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  • Posted: Mar 16, 2021
    Deadline: Mar 26, 2021
  • Habitat for Humanity International, generally referred to as Habitat for Humanity or simply Habitat, is an international, non-governmental, and nonprofit organization, which was founded in 1976.
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    Consultant-Healthy Housing Norms and Practices

    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.

    Specific objectives

    • 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;

    1. An inception report elaborating the study methodology,
    2. Preparation of the research design including sampling,
    3. Supervise and co-ordinate the data collection process,
    4. Data analysis


    • A detailed report outlining the methodology used, presenting the findings with their interpretations, and discussing the strengths, limitations, and implications,
    • Detailed stakeholder mapping report covering the relevant stakeholders working within the housing and health sector.
    • 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,

    • Have at least a master's degree in Architecture, Construction, Civil engineering, environmental science or any other relevant field
    • Have minimum 10 years demonstrated experience in qualitative and/or mixed methods research,
    • Experience in aggregating analysis that informs market-based interventions and strategies,
    • Demonstrable experience and knowledge working with a wide range of stakeholders in public and private sector, and preferably
    • 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

    Method of Application

    Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted. Written proposal (technical and financial) including CVs of key personnel should be sent to HFH-EA by 26th March 2021, via email on with subject line: HOUSING AND HEALTH

    Note: Never pay for any training, certificate, assessment, or testing to the recruiter.

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