Monday, October 10, 2016

Handicap International,Consultancy Lesson Learnt/Baseline survey Ubuntu Care Project: confronting sexual violences in Rwanda Burundi Kenya

Closing date: 21 Oct 2016
In the last few decades, widespread reports of endemic sexual violence against women and children, particularly in countries ravaged by conflict and war, have become understood as an extreme violation of human rights and mobilized international attention. Despite this international attention, the plight of women and children with disabilities has been largely unre
cognized in response interventions. This is a serious oversight, as research shows they are more likely to be victims of sexual violence. Yet they remained invisible among survivors due to a lack of information, research and disability disaggregated statistics, and entrenched cultural beliefs and stigma that see them excluded from social life. The majority of these survivors are not informed and aware of their rights and some, especially children, are economically and socially dependant on their perpetrators and cannot report the incidence. When they do, the cases rarely go to court, as existing prevention programs are mostly unaware of disability related vulnerabilities and lack capacities to address persons with disabilities. Thus, perpetrators tend to go free and continue to act with almost complete impunity. This entrenched cycle of violence is not an exception but the rule in many countries and has a devastating impact on the survivors, their families and their entire communities, that lives on well after the incidence.
In 2010, Handicap International and Save the Children implemented a pilot project with the support of the OAK Foundation to address the vulnerability of children with disabilities against sexual violence in four African countries (Burundi, Madagascar, Mozambique and Tanzania). A situation analysis was conducted through the collection of in-depth evidence on the modality and occurrence of sexual violence towards children with disabilities in these countries. The findings revealed that in spite of different contexts, the factors that render children with disabilities particularly vulnerable for this type of violence are similar in all of those countries. Moreover, child survivors with disabilities also face common barriers across the countries when it comes to accessing services for care and support at the medical, psychosocial and legal level. As a result, survivors with disabilities are likely to bear the full consequences of the violence (STDs, including HIV/AIDS, unwanted pregnancies, marginalization, psychological trauma, new impairments) and the large majority of perpetrators are able to escape justice.
From the experience of this first pilot project, Handicap International and Save the Children UK made the following recommendations:
1.      Guarantee equal access to education and other opportunities that decrease the isolation of children and young people with disabilities – reducing the social exclusion that contributes to vulnerability to violence and abuse
2.      Prohibit all forms of discrimination that may hinder access to justice and medical, legal and psychosocial services, including, for example, legal provisions that automatically prohibit children with certain disabilities from being recognized as competent witnesses
3.      Ensure that children and young people with disabilities have access to information on their rights so that they can identify, prevent and act upon a violation against them – ensuring that children are aware of those entitlements
4.      Develop and introduce child sensitive, accessible, safe and confidential reporting and complaints mechanisms for all children – creating the means through which to realize those rights
5.      Ensure that legal, law enforcement and judicial professionals are consistent and sensitive to the needs and rights of children and young people with disabilities during the investigation, prosecution and sentencing of perpetrators – making sure that once cases are reported they are dealt with effectively
These recommendations resulted in putting in place in Rwanda, Burundi and the Kenya phase 1 of the project Ubuntu Care, for a three years period (2013-2015), including different activities and research which helped to more effectively identify and address factors related to sexual violence against children, including children with disabilities. All project stakeholders agreed that the extension of the project to second phase (2016-2018) was necessary, by building on phase I to develop a more integrated system with a view to confronting sexual violence against children.
The word Ubuntu derives from the Bantu languages of Southern and East Africa. It can be translated to mean: "I am what I am because of who we all are.” It refers to the interconnectedness of human beings, and is strongly associated with the positive concepts of humanity, generosity and community in each of the Rwandan, Burundian and Kenyan societies. This project is called Ubuntu Care for exactly these reasons – because its ultimate goal is to end violence against children through social cohesion.
This multi- countries project aims to address the root causes and to mitigate the consequences of violence against children, including girls and boys with disabilities. The strategy is to translate effectively the international commitments in regard of children’s rights, in particular the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) into practical actions on the ground through improved response mechanisms to Sexual and gender based violence against children at all levels.
This project will keep engaging with children and empower them as key stakeholders in their own protection. This involves empowering children, their families and community regardless of gender, or type of disability, through: raising awareness, promoting inclusion, skills development, eliminating stigma, and facilitating access to health, education and legal opportunities.
The innovation in Phase II is that the project will use an inclusive child protection safety net model by empowering children, families, communities, services and authorities to protect children against sexual violence, help survivors and their parents/guardians access immediate assistance, and promote their sustainable reintegration and inclusion in Rwanda, Burundi and Kenya.
The “Inclusive child protection safety net” is a systemic approach that empowers all child protection actors and promotes interaction between these actors within a defined area. As child’s protection needs vary and they require attention from different sectors. The project’s goal is to create a more integrated protection system (health, education, legal/judicial, psychosocial and community sectors) to provide quality care, including approaches based on child protection, gender and disability.
This approach extends the notion of protection to all children, including those at risk, such as isolated children with disabilities who are at greater risk from violence due to their particular vulnerability. If the system offers protection, it promotes the harmonious development of all children. This involves ending isolation and developing synergies at all levels. All existing resources in the child’s environment, whether they relate to the child, their family, community or institutional environment, are used to help the child and enhance their wellbeing.
Stage two will be based on defined local administrative districts and target actors in those districts. In each of the 21 local administrative units identified, the intervention will create an inclusive child protection safety net based on the involvement of the following actor: children, families, police, multi-sectorial case management group (Task Force), justice, health actors, schools, community institutions.
The intervention will work to achieve the following results:
1.      Girls and boys, including girls and boys with disabilities, are empowered to become actors in their own protection and provided with support to play an active role in society and relevant services.
2.      Strengthen the role of families and communities in protecting girls and boys, including girls and boys with disabilities.
3.      A multi-sectoral and coordinated child protection system provides inclusive and quality services for children survivors of sexual violence.
4.      In line with international and regional human rights instruments, GBV and child protection policies related to sexual violence against children are effectively implemented, and the particular vulnerability to sexual violence of children with disabilities is acknowledged and addressed.
With the above as background, the purpose of these Terms of Reference is to appoint a consultant to conduct a lessons learnt process specifically for the project in Burundi as well as a Baseline survey for the 3 countries in Rwanda, Burundi, Kenya for the phase II of Ubuntu Care project focusing on evaluating the inclusive child protection safety net model.
General objective:
The general objective of this consultancy is to provide HI with the lessons learnt of the programmatic strategies of the first phase of the project of Ubuntu Care. These lessons learn are essential to support HI strengthen the current design of the project based of the inclusive child protection safety net. The lessons learnt will specifically focus on the project in Burundi where a deeper and more acute analysis is expected and for which specific TORs will be elaborated.
The second aim of the consultancy is to build a baseline study in order to have a picture of the quality of the interaction among all actors involve in the formal and informal child protection mechanism. This baseline study is to determine the roles of different actors/institutions working under child protection, gender and disability and their level and quality of interaction in Rwanda, Burundi and Kenya in specific areas where Ubuntu Care Project intervenes. Those actors include child advisory committees, CDFC (community and family development centers), families of children with disabilities, judicial and juridical instances, hospitals and health centers, specialized centers and inclusive schools, community organizations and members of child protection Task force (case management system).
The baseline will constitute the basis to measure the project performance especially on the effectiveness of the inclusive child protection safety net model. Even though the baseline study is intended primarily to facilitate the project monitoring and evaluation, it will also be used as an evidence-based lobbying and advocacy tool (with the possibility of publishing a summary of the findings).
The following table gives ample specifications on the location:
Congo Nil
Western Transzoia
Eastern Transzoia
Specific objectives
This consultancy will be divided into 2 steps:
1) Lessons learnt process
  • The consultant will conduct a concise lessons learnt process of Phase I in order to emphasize all elements/lessons learnt which led to the elaboration of the child protection safety net model with a focus on the project run in Burundi.
o Identify the challenges in the prevention and response strategy developed by the partners & HI team project
o Identify the processes developed by the partners and HI team project to overcome the challenges
o Develop a SWOT analysis of the strategy used in the first phase of the project
o Identify the positive and possible negative effects of the previous strategy of the 1rst phase.
o Review all relevant documents (internal and external evaluation, internal reports etc..)
2) Baseline study
·         To identify different actors/ institutions working under child protection, disability, gender in our area of intervention. (information to be collected from resource mapping report)
·         To elaborate a SWOT Analysis of those actors/institutions.
·         To capture the respective roles and responsibilities and potential involvement or evolution in the project.
·         To determine and qualify the level and the quality of the interaction/connection between those actors/institutions
·         To elaborate indicators to be able to measure potential change brought by the developed model.

Expected Results

The level of interaction between actors/institution working under child protection, gender and disability is determined and qualified and respective roles specified. The findings will help to strengthen and/or create synergies between actors/institutions working under child protection, gender and disability in the above areas for a more integrated protection system (sectors health, educational, judicial/legal, psychosocial, community).
Scope of work:
To be able to deliver the various documents, it is expected that the consultant will lead this baseline study in respect of policies in force at Handicap International related to the protection, and the confidentiality that must be respected in some cases.
Handicap International expects that the successful consultant/ consultancy team will have the following qualification and skills:
a) A masters degree or PHD in relevant social sciences
b) Experience in working in the field of development (child protection, disability, gender)
c) Significant experience in similar research: capitalization, baseline research.
d) Excellent analytical, writing and communication skills in French and English.
e) Experience in working in Rwanda, Burundi or/and in Kenya
This Contract shall last for 40 days, (including preparatory phases, international travel and writing of reports) from the 24st of October until the 19 of December 2016 for the three countries Rwanda, Burundi and Kenya.
Ø On the basis of the proposed timetable laid down in these Terms of Reference, the Consultant must set up a work schedule for the performance of the service and send it to the respective project managers at least 1 week before its arrival of the field. (Burundi, Rwanda and Kenya)
Ø The work schedule must clearly specify the manner in which the Consultant will approach the activities required to perform the service.
Ø The schedule must indicate the progress and/or the standard of service performance, including the criteria and/or indicators to check that the service provision is proceeding smoothly.
Ø The consultant must inform the project managers on each difficulty he/she’s faced in the field in order to find solutions together
For the duration of the consultancy, the consultant will report on a weekly basis to Ubuntu Care project managers and Regional coordinator. Progress report/discussion will consist of:
·         Activities completed during the last 7 days period
·         Activities to be completed during the following week
·         Delays experienced, and reasons of the delays
·         Challenges and solutions to these challenges
·         Specific action or involvement required from Handicap International
Handicap International expects that the following deliverable will be produced during and at the end of the consultancy:
a) A detailed survey methodology for both 2 steps of the consultancy (approved by HI) including the evaluation of qualitative indicators included in the project log frame.
b) Precise list of sample to be identified
c) Work schedule for each country with the detailed activities for each day
d) Appropriate qualitative tools
e) Conduct the lessons learnt process as well as the Baseline survey covering identified areas
f) Development of a final report and indicators.
Within the framework of the service provision, the Consultant will be asked to collaborate with Handicap International’s teams and in particular respective project managers for each country.
For the logistic issues, each country’s program will make available a car and a driver to facilitate the activity.
The total budget for this consultancy is estimated at 27 000 Euros for three countries, inclusive of taxes..
How to apply:
A detailed technical and financial offer has to be sent to the following email address by the 21st October 2016

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