G.R.A.C.E. Africa Pwani Lishe Bora Program Consultancy Opportunity

Background to the Consultancy

In March 2016, Kenya AIDS NGOs Consortium (KANCO), Grassroots Alliance for Community Education (G.R.A.C.E.) Africa and Kenya Scaling Up Nutrition Civil Society Alliance (SUN CSA) received a three-year grant (March 2016 – March 2019) from the European Union to jointly implement the Pwani Lishe Bora program.

The program’s goal is to promote Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) actions to enhance nutrition programming, governance and development processes as partners in promoting social development in Mombasa County and link the same to national level initiatives by 2019. 

Add sub counties and key activities to be undertaken plus schools.

Brief description of the program

Overall objective:- To promote CSOs actions to enhance governance and development processes as partners in promoting social development in Mombasa County and Link the same to national  level  initiatives by 2019.
Specific Objectives

  • Strengthen County advocacy mechanisms to increase CSOs and Public particiaption in Nutrition programmes and actions in Mombasa County.
  • Promote Multi – Sectoral apporaches and nutrition relevant fields, join and engage through the SUN Civil Society Alliance(SUN CSA) and SUN Networks at National level and in Mombasa County.
  • Initiate and scale up nutrition specific  and nutrition sensitive actions to address maternal and child malnutrition in high burden sub counties in Mombasa County.
  • Strengthen human and institutional capacity for 50 health facilitiesoffering maternal and young child nutrition services in Mombasa County.
  • Strengthen human and institutional capacity for 50 health facilities offering maternal and young child nutrition services in mombasa county.
  • Strengthen Nutrition information Management Systems to build evidence on effective nutrition actions and improve information flow for utilization in decision making.

Gographical area to be covered: Mvita, Changamwe, Jomvu Kuu, Likoni, Kisauni and Nyali Sub Counties.

Target groups; children under 5; adolescents girls; women of reproductive age; women before pregnancy; youth’ members of the County Assembly and men.

Estimated results

  • An increase in County political commitment of nutrition funding and other resources by 20%.
  • Improved nutritional status of underfives and women of reproductive age including adolescents.
  • Functional and robust multi sectoral platform including SUN Mombasa to champion nutrition.
  • Improved human and institutional capacity to avert malnutrition in healthcare delivery system
  • Effective utilization of nutrition information for county decision making.

Description of G.R.A.C.E. Africa
The Grassroots Alliance for Community Education (G.R.A.C.E) Africa is a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) registered in Kenya in 2004 under the NGO’s Coordination Act. 

G.R.A.C.E. Africa is affiliated to G.R.A.C.E. USA, a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit entity based in California, USA. 

Our mission is to enhance the capacity of Community Based Organizations (CBOs) for self-determined, high-impact and sustainable initiatives leading to better health and development.

Our approach focuses on strengthening the capacities of local grassroots organizations in Kenya to enable them to design and implement sustainable programs to solve development challenges affecting their communities. 

Our current programs focus on promoting Maternal and Child Health; enabling orphans and vulnerable children below 5 years to access integrated Early Childhood Development (ECD) services; providing small scale farmers with appropriate skills and farm inputs hence improving food security; and providing people living in poverty (especially women) with skills to start and operate community savings and lending associations as well as Income Generating Activities (IGAs) as a means of improving their household incomes and general livelihoods.

The Consultancy Scope of Work
G.R.A.C.E. Africa requires the services of a consultant or consultant firm to undertake a mapping exercise of CSO’s working in Mombasa County, from the mapping exercise G.R.A.C.E. Africa will be able to develop an register of all CSO’s working Mombasa County on issues of Nutrition for the purpose of forming a nutrition multistakeholders forum; enhancing informaton sharing on nutrition issues and improving the exsiting referral pathways in the county.

Specific Terms of Reference for the assignment
The following specific tasks are expected to be undertaken by the consultant in regard to the mentioned assignment:

  • Hold discussions with G.R.A.C.E staff (particularly the Chief Executive Officer, the Project Technical Lead and the Project Officer) to agree on specific issues related to the mapping exercise including time lines, scope, reporting format and logistics.
  • Based on the above discussions, develop a tentative schedule for the mapping exercise including a methodology for the exercise, appropriate mapping tool/s, data collection protocol and reporting tool.
  • Undertake a  mapping exercise in the five sub counties  within Mombasa County.
  • Liaise with with Ministry of Education Mombasa County and come up with a list of schools and the population of children in Mvita,Changamwe, Jomvu Kuu, Likoni, Kisauni and Nyali.
  • Develop a report and accompanying CSO’s database  for Mombasa County that will printed as a booklet detailing names of the identified CSOs, contact details, program areas et al

Deliverables / Results to be achieved by the consultant

The following are the expected deliverables from this assignment:
  • A comprehensive database of CSO’s focusing on Nutrition issues in Mombasa County detailing among others the CSO’s names, locations, programs, target groups, criteria for service provision, existing referral partners and contact details.
  • A comprehensive narrative  report detailing the process undertaken in the mapping exercise.
G.R.A.C.E Africa’s Responsibility
The Consultant will be responsible to the G.R.A.C.E Chief Executive Officer.
In addition, both the G.R.A.C.E Technical Lead will be available for consultation with the consultant before and after the exercise to guide the planning and report preparation exercise.

Specifically G.R.A.C.E Africa will provide the following:

  • Background information on the organization, the assignment and any other information relevant and necessary for the undertaking of the exercise.
  • Accommodation, meals,transport and other logistical support required for the exercise.
  • Minimum academic qualification – a Bachelors degree in a relevant field for example Sociology, Community Development, Project Planning and Management, Research.
  • At least 7 years experience working in or with the CSO sector in Kenya, preferably focusing on issues of health, nutrition, advocacy and community development.
  • Past experience in conducting baseline surveys and mapping exercises.
  • A sound understanding of development actors in Mombasa County and the dynamics of the Civil Society Working in the County especially those working on health and nutrition.
  • Excellent oral and written English and Swahili languages.
Submission of Expression of Interest
Interested candidates should submit an expression of interest comprising a technical and financial proposal; timelines for the exercise; and CVs to; info@graceafrica.org

Deadline for submissions 3rd June 2016 5pm Kenyan Time.

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