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Job Vacancy: Consultant for Context Assessment of Street-Connected Children in Nairobi, Kenya - ONGOING RECRUITMENT
Consultant for Context Assessment of Street-Connected Children in Nairobi, Kenya (Nairobi based)
Location: Nairobi, Kenya
Deadline: 23rd August 2016 (11:30pm GMT)
I.THE TOYBOX CHARITY
Toybox is a UK charity with a mission to end the injustice of street children, one of the world’s most vulnerable groups. Toybox were established in 1992 and work in 6 countries: Guatemala, El Salvador, Bolivia, Peru, India and Kenya. We work in challenging contexts where street children are subject to extreme poverty including no food, shelter and clothes alongside suffering with abuse, abject violence and neglect. We are focused on supporting these children on a daily basis. At Toybox we believe that local organisations are best placed to find the most appropriate solutions to remove and prevent children from becoming street connected. Locally–led development increases the effectiveness, legitimacy and cost effectiveness of our engagement with street-connected children.
Toybox have been working in Nairobi since October 2015 with a local partner organisation Pendekezo Letu (PKL). A Context Analysis was done by a consultant for Toybox in December 2014 when looking to expand our work to Nairobi, but now an up-to-date and more in-depth assessment is needed of the situation of street-connected children in the city.
Geographical location of the assessment:
· Nairobi, Kenya
II.OBJECTIVES OF THE CONSULTANCY
The primary purpose of the assessment is to gain a deeper understanding of the issues affecting children and young people connected with the street (to include street living and street working) in the capital city of Nairobi. This assessment will ensure that future programmatic work is closely tailored to respond to critical issues experienced by street-connected young people with the development of appropriate projects in the future that have maximum impact for the target population.
Areas to consider include:
· Protection and rights issues faced
· The symptoms of street connectedness
· The causes of street connectedness
The assessment should be carried out in location, using primary and secondary data which will be both qualitative and quantitative in nature. Wherever possible, the assessment should be participatory, seeking to enhance the dignity and protection of all children involved.
To develop a typology of street-connected children within the Kenyan context. This may include what being street-connected means in this context, the characteristics that define a street child, and the stages and processes that lead a child to become street-connected.
To identify the demographics of street-connected children in Nairobi, including a disaggregation by age, gender and, where possible, origin.
To give an estimation of the number of street children in Nairobi, using secondary data where primary data is not possible (a head count is not expected).
To identify the primary causes for children becoming street-connected. Relationships between causality and the demographic profile of the children should be identified and tested to demonstrate significance, including a gender analysis.
To identify protection and rights violations and adverse illness that street-connected children face and are exposed to due to their status.
To identify existing resources, coping and protection mechanisms that street-connected children are using to claim their rights (e.g. legal, illegal, formal and informal; considering public, private or charitable service providers).
To map the child protection system, including the legal framework, duty-bearers, responsible government agencies, charitable and private service providers. This should involve consideration of the process and functionality of the system at its three levels – national, regional (focused on Nairobi) and local (municipal) – and identification of all strengths, weaknesses and gaps to be addressed. Also of interest are informal and cultural mechanisms, and children’s own strategies. This should also include how the child protection system interacts with children in conflict with the law.
To carry out a needs and protection analysis for various groups of street-connected children, including those without parental care, migrants/refugees, children living with disabilities, those involved in high risk forms of child labour, for example, sex-work, and other forms of work, for example domestic labour.
The assessment and analysis should occur up to 20 days in the period of mid-September to mid-October 2016, with a draft assessment report delivered by 16 October 2016. A final report will be required 1 week after the consultant receives feedback on the draft report, with the final report being required by no later than the 31 October 2016.
The following deliverables will be expected:
Methodology and assessment plan - 3 days prior to commencement of primary data gathering. The plan should outline clearly the methodology, work plan and resources required.
Draft report – by 16 October 2016. The report should be 20 - 30 pages. It should contain the following:
· Description of the methodology used
· Quantitative, qualitative and disaggregated analysis of the demographic profile of street-connected children in Nairobi, including geo-spatial and time parameters for where they congregate, sleep, work and spend their time.
· A needs and protection analysis of various groups of street-connected children, disaggregated where possible.
· An analysis of street connected children’s own coping and protection strategies.
· A child protection system map in diagrammatic and narrative form, including exploration of gaps in service provision, functionality, capacity and in rights adherence.
Verbal presentation - this will be based on the draft report using PowerPoint and should be provided in the week of the 17 October 2016. Toybox will review the report and feedback both in written form and verbally in this meeting.
Final report – 1 day to edit work on receiving feedback on the draft report, the final report should be in the same structure and should not exceed 25 pages in the body of the main report. Annexes can be submitted in addition to this. The structured data from primary research should also be provided on submission of the final report. Rich media files that may be of use should also be submitted (for example, photographs). The deadline for the report will be 31 October 2016.
The consultant will develop the methodology as part of the first deliverable. Toybox will feedback on any modifications that are required before the methodology and work plan are signed off and work on data gathering can commence.
In developing this methodology, the consultant should consider the following points:
Primary research methods should include interviews and focus-group discussions with key stakeholders. Stakeholders are expected to include government entities, local and international NGOs working on the topic area, and street-connected children themselves. This latter group should be treated with respect and dignity, and should participate as much as is ethically and practically appropriate and possible.
The consultant must sign and abide by Toybox’s child protection policy and will ensure informed consent is provided for all interviews, focus group discussions, photographs and videos of children.
Toybox should be consulted and will be part of the coordination process at all stages.
The consultant will specifically have briefing and debriefing meetings with Toybox (with the support of PKL) at the commencement and conclusion of methodological implementation.
V.PROFILE OF THE CONSULTANT OR CONSULTING TEAM
· The consultant must have a Master’s Degree or equivalent experience in using social science research methodologies.
· The consultant should have experience of working with children and evidence a strong understanding and adherence to child protection standards. Experience of working with street-connected children is desirable.
· A strong background of assessments and evaluations using mixed methods is essential.
· Experience/Knowledge in Child Protection is desirable.
· Strong interpersonal and workshop facilitation skills, particularly with young people and children
· Fluency in written and verbal English is essential.
· Knowledge in verbal Swahili is desirable.
· The consultant should be based in the Nairobi area.
VI.TERMS AND DELIVERY DEADLINES
Term of the contract and formalization
The consultant will be issued with a contract on selection.
Payment stages are
· 20% on agreement of the methodology
· 30% on submission of the draft report
· 50% on sign off of the final report
· 23 August 2016: Expression of interest
· 16 October 2016: Draft report
· Week of 17 October 2016: Presentation
· 31 October 2016: Final report
· Supervision and monitoring of the project will be provided by Toybox (and assistance of the local partner organisation, PKL), through the staff allocated to supporting this piece of work.
· Acceptance of the preliminary and final report will be based on criteria established by Toybox (with support of PKL).
VIII.LANGUAGE AND FORMAT
The final report of this consultancy should be written in English with a maximum length of 25 pages; it should be available in Word and PDF format, with an annex of primary data in Excel and/or Word.
HOW TO APPLY:
Expression of interest:
An expression of interest, proposed methodology and a CV (no longer than two pages) should be submitted to Toybox by 23 August 2016 (11:30pm UK time), using the following contact address:firstname.lastname@example.org