The Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (CAFOD) is an international development charity and the official aid agency of the Catholic Church in England and Wales. CAFOD is supporting the Households in Distress (HID) Programme to implement a 2 years project funded by the European Union called INCLUSION FOR ALL: Promoting economic and social rights of people with disabilities in Mbala District. The main outcome of the project is; People with disabilities, especially women, children and people living with HIV and AIDS (PLWHIV), are benefitting from non-discriminatory essential services and livelihoods opportunities in Mbala district. Specifically, the project aims to address the discrimination of People with Disabilities (PwDs) stemming from attitudinal barriers as well as discrimination associated with economic and social exclusion. The project also aims to address the discrimination of PwDs in Mbala associated with lack of sufficient access to basic healthcare and education services and the prevalence of architectural and environmental barriers, such as inaccessible school buildings and health facilities. Further, the project aims to address the discrimination of PwDs associated with inadequate policies, poor regulatory standards and barriers to access to justice.
The project will directly target 632 PwDs in 10 wards of Mbala. The project will also aim to reach a population of 52,500 people in the 10 targeted wards – including family members of PwDs, community members, community leaders and community government workers – through an awareness raising campaign involving radio programmes, drama and community meetings, among other events. To measure the impact that this project will have on the identified target population, CAFOD is seeking to hire a consultant to carry out a baseline study.
2. Purpose and Scope of the Consultancy
CAFOD wishes to hire a consultant to carry out a baseline study that will establish benchmarks of the project, which will be used to provide a basis against which the future progress of the project will be measured. Specifically, the baseline study is expected to provide project staff with detailed baseline data on key project indicators to enable changes in the lives of PwDs as well as changes in the attitudes and beliefs of targeted communities to be measured over the course of the project.
The consultant will be tasked to do the following:
a) Carry out literature review including a review of the project documents and other statistics undertaken in the recent past within the project’s operation area.
b) Design the methodology and tools for collection of both qualitative and quantitative data.
c) Collect data and include information gathered on the output, outcome and impact indicators as projected in the project logical framework.
d) Supervise data input and cleaning and analyse data using appropriate data analysis packages.
e) Prepare draft baseline report.
f) Present the baseline report to CAFOD for validation.
g) Submit final report.
The baseline research methods should include the following:
1. Secondary documentation: the consultant will be provided with key documents and required literature, but may also use any other official documents, national or international.
2. Qualitative data: qualitative data collection will help to gather the knowledge, attitudes and practices of family members of PwDs, community members, community leaders and community government workers towards PwDs in the target locations of the project. The consultant should use qualitative approaches, such as focus group discussions and key informant interviews among other approaches.
3. Quantitative data: this should be used to measure indicators of the project expressed in terms of numbers/percentage/proportion (quantitative indicators). The consultant will design a sampling framework that should be of a sufficient size to allow representation for the target population and generalisation of the findings. The main indicators to be verified during the baseline are related to the following:
a) Proportion of PWDs with improved quality of life (health, education, nutrition, hygiene etc.)
b) Proportion of PwDs fully integrated and participating in social and economic life in the 10 targeted communities of Mbala.
c) Proportion of PwDs having improved income through livelihood initiatives established in the 10 targeted wards in Mbala district.
d) Proportion of targeted public facilities (health and school) with adapted infrastructure and materials for PwDs in Mbala.
e) Proportion of district authorities in Mbala implementing policies and practices promoting disability inclusion.
f) Number of CSOs and DPOs in Mbala mainstreaming disability into community development and local services
g) Proportion of community members in the 10 targeted wards with improved attitudes, perceptions, and beliefs about PwDs
h) Proportion of PwDs and their families/carers engaged in livelihoods activities in the 10 targeted wards of Mbala.
i) Proportion of district authorities implementing operational legal and policy frameworks for PwDs
All data collected must be disaggregated by sex and age.
The consultant will be expected to deliver the following outputs:
- Inception report with a detailed work plan, detailed methodology and sampling approach for quantitative data collection, and quantitative and qualitative tools
- Draft baseline report
- Final baseline report
The baseline is expected to be conducted within 20 workdays from the time of signing the
contract with completion of all tasks in the assignment including the draft and final report. The consultant is expected to propose a team that will ensure adherence to the deliverable dates.
6. Required Skills and Competencies
The required qualifications and experience of the consultants are as follows:
- Minimum of MA in Social Sciences, Statistics, Development Studies or related field;
- Proven experience in qualitative and quantitative data collection;
- Experience in undertaking baseline survey of similar projects;
- Strong quantitative data entry and analysis skills and previous experience using statistical analysis software;
- Knowledge of issues affecting people with disabilities and right-based approaches to development will be an added advantage;
- Conversant with application of cross cutting themes like gender mainstreaming;
- Ability to respond to comments and questions in a timely, appropriate manner;
- Ability to work with communities in the local language in Mbala would be an advantage;
- Ability to write high quality, clear, concise reports in English and excellent analytical and report writing skills.
7. Submission of Technical and Financial Proposal
The applicant is required to submit the Technical and Financial proposals with the following elements:
a) Technical proposal should include: brief explanation about the Consultant/s with particular emphasis on previous experience in this kind of work; Consultant’s understanding of the Terms of Reference, Proposed approach and methodology for conducting the Baseline study; Detailed workplan; profile and CVs of the Consultant/s to be involved in undertaking the baseline.
b) Financial proposal should include: Consultant’s gross fees and itemised field data collection expenses including accommodation, per-diems, and other costs related to data collection and data processing.
c) Reference: Contact details of three organisations that the consultant has had similar assignments.