Youth Empowerment Alliance (YEA) Terms of Reference for Baseline Study, Access, Services and Knowledge (ASK) Programme today 2013


Youth Empowerment Alliance (YEA)
Terms of Reference 
Baseline Study, Access, Services and Knowledge (ASK) Programme

1.0 Background

The Access, Services and Knowledge (ASK) programme is a 3 year programme (2013-2015) funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs with the aim of enhancing uptake of Sexual Reproductive Health (SRH) services among young people aged between 10-24 years, including underserved groups.
The programme which is a joint effort of 8 organizations comprising of Rutgers WPF, Simavi, AMREF Flying Doctors, CHOICE for Youth and Sexuality, dance4life, Stop AIDS Now!, the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), and Child Helpline International (CHI) is implemented in 7 countries namely Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, Ghana, Senegal, Pakistan and Indonesia.

In Kenya, the programme is implemented by 13 partners comprising of Africa Alive (AA), Centre for the Study of Adolescence (CSA), Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI), Child Line Kenya (CLK), Family Health Options Kenya (FHOK), Great Lakes University of Kisumu (GLUK), Maximizing facts on AIDS (MAXFACTA), Nairobits Trust, Network of Adolescence and Youth of Africa (NAYA), National Empowerment Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS in Kenya (NEPHAK), UNESCO, Women Fighting AIDS in Kenya (WOFAK) and the World Starts With Me Alumni Youth Advocacy Network (WAYAN).

It covers 12 counties namely: Nairobi, Mombasa, Kisumu, Kakamega, Busia, Bungoma, Trans-Nzoia, Homabay, Migori, Kisii, Siaya, and Uasin-Gishu and has the following as its key result areas:
  1. Young people are better informed and are thus able to make healthier choices regarding their sexuality
  2. A growing number of people have access to anti-retroviral drugs, contraceptives and other commodities required for good sexual and reproductive health
  3. Public and private clinics provide better sexual and reproductive healthcare services, which more and more people are using.
  4. Greater respect for the sexual and reproductive rights of people to whom these rights are denied.
2.0 The purpose of the Baseline Study
The purpose of the study is to provide baseline information that will form the basis for measuring programme’s results, impacts and long lasting change in the lives of the beneficiaries at the end of the programme.

3.0 Specific objectives of the study

a) To obtain baseline data on specific outcome indicators as stipulated in the outcome measurement support tool (to be provided).
b) To provide up to date information on the Sexual and reproductive health environment of young people so as to inform/shape planned programme interventions.

4.0 Scope of the study

The study will entail a desk review of the latest country statistics from National Surveys such as the KDHS and KAIS contextualized to the lowest administrative level possible; a desk review of information from the outcome measurement of a  complementary programme called Unite for Body Rights (UFBR); as well as field studies in select areas of the following counties covered by the programme: Nairobi, Mombasa, Kisumu, Kakamega, Busia, Bungoma, Trans-Nzoia, Homabay, Migori, Kisii, Siaya, and Uasin-Gishu.

5.0 Methodology

The study will follow the methodology outlined in the outcome measurement support tool and adopt the tools contained therein.

6.0 Tasks

The consultant shall:
  • Review relevant programme documents for understanding of the programme
  • Develop a work plan for the study in consultation with the country team.
  • Seek approval for the baseline study from the National Council for Science and Technology
  • Carry out literature review of relevant secondary data including the KDHS, KAIS, and UFBR programme outcome measurement, to obtain data for specific outcome indicators outlined in the outcome measurement support tool
  • Liaise with partner organizations for the recruitment of research assistants and identification of study locations/communities/schools/health facilities
  • Conduct training of research assistants or enumerators on the tools as well as sampling procedures
  • Pre-test the tools and revise them accordingly before the start of data collection.
  • Co-ordinate collection of data and submission of the same to a central place for entry
  • Prepare data screen and coordinate data entry
  • Analyse the data and interpret findings.
  • Prepare a draft report of the study and share it with the country team
  • Present the findings of the study  to partner organizations in a workshop to be organized by the Alliance
  • Submit the final baseline report using the appropriate format (provided) by December 31st 2013. The report must be accompanied by various data sets and the Youth Empowerment Alliance (YEA) will have the sole ownership of all final data. Findings will only be shared or reproduced with the permission of the Alliance.
7.0 Deliverables
The following are the key deliverables for the baseline process:
a) A detailed work plan for the study
b) Revised data collection tools
c) A sampling framework
d) A data screen
e) Data sets (various versions)
f) Draft baseline report
g) Presentation of key findings to the stakeholders
h) A final baseline report (in soft and hard copies) with the following elements:
i. Cover page
ii. Table of contents
iii. Executive summary
iv. List of acronyms and abbreviations
v. Introduction/Background
vi. Methodology
vii. Results/Findings
viii. Conclusions and Recommendations
ix. References
x. Annexes:

8.0 Timeframe

The consultancy is expected to take a maximum of 40 days, starting from October and ending not later than 31st December 2013.

9.0 Expertise Required

  • A minimum of Post-graduate degree in Social Sciences, Public Health, Education or Development Studies.
  • Proven experience of not less than 5 years in qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis preferably in the field of public health
  • Experience in working with relevant government agencies, communities and the youth.
  • Good knowledge and understanding of the adolescent sexual and reproductive health and rights environment and HIV/AIDS  in the country
  • Excellent analytical and report writing skills
  • Strong facilitation skills.
  • Demonstrated high level of professionalism
10.0 Supervision and management
The Youth Empowerment Alliance (YEA) will supervise the process through a country team comprising of the Country Lead, the National Steering Committee through the National Programme Coordinator, and the country PME expert.
Further, the consultant will interact a lot with individual partner organizations in the Alliance with the help of the National Programme Coordinator.

11.0 How to Apply

All interested and eligible persons/organizations should submit an expression of interest with the following:
  1. A cover letter addressing the baseline criteria
  2. A technical proposal detailing the consultant’s profile and experience in handling similar assignments, and an understanding of the TORs and the tasks to be accomplished.
  3. A financial proposal detailing the daily consultancy fees excluding the costs of data collection and data processing.
All Applications should be sent to the National Programme Coordinator, Youth Empowerment Alliance on by 18th October 2013.
Only short listed candidates will be contacted.