Monday, 9 January 2012

UNDP - Amkeni WaKenya Thematic Resource Persons Consultancy Services for Individual Contractors

Post Title: Thematic Resource Persons

Consultant: Short-Term Consultant (Individual Contractors)

Agency / Project Name: UNDP Kenya / Amkeni WaKenya Facility

1. General Background

Amkeni WaKenya is a UNDP led facility set up to promote democratic governance in Kenya. The name “Amkeni WaKenya” is inspired by the second stanza of the National Anthem that calls upon all Kenyans to arise and actively participate in nation building.

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.

Participating development partners include the Royal Netherlands Embassy (RNE), the Embassy of Sweden Embassy of Norway, the European Union and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

At the time of inception Amkeni WaKenya operated on the basis of three pillars, namely grant making, capacity building and learning & knowledge management; however these pillars have now been modified and are known as programme delivery methodologies.

AMKENI WAKENYA is thus seeking Thematic Resource Persons to facilitate trainings and drafting of research papers and training materials for Amkeni WaKenya partner CSOs with a view to addressing their gaps relating to thematic knowledge and competencies.

2. Objectives of the Assignment

To enhance thematic and technical knowledge and competencies of Amkeni WaKenya partner organizations in the areas of devolution, human rights, access to justice and electoral processes

3. The Task

AMKENI WAKENYA is seeking consultants to facilitate trainings and drafting of research papers and training materials for Amkeni WaKenya partner CSOs on devolution, human rights access to justice and electoral processes.

The consultants will work under the guidance of the Capacity Building Specialist and will be required to work with designated officers within Amkeni WaKenya Programme Management Unit (PMU).

4. Scope of Work and Responsibilities

The scope of work for this ToR shall include but not be limited to:

I. Participate in periodic or on-demand review of Amkeni WaKenya capacity assessment tools on thematic knowledge and competencies.

II. Undertake capacity assessments for CSO partners on varied aspects of thematic knowledge and competencies

III. As Resource Persons, facilitate capacity building interventions (training workshops, seminars and roundtable discussions) under guidance of the Capacity Building Specialist

IV. Write researched papers and training materials on thematic issues (some of which may be the subject of capacity building interventions).

V. Participate in reviews of capacity building interventions

VI. Draft training materials on thematic areas

VII. The Assignment will at times entail travel outside Nairobi at short notice

5. Deliverables
  • The Consultants shall deliver capacity intervention reports (for capacity building activities assigned to them).
  • Submission of concept papers, research papers and training materials as may be required
  • Successful delivery of capacity interventions using participatory methods; e.g. conducting a participatory training workshop, seminar or roundtable and providing training materials as well.
  • Submission of quality reports documenting the interventions.
  • Submission of quality draft training materials
6. Provision of Monitoring and Progress Controls

The Consultants shall be reporting to the Capacity Building Specialist in Amkeni WaKenya Facility.

7. Duration of Assignment, Duty Station and Expected Places of Travel

The Consultants will be contracted up to December 5th 2012. Some travel outside Nairobi might be required during the duration of the assignment.

8. Consultant Presence Required on Duty Station/UNDP Premises

Consultants will work from Amkeni WaKenya or any other location as may be called upon

9. Qualifications, Skills & Experience

The Consultants selected will have the following expertise:
  • Minimum - Masters University Degree in Arts, Law, Human Rights or equivalent
  • S/he should have 4 years’ experience of institutional capacity development interventions targeting civil society organizations in Kenya or in East African Region, in either or combination of the following thematic areas; devolution, human rights, access to justice and/or electoral processes
  • Good knowledge of civil society organizations in the democratic governance sector in Kenya or East Africa
  • Excellent facilitation and training skills
  • Excellent track record in academic writing and publications
  • Experience in undertaking similar assignments in Kenya
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision
10. Application Procedure

Interested and qualified candidates should submit their applications with the subject clearly marked as follows: Amkeni WaKenya- Thematic Resource Persons

Please complete a current P11 form, CVs (3 pages Maximum per CV) containing a comprehensive profile of similar or comparable consultancies and referees to: to reach us on or before 20thJanuary 2012.

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



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