The Purpose of WROs Baseline Study
Kenyan WROs range from large well established and internationally recognized organizations to small, county or youth start-ups. They focus on a gambit of issues, providing direct service delivery, linking women to legal aid and justice, raising awareness and undertaking political reform. Some are strongly aligned with international or Pan-African organizations and movements, while others work in relative isolation. Some have a strong ability to analyse and effect policy change, while others are skilled at mobilizing marginalized, grassroots women‟s groups to advocate for their own rights, and those of their constituency. The WVL-Kenya project is coming in to strengthen the capacities of these WROs, women networks and women rights leaders. In so doing, the project intends to improve quality of work and service delivery in their various thematic areas of intervention. To facilitate this, there is need to establish the current state of the WROs in terms of policies, processes, leadership, governance, strategic direction, technical capacity, program interventions, networks and collaborations, financial and resource base as well as internal controls, monitoring and tracking mechanisms.
The overall objectives of this assignment are to provide: 1) the baseline data for the WVL Kenya project indicators against which progress will be measured, and 2) provide recommendations on improving the current project Performance Measurement Framework and Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) Plan.
The baseline evaluation will establish the state at which target Women Rights Organizations are at with regard to the project indicators prior to project implementation. The baseline data will be used throughout the project as a basis against which to measure progress, learning‟s and impact. The baseline evaluation needs to provide a robust set of measures that subsequent MEAL milestones will be able to follow up from thus ensuring consistent and comparable impact measurement over time.1 The baseline study will give a snapshot analysis of current state of selected WROs as outlined in the methodology below.
The consultant is expected to work closely with the WVL Kenya project team and its 4 Principal WRO partners and provide overarching strategic guidance and advice to the entire baseline process. The CARE Kenya team and its 4 Principal partners have already made a solid start on preparations for the baseline study for the consultant to review and to incorporate into the consultancy baseline report, once on board.
• The Capacity Assessment and Capacity Building plans of each of the 4 Principal WRO partners
• The WRO Mapping that collected data on 600 WROs across Kenya, which was analyzed to help establish a typology of WROs in Kenya, thematic programs and organizational structures among others
• A short context paper on of the situation of WROs in Kenya from the Project Implementation Plan
• A gender analysis of women‟s rights issues and WROs in Kenya
• The Rapid Gender Analysis of COVID-19
In addition to reviewing and incorporating this preparatory work to date, the consultant will lead a two-tier desk-based data collection exercise of:
• Tier 1 data collection with key stakeholders and the 4 Principal partners (May/ June 2020): Conducting virtual key informant interviews with CARE staff and other key stakeholders, as well as virtual and phone-based surveys with staff of the 4 Principal WRO partners, linked to the project‟s performance indicators
• Tier 2 data collection with the 25 ultimate recipient/beneficiary WROs and the network members (June/ July 2020): Conducting virtual and phone-based surveys with staff / members of 25 WROs selected to benefit from grants from the project and around 5 national or regional women‟s rights networks that will be supported by the project (networks to be selected in May), linked to the project‟s performance indicators.