Consultant at Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) 2019
Career Kenya: Consultant at Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) 2019
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Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) is an international Catholic Organization, under the Society of Jesus Trustee. The Mission of JRS is to accompany, serve and advocate for refugees and forcibly displaced people whose needs are more urgent and forgotten. JRS started working in Africa in the early 1980s. One of the earliest operations was in Ethiopia, providing food, shelter, and medical aid to thousands of people displaced within the country due to war and famine. In 1990s, JRS moved to respond to the massive influx of refugees caused by multiple civil wars and inter-ethnic conflicts in Sudan, Somalia, Eritrea, Rwanda, Burundi, and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) started its response to protect, prevent and provide services to survivors of Gender-Based Violence (GBV) in Kakuma refugee camp in 2000, when the safe shelter opened its doors. The primary target group is SGBV survivors, women, and girls at risk from both the refugee and host communities. The project is implemented in partnership with the United Nations High Commission of Refugees (UNHCR).

Background information

Child Marriage is the most common child protection concern in Kakuma and kalobeyei settlement scheme. Girls can be denied schooling opportunities or forced out of school in preparation for marriage. SGBV and child labor are common concerns in Kakuma and Kalobeyei and women, children encounter many obstacles when they seek protection support. In the spirit of Kalobeyei, integrated social economic development (KISEDP), Turkana Gender and Child Protection network is the main coordination arm for SGBV and child protection at the county level. Due to desperation and not knowing whom to turn to in such situations, both the humanitarian staff, and the refugees find themselves in between a rock and a hard place. Coupled by the fact that refugees endure extreme hardships in the camp against a back ground of civil wars, broken family structures, sexual and gender based violence among many other problems, many end up compromising and end up being taken advantage of.

Due to the stigma attached to sexual gender based violence in Kenyan communities, women blame themselves and fear they will be ostracized by the society or re-victimized by the perpetrators if they disclose the abuse. Very little information is available on sexual violence against men and boys, since there seems to be even more shame and stigma associated with homosexual rape than with sexual violence against women and girls.

It is against this background that JRS wishes to conduct an assessment to ascertain the current rate of SGBV in Kakuma and kalobeyei settlement. This assessment will inform our program and be used in prevention and response to SGBV cases in the camp and its surrounding environs.

Objectives of the assessment

The overall purpose of this assessment is to conduct a situational analysis of the current rate of SGBV, laws and policies addressing gender-based violence in Turkana west sub-county. An analysis of facilities, safe houses and police stations that can manage SGBV incidences, statistics on gender-based violence, teenage pregnancies and HIV incidences among women, girls and boys at risk. This consultancy assessment will equip the JRS Kakuma project, especially the Safe Haven, counselling and Special Needs Department with proper knowledge, of the rate of SGBV cases in the camp and how to design activities that will address the gap.

Scope and coverage

The assessment will be undertaken in Kakuma and kalobeyei settlements in Turkana West Sub-County, targeting the JRS staff, relevant county (and sub-county) government officials (health and gender departments), community leaders, community members and SGBV survivors in safe haven and those who have been discharged to find out the impact of the program in the lives of the survivors. All the stakeholders implementing SGBV in Turkana west Sub-county will share the findings.

The assessment will adopt a mixed methods approach with the quantitative data being derived from desk review of existing data on SGBV in Kenya and Turkana while the qualitative data will be derived from key informant interviews and focus group discussions with relevant stakeholders within the county.

Consultant’s key tasks and responsibilities:

The Consultant is expected to:

  • Participate in an inception meeting to jointly build a consensus on the understanding for the TORs and jointly agree on the methodology and map out the timelines for the assessment
  • Prepare an inception report, detailing the agreed upon methodology for the assessment, deliverables, work plan, data collection tools, field data collection schedule and a proposed template for the final report
  • Design the data collection tools in consultation with the project implementing team
  • Undertake a desk review on available literature on existing laws and policies addressing gender based violence in Kenya and in Turkana west Sub-county specifically and statistics on gender based violence, teenage pregnancies, early marriages, etc.
  • Conduct field analysis of health facilities, safe houses and mapping of police stations that can offer reprieve and manage SGBV incidences
  • Collect data on indicators related to the prevalence of SGBV cases reported
  • Conduct key informant interviews with project implementers and partners including; JRS, UNHCR, RAS, DRC, LWF, duty bearers such as law enforcement officers, county reproductive health coordinators, county gender officers, and chiefs
  • Conduct Focus Group Discussions (FGDs) with select groups of adolescent girls and boys, youth, civil society organizations and community-based organizations
  • Prepare a draft SGBV Assessment Report outlining the key preliminary findings on the existing sexual and gender-based violence policies, laws and statistics on existing facilities, safe houses and police stations in Turkana sub-county capable of addressing SGBV incidences
  • Present the draft report to JRS staff, partners and stakeholders in a learning event and then prepare the final report incorporating feedback from JRS staff and other key project partners

Expected deliverables

The Consultant is expected to deliver the following deliverables:

  • An inception report prepared after an inception meeting and detailing the agreed upon methodology, work plan, field data collection schedule, data collection tools, ethical protocols and the proposed format for the report
  • The draft SGBV Assessment Report reflecting key findings from both desk review and Primary data in electronic format and including an executive summary of no more than four pages. JRS will provide comments on the Draft Report, and the Consultant will finalize the report in view of these comments
  • A final SGBV Assessment Report incorporating comments from JRS, the partners and other relevant stakeholders. The report should be logically structured, contain evidence-based findings, conclusions, lessons and recommendations, and should be free of information that is not relevant to the overall analysis. The report should respond in detail to the key focus areas described above.

Outline of the Report

We would be happy to receive suggestions for report formats from interested parties, but would expect the final baseline study report to include the following:

  1. Title page
  2. Contents page
  3. List of abbreviations and acronyms
  4. Executive Summary
  5. Background
  6. Methodology (detailing what data was collected, how it was collected and by whom, what the sample size was, any possible limitations to the assessment etc.)
  7. Findings and analysis, inclusive of triangulation of quantitative and qualitative data, and triangulation between respondent categories.
  8. Lessons Learnt and/or Recommendations (approximately 4 pages, lessons and recommendations must be clearly related to the evidence given in the Findings section of the report. This should also include recommendations for CARE and other partners on the implementation of the project.
  9. Annexes: These might include: a. Itinerary/ schedule, List of people and organizations consulted, References / list of documents reviewed etc.

Assessment duration and timelines

The assessment is expected to take place between first week of December – 20th December 2019. In alignment to the deliverables, timing should be distributed to reflect the following:

  1. Inception meeting and report
  2. Development and approval of data collection tools
  3. Field data collection
  4. Data analysis and reporting
  5. Learning event/validation and finalization

Qualifications and experience:

The consultant must have the following qualification and experience:

  • Must have a Master Degree in Social Sciences, Statistics, Gender Studies, Monitoring and Evaluation or other related fields
  • Must have over 5 years of experience in undertaking assessments, baselines or evaluations in projects or programmes implementing gender based violence interventions in Kenya or in East Africa
  • Experience in conflict prone areas or countries will be an added advantage
  • Must have over 5 years’ experience in undertaking qualitative and quantitative research
  • Must have prior experience in writing technical reports with fluency in English and Swahili

Interested candidates should send their detailed proposals which should include a brief understanding of the TOR, the organization’s experiences in undertaking similar assessments, their Proposed methodology and data collection methods, a proposed work plan, a detailed Curriculum Vitae, proposed budget, legal registration documents including a Valid Tax Compliance Certificate. Shortlisting of the candidates will be made as applications are received.

All applications should be made in English and sent to and a copy to attaching the proposal (both technical and financial), with the subject heading: “Assessment of the SGBV Rate and SGBV Cases in Kakuma and Turkana West Sub-County”.


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