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Increasing Women Participation & Representation in 2017 General Elections Project Call for Proposals

Call for Proposals
Terms of Reference: Increasing Women Participation & Representation in 2017 General Elections Project
 
Overview of the Increasing Women Participation & Representation in 2017 General Elections Project
 
Through the support of the European Union, Youth Agenda and its Partners Oxfam & FIDA-K are currently implementing the Increasing Women’s Participation & Representation in 2017 General Election Project. 
 

Through this intervention, Youth Agenda and its partners will strengthen the capabilities and capacities of 500 women aspirants to increase their chances of getting elected in the 2017 general elections. 
The intervention will work with 200 opinion leaders to transform cultural norms and exclusionary practices that hinder women’s meaningful participation in decision making and competitive political processes. 
The intervention will strengthen the enforcement of electoral laws by influencing and working with the mandated institutions including: Registrar of Political Parties, political parties, Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), National Gender and Equality Commission (NGEC), National Police Service Commission (NPSC) and National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC).
 
Youth Agenda & Partners will also work to transform the negative societal attitudes, beliefs and practices that prohibit the rise of women in political leadership. 
The intervention will build partnership with the media to profile the women aspirants and gender equality issues for continuous public sensitization. 
Similarly, the proposed action will build partnership with other key institutions such as the Kenya Women Parliamentary Association (KEWOPA), Kenya Young Parliamentary Association, County Assemblies Forum and Election Observation Groups for enhanced scale up and impact across the country.
 
The overall objective of this intervention is to contribute to increased gender equality in political leadership in Kenya. 
This intervention will contribute to strengthened enforcement of the constitution and electoral laws to increase gender equality in political participation. 
Increased representation of women will have an impact on transparency and accountability, sector relevant reforms particularly in sectors such as health, education and economy; particularly women’s economy as research has indicated {Various research from the World Bank, IMF, World Economic Forum and many others}
Having women in elected positions will enable them as representatives of the people, the legitimacy required to act in the best interest of their constituency; also the diversity in terms of strategic thinking and action mechanisms by women will allow the community to truly see the significance of leadership. 
The increased capacity of these women to engage in political processes will allow these women and as a result more women with leadership potential to seek out elective positions even beyond the 2017 General Elections; lessening the gap in gender representation in political positions over time.
 
The specific objective of this intervention is to increase representation of elected women in the 2017 General Elections in 5 counties: Kisii, Nakuru, Wajir, Turkana and Nairobi. 
One of the fundamental gains for women under the constitution is the opportunity and guarantee of effective representation of women via the two-thirds principle of gender representation. 
The two-thirds principle dictates that ‘not more than two-thirds of the members of appointive and elective bodies shall be of the same gender.’ 
This principle has been reiterated in two significant parts of the Constitution—the Bill of Rights and the general principles of the electoral system.

Article 27(8) states: In addition to the measures contemplated in clause (6), the State shall take legislative and other measures to implement the principle that not more than two thirds of the members of elective or appointive bodies shall be of the same gender. Article 81 states: The electoral system shall comply with the following principles—(b) not more than two-thirds of the members of elective public bodies shall be of the same gender. The Constitution delivers on its promise of gender equity through various other provisions. 
Full implementation of the two thirds principle would have resulted in at least one-third representation of women in Parliament, which includes the National Assembly and the Senate, and in the County Assemblies. 
As it is, this principle was only realized at the County Assembly level. Developing mechanism for the implementation of the two-thirds gender rule has been met with debate and resistance including proposals to scrap it from the constitution. 
This presents a clear signal of the need to ensure that the constitution is effectively implemented, as only then will women realize their constitutional rights. 
The election of women into this positions will ensure that the COK 2010 is fully implemented in relation to the 2/3 gender principal in a sustainable fashion.

The Terms of Reference
 

To this end the project will seek to enhance the capacity of women to competitively participate in political processes and issue based politics.

The project is seeking an individual consultant to review & revise training materials and facilitate training sessions using the revised training materials. 
Training content is required to be in line with the following topics:
  1. Development of a personal manifesto- this will express the issues the candidate wishes to address in a five year term
  2. Personal Branding- Effective strategies for the aspirant to create awareness and publicity for themselves as a brand and the key issues that they stand for
  3. Campaign Management (for the aspirants) – Strategies for the aspirant to mobilize support for their bid to elective office: The What, Where & When of managing the entire campaign.
  4. Campaign Management (For Campaign Managers)- Campaign managers responsibilities in monitoring incidences of violence, harassment/intimidation and referral mechanisms for candidates
  5. Resource Mobilization- ‘financing the dream’ plus what they need to spend money on.
Raising enough resources financial or otherwise to support their bid to elective office.

Each proposal must demonstrate the following:
  • Innovativeness
  • Clear understanding of the role of the above mentioned topics in creating an equal political space for women
  • Capacity of the consultant to implement the above task
  • Clear knowledge building and learning processes
All proposals must be sent to Youth Agenda through: mildred.nzau@youthagenda.org by Monday, 25 July 2016. 
All proposals should be sent as on PDF, with the subject: Response to Call For Proposals July 2016.


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