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EIO/03/2021: Call for Expression of Interest to Carry out SRHR Audit and Develop SRHR Policy with Focus on Teen Pregnancy in Kilifi County, Kenya.

1.0 About FIDA-Kenya

The Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) Kenya is a non-governmental, non-partisan, non-profit making organization established in 1985 with a mission to promote women’s individual and collective power to claim their rights in all spheres of life. FIDA-Kenya is a membership organization with over 1,100 women lawyers and law students committed to the creation of a society that is free from all forms of discrimination against women in Kenya. The organization works towards addressing challenges facing women’s access to their social, political, and economic rights.

To address these challenges, FIDA-Kenya has two key programs; Access to Justice and Women and Governance. The Access to Justice Program focuses on providing Legal Aid, Public Interest Litigation, and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) in the form of mediation and psychosocial support. The Women and Governance Program focuses on advocacy, policy engagement, and transformation of formal and cultural systems to ensure that they are gender-sensitive and responsive, uphold and respect women’s rights. The organization also works to combat human rights abuse and practices that perpetuate gender discrimination such as FGM, child marriage, political discrimination, sexual and gender-based violence.

2.0 Background

Kenya is largely a patriarchal society, which has contributed to women’s subjugation in both the private and public spheres. Historically, women have taken a secondary position to men, and this tradition is manifested in the country’s practices, policies, and laws. Cultural attitudes and low education levels also impede women’s participation and representation in decision-making at all government levels. Women’s empowerment and the promotion of gender equality within the County government are vital to achieving sustainable development as envisaged by the Constitution.

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, Kenya has witnessed increased cases of teen pregnancies being reported nearly in all counties, with Kilifi county being no exception. Cultural attitudes and moral degradation have also perpetuated teen pregnancies, a situation that has led to gross gender-based inequity and inequalities being perpetuated against girls. Women’s empowerment and the promotion of gender equality are vital to achieving sustainable development as envisaged by the Constitution of Kenya 2010.

FIDA-Kenya continues to advocate for the effective implementation of the provisions of Article 53 of the Constitution. Children, especially girls in Kenya, remain a disadvantaged population as a result of teenage pregnancies. This is mainly because of poor implementation of existing laws and lack of policies to address this situation. In addition, low legal awareness in the communities on children’s rights to compulsory basic education, protection from abuse and harmful cultural practices, and the right to parental care and protection have contributed to discrimination of pregnant teenagers and young mothers.

Therefore, FIDA-Kenya seeks to engage a consultant or consultancy firm to spearhead a gender audit in Kilifi County.

3.0 Scope of Consultancy

FIDA-Kenya would like to carry out an assessment, research, collect data and prepare a report on the scaling up of the gender equality innovations in Kilifi County, as well as work with stakeholders in the evaluation of existing policies to come up with recommendations on handling teen pregnancies in Kilifi through the development of a draft policy on Adolescent SRHR with focus on teen pregnancies.

The organization would like to contract the services of a suitable firm or individual to undertake this assignment.

3.1 Overall Objective of the Consultancy

This consultancy’s overall objective is to assess existing Kilifi County policies and determine the extent to which they have complied with provisions of the Constitution of Kenya 2010 regarding SRHR and identify gaps and barriers to the same. Thereafter, give recommendations based on findings, lessons learnt, and best practices.

This assignment aims to bolster gender-responsive innovations, particularly in managing teenage pregnancies, by developing a draft Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR) Policy. This policy will focus on protecting the rights of pregnant teens and young mothers and establishing best practices for implementation to realize their non-discrimination.

3.2 Specific Objectives of the Consultancy

More specifically, the County specific case study will:

  1. Identify how Kilifi county promotes and protects pregnant teenagers’ and young mothers’ interests and rights and the challenges faced by young mothers and pregnant teens.
  2. Determine the level of public knowledge on women’s and girls’ rights and their perception of gender equality and teen pregnancies in Kilifi county.
  3. Gauge the level of knowledge on women’s and girls’ rights among public staff in Kilifi county departments (gender expertise, competence, and efforts at the capacity building).
  4. Determine systems and instruments in use for accountability, evaluating, and monitoring of SRHR and teen pregnancies in Kilifi county government.
  5. To establish the perceptions of achievement on SRHR and curbing teen pregnancies among public staff in Kilifi county government.
  6. Identify the extent of teenage pregnancies in Kilifi County, Kenya.
  7. Identify the existing laws and policies addressing teenage pregnancies in Kilifi.
  8. Identify how society promotes and protects pregnant teenagers’ and young mothers’ interests and rights and the challenges young mothers and pregnant teens face.
  9. Determine the level of public knowledge on women’s and children’s rights and their perception of teenage pregnancies.
  10. Determine the resources required and the institutions needed to implement the adolescent SRHR policy focusing on teen pregnancies.
  11. Establish a framework for replicating the best practices in the handling of pregnant teenagers and young mothers.
  12. To establish a detailed policy brief on adolescent SRHR with a focus on teen pregnancies.

4.0 Methodology

The Consultant is expected to utilize a multi-method, qualitative and quantitative participatory approach to conduct the assessment. The Consultant will conduct a thorough analysis of the relevant legal framework and identify the existing gaps and barriers to implementing gender equality and adolescent SRHR at the county levels focusing on Kilifi County.

The Consultant is also expected to develop an easy-to-use methodology to scale up the best practices on gender equality and create an elaborate policy to address adolescent SRHR, focusing on the plight of teenage mothers in Kilifi county.

5.0 Indicative Time Frame

It is expected that the whole task should be completed within 30 days.

6.0 Deliverables

The following are the deliverables:

  1. Inception report detailing the methodology, work plan, and budget.
  2. Submission of all data collection tools for approval before finalizing the same for data collection.
  3. First draft report.
  4. Submission of hard and electronic copies of materials, data collected/analyzed, and other gender audit documents.
  5. A summary PowerPoint presentation highlighting main findings and recommendations.
  6. Final narrative report of the County specific case study detailing the process and methodology, findings, lessons learnt, and key recommendations.

7.0 Supervision and Contacts

The Consultant will have direct communication with FIDA-Kenya’s Senior Program Officer and Monitoring and Evaluation Officer during the execution of this assignment.

8.0 Budget

The budget allocation for this assignment is capped at a maximum of KES 300,000.

9.0 Expected Profile of the Consultant

  1. Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences, Law, Research or Gender Studies. (Master’s degree in the above will be an added advantage.)
  2. A minimum of 10 years’ experience undertaking research on human rights or governance.
  3. Evidence of undertaking of similar work in the last five years.
  4. Excellent analytical and report writing skills.

10.0 Requirements

Interested individuals, companies, or research firms should submit a detailed expression of interest (technical and financial proposal):

● The technical proposal should include an interpretation of the consultancy’s objectives, detailed methodology, and an elaborate work plan. Besides, the proposal should include; organization/individual capacity statement, a brief on previous experience undertaking similar gender related or SRHR assessments, C.V.s of the consulting team and their roles in the achievement of the assignment; names, addresses, and telephone numbers of three professional referees.

● The financial proposal should include a detailed budget proposal; a detailed profile of the firm, including contact and physical address, telephone numbers, copy of registration certificate (for firms), VAT, and PIN where applicable.

How to apply

Interested applicants should send their expression of interest documents (in PDF format), clearly marked “EIO/03/2021: Expression of Interest – SRHR Audit and Development of SRHR Policy With Focus on Teen Pregnancy – Kilifi County.” on or before 25th February 2021, to: The Executive Director, Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA-Kenya), Amboseli Road, Off Gitanga Road, Lavington. P.O. Box 46324– 00100, Nairobi or email to: [email protected]

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