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Consultant Required by IIEC of Kenya

1. Background

In pursuance of its mandate, the Interim Independent Electoral Commission (IIEC) in conjunction with UNDP Amkeni Wakenya is seeking to prepare a Voter Education Handbook on Elective positions under the 2010 Constitution.

The Voter Education Handbook on Elective Positions is intended to provide direction to Kenyans to understand the new electoral system and provide insights into the new structures under the Devolved Government.

Amkeni Wakenya is a UNDP led facility set up to promote democratic governance in Kenya. Amkeni Wakenya was established in July 2008, then known as the “Civil Society Democratic Governance Facility (CSDGF)” and works through Civil Society Organizations in the areas of democracy, human rights, governance reforms, and the integration of a rights based approach in social and economic reforms in Kenya.

The Interim Independent Electoral Commission (IIEC): The Interim Independent Electoral Commission (IIEC) - or its anticipated successor, the Independent Elections and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) - is mandated by the Constitution to manage the electoral process and conduct elections and related activities in the country.

Specifically, Section 88 (4) (g) of the Constitution mandates the electoral body to undertake voter education.

Pursuant to consultations between the two organizations, and in furtherance of shared objectives, the IIEC in partnership with Amkeni Wakenya intends to produce a Handbook and IIEC materials on Elective Offices under the 2010 Constitution. The Handbook will also cover: campaigns, nominations, election regulations, election offences, independent candidates, party lists, election disputes resolution, right of recall etc.

Scope of Consultancy:

a) In consultation with the Director Voter Education and Partnerships at the IIEC, determine the scope, uniqueness, content and methodology of a Voter Education Handbook on Elective Positions and other appropriate IEC materials such as fliers, brochures among others.

 Take a lead role in literature review and research on relevant and appropriate content and messages.

 Provide an inception report outlining how the task will be undertaken including providing clear timelines and milestones.

 Collate, analyze, synthesis and compile a draft voter education handbook on elective positions

 Formulate relevant and appropriate themes, chapters and sub chapters of the handbook

 Develop specific messages to be used in Information, Education and Communication (IIEC) materials.

 Facilitate a minimum of four workshops for IIEC Commissioners, staff and stakeholders to build consensus on the content of the Handbook

 Facilitate one day validation/peer review worship on the handbook and other IIEC materials for 40 stakeholders.

 Take the lead in piloting and pre-testing of IIEC materials

 Work closely with an illustrator in finalizing the handbook

 Submit 2 copies of the final draft of the handbook and IIEC materials in both hard and soft format.

Expert Profile: Skills, Experience & Qualifications

  • Masters Degree in Political Science, Human Rights, Law, Gender and Development, Social Sciences and any other related field.
  • At least 7 years in civic and voter education and democratic governance issues.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the governance sector and political processes in Kenya
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in electoral reform
  • Demonstrated knowledge on political communication and messaging
  • Very good understanding and familiarity with Kenya’s political and socio-economic environment, and the constitution making process;
  • Demonstrable commitment to values of social justice, human rights, inclusivity, diversity, nation building and gender equity;
  • In-depth understanding and knowledge of the work of civil society organizations in Kenya;
  • Demonstrable commitment to values of social justice, human rights, inclusivity, diversity, nation building and gender equity;
  • Good writing and communication skills
  • Cultural awareness and sensitivity
  • Commitment to UNDP and IIEC principles
  • Computer literacy in Microsoft Software and IT packages
Application procedure

Interested and qualified candidates should submit their applications as a team with clear subject “Amkeni WaKenya Mid-Term Review”, complete with current P11 form, CVs (3 pages Maximum per CV) and proposals on undertaking the task to: to reach us on or before 15th July, 2011.

The full Terms of Reference (TOR) and requirements can be viewed by visiting the UNDP
 and the Amkeni Wakenya

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