Seeking inclusion specialist to develop learning modules and online training (Kenya)

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Seeking inclusion specialist to develop learning modules and online training (Kenya)

February 04th, 2021

Call for proposals: Consultancy for the development of e-learning modules on inclusive participation of PWDs in political parties and delivery of online training

WFD is searching for individual(s) motivated to help create the best conditions for learning and teaching new modules, as part of the conducted in the KIPP programme. This engagement will be completed within 12 consultancy days in February 2021. The deadline for applications is 17.00h EAT on Friday 12th February 2021.   

Terms of reference

Background

The Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) through funding from Demo Finland is implementing Kenya Inclusive Political Parties – abbreviated as KIPP Programme which seeks to to address the critical knowledge gaps within political parties to create and promote more inclusive political discourse, political commitments and policy making. The programme intends to build the capacity of 10 Political Parties to ensure they are more knowledgeable and have adequate capacity to implement inclusive political party reforms specifically for Persons with Disabilities (PWDs), within their structures and processes. The programme further seeks to strengthen the capacity of 10 Disabled Persons Organizations (DPOs) and/or Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) equipping them with the skills to advocate for political participation and representation of PWDs in political parties.

It is in this regard that, WFD Kenya is seeking a consultant to develop e- learning modules on inclusive participation of PWD in political parties and conduct a capacity building, online training for 15 Trainers of Trainers (TOTs) from DPOs and CSOs on political party structures, nomination processes/procedures, contesting for elections and candidature in response to the strategic and practical political inclusion needs of PWDs.

The primary target of this e-learning modules will be the DPOs and CSOs working on inclusion who will be trained as Trainers of Trainers (ToTs) to better engage duty bearers on the inclusion of PWDs in politics and to further be able to deliver training to their members on political party structures, nomination processes/ procedures, contesting for election and candidature.

Context

The Kenya Inclusive Political Parties – KIPP programme realizes that Political Parties are crucial institutions in engagement and participation of Persons with Disabilities in political processes. Political Parties, Disabled Persons Organizations (DPO) and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) are often not well informed about the importance of inclusion of vulnerable groups (PWDs) in party processes, systems, and practices thus rendering PWDs excluded from party activities.

As identified in WFD’s Baseline report findings, CSO voices are often drowned out (or not present at all) within political dialogues. Indeed, a key barrier to citizen engagement in Kenya is due to a lack of understanding of how to effectively engage decision makers and duty bearers, as well as a lack of adequate or sufficient opportunities to do so in a frank, open and constructive way. Further, strategic investment is needed to ensure CSO groups can meaningfully engage and strategically advocate for inclusive policies and reforms to political parties; have opportunities to directly engage parties; and are crucially equipped with the skills to mobilize and conduct these activities effectively.

To address this, the WFD KIPP programme is focusing on providing targeted capacity building to relevant CSO and DPOs groups that have the reach and breadth for onward dissemination of learnings and upscaling of knowledge and skills to their networks and the wider PWD community. These training modules are expected to include relevant skills to assist DPOs and CSOs to escalate the information further to their members on issues of inclusion and participation within the political parties. Further to this the skills are intended to provide the trainees with advocacy skills to ensure the CSOs/DPOs can strategically engage the political parties on inclusion of PWDs within the party activities.

Assignment

In realization that DPOs and CSOs voices are most often drowned out within political dialogues WFD intends to engage a consultant(s) in the development of modules on inclusive participation of PWDs in political parties and further deliver a ToT training on the modules that will ensure customized capacity development of Disabled Persons Organizations (DPOs) and/or Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) to be more knowledgeable and have the capacity to advocate for political participation and representation of PWDs in political parties.

Approach

The approach shall include the development of e- learning modules, that provides a comprehensive training guide on party structures, nomination processes, contesting for elections and candidature which will draw learning from existing political inclusion policies and frameworks on the desired content. The modules should include practical examples, simulation exercises that illustrate impact of promotion of disability inclusion in political parties through party structures, nomination processes and contesting for elections.

The approach should include provision of a tool to document lessons and monitoring actions derived from the training and for further use by the TOTs in documenting lessons derived from their training sessions.

Upon the development of the e- learning modules WFD KIPP programme shall organize structured online capacity building training of trainers from the DPOs /CSOs. The consultant shall thus advise, devise, and deliver strategies aimed at strengthening the capacity building element of the programme.

Deliverables

WFD through the KIPP programme is therefore seeking to engage a qualified and reputable independent contractor /firm to support development of the e-learning modules, and delivery of the ToT training of the DPOs/CSOs.

Specifically, the independent consultant will be expected to:

During Preparation phase – 2 technical days

  • Develop an inception report that includes a training needs assessment tool, captures the proposed methodology, delivery plan, assumptions, anticipated risks, and mitigating strategies.

During Content Development phase – 5 technical days

  • Development of e- learning modules on inclusive participation of PWDs in political parties.
  • The focus and main topics of the e- learning modules shall be: –
  • Party structures
  • Nomination processes
  • Vying for elections
  • Candidature
  • Advocacy skills

The content should provide knowledge and skills that will ensure CSO and DPOs groups are able to meaningfully engage and strategically advocate for inclusive policies and reforms by political parties; and be equipped with the skills to mobilize and conduct these activities effectively and escalate this knowledge further to their members.

In addition to the above focal areas, any other additional critical areas shall be jointly agreed upon by WFD and the consultant before commissioning of the assignment.

Additionally, within the content development phase, the independent contractor shall:

  • Develop a tool for documentation of lessons and monitoring implementation of action plans derived from the training.

Delivery Phase – 3 technical days

  • Deliver the online training of trainer’s sessions guided by the modules developed i.e. full three days training that can be broken down into half day sessions as will be agreed upon during the delivery.
  • Administer a tool for documentation of lessons and monitoring implementation of action plans derived from the training.

Reporting Phase – 2 technical days

  • At close of the assignment, prepare a comprehensive report detailing the process, deliberations, and resolutions arrived at through the capacity building process.
  • The report will also include recommendations about the next steps and lessons building on the assignment.

Expected outcome

  1. The DPOs/CSOs trained and can meaningfully engage and strategically advocate for inclusive policies and reforms to political parties; have opportunities to directly engage parties; and are crucially equipped with the skills to mobilize and conduct these activities effectively.
  2. The CSO groups and DPOs trained will have the reach and breadth for onward dissemination of learnings and upscaling of knowledge and skills to their networks and the wider PWD community.

Assignment duration

This assignment will be conducted and completed within 12 consultancy days spread within the month of February 2021.

Qualifications

  • The ideal candidate(s) should possess post graduate qualifications in a relevant discipline such as Political Science, Law, or any relevant Social Science discipline.
  • Minimum of seven (5) years of relevant experience in developing and facilitating e-learning training/teaching modules.
  • Strong bias on Governance, Disability Inclusion and Political engagement is desired.
  • Sufficient experience in creating the best conditions for learning and teaching new modules.
  • Demonstrated experience of working with Civil Society Organizations and understanding of the Kenyan Political parties’ processes.
  • Excellent written and spoken English.
  • Be able to work independently within stipulated timelines.
  • For consultancy firm, one should have a legal status, a company profile, and tax registration.

Key skills and competencies 

  • Demonstrated experience working within Disability Inclusion context, working within Political context, and having engaged Political parties.
  • Excellent content development skills.
  • A solid understanding of best practices for content, tone, and style for an effective targeted communication.
  • Ability to package information in the e- learning mythology to meet the needs of the audiences.
  • Ability to deliver impactful and engaging facilitated learning opportunities online, e.g., workshops, webinars; and
  • Ability to facilitate peer-to-peer interaction and social learning in a safe online space.

Expression of interest/Proposal submission 

Proposals may be submitted by individuals, teams of experts or consultancy firms, etc. The selected contractor shall demonstrate proven experience in the topics outlined. Knowledge and experience of political party processes and disability inclusion within Kenyan politics is essential.

The consultants/consulting firms interested in this assignment are expected to submit proposals (both technical and financial) with CVs of the proposed team.

The technical proposal must detail the following:

  • Objectives and understanding of the assignment.
  • Expected outputs and product.
  • Demonstrable experience in similar assignments
  • Availability to deliver the assignment within the required timeframe.
  • Financial proposal in Kenya shillings for the entire assignment

 

Interested parties are requested to submit their proposal responding to the terms of reference by close of business i.e., 17h00 EAT on Friday 12th February 2021 to  faith.odidi@wfd.org and Cc elijah.ambasa@wfd.org 

The email subject should read EoI – Development of e- learning modules on inclusive participation of PWDs in political parties and delivery of online Training of Trainers workshop.

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