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Research on the Legitimacy of Land Ownership Claims and Gender Perspectives in Land Ownership

Call for Expression of Interest for Consultancy Services for Conducting Research on the Legitimacy of Land Ownership Claims and Gender Perspectives in Land Ownership

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 a legal assessment of claims to land ownership and the land ownership patterns as segregated by gender dynamics in Taita Taveta.

Purpose of the Consultancy

This research aims to assess the legal merit in land ownership claims by residents of and documenting the gender-related handicaps in land ownership in Taita Taveta.

The study will document the historical, social, economic and cultural attributes that impact on land ownership and use and provide the basis for sustainable land reforms.

Primary Tasks
  1. Develop a sampling design and data collection & management protocol;
  2. Assist in the recruitment and training of field staff and pre-testing of data collection tools;
  3. Document the historical, legal context of land ownership in Taita Taveta;
  4. Carry out a desk-review of documents including the applicable legal instruments, regulatory framework, standards and norms;
  5. Conduct field-based research and document land ownership patterns, claims to land ownership and gender-based aberrations in the ownership of land;
  6. To evaluate the legitimacy of claims of illegal or irregular acquisition, ownership and use of land in Taita Taveta;
  7. To evaluate the efficacy of laws, policies and other standards which regulate land acquisition, ownership and use in Taita Taveta;
  8. To generate gender disaggregated empirical data on land ownership patterns in Taita Taveta District;
  9. 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
  • Experience with both qualitative and quantitative methodology;
  • Strong research and analysis capability;
  • Familiarity and understanding of Land law, Conveyancing and Gender protection;
  • Ability to interact effectively with local communities and as apart of a technical team;
  • Availability to meet project deadlines.
Interested consultants are requested to submit their expression of interest stating their capability, proposed work-plan, proposed budget, curriculum vitae, contacts of three referees and a short description of similar projects undertaken or legal briefs taken.

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 Land and Gender 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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