DSW HerRight Project Baseline Study Consultancy in Kenya

DSW HerRight Project Baseline Study Consultancy in Kenya


Violence against Girls and Women (VaGW) including rape, gender-based discrimination and exploitation is particularly high among the fishing communities around the inland lakes, including Lake Victoria.

In Marenga Beach, survival sex, also called Jaboya, represents a unique form of VaGW that exposes girls and women to various forms of abuse, including emotional abuse and Sexually Gender Based Violence(SGBV).

There are clear indications that this type of survival sex, which is transactional in nature, often coexists with other risky sexual behaviours.

Poor girls and young women seeking out a living from the lake and other vulnerable women such as widows are engaged in survival sex to meet the basic needs of their families.

There are undesirable sexual and reproductive health outcomes associated with survival sex including sexually transmitted infections (STIs), unintended pregnancies and unsafe abortions.

Hence, preventing VaWG is paramount to achieving gender equality and Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 5. DSW Kenya with funding from GIZ is implementing a two-year project in Marenga with the objective of promoting a conducive environment for girls and women to enjoy their right and be free from violence within the fishing community of Marenga beach.

Thereby, achieving important milestones towards achieving gender equality and empowering women and girls to prevent VaGW.

The project has four key outputs;

  • Strengthened capacity of Beach Management Unit to prevent VaWG.
  • Integrated community response preventing VaWG established by the BMU
  • Young women and girls are empowered to improve their socio-economic situation through knowledge and skills development.
  • Project methodologies, best practices and lessons learnt documented and shared.
  • The objective of the baseline study is to assess, measure, and determine the baseline values of all project indicators and to understand the starting point of key elements of the work against which later progress will be measured.
  • This will enable project indicators at output and outcome level to be measured and tracked.

    Broad study areas include:

  • Social environment for Girls and women to enjoy their SRHR.
  • Capacity of BMU in prevention of VaGW
  • Level of community awareness and response in preventing VaGW
  • Level of awareness of relevant decision makers and stakeholder’s on policies, guidelines on prevention of VaGW
  • Level of knowledge on livelihoods and entrepreneurial skills among girls and women.

    Specific study objectives based on project indicators:

  • Determine the prevalence of VaGW in Marenga beach.
  • Determine the availability of social services pertaining to the prevention of and response to VaGW
  • Determine the proportion of girls and women reporting an improved law enforcement environment.
  • Determine the level of knowledge of decision makers and law enforcement officers on VaGW policies.
  • Determine the proportion of law enforcement units following established protocols for VaWG complaints.
  • Determine the level of comprehensive knowledge of BMU members on handling VaWG cases.
  • Determine the capacity of BMU governance concerning policies and guidelines in prevention of VaWG.
  • Determine the number of VaGW cases handled by the relevant authorities.
  • Determine the level of awareness on prevention for VaGW among key stakeholders.
  • Assess the policy and regulatory environment ( what exists, gaps and responsiveness) in relation to VaGW( at the county level)
  • Establish if there are any on-going cross border gender initiatives while determining opportunities
    for linkages.
  • Assess who is doing what in the county in addressing VaGW, including assessing quality of service and models that work.
  • Assess the potential positive and negative impacts of the intervention on beneficiaries and beyond, which were not accounted for by the project (to reduce negative impacts and maximize positive impacts).
  • Recommendations for any further actions

    Tasks and Deliverables
  • The consultant will be expected to undertake the following tasks;
  • Get full understanding of the project proposal, target groups and project’s outcomes
  • Design the survey methodology, and develop comprehensive research tools for data collection – taking into consideration the different target groups.
  • Support the process of preparing documentation for study ethical clearance
  • Train data collectors and meet with various stakeholders at sub-county and county level
  • Organise adequate supervision and coordination of the survey teams in the field
  • Present preliminary findings to the project team and stakeholders
  • Prepare and submit final survey report

    Skills and Experience
  • The consultant is expected to have the following skills and experience
  • Proven 10 years of experience of conducting research studies on VAGW, SRHR and Gender.
  • Theoretical and practical knowledge of qualitative and quantitative research tool development and data collection methods (including focus group discussions)
  • Experience in conducting studies in fishing communities, especially in Kenya
  • Very good written and verbal communication skills in English

    Your application should include the following:

  • Work plan and submission
  • The assignment is expected to start by 14th October 2019, the first draft report findings to be shared and discussed with staff by 31st October 2019 and the final report submitted by 14th November 2019.

    Your application should include the following:

  • A detailed resume highlighting the work that the Consultant has undertaken, which is relevant to this assignment and supported by recommendation letter for similar tasks;
  • Minimum of two (2) samples of reports developed by the Consultant addressing similar issues;
  • A detailed work plan and timeframe, which must be costed (in the local currency) at each stage;
  • A brief outline of the methodology the Consultant will use to guide the process; explaining in detail the methodology and tools to be used in carrying out the assignment.
  • Technical Proposal: Brief explanation about the Consultant’s professional background with particular emphasis on previous experience in this kind of work; methodology, the task to be accomplished as well as baseline analysis framework and plan.
  • Financial Proposal: The financial proposal should provide cost estimates for services rendered including daily consultancy fees, training costs, accommodation; transport cost; stationeries, and supplies needed for training and administrative costs related to the participants during the exercise.

    How to Apply
  • Interested applicants are requested to submit their application with the reference “HerRight” clearly indicated in the email subject line to: vacancies@dswkenya.org
  • Deadline for application: 30th September 2019.

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