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POLITICAL EMPOWERMENT PROGRAMME: OUTPUT TO PURPOSE REVIEW 1.0 Introduction and Background 1.11 The DFID funded, five year, £5.14 million Political Empowerment Programme phase II (PEP II) (Annex 1) formally started in May 2003. The project is due to finish in 2008. PEP II goal, revised after the adoption of the inception review (Annex 2) is some pro-poor policies of relevance to DFID Kenya priority sectors formulated and implemented with the purpose as “Government accountability to citizenry strengthened”. It consists of the following strategic outcome areas, which reflect the diversity and complexity of activities undertaken under this umbrella programme: Rights Awareness – example of activities NCEP II and GGP programmes Knowledge generation & deepening - example of activities IEA and TI-K programmes Mobilisation through Information Democratic Institutions - example of activities Support of Parliament and ECK programmes Programme management. 1.12 The challenge facing PEP II in the second phase is how to strengthen the public accountability of public office holders and government more broadly, to the citizenry and ensure that poor Kenyans have access to high quality services. There is a clear case for action towards addressing the prevalent culture of patronage especially through: increased public awareness of rights, evidence based policy making process and the monitoring of the impact of such policies on the poor. 1.13 The DFID Kenya Country Assistance Plan (Annex 3) highlights the decline of Kenya’s economic performance as manifested in declining access to services, high levels of corruption and poor economic management. The CAP also highlights the prevalence of political, economic patronage and widespread insecurity as major challenges in Kenya. 1.2 The Project Completion Report of Phase I and the PEP II inception review 1.2.1 The PEP I project completion review was combined with the PEP II inception review (Annex 4). In general, some of the observations made in the review were that PEP I was implemented against the backdrop of the following DFID Kenya priorities: 1) supporting improvements to the policy environment 2) strengthening mechanisms for economic governance 3) improving service delivery to the poorest especially in health sector 4) promoting economic growth. PEP II, is on the other hand, implemented against a backdrop of 1) raised expectations, following the victory of NARC 2) emerging threats and opportunities for political empowerment in Kenya 3) new insights from Drivers of change studies (Annex 5) including sector specific studies in agriculture (Annex 6 ), and Investment Climate project (Annex 7 ) new Country Assistance Plan. 1.2.2 The Project Completion Report of Phase I and the PEP II inception review made some elaborate recommendations some of which were subjected to a validation process. 1.2.3 The PEP team adopted the following recommendations a) revision of the Goal and the purpose of the project b) engagement with political parties, c) maintained support to the constitutional review process d) development of the capacity of the media capacity for balanced well researched reporting e) support to annual score cards for political office bearers and sector ministries, f) to initiate action research on ethnicity, and legitimacy and accountability of advocacy groups. 2.0 Objectives of the consultancy 2.1 In general the review will assess all active and planned programmes within PEP II on their relevance, effectiveness and strategic fit with the goal and purpose of the project. 2.2 To assess and report on the progress of the project to date against the plans and targets agreed for the project (a historical perspective). 2.3 To propose options if any, for making changes at both programme and implementation level, for greater impact 2.4 Consider the degree to which the PEP sub-components and inputs are sufficiently coordinated with LIMID and GOK in support of civil society e.g. ECK, CKRC, NCEP II , GGP, PNOWB, IEA etc. 3.0 Scope of activities 3.1 Study the project memorandum (Annex 1) 3.2 Study the Kenya Country Assistance Plan (Annex 3) 3.3 Study PEP I PCR and PEP II inception review (Annex 2) 3.4 The revised logical framework (Annex 4), 3.5 Study the Drivers of Change studies (Annex 5) including those on agriculture studies (Annex 6) and Investment Climate (Annex 7) 3.6 Asses the extent of achievements in the context of the logical framework. 3.7 Study frameworks, concept notes and strategic plans of all activities in the programme. 3.8 Meet and discuss the project implementation with DFID advisers, and other relevant parties including other development partners, CSO’s, NCEP II/GGP FMA and TAT’s. 3.9 Undertake limited field visits (possibly 3 – to be agreed upon) and interview a representative sample of actors. In this case, specifically undertake a review of the GGP Programme managed by Action Aid as the FMA, with interests on highlighting their human resources and systems capacity to effectively run the programme. Also, specifically review the DFID Parliamentary support, with specific reference to the institutional capacities of the parliament to absorb resources, and take forward the programmes funded by DFID and other donors. 3.10 Meet Lead donors e.g. CIDA-GESP and other stake holders (e.g. CSO’s) active in the sector. 3.11 Review all financial documents/information relating to the project 4.0 Outputs 4.1 A short presentation to the PEP project team on the inception phase to highlight your understanding of the assignment and proposed methodology. 4.2 An aide memoir three pages maximum to be presented to DFID Kenya Change Impact Monitoring Tables teams (Accountability and Pro-Poor Growth). 4.3 A one top two page executive summary of key findings and recommendations, including the specific issues on GGP and Parliament support assessments. 4.4 Not more than 25 page report with relevant annexes. 4.5 Completion of the DFID OPR reporting format. 5.0 The Consultant 5.1 DFID Kenya is now seeking the services of a mixed team of consultants to undertake the output to purpose review. The team will comprise of: a) A political Scientist with wide programme management experience, b) Political/Legal/ Human rights/Governance and Democracy Specialist c) Financial Management experience. 6.0 Timing and Duration 6.1 Activity Date Commencement of work 15 August 1 Preparation time/Review of material/ initial 5 days 15 - 17 August interviews/presentation of inception report. (presentation on 19 August) 2 Meeting with DFID advisors 1 day 3 Meeting with partners 2 days 4 Meeting with CSO’s 2 days 5 Field visits 6 days By 5 September 6. An aide memoir three pages maximum to be 1 6 September presented to the DFID Kenya accountability and PPG CIMTs 7. Drawing feedback from the 1 PPG/Accountability CIMT, a first draft will be produced in the standard DFID Kenya OPR format 8 Comments by CIMT members 1 9. Final report incorporating comments and 1 Completion by 9 views of DFID/ DFID OPR format completed September. 7.0 Reporting 7.1 The consultants will report to: Mr Martin Oloo, Governance Adviser, DFID Kenya; Anita Kaushal, Programme Officer, Governance DFID Kenya and Sophia Chemei Programme Support Officer, Governance, DFID Kenya.
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