Request for expression of interest

Region: East Africa
Office: Nairobi
Hours: To be determined
Application deadline: April 7, 2020

About Hivos

Hivos is an international organisation that seeks new solutions to persistent global issues. With smart projects in the right places, we oppose discrimination, inequality, abuse of power and the unsustainable use of our planet’s resources. Counterbalance alone, however, is not enough. Our primary focus is achieving structural change. This is why we cooperate with innovative businesses, citizens and their organisations. We share a dream with them of sustainable economies and inclusive societies.

Background

Hivos East Africa has been implementing the ‘Empowering informal civil society in the Eastern Africa border regions project (Cross border project)’. The project is a pilot that seeks to enable trustworthy personalities of the informal civil society and among pastoralists to integrate their expertise into debates on resource planning and implementation and to bring them into dialogue among themselves and with relevant stakeholders. It also seeks to reinforce existing good practices of trustworthy personalities through documentation on positive practices. The project is implemented at the Kenya- Uganda border and targets communities in the Turkana and Moroto regions.

Consultancy description

Hivos East Africa is seeking the services of a consultant, under the Cross Border Project. The consultant is expected to facilitate ‘Communities of Practise’ sessions in Lodwar and Moroto regions, which are at the border of Kenya and Uganda.

The ‘Communities of Practise’ sessions are gatherings where project partners, supported by experts and the Hivos programme team will lead in the selection, testing and documentation of approaches and practices, under the project, that are considered effective and have potential for use on a broader scale.

The consultant is expected to;

  • Have a good understanding of the key issues regarding the cross border regions, civil society in these regions, the mechanisms for public participation and governance amongst pastoralist communities, and public participation in natural resources management processes, amongst pastoralist communities.
  • Review the context, assessing the relevance of proposed intervention thus far under the project
  • Facilitate 2 communities of practise sessions, in Lodwar and Moroto regions, with a focus selection, testing and documentation of approaches and practices, under the project, that are considered effective and have potential for use on a broader scale.

Scope of the consultancy

The consultant is expected to:

  • Deliver two – 2 day-  communities of practise sessions, which will be held 1 month part. 1 in Lodwar, Kenya and 1 in Moroto, Uganda. The sessions will target project partners, pastoralists and local leaders from Lodwar and Moroto regions.

Key deliverables

The consultant is expected to deliver the following:

  • Guiding materials for the communities of practise sessions based on desktop research, project documents review and discussions with Hivos, partner’s project staff.
  • A programme for the communities of practise sessions to be held in Lodwar, Kenya and Moroto, Uganda
  • Prepare guiding questions for the programme sessions
  • Two reports detailing proceedings of each session.

Expected Outcome

The expected outcome of the ‘Communities of Practise’ sessions is the documentation of standards and practises to guide implementation of projects aimed at promoting participation of communities in NRM in border lands. The documentation will be shared with different stakeholders, donors and organisations for information and scaling up purposes.

Competencies

The consultant should:

  1. Have a good understanding of the civil society in cross Border regions dynamics, public participation and governance process among pastoralist communities and mechanisms for communities’ involvement in natural resources management.
  2. Be well versed with civic engagement models, modalities around successful public participation, and community involvement in natural resources management.
  3. Demonstrate at least 4 years’ experience in moderating, facilitating communities of practise sessions, especially targeted at civil society in cross border regions.
  4. Have at least 5 years of relevant experience in working with civil society on public participation, community involvement in natural resources management. Experience working with civil society in cross border regions will be an added advantage. A good understanding of the topography in the Turkana and Moroto areas will be an added advantage.
  5. Have a Bachelor’s degree in the social sciences, arts, or a related and relevant field.
  6. Have excellent planning and facilitation skills.
  7. Be excellent in written and spoken English.

Consultancy duration

The assignment will run for 7 days, including preparatory activities. The actual Communities’ of practise sessions will be held a month a part as indicated in the preceding sections.

A copy of the detailed terms of reference can be downloaded from this link

Application Process

Interested applicants should send an Expression of Interest (EOI) containing a cover letter, and curriculum vitae outlining why they are best suited for this assignment, a technical and financial proposal (budget indicative of daily and total rates) and references of 3 previous assignments of a similar nature. The Expression of Interest should not exceed seven (7) pages.

All applications should be sent to the address eastafricajobs@hivos.org, and received by 7 April 2020, 5.00pm (EAT). The email subject should read: EOI- Communities of Practice sessions. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.