Rehabilitation Technical Impact Assessment Functional & physical rehabilitation in Thailand
1.1 About Humanity & Inclusion (Handicap International)
Handicap International runs its program under the operating name Humanity & Inclusion (HI). HI is an independent and impartial non-profit aid organisation working in situations of poverty and exclusion, conflict and disaster. HI works alongside people with disabilities and vulnerable populations, taking action and bearing witness in order to respond to their essential needs, improve their living conditions and promote respect for their dignity and their fundamental rights. HI is currently implementing projects in more than 60 countries worldwide, including Thailand.
1.2 About Humanity & Inclusion in Thailand
HI started working in Thailand in 1982 and first focused its actions on the delivery of mobility and assistive products to Cambodian and Burmese landmine victims, most of who needed lower limb prostheses. Since 1998, the scope of projects broadened and HI started providing physical rehabilitation services to persons with disabilities, as well as promoting inclusion within mainstream service providers.
The rehabilitation project focus has been on the 5 shelters of Mae Ra Ma Luang and Mae La Oon in Mae Hong Son province and Umpiem, Nupo and Mae La in Tak province where the full range of activities and services covered by the project have been implemented. The project funded by the European Union, in co-funding with UNHCR, is implemented in partnership with Malteser International (who led the EU funded project and provides mainly curative and preventive health care services).
In addition, HI implements 2 other projects at the moment, in Thailand:
§ Disability and Social Inclusion: Inclusion of disability into mainstream livelihood, vocational training and protection services providers, capacity building of Self-Help Groups and physical accessibility across 5 temporary shelters namely Mae La, Umpiem, and Nu Po, in Tak province and Mae La Oon, Mae Ra Ma Luang in Mae Hong Son province situated along the Myanmar-Thailand Border.
§ Explosive Ordnance Risk Education (EORE) to increase temporary shelters populations’ knowledge on RE to further adopt safe mine and EO practices in 9 temporary shelters
1.3 The project in Thailand
Physical and functional rehabilitation of people with disabilities
5 temporary shelters namely Mae La, Umpiem, and Nu Po, in Tak province and Mae La Oon, Mae Ra Ma Luang in Mae Hong Son province situated along the Myanmar-Thailand Border
Target groups (Beneficiaries)
People with disabilities and their caregivers/ family members. Health and non-health workers, including community leaders
European Union (EU) and UNHCR
To ensure refugees’ continuous access to rehabilitation services for people with disabilities while simultaneously support the return process through strengthening the communities’ capacities and self-reliance.
2. SCOPE AND OBJECTIVES OF THE CONSULTANCY
The overall objective of the consultancy is to support the HI rehabilitation team in enhancing rehabilitation activities, review and adjust the methodology if necessary, assess impact of the activities on people with disability, their family members and caregivers, and provide lessons-learnt and recommendations for next programming (which may include defining an exit strategy and a sustainability plan).
2.2. Specific objectives:
- Evaluate the efficiency of the rehabilitation activities
· Evaluation of PT / OT sessions to identify specific gaps / priorities / redundancies
· Assessment of the Triage methodology and forms to identify bottle necks or gaps
· Evaluation of the time spent with administrative tasks vs time for services among camp-based staff
· Analysis of the beneficiary’s data and profiling of HI main beneficiaries
· Review the training curriculum and IEC materials, identify gaps and support the team to develop news tools and materials if needed
- Assess the positive and negative impacts derived from rehabilitation services for people with physical disabilities
· Assessment of the level of functionality and the degree of independence of HI beneficiaries
· Analysis of progress per type of beneficiary
- Provide HI with an analysis of the current services provided and recommendations for strengthening and prioritizing them.
· Provision of recommendations on programming (activities and indicators)
· Definition of a sustainability plan and draft exit strategy using a participatory approach (with HI teams but also communities’ members and leaders, other NGOs and CBOs, UNHCR, Thai health system), with a timeframe
The exact methodology should be proposed by the consultant/s in the application documents, and could consist in:
The methodology should be participatory, taking into account the opinions of the different stakeholders. Inclusive methodologies will need to be developed for people with any type of disabilities to be reached and able to express their views.
The methodology should include both quantitative and qualitative data collected through:
- secondary data review (HI program documents, Triage methodology and tools)
- IDIs, FGDs, PFGDs, and KIIs with various community members, ranging from HI teams members (Country Manager, MEAL officer, rehabilitation national teams and camp-based staff, technical specialists), to camp committee members and UNHCR, NGOs (including Malteser International), CBOs workers (including HI camp-based staff).
The consultancy will be consisted of the followings;
(1) Desk review phase is during the time which the consultant will
o Discuss with HI team, review existing project documents to get acquainted with the projects and the challenges faced by HI;
o Gather and analyse secondary data.
(2) Field phase (steps/methodology to be detailed by the consultant)**
(3) Reporting phase is during the time which the consultant will
o Write a preliminary report on findings, analysis and recommendations,
o Submit the preliminary report to get comments and feedback from HI team within 5 working days;
o Organise a debriefing workshop with HI team, to present the findings with the aim of exchanging, and sharing feedback;
o Submit a final report to HI including annexes and raw and cleaned quantitative data.
All the documents should be delivered in English (good quality English but easy to understand by local communities who are not fluent in English).
· Finalized list of recommendations focusing on the technical and managerial sustainability of the HI rehabilitation interventions
· Final report outlying background, introduction, results, discussion and way forwards keeping the sustainability of the project as a key domain on evaluation. Within the report, confidentiality shall be respected when representing personal information. A consent form needs to be used prior taking any photo and doing any interview. Any inclusion of pictures of children will have the statement within the document…. “All names & information about the location of children and family privacy in conformity with HI Child Protection Policy”
· Exit strategy, with different scenario, of the rehabilitation activities of HI. The exit strategy should put emphasis on learning together with the partner(s) i.e., Karen Department of Health and Welfare (KDHW), and ultimately on the improvement of the operations of both parties.
NB: For reasons of confidentiality, the report remains the intellectual property of HI exclusively.
The consultancy should start by 10th May 2021. The final deadline for the submission of the consultancy report is 15th Jun, 2021. The consultancy will be planned in accordance with HI project team and depend on activities planned for the proposed timeframe.
6. PROFILE OF THE CONSULTANT
The consultancy can be carried out by an individual consultant or a team of consultants.
If a team of experts is selected, the work will be put under the responsibility of one team leader chosen among the team of experts. This person will ensure all communication with HI Thailand office and will be the sole responsible party for managing the organization of the research.
Consultants based in Thailand will be privileged due to the travel restrictions related to the covid-19 pandemic.
The consultant or team of consultants should combine the following skills, experience and knowledge:
· Master’s degree in a related field (health, rehabilitation)
· Proven experience in physical / functional rehabilitation programming (at least 5 years) – experience with HI is a key asset
· Previous experience on conducting studies/evaluation/ peer review publications on the rehabilitation sector sustainability in shock and stress prone settings.
· Significant experience with both quantitative and qualitative survey – design, implementation, analysis and reporting
· Significant facilitation and interviewing skills
· Experience in refugees’ context
· Fluency in English
Proposals from interested consultant(s) should include:
- Letter of expression of interests (compulsory);
- Curriculum vitae (compulsory) detailing the consultant’s working experience in setting, revising and adapting RE activities as well as in developing impact assessment surveys, highlighting those focused-on data processing and analysis, data collection with reference of previous assignment done or sample of work accomplished;
- Technical proposal (compulsory) including methodology, data collection and analysis, activities and confirmed timeline (suggested timeline attached) considering contextual limitations (see below);
- Financial proposal (compulsory) for consultant’s assignment. All costs related to the consultancy without exceptions should be figured into the financial plan of the consultant, including consultancy fees, domestic and international travel if needed, visa, accommodation, interpreters, data entry, per diem, logistics, organization of workshops, etc. (transportation from Mae Sot to the refugee camps will be provided by HI);
- 3 references of which 2 should be from rehabilitation or career in public health or other health–related disciplines.
NOTE – Camp/ field visit limitations:
· No entry to the camps without camp-pass permission from the Ministry of Interior. This will be arranged by HI);
· No camp visit during Bank Holidays;
· No work/interviews on the weekends at the temporary shelter level;
§ Mae La refugee camp is 45 minutes from Mae Sot District, Tak
§ Umpiemand Nu Po refugee camps are about 2 and 6 hours from Mae Sot District, Tak.
§ Accommodation will be provided by HI at HI’s guesthouse in Umpang District (mid-way for Umpium and Nupo camps)
§ Mae Ra Ma Luang and Mae La Oon camps in Mae Hong Son Province are 6 to 8 hours from Mae Sot District, Tak province. HI also has a guesthouse, where a consultant can stay to carry out the work in these two temporary shelters.
§ Bae Mae Surin and Bae Mai Nai Soi camps in Mae Hong Son Province are 8 hrs away from Mae Sot District, Tak Province. Hotels areavailable in Mae Hong Son.
§ Ban Don Yang and Tham Hin refugee camps are 8 hrs away from Mae Sot District, Tak Province. Hotels available in Kanchanaburi Province.
Evaluation of the proposals/ applications will be made through a selection committee through two phases:
- Administrative selection: checking for completeness of application
- Technical selection: criteria to select the best application will be based on the quality of the technical proposal, competitive financial proposal, human resources skills and previous experiences, demonstrated expertise of the applicant.
Incomplete applications will not be taken into consideration for technical selection.
The deadline for submission of proposals is 30th April 2021 at noon Thailand time. Applications received after the application deadline will not be considered**
 HI will provide support to the consultant withData Entry support and computers for this consultancy.
How to apply
Proposals should be submitted to the following email: firstname.lastname@example.org including as subject in the mail: rehab consultancy
Only candidates who pass the administrative selection will be taken into consideration for a technical assessment and will be afterwards notified on the final decision. Selected applicants may be invited for a (phone/skype) interview.
HI reserves the right to contact the applicants for further information before the final selection of the selection committee.