Time to Care Project Baseline Study Job Vacancy in Kenya

Oxfam GB

Baseline Study - Time to Care Project

About Oxfam

Oxfam in Kenya and Oxfam Canada work together as part ofthe international Oxfam Confederation, networked in over 90 countries as part of a global movement for change. Our mission is to build lasting solutions to poverty and injustice with a focus on improving the lives and promoting the rights of women and girls. We work directly with communities, partners and women's rights organizations to challenge the systems that perpetuate inequality and keep people poor. Together we seek to influence those in power to ensure that women trapped in poverty have a say in the critical decisions that affect them, their families and entire communities.

Time to Care Project

Oxfam in collaboration with the Kenya Union of Domestic, Hotel, Educational Institutions, Hospitals and Allied Workers (KUDHEIHA) and Youth Alive Kenya (YAK) will implement a 6-year programme dubbed ‘Time to Care Kenya ‘(TTC) in Nairobi, Mombasa, Kiambu and Nakuru counties in Kenya. The project aims to improve gender equality and care infrastructure for women and girls in Kenya. TTC will benefit directly 5,916 people and 2,021,800 people indirectly as shown in the table below:

These include both rural and urban populations, in particular small-scale farmers, women-headed households, unemployed and vulnerable men. TTC will take an intersectional approach, integrating efforts to combat exclusion and discrimination across identity markers such as gender, age, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability and income

Programming Vision and Approach

TTC central vision is to improve gender equality and care infrastructure for women and girls in Kenya through care programming. As explained in the Canadian Feminist International Assistance Policy (FIAP),

“to eradicate poverty, we must address inequality. Specifically, we need to make sure that women and girls are empowered to reach their full potential and we must defend their rights so they can participate fully in society... the eradication of poverty requires economic growth, which cannot be achieved without the full and equal participation of women as economic actors”

One of the main barriers identified in the FIAP as preventing women and girls from participating in society and economies is that they bear disproportionate responsibility for Unpaid Care and Domestic Work (UCDW), which pushes them further into poverty. According to reports published by Oxfam, globally, women and girls undertake more than 75% of unpaid care work, and makeup two-thirds of the paid care workforce . They carry out 12.5 billion hours of unpaid care work every day. When valued at minimum wage, this would represent a value to the global economy of at least $10.8 trillion a year, more than three times the size of the global tech industry . Oxfam’s research in Nairobi’s informal settlements before the pandemic confirmed that, compared to men, women spend significantly more time on UCDW and less time on paid work. For instance, women in Kenya spend around 5 hours a day on care activities, whereas men spend just 1 hour a day and women are more often expected to be the primary caregiver and are likely to spend 20% of their time looking after a child[3].

To address these barriers, TTC will take an innovative approach to change social norms in ensuring that domestic workers and unpaid caregivers, particularly women and girls in Kenya, are treated with dignity and respect within their communities, and are able to fully exercise agency and decision-making so that they can lead fulfilling lives and have equal opportunities to participate fully in economic, social, cultural and political spaces. Some of the innovative approaches will include a combination of research, stakeholder engagement i.e., employment-based influencers (opinion leaders, traditional and religious leaders, media, teachers, female employers of domestic workers etc.) behaviour change communication campaigns and capacity building

Project Partners

While Oxfam in Kenya and Oxfam Canada are accountable for the overall management of the program, KUDHEIHA and YAK partner organizations will implement Time to care project in targeted counties of Nairobi, Mombasa, Kiambu and Nakuru. These partners provide contextual knowledge and on-the-ground expertise to ensure that TTC project activities roll out as intended and the project responds well to local needs. In addition, the project will engage International Domestic Workers Federation (IDWF) and Promundo-two international organizations that will be supporting the implementing partners with advice and inputs

Purpose and Scope

The Baseline study will provide programme stakeholders with baseline data on key project indicators that will allow the project team to track changes taking place over the course of the project period, learn from the implementation, assess progress, adjust if necessary and inform decision making. The primary audience is internal namely: programme staff from Oxfam Canada, Oxfam in Kenya, YAK and KUDHEIHA as the implementing partners. With this in mind, the Time to Care baseline study will employ a mixed-methods approach, leveraging on both quantitative and qualitative data approaches for data collection and analysis.

Oxfam expects the consultant(s) leading the baseline study to use a gender lens. In its work, Oxfam seeks to apply a Feminist Approach to Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (FMEAL). In doing so, it prioritizes seven key foundations, including:

  1. Understanding feminist MEAL as an approach,
  2. Positioning MEAL as an integral part of social transformation,
  3. Shifting power to participants in evaluations,
  4. Understanding the role of the evaluator as a facilitator,
  5. Valuing collective, context-driven knowledge generation,
  6. Providing a learning orientation to evaluative exercises, and
  7. Rooting feminist MEAL in safe programming, guided by ‘do no harm’.

The successful consultant(s) should reflect these foundations in their proposal and subsequent work.

The online Measuring Change with a Feminist Lens profile highlights some examples of MEAL work that Oxfam has previously done using a feminist approach


Overall, Oxfam and its partners envision a feminist baseline study that draws on a range of stakeholder voices and contextual experiences to:

  1. To provide a situational analysis of the current status and dynamics of care work, practices, policies/frameworks, influential stakeholders and the status of the civic space
  2. To establish benchmarks on key outcome indicators for comparison and analysis upon program completion
  3. Stakeholder mapping and analysis


The baseline survey is intended provide initial baseline data on indicators in the Time to Care Performance Management Framework (PMF). The consultant(s) should be prepared to use appropriate data collection approaches and techniques that will guarantee quality and ethical concerns.

Primary Data Collection- information gathering and field-based exercises in targeted areas of Nairobi, Mombasa, Kiambu and Nakuru. The survey will involve the development of a structured series of Household interviews, Key Informant Interviews, Expert Consultations and Focus Group Discussions and other information gathering techniques that will be used in parallel under the Baseline Study.

Secondary data review: The consultant will identify in consultation with Oxfam Canada, Oxfam in Kenya, YAK and KUDHEIHA secondary data for review.

This will include but not limited to**;** desk research on the project context which will involve identification and interrogation of relevant literature related to the Time to Care project

Data collection and Instruments

The identified consultant will develop relevant data collection tools and identify appropriate means of collecting the data which will be discussed and agreed upon with Oxfam prior to the data collection exercise.

Ethical considerations

The consultant will put in place measures to ensure data collection adheres to all necessary ethics and guidelines provided by local laws on data protection and ‘Do no Harm’ standards, Oxfam safe programming and feminist principles

Key Activities and Deliverables

The baseline Study will start upon signing of the contract between Oxfam and the successful consultant(s) or an otherwise agreed upon date. The exact due dates for all deliverables will be finalized with Oxfam prior to submitting the inception report, so long as the dates continue to fall within the broad start and finish dates of the consultancy.

Oxfam envisions the review as a collaborative undertaking between itself, partner staff in Kenya and the successful consultant(s). We expect that the selected consultant(s) will engage with and provide feedback on a continual basis. On our part, we commit to collaborating with the selected individual/team and to providing sufficient time for a back-and-forth approach.

Inception Report

The inception phase will begin with a thorough desk review of existing project documents and current research on care work >. Based on this analysis, the inception report will include:

  • List of literature materials to be reviewed
  • Roles and responsibilities of team members executing the work,
  • Data collection tools (a survey and supporting qualitative tools),
  • Proposed methodology
  • Updated budget,
  • A proposed schedule of meetings with key Oxfam staff to check progress and provide updates throughout all phases of the work, and
  • A detailed table of contents for the final report

In-country data collection can only begin after Oxfam approves the inception report.

Final Report

The final report will provide benchmarks on key outcome indicators and a situational analysis of the current status and dynamics of care work, practices, policies/frameworks, influential stakeholders and the status of the civic space triangulating data from the qualitative and quantitative data sets . The report shall provide clear documentation and findings, focusing on:

  • Executive summary (2-3 pages)
  • Introduction
  • Purpose and objectives
  • Methodology
  • Findings
  • Conclusion and recommendations
  • Filled in baseline values in the Performance Measurement Framework

Annexes to the Final Report

The final report shall also include a number of annexes, which will provide context to the report’s findings and recommendations. Suggested annexes include:

  • Terms of Reference for the final review.
  • Final review inception report.
  • Data collection tools, including survey and qualitative tools.
  • List of individuals and stakeholder groups consulted.
  • List of supporting documentation reviewed.
  • Knowledge products / infographics highlighting key findings from the final report.
  • All raw data (quantitative data file, transcripts from In-depth Interviews, FGDs etc should be submitted to Oxfam in Kenya Offices in Nairobi for reference and future use
  • Summary of Key findings in the form of Data Infographics format or in a format agreed upon by the consulting team to be used as a quick and engaging way of key findings

Profile of the Review Team

The consultancy can include different team members. Key competencies of the team include:

  • Strong experience designing and leading baseline studies and/or endline studies, particularly focusing on care work
  • Experience utilizing feminist MEAL principles and practices.
  • Ability to facilitate and relate to stakeholders at multiple levels and in diverse contexts.
  • Proven ability to engage in quantitative data analysis, with preference given to experience with digital data collection methods including Survey CTO, ODK etc
  • Strong written and verbal communication and presentation skills in English
  • Experience in undertaking a stakeholder mapping.
  • Strong analytical, communication and report writing skills.
  • Good spoken and written communication skills in Kiswahili and English.
  • Proven experience of using participatory methods for data collection and analysis in programme evaluation.
  • Sensitivity to cultural and historical contexts in the data collection and analysis process.


Oxfam will deduct withholding tax from the professional fees which will be in conformity with the prevailing government rates and submit the same to the Government of Kenya.


Consultant(s) who meet the above requirements should submit bids, which at minimum include the following:

  • Suitability statement, including commitment to availability for the entire assignment.
  • Brief statement of the proposed study methodology including a detailed work plan.
  • Detailed financial proposal, including daily costs.
  • Information on the team composition and level of effort of each team member – include updated curriculum vitae that clearly spell out qualifications and experience.
  • Contacts of three organizations that have recently contracted the consultant to carry out relevant study.
  • Samples of similar and/or related work done previously
  • Budget financial proposal must indicate all-inclusive costs for conducting the survey.

N/B: The entire bid should be a MAXIMUM OF fifteen (15) PAGES inclusive of CVs and Budgets. Bids not meeting this requirement will not be considered.


The consultant shall work under the supervision of the Oxfam’s MEAL Advisor with a strong liaison with the TTC project manager.

How to apply


Oxfam Kenya invites individuals who meet the criteria to submit Expression of Interest that clearly articulates the consultant(s) understanding of the terms of reference, methodology for executing the work including key deliverables and tentative budget should and clearly indicated “Baseline Survey for Time to care Project ” Expression of Interests shall be sent to KPConsultancyServices@oxfam.org.uk not later than close of business on 3rd March 2023. Only applicants who qualify will be contacted.