International Rescue Committee Consultancy for Training Needs Assessments in Dadaab, Kenya

International Rescue Committee

Consultancy for Training Needs Assessments for Refugees and Host Community in Dadaab, Kenya

Sector: Health

Location: Kenya

Employee Type: Consultant

Employee Category: Not Applicable

Background / IRC Summary: The International Rescue Committee responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives.

Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC offers help to people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and gain control of their future.

IRC is currently working in Kenya in Kakuma and Daadab refugee camps supporting health facilities implementing essential lifesaving health care services, hence human resource for provision of health care services is key.

In Kenya, the IRC has been operational in Dadaab refugee complex since 2009 which is comprised of 5 camps, including Dagahaley, Hagadera, Ifo, Ifo 2, and Kambioos, and hosts over 275,000 refugees as per the UNHCR population statistics of September 2016.

97% of the population are of Somali origin while the rest includes South Sudanese, Ethiopians, Congolese, Rwandese, Ugandans and Burundians.

The IRC is the lead health agency in Hagadera and Kambioos camps, tasked with the resposibility of providing comprehensive healthcare within the camp. 60% of all IRC health workers are trained refugees who help implement programming on a daily basis.

The Kenya government plans to close Dadaab refugee complex (the largest in Kenya) and repatriate about 275,000 refugees. The voluntary repatriation of Somali refugees is ongoing spearheaded by UNHCR.

In view of the current context, it is essential to tailor services to refugees, to prepare them to be skilled and knowledgeable agents in current camps, in camps settings in other countries of displacement, and in their country of origin if they are to be repatriated in the near future.

The aim of this consultancy is to: Assess and identify the most relevant professional courses for existing and potential health professionals among the refugees in dadaab and the surrounding host community Kenya. Based on the results of the needs assessment, the IRC will engage with the certified health institutions to provide these courses to the project beneficiaries.

Main Goal: The primary goal aims at improving the coverage and quality of health care services in in Kenya and Somalia, and improve refugees’, returnees and host communities’ livelihoods, by training and placing qualified trained staff in various health institutions

Objective  of the Exercise: The objective of the consultancy is to identify the capacity/training needs of the refugees in Dadaab refugee camp and the surrounding host community in Kenya and the most suitable health courses for the health needs in both Kenya and Somali.

This will ensure the required skills and knowledge will be prioritized in the training of the health staff in the IRC health supported facilities in both countries, with a focus on the returnees from the Dadaab refugee camps, with health professional skills requiring further job placement.

Therefore, the assessment will be undertaken with stakeholders like the Ministry of Health, UNHCR, and other implementing health partner’s .It is expected that the consultations will be undertaken in a highly participatory manner.

Main Tasks of the Survey Consultant / Institution: The consultant will develop the methodology as part of the first deliverable. IRC will feedback on any modifications that are required before the methodology and the work plan are signed off and work on data gathering.

In developing the methodology, the consultant should consider the following points;

  • Primary research methods should include interviews and focus-group discussions with key stakeholders and project beneficiaries
  • The consultant must ensure informed consent is provided for all interviews, focus group discussions and photographs
  • IRC should be consulted and will be part of the coordination processes at all stages
  • The consultant will specifically have briefing and debriefing meetings with IRC at the commencement and conclusion of methodological implementation

Key Deliverables Expected

  • Survey guidelines, methodology, data collection tools andwork plan
  • An assessment of the most relevant professional courses
  • Undertake a Situational analysis in order to establish baseline capacity in undertaking training assessments and implementing adaptation measures.
  • Identify required training and modes of training for health staff (who- designation, what training, how and when).
  • Present the findings at the IRC field and Nairobi level.
  • Draft and compile a final report of the training needs assessment for health staff and mentorship framework/approaches recommended.
  • Develop a specific activity plan in advance (For the purpose of monitoring) that will be shared with key staff for subsequent dissemination.

Documents of reference (To be availed by IRC)

  • Relevant project documents as deemed necessary


  • The consultant will work closely with IRC’s Technical Coordinators based in Nairobi and liaise with the IRC Field teams in Dadaab.

How to Apply

If you feel you/your organization fit the required profile and are available for the assignment. Please CLICK HERE to submit a short technical proposal providing detailed budget breakdown, along with brief technical bio data of the core team members and evidence of similar work undertaken recently.

Deadline for receiving applications is 16th March, 2017.

Applicants will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

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Updated: March 11, 2017 — 7:41 am