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Identification and addressing barriers of scaling up sensory screening and early intervention services
1. About Sense International
International (EA) Tanzania was registered in Tanzania under the NGO
Act, 2000 (registration certificate number 00NGO/0390) on 15th February
2008. Sense International Tanzania is part of Sense International, a UK
registered Non-Government global organization that supports people with
deafblindness and multi-sensory impairments across a range of, often
resource poor, countries including; India, Bangladesh, Kenya, ajira
Uganda, Peru, Nepal and Romania. Since 2008 Sense International
Tanzania has been working closely with the Ministry of Education,
Science and Technology, and the President’s Office Regional
Administration and Local Government implementing different education
projects to enable children with deafblindness and complex disabilities
to access education. Currently Sense International Tanzania are
implementing several other projects in the areas of Early Identification
and Intervention, Inclusive Education and Improving Livelihoods for
people with deafblindness and multi-sensory impairments in Tanzania.
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2. About Early Screening and Intervention
Sensory Screening and Early Intervention project seeks to perform early
identification of children with deafblindness / multi-sensory
impairments aged 0-5 years, and provide early intervention services to
those positively identified. The project currently takes place in 4
health facilities in Temeke Municipality. The aim of the project is to
reduce the impact of sensory impairments in children found to have
deafblindness / multi-sensory impairments and increase their chances of
living a full and independent life. The project is implemented in
partnership with Temeke Municipal Council from April 2018 – March 2021
with support from Jersey Overseas Aid (JOA) and Australian Aid. The
project aims to conduct sensory screening of 72,000 children aged 0-5 in
Temeke Municipality and provide early intervention therapy services to
80 children identified with these impairments.
3. Purpose of the research
International Tanzania and the project Steering Committee for the
Sensory Screening and Early Intervention project are looking to recruit a
consultant to study the possibility of scaling up the Sensory Screening
and Early Intervention services for children with deafblindness /
multi-sensory impairments in Tanzania’s Public Health System. The
research has two main purposes:
existing policies, legislations and other national guidelines and
documents related to early identification of sensory impairments and
intervention, and to identify any gaps in policies that need to be
- Identify barriers of scaling up screening services
for early identification of sensory impairments and early intervention
services in Tanzania and make recommendations on how to address the
The resulting findings will be used to inform
advocacy strategies and plans that aim to influence the Government of
the United Republic of Tanzania to strengthen Sensory Screening and
Early Intervention services for children with deafblindness /
multi-sensory impairments aged 0-5.
4. Scope of work
- Secure an expedited research permit from the National Institute of Medical Research (NIMR).
and analyze the policies relating to Sensory Screening (early
identification) and Early Intervention services in Tanzania under the
Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children
(MoHCDGEC) and the Prime Minister’s Office – Labor, Youth, Employment
and Persons with Disabilities (PMO-LYED).
- Document the current status of Sensory Screening and Early Intervention services in
the capacity of the current Public Health System to deliver early
Sensory Screening and Early Intervention services to children with
deafblindness / multi-sensory impairments at District and Regional
levels through structured interviews with MoHCDGEC officials and review
policies, strategies and budgets.
- Identify policy gaps in
national policies relating to early Sensory Screening and Early
Intervention and the Sense International model which need to be
addressed in order to scale up Sensory Screening and Early Intervention
services across Tanzania.
- Produce a report on the findings of
the research study and provide recommendations to address the barriers
for scaling up of the Sensory Screening and Early Intervention services
for children with deafblindness / multi-sensory impairments in Tanzania.
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5. Proposed Methodology
To develop comprehensive baseline information, the consultant will use the following methods:
Briefing meeting with Sense International Tanzania.
Desk-based literature review of, at least, the following documents:
- National Health Policy 2007
- National Eye Care Strategic Plan 2018-2022
- National Strategic Plan of Non-Communicable Diseases 2016-2020
- National Policy of Development for Persons with Disabilities (PMO-LYED)
- Any other document which refers to early screening, identification and intervention for sensory impairments.
FGD/Structured interviews with, key implementing partners and stakeholders.
Report Writing and Feedback
6. Schedule of deliverables
The consultant will be required to present to Sense International Tanzania a detailed report of the study which covers:
of Sensory Screening and Early Intervention services for children with
deafblindness / multi-sensory impairments in Tanzania.
of different Sensory Screening and Early Intervention policies under
the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and
Children (MoHCDGEC) and the Prime Minister’s Office – Labor, Youth,
Employment and Persons with Disabilities (PMO-LYED), including an
analysis of the gaps that need to be addressed in these Policies related
to Sensory Screening and Early Intervention in the United Republic of
- Analysis of the capacity of the current Public Health
System to deliver Sensory Screening and Early Intervention services for
children with deafblindness / multisensory impairments at District
(Temeke) and Regional levels (Dar Es Salaam).
- Analysis of NGOs
providing early sensory screening and early intervention services to
children with deafblindness / multi-sensory impairments and other
- Recommendations based on the policy
analysis and interviews / Focus Group Discussions with Government and
NGO officials for scaling up the Sensory Screening and Early
Intervention services across Tanzania.
- An Executive Summary of the report, of not more than four pages.
- Develop interview and Focus Group Discussion questions, informed consent forms and guidelines.
- Present findings of the research during a presentation of the final report to stakeholders.
7. Required qualifications and experience of the consultant
A successful candidate for the task should at a minimum have the following qualifications:
least a Bachelor’s degree in Public Health, Development Studies or any
relevant degree from a recognized institution of higher learning.
- Experience in conducting research relating to social development issues and community health in a developing country.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the Tanzania Health Sector and social development issues.
- Ability to analyze information, write detailed, organized and informative reports that can be used to inform decision making.
- The applicant must be a national of the United Republic of Tanzania.
- Fluency in English and Kiswahili languages.
- Experience in working with people with disabilities would be an added advantage.
8. Timeline of Activities
The duration of the assignment is 6 weeks from date of signing the consultancy contract.
International Tanzania exists to support children and adults with
deafblindness to realise their rights – including their right to
protection from violence, exploitation, abuse, neglect and harm. We take
our responsibility to keep people safe seriously, and continually
strive to embed good practice across the organisation and beyond.
understand safeguarding to be about ensuring the safety and well-being
of everyone with whom we work – including people with deafblindness,
their families, carers, and other professionals, as well as members of
communities and entities such as disabled persons organisations. This
obligation naturally extends to our own staff, trustees, volunteers and
interns, as well as those in our partner organisations and other
personnel associated with Sense International Tanzania.
approach to safeguarding involves promoting a culture of safety for all
and practising this in every aspect of the organisation’s day-to-day
life. It also involves taking action for and on behalf of children and
vulnerable adults who are suffering, or are at risk of suffering,
significant harm as a result of abuse, exploitation or neglect.
International Tanzania has a zero-tolerance approach to bullying,
harassment, violence, exploitation and abuse. Sense International
Tanzania requires the successful candidate to comply with its Child and
Vulnerable Adult Policy and Procedure and to sign its Child and
Vulnerable Adult Protection Declaration.
10. Mode of application
applicants are required to submit an application addressed to the
Country Director of Sense International Tanzania. The following
documents/evidence must be attached with the application:
Expression of Interest letter (not more than 2 pages) outlining how
their qualifications and experience meet the schedule of deliverables
for this research.
- Curriculum Vitae (not more than 4 pages)
- A research methodology describing how they will accomplish the tasks described in the assignment above.
- A detailed budget for the assignment.
- Share examples of 1-2 similar pieces of work conducted with the past two (2) years.
- Three professional references can be contacted regarding the quality of the previous work conducted.
- Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN)
All applications must be sent to email@example.com by December 4th, 2020. Please write,
“EARLY INTERVENTION-RESEARCH” in the subject line. Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.
International Tanzania considers all applicants equal without any
discrimination on the basis of gender, age, sex, religion, tribe, origin
or any other form of discrimination.