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Kenya: BASELINE SURVEY OF DFID FUNDED STRENGTHENING COMMUNITY RESILIENCE IN WAJIR

06.18.2013 · Posted in Jobs in African Countries

Organization: Oxfam GB
Country: Kenya
Closing date: 02 Jul 2013

  1. Background
    OXFAM is an international organisation working with others to overcome poverty and suffering. OXFAM has been working in Kenya since 1963 working in long term development and humanitarian response in collaboration with various local and international organisations. Oxfam and its partners (WASDA and ALDEF) are working in Wajir implementing various projects including this DFID funded programme.
    The programme is anchored in Vision 2030, the country’s development blue print particularly the third foundation of ‘enhanced equity and wealth creation opportunities for the poor’. This emphasises that ‘no society can gain the social cohesion if significant sections of the population live in abject poverty and hence prioritises investment in the arid and semi-arid districts where there is incidences of poverty. The programme will contribute to MDG 1: eradicating extreme poverty and hunger and MDG 3: promoting gender equality and empowering women. The programme builds on ongoing programs including National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), HSNP and an ECHO Consortium Resilience Project led by Oxfam in various wards in Wajir.

  2. Project Summary
    The focus of this project will be effective and inclusive markets; asset protection, particularly of livestock; and strengthened capacities of new county and sub-county government structures in planning and implementation of resilience programmes. The project targets to strengthen resilience of over 24,000 people in 8 wards in Wajir, including 11,000 women and indirectly impacting on an additional 165,000 people in the county. The project will prioritize strengthening markets for diversification of livelihoods; protecting productive assets; and, strengthening county government to deliver improved planning and services for resilience in Wajir.

Project Title
Strengthening Community Resilience in Wajir Country and Specific Location
Kenya, Wajir County, 8 County Wards
Turkana through secondment of a Technical Advisor in County Government Expected Duration
3 years Other NGO/Partners
WASDA and ALDEF

Project Goal
To contribute to better and more inclusive development outcomes through improved resilience and risk management in the Arid and Semi Arid Lands (ASALs). Project Outcomes
Improved resilience (adaptive capacity) of 24,000 people (including 11,000 women) and county structures that support social economic development in Wajir County. Output level results 1,633 households living in and around Wajir and Habaswein urban divisions supported to diversify their livelihoods and access support services (including financial services) 12,253 individuals (1,750 households) in Sarman, Dunto, Qudama, Danaba, Dela, Kilkiley, Dilmanyale and Abakore locations supported to protect their assets against shocks/disturbances County structures are strengthened to deliver improved planning for resilience in Wajir. Target Population 24,000 people directly (11,000 women); indirectly 165,000 people Main activities Strengthened Markets/Meat and Fodder: Business Skills Development, Promotion of Beef Value Addition through processing, Increasing Trader Voices and Unity, Improving Access to Financial Services, Promoting market driven input provision – for fodder production
Asset protection: Fodder harvesting and preservation, Facilitate the establishment of livestock health surveillance system, Strengthening rangeland management, Community Contingency Planning and linkages to County Contingency Plans.
Strengthening County government to deliver improved planning for resilience: Secondment of governance advisor to County Govt’s, Capacity building for new Wajir and Turkana county governments, Facilitation of ward citizen participation forums, National level advocacy on improved infrastructure, and Security.

  1. Purpose
    The purpose of this baseline survey is to carry out an assessment of the benchmarks for evaluating impact of the project by providing accurate information in the field to compare with at the end of the project. The baseline survey process MUST collect and provide relevant and reliable current data against ALL key performance indicators in the project log-frame. This is essential to ensure a proper monitoring and tracking of the results of the project as well as a relevant evaluation and comparison with information gathered periodically during project implementation.

  2. Methodology
    As much as possible, the consultant should ensure the baseline survey is conducted in a participatory manner and that the exercise enables participating staff (and partners) to pick useful data collection and analysis skills. The team of consultant must develop an appropriate methodology which they propose to use and appropriate tools as part of the bid submission. The methodology should be clear on how the consultant will ensure participation of various project stakeholders including community leaders and government departments.

To achieve the purpose of this baseline survey, the consultant will be expected at minimum to: Conduct desk review of project proposal particularly the log frame and other relevant literature and with support of key project staff. Develop relevant data collection instruments and share the tools with OXFAM to agree on before data being collected. Interview key informants and undertake household interviews in Wajir by selecting a mix of female and male respondents and other key vulnerability criterion applicable in this project. Ensure data quality through supervising data collection, entry analysis and reporting. Write and submit draft baseline report providing information about each of the project indicators and showing trends and clear gender issues important for this project. Finalise the report factoring comments from OXFAM and partners’ technical advisors.

  1. Sample Sizing:
    The consultant will determine the appropriate sample sizes considering factors of accessibility, security and agreed project sites. The bid must be clear on the sample size and the rationale used for selecting the sample size. It is recommended that the consultant visits the selected sites and interview beneficiaries across the project activities. The sampling should therefore include both purposive sampling and random sampling within the purposively sampled areas.

  2. Deliverables
    Detailed baseline survey design/implementation plan. Detailed and comprehensive baseline survey tools to be used in capturing the information. Presentation or debrief of major baseline findings to OXFAM GB and partners. Draft report write up and submission to OXFAM GB for review and comments Submit final baseline report outlining findings and recommendations. Submit soft copy of the database of the primary data analyzed and used in the report.The draft and final reports should be submitted in soft copy to the OXFAM Kenya programme’s Markets based livelihoods Advisor in Nairobi within two weeks of completing fieldwork.

  3. Baseline report
    The production of the Baseline report will be the liability of the consultant covering all the aspects as outlined in the ToRs. Partners’ staff and partners’ management will be responsible for coordinating the baseline survey exercise. The baseline survey report should be: Produced in English language and should be simple in expression and easy to understand. Maximum of 30 pages with some short annexes. The report format and text should be an A4 paper size and a legible font (e.g. Times New Roman 11 or 12, Arial 10 or 11. The consultants are liable to submit at least 01 hard copy and 01 electronic copy of the baseline report by the agreed deadline.

  4. Eligibility for Consideration.
    Quotations are invited from suitably qualified and experienced consultants with capacity to undertake the above activity. Applicants should have traceable referees and records of previous work in Value Chains. In addition, the consultant should be legally registered in Kenya

The consultant is required to have the following qualifications and experience:
o Masters degree in Agriculture, Rural Development, Development Studies or other relevant post graduate qualification.
o Experience in impact assessments using both qualitative and quantitative techniques
o Competent in use of personal computers.
o Proficiency in data analysis particularly SPSS, Epi Info and Excel and report writing
o Proven background in doing baselines in Value Chains.
o Strong interpersonal and analytical skills.
o Familiarity with the different cultures in Kenya and ability to speak and understand Kenyan languages preferably Swahili language;
o Experience of effective interaction with local national organizations, government departments, and international humanitarian actors.
o Conversant with application of cross cutting themes like gender mainstreaming, and gender competence, M&E, Advocacy and child protection to programming.
o Good spoken and written communication skills in English.
o Proven experience of using participatory rural appraisal tools as means of data collection for programme baselines.

  1. Bid Requirements
    Firms or Consultant(s) who meet the requirements should submit expression of interest (Maximum 15 pages), which should include the following: A suitability statement, including commitment to availability for the entire assignment. 2. A brief statement of on the proposed study methodology including a detailed work plan. A detailed financial proposal. The financial proposal should include daily cost per major activity. Updated curriculum vitae that clearly spell out qualifications and experience. Contacts of 3 organizations that have recently but preferably the last 3 years contracted the firm/consultant(s) to carry out a baseline survey.

  2. Adherence to OXFAM Principles and Policies
    Once hired, the consultant shall operate under the principles governing OXFAM ways of working including adherence to policies and procedures of OXFAM with regards to such key issues as non partisan, neutrality, gender sensitivity, impartiality and accountability, mainstreaming of Gender and HIV/AIDS as well as other policies governing OXFAM operations on transport usage, security guidelines and confidentiality of information collected.

  3. Reporting Lines
    The consultant shall work under the direct supervision of the Markets based livelihoods Advisor in Nairobi with strong liaison with MEAL Advisor, National Governance Officer and Climate Change Officer in Nairobi.

  4. Timeframes and Budgets
    It is anticipated that the assignment will take 15 working days. The total costs of the assignment will be negotiated with the consultant

How to apply:

  1. Application Contacts

All interested and qualified consultants should send their bids to: kenyajobs@oxfam.org.uk

Bids must be received by Oxfam by 5PM (Kenyan Time) by:2 July 2013

N.B. Proposed dates for the Baseline Survey is starting July 15 to 2 Aug 2013

Only successful bidders will be contacted.

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