Evaluation of Project “Economic strengthening of Caregivers of Street Connected Girls
- Background Information and Context
Rescue Dada Centre’s legal holder is the Catholic Archdiocese of Nairobi. The Centre was established in 1992, as a two roomed rescue operation in Mathare slums. However, soon it expanded to a Centre rescuing, rehabilitating and reintegrating street connected girls. Today Rescue Dada Centre has grown to an experienced, registered CCI, with 24 staff and the capacity to rescue, rehabilitate, reintegrate and resocialize 70 street-connected girls back into the community every year. Its expertise in the field of rescue, rehabilitation, reintegration and resocialization is recognized amongst numerous actors in the field, including the government’s Children’s Department, various CCIs, and (international) NGOs. The management, over the years, has been able to develop an effective operational structure for the Centre’s work, guided by comprehensive operational policies and a strategic planning, action and reflection cycle that informs the Centre’s work.
Rescue Dada Centre (RDC) works to reduce the number of street-connected children within Nairobi, focusing on girls. We aim at empowering the girls to achieve their full potential and increasing the livelihood security of caregivers. This is done through preventive and curative measures, by rescuing, rehabilitating, reintegrating and resocializing street connected girls into a conducive family environment, educational sponsorship, strengthening skills and economic empowerment of the caregivers’ and increase commitment of care providers, communities and local government to uphold children’s rights.”
It has the following programmes
The Child Protection Programme rescues 70 street connected girls, aged 5 to 16 years, each year and offers them 10 months residential rehabilitation before reintegrating them with care givers (kinship guardians or foster carers). The programme works with the 4R Approach, i.e. Rescue, Rehabilitation, Reintegration and Resocialisation one of the best practices for working with street connected children. It addresses the girls immediate (protection from abuse, access to shelter, food, health care, psychosocial support) as well as long term needs (family environment, education, life skills, vocational training) and offers psychosocial support to identified needy caregivers. Following successful rehabilitation, the girls are reintegrated with caregivers, and the progress in the family is being followed up for two more years.
The Empowerment programme sponsors 40 former street- connected girls through secondary school and 5 girls through vocational training each year. It also aims at increasing the livelihood security of 55 caregivers per year of former street connected girls, it also targets 40 girls and vulnerable mothers per year whose children are at risk of entering the street through business skills training, provision of start-up grants/material to open up an Income Generating Activity.
An overarching component around advocacy and awareness creation runs in collaboration with these two programs. It focuses predominantly on mainstreaming child rights and child protection issues related to street children through training other organizations’ and local government officials on reintegration and children rights and targeted advocacy and sensitization aimed at longer term supportive policy environment.
Key Stakeholders involved in Rescue Dada work include the Archdiocese of Nairobi and Caritas Nairobi, Government departments namely – Ministry of Gender, Children, and Social Development, Starehe District Children Office, Civil Society Organisations (e.g. Charitable Children Homes, Non-governmental Organisation, Community Based organisations, Church Organisations), Local Government officials (Pangani police, chiefs) and community members (e.g. teachers). Our target group includes: girls, aged 5-16 rescued from the street environment and in rehabilitation, girls reintegrated to the community, (Future) Caregivers of street-connected girls, vulnerable mothers and girls from the community.
Currently Rescue Dada Centre is implementing a 2.5 year project “Economic strengthening of Caregivers of Street Connected Girls” running from October 2018- March 2021 in line with its vision to contribute to an inclusive Society where vulnerable children have equal rights and opportunities to achieve their full potential. Core to Rescue Dada success is the ability to empower the caregivers of the girls (i.e. parents and/or guardians) to provide a safe family environment where the children’s basic rights can be provided for at point of reintegration of the girl. RDC has pilot project that creates opportunities for RDC to join hands with different (vocational) training providers and together develop an approach to sponsor caregivers into (tailor made) training (e.g. driving, motorbike repair, catering, house management, embroidery, knitting sewing – depending on market survey outcomes) that considers the availability, specific abilities, and educational background of the caregivers themselves. This takes into consideration that not every person is a business person and even if so often needs specific additional skills to make use of the business skills, loans and grants received.
- Rational and purpose of the Evaluation
The RDC project “Economic strengthening of Caregivers of Street-Connected Girls” is in the final year of implementation. Therefore, RDC wishes to evaluate the projects current state of implementation success and project the likelihood of achieving its results by the end of 2021.
The broad purpose of the evaluation is to provide analysis and evidence-based, relevant, and practical recommendations for the development of RDC project 2022-2024 in order to develop lasting solutions to specific needs of the target groups RDC is working with.
The findings and recommendations of this evaluation will inform RDCs project direction and contribute to identifying good practice, improving the RDC project approach, programme methodology, sustainability of outcomes and at the same time will be used for accountability purposes towards RDC stakeholders’ at large (government, donor, civil society and the private sector).
The time period the review will cover is the duration of the current project October 1 2018- February 30, 2021. The area of geographical focus will be mainly Nairobi county
The evaluation will assess the performance of RDC in implementation of the project considering aspects of the following dimensions: relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, impact and sustainability. The consultant(s) will be required to examine the various RDC policies, processes, guidelines, procedures & structures and make recommendations for the future plan.
The main Stakeholders involved in the evaluation are:
- RDC staff
- Representative of Archdiocese of Nairobi
- 45 Caregivers of street-connected girls, in resocialization and rehabilitation who have been in the pilot project
- The families – caregivers and siblings, of street-connected girls admitted to Rescue Dada Centre.
- 9 training providers/institutions and 2 master craftsmen (on-job training) who have been engaged in the training
Government institutions RDC cooperates with.
Qualifications of the Consultant
The ideal consultant(s) shall fulfil the following requirements:
Preferably a Master’s Degree in a relevant field of study.
Evaluation experience of at least 5 years.
Excellent written and spoken English.
Excellent reporting and communication skills.
Being sensitive to issues affecting children and families living and/or working on the streets.
How to apply
How to apply
**Detailed TOR can be downloaded using this link
- Application Process
Interested firms/consultants should submit technical and financial proposal including;
· Interpretation of Terms of Reference
· Proposed Methodology to undertake the assignment
· Detailed work plan for the assignment
· CV of consultant (s)
· 2 References for Evaluation & samples of similar assignments conducted within the last three years.
Guidelines for the Offer
- Context: How do you see the context and what are the potential obstacles to the evaluation?
- Objective of support: What is the aim of the consultancy and what is achievable from the point of view of the consultant?
- Professional background and relevant experience of the consultant/consultancy
- Approach: Which approach (methodology, tools and instruments) does the consultant choose to achieve the objectives?
- Outputs: What are the delivered outputs, what do they contain and in which form will they be presented?
- Timeline: How many working days will be required to produce each output?
- Cost Calculation and Support needed: What are the resources and support required from RDC in order to deliver the outputs?
- Reporting: How do you ensure a feedback loop with RDC?
- The projected cost is 280,000/=
Offers should be sent, not later than 18th of February 2021, to:
RDC Email: [email protected]
For any inquiries contact:
Songot Way, off Park Road,
Ngara, Nairobi, Kenya
P.O. Box 31053—00600 ,
Tel: +254 725 694 624.