Low Vision Services Situation Analysis Consultancy in Kenya

               

Terms of Reference for a Joint Consultancy to conduct a Situation Analysis on Low Vision Services in Kenya

Summary

Title: An inclusive situation analysis of low vision services, structures, policies and laws in Kenya

Purpose: To assess and analyse the current situation of low vision services in Kenya from a disability inclusive and rights perspective and to analyse barriers, gaps and needs of women, men, girls and boys with low vision and visual impairment including those with low vision, with blindness, and with disabilities and likely vision problems, including those from under-represented groups such as learning disabilities or psychosocial disability.

Location: Kenya

Duration: 2 months

Start Date: March 2020

Reporting to: Program Manager

Background and rationale: The Low Vision Cluster is CBM funded project whose focus is developing the potential of persons with visual impairment to lead a more independent life with dignity in Kenya.

It comprises three eye care hospitals that provide comprehensive eye care services. These hospitals are Sabatia Eye Hospital (which serves as the lead partner) PCEA Kikuyu Hospital – Eye Unit and Kwale Eye Centre.

The project coverage is western, central, coast, and parts eastern regions of Kenya with the overall objective being to contribute towards improved quality of people with low vision in Kenya.

Low vision is a visual impairment that is severe enough to impede a persons’ ability to learn or perform usual tasks of daily life but still allows some functionally useful visual discrimination. It covers a range from mild to severe visual impairment, but excludes total blindness.

Visual impairment on the other hand is defined as the damage to the visual system that impedes a persons’ ability to learn or perform usual tasks of daily life, given a child’s level of maturity and cultural environment. The term includes both low vision and blindness.

Developing a situation analysis taking the perspective and rights as outlined in the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) of women, men, girls and boys with disabilities across all impairment groups including under-represented groups as into consideration is the foundation for disability inclusive advocacy and programming.

Over the years the programme of the Low Vision cluster has been developed based on previous years’ experiences but no study has been conducted to understand what the current situation is like and the barriers women, men, girls and boys with low vision and visual impairment including women, men, girls and boys with disabilities with low vision or visual impairment are confronted with as well as the gaps and needs they face to access the programme.

Therefore, we plan to conduct a situation analysis to inform the planning of a new phase of a Low Vision Programme. From this analysis we expect to learn about the barriers and gaps and the needs of women, men, girls and boys with low vision and visual impairment including women, men, girls and boys with disabilities across all impairment groups in the Kenyan context.

Recommendations shall be made to the low vision cluster network, CBM, the county and national governments, eye health agencies and civil society on concrete steps that can be taken to plan the next phase according to the needs and gaps identified and to improve the programme.

Also how to realize the rights of women, men, girls and boys with low vision or visual impairment including persons with disabilities across all impairment types including under-represented groups into consideration to equally participate in the programme and accessing services.

Purpose / overall objective: The purpose of the inclusive situational analysis is to inform the planning of a new programme of the Low Vision Cluster in Kenya.

The Situation Analysis will be and assessment and analysis of the current situation in Kenya, with respect to low vision service provision, structures, policies and laws and the barriers and enablers for women, men, girls and boys to access services in particular female clients and persons with disabilities across all impairment groups.

The objective of the assignment is: To assess and analyse the current situation of low vision services in Kenya from a disability inclusive and rights perspective and to analyse barriers, gaps and needs of women, men, girls and boys with low vision, with blindness, and with disabilities and likely vision problems, including those from under-represented groups such as learning disabilities or psychosocial disability.

The process will be used to:

  • Map the current situation of low vision services throughout the country (What, where, who, and how services are delivered)
  • Identify the key challenges and critical success factors associated with coverage of low vision services (key attributes that ensure comprehensive low vision service coverage)
  • Assess the barriers and enablers of women, men, girls and boys including women, men, boys and girls with disabilities for across all impairment groups with particular focus on women and girls and underrepresented groups such as persons with learning disabilities.
  • Inform the government of Kenya in collaboration with CBM to provide priority areas to ensure comprehensive coverage and provide recommendations for planning for the next phase of CBM supported low vision project

Expected outcomes

  • A report of the current situation of low vision services in selected areas in the country
  • A documentation of the challenges and critical success factors associated with delivery of low vision services
  • An action plan for actors in the field including the low vision cluster project, the government of Kenya in collaboration with CBM and other eye health agencies to provide priority areas to ensure comprehensive coverage.
  • Recommendations for training of low vision service human resources.
  • Provide recommendation of mechanisms for financing of low vision services
  • Modalities to address gaps in gender service provision for persons with disabilities across all impairment groups

Methodology

The process to develop the Situation Analysis will make use of multiple methodologies and techniques.

Both primary and secondary data will be collected, and quantitative as well as qualitative information will be used.

The consultancy team will provide detailed methodology.

Primarily the focus will be on service recipients (including the target group from a diverse range including particular groups of women and persons with disabilities) as well as a collaborative partnership with national partners to ensure government ownership and the identification of national priorities and proposed national solutions. Participation of persons with disabilities as well as players of national stakeholders will therefore be absolutely critical.

This will be instrumental in providing the appropriate government oversight and national ownership.

The consultancy team shall be a mixed team and be made up of a lead consultant preferably with a lived experience of disability who will be able to deliver a rights-based analysis with relevant recommendations to the Low Vision Cluster and CBM.

If the lead consultant does have a lived experience of disability the team should include one additional person with lived experiences of disability from an underrepresented group and provide a professional situation analysis exposure for this person

If the lead consultants does not have a lived experience of disability the team should include two persons with lived experiences of disability ensuring gender balance and including a person from an under represented group and provide a professional situation analysis exposure for young disability activists.

It is expected that this situational analysis will make use of mixed methods, including qualitative and quantitative data collection approaches. This will include desk review of key documents (policies, laws etc.), surveys (online) and individual and group discussions. The Low Vision Cluster Coordinator and CBM will support the consultancy team in identifying a range of internal and external stakeholders.

The consultancy team is expected to develop a detailed methodology and tools that will be agreed on during the inception.

Expected Results

  • An Inception Report to be delivered shortly after the initial briefings with the Low Vision Cluster Coordinator and CBM. It will include the detailed and agreed methodology, schedule and responsibilities and suggested survey tools (questionnaires etc.)
  • An English language situational analysis report which includes the findings, analysis and recommendations at maximum 25 pages excluding annexes and prepared in the CBM template. The final report needs to be presented in an easy to understand language, shall provide graphical presentations where appropriate, and needs to be drafted in accessible format.
  • The outline of the Situation Analysis Report shall include the following: table of contents, executive summary, introduction/background, objectives, methodology/approach, limitations, team members/coordination, findings, discussion/recommendations, conclusion as well as annexes.

The report will be used by the Low Vision Cluster and will be an important input to design a new programme under the Low Vision Cluster.

Specific Tasks and Deliverables

To conduct this exercise CBM and the Program Manager will work with the consultants to facilitate and guide the entire exercise process supported by one the stakeholders.

The key tasks and deliverables will be under the responsibility of the consultants who will manage the entire situation analysis process and discussions with CBM/ GOK, and support the development of the conceptual and analytical framework and writing of the final Situation Analysis report.

Reporting: The CBM KCO and the PM will be the contact for the consultants and their teams

Duration: The situational analysis report shall be delivered within two months March and April 2020) from the start date of the contract with the consultants taking up to 30 work days to complete the assignment.

Required Expertise and Qualification

Education qualification of the Lead consultant:

  • Postgraduate or other advanced university degree (at least a Master’s degree) in the area of organizational management, institutional/organizational development, social sciences or any other relevant domain.

Education qualification of the Co-consultant:

  • Undergraduate university degree in the area of organizational management, institutional/organizational development, social sciences or any other relevant domain.

Experience of the Lead Consultant:

  • At least 5 years of professional experience in conducting institutional review
  • Demonstrated experience in advocacy and capacity development initiatives, notably in disability mainstreaming;
  • Extensive conceptual and practical knowledge of local government operating and strategic principles;
  • Experience of working and collaborating with stakeholders including governments; civil society and communities in Kenya;
  • Demonstrated ability of analytical and report drafting work;

Experience of the Co-consultant:

  • At least 3 years of professional experience in conducting institutional review
  • Demonstrated experience in advocacy and capacity development initiatives, notably in disability mainstreaming;
  • Extensive conceptual and practical knowledge of local government operating and strategic principles;
  • Experience of working and collaborating with stakeholders including governments; civil society and communities in Kenya;
  • Demonstrated ability of analytical and report drafting work;

Language requirement:

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English and Swahili

Corporate Competencies:

  • Demonstrates high integrity;
  • Ability to establish and maintain good working relations with colleagues in multicultural environment;
  • Fulfills all obligations to gender sensitivity and zero tolerance for sexual harassment.

Application Procedure

Qualified and interested candidates are hereby requested to apply (either as a team or individually) to peter.mugodo@sabatiaeyehospital.org by 16th March 2020.

The application should contain the following:

  • A technical proposal with brief description of why the individual considers him/herself as the most suitable for the assignment, and a detailed clear methodology, on how they will approach and complete the assignment;
  • The technical proposal should also contain personal CV indicating education background/professional qualifications, all past experience, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the candidate and at least three (3) professional references;
  • Financial Proposal that indicates the all-inclusive fixed total contract price, supported by a breakdown of costs.


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Sabatia Eye Hospital

Sabatia Eye Hospital
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Vihiga County

Kenya
Health and Medical, NGO and UN
Updated: March 11, 2020 — 4:08 am