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TOR: Sexual Health Rights (SHR) Baseline Researcher
TOR: Sexual Health Rights (SHR) Baseline Researcher
Objective: Completion of:
1) A baseline study that collects and analyses detailed disaggregated evidence on disparities in access to Sexual Reproductive Health (SRH) services and identifies reliable national level statistics against which progress can be tracked.
2) A power map that identifies SRH stakeholders in the target areas and past successful or likely successful change processes
Location: Mandera County, Kenya
Duration: 5-6 days over a period not exceeding10 weeks
The baseline study will provide the necessary baseline data for our project entitled “Enhancing Quality and Universal access to Indigenous People’s reproductive healthcare (EQUIP)” which is being implemented in partnership with Health Poverty Action and IIDA partners in Kenya.
Globally, Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) services provided to or accessed by minority and/or indigenous women are significantly worse than to majority populations. Indigenous and minority women and girls die in pregnancy and childbirth more often than other women because, where data exists, on average, they are three time less likely to receive antenatal care and almost half as likely to have skilled attendance at birth. The service design which lacks the consideration of the attitudes and cultural norms of minority and indigenous women may also prevent them accessing and utilising appropriate SRH services. However, this disparity in SRH services between the populations is masked due to lack of data disaggregation by ethnicity and the limited capacity of the local women and girls and local organizations to get their voice heard. In response to these challenges, EQUIP will use participatory process empowering indigenous women and girls to research and analyse their problems, to pilot solutions by adapting their attitudes and cultural norms, and to voice for their specific needs and quality client-oriented health services.
Role & Responsibilities
The suitable candidate will research, draft and supply IIDA and Minority Rights Group (MRG) with a baseline study that collects and analyses detailed disaggregated evidence on: –
- Clear and reliable figures based on a sample of not less than 100 women in the target area of the existing levels of access to Sexual Reproductive Health (SRH) services. This will need to establish in the target area, the level of:
- Number (%) of births delivered with the help of nurses, midwives or doctors, in the target areas (disaggregated by ethnicity, disability and age). Latest existing reliable national and Mandera County data on SRH. The national figures for a) – c) should be derived from a source which will continue to be available to the project in the future. National figures will ideally be disaggregated by age and disability if this is available but no national level data collection is anticipated. The report should include a discussion of the reliability, pros and cons of different sources of national level data.
- Number (%) of pregnant women/girls 15-49 years in target areas who have made at least 4 antenatal care visits (disaggregated by ethnicity, disability and age). Latest national and target area data.
- Number (%) of contraceptive prevalence rate in target County (disaggregated by ethnicity, disability and age). Latest national and target area figure.
- Existence of positive adaptations or modifications of government, UN agency or INGO sexual and reproductive health policy, staff training or service provision for minority and/or indigenous women and girls at local, district or national levels
- Degree to which disaggregated data is collected, analysed and reported by the Ministry of Health, Kenya National Bureau of Statistics or any similar reputable source in
- Among minority and/or indigenous women/girls accessing a SRH service in the last six months, number (%) of those who say “yes” to all 3 of these questions:
- a) their service provider explained things clearly
- b) their provider showed respect to them
- c) they are satisfied with the service received
(disaggregated by ethnicity, age, and disability)
In addition, for a) – c) above the study should elaborate general trends in the statistics over the past 5 years. For d) and e) the study should include any planned or likely positive adaptations or data collection exercises that are already in discussion.
- A power map that identifies SRH stakeholders in Mandera County and past successful or likely successful change processes
- brief background of the context
- overview of SRH service provision in Mandera County, including Ministry of Health, international providers and local providers of SRH
- details and analysis of the SRHR stakeholders
- Past successful or likely successful SRH policy change processes.
The report will provide the baseline data and priority areas that will be addressed throughout the project intervention period and successful consultant may also be appointed to train our community researchers.
- One (1) baseline study
- One (1) power map study
MRG shall pay the Baseline Researcher 2,000 GBP
- £1,000 on signature of contract
- £1,000 on approval by MRG and partners of the final baseline study + power map.
Timeline for Submission
Submission of 1st Draft: 30th January, 2020
Return of draft to the Researcher: 15th February, 2020
Final Submission: 28th February, 2020
Experience and Expertise required
- Extensive knowledge and experience of working on indigenous and/or minority, women and girls’ rights
- Extensive experience designing and undertaking baseline survey research including statistical analysis.
- Very good knowledge of SRHR in the target area.
- Very good knowledge of health policy decision making and advocacy in Kenya;
- Fluency in English and excellent knowledge of Somali and Swahili is ideal.
- Awareness of relevant issues of security, confidentiality, safeguarding and research ethics.
- Ability and willingness to carry out field work in Mandera County.
How to apply
Minority Rights Group International campaigns worldwide with around 150 partners in over 50 countries to ensure that disadvantaged minorities and indigenous peoples, often the poorest of the poor, can make their voice heard.
Through training and education, legal cases, publications and the media and cultural programmes we support minority and indigenous people as they strive to maintain their rights – to the land they live on, the languages they speak, to equal opportunities in education and employment, and to full participation in public life.
Minority Rights Group International has over 50 years’ experience of working with non-dominant ethnic, religious and linguistic communities and we bring a long-term view of these issues to bear in all the work we do. We work with minorities as diverse as the Batwa in Central Africa, Roma in Europe, Christians in Iraq and Dalits in India and Nepal to name but a few.