DSW HerRight Project Baseline Study Consultancy in Kenya


Deutsche Stiftung Weltbevölkerung (DSW) | Youth Can

Terms of Reference (TOR) for the Baseline Study for the HerRight Project

1. About DSW

Deutsche Stiftung Weltbevölkerung (DSW) is a global development organisation that focuses on the needs and potential of the largest youth generation in history.

We are committed to creating demand for and access to sexual and reproductive health information, services, supplies, and economic empowerment for young people.

We achieve this by engaging in advocacy, capacity development, and reproductive health initiatives, empowering young people to lead healthy and self-determined lives.

2. Background

Violence against Girls and Women (VaGW) including rape, gender-based discrimination and exploitation is particularly high among the fishing communities around the inland lakes, including Lake Victoria.

In Marenga Beach, survival sex, also called Jaboya, represents a unique form of VaGW that exposes girls and women to various forms of abuse, including emotional abuse and Sexually Gender Based Violence(SGBV).

There are clear indications that this type of survival sex, which is transactional in nature, often coexists with other risky sexual behaviours. Poor girls and young women seeking out a living from the lake and other vulnerable women such as widows are engaged in survival sex to meet the basic needs of their families.

There are undesirable sexual and reproductive health outcomes associated with survival sex including sexually transmitted infections (STIs), unintended pregnancies and unsafe abortions.

Hence, preventing VaWG is paramount to achieving gender equality and Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 5. DSW Kenya with funding from GIZ is implementing a two-year project in Marenga with the objective of promoting a conducive environment for girls and women to enjoy their right and be free from violence within the fishing community of Marenga beach.

Thereby, achieving important milestones towards achieving gender equality and empowering women and girls to prevent VaGW.

3. Project objectives and outputs

DSW Kenya will implement HerRight Project in Marenga beach, Bunyala West Ward in Busia County aiming to promote a conducive environment for girls and women to enjoy their SRHR and be free from violence. This will be achieved through; Strengthening the capacity of Beach Management Unit (BMU), supporting the BMU to create an integrated community response, empowering girls and young women with knowledge and skills to improve their socio-economic situation, and ensuring that Knowledge and best practices from the project are shared leading to effective programming and replication.

Project activities will target the BMU with training on leadership and governance, SRHR and prevention of VaGW. Moreover, they will be supported to; conduct public awareness, coordinate dialogue events with relevant stakeholders, establish and support gender desks and work closely with the media on prevention of VaGW.

The project will also support economic initiatives for unemployed girls and young women through non-formal skills training (Apprenticeship) and supporting them to access employment, seed capital and markets for their products. It will also encourage the establishment of Youth village Savings and lending associations.

It is anticipated that the project pathways, learnings and case studies will be documented and shared for replication.

Goal: Achieve gender equality and empower women and Girls to prevent VaGW.

Objective: To promote a conducive environment for girls and women to enjoy their right and be free from violence within the fishing community around Marenga by 2021.

The project has four key outputs;

1. Strengthened capacity of Beach Management Unit to prevent VaWG.

2. Integrated community response preventing VaWG established by the BMU

3. Young women and girls are empowered to improve their socio-economic situation through knowledge and skills development.

4. Project methodologies, best practices and lessons learnt documented and shared.

Project location: Bunyala West Ward, Busia County, Kenya

Beneficiaries: Girls and young women (aged 15-24) living and engaging in fishing trade.

Target Group: Marenga BMU, opinion leaders, Health service providers, County Government officials, policy makers, Government administrators and law enforcement officers.

4. Baseline purpose and objectives

The objective of the baseline study is to assess, measure, and determine the baseline values of all project indicators and to understand the starting point of key elements of the work against which later progress will be measured.

This will enable project indicators at output and outcome level to be measured and tracked.

Broad study areas include:

a) Social environment for Girls and women to enjoy their SRHR.

b) Capacity of BMU in prevention of VaGW

c) Level of community awareness and response in preventing VaGW

d) Level of awareness of relevant decision makers and stakeholder’s on policies, guidelines on prevention of VaGW

e) Level of knowledge on livelihoods and entrepreneurial skills among girls and women.

Specific study objectives based on project indicators:

  • Determine the prevalence of VaGW in Marenga beach.
  • Determine the availability of social services pertaining to the prevention of and response to VaGW
  • Determine the proportion of girls and women reporting an improved law enforcement environment.
  • Determine the level of knowledge of decision makers and law enforcement officers on VaGW policies.
  • Determine the proportion of law enforcement units following established protocols for VaWG complaints.
  • Determine the level of comprehensive knowledge of BMU members on handling VaWG cases.
  • Determine the capacity of BMU governance concerning policies and guidelines in prevention of VaWG.
  • Determine the number of VaGW cases handled by the relevant authorities.
  • Determine the level of awareness on prevention for VaGW among key stakeholders.
  • Assess the policy and regulatory environment ( what exists, gaps and responsiveness) in relation to VaGW( at the county level)
  • Establish if there are any on-going cross border gender initiatives while determining opportunities for linkages.
  • Assess who is doing what in the county in addressing VaGW, including assessing quality of service and models that work.
  • Assess the potential positive and negative impacts of the intervention on beneficiaries and beyond, which were not accounted for by the project (to reduce negative impacts and maximize positive impacts).
  • Recommendations for any further actions

5. Methodology

DSW will select a local research consultant to conduct the baseline survey.

The selected research consultant will be required to prepare a detailed research methodology in partnership with DSW.

The baseline survey will be proposed to apply both quantitative and qualitative data collection methods.

Key methods will be face to face interviews, focus group discussions and key informant interviews with sample groups and individuals from the target group and project stakeholders.

Moreover, the consultant team is invited to suggest other groups to be interviewed based on information needs.

Research tools, such as questionnaires, FGD guides shall be carefully designed and be discussed with DSW.

6. Tasks and Deliverables

The consultant will be expected to undertake the following tasks;

  • Get full understanding of the project proposal, target groups and project’s outcomes
  • Design the survey methodology, and develop comprehensive research tools for data collection – taking into consideration the different target groups.
  • Support the process of preparing documentation for study ethical clearance
  • Train data collectors and meet with various stakeholders at sub-county and county level
  • Organise adequate supervision and coordination of the survey teams in the field
  • Present preliminary findings to the project team and stakeholders
  • Prepare and submit final survey report

7. Supporting Documents

DSW will provide supporting documents related to the program design, which will include;

  • Logical framework and project concept
  • Any other relevant documents and reports

8. Skills and Experience

The consultant is expected to have the following skills and experience

  • Proven 10 years of experience of conducting research studies on VAGW, SRHR and Gender.
  • Theoretical and practical knowledge of qualitative and quantitative research tool development and data collection methods (including focus group discussions)
  • Experience in conducting studies in fishing communities, especially in Kenya
  • Very good written and verbal communication skills in English

Your application should include the following:

Work plan and submission

The assignment is expected to start by 14th October 2019, the first draft report findings to be shared and discussed with staff by 31st October 2019 and the final report submitted by 14th November 2019.

Your application should include the following:

  • A detailed resume highlighting the work that the Consultant has undertaken, which is relevant to this assignment and supported by recommendation letter for similar tasks;
  • Minimum of two (2) samples of reports developed by the Consultant addressing similar issues;
  • A detailed work plan and timeframe, which must be costed (in the local currency) at each stage;
  • A brief outline of the methodology the Consultant will use to guide the process; explaining in detail the methodology and tools to be used in carrying out the assignment.
  • Technical Proposal: Brief explanation about the Consultant’s professional background with particular emphasis on previous experience in this kind of work; methodology, the task to be accomplished as well as baseline analysis framework and plan.
  • Financial Proposal: The financial proposal should provide cost estimates for services rendered including daily consultancy fees, training costs, accommodation; transport cost; stationeries, and supplies needed for training and administrative costs related to the participants during the exercise.

Interested applicants are requested to submit their application with the reference “HerRight” clearly indicated in the email subject line to: vacancies@dswkenya.org

Deadline for application: 30th September 2019.

Ideal start date: 14th October 2019.

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Updated: September 18, 2019 — 12:44 pm