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 Baseline study: Assessing the status of protection from Sexual Harassment in the Kenyan horticultural sector; cut flower subsector

 Project Title: Tackling Sexual Harassment in the Kenya Horticultural Sector

Organization: Workers’ Rights Watch

Job Title: Assessing the status of protection from Sexual Harassment and the effectiveness of the pilot project

Duration: 30days

Contract Type: Consultancy

Closing date: 24th August 2018

 

Background Information:

In 2014, workers’ Rights Watch (WRW) and Women Working Worldwide (WWW) co developed a model anti-sexual harassment policy for the Kenyan horticultural sector. In 2015, they worked in collaboration with the Kenya Flower Council (KFC), Fair-trade Africa and 7 flower farms in Kenya, to pilot the policy in the cut flower subsector, in order to gage its effectiveness in helping the farms deal with incidences of sexual harassment. The project’s aim was to develop participatory and sustainable workplace structures that protect women workers from sexual harassment. The policy would define sexual harassment and spell out the measures required for its implementation at farm level as well as the structures responsible for aspects of ensuring its implementation. in Kenya,

The implementation phase involved training of supervisors and managers of flower farms on both the substantive provisions of law relating to sexual harassment as well as the practical mechanisms for preventing or redressing sexual harassment. Gender Committees in the respective farms were also trained on how to handle reported cases as well as their broader functions in regards to contributing to the prevention of sexual harassment in the workplace. Ultimately, the duty of implementing the policy would fall upon the management through the management structures and the Gender Committee. The workplace shop stewards would be tasked with monitoring the implementation of the policy, on a day to day basis.

In this phase of the project covering August 2018 to July 2019, Hivos has granted WRW to scale up and to intensify the implementation of the project in Kenya. This phase will draw from the learning of the initial project phase and from the goodwill of the flower sector to foster the development of a culture of protection of women workers from sexual harassment at the workplace.

The Main Objective of this study is to assess the status of protection of women workers from Sexual Harassment and the effectiveness of the Pilot project in Kenya.

The baseline study will have a three-prong approach;

1) An impact assessment,

2) A support and advocacy needs assessment,

3) A training needs assessment.

In the Impact Assessment we seek to interrogate the actual impact statistics of the pilot phase on the farms and their communities in comparison to the sexual harassment situation in non- piloted farms.

The support and advocacy assessment will explore the areas of intervention for the project and the beneficiaries/ implementers. It will guide WRW, Hivos and other stakeholders in establishing platforms for advocacy and designing tools to promote the inclusion of gender committees and other users of the policy.

The training needs on the other hand will establish relevant areas of capacity strengthening for workers, Gender committees, trade union representatives (specifically shop stewards and branch officials), managers, independent evaluators and certification bodies towards effective implementation of the Sexual Harassment policy in the sector.

Organizational context:

In the context of the implementation of the model anti-sexual harassment policy in the cut flower sector, WRW endeavors to secure the services, of an external consultant with extensive experience in research on social impact either with a research institution or other leading NGOs, to support the development of a sustainable and practical anti-sexual harassment implementation and monitoring framework;

Key objectives:

  • Identification of key reporting requirements
  1. Review of the project objectives, progresses and milestones covered during and post phase 1 of the project as well as the policy, standard and legal frameworks that apply to the project at a global / national level
  2. Review of needs expressed by key users and beneficiaries of the policy at a regional / national level
  • Identify and design the ideal methodology for data gathering, analysis and reporting to meet WRW’s requirements
  • Identification of key data requirements
  1. Map out data and processes required to implement the proposed study including identifying stakeholders relevant for the successful implementation of the SH project
  2. Produce briefing document /an inception report that outlines the methodology (data collection methods, tools, sampling methodology etc) to be used, and
  • Participation to meetings and workshops on the model policy within the course of the assignment
  • Conducting the assessment
  1. Undertake an analysis (from primary and secondary sources) of the status of adoption in the pilot farms and compare the gaps with the non-piloted farms to establish the progresses made and the value added by the previous phase and adoption of the policy
  2. Provide support as needed in the development / implementation of a sustainable and practical anti-sexual harassment monitoring framework
  • Support may include the production of technical documentation for implementation, and / or guidelines targeting key users on how to apply the policy more sustainably
  1. Undertake an advocacy needs assessment highlighting clearly the means, strategies and platforms that would be effective in engaging all relevant stakeholders’ map out and play their respective roles in ensuring the adoption of the policy is effective, and the mechanisms put in place by farms to eliminate sexual and gender based violence are sustainable.
  2. Identify capacity gaps for the various stakeholders in implementing the policy and propose training areas.
  3. Participation to workshops to sensitize key users on effective ways to implement the policy

 

  • Development of sustainable/ long term implementation scenarios and platforms
  • Identify measurable indicators used by the current certification systems to assess the status of Sexual Harassment and Sexual Gender Based violence in the farms and propose results based measurable indicators for the measuring Sexual harassment in the farms.
  • Review of the implementation tools, platforms and guidelines currently in place
  1. Consultation and review of needs expressed by key users of the policy at regional / national levels
  2. Identification of critical improvement areas and resources required to implement changes in the current systems
  3. Technical development of training materials targeting future users of the policy
  • Provide recommendation on the support expected from WRW

 

  • Project segmentation analysis (other)
  1. Conduct a project segmentation analysis to identify key areas that WRW and other implementing partners should focus on at a national level to improve the net long term performance of the project activities
  2. Identification of critical improvement areas in the segmentation prototype in place to enhance the monitoring process and business impact at a national level

 

Deliverables:

Deliverables (Tasks and Timelines)

No Timeline Task
1 3 days after signing the contract An inception report that outlines the methodology (data collection methods, tools, sampling methodology etc) to be used, and the support expected from the contracting organization

 

2 20 days after approval of the inception report A draft baseline report with clear analysis of the tasks described above and which incorporates an impact assessment, a readiness assessment and a training needs assessment and recommendations relevant to the project as they respond to the assignment
3 4 days upon receipt of feedback on the draft report A revised report that satisfactorily incorporates feedback from Hivos and WRW on the draft report.

 

4 The validation meeting will be convened by the implementing partners within three weeks of receiving the final report.

 

The consultant will present the findings of the report during the validation meetings with stakeholders

 

5 3 days after validation meeting A final report that incorporates feedback from the validation meeting

The consultant will be engaged for a period of 30 days starting from 1st September 2018 and will be expected to submit the final report on or before 30th September 2018.

 

Essential Minimum Qualifications and Professional Experience Required:

Education

  1. Possess Post-graduate qualifications (including a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree/ other relevant qualifications) preferably in Law, Agriculture, Economics or related course.
  2. Demonstrable experience in assignments of a similar nature, including interaction and understanding of the horticulture sector, its dynamics and the broad spectrum of certification standards (specifically on the social and environmental aspects of certification standards).
  • Professional experience in conducting research (data collection & analysis)
  1. Good analytical skills
  2. Excellent documentation and writing skills, (attested by past written papers;)
  3. Ability to meet project deadlines with no supervision.

 

Job Experience

  • Minimum of 3 years work experience relevant to the function (required).
  • Demonstrated experience in implementing and managing at least 3 projects, similar in nature and level of complexity (required).
  • Experience working for an NGO, Research institution, or similar local organization (required).

 

Language

  • Written fluency in English (mandatory).
  • Understanding of Swahili (desirable).

 

Essential Competencies:

  • Database technology and data management
  • Productiveness
  • Team working
  • Communication skills
  • Planning and Organizing

 

Other requirements;

The consultant should include the following information in the bid:

  • Proposed methodology for the study
  • Indicative timelines/detailed work plan
  • Expected consultancy fee for this assignment including running costs (travel, accommodation, meals, communication costs etc incurred during the execution of this consultancy)
  • Detailed profile of the applicant, indicative of previous relevant experience
  • Reference for client for similar assignment
  • At least a copy of a completed similar assignment
  • Any other information relevant to this TOR

 

Location:

The Consultant will work from own facilities and report to the programs coordinator WRW, based in Kiambu Town.

 

To Apply:

Interested consultants (individuals and firms) with experience in executing similar assignments are invited to submit their expression of interest/bids by close of business on 24th August 2018 addressed to info@workersrightwatch.org

 

The deadline for applications is Friday 24th August 2018.