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International Rescue Committee (IRC) – Consultancy for Partners Mapping.

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Requisition ID: req28153

Job Title: Consultancy for Partners Mapping

Sector: Program Administration

Employment Category: Consultant

Employment Type: Full-Time

Open to Expatriates: No

Location: Kenya

Job Description

Terms of reference

Background

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and regain control of their future.

In Kenya, across two refugee camps, Dadaab and Kakuma, Tana River County currently through a local partner and four counties (Garissa, Turkana, West Pokot, and Nairobi), the International Rescue Committee (IRC) implements programs in the sectors of health, nutrition, governance and rights, and Women’s Protection and Empowerment (WPE), Protection, Economic Recovery and Development (ERD) as well as providing emergency response through a network of four field offices and a range of institutional and community-based partnerships.

The IRC’s global strategy recognizes that collaborative partnerships with local government, civil society and private sector actors can deliver more effective, responsive, and durable assistance that reaches more people, and produces better outcomes for the communities we serve. The IRC’s Partnership Excellence for Equality and Results System (PEERS or the PEER System) comprises policy, process, guidance, and tools for all aspects of the partnership process-from the initial stakeholder analysis and partnership development through to partnership closure-to enable the IRC to fully leverage the opportunities that partnerships offer to improve outcomes. PEERS promotes the IRC’s core partnership principles of equality, transparency, complementarity, responsibility, and a results-oriented approach in all aspects of the partnership relationship. The IRC prioritizes long-term collaborative partnership relationships that evolve over time, building mutual understanding, trust, and capacity beyond the parameters of individual projects and agreements.

The IRC Kenya Strategic Action Plan recognizes the need to work with local actors with priority in mapping partnerships that are women led organizations, youth focused organizations, organizations for minority groups and PLWD (Persons Living with Disabilities) to continuously promote collaborative project management, mutual learning and capacity sharing between the IRC and partner organizations which will improve the quality of services and outcomes to our clients.

Equally our diverse clients, partners, and staff have the power, voice, and agency to shape programs and operations. Within the IRC, we actively work to end all forms of systemic discrimination and foster an inclusive working environment where everyone feels respected, heard, valued, and supported. Our programs seek to reduce disparities in outcomes which are driven by systemic inequality in line with the IRC’s Gender Equality Diversity and Inclusion (GEDI) action plan.

International Rescue Committee is therefore looking for consultants to conduct assessments within ten counties in the development of new program opportunities in line with IRC’s Mission statement and IRC Kenya’s strategic plan, including development and adaptation of tools required to carry it out.

This shall be conducted by phasing the approach prioritizing four counties -Tana River, Baringo, Wajir and Mandera, where IRC already has an immediate interest in entering due to the climate crisis that continue to affect the lives of those living in these areas. The outcome for this first phase will inform the next steps on the remaining six counties including Lamu, Machakos, Samburu, Nakuru, Marsabit and Mombasa, that we are considering entry in the near future or the 3 where we already have operations and seek to scale up (Turkana, Garissa, West Pokot and Kajiado).

Purpose and scope of work

The assessment in the first four counties will focus on mapping of partners that can work with IRC through the collection of data and information to assess the humanitarian situation and identify appropriate response sectors for IRC. Specifically in the areas of:

·         Nutrition and WASH

·         Health

·         Protection

·         WPE (Women Protection and Empowerment)

·         Livelihoods (Including Youth Development)

·         Minority groups (LGBTQI, PLWD, Elderly)

The assessment will be specific to address:

·         Who are the current stakeholders involved within the sectors mentioned i.e., International, National and Local and civil societies?

·         Period of existence in the counties and work done

·         Who are their active donors/funders?

·         The gaps/areas or partnership opportunities within which IRC can possibly come in to address.

The assessment will look beyond the immediate needs of the people to identify the root causes of the problems and inform design of responses that meet immediate needs while also addressing the underlying problems through resilience programming. Equally assess how the Government of Kenya has responded to the needs of the populations in these counties This will ensure long term interventions are adapted to local dynamics and are conflict and gender sensitive.

Gender analysis

The consultant(s) will adopt a gender approach in conducting the assessment, to inform gender-transformative programming by analysing gender roles, access and safety issues, and social norms.

Methodology

The assessment will use appropriate mix of methodologies to gather and analyze data to get diverse perspectives and promote participation of different individuals and or groups such as review of key reference documents, focus group discussions, semi-structured interviews, key informant interviews, interviews with staff, and general observations. The consultant(s) must propose a methodology and plan to be reviewed and approved by IRC technical teams.       

Evaluation roles and responsibilities

The budget for this assessment will cover professional fees, travel costs, workshops, mobilization expenses and supply costs.

Reporting arrangements

The consultant will report to the Monitoring Evaluation Accountability and Learning (MEAL) Coordinator, with close collaboration with the Deputy Director of Programs (DDP) and technical coordinators  

Deliverables

(1)    Draft Soft copy of the inception report including survey tools and analytical framework.

(2)    Both soft and hard copy of the final inception report including final translated survey tools, sampling, methodology and analytical framework.

(3)    Electronic copy of draft report. Reporting format will be agreed during the inception Phase.

(4)    Preliminary Presentation of findings for validation (outlining key processes, key findings, lessons learned and recommendations)

(5)    Draft soft copy of the final survey report including data sets

(6)    Both soft copy and hard copy of the final survey study report including datasets.

Qualifications

  • A qualification in Monitoring and Evaluation, Research, Statistics, Social Sciences, or any other related field is required.
  • Experience in designing, planning, and conducting impact evaluation using experimental or quasi-experimental design approaches.
  • Significant experience in carrying out similar evaluations
  • Excellent skills in quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis. i.e., FGD
  • Excellent skills in data analysis software such as SPSS or STATA (for quantitative data analysis) and ATLAS.ti, NVivo for qualitative data analysis.
  • Experience in using mobile data collection systems such as KoBoCollect or Commcare will be an added advantage.
  • Excellent organizing, facilitating, presentation, and communication skills, including good report writing in English.
  • Ability to communicate in English.  
  • Strong track record in working in partnership with governments and civil society at various levels and diverse organizational stakeholders, developing and implementing appropriate and targeted learning and capacity sharing activities.
  • Experience of working with Govt., communities, INGOs, and donor agencies. Strong understanding of relevant networks and consortiums.
  • Working knowledge of gender, equality, diversity, and inclusion.
  • Ability to establish partnerships, networks & Consortiums
  • Sensitive to the cultural & political environment
  • Solid knowledge of standards for the technical area/field, operational processes and work and task flow.
  • Ability to work with multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary teams

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Standards of Professional Conduct: The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in the IRC Way – Code of Conduct.  These are Integrity, Service, and Accountability.  In accordance with these values, the IRC operates and enforces policies on Beneficiary Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Harassment-Free Workplace, Fiscal Integrity, Anti-Retaliation, Combating Trafficking in Persons and several others.

Gender Equality: IRC is committed to narrowing the gender gap in leadership positions. We offer benefits that provide an enabling environment for women to participate in our workforce including parental leave, gender-sensitive security protocols and other supportive benefits and allowance.

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