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Consultancy Services for Conducting Research on Livelihood in the Sisal Industry of Kenya

Call for Expression of Interest for Consultancy Services for Conducting Research on Livelihood in the Sisal Industry of Kenya

The Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC) is a national NGO with the mission to promote, protect and enhance the enjoyment of all human rights by all individuals and groups.

The KHRC intends to award a 4-month consultancy contract to a highly competent, qualified and experienced research consultant having the relevant technical background, to conduct an evaluation study on the impact of sisal in Taita Taveta, Mogotio and Kibwezi.

Purpose of the Consultancy

The research is a component of a comprehensive programme aimed at assessing the application of agriculture in supporting livelihood in the broader Kenyan context. The study will, specifically, assess the utility of sisal as a source of livelihood, with reference to Taita Taveta, Mogotio and Kibwezi.

Primary Tasks
  • Develop a sampling design and data collection & management protocol.
  • Assist in the recruitment and training of field staff and pre-testing of data collection tools.
  • Map out the social, political and economic context within which the industry has, both historically and currently, existed.
  • Carry out a desk-review of documents including the applicable regulatory framework, standards and norms.
  • Conduct field-based research on labour and livelihood-based violations as well as best practices in the sisal industry.
  • Co-ordinate collection of data, and its entry into a suitable platform for analysis
  • Analyze and interpret the findings.
  • Generation empirical data on the manner and magnitude of the benefits of the sisal industry to the national and respective local economies.
  • Develop and submit the first draft of the research findings and recommendations by April 4th and the final draft by April 25th, 2011.
Competencies Required
  • Strong research capability.
  • Familiarity and understanding of livelihood issues, including the dynamics of land ownership and use and the relevant regulatory frameworks.
  • Experience with both qualitative and quantitative methodology
  • Writing skills, attested by past written papers.
  • Ability to interact effectively with local communities and as apart of a technical team.
  • Availability to meet project deadlines.
Interested consultants/consultancy firms are requested to submit their expression of interest stating their capability, proposed work-plan, proposed budget, curriculum vitae of lead consultant, contacts of three referees and a short description of similar projects undertaken.

Expression of Interest must be submitted no later than 5.00 pm on November 16, 2010 only by email to and include “EOI to Conduct Livelihood Survey,” on the subject line of the email.

The KHRC is an equal opportunity employer and considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to age, disability, ethnicity, race, gender, gender identity, health status, marital status, religion, marital status, sexual orientation, or any other ground upon which discrimination could occur.

Only short listed candidates will be contacted.

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