DEVELOPING COUNTY-SPECIFIC MINIMUM PACKAGES FOR GARISSA AND TANA RIVER COUNTIES

Introduction of Organization

Womankind Kenya is a national NGO registered in 1995.The organization particularly targets women and children, the most vulnerable members of the society; it advocates for child protection, Education, sustainable livelihood, water, sanitation & health(WASH), women empowerment, good governance and emergencies interventions. The organization works with the pastoral communities at large to identify core problems.

Womankind Kenya Mission: – To build confidence, raise self-esteem and empower the community we work with to participate fully in their own affair and decision making to facilitate community-based projects. This is aimed to exploit the natural and human resources available in the region whilst sustaining and improving the environment for the benefit of the livelihoods..

Since its inception WOKIKE has assisted communities in the region in establishing nursery and primary schools, rescue center for girls, supplying textbooks, assisting in payment of school fees and strengthening school management. In the field of health WOKIKE has been involved in raising the awareness on HIV/AIDS and FGM (Female Genital Mutilation) and building the capacity of the communities through health training. WOKIKE has also been involved in assisting communities to access water, promoting income generating activities for marginalized groups and promotion of alternative livelihood for the communities such as agricultural activities through irrigation.

One of the core functions of WOKIKE has been advocacy for abolition of harmful practices such as FGM (Female Genital Mutilation), early and child marriages, GBV (Gender Based Violence) and gender inequality such as discriminatory practices against women particularly widows and divorcees. WOKIKE primary beneficiaries have always been women and children will continue to be in the future.

Background of Consultancy

Garissa, and Tana River Counties are among the 22 counties mapped by the Government of Kenya as hot spots for the continued practice of FGM. Garissa County is inhabited by Somalis who have the highest FGM prevalence in Kenya of 94 per cent while Tana River County is inhabited by Somalis ,Wardei and Orma accounts 87 Per cent[1]. This means that the Somali, Wardei and Orma communities have FGM prevalence four times above the national FGM prevalence which stands at 21per cent (Kenya Demographic and Health Survey 2014). The practice reflects deep-rooted inequality between the sexes and constitutes an extreme form of discrimination against girls and women. The reasons given for the continuation and support for FGM includes religion requirement, preservation of virginity and to reduce sexual urges and prevent premarital sex.

Apart from health consequences, FGM has an indirect impact on early child bearing age with young women age 15-19 have begun childbearing in Tana River (28 per cent) and Garissa (10 per cent)[2]. Evidence show adolescent childbearing has many negative health, social, and demographic consequences. Children born to women age 15-19 are more likely to die in infancy and early childhood than children born to older mothers. Women who start having children young often do not complete secondary school, limiting their future employment possibilities and other life choices.

In its partnership with UNICEF Kenya, through the Accelerating Abandonment of Female Genital Mutilation (AAFGM) project, Womankind Kenya is working to accelerate efforts towards the ending of FGM, fulfill the rights of girls and women by actualizing the transformation of undesirable social and gender norms by the end of 2020. The project implementation framework envisions four outcomes;

i. Country has an enabling environment for the elimination of FGM practices at all levels and in line with human rights standards.

ii. Girls and women are empowered to exercise and express their rights by transforming social and gender norms in communities to eliminate FGM

iii. Girls and women access appropriate, quality and systemic services for FGM prevention, protection and care.

iv. Country has better capacity to generate and use evidence and data for policy making and improving programming.

Purpose and Objective Consultancy

The Consultancy service will review, assess and develop intervention packages which are County specific for the care and protection of the girls vulnerable to FGM.

Scope of work

Womankind Kenya is seeking to support the two county governments with a professional Consulting institution/Consultant, with the appropriate profile, for a short-term consultancy to Develop County Specific Minimum Package for FGM-related services including health, temporary shelter, education, legal/justice and psychosocial support in Garissa and Tana River Counties.

The assignment will entail

  1. Reviewing previous reports and documents relating to Womankind Kenya’s AAFGM Programme, and other such material as may be available for review,

  2. Reviewing the existing relevant packages for girls at risk of FGM in the counties through relevant civil society organization and government related departments,

  3. Identify and examine the functionality of the existing structures for referrals for FGM in the health, temporary shelter, education, legal/justice and psychosocial support in Garissa and Tana River Counties. Using this as a foundation build a functional minimum package for FGM.

  4. Identifying capacity development gaps among the service providers in relation of providing services to girls and women at risk of FGM in the selected counties.

  5. Minimum package for services accessibility gaps for girls and women at risk of FGM and

  6. Developing county-specific minimum Anti-FGM minimum package for services.

  7. The assignment will develop Guidelines for offering the services by the different state and non-state actors or service providers in the two named counties; as well as how the services will be coordinated.

  8. The assignment will involve the systematic assessment of the key institutions to be mandated for implementation of the Minimum packages in ending FGM for Garissa and Tana River Counties, leading to the development of institutional and implementation frameworks with specific cost of providing each service, monitoring &evaluation framework.

Methodology

The consultant will be required to do

  1. Analyse Secondary data collection through desk reviews.

  2. Collect Primary data through in-depth interviews with the Womankind Kenya AAFGM Project staff, UNICEF Child Protection Specialists, ANTI-FGM Board, health, justice /legal, County Gender Desk teams – or any other such departments as are concerned with gender matters in Garissa and Tana River counties – to identify the status and map out the key areas of concentration. Additionally the consultant will collect data from opinion leaders, religious leaders and other influential people and CSOs working on FGM programmes in the two counties.

  3. consult widely with other stakeholders at the grassroots, county and national levels with the aim of gaining a holistic and evidence based view of the FGM phenomenon in the two counties.

Additionally, the consultant is free to suggest and employ any other methodology, which would aid in successfully realizing the core objectives of this assignment, which methodologies must be approved by UNICEF and Womankind Kenya.

Deliverables, timelines and reporting

The assignment is expected to take 45 working days from Inception to final report submission, disaggregated per deliverable as follows**

Deliverables

Reporting Timeline

Specific service / outputs to be delivered at a specific time as per stated objectives and performance / quality requirements.

Deliverables specific timeline

Develop work plan and inception report for the consultancy.

5 days

Undertake a desk review of

· Child protection policy and legal frameworks at national and county levels in Kenya (policies strategies and laws)

· Womankind Kenya, CSOs, Department of Children’s Services, Joint Programme reports and relevant County documents

6 days

Institutional assessment and consultation with service providers of education, heath, safe homes, legal, psychosocial services providers at the two counties.

6 days

Girls, women, boys and men focus group discussions on the gaps including the accessibility of minimum package for FGM

5 days

Development of county-specific minimum package for the two counties

14 days

Consolidate and integrate comments and inputs received from WOKIKE

2

Presentation of the draft minimum package to UNICEF, Anti-FGM Board, Womankind Kenya, Department of Children’s Services, County Gender Department and other relevant CSOs

2

Consolidate and integrate comments and inputs received from UNICEF, Anti-FGM Board, Department of Children’s Services, County Gender Department and other relevant CSOs

2

Validation of the minimum package with the two counties

2 days

Final Report writing

5 days

The assignment is expected to be accomplished early December 2020

Key Qualifications

§ Post-graduate qualification in Sociology, Anthropology, Development Studies, Community Development, Development Communications or any other relevant field of study with over 10 Years’ experience.

§ Prior engagement with research and situational analysis on FGM will be an asset

§ Excellent communications and report writing skills

§ Good knowledge of child protection and child rights issues, FGM, Gender Based violence in the Kenyan Context

§ Fluency in English both written and communication. Fluent in the local language is an added advantage.

[1] KDHS 2014

[2] https://www.dhsprogram.com/pubs/pdf/ATR16/ATR16.pdf

How to apply

Application Procedure

Suitably qualified and interested persons/institutions should develop Expressions of Interest (EOI) with Technical and Financial Proposals as separate documents- indicating innovative ideas of executing the assignment within the guidelines of the Ministry of Health on COVID-19. The Technical Proposal should consist of a suitability statement, verifiable evidence and contacts of 3 previous clients where similar assignments were successfully completed, work plan and detailed CV of the lead consultant. The two proposals should be submitted through [email protected] latest 5th November 2020

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