TERMS OF REFERENCE Inclusive Eye Health Technical Advisor



CBM is an international Christian development organization committed to improving the quality of life of people with disabilities around the world. CBM sees disability as a cause and consequence of poverty and works in partnership to create an inclusive society for all. Although the eye health portfolio continues to grow, we currently support projects to improve the delivery of quality eye health services by strengthening eye health systems at the primary, secondary and tertiary levels in seven (7) counties.

This document constitutes the Terms of Reference (“ToR”) on which CBM Christoffel-Blindenmission Christian Blind Mission eV (Kenya Country Office, hereafter referred to as the Contracting Authority) agrees to engage “the Consultant to provide consultancy services to the eye health work supported by CBM in Kenya.

2. Context and objective

In Kenya, it is estimated that around 7.5 million Kenyans (15.5%) require eye health services, ranging from age-related cataracts, diabetic complications in the eyes, refractive errors, trachoma, allergic eye diseases and reading difficulties among many others. . Only 21.3% (1.6 million) have access to eye health services from public and private facilities. Unmet eye health needs range from availability of quality eye health services, eye health personnel, equipment, infrastructure to eye health medical products among others.

The objective of this assignment is:

The Technical Advisor will serve on an advisory basis ensuring technical quality in all areas of eye health work supported by CBM in Kenya. The successful candidate will provide expert services to national and county governments, CBM Kenya country office staff and implementing partners aimed at ensuring work is carried out in the most professional, efficient and results-oriented.

3. Standards and ethics

The consultant must undertake this engagement in accordance with the professional and ethical standards of ophthalmologists. The contracting authority requires that the consultant demonstrate objectivity in his role and comply with the independence requirements of the professional ethics of ophthalmologists.

4. Qualifications of Consultant

Education, knowledge and work experience

  • Ophthalmologist with over 5 years of professional experience in Kenya.
  • Strategic and analytical skills
  • Have a good understanding of health systems and universal health coverage initiatives in Kenya.
  • At least 3 years experience in CBM supported projects or working on eye health with development partners/NGOs is an advantage.
  • Active member of a professional eye health organization.
  • Have a good understanding of the project cycle and advocacy priorities in Kenya.
  • Good interpersonal and verbal and written communication skills.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office package (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, SharePoint, etc.)
  • Articulate in Kiswahili and English.

5. Consultant’s task

I. Strategy development and implementation

  • Provide technical advice and inputs to all existing and new inclusive eye health projects and budgets that are developed in Kenya, ensuring that project design and implementation is in line with good practice, implementation plan country office implementation, inclusive eye health (IEH) plan and CBM guidelines.
  • Support the Kenya Country Director and country staff to identify appropriate partners in the area of ​​inclusive eye health and actively participate in technical partner assessments, including technical capacity building in line with partner assessment recommendations .
  • Provide technical guidance in the development and implementation of the IEH plan by:
    • Lead the development of comprehensive IEH components in the country implementation plan
    • Provide support for the development of HPI concept notes and full proposals
    • Align new IEH projects with CBM objectives and indicators.
    • Contribute to the alignment of CBM eye health projects in Kenya with national priorities and CBM IEH initiative plan.

II. Development of strategic partnerships and networking

  • Support CBM Kenya in conducting a mapping exercise and in identifying potential partnerships and joint ventures.
  • Strengthen partnership opportunities with national and international stakeholders to ensure program delivery is aligned with national and international standards and guidelines.
  • Represent CBM Kenya in eye health professional bodies and networks, including presenting CBM’s work on EIH.

III. Staff development in the country office

  • Train country office program staff in inclusive eye health, preparing and implementing eye health programs and standards, as agreed with the country office and the IEH initiative.
  • Support country office staff have a good understanding of IEH standards.
  • Provide capacity building to country office staff on the IEH Quality Management Framework and the Washington Short Set of Questions.
  • Provide support to the country office in the design and conduct of operational research, rapid assessment of avoidable blindness (RAAB), impact surveys, feasibility studies, end-of-project evaluations and of any other study.

IV. Main work package for the implementation of eye health partners

  • Develop minimum and contextualized standards for IEH programs for CBM in Kenya.
  • Provide technical input and support when designing new projects.
  • Ensure partner staff have a good understanding of IEH standards.
  • Conduct/review technical assessments of specific HPI projects.
  • Follow the recommendations of the action plan.
  • Conduct physical and virtual visits as needed with a focus on specific priority issues.
  • Ensure the capacity development of partners to ensure the quality of work.
  • Ensure the sharing of lessons learned and promote best practices with CBM and partner organizations;
  • Check submission of statistics from IEH partners in Kenya.
  • Review semi-annual cataract surgical outcome reports from IEH partners and provide feedback as needed.
  • Review IEH reports to ensure quality of reports and timely submission to CBM.
  • Support partners to ensure that eye health data is entered into Kenya’s health information system.
  • Co-represent the Country Office at different levels as delegated by the Country Director.
  • Capacity building of partner staff on the quality management framework; ensure that partners conduct a semi-annual quality management assessment, including data collection using the Washignton Short Set Group of questions tool.

How to register

How to register:

Expressions of Interest must be submitted by June 13, 2022 via email to [email protected]. Applications will be assessed as they are received. The expression of interest must be clearly indicated. 2022-CBM KCO-IEHTAand will include:

  1. Cover letter
  2. Detailed CV demonstrating relevant experience
  3. One-year work plan demonstrating understanding of this mandate and how the assignment is to be undertaken
  4. All-inclusive financial proposal indicating the monthly rates for carrying out the mission.

Only complete files will be considered. CBM may request references and/or examples of previous work undertaken during the recruitment process. The successful candidate agrees to fully comply with and sign CBM’s Code of Conduct and Child Protection Policy, as well as its Commitment to Data Security and Privacy.


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