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Consultancy: Provide support to the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection (MLPS) to facilitate the establishment of the Kenya Social Protection Community of Practise (CoP)

UNICEF

Nairobi, Kenya
Humanitaire (ONG, Associations, ...), Projet/programme de développement
Consultancy: Provide support to the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection (MLPS) to facilitate the establishment of the Kenya Social Protection Community of Practise (CoP), Nairobi, Kenya

Job Number: 525253 | Vacancy Link
Locations: Africa: Kenya
Work Type : Consultancy

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KENYA CO TERMS OF REFERENCE (TOR) FOR INDIVIDUAL CONTRACTORS/ CONSULTANTS 
TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE FOR SOCIAL PROTECTION IN KENYA 

COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE FOR SOCIAL PROTECTION IN KENYA  

PART I 

 

Purpose of Assignment

Provide support to the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection (MLPS) to facilitate the establishment of the Kenya Social Protection Community of Practise (CoP)

Estimated level of the assignment

NOC

Location of Assignment

Nairobi

Duration of contract

40 Days (Part time)

 

Start date

From:    August 15th 2019

    To:  January 30th

2020

Reporting to:

UNICEF, Social Protection Specialist

 
Background and Justification
 The concept and practice of Social Protection as a tool and instrument for poverty reduction, economic growth and development has rapidly gained global popularity particularly in the last decade with many developing countries slowly embracing it as a strategy for fighting poverty and reducing vulnerability amongst their citizens. This has been evidenced by increased governments’ spending and investment in the sector which in turn has also had significant positive effects in socio-economic development and livelihood improvement of the communities.
The main objective of Social Protection is to help cushion the poor and vulnerable members of the society from the hard socio-economic ‘risks’ and ‘shocks’ and to being able to prevent them from falling deeper into poverty situation, while at the same time boosting their resilience to such shocks and risks through the provision of an income support or regular social transfers.
Kenya, like many other countries across the globe, has boldly embraced Social Protection in its bid to fight poverty and vulnerability amongst its citizens and as a way of promoting equity and social inclusion. The right to social security has been enshrined in the Kenyan Constitution (2010) and as thus stated in Article 43 (3) 1 (e) “Every person has a right to social security . [And] the State shall provide appropriate social security to persons who are unable to support themselves and their dependents”. The creation of the State Department for Social Protection under the MEACL&SP in 2013 was a bold step to firmly establish the Social Protection sector in the country.
Social Protection in Kenya, according to the National Social Protection Policy (NSPP), has been undertaken through three main pillars of Social Assistance, Social Security and Health Insurance.  This has also been undertaken by different agencies, both State and non-State actors across the different sectors of the Country. Prominent amongst these programmes are the four Cash Transfers (CTs), National Safety Net Programmes (NSNP) under the Social Assistance pillar.
The Social Protection Sector in Kenya has grown very rapidly especially after the introduction of the Cash Transfer programmes on 2004. This has not only been quantitatively in terms of increase in the number of beneficiaries and actors in the sector but also qualitatively in terms of knowledge, skills and capacity development. This is spurred by the fact that the Social Protection sector, at both local and global level, is very dynamic and prone to the development of new ideas and concepts that shape and continue influence the design and implementation of Social Protection interventions.  
To keep in sync with these new developments and changing dimensions, the Government of Kenya (GOK) has invested heavily in training and capacity building of its staffs at both local and international levels for the efficient delivery of the Social Protection goals and objectives. This in return has created a pool of skilled Social Protection practitioners who are specialists in various aspects of Social Protection implementation such as Designing of SP programmes, MIS development, M & E, payments and targeting.
Despite all these achievements, we still witness weak linkages and low coordination across programmes and sectors with no formal and interactive platform in the Country that brings together these various skills and specialties and be able to proactively harness and tap into this wealth of knowledge; building synergy and mentorship to the newly emerging Social Protection practitioners, aggregating to a more robust, vibrant and efficient Social Protection system for the Country. 

In view of the above therefore, the Government set out to establish a Community of Practitioners (CoP) for the Social Protection actors in Kenya whose specific objectives are to;
a)       Improve management of knowledge, encourage learning and promote innovation within the SP sector in Kenya:  Currently, there are numerous monitoring and evaluation studies whose findings, and recommendations are hardly shared. As part of the CoP, a knowledge /document sharing repository will be established and will be complemented by need/demand driven brown bag sessions through which partners will share outcomes of studies and other new learning.  
b)      Strengthen existing linkages and diversify partnerships at both levels of government, and with actors across all the pillars of social protection: This would particularly be important in growing synergies in implementation, strategies and resourcing. The CoP will be instrumental in bringing together the various Government institutions/departments, NGOs, Donors, Private sector, Academia, Consultants, Media, and Think tanks. The CoP will create a favourable environment which helps to identify and produce additional ideas and areas of intervention since it facilitates communication and collaboration processes between institutions.
c)       Contribute to the growth of Social Protection Policy Instruments: The CoP will act as a specialist interest group that will help to identify policy gaps and influence the improvements on the SP policy and operational frameworks. In particular, it will provide an invaluable opportunity to collate the collective results, and use emerging evidence as justify any need for changes in strategy or policy.
d)      Improve the quality of social protection services through the promotion of standards and guidelines in the implementation of social protection programs: This will address the existing disparities of practices and standards within the Social Protection sector and set clear guidelines for domains of social protection such as Graduation, Transfer Values, Targeting, Grievances and feedback channels, etcetera.  In addition, the CoP will enable the sector to develop and adopt best practice models arising from studies or experiences from the partners.

The Community of Practice is intended to be a collaborative and interactive network of organizations and individuals involved in the social protection space in Kenya – with the primary purpose being to create a learning environment within which knowledge is continuously shared in ways that strengthen existing interventions, foster new approaches, and address emerging challenges.
UNICEF in partnership with the Government of Kenya would like to engage the services of an experienced and competent Consultant to undertake the SPS in coordinating the activities of the CoP.
 
 Scope of Work

Goal and Objective
Under the supervision of the Social Protection Specialist the objective of the consultancy is to support the Social Protection Secretariat in the establishment and coordination of the national community of practice for social protection practitioners. The participants of the CoP will be relevant Government departments, Donor Agencies, local and international non-profits, private sector, Academia, and Consultants actively involved with the social protection agenda.
Guided by the validated CoP Design document, the consultancy will work with Social Protection Secretariat in the actual setting up of the CoP by coordinating the establishment of respective CoP structures, tools, systems and platforms to accommodate wider participation.

RWPPCR/IRs areas covered
Assignment links with country programme Outcome 4: By 2022, an increased number of children from the poorest and most vulnerable households are prioritized in national and county budgets and benefit from shock responsive & integrated social protection interventions. Output 4.2: Social protection system strengthening: The delivery of effective social protection services to the vulnerable children strongly hinges on the quality of the management information system upon which it is build.
Broad objectives of the assignment are to;
·         Establish the CoP engagement platforms as prescribed by the design document. These will include; a country Social Protection Knowledge Repository, schedule for face to face meetings, Webinars, Brown-bags, social media, and the Social Protection Bulletin.
·         Support moderation, facilitation of the face to face meeting and other platform(s) / online discussions.
·         Support the mobilization of key government departments, donor agencies, strategic NGO partners, private sector, academia and think tanks to constitute the CoP and set up structures necessary for the functioning of the CoP.
·         Support the development of the resource mobilization strategy
·         Foster community activity and participation by moderating discussions, follow up on recommended actions, and working with the Technical Working groups to identifying new related topics than can help out in the development and growth of the community.
 
Specifically, the consultant will perform the following activities/ tasks:

The consultant is expected to undertake the following tasks:
1.      Initiation/Inception
Providing details of the approach to the assignment along with a detailed work plan for the assignment
2.      The Platforms of Engagement
-          Identifying the potential engagement platforms (both Synchronous and Asynchronous)
-          Explore and set up appropriate and efficient technologies to be used
-          Working with SPS and UNICEF to set up the platforms (brown bag and Knowledge repository)
-          Moderate discussions in the platforms
 
3.      The first CoP Meeting
-          Convene the CoP oversight committee
-          Define the group processes and finalize the membership ToR  
-          Hold the first Face to Face Kenya Social Protection CoP meeting
-          Set up other CoP management structures and endorse the guiding principles
-          Convene Webinars and Brown bags (at least 2 in the 6 months period)
 
4.      Launch
-          Support the process towards the official public Launch of the CoP, as guided by SPS.  
5.       Resource mobilization strategy
-          Develop a resource mobilization strategy to support operationalize the CoP
Design conditions and Work relationships
 
•       All the activities above shall be undertaken through a consultative process with SPS and UNICEF
•       The TA should take into consideration the need to establish sustainable structures, and for the transfer of skills to teams in SPS where necessary.

COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE FOR SOCIAL PROTECTION IN KENYA  

PART I 

 

Purpose of Assignment

Provide support to the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection (MLPS) to facilitate the establishment of the Kenya Social Protection Community of Practise (CoP)

Estimated level of the assignment

NOC

Location of Assignment

Nairobi

Duration of contract

40 Days (Part time)

 

Start date

From:    August 15th 2019

    To:  January 30th

2020

Reporting to:

UNICEF, Social Protection Specialist

 
N.B. 
·         Payment is on satisfactory completion of deliverables duly authorized by the Supervisor of contract.
·         Specific deliverables of acceptable quality must be submitted at the planned times. 
·         Performance will be evaluated considering quality of deliverables, consultation with stakeholders, timeliness of deliverables of and comprehensiveness of work as defined in the terms of reference.
·         The consultant is expected to carry out the documentation process in accordance with professional communication development standards
Required qualifications, desired competencies, technical background and experience
(Consult with HR on this prior to signing off on the TOR)
 
The consultant should have the following skills and qualifications: -
·         At least a master’s degree in social sciences, economics, communication or any other relevant area.
·         A minimum of 5 years of professional practical experience in designing, conducting reporting and documenting projects, programmes, or interventions in the area of Social Protection.
·         Proven ability to handle technical matters with excellent organizational and interpersonal skills and good communication skills
·         Proven experience in working with the Government and the development Partners will be an added advantage.
·         Proven experience in coordination will be an added advantage
 
Conditions 
 The consultant is expected to commit fully to this task as per the TOR and adhere to the timeline, subject to changes and revisions by UNICEF KCO team. 
The consultant will not have supervisory responsibilities nor authority on UNICEF budget and other resources.
As per UNICEF DFAM policy, payment is made against approved deliverables. No advance payment is allowed unless in exceptional circumstances against bank guarantee, subject to a maximum of 30 per cent of the total contract value in cases where advance purchases, for example for supplies or travel, may be necessary.
The candidate selected will be governed by and subject to UNICEF’s General Terms and Conditions for individual contracts.

Closing Date Fri Aug 09 2019 21:55:00 GMT+0100 (Afr. centrale Ouest) 

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