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ToRs for a consultancy to conduct a Research and Analysis of Key Corruption Reports from National and County Oversight Institutions

Terms of Reference (ToRs) for a consultancy to conduct a Research and Analysis of Key Corruption Reports from National and County Oversight Institutions and Re-packaging them to Communicate Actual Cost of Corruption to the Individual and Communities

ABOUT INFORMACTION

InformAction (IFA) is a Kenya based high impact, cutting edge human rights and social justice organization that uses film and community discussions to get ordinary people to recognize and stand up for their rights, cast away their fear and/or awe of power and create demands for accountability, good governance and respect for human rights. IFA uses video and film to profile the demands for change through innovative media and action. It has focused on impunity, governance, and justice for victims of political violence and other acts of leadership and governance failure.

IFA operates through highly mobile field teams – a team leader/coordinator, a camera person, a community researcher and a driver; using a video camera, a video editing kit, a screen, a projector and car – to make and show films to thousands of ordinary people throughout Kenya every week. Experienced activists and facilitators lead community discussions on human rights, justice and governance, while video journalists film the discussions and record incidents of human rights abuses for subsequent community discussion and action.

In an environment that has become increasingly difficult for civil society and free expression, IFA uses its unique methodology to by-pass control, gatekeeping, corruption and censorship. IFA’s video camera persons and community researchers also engage in targeted, meticulous investigative journalism to collect information and expose abuses of human rights, abuse of public office, failure of leadership and governance. The findings of these investigations are turned into feature films for public broadcast in order to spur debate and action.

IFA’s work is informed by the belief that sustainable, progressive, democratic change requires an informed citizenry empowered to speak truth to power. It uses films and discussions to catalyze ordinary people to hold peaceful actions to demand accountability and change. By screening films in the regions and holding dynamic community discussions, IFA encourages diverse opinions within communities, and cross-community empathy and understanding.

IFA believes that sustainable change in society needs the weakest population groups to be empowered to challenge the status quo. It achieves this by creating a network of formal and informal Human Rights Defenders among ordinary citizens in marginalized and conflict-affected areas. It uses a philosophy of contributive participation that requires citizens to contribute and participate by their free will and personal motivation, rather than because of financial incentives or by using hand-picked audiences. By targeting the demand side of change, IFA seeks to counteract the trend towards an increasingly divided Kenya that has seen the rapid erosion of freedoms, and especially the suppression of dissent within communities.

Organizational philosophy

IFA’s vision is an informed and empowered society that speaks truth to power and demands accountability and social justice. Its mission is to inform and empower communities in Kenya in order to catalyze public debate and action for a just and accountable society.

PROBLEM STATEMENT

Corruption has become an endemic problem in Kenya and its attendant consequence of fueling inequality is worsening. There is a national acknowledgement of it as an existential problem, but there are many gaps in the approaches to fighting corruption. Information gaps among citizens on the genesis, manifestations and consequences of corruption lead to minimal conviction on citizens’ personal responsibility and role in fighting corruption. Profiling corrupt individuals as heroes and champions of their communities and political associations is a major gap in the public discourse on the cost of corruption on society. This gap further compounds into the failure to assign a heavy political and social cost on corruption by society. There have been credible attempts by individual citizens, local communities and civil society organizations to contribute to the fight against corruption but limited cooperation and collaboration between these parties has limited the effectiveness of these attempts. Over reliance on judicial and administrative interventions as the principal approaches to fighting corruption also manifests as a major gap.

PROPOSED ACTION

InformAction (IFA) seeks to address runaway mega and everyday petty corruption as part of the key drivers of inequality in Kenya. It seeks to address the information gaps among citizens on the various dimensions and manifestations of corruption and its cost in very practical terms in people’s lives. It also seeks to address information gaps on approaches and tools available to citizens for fighting inequality by targeting corruption as a primary source and driver of inequality. IFA seeks to facilitate a collaborative approach to fighting corruption by civil society organizations and local community initiatives. It seeks to address the frustration and inefficiencies caused by the disparate and scattered efforts of CSOs and community initiatives against corruption. It also seeks to address the current profiling of corrupt individuals as heroes and champions of their communities and political associations. Through this project, IFA seeks to promote the social and political profiling of corruption for what it is and its dire consequences on society, especially with regard to its fueling of inequality. It seeks to demonstrate through this project that judicial and administrative approaches to fighting corruption are inadequate and must be complemented by promotion of public discourse that assigns a heavy social and political price on corruption. The project thus seeks to put the ordinary citizen at the center of identifying corruption for what it is, profiling it correctly and punishing it severely themselves through social and political instruments.

IFA further seeks to deal with the abundance of ignorance and inaction by citizens on issues of corruption in spite of the widespread complaints on how citizens’ quality of life is being adversely affected. IFA seeks to help provide evidence based information on what corruption costs citizens in very practical terms, in relation to what the public resources lost through corrupt acts could do in order to improve the quality of lives of Kenyans. Through this project, IFA will also deal with the lack of well-informed, systematic and deliberate collective action by citizens against corruption. Attempts at fighting corruption are so far disparate and largely focused on what the state can do through judicial and administrative actions. IFA seeks to highlight the responsibility of citizens to inform themselves, mobilize, plan and execute joint civic actions aimed at exposing and punishing corruption through means other than judicial and administrative, including social and political profiling.

OBJECTIVES OF THE CONSULTANCY OVERALL OBJECTIVES

The overall objective of the consultancy is to provide information that will lead to a national public narrative that accurately profiles the social, political and economic cost of corruption on the people. This should enable, communities to assign social, political and economic consequences on the perpetrators.

SPECIFIC OBJECTIVES

The specific objectives of the consultancy are the following:

  1. To review and analyze key corruption reports from national and county oversight institutions (Auditor General, EACC, County Assembly Oversight Committees) to and develop a comprehensive report on the status of corruption within the country.

  2. To review the implementation and compliance of anti-corruption policies and legislative frameworks.

  3. Determine the level of corruption awareness; understanding and capacity for corruption analysis, reporting and monitoring among the communities.

  4. Re-package the key corruption reports from national and county oversight institutions to communicate the actual cost of corruption to the individual and communities.

SCOPE OF WORK

Country – Kenya

Western Base – Kisumu, Vihiga,Kakamega South

Nyanza Base – Kisii, Nyamira, Migori,

Coast Base – Mombasa, Kwale, Kilifi,

Nairobi Base – Nairobi

The consultant will be expected to work in Nairobi and one county in each region.

EXPECTED OUTPUTS FROM THE CONSULTANCY
The key deliverables of this consultancy will be:

The consultant is expected to provide the following:

  1. Inception meeting with the key stakeholders in the various sectors.

  2. Draft research paper on key corruption incidences among the political class in selected counties. This should include all annexes of detailed work done and discussions/focus meetings held.

  3. Engage various stakeholders in contributing to and validating the research paper;

  4. Simplified corruption info-packs on the key corruption reports from national and county oversight institutions to communicate the actual cost of corruption to the individual and communities.

  5. To draft an MS PowerPoint presentation, to be included with the Final Report, that will describe the aims, methodology, and main results that may be used in community governance forums. All reports will be submitted in English and in digital form, preferably in MS Word and/or PowerPoint format.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATION AND SKILLS

The responsible consultant is expected to work with a high degree of independence coupled with proactive planning and a collaborative approach for the involvement of all key stakeholders. In addition, the following qualifications and experience are desired:

  1. The consultant must have obtained at least a university degree in Economics, law, Political Science, Social Affairs or Public Administration, Security Studies or related subjects,

  2. At least 8 years of experience in democracy, economics, governance and/or political Science; experience in economic governance would be an advantage,

  3. Experience in applying statistical models and analyzing data from a variety of sources,

  4. Experience in developing reliable data-gathering tools,

    1. Written and oral proficiency in English is required;
  5. Experience in undertaking corruption related research

  6. Any experience working with county governments would be an added advantage.

Core competencies
• Ability to research, collate and synthesize a range of information and data (qualitative and quantitative) into useful, strategic and practical analysis and recommendations.

• Demonstrates sensitivity, tact and diplomacy, and projects a positive image.

• Able to handle confidential and politically sensitive issues in a responsible and mature manner and appropriately.

• Managerial experience in organizational development including granting making through consortia.

• Ability to write high quality and concise technical reports with high proficiency in written and spoken English, within agreed terms of reference and deadlines.

TIME FRAME

The consultancy will take approximately 30 working days.

PAYMENT

IFA shall cover all costs for travel and meetings pertaining to this research.

How to apply

All interested consultants/firms are requested to write an expression of interest by describing their competence in management and a proposal to show how they will deliver on the identified tasks:

  1. Interpreting the terms of reference

  2. Providing a detailed professional budget in Kenya shillings (indicating daily professional rates) Explaining their competences to meet the requirements of the assignment

  3. Attaching brief technical biographical data of the core team-members

  4. Provide evidence of similar work undertaken in the recent past (not more than 3 years)

All applications should be submitted to [email protected]

Deadline for submission of Expression of Interest and interpretation of terms of reference: 1st March, 2021 at 5:00 PM.

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