Consultancy: Social Accountability Guide

Jan 11, 2024


Facilitate the development of a simplified and responsive social accountability guide for application by the care workers as the reference document of enhancing their participation in development planning and budgeting by the County Governments
Organizational Background
Youth Alive! Kenya (herein referred to as Y.A.K.) is a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) that advocates for and supports youth participation in development processes. Y.A.K. envisions “A society where young people are empowered to realize their full potential”. The organization currently works with over eighty-four (84) youth organizations in twelve (12) Counties in Kenya.
We also seek to strengthen youth participation in the development agenda in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) targets at the county, national, regional and global levels. Y.A.K. seeks to break the self-perpetuating cycle of exclusion of young people so that they may actively chart and address issues affecting their well-being and development. Y.A.K.’s projects are based on three thematic pillars i.e. Good governance; Economic Empowerment and Livelihoods; and Social wellbeing and Equity.
Background to the assignment.
In partnership with Oxfam in Kenya, and Kenya Union of Domestic Hotel, Educational Institutions, Hospitals and Allied Workers (KUDHEIHA), Youth Alive! Kenya is implementing the ‘Time to Care Kenya’ (TTC) project; a gender transformative initiative that aims at improving gender equality and care infrastructure for women and girls. TTC aims at addressing inequalities in paid and unpaid care work with interventions that aim at recognizing, redistributing, and reducing unpaid care, rewarding paid care workers, particularly domestic workers, with more decent work and wages, and in promoting representation, social dialogue, and collective organizing and bargaining for paid care workers.
The project aims at enhancing advocacy capacity through collective organizing thereby connecting women with larger networks resulting in political and social influence to levels needed to affect prioritization of care infrastructure and policy implementation. We aim at developing influencing strategies, tools and mechanisms to hold the government to account on gender-transformative structural changes.
Y.A.K is thus seeking the services of a consultant/group of consultants with appropriate knowledge, skills, experience, and competency to facilitate the development of a simplified and responsive social accountability guide for application by the care workers as the reference document of enhancing their participation in development planning and budgeting by the County Governments within targeted Counties of Kiambu, Mombasa and Nairobi. We ultimately aim to adapt the social accountability guide and disseminate it within the different counties and care worker federations.

The objective of this consultancy.

The purpose of this consultancy is to develop a simplified and responsive social accountability guide, from an existing Social Accountability tool as well as other relevant material, for application by care workers as the reference document of enhancing their participation in development planning and budgeting by the County Governments.
Specific Objectives
The main objectives are as follows:
a.)Review existing social accountability guides in development planning and budgeting within the care sector and in other relevant fields.
b.)Develop a user-friendly social accountability guide tailored to the specific needs and literacy levels of care workers.
Scope of Work
The assessment should cover the following areas:
a.)Identify strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats related to care workers’ engagement in development planning and budgeting. This will guide project implementation
b.)Develop a simplified and user-friendly social accountability guide specifically tailored for care workers.
c.)Ensure the guide addresses the unique challenges faced by care workers and provides practical steps for their involvement in development planning and budgeting.
d.)Modify the guide based on the feedback obtained.
Expected outputs
The consultant will produce the following:

a.)Project report including a summary of the process, key findings and status of accountability efforts in the care space and recommendations.
b.)A simplified and care responsive social accountability guide for application by the care workers.

The assignment is expected to be completed within 30 days from the commencement date. The timeline will be agreed upon before the initiation of the review.

Profile of consultant(s)
a.)Education qualification: A minimum of Master’s Degree in Gender Studies, Project Management, Community Development, Public Policy, Law and/or other related postgraduate degrees or commensurate experience in lieu of an advanced degree.
b.)Proven experience in developing social accountability tools or guides.
c.)Familiarity with gender transformative initiatives and issues related to care work.
d.)Strong understanding of the local context, governance structures, and policies in Kiambu, Mombasa, and Nairobi.
e.)Excellent facilitation and communication skills.
f.)Ability to engage with diverse stakeholders, including care workers, government officials, and NGOs.
g.)Previous experience working on projects related to gender equality and women’s rights is desirable.

Management of the consultancy
The contracting and management of this consultancy will be under Youth Alive! Kenya.
Application process
Interested and qualified individuals should submit to hr@youthalivekenya.org the following:
1.)Concept note outlining understanding of the task, methodology, work plan/timelines.
2.)Financial proposal in Ksh.
3.)Proof and confirmation of availability during the consultancy period.
4.)Current CV demonstrating experience in similar tasks
5.)Proof of having done a similar assignment (attach reports).
6.)List of at least 3 referees with contacts.

Indicating the position of the application on the subject line of the application email, applications should reach Y.A.K on or before 19th January 2024 by CoB.

The budget for this engagement is capped at KES. 200,000.


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