USAID Funded Afya Jijini’s Program Baseline Assessment Short Term Technical Assistance

Project: The USAID Kenya and East Africa Afya Jijini Program
Contract No. AID-615-C-00002
Assignment: Short Term Technical Assistance (STTA) to support Afya Jijini’s Program Baseline Assessment

1. Background: Building off the success of the previous USAID-funded AIDS, Population and Health Integrated Assistance plus (APHIAplus) program, Afya Jijini is a three-year project with an overall purpose to improve and increase access and utilization of quality health services in Kenya through strengthened service delivery and institutional capacity of county health systems. 

The three sub-purposes and output areas for the activity are:
  • Sub-purpose 1: Increased Access and Utilization of Quality HIV Services
  • Sub-purpose 2: Increased Access and Utilization of focused Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health (MNCH), Family Planning (FP), Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), and Nutrition Services
  • Sub-purpose 3: Strengthened and Functional County Health Systems
In order to achieve this purpose, Afya Jijini will provide technical assistance to 113 health facilities in Nairobi County to improve the quality and uptake of health services. 
The period of implementation is from September 2015 through August 2018.

Afya Jijini is preparing to conduct a baseline assessment across the supported health facilities, areas where community-level activities will be implemented, and in the county and sub-county service coordination levels.

2. Objective of the assignment: The objective of this assignment is to assist Afya Jijini to conduct a baseline assessment that gathers data from the 113 facilities, the community, county, and sub-county levels, across the three project sub-purposes.

Although the baseline assessment will cover all three sub-purposes, there will be a greater focus on MNCH, Child Health, Family Planning, WASH, and Nutrition indicators. 

Emphasis will also be given to crosscutting issues, including youth, key populations (FSWs, MSWs, and MSMs), gender, and coordination will be accorded special emphasis.

The baseline assessment will serve several purposes:

  1. To establish the current operational situation (service delivery and health systems strengthening);
  2. To assist the project to refine the implementation strategy in order to achieve the program targets; and
  3. To serve as a benchmark to measure the project’s achievements, and to be used for future evaluations. Afya Jijini requires comparative data to evaluate the progress and monitor the impact of the project’s activities within Nairobi County.
3. Proposed Activities:
The consultant will undertake the following tasks:
A. Conduct desk research to review existing documents, reports, guidelines and policies that inform the spectrum of the activities implemented by Afya Jijini.
B. Work with the Afya Jijini staff, Nairobi County and sub-county staff to coordinate data collection from the sampled health facilities, community institutions, and key informants.
C. Obtain relevant historical data from available data systems, such as the DHIS2, to assess past performance on key indicators.
D. Conduct a sample-based assessment among selected informal settlements in Nairobi to obtain accurate measures on MNCH, Child Health, Family Planning, Nutrition, and WASH. This includes but not limited to KIIs and FGDs.
E. Work with the M&E director and the technical area experts to analyze data obtained from the baseline exercise and triangulate it with data available from other sources, such as DATIM and DQA conducted recently.
F. Develop a comprehensive report, obtaining feedback from staff and key stakeholders.
G. Other activities, as agreed upon by the consultant and the M&E director, with input from technical areas experts, may be included with an amendment to this scope of work.

4. Deliverables:

  1. A detailed final assessment plan – including strategies for the different areas where data will be required
  2. A detailed data analysis plan
  3. Progress briefings if/as requested by Afya Jijini
  4. A clean data set and filed data collection tools, transcripts and records for safekeeping
  5. Final draft report with comprehensive details on the baseline measures for all the project indicators.
  6. Final report incorporating Afya Jijini inputs due within one week of receiving the feedback. 
  7. PowerPoint presentation summarizing findings
5. Timing and Duration: The work for Afya Jijini is expected to begin on/about March 16, 2016 and to be completed on/about May 06, 2016. The level of effort for the consultant is up to 40 days during this time period, as outlined below:

briefing, review of tools and desk review
of documents, reports and meta data analysis
research assistants especially those involved in the community based data
analysis and tabulation
39 Days


6. Location and Supervision: This assignment will take place in Nairobi, Kenya. The consultant shall work with the Afya Jijini M&E Director, the DCOP, and the service area advisors to assist in planning, developing tools, data collection analysis, and reporting activities for the baseline assessment. The consultant will work under the overall supervision of the M&E Director.
7. Qualification and Requirements: The successful person for this STTA will have the necessary training in a health discipline, with a Masters Degree in Public Health, Epidemiology, Monitoring and Evaluation, or a related area. 
The person must have experience in HIV prevention, care and treatment services provided under PEPFAR funding; and MNCH, family planning, nutrition, and WASH services.
The person must be Kenyan. The proposed individuals must fulfill the following criteria.
  • Proven experience in conducting assignments of a similar nature;
  • Have a strong conceptual understanding of issues relating to youth, gender, HIV/AIDS, MNCH/FP/ Nutrition, and WASH. Experience in leadership and governance, human resources for health (HRH), and/or health products and technologies will be an added advantage.
  • A proven record of accomplishing baseline assessments for USAID-funded projects.
8. Selection criteria: The shortlisted applicants will be invited to IMA to appear before an interview panel and to demonstrate their competencies to perform the task. 
The final decision will be made based on competency and availability to begin the task immediately as well as cost.

9. How to Apply

The applicant will submit electronic Expression of Interest (EOI) stating the capability; proposed work plan with timelines; curriculum vitae; and description of similar projects assignments undertaken.

The expressions of interest must be submitted by Monday March 14, 2016 at 17.00 hours to

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