The African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC) is a leading Africa-based, African-led, international research institution headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya, and engaged in multidisciplinary, policy-relevant research. APHRC actively engages policymakers and other key stakeholders to help ensure decision-making across the continent is informed by rigorous evidence-based research.
The Center is undertaking a research-informed advocacy project on Fecal Waste Management (FWM), whose main aim is to improve and expand implementation and resourcing of national and urban sub-national level sanitation policies in Kenya (Nakuru and Nairobi), Tanzania (Moshi and Dar es Salaam) and Uganda (Mbarara and Kampala).
APHRC is looking for a consultant with experience in urban sanitation research, policy analysis, good understanding of research methodology (including data collection and analysis—both qualitative and quantitative), stakeholder and policy makers’ engagement/mapping and knowledge translation to conduct policy oriented research in Uganda, with focus on Kampala and Mbarara. The consultant will work from July to December 2018 to create a better understanding of challenges, relevant policies guiding programming and practice, among other key identified issues. This insight will support a more nuanced and comprehensive advocacy strategy for wider engagement in the decision-making, programming and policy processes to improve fecal waste management in Uganda’s urban context.
Poor hygiene and limited access to safe sanitation, and large-scale open defecation, contribute to poor health, undermine economic growth, and pollute the environment. About 800 preventable child deaths occur every day in Africa as a result of poor sanitation (UNICEF, 2013). Investments in sanitation can deliver a five-fold return on investment, in social and economic benefits linked to increased productivity, reduced healthcare costs and prevention of illness, disability and early death. It is with this realization that in May 2015, leaders across the African continent committed themselves to the Ngor Declaration on Sanitation and Hygiene, which included pledges to create separate budget lines for sanitation and hygiene that will allocate at least 0.5% of GDP for effective sanitation service delivery by 2020.
The FWM Project seeks to leverage on the pledges made, as well as commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), to anchor evidence-informed advocacy towards safely managed fecal waste, especially in urban informal settlements.
Main Activities and Deliverables
Identify key FWM decision-makers and stakeholders (government/NGOs) at city level
Facilitate one-day stakeholder workshops in Kampala and Mbarara to validate findings derived from the desk review and conduct a stakeholder analysis to understand power and influence dynamics in decision making regarding FWM. This will also serve as a means of data collection.
Understudy and document the activities at Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA): data collection processes, coverage of operation and organize focus group discussion (FGD) with selected KCCA workers to document lessons that can be learned; which will be useful for other cities to emulate.
Through the stakeholder workshops as a consultative forum, conduct interviews/FGDs using a semi-structured interview tool that focuses on FWM policy processes and knowledge translation among the identified decision-makers in Kampala and Mbarara.
Obtain secondary data on sanitation from KCCA for further analysis. The analysis of these data will give a sense of what needs to be learned from KCCA by authorities in other cities and what KCCA itself needs to improve on. The data analysis will be supported by the APHRC research team
Develop an assessment tool on knowledge translation to assess the capacity of national-level decision-makers as well as their use of evidence
Develop a framework to capture FWM priorities at city and national levels and the identified FWM policy gaps.
Assess the levels of investment in the Sanitation sector in Uganda and at city levels as well as investment gaps across the sewered and non-sewered sanitation value chain, especially in Kampala and Mbarara.
Collate and analyze data from stakeholder workshops and interviews, secondary data from KCCA, and develop country report highlighting all the key activities highlighted above with key messages and recommendations for policy engagement and communications.
How to Apply
Interested candidates should send a letter of motivation, resume, and a proposed work plan (detailing anticipated Level of Effort over six months, and associated budget) to firstname.lastname@example.org , copying email@example.com by close of business June 25, 2018 at 23:59 EAT.