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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Act! Electoral Conflict Mapping Exercise Consultancy in Kenya

Act Change Transform (Act!)
Terms of Reference
Electoral Conflict Mapping Exercise
Ref: ACT-CM-10-2017
Consultancy
Nairobi
Background: Act Change Transform (Act!) is a non-governmental organization working in the field of Capacity Development and Grants Management.
Act! together with its implementing partners has contributed to country’s results in peace building and conflict transformation, democracy and human rights, livelihoods and environment and natural resource management.
Act! through its Democracy and Human Rights (DHR) program intends to implement activities with a view to preventing and mitigating electoral conflicts in Garissa, Lamu and Tana River Counties.
One of the activities to be carried out is a conflict mapping exercise in the three counties.
The objective of the conflict mapping activity is to consolidate findings from conflict mapping exercises that have been carried out in the past by Act! and other actors such as the Uwiano Platform for Peace with the aim of validating and updating the findings especially as regards to emerging and dynamic electoral related conflicts, identifying response strategies and identifying actors to be engaged in the electoral conflict mitigation and management activities.
The conflict mapping exercise will therefore be instrumental in identifying areas where electoral related conflicts are likely to arise and the nature of interventions that would be needed to mitigate them.
In this regard, Act! seeks to engage the services of a consultant to conduct the conflict mapping exercise.
2.0 Objectives of the county conflict mapping exercise
  • Undertake review of recent conflict mapping studies and collect data to update gaps related to electoral conflicts in Garissa, Lamu and Tana River counties and to develop a report which will provide an assessment of key and emerging conflict dynamics and causes of conflict as well as suggested solutions.
  • Undertake CSO mapping which includes a listing, description of activities, areas of operation and capacities, contact and other details of current CSOs and their capacities, as well as other stakeholders engaged in electoral conflict mitigation and management activities.
  • Identify any existing county level conflict early warning and response structures and systems and assess their effectiveness.
3.0 Proposed Approach
The approach will involve among others literature review, field visits/research and a validation workshop.
The detailed approach will be as follows:
  • Desk review: The consultant will undertake literature review of the recent conflict mapping assessments that have been carried out by Act! and other actors. Any gaps identified especially regarding electoral conflicts will inform field research.
  • Field Research: The consultant will suggest a representative sample based on an agreed criterion and will collect data using a variety of methods including questionnaires, key informant interviews, focus group discussions, observation and photography among others. The data will be collected from government officials, CSOs, community leaders, women, youth, among others.
  • Validation workshop: The consultant will produce a report that will be presented to stakeholders in a validation meeting and the feedback used to finalize the reports.
4.0 Reporting and Supervision
The consultant will work under the overall supervision of the DHR Program Coordinator and with support from the Monitoring and Evaluation Manager and Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation Manager.
The deliverables will be assessed against the provisions of this scope of work set for the assignment.
5.0 Deliverables
  • Draft Conflict Assessment Report: This report will have detailed information analysing and updating the findings of past conflict assessment reports, noting conflict drivers, pull and push factors, security situation and roles, success and failures of different stakeholders such as government, CSOs, community leaders, religious institutions, business leaders, women etc. The report will also outline existing county based early warning and response systems/mechanisms, assess their effectiveness and highlight their plans towards mitigating and responding to conflict situation before, during and after the 2017 general elections. This report will be reviewed by Act! staff and subjected to stakeholder review during a validation workshop.
  • Final Conflict Assessment Reports: A final report incorporating comments from both the Act! reviewers and the validation workshop will be submitted to Act!
  • Detailed Map: This will include contact information of CSOs engaged in electoral conflict mitigation and management activities.
The Conflict Mapping Report will have the following:
  • Cover/title and other preliminary pages (acknowledgement, preface, forward
  • Executive summary
  • Introduction/Background
  • Methodology
  • Findings
  • Recommendations and strategies for programming
6.0 Duration of the Assignment
This task will be carried out over a period of 15 days.
7.0 Selection Procedure
Qualified consultants are requested to submit their expression of interest elaborating the methodology and indicating the fees electronically in PDF format quoting the reference number ACT-CM-10-2017 to hr.admin@act.or.ke.
The deadline for submission of applications is Wednesday 1st March 2017 at 5:00pm East African Time.
Act! is an equal opportunities employer.
Note: All materials to be developed under this assignment are property of Act! and may not be cited or reproduced under any circumstances

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