Concern Baseline Endline SQUEAC Survey Jobs in Kenya

Concern Baseline Endline SQUEAC Survey Jobs in Kenya


Objective of the consultancy

  • The main objective of this consultancy is to carry out a baseline (March when cases tend to peak) and endline August/September, when cases tend to go down) coverage assessment using a robust SQUEAC and/or SLEAC methodology (to be determined with the advice of the consultant) to determine the coverage of Integrated Management of Acute Management (IMAM) services within the 12 target health facility catchment areas in the Nawiri project area in Isiolo and Marsabit County that are targeted for the IMAM-Surge Community Action pilot (pilot component 2). The secondary objective is to identify barriers and boosters to accessing the program. The assessment will provide critical reference point for assessing changes in coverage across the 12 health facilities overall and to determine if any health facility catchment areas fall below the threshold for acceptable coverage (50%) at baseline and endline.

    Justification

  • Concern is the lead partner for health and nutrition in the Nawiri consortium and is responsible for undertaking the pilot in Isiolo and Marsabit counties. The pilot aims to test the feasibility of the approach as one of the promising strategies to address malnutrition and will guide the final design for the scale up during the second phase of the project. As such, the baseline and endline coverage assessments will provide coverage information upon which change will be measured. Concern seeks the service of an experienced consultant(s) to conduct the assessment in Isiolo and Marsabit Counties.

    Technical Approach and Methodology

    Specific objectives

  • To estimate coverage of services for severe acute malnutrition (SAM) and moderate acute malnutrition (MAM) in the 12 health facilities targeted for the pilot in the two project counties.

  • To identify factors affecting uptake of the SAM and MAM services in the target area of operation (barriers and boosters)

  • To develop competencies and skills of technical staff (MOH and Concern/Nawiri) in the SQUEAC / SLEAC methodology through training and mentorship.

  • In collaboration with the MOH teams in two Counties, Nawiri and other nutrition partners in the area, develop specific recommendations and a joint action plan to improve coverage of the programme, including how to use IMAM Surge thresholds to trigger increased screening and referral.

    Specific tasks to be undertaken by the consultant in collaboration and support from Concern, Nawiri and County MOH;

  • Survey method: In collaboration with the Concern and MoH team, determine if SLEAC or SQUEAC or a combination of the two is required to estimate baseline coverage estimates for the target health facilities with sufficient precision to detect a difference from baseline to endline, ideally at health facility catchment area or at a minimum the target area as a whole.

  • Tools: Develop and review the data collection tools.

  • Training: Train data collectors for the assessment. Transfer skills in undertaking a SQUEAC assessment to Concern staff, MOH staff and recruited SQUEAC data enumerators to equip them with skills to undertake a SQUEAC coverage assessment.

  • Administration: Supervise the full coverage survey (survey planning, data collection and analysis, and reporting) in all the targeted areas of operation.

  • Implementation of survey: Lead in the organization and implementation of the actual survey: with support from Concern technical and MoH staff, ensure accurate data collection at field level. Ensure adequate supervision and coordination of the survey teams in the field.**

  • Data processing and management; ensure accurate information is collected and analysis of all data is done with the team using all existing and new information available, and compile a comprehensive SQUEAC assessment report.

  • Reporting and dissemination: provide regular/scheduled updates via power point presentations to the NITWG at different stages of the SQUEAC assessment for quality checks. During dissemination and validation workshops of the survey the consultant will present the results to the Nutrition Information Technical Working Group (NITWG) and the appropriate County Nutrition Forum.

  • Action planning: In collaboration with Nawiri/Concern lead a one day workshop for MOH staff and partners working in the two counties to develop specific recommendations and a joint action plans to improve coverage of CMAM program in the target areas, considering the proposed.

    Essential Qualifications

  • Must have extensive experience conducting CMAM coverage surveys, including SQUEAC and SLEAC and training and supervising teams on the approach.

  • Consultancy firms based in Kenya ,with Solid experience in health and nutrition sector in Kenya are encouraged to apply.

  • Post graduate qualification in nutrition or related health science,

  • At least 7 years’ experience working in the humanitarian/ development sector and conducting similar assessments.

  • A strong understanding of the statistical basis for SQUEAC and SLEAC in order to guide the team on the best method to use for the needs outlined above.

  • A good command of spoken and written English.

    How to apply

    Submission of proposals:

  • Responses should be submitted to

  • Quotes.Kenya@concern.net, with subject line “SR87629 – Baseline Endline SQUEAC Survey”, by 4:00pm, 13th April 2021.

  • Note: Consultants who had previously applied for this consultancy should not re apply.



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