1. Background

SAfAIDS is implementing a 3-year (2018-2021) regional policy and advocacy project, which seeks to work at the regional level to influence policy in 3 thematic SRHR spheres of sexual gender-based violence (SGD target indicator 4.7.1, 5.2.1. and 5.2.2.), adolescent pregnancy and unsafe abortion with links to maternal mortality (SDG Indicator 3.7.2. and 5.3.1.) and access to youth friendly SRHR information and services (SDG indicator 5.6.2 and 10.2.1). Transforming Lives builds on the last proposal funded by Sweden: SCORE “Sustainable Communities of Real Excellence” (2014-2017), where SAfAIDS achieved remarkable results at the individual and institutional levels, in knowledge and skills in SRHR. The overall programme goal is to contribute towards a more conducive policy environment that enables positive SRHR outcomes among adolescents and young women, in Southern Africa, by 2020.


Under Objective 3 the programme seeks to strengthen the capacity of regional youth organisations and networks in social accountability monitoring of the delivery of youth-friendly SRH information and services, in southern Africa, by 2020.


This is approach is being piloted in six intervention sites where youth-led networks and organisations are being capacitated to collect SAM data on young people’s SRH services. The pilot component will involve translation of SAM data on youth SRHR services into advocacy tools and platforms at AU, SADC and SADC PF, in line with the MPOA (2016-2030) specific to adolescent and young people’s SRH service affordability, accessibility, availability and quality. Six non-intervention sites have also been selected in the implementing countries were comparison data will be collected.


It is against this background that SAfAIDS seeks to collect baseline data in both the intervention and non-intervention sites to help track programme performance over the 3 year cycle.


  1. About the Assignment

SAfAIDS is commissioning a, “Baseline survey on social accountability monitoring of young people’s sexual and reproductive health services.”


  1. Baseline Survey

SAfAIDS is hiring a Consultant to conduct a “Baseline survey on social accountability monitoring of young people’s sexual and reproductive health services.” The survey will provide baseline data that will be used to track project performance over the next 3 years. It will be split into 2 strands:


  1. Present data on SRH services perception and access to services by young people (10-24).
  2. Provide in-depth analysis on openness by young people and other social accountability actors to participate in social accountability for SRH actions; and their capacity to do so.
  • Develop specific recommendations for strengthening social accountability partnerships and initiatives within the pilot sites.


  1. Scope of work

The Consultant is expected to conduct the following actions towards completion of the assignment.

  • Develop baseline study protocol and tools.
  • Facilitate training of data collection supervisors and enumerators at regional and national level.
  • Facilitate and supervise field data collection.
  • Develop data analysis plan.
  • Supervise data entry and analysis.
  • Develop the draft baseline report.
  • Develop a final baseline report.
  • Present main findings and key recommendations at various meetings and forums.


  1. Outputs of the study will be:
  • A report outline
  • Draft and final baseline report. The report should articulate baseline values that can be tracked over the programme duration and articulate the study purpose.
  • The baseline report should include key recommendations to inform design of social accountability monitoring of SRH services for young people.
  • Raw datasets of all the collected data. The dataset must be cleaned of an errors.
  • A power point highlighting main findings and key recommendations to be presented to various audiences and consultations.


  1. Methodology for the study
  • Secondary data analysis on SRH services for young people; and the policy environment for citizenry engagement.
  • Quantitative survey targeting young people to gauge SRH services perception and access; and receptiveness and capacity to engage in social accountability monitoring of SRH services.
  • Key informant interviews with selected stakeholders to gather perceptions on access to SRH services by young people, the environment for civic engagement, receptiveness and capacity to engage in in social accountability monitoring of SRH services. .


  1. Duration of Consultancy

The Consultancy will run from 13th August 2018 to 30th September 2018. A performance based contract will however be presented with payment based on satisfactory achievement of set milestones.



  1. Copyright, Patents and Other Proprietary Rights

All rights, including but not limited to title to property, copyright, trademark and patent; in any work produced by the Consultant by virtue of his/her contract, shall be vested in SAfAIDS which alone shall hold all rights of use.


  1. Qualifications and Experience

The Consultant should have at least a minimum of an advanced degree in International Development, Public Health and/or any other relevant Social Sciences with a strong research bias. In addition, the Consultant should possess the following:


  • High-level skills in research methodology (literature review, quantitative/qualitative research with specific skills on developing surveys).
  • Extensive professional knowledge and at least 10 years’ experience in the field of health promotion, sexual reproductive health and rights including working with girls and young women.
  • Demonstrated experience in strategy and policy analysis and design; excellent writing and communication skills.
  • Clearly stated references for assignments previously performed


  1. Criteria for Selection of the Consultant


Scoring Criteria

Maximum Points


Demonstrable development research capacity and experience; research for and with young women; experience in strategy design and policy analysis



Technical conceptualisation & methodology; clear and comprehensive understanding of the assignment as detailed in the Terms of Reference (including approach to the ToR)



Education qualifications and knowledge on SRHR and HIV, health advocacy, and facilitating community processes



Proposed work plan with clear time-lines



Budget indicating overall amount



Total Points



10.  How to Apply

Applicants with the experience, skills and expertise for this assignment should submit a both technical and financial proposal documents to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and cc This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. not later than 8th August 2018 The technical proposal should detail the following:

  • Understanding of the ToR;
  • A capacity statement including demonstrated ability to handle the assignment (including samples of previous relevant work);
  • A detailed plan of conducting the exercise, with clear description of the methodology;
  • Budget breakdown detailing consultancy and data collection costs;
  • A list of at least three recent and relevant organizations where similar services of the Consultant have been utilized including contact details and title of assignment; and
  • At least 2 reports from similar/relevant assignments previously undertaken.


Download Terms of Reference Here:  https://drive.google.com/open?id=1b41VIcHewa5GMiakRxshiYncq3MoGSQp