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Housing and Health
Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI) is anchored on a fundamental vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to live. This vision has been the driving force in all of Habitat’s actions and activities and has seen HFHI helping more than 29 million people around the world build or improve the place they call home. To further fulfil this vision, Habitat for Humanity International established the Terwilliger Centre for Innovation in Shelter (Terwilliger Centre) to Build and Expand Inclusive Housing Markets by supporting local firms to innovate and expand client-responsive services and products. The Terwilliger Centre understands that the role of local markets is critical in closing adequate housing gaps among the low-income and incremental market segment. The Terwilliger Centre strives to make markets work more effectively for low-income people in need of decent, affordable housing.
Among the Terwilliger Centre’s efforts over the past five years includes engaging stakeholders in the affordable housing market system to facilitate efforts to drive housing quality up and housing costs down, taking into account the social and community aspects of housing in Kenya. The aim is to stimulate inclusive housing markets while generating expanded benefits to low-income households in a sustainable manner. The thrust of the interventions is the market system development approach that focuses on systemic change aimed at stimulating the low-cost housing market system to innovate and replicate promising practices on a sustainable basis.
This approach has ensured partnering with key actors to identify impediments and opportunities in the subsystems of the incremental housing markets and facilitating initiatives that strengthen competitiveness of private and public sector actors through market-based initiatives. By adopting the market systems development approach, focus is maintained on housing services and products with potential to be developed in an equitable and inclusive manner through the market leverage. The approach further ensures that efforts are driven with and through private and public sectors and other market-based actors where anchor/lead firms/catalytic companies are evident and strengthened to lead systems change even beyond the programme intervention.
Habitat for Humanity International and Terwilliger Centre for Innovation and Shelter are implementing their projects and activities in Kenya through HFH East Africa.
The Construction Practices Programme
Construction practices and especially those that foster effectiveness, efficiency, durability, quality and ultimately cost saving are key to the attainment of quality incremental housing construction among owner driven housing projects in Kenya. The Construction Practices programme seeks to trigger, consolidate and/or facilitate efforts, understanding, practices and learning on construction practices that include value engineering: optimizing value by increasing efficiency while reducing cost of production (the latter day “lean manufacturing”), building capacity of materials innovators, developers and owner driven contractors and labourers and to document understanding of existing and emerging construction practices that contribute to quality affordable housing in real economic terms for incremental housing, inter alia.
Given the impact of COVID 19 and the global call to ‘shelter in place’, the programme will also contribute to the discourse of Health and the built environment. According to the National Center for Healthy Housing, housing quality refers to the physical condition of a house as well as the quality of the social and physical environment in which the house is located. In line with this the Terwilliger Centre is now also programming around interventions that address Healthy Housing through vector proofing practices as shelter plays a role in the fight against vector-borne diseases.
*Vector-proof housing practices:** The Terwilliger Center is partnering with key stakeholders in promoting the development and adoption of healthy housing practices, starting with those aimed at keeping vectors out of houses. In this case, the focus is on demonstrating how the built environment can play a role in vector control and by extension, vector-borne diseases. Housing design elements like roofs, eaves, ceilings, floors, doors and windows and other maintenance practices in and around the house closely correlate with vector entry into the house and will be key in this intervention. Overall, this intervention will focus on identifying and facilitating housing practices that build out vectors and ultimately contribute to the reduction of vector-borne diseases like Malaria, jiggers, etc. by improving the design and construction of a typical low-income home.
Purpose and Objectives of the Assessment Study
The Terwilliger Center acknowledges that in Kenya, households have been facing the challenge of vectors and over the years have developed coping mechanisms to keep these vectors out of their houses. The Terwilliger Center therefore wishes to conduct a situation analysis aimed at understanding different vector proofing knowledge and practices in use by households, their effectiveness, and the underlying norms and attitudes that underpin them. The purpose of the exercise is to generate information on the status of vector proofing within the larger Western region (Western and Nyanza) and the coastal region.
· Assess the status of vector proofing within the 2 counties, current practices, knowledge, attitudes and opportunities,
· Analyse and document key drivers of the practices,
· Identify key stakeholders (those within Malaria control and prevention) within the two target counties and areas of common interest, potential synergy and partnership on vector proofed housing interventions,
· Identify existing structures, community and otherwise, that can be leveraged to drive interest on vector proofing using the built environment,
· Analyse and identify key policies that could impede and/or encourage these practices
Task and responsibilities
The consultant will lead the study and will be responsible for ensuring integrity of the data and its completion within the agreed upon timeframe and following ethical guidelines for data collection and reporting. This will include;
i. An inception report elaborating the study methodology,
ii. preparation of the research design including sampling,
iii. Supervise and co-ordinate the data collection process,
iv. Data analysis
i. A detailed report outlining the methodology used, presenting the findings with their interpretations, and discussing the strengths, limitations, and implications,
ii. Detailed stakeholder mapping report covering the relevant stakeholders working within the housing and health sector.
iii. Provide an electronic version of the raw data collected from the field survey/assessment
This study will be done in 8 weeks, including submission of final report
Experience and qualification
HFH East Africa and the Terwilliger Center is seeking qualified consultants/firm to undertake the study. The Lead consultant should,
i. Have at least a master’s degree in Architecture, Construction, Civil engineering, environmental science or any other relevant field
ii. Have minimum 10 years demonstrated experience in qualitative and/or mixed methods research,
iii. Experience in aggregating analysis that informs market-based interventions and strategies,
iv. Demonstrable experience and knowledge working with a wide range of stakeholders in public and private sector, and preferably
v. Demonstrable understanding of the public health sector and experience working with low income households
Interested parties should submit the following:
· A maximum 5 pages technical proposal clearly outlining understanding of the terms of reference, methodology, duration and the technical team,
· A detailed financial proposal, and
· Profile/resume of the lead expert
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