings shall only be shared or reproduced with the permission of Christian Aid.
 
9. Provide 2-3 case studies (individual stories representatives of findings) to back up the study findings (2 pages each).
 
9.0 All applicants should include the following:
  1. Cover letter with a brief explanation about the consultant with emphasis on previous experience in this kind of work
  2. A detailed technical proposal clearly outlining the proposed methods for the end-line evaluation and examples of tools to be used
  3. Listing of proposed team members clearly stating the roles and level of effort of each proposed team member (See Annex 3_Proposed Team Composition Template)
  4. Curriculum Vitae (s) of proposed staff outlining relevant education, SRH programming and survey/evaluation expertise and experience
  5. A financial proposal with a detailed breakdown of costs for planning and carrying out the end-line evaluation (See Annex 4_Budget Template)
  6. A proposed Gantt Chart/Workplan detailing the activities and timeframe in line with the timeframes provided in this Terms of Reference (ToR) and with consideration for the time it will take to Christian Aid to review documents (Data Collection Tools, Draft Report etc) before finalization
  7. Names and contact information of three references who can be contacted regarding relevant experience
  8. A consulting firm profile (including all details of the firm)
  9. A copy of a report for previous work conducted/ sample of previous work related to this assignment
9.1 The detailed technical proposal should:
  • Show a thorough understanding of the Terms of Reference (ToR)
  • Include a description of the preferred data collection and sampling methods
  • Demonstrate previous experience in conducting Quantitative and Qualitative study approaches
9.2 The financial proposal should include:
  • Itemized consultancy fees/costs
  • Itemized field data collection expenses, including lines for enumerator compensation and transportation
  • Itemized administrative expenses
  • Validity period of quotations
9.3 The consulting team profile should contain
  • The full names of all participating consultants and their roles including technical expertise
  • Physical address of the firm
  • Telephone number (s) of the firm (if applicable) and participating consultants
  • Full name and contact information of the contact person with the consulting team
  • Date of registration and registration number
  • Copy of registration or other certificate, VAT and PIN
  • Full names of Directors/Proprietors
10.0 Consultants should meet the following requirements
 
10.1 Minimum requirements
 
The consultant is expected to hold the following qualifications to be eligible for this assignment:
  • Post graduate degree in Public Health, Medical Anthropology or related Social Sciences
  • Extensive expertise in SRH and in any other sectors relevant to the evaluation
  • Excellent writing and verbal communication
  • At least 7 years of consultancy experience conducting independent evaluations/research in community health/public health interventions with focus on Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) programs
  • Sound knowledge of major development issues, especially Sexual and Reproductive Health, gender and inclusive programming in marginalised context. Knowledge of the context in Kenya and Narok County is an added advantage.
  • Sound knowledge and experience in Quantitative and Qualitative evaluation methodologies
  • Evidence of publications and reports on similar assignments
  • A demonstrated high level of professionalism and an ability to work independently and in high-pressure situations under tight deadlines
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills (high proficiency in written and spoken English) and capacity to develop high quality reports
10.2 Competencies
  • Methodical and organized, with excellent analytical and writing skills
10.3 Technical Expertise in one of the following areas
  • Issues related to SRH
All applications received by the submission date will be reviewed internally at CA. 

Upon selection, the consultant (s)/consulting firm will be invited for a discussion and requested to submit a detailed inception report and workplan prior to starting any data collection exercise.
 
11.0 How to Apply
 
Applicants should submit Technical and Financial proposals with subject line clearly marked “Consultancy for End-line: SRH Project” on or before 6th December 2017 at 5.00 pm via email to [email protected]
 
ANNEX 1: TECHNICAL PROPOSAL REPORT FORMAT
 
a. Introduction: Description of the firm (full names, post office box number, telephone number (s), e-mail address, physical address and contact person (s) of the consultant s), the firm’s qualification and statutory compliance.
 
b. Understanding of the requirements of the service/consultant’s interpretation of the Terms of Reference.
 
c. Proposed methodology.
 
d. Firm’s experience in undertaking assignments of similar nature for other major clients
 
e. Proposed team composition (including their CVs, which relates their experience and skills etc to this assignment).
 
f. References (Names, physical, and email addresses and telephone numbers of three references for the consultancy organization which must relate to similar work done within the last three years, and contact details (names, addresses, email and telephone numbers) of persons who will be ultimately responsible and accountable for contracting the consultants for that work.
 
g. Clear and detailed work plan/Gantt chart.

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