Terre des Hommes Netherlands is looking for a consultant / consultancy firm for a mapping, learning and best practices assessment of existing SGBV coordination structures and referral pathways in Songot and Letea locations, Turkana West Sub-County, Kenya.
Terre des Hommes Netherlands (TdH-NL) is a child rights organisation committed to stopping child exploitation. Child exploitation is amongst the most serious violations of the rights of the child. TdH-NL's definition of child exploitation covers: (a) the Worst Forms of Child Labour; (b) Child Trafficking and Unsafe Migration; (c) (Commercial) Sexual Exploitation of Children; and (d) Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights of children (including Child Abuse and Child Marriage). Our mission is to prevent child exploitation, remove children from exploitative situations and ensure these children can develop themselves in a safe environment.
TdH-NL works with an integral approach to combat child exploitation, which is reflected in our Theory of Change. To bring about the desired change and create an environment in which children are protected, we first analyse the long-term causes and medium-term barriers for change, as well as the potential to bring about change. Within this context, we identify key actors that can play a constructive role in this change process. Generally these actors consist of children, families and communities, the private sector, government, law enforcement agencies and Civil Society Organisations (CSOs). Specific actors are identified for each programme, per context.
In Africa, TdH-NL is actively implementing programmes in Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. Guided by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) we use evidence-based strategies to prevent child exploitation, provide services to victims and their families, prosecute perpetrators and promote the realisation of children’s rights globally.
Sexual Gender-based violence (SGBV) or violence against women and girls (VAWG), is a global pandemic that affects 1 in 3 women in their lifetime. 35% of Women World wide have experienced either physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence or non-partner sexual violence. This issue is not only devastating for survivors of violence and their families, but also entails significant social and economic costs. In some countries, violence against women is estimated to cost countries up to 3.7% of their GDP – more than double what most governments spend on education. All persons suffer disproportionately from SGBV, in an emergency, post emergency and in settled host communities contexts. Failure to address this issue also entails a significant cost for the future.
As part of national efforts to address the SGBV meted against children and general protection of Children in Turkana County and in Kenya at large, TdH-NL in partnership with UNICEF in Turkana West Sub County is planning to conduct a SGBV mapping, learning and best practices assessment/ exercise in Turkana West Sub County (Letea and Songot Wards) to establish the extent to which SGBV is an issue in the region, risks predisposing children, its manifestation, and what interventions are currently being undertaken to protect children from this issue. The mapping findings will inform concerted efforts with communities, Government, UN agencies, CSOs and Private sector to prevent, mitigate and respond to SGBV against children in the targeted wards and Turkana West Sub County as a whole.
TdH-NL intends to contribute to improved general coordination and delivery of service delivery to Child Survivors of SGBV, a plan has been laid down to conduct an assessment on risks to SGBV, prevalence and service based mapping assessment with emphasis on accessibility and delivery mechanisms in Turkana West Sub County in 2 Wards of Letea and Songot. Interest services include medical, legal, psycho-social, rehabilitation along with service providers locations, addresses, contact details, etc.The assessment will be done in line with specific indicators of the project and will go a long way in identifying the legal and policy framework in place at county and Country level to address SGBV meted against both boys and girls in the entire Sub County. By this assessment, TdH-NL strongly believes that the mapping will not only identify the required services to the survivors, but also can identify the gaps or limitations that exist therein thereby informing responsive capacity building initiatives of key actors in the target project locations.
The overall objective of the consultancy is to map out SGBV prevalence/scale, associated risks and vulnerabilities among the children, the existing available and accessible services (medical, legal, psycho-social, rehabilitation, etc.) provided by the government and nongovernment organizations and other private sector to the survivors, and the gaps or limitations that exists in those interventions.
The consultant is expected to undertake the following tasks:
The assignment is expected to be conducted over a period of 20 days between January and February 2020.
TdH-NL will provide all required background materials and programme documents to the consultant in a timely manner; and be the link between the consultant and the project sites in Turkana West Sub County.
TdH-NL will review tools and provide support in the Mapping process including identifying venues for discussion.
TdH-NL will manage the consultancy contract, monitoring adherence to specified deadlines, facilitating access to required information. In addition, TdH-NL will provide guidance throughout all phases of execution, approving all deliverables, and facilitating access to any documentation deemed relevant to the evaluation process.
The consultant will be responsible for guiding the entire Mapping process and all other specific responsibilities as stipulated in the TOR.
The lead consultant is expected to hold the following qualifications in order to be eligible for this position:
In line with the UNCRC, Terre des Hommes Netherlands strives to keep children safe in all its undertakings. A screening and reference check of the successful candidate will be conducted during the selection process. The successful applicant will be required to read, understand, and commit to abide by TdH-NL’s Child Safeguarding Policies and Guidelines. The institution/firm or individual consultant will sign the policies to indicate an understanding of, and commitment to follow the policy requirements. The methodologies used in this study must abide by the universally acceptable standards for involving children in research.
All participants involved in the assessment are expected to be treated with dignity and respect, and participation in the study will be voluntary. Confidentiality and the right to privacy should be ensured. Consent will be obtained from all participants prior to their participation. Interviewing of children will only be done for children above 12 years, with the consent of their parents/caregivers and if they themselves are comfortable participating and providing information. Where a child has been a victim of exploitation and abuse and shows signs of distress, a clear referral for counselling and psychosocial support should be done.
There will be nothing in the study which may be harmful for the respondents in terms of legal or ethical grounds.. The research objectives will be clearly explained to all the respondents of the study before collecting data from them. The consultant/ firm will abstain from data collection from any person who will deny or show any reluctance in providing information. Written consent with signature or thumb impression of the respondents, therefore, needs to be obtained before collecting data. The researchers will be highly committed to the respondents to guard the privacy of their information and sources of data, as well as will put heartiest endeavour to be unbiased in collecting data. The research report will not reveal the identity of the respondents.
Interested applicants should submit Technical and Financial proposals electronically in PDF format, addressed to “The Selection Committee”, with subject line clearly marked “Consultancy for mapping, learning and best practices assessment on existing SGBV coordination structures and referral pathways in Turkana West Sub-County” via email on or before 15th January 2020 to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
All applications should include the following: