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Embassy of Denmark in Kenya seeking Concept Notes for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) and Gender-Based Violence (GBV) Engagement

Embassy of Denmark in Kenya seeking Concept Notes for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) and Gender-Based Violence (GBV) Engagement

Deadline: 20 April 2020

In this call for concept notes, the Embassy of Denmark in Nairobi is inviting innovative expressions of interest from entities interested in collaborating with Denmark to promote access to adolescent-friendly and inclusive SRHR services and the prevention of and response to GBV.

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Denmark’s new SRHR /GBV Engagement is a 5-year programme funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark/Danida through its Embassy in Nairobi. The SRHR/GBV engagement is part of the overall Strategic Objective 2, of the new Denmark Kenya, Strategic Framework 2021-2025 and the following expected outcome:

Strategic Objective: Increased pro-poor access to maternal, new born, child and adolescent health services at county-level, and strengthened respect for and improved access to sexual and reproductive health and rights, including family planning and decrease in gender-based violence.
Specifically, the expected outcome of the engagement would be: Strengthened respect for and improved sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) and decrease in gender-based violence (GBV).

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The Development Engagement (DE) on SRHR and GBV will focus, but not exclusively so, on the following priorities:

Increased pro-poor access of adolescent, youth-friendly and inclusive sexual, reproductive, maternal and child health services, including integrated support for particularly marginalised groups such as LGBT+ persons and persons with disabilities (PWDs).
Addressing unmet need for family planning, including modern contraception methods and access to services for adolescent girls and boys, women and men.
Prevention of and response to sexual and gender based violence including addressing domestic violence, sexual harassment and Harmful Traditional Practices (HTPs) such as Female Genital Mutilations (FGM) and early and forced marriage.
Provision of access to post-abortion care, preventing and reducing unsafe abortion and improving life-saving skills.
Across the four priorities above, increasing awareness and knowledge about women’s and girl’s rights (including the right to bodily autonomy, and family planning decision-making), leading to a change in attitudes and practices. Awareness raising activities should also find innovative ways to addressing the barriers in accessing information on SRHR, which result in lack of knowledge and skills to prevent unwanted pregnancy, HIV infection and GBV.

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Funding Information

Around DKK 50 million to run from January 2021-December 2025.

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Programme Location

Program activities must take place in Kenya. Applicants may propose and justify geographically targeted focus, i.e. select counties of operation, using the following criteria:

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Low access to youth friendly and inclusive SRHR services including access to modern contraception methods,
High prevalence of GBV and HTPs, early and forced marriage and FGMs;
Counties prone to high MMR and high level of adolescent pregnancies.
Collaboration and Network

Applicants that demonstrate working partnerships with national and county government entities will be favorably evaluated. They must also incentivize collaboration within and/or between civil society organisations and the state to implement joint initiatives, overcome divisions, and strengthen their collective influence and capabilities.
Consortium with diverse, complementary and specialized partners are thus hereby encouraged to apply.
Assessment Criteria

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In the assessment of the Concept Notes, the following criteria will be considered:

Applicants should demonstrate the relevance of their Concept Note’s objectives to this Call as defined in the scope and objective.
Applicants must demonstrate strong institutional capabilities with 7 years or more experience of implementation of donor funding in improving access to youth friendly and inclusive SRHR and in preventing and responding to GBV within an in-depth understanding of the Kenyan context and related challenges.
Applicants must have clear intervention logic that clarifies the targeted change processes and the main assumptions and show a strategic and innovative gender, youth and inclusive human rights-based perspective linking the national and county levels with regional and international levels.
Applicants must have a broad national and county outreach in their operations, with the ability to scale up operations if required, during the implementation period.
Applicants must be familiar with developing a Theory of Change, have a MEAL system in place that focuses on learning and adaptive programming.
Applicants must have proper legal registration to work in Kenya well as sound organisational, financial and risk management systems in place.
Selection Process

The Embassy will select the final applicant through an open and transparent call in the following order:

Concept note stage: All submitted concept notes will be reviewed and applicants will receive brief written response on decisions.
Proposal stage: Successful applicants (concepts) will receive a call for (full) proposals. (Expected during May 2020).
Selection stage: The successful proposal will proceed to the Development Engagement Document (DED) formulation stage (Expected during June and July 2020).
For more information, visit https://kenya.um.dk/en/danida-en/funding-opportunities/srhr-and-gbv/

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