Consultant Terms of Reference to conduct an End Line Data Collection for THRIVE II Project
Catholic Relief Services (CRS), the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States, was founded in 1943 by the US Conference of Catholic Bishops. As part of our agency health strategy, CRS invests in child health and wellbeing, benefiting children under the age of 18, while prioritizing interventions in early childhood development (ECD) and social service systems strengthening. We promote a holistic approach to health---with a goal of not only saving lives but also optimizing children’s physical, emotional and cognitive development. Interventions are age appropriate and operate across multiple levels and actors facilitating multi-sectoral integration with agriculture, microfinance, education and health.
2.0 Project Goal and Objectives
THRIVE II project implemented by CRS and partners is a two and half year project beginning January 2016 to June 2018. The goal of the project is to create a culture of care and support for HIV and AIDS affected children under two years and their caregivers in Kenya. Funded by Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, the project has developed a model for ongoing support to households so that caregivers of children under two practice early childhood stimulation, positive parenting, infant and young child feeding (IYCF) and water, sanitation & hygiene (WASH) behaviors. The project targets an estimated population of 3423 caregivers and has the following strategic objective and result areas in Kenya.
The key project strategy was to organize pregnant women and caregivers of children under 23 months using the Care Group model and to deliver messages and practice early stimulation, positive parenting, IYCF and WASH. Working with community volunteers, participants of the project have been supported using a social and behavior change and communication strategy during care group sessions and home visits to enhance responsive caregiving practices. At the health facility, the project intended to establish ECD spaces and improve health staff counseling skills by infusing early stimulation and positive parenting messages to ensure a supportive environment for pregnant women during ANC and PMTCT clinic visits.
3.0 Purpose of Data Collection
The main objective of the consultancy is to collect end line data on the knowledge, attitudes and practices of mothers of children 0-23 months affected by HIV/AIDS in Homabay and Migori in Kenya. In addition, the evaluation will collect data on the attainment of developmental milestones of these caregivers’ children (0-23 months old). Finally, the evaluation will collect qualitative data on the perceived changes in key behaviors of these mothers and perceptions related to the implementation of the intervention.
The specific objectives of the end line data collection will be to:
▪ Capture high-quality data on the current levels of knowledge, attitudes and practice towards early stimulation, positive parenting, IYCF, WASH and maternal wellbeing in the targeted communities among mothers of children 0-23 months
▪ Capture high-quality data on the current levels of child development among children two to 23 months old (utilizing the Ages and Stages Questionnaire 3)
▪ Document perceived changes in key knowledge, attitudes and practices of mothers of children 0-23 months and child development among various informants (project beneficiaries, male partners, health facility staff, care group volunteers, community health volunteers, community leaders, etc.)
▪ Document perceived achievements, challenges, lessons learnt and recommendations on the implementation of Thrive II, including care groups, ECD spaces and health facility capacity strengthening
▪ Document perceived effectiveness, efficiency, impact and sustainability of the project strategy
10.0 Submission of Proposals
The proposal can be sent by e‐mailed so as to reach the undersigned by 5:00 PM April 20th 2018 to:
Catholic Relief Services- Kenya Program,
11.0 Evaluation and Award of Consultancy
CRS will evaluate the proposals and award the assignment based on technical and financial feasibility. CRS reserves the right to accept or reject any proposal received without giving reasons and is not bound to accept the lowest, the highest or any bidder. Only the successful applicant will be contacted. CRS does not charge any fees from applicants for any recruitment. Further, CRS has not retained any agent in connection with this recruitment
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