TERMS OF REFERENCE

REFERENCE NUMBER: TIK/04 /GP/2017

DESCRIPTION: Consultancy to Develop Policy Briefs on Social Vetting, Use of Public Resources in Campaigns and Electoral Reforms

POSTING DATE: 14th August, 2017

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION:  21st August, 2017

Transparency International Kenya (TI-Kenya) is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1999 in Kenya with the aim of developing a transparent and corruption-free society through good governance and social justice initiatives. TI-Kenya is one of the autonomous chapters of the global Transparency International movement that are all bound by a common vision of a corruption-free world. TI-Kenya’s vision is “A transparent, accountable and corruption-free Kenya”.

TI-Kenya through its Governance and Policy programme is implementing a project on ‘‘Voter education for integrity’’ which aims to tackle Accountability and governance challenges by empowering the Citizens to play a key role in undertaking social vetting and ensuring that they elect credible leaders to various public offices in a transparent manner. The Citizens can therefore, vet political aspirants through social vetting forums, and provide information that touches on their integrity to the relevant bodies for action.

Purpose of the Assignment

Given the prevalence of patronage politics, and the minimal political will to push for the observance and implementation of the election related laws, there is need for active citizen participation in pushing for the implementation of the same.

It should be noted that previous elections have been marred by an array of issues some of which include:

  • Allegations of voter bribery during party nominations and campaigns,
  • Allegations of manipulation of lists by parties
  • Rigging allegations

 

TI-Kenya thus seeks to contribute to the generation of knowledge that can help citizens build political capital that will allow them to contribute towards the election of individuals of integrity to public office and strengthen transparency and credibility in the electoral process as envisaged by the Constitution. The success of the proposed campaign and advocacy initiatives would only be possible with the existence of adequate information on the existing gaps. This information can inform dialogue with policy makers, the judiciary and parliament to advocate for change of practice and adherence with existing laws in conducting elections.

TI-Kenya therefore, seeks to engage a consultant for a short term period to develop three policy briefs on social vetting, use of public resources in campaign and electoral reforms. The policy briefs will be used to initiate dialogue with policy makers on the regulatory reforms that can support transparency and accountability during and after elections.

Specific tasks will include:

  1. Reviewing the available laws, policies, regulations that govern election related matters to identify the existing gaps.
  2. Develop policy brief on social vetting outlining the basic principles, best practices, process and recommendations.
  3. Develop policy brief on the existing loopholes that facilitate the use of public resources in campaigns, their effect and propose mitigation measures
  4. Develop a policy brief on electoral reforms with emphasis on transparency, accountability and integrity of the electoral process
  5. Prepare and submit three(3) final policy briefs with actionable recommendations to TI-Kenya for further action

Deliverable

Comprehensive policy briefs on social vetting, use of public resources in campaign and electoral reforms

 

Expected Outcome

Improved transparency and accountability during and after election period

Duration

The consultant will be expected to carry out the assignment within 30 working days. The work is expected to start on 24th of August, 2017.

Qualifications or specialized knowledge/experience required

  1. Master’s Degree in Law or Political Science
  2. Training on Ethics and governance will be an added advantage
  3. At least 5 years’ experience in undertaking research and drafting policies
  4. Excellent understanding of anticorruption issues and electoral governance
  5. Strong communications skills (oral and written)
  6. Proficiency in English is required.

 

Complaints Process

This call for Expression of Interest does not constitute a solicitation and TI-Kenya reserves the right to change or cancel the requirement at any time during the EOI process. TI-Kenya also reserves the right to require compliance with additional conditions as and when issuing the final solicitation documents. Submitting a reply to a call for EOI does not automatically guarantee receipt of the solicitation documents when issued. Invitations to bid or requests for proposals will be issued in accordance with TI-Kenya rules and procedures.

Any grievances and or complaints arising from the evaluation process and final tender award can be addressed, in writing, to the Executive Director and the TI-Kenya Tender Complaints Committee.

Submission of Bids

Qualified candidates are requested to submit one document of not more than 20 pages as an attachment (combining the application letter, technical proposal including the methodology for the assignment, financial proposal and CV with particular emphasis on the previous experience in related areas and at least three professional referees). Do not attach your testimonials or certificates. Only shortlisted candidate/s will be contacted.

The deadline for submission of expressions of interest is on 21st August, 2017.

Applications should be sent by email to procurement@tikenya.org

Please indicate TIK/04/GP/2017- ‘‘Consultancy to develop policy briefs on social vetting, use of public resources in campaign and electoral reforms’’ in the subject line of your email application.

 

Transparency International Kenya will only communicate using the official email address procurement@tikenya.org and does not charge any money during the recruitment process!