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TERMS OF RERENEC FOR A BASELINE SURVEY ON A RIGHT BASED APPROACH TO EDUCATION AND CHILD PROTECTION PROGRAM IN GARISSA COUNTY.

TASK SUMMARY

Womankind Kenya in partnership with ERIKS development partner is seeking a consultant to conduct a baseline survey in 3 sub-counties in Garissa County. The project  “Watoto Wetu Project” which is to be implemented by Womankind Kenya targets Garissa township, Hulugho and Lagdera Sub-counties and is a continuation of a conclude similar project.   The consultant is required to support with data collection on access to basic education, formal & informal child protection structures and building of network for advocacy and provide a comprehensive report. 

 

BACKGROUND

Garissa County is one of the 47 counties in Kenya, located in the North Eastern part of the country. The county has a population of about 699,534, (375,985 M, 323,549 F)  people (Garissa CIDP, 2015), a majority of whom are nomadic pastoralists, however, about 16% of the population live a more sedentary lifestyle and have embraced agriculture as a means of livelihood (Garissa CIDP, 2015).

A majority of children in the county are unable to access basic amenities that facilitate their well-being in regards to access to education, only 42% of school going age are able to access primary education. More than half of the children are out of school (County Director of Education – Garissa).

Child rights violations in the county are very rampant. Most of the violations are not reported to authorities for legal action. Propensity to child marriage in the region is very high which is associated with high drop-out rates at 17% for girls in schools, girls are considered source of income to poor families through dowry payments. This has affected retention and transition of girls in education especially after attaining the age 15years.   The dominant culture in the county is Somali which is patriarchal in nature, adults especially men are final decision makers in the community, the paternalistic management of children issues have resulted children voices not to be heard. 

Children are affected by the calamities; these are man-made and natural disasters that affect the community lifestyle and wellbeing. Populations are prone to droughts; floods and ethnic skirmishes that directly affect their economic status where children and women are the most affected.

The community have weak or lacks very strong informal and formal structures for child protection as well as for advocacy engagement with duty bearers. The project shall aim to establish and strengthen community and government structures and institutions in child rights service delivery.

Womankind Kenya through the support from ERIKS implements “Watoto Wetu project” in 3 sub-counties within Garissa County. The project will be implemented from 2016-2018.

Project specific outcomes are:

  1. Increased access to basic education for children in the target sub-counties
  2. Increased retention & completion rate for leaner’s in the target sub-counties
  3. Increased literacy & numeracy skills of lower grade learners
  4. Enhanced capacities of formal & informal structures in child protection
  5. Child protection network have greater capacities to push forward policies at local & national level that advances realization of children rights by 2018.

PURPOSE OF THE BASELINE

  1. Provide detailed contextual information / situational analysis on attitudes, knowledge and behavior of communities and stakeholders in Garissa County relating child protection, female cut /FGM, school environment and school governance  to help refine the project theory of change, activities and objectives
  2. Establish access, retention & compilation rate for schools in the target 3 sub-counties.
  3. Assess leaner’s abilities in terms literacy and numeracy for lower grade learners of target schools  
  4. establish capacities of formal &  informal child protection structures in the target communities
  5. Conduct power analysis that can give detailed information on power relations among communities and between communities and duty bearers
  6. Develop recommendations for project monitoring, learning and final impact assessment

 

UTILIZATION OF BASELINE

It is expected that the baseline findings will be used for different purposes by different stakeholders. In designing the baseline and communicating findings, the consultant is expected to have the following in mind:

stakeholder

Information required

Reason

Project staff ( program officers, coordinator, manager, executive director)

Information to help refine and adjust project interventions; to measure project progress over time

 

To re-assess the project theory of change and proposed activities, so as to inform and /or make adjustments to project implementation

 

Local and national policy makers

Robust, data pertaining to child right violations/child situation that is communicated in an accessible, easily understood format

 

To be used as an advocacy tool by project staff in conjunction with key stakeholders to demonstrate the scale of child rights violations

 

Garissa civil society organizations & Garissa child protection network

  • Modalities of strengthening networking and collaboration among network  members
  • Robust, data pertaining to child right violations/child situation that is communicated in an accessible, easily understood format

 

  • Strengthening networking & collaboration
  • To be used as an advocacy tool by project staff in conjunction with key stakeholders to demonstrate the scale of child rights violations

 

Project Indicators

The baseline research is required to produce data on the following indicators,

Indicator

Data collection method

%  of learners accessing basic education in the target 3 sub-counties (Access rate)

Baseline data/ school visit/ sub-county MOE

%Transition rate from lower to upper primary of target 3 sub-counties

Baseline data/ school visit/ sub-county MOE

% completion rate for primary education in the target sub-counties

Baseline data/ school visit/ sub-county MOE

% of learners attaining grade level competency  in lower primary of target school

Baseline data/ school visit/ sub-county MOE

No and capacities of formal and informal child protection structures in the target communities

Baseline data/interviews with children officers/Community Dialogue

No of case follow up made by child protection structures

Baseline data/interviews with children officers/ Community Dialogue

%  of cases reported & are brought to a closure

Baseline data/interviews with children officers/ Community Dialogue

No of network led advocacy campaigns conducted

FGD with network members

No of activities prioritizing children needs captured in the county integrated development plan (CIDP)

Interview with County officials/ national government development office

 

TASKS  

It is expected the baseline research consultancy will involve the following tasks:

 

  1. Meet with Project Manager and relevant other staff for initial briefing and discussion of TOR
  2. Review project documentation (proposal, logframe, theory of change etc.) and existing evidence
  3. Write inception report and work plan for the baseline, and discuss schedule with Womankind Kenya
  4. Design data collection instruments, including questionnaires and all data entry processes, and qualitative tools adapted for different target groups as appropriate
  5. Develop research ethics and child protection protocols and appropriate response mechanisms
  6. Provide training to enumerators and project staff on research ethics and data collection techniques and practices appropriate to the subject
  7. Pilot data collection tools / data entry processes (including translation if necessary) and refine as required
  8. Oversee the start-up of the baseline project ensuring quality control processes are in place
  9. Analyze all data collected
  10. Provide summary data for key project logframe indicators
  11. Write a draft evaluation report and present to Womankind Kenya and partners for discussion
  12. Finalize baseline report based on feedback received
  13. Produce additional short report (or include within main report) to guide the project monitoring and evaluation strategy
  14. Development of user-friendly summary of main research findings

 

OUTPUTS

Specific outputs of the consultancy will be:

  1.  Inception report and workplan
  2. Data collection methodology, including sampling strategy and collection tools
  3. Training and capacity building on data collection & research ethics for enumerators and project staff
  4. Data analysis of quantitative and qualitative data
  5. Baseline figures for logframe indicators
  6. Draft(s) baseline report
  7. Final baseline report
  8. M&E Recommendations report
  9. A ‘user-friendly’ summary of the baseline report to aid sharing of key findings

 

Skills and qualifications of consultants

The successful baseline research partner will have a solid track record on the criteria below, with examples of evidence for each.

General criteria

  1. Demonstrable expertise on child rights
  2. Thematic expertise on child rights violations & child led advocacy
  3. Geographic expertise in Garissa County preferably
  4. A financial proposal that offers good value for money and that maximizes potential efficiencies to deliver the outputs within budget

Technical criteria

  1. Experience in quantitative methods and analysis
  2. Experience in qualitative methods and analysis, participatory research, action research
  3. Experience in project monitoring and evaluation systems, including those using participatory approaches and ‘hard to measure’ indicators (i.e. empowerment, governance, well-being, etc.)
  4. Evidence of strong downward accountability mechanisms used with project stakeholders/ participants to actively share results and learning
  5. Evidence of use of ethical considerations and methodological measures for conducting research with children
  6. Evidence of producing clear, concise reports in English and high quality, published research and active dissemination of findings

APPLICATION PROCESS AND PERIOD

 The proposed baseline survey is suppose to be undertaken in the month of  May 2016, deadline for application process is 11th May 2016. Therefore Womankind Kenya invites interested consultant to submit the following application documents:

  1. Expression of interest addressing track record and selection criteria
  2. Technical proposal for the baseline study including proposed activities schedule/work plan with time frame
  3. CV(s) of applicant(s)
  4. Budget (separating core consultancy costs and daily rates of team members)
  5. An example of previous similar work