TOR – Rapporteur Services For A Judiciary Colloquium On “safeguarding Constitutional Gains In Kenya Through Public Interest Litigation (PIL)” In Mombasa

1.0 Who we are

Kenyans for Peace with Truth and Justice (KPTJ) is a coalition of thirty legal, human rights and democracy NGOs and individuals convened in the immediate aftermath of the 2007 post-election violence to seek truth and justice about the failed elections and the violence that followed. Since 2008, KPTJ has worked on issues of accountability, constitutional implementation and institutional reforms through research, advocacy and litigation. KPTJ’s secretariat is based at the Africa Centre for Open Governance (AfriCOG).

The Africa Centre for Open Governance (AfriCOG) is an independent, non-profit organisation that provides cutting edge research and monitoring on governance and public ethics issues in both public and private sectors so as to address the structural causes of the crisis of governance in the country. The overall objectives of our programme activities are: to strengthen anti-corruption and good governance in Kenya with objective, high-quality research and advocacy; and to build Kenya’s capacity to be permanently vigilant and monitor progress on governance issues in the public and private sectors as well as electoral reform in Kenya. Our reports, policy briefs and overall work add value to anti-corruption and governance reform processes in Kenya by stimulating policy discussion and supporting evidence-based advocacy and mobilisation work of our partners.

2.0 Background

The constitution, promulgated in 2010, made manifest the aspirations of all Kenyans for a government based on the essential values of human rights, equality, freedom, democracy, social justice and the rule of law. The people of Kenya, gave a new foundational law to themselves and to their future generations. Devolution of power, land reform, new standards for leadership and integrity and a comprehensive Bill of Rights were among the hallmarks of the Constitution.

Since the promulgation of the constitution of Kenya, Kenyans have embarked on a journey of building constitutionalism. A culture of constitutionalism needs continued nurturing by far-sighted citizens, lawyers and judges through a number of strategies including Public Interest Litigation (PIL). It is time for change if Kenya is to give full meaning to the rights and freedoms guaranteed by our Constitution; central to this is the judiciary of Kenya.

In this regard, AfriCOG and KPTJ are seeking to procure rapporteur services for the judiciary colloquium taking place on the 28th and 29th of November in Mombasa. The rapporteur will capture in writing the proceedings which are scheduled to take place from 9am to 4pm and thereafter produce a coherent report.

3.0 Scope of work

Under the general direction and supervision of AfriCOG and KPTJ, the consultant, will offer rapporteur services ensuring that the report is inclusive of the following;

  1. Presentations made by all speakers at the judiciary colloquium
  2. Responses and comments made by the presenters and judges

4.0 Time frame

The assignment will be undertaken on Saturday 28th November 2015 and Sunday 29th November 2015 with the final report expected 7 days after assignment date.

5.0 Deliverables

a) A draft comprehensive report detailing the on-goings and lessons learnt from the judiciary colloquium by 7th December 2015. The following should be clearly included in the report:

  1. Clearly divided sections with the various themes covered by the various presenters
  2. Summaries of the various themes covered by the presenters
  3. Notes of discussions (including the questions, remarks and comments of each session)
  4. Critical considerations that emerge from the colloquium on advancing local PIL jurisprudence
  5. New areas emerging from the areas addressed at the judiciary colloquium (including any commentary or feedback on the guidebook and follow ups)
  6. Conclusions and recommendations following the discussions held

b) A final comprehensive report detailing the on-goings and lessons learnt from the judiciary colloquium.

 AfriCOG shall provide necessary equipment to facilitate the rapporteur services and make the final determination as to the quality of the submitted products.

6.0 Profile and Experience of Consultant:

Candidates for this consultancy should possess the following minimum qualifications:

  1. A degree in law, public policy, social sciences or any other relevant field
  2. 2-3 years’ experience in similar assignments, with strong report writing skills
  3. Strong communications skills (oral, written and presentation skills)
  4. Knowledge and/or experience in PIL is required
  5. Proven ability to work reliably under tight deadlines

Application procedure:
The applications must be sent to copying Perpetua Adar at by 6th November 2015

The application must include your CV and cover letter indicating how you fit the profile required