• Plot 3565, Kulambiro – Kisaasi, Kampala, Uganda
  • +256 393 266 451
  • Plot 3565, Kulambiro – Kisaasi, Kampala, Uganda
  • +256 393 266 451

Consultancy At EASSI

Consultancy

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TERMS OF REFERENCE TO DEVELOP A POLICY BRIEF ON THE AFRICAN UNION CONVENTION ON CROSS-BORDER COOPERATION (NIAMEY CONVENTION)

 1. Background

In partnership with the Life and Peace Institute (LPI), Act Change Transform (ACT!), and Inter- Africa Group (IAG), EASSI has since March 2017 been implementing a project titled “Improving policies for conflict prevention: Civil society engagement to transform borderlands in Africa” supported by the European Union. The objective of the project is to increase the participation of borderland civil society Organisations (CSOs) in continental (Africa) and regional (Horn of Africa) policy making to ensure that these policies are responsive to the human security priorities of borderland communities. This project focuses on strengthening the capacities, collaborative relationships and influence of CSOs in order to infuse compelling evidence into regional and continental decision-making processes on cross-border cooperation and tackling borderland human security challenges.

In order to ensure informed advocacy for enhanced cross-border cooperation, equity; and ultimately the signing of the African Union Convention on Cross border Cooperation (Niamey Convention[1]), EASSI would like to engage a consultant to produce a high quality policy brief on the Niamey convention. Among other tasks, the consultant will highlight the background of the Niamey Convention, the potential risks of not signing, possible reasons why some states are not signing the convention and the importance/benefits of signing the convention.

The policy brief will be used for advocacy with policy makers to sign, ratify and implement the Niamey Convention and other policies that promote border cooperation.

[1] The African Union Convention on Cross-border Cooperation, popularly known as the Niamey Convention was adopted on June 27th 2014 in the Gambian Capital city of Niamey.

2. Methodology

The consultant will work in close consultation with EASSI in Kampala. The consultant will be expected to conduct a thorough desk review of the Niamey Convention and other documents related to close border cooperation such as the IGAD policy document on the nexus between cross border trade and cross border security and governance to develop a comprehensive brief.

3.      Specific deliverables include:

A high quality policy brief clearly highlighting the background to the Niamey, the potential risks of not signing, possible reasons why some states are not signing the convention and the importance/benefits of signing the convention.

 4. Profile/Skills and qualifications required:

The assignment will be undertaken by a qualified and experienced consultant or consulting firm. The consultant profile should include:

  • Demonstrable experience in reviewing policies and developing policy briefs.
  • Holder of a minimum of a Master’s Degree in either of the following fields: Gender and Development, Social Sciences, Development studies, or related fields
  • Fluent in both written and spoken English.
  • Women are strongly encouraged to apply.

5.      Work Plan and Schedule

The assignment will be undertaken from 8th August to 6th September 2019 with the consultant being available to present and make an argument for the signing of the Niamey Convention during meetings with policy makers on dates to be agreed upon with EASSI.

 6. Deliverables and Reporting Requirements (Outputs)
The consultant is expected to deliver the following:

  • A draft policy brief after the task has been undertaken- upon which EASSI will make input.
  • Final policy brief.  Hard and soft copy on a USB disk.
  • Availability to make a presentation and argument during meetings with policy makers.
  • Availability to meet with EASSI and partners in the course of the assignment and at the end of the assignment.

The consultant will report to the Executive Director of EASSI for all contractual matters.

7. Proposal Details from Consultants, Fees and Cost Estimates

Consultants are invited to submit a technical proposal (not more than 3 pages) outlining the approach to be used in carrying out the assignment and provide a quotation of professional fees (as well as reimbursable costs)  for the entire assignment. The proposal should include the following:

  • Profile or details of the firm or individual(s) including experience relevant to this assignment.
  • A detailed work plan and the proposed methodology, which shall include full justification for procedures to be adopted;
  • Financial proposal (professional fees and reimbursable);

8.  Application process

A technical and financial proposal based on the Terms of Reference outlined above must be provided to EASSI by 2nd August 2019 at 5:30p.m, Eastern Africa Time (EAT) +0300 UTC. Applications should strictly be submitted by email to vacancies@eassi.org and copied to sheila.kawamara@eassi.org

NOTE: Please use the title of the consultancy you are applying for as the subject line via email.

Hand delivered applications can also be sent to our Offices in Kisaasi-Kulambiro. Please indicate the title of the consultancy you have applied for on the left top corner of the application envelope addressed to:

The Executive Director,

Eastern African Sub Regional Support Initiative for the Advancement of Women, EASSI

Plot 3565, Next to Ntinda View College

P.O. Box 24965, Kampala, Uganda.

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