Cheshire Homes recently conducted an inception event for the Financial Inclusion Project in Eastern Province – Chipata. The event, was graced by the Permanent Secretary for Provincial Administration represented by Beauty Undi – Phiri.
Cheshire Homes Society of Zambia (CHSZ) Executive Director, Kamima Ng’uni, gave welcoming remarks to welcome the participants and highlight the purpose of the event. In his speech, he encouraged all stakeholders, partners, and beneficiaries to work closely together in order to ensure the successful implementation of the project.
A vote of thanks was given by the beneficiaries of the Financial Inclusion Project who were represented by Peter Jere, father to Florence Jere of Mchini Primary school in Chipata. Mr. Jere thanked the organisation and the partners
and stakeholders for the initiatives they continue to make to better the lives of Persons living with disabilities.
Speaking at the same event, the guest of honour – Ms. Beauty Undi- Phiri – talked of the importance of talking about finances in a household and also including children in budgeting as it helps children appreciate the efforts of parents and also learn the value of money. She also urged female-headed households
to take advantage of these initiatives brought by Government and its partners such as the Constituency Development Fund (CDF).
She advised men to also take part in saving and not leave it up to women. She later thanked SIDA for supporting Government work through FSD Zambia and CHSZ.
She also thanked FSD Zambia for supporting the Government’s goal of Financial Inclusion.
The project aims at improving the financial health of 750 persons with disabilities as well as increasing access to financial services of 750 caregivers of persons with disabilities in Chipata, Chadiza, Katete, Nyimba, Petauke, and Sinda districts of Eastern province, Zambia.
CHSZ, as a Strategic partner Organisations of Liliane Foundation, will be launching and start the implementation of the project on Sexual Reproductive Health in Zambia. CHSZ is therefore hiring a skilled Project Manager and Advocacy/Communication Officer. The present two (02) vacanciesies of a project manager and Advocacy and Communication Officer is to help manage on behalf of CHSZ the project on capacity building in sexual and reproductive health and Rights advocacy towards marginalised youths with disabilities.
The Project is Funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs through Liliane Foundation.
The consortium is composed of WEMOS (lead partner), Liliane Foundation (represented in Zambia by CHSZ), Akina Mama wa Africa (a feminist organization based in Uganda), the Circle of Concerned African Women Theologians (feminists academics in Kenya), VSO and Forum for African Women
Educationalists (FAWE). FAWEZA is the project lead in Zambia. The programme will be simultaneously implemented in Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya, Zambia and Rwanda. Learning and sharing of innovations in advocacy for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) between countries will be an important aspect within the programme. Strengthening of civil society organisations and social movements will be an important methodology to reach the objectives. The TORs are for these two Positions are included above.
ADVERT FOR THE ORGANISATIONAL ASSESSMENT OF CHESHIRE HOMES SOCIETY OF ZAMBIA
19th July 2021
Cheshire Homes Society of Zambia (CHSZ) is the Strategic Partner Organisation (SPO) of Liliane Foundation (LF) and has been since 2005. As SPO, CHSZs roles and responsibilities are largely:
- The SPO effectively manages the program cycle, the grant provision, and the partnerships with the Partner Organizations; The SPO is responsible to identify, select and assess capacities of local POs that can participate in the network which will implement the CBR oriented policies and the directions of the LF/SPO. The network partners need to be supported to become financially and strategically reliable local POs, they need to be CBR minded organisations with good grassroots knowledge on disability.
- The SPO monitors, guides and facilitates the implementation of the policy by the local partner organisations, monitors the work of the POs and facilitates their capacity development trajectories.
- The SPO should have a diverse and healthy financial base and a culture of being transparent in their communication with local partner organisations and Liliane Foundation in the Netherlands.
- The SPO, in consultation and/or partnership with their network of POs identifies significant lobby and advocacy issues, addresses these issues collectively, or as SPO, with relevant stakeholders (government, civil society) with the aim to optimize services and opportunities for children with disabilities.
LF conducts organisational assessments of SPOs as a standard procedure. The purpose of these assessments is to identify the strengths of the organisation as well as the elements to improve. Along these lines, it is especially relevant to acquire concrete and practical recommendations through this assessment. The findings will inform Liliane Foundation on how best to support the SPO to enhance its capacity in view of ensuring a high quality programme for children with disabilities, during the next phase of the strategic partnership.
Approach and methodology
The Liliane Foundation favours a participatory approach for this Organisational Assessment. The reasons are that it ensures that the views of all key actors will be heard and the conclusions can be drawn together, which facilitates recognition and respect for the ensuing decisions. Lastly the implementation of the capacity development plan will be greatly facilitated, as it has become the common plan.
Time Estimation 6th September to 6th October 2021
|· Interviews stakeholders: 2 days||6th to 7th Sept 2021|
|· Interviews of staff CHSZ: 2 days||8th to 9th Sept 2021|
|· Visiting PO’s and programme sites: 10 days||10th to 23rd Sept 2021|
|· Drawing conclusions from these activities: 1 day||24th Sept 2021|
|· Refining the programme for the workshops: 1 day||27th Sept 2021|
|· Implementing the workshops: 2 days||28th to 29th Sept 2021|
|· Preparation (including briefing meeting Board and Management and finalising the (ToR) and Reporting: 6||29th Sept to 30th Sept
1st Oct to 6th Oct 2021
|Total working days – +/- 24days.|
The consultant preferably meets the following profile:
- Training at university level with at least five years of work experience, three of which is in developing countries;
- Specializing in assessments of organisations, management and administration;
- Experience with participatory approaches and methods;
- Experience with training / capacity building in networks of organisations with similar missions while respecting the identity of each organisation;
- Experience with, or at least a good knowledge of programmes for persons / children with disabilities;
- Knowledge of the Child Empowerment programme;
- Excellent knowledge of the English language (reading, writing and speaking).
The final report shall be written in a clear, plain and concise manner in the English language and not exceeding twenty pages (excluding annexes).
The interested agencies and applicants should a complete application file comprising the following:
- A letter of interest addressed to the National Coordination, Cheshire Homes Society of Zambia
- A Technical Proposal and budget for undertaking the assignment with CVs of Consultant and team members.
The Interested applicants are expected to email their applications the above documents to email@example.com & firstname.lastname@example.org by 13th August 2021
Cheshire Homes Society of Zambia (CHSZ), Archie Hinchcliffe Disability foundation (AHDI), Holy Family Centre (HFC) and Twatasha Disabled and OVC Organization(TDO) seeks the services of an experienced Consultant to conduct a baseline study for its project called ‘The Zambia Enhanced CBR Response Program’ which is to be implemented in Lusaka, Kafue and Monze.
Objectives of the baseline Survey
1) To establish a solid baseline regarding the eco-social situation of children with disabilities and their parents/families in the project areas
2) To establish a baseline regarding the current levels of inclusion of children with disabilities and their parents/families in the project areas
3) To establish the existence of CBR/CBID network at National and project level and the types of services offered
4) To identify practical competencies needed for various stakeholders i.e., Volunteers, caregivers, CWACs, staff and key stakeholders
5) To find out what barriers to inclusion and participation exist in the communities and among service providers that affect quality of life of children with disabilities and their parents
Lead Consultant/s Qualifications
• The Lead Consultant/s should have at least a Master’s Degree in one of the following: Monitoring and Evaluation, Development Studies, Disability, Disability and Rehabilitation Studies, Social Work and Research related fields or any other relevant qualifications.
• A proven record in delivering effective and professional evaluation results in project studies.
• Excellent communication, analysis, writing and report presentation skills in English (Essential);
• Experience in collecting and analyzing both qualitative and quantitative data
Qualified, experienced and interested consultants are kindly requested to submit the following documents;
• Understanding of the Terms of Reference (ToR)
• Details of the proposed methodology
• Schedule of evaluation activities
• Proposed budget and time frame
• CV/s of lead consultant(s).
to the following email@example.com by 31st December, 2020
Persons with Disabilities (PWD) are encouraged to apply.
On behalf of three Partner Organisations, Cheshire Homes Society of Zambia is supporting the recruitment process of 3 Project Officers each to be stationed at the Partner Organisation. Each of the project Officers will be required to be stationed one in Lusaka at Archie Hinchcliffe Disability Intervention, another one in Kafue at Twatasha Disabled and OVC Organisation and one in Monze at Holy Family Rehabilitation Centre. The Deadline to stop receiving applications is Friday 2 October 2020. See more details about the Job Description in the link below;
PROJECT OFFICER X 3 – Job Description Advert
Capicity Development Officer LF Program (3)
Cheshire Home Society of Zambia
Job Title: Capacity Development Officer
Reporting to: National Coordinator
The Capacity Development Officer will support the development and implementation of the Child Empowerment Programme under Cheshire Home Society of Zambia funded by the Liliane Foundation. The Capacity Development Officer will work closely with the National Coordinator to coordinate and support capacity development activities, including designing or adapting capacity development tools, systems, assessment methodologies; and providing direct support to facilities, various levels of government, community-based organizations, and other partners around the management and delivery of Cheshire Home Society of Zambia
• Relevant Bachelor’s degree in Development Studies, Social Work, Project Management with practical experience in implementing capacity development activities. A masters degree will be an added advantage
How to Apply: Applicant must submit their credentials that is CV and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org or Mailing Address to The National Coordinator P.O BOX 320059, Lusaka before 21st March 2020
Cheshire Homes Society of Zambia through Cheshire CBR programme is seeking for consultancy services to carry out an evaluation to look at the long-term viability of the project and how CBR/CBID services in Zambia can be sustainable
Cheshire Community Based Inclusive Development (CBID) Programme CHSZ has been implementing a CBID Programme with support from CBM (a leading International Disability and Development NGO). The CBID Programme was established in 1999 and has an administrative office in North Gate Gardens, Mandevu off Kasangula Road, Lusaka. It is active in the poor high density compounds of Lusaka (Garden, Mandevu, Chipata, Chazanga and Kabanana)
The programme follows the WHO CBR guidelines, whose matrix has five pillars that address issues for people with disabilities in Health, Education, Livelihood, Social and Empowerment domains. Rationale and context of evaluation
As CHSZ and CBM consider further development, expansion and/or redesign of the programme, it is desirable that they take stock of the efforts in the implementation of the programme through an evaluation. This is meant to assess whether the programme is delivering in line with CBID principles in order to provide actionable evidence.
The overall objective of the evaluation is to measure the impact of the CBID programme on the quality of life of persons with disabilities and their families in the context of Zambia since the programme was founded in 1999. It is also critical for this evaluation to look at the long-term viability of the project and how CBR/CBID services in Zambia can be sustainable
The consultant will be required to have the following attributes:
– Post graduate or master’s degree in the fields of social development, project management, monitoring and evaluation or public health, Development Studies, Social Policy, Disability Studies or other humanities inclusive of formal training in applied research. – Practical knowledge in understanding and assessing disability inclusive development projects. – Understanding of disability and how it relates to CBR and inclusive development, gender and poverty
– More than 5 years of experience in the field of planning, project management, monitoring and evaluation within the Public Health or development sector; – Knowledge of participatory methods in evaluations; – Strong and proven capacity in both qualitative and quantitative methods; – Excellent English speaking, writing and comprehension skills
Consultants should send an Expression of Interest (EOI) including:
– Brief description of consultancy firm including CV of suggested evaluators. – Suggested methodology of carrying out the evaluation including time line. – Financial proposal, showing only professional fees. Logistic costs including hotel and meals, transport and meeting costs will be covered by the project – Full Terms of Reference can be accessed by contacting email@example.com – The EOI shall be submitted to: The Executive Director. CHSZ. Email firstname.lastname@example.org and copy the CBM Programme Manager Email: Paul.Kasoka@cbm.org and Cheshire CBID Programme Manager Email: email@example.com – You may call +260 961 670 165/+260 979 266 294/+260 977 784 971 for clarifications. All submissions should be sent by 28th February, 2020. Only complete applications will be accepted and assessed by the selection committee based on the above requirements.
The Cheshire Homes Society of Zambia Inclusive Education Project is positively impacting the lives of more than 400 children with disabilities in Eastern Province through various intervention. The Project recently facilitated Emmanuel Phiri aged 15yrs old with physical disability and in grade 4 for surgery.
Emmanuel had an injury which caused dislocation of the bones and eventual physical disability. His family was unable to sponsor him for treatment in Lusaka due to inadequate finances. Upon being enrolled at Kabvumbe school (Petauke), the Inclusive Education Project facilitated for his travel to Lusaka and was treated at Beit Cure Hospital. Emmanuel is now ok and even able to play football with his friends.
Upon being interviewed Emmanuel Phiri indicated as follows, “I am extremely grateful to Cheshire Homes Society of Zambia for helping me to get my normal life back and I can now even play football with my friends. May God continue to bless Cheshire.”
Cheshire Homes Society Zambia has been a part of many a child / person with a disability’s life and we shall continue to be there for many more,with the help and support of all out there,those that have been with us all this while (we are eternally grateful) and those yet to come forth,the future is bright if we stand together. #leavenoonebehind
(Below are pictures of Emmanuel and friends.Starting with Before the surgery and then followed by after the surgery as he plays with friends.)
Last week, on the 5th of July,2019, the Youths with Disabilities attended the parliamentarian sitting. They were monitoring parliamentarian debates to assess how often motions on disability issues are raised by parliamentarians during their sittings.
The Youth Actions on the ‘Implementation and Monitoring of Disability Rights in Zambia’ Project under Cheshire Homes Society of Zambia is funded by the European Union to empower Youths with Disabilities to advocate for their rights. #nooneshouldbeleftbehind
More on their findings and experience to be published in the next blog.