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Turkana Safe Motherhood Project Evaluation

Turkana County has a population of approximately 850,000 people according to the 2009 census. 

These people are predominantly livestock-herding pastoralists, to varying degrees nomadic, although many flexibly practice a range of other livelihoods (depending on circumstance and opportunity) including small scale cultivation, fishing along the western shore of Lake Turkana, and employment or cash-based trade and business in towns. Almost all these livelihoods are badly hit by chronic and recurring drought. 

Essential health services are inadequate not only because many pastoralist families in Turkana County are scattered across vast distances, but also because the County suffers from chronic under-investment and lack of proper infrastructure.

Since April 1 2010 Merlin has been implementing a EC funded maternal and child health project in partnership with national NGOs targeting pastoral women of child bearing age, children under five years and neonates as final beneficiaries in 3 divisions of Turkana Central, 2 divisions of Loima district and 1 division of Turkana South districts. 

Other project activities focused on capacity building of DHMT personnel, facility and community based health workers, safe motherhood promoters and local NGOs/FBOs to deliver quality health care at both facility and community levels. 

Merlin partners in the implementation of this project are health authorities of the targeted districts who work in collaboration with health facilities owned by the Reformed Church of East Africa (RCEA) and Pentecostal Assembly of God (PAG). 

A third partner the Turkana Pastoralist Development Organization (TUPADO) coordinated the implementation of behavior change communication (BCC) activities. The project supports 3 facilities (1 district hospital (LDH) and 2 health centres- Lokichar, Namorupoth) and 19 outreach sites.

The expected results from the project are:
Result 1: Increased capacity of CSOs to support the delivery of primary and neonatal health care services.
Result 2: Increased access to primary and neonatal health care services to Turkana women and children.
Result 3: Increased awareness amongst communities on issues affecting their health.
Result 4: Increased capacity of the DHMT to plan, monitor and coordinate the delivery of health care services in the district.
Scope of the evaluation

The evaluation will cover Merlin’s interventions in the safe motherhood project in Turkana County.  

The specific project sites within Turkana to be covered during the field phase of this evaluation will be proposed and selected during the planning meetings with the consultant but a sample of key sites from the 3 districts where the project was implemented will be selected.  

The selection criteria will be agreed upon with the field teams.

Purpose of the evaluation

The primary purpose of this evaluation is to analyze the results obtained by the project compared to the goal and purpose that were defined for it and assess the relevance, impact, sustainability, effectiveness and efficiency of the project that will be important for informing future similar interventions in Turkana County. 

The results of the study will facilitate decision making regarding improvements to be made in future actions and to establish lessons learnt to be shared with partners and health authorities.

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Interested consultants are invited to submit their proposals including a detailed budget

To apply for this consultancy
All applications  should be sent to:

HR Department,
Merlin, Nairobi Office,
P.O Box 3350 – 00200, 
Nairobi, Kenya


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Application deadline is 5:00pm on Monday 15th April 2013. 

Please note that only short listed applicants will be contacted.

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Please note that in accordance with the 1998 Data Protection Act, Merlin will hold and use personal information that you have given for the purpose of recruitment and employment. This information can be stored in manual and/or electronic form. This information may also be disclosed to third parties in accordance with the Data Protection Act. 

In cases where a job offer is conditional on ensuring that potential employees’ names do not appear on counter terrorism lists generated by the United Nations, European Union or the United States due to donor funding requirements, Merlin will use the information that you have given for checking that your name does not appear on these lists.

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