Sunday, 15 January 2012

HelpAge Baseline Survey Terms of Reference

Terms of Reference, Baseline Survey For the Project: ‘Strengthening Social Protection to prevent and mitigate the impact of HIV and AIDS and poverty in sub-Saharan Africa’


HelpAge International (HelpAge) is a network of not-for-profit organization with a mission to work with and for disadvantaged older people worldwide to achieve a lasting improvement in the quality of their lives. In Africa, HelpAge has a network of 33 Partner organizations and affiliates.

HelpAge International strives for the rights of disadvantaged older people to economic and physical security; healthcare and social services; and support in their care-giving role across the generations.

In 2011, HelpAge received funding from Sida /Norad to implement a three year project, running from 2011- 2013. The project is being implemented in Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Mozambique and Zambia.

The goal of the project is to contribute to universal [Types of services as defined by UNAIDS which include prevention, care and support (physical, psychosocial and economic support)] access to HIV and AIDS services [Focus will be promoting access to universal HIV and AIDS services for vulnerable older people and their dependents ] and Social Protection (SP) mechanisms for vulnerable groups in Sub-Saharan Africa by 2013.

The project has four result areas:
  1. Universal access to HIV and AIDS services and Social Protection Mechanisms for Vulnerable groups is increased
  2. Regional and National level HIV & AIDS [Addressing the needs of older people and their dependants] and SP policies and related [policies] plans and budgets increasingly incorporate measures which address the needs of vulnerable groups.
  3. Increased participation of Civil Society organisations in the formulation, implementation and monitoring of National and Regional HIV and AIDS and Social Protection policies and strategies
  4. Evidence on effective [Effectiveness in this case is defined as policy action with clearly earmarked resources] action contributing to the achievement of universal HIV&AIDS and SP services gathered, documented and shared and acted on among CSOs, Governments and other stake holders
The Purpose of the Baseline

The overall objective of this survey is to establish initial status of the project’s indicators and related conditions against which the effects of the project will be compared.

The baseline results will be critical in establishing benchmarks for program performance measurement as well as generate data for evidence-based decision making.

a) The specific objectives of this consultancy are: Identify baseline values of the project’s indicators for tracking purposes

b) Identify policy gaps and make appropriate recommendations for programme intervention

c) Identify and recommend opportunities and synergies for better results and leverage/linkages

d) Review the project’s M&E system including tools and provide technical advise on how they can be enhanced for impact measurement

Consultant’s Profile
  • Advanced university degree in education, community development, sociology/anthropology, community or development studies
  • Proven experience in conducting quality surveys, evaluations and assessing health, HIV and aids, social protection, policy analysis and community development projects
  • Knowledge in developing M&E systems
  • Strong knowledge of old people’s rights and entitlements
  • Knowledge of Swahili, French and English essential
  • Ability to write high quality technical reports
Expression of interest and Expected Results

All interested consultants/firms are requested to write an expression of interest by:
  • Explaining their competences to meet the requirements of the assignment
  • Explaining in details the methodology to be used in carrying out the assignment including sample size determination
  • Providing a detailed professional budget in USD (Indicate daily professional rates)
  • Attach brief technical bio data of core team members
  • Providing duration of the assignment and dates of availability.
  • Providing evidence of similar work undertaken recently (Not more than 3 years)
Deadline for application: 25th January 2012

Please send your application by email to: 



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