ECDAN

Consultant- Kenya Home Based Child Care Systems Mapping, ECDAN & Spring Impact

Tracking Code: 11738J

Job Description

HBCC Overview

The HBCC initiative is a new program hosted by ECDAN being implemented in partnership with Spring Impact, Echidna Giving, Jubilee Foundation, UBS Optimus, ELMA Foundation, and Imaginable Futures. The initiative’s vision is “A world in which all children have the care they need to thrive, families have access to affordable, quality child-care options, enabling them to work, and childcare providers are adequately compensated and supported for their work.”

The initiative seeks to test and scale support programs for HBCC providers in Kenya, Rwanda and India. These support programs will allow providers to increase the quality of, and expand access to, childcare services. The initiative will also establish a global learning community to share knowledge and resources.

In the long run the initiative seeks to influence the HBCC ecosystem in 100 communities across the globe.

Purpose

The HBCC initiative seeks to engage a consultant to map and analyze HBCC systems in Kenya and identify impact gaps from which to potentially build future interventions. 

Background 

Home-based childcare (HBCC) is a form of non-parental childcare that takes place within the home of either the child or the provider, as opposed to a center. HBCC represents one of the most popular forms of childcare globally: In the US alone, almost 30% of infants and toddlers receive care primarily in a home-based setting by someone other than a parent, compared to 11.9% in a center (Paschall, 2019). While there is little current data on the landscape in developing countries, a study from 2002 showed the contrast is starker, with just 4% of women using organized childcare or nurseries to care for their children while they are at work (Samman & Lombardi, 2019).

Quality home-based childcare has the potential to empower women both socially and economically. Women around the world are disproportionately likely to be involved in family care compared to men— in a survey of 37 countries, women took on 75% of care duties (Samman & Lombardi, 2019). In many countries around the world, studies have shown that the availability of HBCC, in any form, is associated with women entering the workforce (Samman, et al., 2016).

Supporting affordable and accessible HBCC can help more women to enter the workforce. Currently, measures designed to increase women’s income-generating opportunities are typically hampered by inadequate provision for childcare, leading to increased economic stress and longer working days (Folbre, 2018). With global female labor force participation at only 48% in 2018, there is need for global action— in the form of public and private investment— to value unpaid care work and promote further decent work (Samman & Lombardi, 2019).

With almost one in ten of the world’s population being under five years old, supporting home-based childcare providers that already exist at scale would: improve skills of and empower HBCC providers, improve development outcomes for children in HBCC, and enable women to enter or expand their participation in paid work as access expands.

Despite the prevalence of HBCC, there is little discourse about the programs, initiatives, policies and public investment required to adequately support HBCC providers to improve the quality of their childcare and become economically empowered in this line of work.

Objective 

To critically assess and understand the HBCC system in Kenya as well as the current models and actors working to address changes in the system. The results should include a system map and supporting learning material to help explain the current state of the system, influences holding it in place, and opportunities to contribute to change. The learning and mapping process should generate an analysis of what is currently working to positively influence the HBCC system as well as key impact gaps or levers of change in the systems. Within each of those gaps, the analysis should generate an understanding of what is already being tried to fill those gaps in order to understand the potential for future partnerships or replication in future initiatives.

The map should respond to the following key questions:

  • What are the current results of the HBCC system in terms of reach and impact including where and for whom the system is delivering satisfactory and unsatisfactory results?
  • What is holding the current system in place? Who benefits from the current model staying as it is?
  • Who are the key actors in the HBCC system including key interface organisations and touch points for parents and for care providers in the system? What do they do and whom do they serve? What are their positions, interests, and models of action?
  • What components and interactions in the system (including roles, rules, relationships, and resources) seem to be contributing to satisfactory results? In other words, where are the bright spots and successful efforts where things are working and what is making them work compared to other efforts? What are the feedback loops, positive and negative, that hold the system, behavior or functioning?
  • When looking at the resources, roles, rules, and relationships in the system, what is missing or in need of reconsideration in order to achieve more satisfactory system results?

Activities

The consultant will coordinate with the HBCC Director to develop the Kenya HBCC systems map and learning material. This would include desk-based research, key stakeholder interviews, and workshops.  

Deliverables

  • A learning presentation focused on the key objective questions that helps explain the current state of the system, key actors, identified gaps, and possible levers of change including an explanation of existing and new efforts to change the system.
  • Part of the learning presentation should include an editable Kenya HBCC systems map as well as a component highlighting specifically key learnings focused on Nairobi.
  • An accompanying report providing further detail on the system processes, dynamics, and possible levers of change to supplement the presentation.

Required Experience

  • Experience in systems mapping and systems analysis
  • Strong analytical ability and research methodologies, including experience conducting interviews and workshops
  • Demonstrated understanding or expertise on gender issues
  • Understanding of early childhood development (desired)

**Preference for Kenyan based individuals / firms**

Timeline

  • Proposals to be submitted by September 5, 2022.
  • Work to commence by September 26, 2022.
  • Work to be completed by December 16, 2022.

To Apply

Please send a proposal with budget, no more than five pages, which includes:

  • Your approach including activities and outputs 
  • An indicative timeline
  • An indicative budget including daily rates and anticipated expenses
  • An overview of your experience, skills, and knowledge related to systems analysis and an explanation of what would make you a good fit for this opportunity 
  • Current CV of key investigator

We also request an example of a systems analysis, systems mapping process, or similar work product and two professional references.

Please note that this role is open to individual consultants, as well as consultancy firms.

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Job Location

Nairobi, Nairobi City, Kenya

Company Location

Nairobi, Kenya

Position Type

Consulting