Kenya: Material Development Consultant

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Organization: International Foundation for Electoral Systems
Country: Kenya
Closing date: 14 Feb 2018

1. BACKGROUND**

IFES GAC program seeks to increase civic participation of marginalized groups specifically women, youth and persons with disability. The program is designed to reduce barriers to participation while implementing activities to increase participation of these groups. One of barriers that this programs seeks to address is access to knowledge to encourage more structured conversations in the civic space. In addition, the program will also seek to empower by way of peer-peer engagement a group of women from the informal settlements of Kayole, Embakasi East constituency.

Following the finalization of the materials, the same will be translated into a citizen friendly version that the women can use in their day to day interaction and increase their civic engagement and knowledge.

The program is seeking a consultant with an in-depth understanding and detailed knowledge of devolution and its implementation within the county government structure at the grass root level.

2. OBJECTIVE & TASKS

The objective of this consultancy is to develop a simplified guide book on opportunities/ways for engagement with the county government to improve pubic civic engagement, particularly women.

As such, consultant will be required to:

Ø Conduct a review of the Constitution of Kenya 2010 and the core devolution legislation with a view of identifying key opportunities for public participation and citizen engagement.

Ø Cross check with the County governments act, the public finance act and the Kenya Vision 2030 and other policy documents to ensure that identified priorities for development are infused into the booklet.

Ø Undertake a desk review of past performance of county governments as it relates to public participation and identify the county government development priorities as per the CIDP, and provide information on how to infuse that knowledge with others.

Ø Develop a citizen engagement booklet, that would be used to train and provide information on the best way for citizens especially from the informal settlements can engage in development in their community (more specifically women)

Ø Consultant will be required to prepare a short presentation on their understanding of the assignment.

Ø To facilitate and train women from informal settlements (both literate and illiterate) on the guide and how to identify opportunities for engagement at the grassroots level.

3. ASSIGNMENT DURATION

The assignment is for a fixed period of 2 weeks which will commence immediately after signing of the contract.

4. DELIVERABLES

Ø Outline of the engagement guide

Ø Engagement guide – simplified citizen’s version

Ø Training/ facilitation notes/ Training structure for both illiterate and the literate groups of women.

5. REQUIRED EXPERIENCE

Consultant should have experience and a proven track record in the following areas:

Ø Comprehensive knowledge of Governance and Devolution in Kenya, implementation of the devolved structures and opportunities for engagement both by the county officials as well as by citizens.

Ø Public participation laws at it relates to citizen participation in governance with a strong focus on the public finance management including the history of budgeting in Kenya, its evolution, the new budget process, oversight, opportunities for engagement among others.

Ø County government engagement

Ø Engagement with the civil society on citizen participation especially as related to CIDP, and their public participation as well as public finance, budgeting and county governments, national treasury, among others.

Ø Research and training on public finance management at either arm of the National Government or County Government (i.e. County Executive or County Assembly)

Ø Developing training or reference materials or other publications is desirable

Ø Excellent facilitation, communication, writing and presentation skills, particularly working with grassroots organizations and/or groups.

How to apply:

All applications should be sent to kenyarecruit@ifes.org not later than 5pm, February 14, 2018.

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