Consultancy: Mapping existing SGBV coordination structures and referral pathways in Turkana West Sub-County (Kenya)

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.

1. About Terre des Hommes Netherlands

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.

2. Background Information 

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.

3. Purpose Of The Consultancy

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.

4. Objective of the Rapid Assessment

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.

Specific Objective  

  • Understand existing risks in relation to SGBV and its prevalence/scale in the targeted locations
  • To determine the support required for  children victims and survivors of SGBV
  • To identify the existing available and accessible services, and service delivery mechanism/procedure to support survivors and its effectiveness  
  • To develop a database with detailed information of service providers offering SGBV/CP services to the survivors along with their locations, addresses and contact details  
  • To understand the roles and responsibilities, gaps and limitations and capacity needs of key SGBV service providers regarding the services provided to survivors  
  • To understand about the existing SGBV/CP referral and linkage system between the service providers
  • Assess the county level legal and policy framework regarding provisions for SGBV/CP services or boys and girls 

5. Main Tasks of the Consultancy

The consultant is expected to undertake the following tasks:

  • Conduct inception meeting for the assignment and preparing an inception report 
  • Gathering and reviewing of all necessary documents mentioned in section
  • Design the mapping in consultation with TdH-NL staff in a meeting with appropriate methodology, timing, roles and responsibilities of the team members, etc.
  • Develop and finalize the tools based on consultation with TdH-NL staff, and conduct field testing 
  • Recruitment and implementation of the training for Data Collection Assistants
  • Data collection of the available services and service providers offering medical, legal, psycho-social and rehabilitation services to the survivors, and the existing referral mechanisms/linkages 
  • Data cleaning, validation, entry, analysis and synthesis
  • Develop a database containing all the relevant information about the identified service providers (both government and non-government organizations) including their names, location, offering services, contact details, etc. 
  • Develop and submission draft mapping report
  • Organize a findings sharing workshop with the TdH-NL staff, Government representatives, UN agencies in the region and  other relevant stakeholders to seek their input on the findings
  • Incorporate feedback and finalize the report, and submit to TdH-NL

Note

  • The assigned tasks will need to focus on the above mentioned aspects, however, are not limited to them. Other associated tasks may and should be undertaken based on discussion and need.
  • Submit the final rapid assessment report to TdH-NL’s Kenya Country Office. The raw data, the database which has been cleaned (both qualitative and quantitative, including original field notes for in-depth interviews and focus group discussions, as well as recorded audio material), and data collection tools used in the Rapid Assessment should be submitted together with the report. A simple inventory of materials handed over will be part of the record. 

6. Key Deliverables

  • An inception report with the detailed work plan, approach, appropriate methodology and implementing arrangements for conducting the mapping
  • Final tools/instruments of the prevalence, risks and service mapping 
  • Field manual for enumerators 
  • Training report of required number of enumerators and assistants 
  • Draft report which will be submitted within  Seven (7) days after completion of the field work 
  • Presentation of the key findings to the stakeholders
  • The final report of the assigned task which will be submitted within five days after the findings dissemination workshop with stakeholders
  • Database that will be developed by containing detailed information of the service providers 

Note: 

  • All deliverables will be submitted in 2 copies; in hardcopy and softcopy in editable form.
  • The contents of the report will be analysed and final payment will only be made upon approval of the final Rapid Assessment report by TdH-NL.

7. Time frame 

The assignment is expected to be conducted over a period of 20 days between January and February 2020.

8. Role of Terre des Hommes Netherlands

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.

9. Expected Profile of the Consultant

The lead consultant is expected to hold the following qualifications in order to be eligible for this position:

Experience

  • Minimum ten (10) years experience in designing, implementing, managing and coordinating of SGBV service mapping, stakeholders mapping/ analysis, assessment, survey/research, etc.
  • An advanced degree in a relevant field is compulsory and Technical background in Child Rights programming, a strong background in Social work, Social Science and/or Project Planning and Management, with solid experience in conducting social research.
  • Excellent academic and research background and have proven track record in conducting similar assignment
  • Research experience on SGBV, Rights, Service Provision, etc. issues and previous working experience with Victims and survivors of SGBV and other forms of violence will be a strong advantage 
  • Knowledge and experience of using research/survey/mapping concept, approaches, tools, techniques, methodologies, sampling, etc.
  • Experience in qualitative and quantitative data collection, validation, entry and analysis using statistical software and drafting skills.
  • Experience of working with local communities and non-governmental organisations.
  • Knowledge of and interest in the national and international provisions on child protection as well relevant policies on child protection/ child exploitation.
  • Fluency in English and Kiswahili, both orally and written. 

Skills and Competencies

  • Strong and sound analytical skills on gender analysis in overall aspects of mapping designing and conducting
  • Excellent communication and facilitation skills as well as fluency in English 
  • Ability to work collaboratively with multiple individuals and groups
  • Ability to produce high quality work under tight timeframes
  • Proof of having undertaken similar assignments
  • Ability to develop high quality research/survey/assessment/mapping reports in English

10. Child Safeguarding Measures 

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. 

11. Ethical Considerations

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.

12. How to Apply

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: recruitment.africa@tdh.nl.

All applications should include the following:

  1. Cover letter, which should include:
    1. Brief explanation about the lead and associate consultants with particular emphasis on previous experience in this kind of work.
    2. Understanding of the TOR and the task to be accomplished.
    3. Proposed methodology.
    4. Draft work/implementation plan.
  2. Copies of reports of previous similar work conducted.
  3. Organisational (if it is a company applying) or personal capacity statement (if it is an individual that will hire data collectors).
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