Family Health Strategy Facilitation and Writing Consultant

  • Senior-level, Short-term contract assignment
  • Posted on 17 March 2020
  • Nairobi, Kenya
  • Closing on 30 March 2020
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Job Description

  1. Objective:

USAID/ Kenya and East Africa (USAID/KEA) requests technical support to assist with the coordination and drafting of its new Family Health (FH) Strategy for the period 2020-2025. The first phase of this work will include facilitating processes for conducting a landscape analysis of the historical USAID programming in family health and related health systems strengthening (HSS) activities in Kenya. In addition to an analysis of the existing family health landscape in Kenya; including the existing and upcoming donor activities, GOK priorities, and strategies moving forward. The consultant will provide recommendations that can be consolidated into the drafting and finalization of associated documentation, including a family health strategy and activity designs. The consultant to undertake the bulk of the work required to compile and write the strategy, based on the consultations and recommendations from both the Kenya and East Africa mission, and the Washington team’s.

2. Background:

USAID/KEA currently is in the process of designing a new Regional and Country Development Cooperative Strategic Framework for 2020-2025 in accordance with USAID’s CDCS guidance in ADS 201 and the Journey to self reliance (J2SR) guidance provided by PPL. The Mission has launched four mandatory and other assessments (Biodiversity, Gender, Cross-Sectoral Youth Assessment, and Climate Risk). The Health, Population, and Nutrition Office will soon be launching a Political Economy Analysis to inform the strategic design process, and the Project Appraisal Document (PAD).

Phase 1 - review USAID/KEA programming over the past 3 project cycles in family health and health systems strengthening activities. This review will include:

  • Compile a library of essential program documents and reports of USAID/KEA programming in FH and related HSS activities;
  • A summary on how USAID/KEA’s programming in family health and health system strengthening has evolved over the past three (5-year) programming cycles. This includes both programmatic and geographic shifts;
  • A background summary to include in the upcoming FH and HSS Strategy documents and designs anchoring future programming

Phase 2 - Landscape analysis that details the current FH and related HSS priorities and programming needs in Kenya. The landscape analysis will include:

  • An analysis of national and subnational health data including:
  1. i) RMNCH service statistics (DHIS2); ii) health outcomes (facility data, periodic surveys (e.g. DHS, PMI, MICS) or HH based surveys, Lives Saved Tool analysis); iii) facility readiness assessments (Kenya SPA, Kenya Health Facility Assessment Report, Kenya Primary Health Care Vital Signs Profiles, Kenya Health and research Observatory, etc);
  • Donor landscaping with details on programming priorities and activities of donors in Kenya in the FH and related HSS space;
    1. The consultant will conduct key stakeholder interviews at both the national and county levels with the Kenyan Government, community groups, donors, implementing partners, beneficiaries, and donors to get a strong understanding of the core needs in FH and HSS programming that would result in high-impact outcomes in the health sector. A draft HPN Strategic Plan for FH and related HSS programming will be drafted by the consultant. The information will be summarized in a PowerPoint presentation and discussed with, and commented on by multiple stakeholders within USAID/KEA and GH Bureau (including Maternal Child Health/Nutrition, Population and Reproduction, Health Systems and malaria).

Phase 3 - Development of the HPN Results Framework and Strategy development. The Mission will share the new CDCS and Results Framework (RF) in development by the mission with the Washington team to serve as basis of a joint discussion to inform the development of HPN’s’s integrated/ multi-sectoral Project Appraisal Document with overview, two program designs and summary Monitoring Evaluation and Learning tables. The RF will guide the strategic directions for USAID HPN resources and activities through the duration of the five-year CDCS.

3. Scope of Work

The consultant will work closely with the mission team led by Sheila Macheria (FH Team Lead) comprised of the HPN Office, the Program Office, USAID/KEA Front Office, to facilitate the strategy development process. The consultant will also closely coordinate and communicate with the Washington team, led by Kelly Wolfe (Kenya Country Team Lead) and Raz Stevenson (Research and Policy Division) to complete tasks outlined in each phase. The consultant must conduct an organized, participatory, and inclusive consultation process that allows all relevant Mission staff and relevant stakeholders to fully participate and share their opinions throughout the process.

The consultant will facilitate the data collection, workshops, stakeholder meetings, field trips and brainstorming sessions for the Kenya team and Washington team to engage in for all three phases of the strategy development process. Additionally, the consultant will lead the data analysis, workshops and the sessions related to examining the country context, the CDCS results framework, alignment with the country priorities (such as achieving the SDGs and UHC) and U.S foreign policy considerations (such as J2SR), will provide the new vision and strategic choices necessary to create the final HPN strategic document, and PAD due to the mission director on June 6, 2020 for review and comments..

4. Deliverables

The Consultant will be responsible for:

  • Maintaining activity documents in an accessible folder and ensuring that the agreed upon timetable stays on track by liaising with Mission and Washington leads.
  • Leading the activities outlined in Phase 1-3, including informing the best approach to completing the strategy design process in an inclusive and outcome orientated process.
  • Reports from Phase 1 and 2 landscape assessments.
  • First and Final Draft of HPN Strategy: Completed draft of HPN strategy,with all required narratives and all necessary sections as required under Mission Guidance is submitted by consultant to the Washington and Kenya teams during Phase III for final review, consultation and approval.

All deliverables must be in English and must be submitted electronically to Sheila Macharia, HPN, USAID/KEA with a copy to the USAID/Washington Team Lead Kelly Wolfe.

5. Level of Effort:

It is estimated that the mission will need at least 90-120 days of consultant LOE, divided into 3 phases/option periods to complete this work. The below timetable estimates the timeframe and LOE estimated for MSP to budget for each phase of the activity. USAID may revise the details and desired outcomes of each phase as additional information is provided at the end of each phase. The intent is to use the data from each phase to inform the approach in the next phase, including consultant time, composition and LOE.

Phase/Estimated Dates

Task

Estimated MSP/Consultant LOE

Phase 1: March 9- March 30, 2020

Historical Review of FH & HSS programming

20 days LOE (1-2 consultants)

Phase 2: April 1-April 20, 2020

Landscape of current FH and HSS programming in Kenya

40 Days LOE (1-2 consultants)

Phase 3: April 21 - May 15, 2020

Results Framework and Strategy

30-60 days LOE (1-2 consultants)

Total LOE 90-120 days (this may include travel to the field for stakeholder consultations, and small/mid size group meetings)

6. Qualifications and experience required:

  • Experience working in public health.
  • Must have experience facilitating strategy sessions and leading interviews and focus groups, preferably with USAID or other USG clients.
  • Experience in East Africa required, Kenya preferred.
  • Understanding of USAID program cycle and CDCS process.
  • Writing fluency in English required.
  • Bachelors degree in related field required, Masters preferred.

About the Organization

SoCha (a word created by combining the terms Social and Change) is an independent Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (ME&L) firm that provides bespoke solutions to social challenges. We are a veteran-owned small business, registered in the United States, and headquartered in Mauritius, which is an IT hub for Southern Hemisphere international organizations. SoCha is structured to be nimble and flexible, where we can rapidly respond to evaluative and analytical requests globally and have a well-established network across Africa and Asia. Since our inception in 2010, we have grown from a consortium of globally recognized experts who specialize in evaluating the effectiveness of development assistance, to a full-fledged ME&L services firm that specializes in advancing innovative methodologies and changing the way donors find solutions to social problems.

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