Research Consultancy

TERMS OF REFERENCE RESEARCH ON QUALITY OF LIFE OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITY BENEFITINGFROM A LIVELIHOOD PROJECT IN DADAAB REFUGEE CAMPS 1. BACKGROUND HANDICAP INTERNATIONAL (HI) is a Non-Governmental Organization specialized in the field of disability with the aim of improving the capacity of people with disability to satisfy their basic needs and to exercise their fundamental rights. A strong emphasis is placed on empowering people with disabilities through their integration into mainstream development activities and provision of livelihood interventions. Handicap International, as from December 2016, started implementing an Inclusive Livelihood Project in partnership with Danish Refugee Council (DRC) in Dadaab Refugee Camp. The partnership with DRC has catered to the provision of livelihood skills and startup kits for identified persons with disabilities in IFO 1, IFO 2 and Dagahaley camps in Dadaab Refugee Camps. The vocational skills provided to the beneficiaries include, but are not limited to Business skills, ICT, tailoring, crop farming and poultry keeping. HI has availed adaptive tools and technology for use in the training of people with various disabilities, including installation of JAWS and provision of sewing machines that can be used by people on wheel chairs and tricycles. The pronouncements by the Government of Kenya to close the camp and the acceleration of the Voluntary Repatriation (VOLREP) process bring to light key protection elements that all actors should consider:  The principle of “voluntarism” and self-determination for durable solutions; in accordance with international humanitarian law  Readiness of the Government of Somalia to receive a steady stream of returning citizens  Security for returning citizens  Access to basic and social services  Access to livelihoods opportunities For Handicap International (HI), the key focus is on social inclusion and inclusive livelihood programming that will ensure that PWDs have access to the requisite resources to prepare them for their durable solutions as per return to Somalia as per the Tripartite Framework. Handicap international has been implementing the livelihood project with the general aim of improving the quality of life of people with disabilities. This assessment will evaluate the improvement in the quality of life of the beneficiaries, the success and challenges experienced in the implementation of the project and lessons learned during the implementation of the project. 2. OBJECTIVE OF THE RESEARCH 3.1) General Objective The general objective of the research is to assess the impact that the livelihood project has created on the quality of life of people with disability who have been benefitting from the project between December 2016 and August 2017. 3.2) 3.2 Specific Objective of the Research The key objectives of the research consultancy will include: 1. To determine the impacts of the livelihood project on the quality of life linked to health, subjective well-being, and perception of safety 2. To determine the impacts of the livelihood project on the on the quality of life linked to personal and social relationships and participation in society and family life 3. To determine the impacts of the livelihood project on the quality of life linked to basic needs and material well-being 4. To assess the capacity for inclusiveness in the Danish Refugee Council programming on livelihood. 3 RESEARCH QUESTIONS The key guiding research questions will include: 1. How has the livelihood project impacted the quality of life linked to health, subjective wellbeing, and perception of safety of the beneficiaries? 2. How has the livelihood project impacted the quality of life linked to personal and social relationships of beneficiaries and their participation in society and family life? 3. How has the livelihood project impacted the quality of life linked to basic needs and material well-being of the beneficiaries? 4. Does DRC have the capacity to implement inclusive livelihood programs? 5. Have the barriers to inclusive livelihood programming in DRC been eliminated, owing to the efforts of the livelihood project? Questions 1, 2 and 3 are derived from the standardized Handicap International quality of life assessment tool. 5. RESEARCH METHODOLOGY. The research should adopt a mixed method research design whereby the research consultant will investigate the research objectives using qualitative and quantitative research approach engaging the population affected as much as possible. The researcher through the support of the HI project team will develop questionnaires, focus group discussion guides and key informant interview guides among other research tools and lead the process of data collection. He or she should ensure that both primary and secondary data are well captured. 6. ETHICAL CONSIDERATION The research consultant should explain to the respondents the purpose of the research and get consent from the respondents before commencing the discussions. He or she should observe a high level of confidentiality, impartiality and anonymity in the course of the discussions. The researcher should also at all cost avoid libel, and in addition to this, uphold HI policy on child protection, sexual exploitation and abuse and fight against bribery. The Inclusive livelihood officer shall include mechanisms to be implemented so as to ensure: – The protection & safety of HI teams and participants in the research informed consent of all respondents – The confidentiality of sensitive and personal data – The scientific validity of the research – The possibility to use and exploit the information contained in the research – The adoption of a comprehensive and participatory approach 7. RESEARCH TARGET GROUP Key target group to be consulted during the research will be drawn from IFO ,IFO2 and Dagahaley camps in Dadaab refugee camps. A representative sample size will be calculated in relation to the target population of 900 PWDS who are currently benefiting from the project.The following groups will be engaged during the interview: 1. Handicap International partners 2. Handicap International community staff 3. Livelihood beneficiaries with disability and/or their caregivers 4. DRC livelihood staff 5. Care givers of persons with disability 6. Community based rehabilitation committee 7. Mainstreaming Awareness groups 8. Community Camp Leadership 8. RESEARCH DELIVERABLES The research will have the following deliverables:  A comprehensive report on the research outcomes in pursuant to the format that will be provided by project team upon commencement of the research.  A detailed methodology approved by HI team.  A literature review on livelihoods in Dadaab.  Hard and/or soft copies of source materials used to inform the report as well as other materials relevant to the research.  Field notes, recordings and survey data remain property of Handicap International. 9. ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITY 9.1 Roles of Handicap International – Avail transport for the researcher from Nairobi to Dadaab and back to Nairobi. – Pay for research services. – Offer accommodation and meals for the consultant – Provide transport to the field. – Avail refreshments for the respondents. – Mobilization of the respondents. – Avail data collection tools(printing questionnaires, phones with Kobo collect) 9.2 Roles of the Researcher I. Undertake a comprehensive desk review of the impacts of inclusive livelihood programming on the quality of life of people with disabilities in protracted emergency contexts. II. Lead the preparation of the research tools with support from the project team. III. Undertake a comprehensive data collection from the respondents through key informant interviews, focused group discussion and administering questionnaires. HI already has a tool for the individual interviews with beneficiaries and the researcher is required to develop tools for the focused group discussions and key informant interviews. IV. Provide an analysis of key findings that will inform the opportunities and /or gaps in influencing frameworks in the project areas. V. Uphold research ethics during the research period. VI. Adhere to Handicap International policy on child protection, sexual exploitation and fight against bribery during the research period. VII. Prepare a comprehensive report, presenting the main findings and suggesting appropriate recommendations for further consideration. 10. PROFILE OF THE RESEARCH CONSULTANT The research consultant as far as possible should fulfill the following criteria: – Possession of a post graduate degree in Statistics, Monitoring and Evaluation, Business and Economic related courses or other relevant field. – A minimum of 5 years’ experience in conducting social science research, desk studies and analysis as evidenced by previous work. – Strong previous experience in economic surveys, market surveys, quality of life in livelihood activities. Experience in disability related surveys is an added advantage. – Ability to develop analytical tools and conduct specialized analysis from multiple data source. 11. LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT Fluency in written and spoken English and Kiswahili. Knowledge of Somali language is an asset. 12. SERVICE DURATION The tentative start date for this research consultancy, particularly the data collection phase, will be 14th /08/2017 and expected to end on 28th/08/2017. The data collection, analysis and reporting is planned to take a total of 13 days (including weekends), however, it may be subject to amendments depending on the evolution of activities. The following table indicates a tentative timeline: DATE ACTIVITY 10 /08/2017 Report to Nairobi office 14 /08/2017 Arrival to Dadaab 15 /08/2017 Development and validation of research tools 16 /08/2017 Desk review with partners. 17 /08/2017 Focused group discussion with the HI and DRC community staff 18 /08/2017 Data collection, using KoBo Collect/ODK with persons with disability and caregivers 21 /08/2017 Data collection, using KoBo Collect/ODK with persons with disability and caregivers 22 /08/2017 Data collection, using KoBo Collect/ODK with persons with disability and caregivers 23 /08/2017 Data collection, using KoBo Collect/ODK with persons with disability and caregivers 24 /08/2017 Data collection, using KoBo Collect/ODK with persons with disability and caregivers 25 /08/2017 Key Informants Interviews with DRC, UNHCR & NRC staff 26 /08/2017 Presentation of preliminary results 28 /08/2017 Travel Back to Nairobi 31/08/2017 Final research report 13. RESOURCE PERSON Within the framework of the service provision, the research consultant will be asked to collaborate with the project team and in particular, with the Area Manager and Inclusive Livelihoods Officer in Dadaab. 14. EXPRESSION OF INTEREST The research consultant who meets the above requirements and is available within the time period indicated should submit the following: I. An elaborate methodology and detailed work plan clearly indicating how he or she would implement the research consultancy. II. Application letter and curriculum vitae indicating relevant qualification, skills, experience in similar consultancies and expected consultancy fee with beak down cost per stage as well as full details of three referees. Send electronic copies of the application to reach Handicap International office on or before, 24th July 2017, email to: jobs@handicap-international.or

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