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November 2011


BACKGROUND a) Overview of Handicap International Handicap International (HI) is an independent international aid and development organisation working in situations of poverty and exclusion, conflict and disaster. In reconstruction or development activities, Handicap International works with people living with disabling diseases which could cause irreversible physical, sensorial or mental incapacities. HI’s program in Kenya’s Rift valley, particularly Trans Nzoia District, includes an integrated HIV/AIDS program, Gender Based Violence (GBV) project, and a Diabetes (DEAR) project, with disability as a cross cutting theme in project implementation. b) Overview of the Gender Based Violence (GBV) Project HI’s GBV Project first began in Trans Nzoia County, in 2008, with the main objective of providing access to medical care for survivors of sexual violence (SV). The need for such a project was identified during a fact finding mission conducted in April 2008, which concluded that women and children were heavily affected by sexual and other forms of GBV, and that the County lacked coordinated services to respond adequately. The central achievement of Phase I of the project was the establishment of a Gender Recovery Centre (GRC) in collaboration with the Ministry of Medical Services at the Kitale District Hospital in 2009, which was officially opened in June 2010. This serves as a referral centre for survivors of rape, defilement and domestic violence where they receive clinical examination, lab examination for forensic evidence, STI treatment, emergency contraception, HIV testing and post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP). The Gender Recovery Centre also links survivors to subsequent components of the comprehensive response to GBV, namely ongoing psychosocial support and police and protection services. It was during the initial phase of the GRC’s operation that the high prevalence of sexual violence against children in Trans Nzoia County was starkly revealed. This led to the design of Phase II of the project, funded by SmartPharma, with the general objective of ‘Developing an Inclusive and Comprehensive Response to Sexual Violence Against Children in Kenya’. Phase II began in April 2011, and is anticipated to run until December 2013. The Specific objectives are: 1. To support a prevention and response system to sexual violence (SV) against children in place at community level and in schools 2

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To improve accessibility and quality of medical, psychosocial and legal services to all GBV survivors To reinforce coordination between the various GBV actors in Trans Nzoia

The project seeks to achieve this by working with partners to develop and implement a comprehensive response to SGBV, articulated around the following sectors: Health Legal and Justice Psychosocial Support Prevention Partners Funding partners: The project is 100% funded by SmartPharma Consulting. Implementing partners: Key implementing partners are the Tuwan and Kipsongo Community Gender Representatives, which are central in implementing community awareness raising activities. Also key to the success of the project is the collaboration with various Government of Kenya (GOK) ministries and bodies, namely the Ministry of Medical Services (MMS), Ministry of Public Health and Sanitation (MoPHS), Ministry of Education (MoE), Kenya Police, and the Children’s Department. Target Groups Targets for Year 1 include but not limited to the following: • 400 children survivors of sexual violence, to benefit from quality health services at the GRC • 33,000 members of the general community reached through prevention of SV activities within the project catchment area • 17 health workers, to benefit from training in best practices for the clinical management of rape, child-friendly practices and child counseling skills • 40 teachers and school administrators to benefit from training on preventing and responding to SV against children • 2 schools implementing “safe environment” • 6 Children’s Officers, to be trained on relevant legal frameworks and specifically on the Sexual Offences Act, the Children Act, and the Constitution of Kenya


• 30 police and uniformed officers, to be trained in GBV, children’s rights and the legal frameworks for prosecuting SV against children, in addition to child-friendly approaches and basic child counseling OBJECTIVES OF THE SURVEY The overall objective of the consultancy is to assess and revise policies and procedures in two institutions and develop a monitoring plan on the child friendly spaces. Under this broad objective, the specific areas of consideration in the assessment include: • • • • • • •

Assessing the existing child protection measure in place and the related policy in the schools Involve the interaction and participation of children, including children with disabilities, during the assessment Develop recommendations on the implementation of the child protection policy in place Establish indicators for monitoring the child friendly spaces as well as guidelines for support on implementation of the protection policies that are already existing Review code of conduct of safety, addressing also children with disabilities, if not available propose guidelines for the same Consider disability mainstreaming in the review of the policies and suggestion for changes and implementation of the safe environments Give recommendations of the existing reporting mechanisms in the schools and also incorporate recommendations from teachers who have been previously trained on sexual exploitation and child friendly approaches, for if necessary refresher training or similar Incorporate children’s recommendations based on the existing reports from the children’s forums held


This shall entail the use of a rights based approach, disability and gender sensitivity and the use of participatory approaches.

CONSULTANT’S OBLIGATION The scope of work of the consultant shall broadly include the following tasks: • The consultant will develop an action plan for the scope of work to be shared with the project team and the selected schools


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Setting up briefing meeting with the project staff and focal point teachers in the selected schools Involve the schools in the planning meetings as well as on the monitoring tools to be used Hold consultations with head teachers of the four selected schools Incorporate the inputs from the all the meetings held Collect and review the child protection policies in the schools including the code of conduct Establish indicators for monitoring Establish guidelines for reporting mechanisms and on engagement of spaces Make clear recommendations on the sustainability of the child friendly spaces Have a briefing meeting with the project team and teachers

HI Obligations • Pay facilitation fee and apply 5% withholding tax where applicable on the facilitation fee. • The GBV Senior Project Officer, will directly supervise the consultant with support of the project and Field officer and a representative of World Vision who are our partners • Act as a link between the ministry of Education, Handicap International and other stakeholders Key deliverables of the assessment are: • • • • •

A soft and hard copy of the assessment report outlining the monitoring plan Minutes of all meetings, consultations and workshop held with key stake holders Compiled version of the proposed guidelines on the engagement of spaces Share recommendations with the schools stakeholders and ensure participatory action plan and review of policy Photographs of the process

PROPOSED TIMELINE FOR ASSESSMENT The assessment will be carried out in four days, which will include a visit to all the selected schools, and meetings with head teachers and the focal point teachers who have already been identified after capacity building on PSEA and violence against children.


Qualifications of Consultant • • • • • •

Relevant educational background in sociology, community development or in the Social Sciences field Experience in child protection Relevant experience in the assessment and development of child friendly spaces Experience and Research skills Experience in working with Ministry of Education and International NGOs is an added advantage Fluent in communication (English, Swahili) and knowledge in development of manuals and policies

EXPRESSION OF INTEREST All interested parties who meet these requirements should submit the following: a) A brief summary of the firm and at least 1 Main Consultant who will undertake this assignment, including a commitment to be available to undertake the entire assignment within the stated timeline. b) An elaborate methodology and detailed costed work plan indicating number of days and tasks including the reporting. c) Curriculum vitae of the Main Consultant proposed for the assignment. Their relevant qualifications, skills and experience as well as full contact details of two referees. Send electronic copies of the proposal to reach Handicap International office on or before COB on Thursday 24th November 2011 by email to:




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