TOR - DOCUMENTATION OF SCORE SUCCESS STORIES AND STRATEGIES (ACT-SS-01-2019)Date: 17 January 2019
Organization: Act Change Transform
Closing date: 30 Jan 2019
Act Change Transform (Act!) is a local Non-Governmental Organization whose mission is to facilitate the empowerment of marginalized people and communities in Kenya and neighboring countries, to become active participants in their development by enabling them to: stand up for their rights; demand good governance in the management of resources; and participate in decision making processes. Act! does this through implementing partners, offering them capacity development, management of grants so that value for money is achieved and providing strategic leadership in national advocacy for the benefit of women, youth, people with disabilities and other marginalized communities.
Act! approaches its development work through three broad programmatic areas namely; Peace Building and Conflict Transformation, Democracy and Human Rights, Environment and Natural Resources Management.
Act!’s vision is “***Empowered citizens and communities living a productive life in dignity”*** while its mission is to “***to support, partner with and to develop local organizations to be effective agents of lasting positive change***”
Full Versions of the TOR are also available on the Act! website
Since 2014, Act! has been implementing the Strengthening Community Resilience against Extremism (SCORE) Program with support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Kenya and East Africa Mission. The 5-year program integrates programming that seeks to address the root causes of conflict and violent extremism in the coastal region of Kenya. Key to this is the collaboration between communities at risk and the government (county and national government agencies); providing young people at risk with positive alternatives to enable them resist the lure of extremist groups; and building capacity of local civil society to mobilize communities against insecurity and violent extremism.
The main objective (goal) of SCORE is to address the root causes of conflict and violent extremism and to reduce the allure of potentially radicalizing messages. SCORE has three specific objectives. These are:
Since its inception in October 2014, SCORE has supported 18 key organizations (Sub Awardees) spread across the 6 Counties in the coastal region of Kenya to mitigate conflicts and counter violent extremism (CVE). Currently, it is working with 14 of these sub awardees (partners) in the coastal region of the country to among other things strengthen community resilience against conflict and VE through various approaches such as interfaith dialogues and counter messaging, empowering women and girls to address VE and conflict, advocating for the strengthening and harmonization of policies on CVE and land to mitigate land conflicts, and youth empowerment by expanding economic opportunities and encouraging civic participation to reduce the allure of financial gain from VE and violence. For example, one of the SCORE sub grantees established a support group for mothers and wives of men recruited into terrorist organizations to address their psychosocial needs, link them to economic opportunities, and encourage them to share their stories to prevent further radicalization. Through continuous institutional capacity building, SCORE is creating an empowered cohort of local CSOs to counter VE and conflict.
In 2018, SCORE commissioned a Mid/End of Program (Activity) external evaluation to assess emerging results of SCORE. The draft evaluation report concluded that SCORE contributed to several positive, higher level effects in targeted communities. Interfaith dialogues and targeting of religious leaders, community policing approaches to CVE, women, youth focused interventions, County CVE Action Plans (CAPs) and various community engagements on CVE and conflict mitigation were found out to be some of the outstanding initiatives and approaches that should be documented and replicated. Benefits include greater awareness and discussion among communities about CVE and conflict, a decrease in VE recruitment and greater resilience to VE. Communities talk more openly about VE. There is better understanding of rights, and improved ability of communities to identify signs of radicalization. SCORE activities have contributed to increased trust between civil society and state actors, increased tolerance between different groups, and established or strengthened structures for responding to VE and conflict.
It is against this background that, Act! is seeking to engage the services of a qualified and experienced consultant to document success stories and approaches/strategies that will highlight key results, interventions, successes and challenges as well as recommend future programming in the realm of CVE and conflict mitigation not only in the coastal region of Kenya but the country as a whole.
2.0 Overall Objective
The overall objective of the assignment is to document success stories, CVE strategies/approaches and lessons that provide a clear, in-depth cases and compelling narratives on the efforts by the various actors supported by Act! so far with a focus on results achieved, applicable strategies and challenges faced in the implementation of the program and identify lessons learned and best practices for potential scalability and future programming.
Specifically, the success/impact stories will highlight the following;
3.0 Specific tasks for the Consultancy
In order to achieve the envisaged objectives, the consultant under the overall supervision of the SCORE Chief of Party/Senior Program Manager and with the support from the program teams across the counties will:
The exercise will involve desk review of SCORE program reports and initial discussions with Act! SCORE team to identify and agree on the potential storylines/concepts/strategies/approaches to be documented. This will be followed by site visits to the following counties; Mombasa, Kwale, Kilifi, Tana River, Lamu and Taita Taveta where the program is being implemented, with sites visited depending on the selected stories. The documentation will involve situational analysis, before and after scenarios informed by key informant interviews with both secondary and primary beneficiaries as indicated above.
5.0 Expected Outputs and Deliverables
The consultant will deliver to Act! the following:
6.0 Expertise Required and Qualification
To be eligible to apply for this role the consultant/s must;
7.0 Duration and timing of services
The assignment is expected to take 20 working days from the date of signing the contract.
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