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International Rescue Committee (IRC)

Terms of Reference for Trachoma Baseline Survey
 
Sector: Health
 
Location: Kenya
 
Employee Type: Consultant
 

Employee Category: Full Time

About IRC: A global leader in humanitarian assistance, the International Rescue Committee works in more than 40 countries offering help and hope to refugees and others uprooted by disaster, conflict and oppression. 

The IRC has been in Kenya since 1992 providing life-saving services such as health care to refugees and vulnerable local communities. 

Currently, the IRC works in two refugee camps, Dadaab and Kakuma, in northern Kenya. 


The IRC supports communities in Turkana and Garissa Counties as well as in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi. 

Through its Peace Initiative Kenya (PIK) program it is also working in several counties throughout Kenya.

The IRC implements programs in the areas of comprehensive primary health care, nutrition, protection, peace building, HIV/AIDS prevention, response to gender based violence, livelihoods and governance.

Preamble: Trachoma is the leading cause of avoidable blindness in the world. Globally, it is estimated that 1.2 million people are blind due to trachoma.

A total of 21.4 million people are infected while 229 million people are at risk of getting infected with trachoma infection.  

High prevalence of the infection  is associated with scarcity of water , poor hygiene practices, high illiteracy and poverty. 

Such conditions are commonly found in the ASAL geographical areas of Kenya.Over 6 million Kenyans are at risk of getting infected, while the estimated disease backlog of TT is estimated to be at to be 41,501 nationwide.
 
The trachoma project is expected to contribute to poverty alleviation through prevention and control of blindness which is a major cause of poverty worldwide.  

Further to this, the project is expected to contribute to the global goal of elimination of blinding trachoma by the year 2020 as enshrined in the WHO VISION 2020 global initiative to eliminate all avoidable blindness by the year 2020.

Nationally, the project aims to contribute towards the achievement of the Kenya National Program for Trachoma Control that is spearheaded by the Ministry of Health that ultimately aims to free the Country from blinding trachoma by the year 2015 through the WHO recommended SAFE strategy.  

The IRC already implements an eye programme whose activities straddle the entire Dadaab refugee camp that includes; Dagahaley, Ifo, Ifo 2, Kambioos and Hagadera. 

The programme is funded by The Christoffel Blindenmission (CBM) and one of the objectives is ensuring that the beneficiary communities are provided with quality and accessible eye care services while enhancing the dignity of people with disability in the camps.
 
The current cumulative population of the beneficiaries is 352,558 refugees and 35,255 of the surrounding host community as at March 2015 (UNHCR population statistics). 

The target population’s ethnic distribution comprises mainly the Somali (97%), with the following ethnic groups making up the rest; south Sudanese, Ethiopians, Ugandans, Congolese, Tanzanians, Eritreans, Rwandans and Burundians.
 
The IRC collaborates closely with other healthcare service implementing partners in Dadaab and the Ministry of Health to provide the eye services.

These agencies included the Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) in Ifo2, Medicins Sans Frontiers (MSF) in Dagahaley, the Islamic Relief Kenya (IRK) in Ifo, the Handicap International (HI) and Lutheran World Federation (LWF) who provide rehabilitation services.
 
The IRC runs the only eye clinic at the Hagadera hospital which is also the hub of the eye activities in the larger Dadaab.
 
The baseline survey  overall objective

The overall purpose of the baseline survey is to establish the prevalence of TF active trachoma / trachomatous follicles and TT trachomatous trichiasis/blinding trachoma in the entire Dadaab refugee camp and surrounding host community in Fafi and Lagdera.

To achieve the overall objective, the consultancy is expected to provide information on each of the issues listed below:
 
The prevalence of trachomatous trichiasis (TT) amongst adults ≥15 years of age in the entire Dadaab region and surrounding community  (including among TT patients, whether they have been offered surgery or epilation )
 
The prevalence of active trachoma (TF, trachomatous follicles) amongst children 1-9 years of age in the Dadaab refugee camp and surrounding community.
 
The percentage of children aged 1-9 with clean faces in the Dadaab camp and the surrounding community.

3. Scope of Work:
 
The following tasks will encompass the scope of work for the Consultant:
·                     Develop a technical proposal complete with an implementation schedule.
·                     Standard (GTMP) methodology to be used in undertaking the assignment time and activity schedule
·                     Develop a financial proposal detailing envisaged financial costs of the consultancy broken down into key activity/budget lines
·                     Apply for ethical approval of the study with the relevant in-country bodies
·                     Lead (with GTMP certified trainers) the training of the survey teams for the baseline survey including the graders and recorders
·                     Supervise data collection
·                     Co-ordinate the analysis of the data collected, using a relevant statistical package.
·                     Compile and present a draft report of findings to the Trust Working Group and incorporate their comments and suggestions in the final report.
·                     Prepare and submit a final report of baseline survey findings.
4. Deliverables
·                     Technical Proposal and budget
·                     Draft baseline report for comments by the Working Group
·                     Final report to be presented in soft copy (CD format) and 5 hard bound copies in MS Word, single spacing font 12.
·                     A complete data set (in SPSS, Access or STATA) and codebook
The final report is expected within 5 days after presentation of a draft report findings to key stakeholders

5. Responsibilities of different Actors:

MOH (National and County):
·                     Provide Technical Support to the team at the National level & county levels
·                     Facilitate field work at the county level
International Rescue Committee/ Christoffel Blinden Mission  :
·                     Provide funds and logistical support for the survey.
·                     Provide transport and part of the technical team for the baseline survey as necessary.
·                     Provide the venue and equipment for the presentation of the findings.
·                     Provide project documents necessary for the review.
·                     Mobilize communities through the community leaders, field office, government departments, Health agencies and other community structures to effectively participate in the study
The beneficiary Community:
·                     To cooperate and participate in the baseline survey
·                     Provide venues for discussions
·                     Mobilize the required persons for interviews
·                     Provide community leaders and/or guides as required
6. Proposal Specifications
 
The consultant is expected to submit a proposal detailing:
·                     A technical proposal  (including a protocol for the population baseline survey)
·                     A financial proposal
·                     Consulting firm’s or individual consultant’s capacity statement including relevant experiences related to the assignment and contact of organizations worked with
·                     Up to date Curriculum vitae of key personnel who will be involved in the assignment
7. Technical
·                     Understanding and interpretation of the TOR
·                     Time and activity schedule
8. Financial
·                     Consultant’s daily rate in US $ or equivalent in Kenya shillings
·                     Activity costs
·                     Other costs e.g. Accommodation, travel, and printing.
9. Consultant Profile:

Interested candidates will have an overall understanding of the Kenyan health sector policies and health systems as well as WHO VISION 2020 framework and policies. 

Interested candidates should have demonstrated ability to conduct trachoma baseline surveys. 

Familiarity with Global Elimination of Trachoma (GET) 2020 Goal, purpose, policies and guidelines and the National eye care & Trachoma plans will be an added advantage. 

He/she should have demonstrated experience in project management, monitoring & evaluation particularly in the health and eye care sector. 

The suitable candidate must have:
·                     Experience with public health policy with special focus on eye-health.
·                     Experience conducting population based surveys of trachoma.
·                     Strong analytical and writing skills.
·                     Knowledge of Trachoma and the SAFE Strategy.
·                     Training in Ophthalmology and community eye-health will be an added advantage.
Expression of Interest (EOI):
 
Interested candidates for this assignment should submit the following documents:
·                     A narrative and financial proposal detailing the consultants understanding of the assignment and the estimated cost
·                     The methodology and proposed work-plan
·                     Sample of similar work previously done within the past 1-5 years
·                     Up-to-date CV of the consultant and other personnel
How to Apply

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Senior Finance Officer (Nairobi)
 
Sector: Finance

Location: Kenya

Employee Type: Regular 

Employee Category: Full Time

About IRC: A global leader in humanitarian assistance, the International Rescue Committee works in more than 40 countries offering help and hope to refugees and others uprooted by disaster, conflict and oppression. 

The IRC has been in Kenya since 1992 providing life-saving services such as health care to refugees and vulnerable local communities. 


Currently, the IRC works in two refugee camps, Dadaab and Kakuma, in northern Kenya. 

The IRC supports communities in Turkana and Garissa Counties as well as in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi. Through its Peace Initiative Kenya (PIK) program it is also working in several counties throughout Kenya.

The IRC implements programs in the areas of comprehensive primary health care, nutrition, protection, peace building, HIV/AIDS prevention, response to gender based violence, livelihoods and governance.

Job Purpose / Objective: The Senior Finance Officer is responsible for budgeting and budget management, review of payments documentations, tax and statutory deductions, cash flow management and various balance sheet account analysis.

Key Responsibilities

1.  Financial Review of Documentations & Controls
·                     Reviewed all payment requests, Purchase Orders, Bid Analysis and Purchase Requests to ensure correct coding, adequate supporting documentations and all cash advances liquidations are accounted for as per advance policy.
·                     Verified bank and cash transactions while ensuring internal controls procedures including adherence to the delineation chart for all authorizations are followed every month.
·                     Effectively followed up on all program and staff advances and reduced the number of pending advances to minimal.
·                     Ensured that all payment request and disbursements submitted to Finance are paid before the end of the month to ensure they are recorded within the same month they are incurred.
·                     Oversee proper and systematic filing of all payment requests
·                     Verified all field documents providing prompt feedback and follow-up on any issues noted
·                     Ensured that field bank reconciliations are complete and correct, proper bank and cash books spreadsheet on Monthly basis and the running balance tally.
·                     Ensure proper internal control and procedures are adhered to when reviewing monthly reports and monitoring of compliance with established procedures.
2. Sun system and SAF Processing
·                     Performed monthly housekeeping procedures in Sun system.
·                     Supported in monthly sun closure ensuring timely submission of the SAF file by the 12th of every month.
·                     Ensure that all month end journals/balance sheet accounts are fully signed, sequentially filed and balance sheet file for every quarter sent to New York.
·                     Ensure any adjusting journal are fully supported and approved by FC before passing to Sun System.
3. Bank & Cash management
·                     Ensured proper bank and cash books spreadsheet are maintained on weekly basis.
·                     Oversee bank correspondences and ensured bank information folder is continuously updated.
·                     Identified key issues in the system and provide recommendations for improving procedures e.g. program advances and casual work.
·                     Performed weekly cash count and ensured that documentary evidence is duly signed and filed.
·                     Monitored an accurate and updated cash flow report informing management on the status of cash flow to ensure sufficiency of bank reserves at all times for all Nairobi bank accounts.
4. Audits
·                     Support the Finance Manager in the audit process
Required Qualifications:
·                     A bachelor’s degree in Finance/Business Administration with minimum CPA (K) qualification
Required Experience & Competencies:
·                     At least five years of  finance and accounting experience in a similar post;
·                     Knowledge of Microsoft Office software. SUN System accounting is an added advantage;
·                     Ability to work independently in a rapidly changing professional environment with a view towards establishing administrative procedures and protocol that will ensure optimal functioning of the operation;
·                     Excellent interpersonal, organizational, and time management skills;
·                     Ability to work in and as a team.
How to Apply

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Kenyan nationals are encouraged to apply.  

International allowances are not available for this position. Salary and employee benefits are compliant to the Kenyan NGO Sector.

IRC leading the way from harm to home.

IRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
 
IRC considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status or disability.



Disclaimer: Please take note that International Rescue Committee (IRC) does not ask for any fees in connection with its recruitment processes. In the event that you receive any request  for payment of any sort, please get in touch with us on Tel: +(254-020) 2727730, Email: IRCKenya@rescue.org or report to the nearest police.

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