01 Feb Social Audit Consultants
SOCIAL AUDIT CONSULTANTS
Date of issuance: 1st February 2019
Closing date: 8th February 2019 at 4pm
Organization: The Youth Agenda
Accountable to: Programme Officer
Youth Agenda (YAA) is an independent, national, non-profit, non-partisan youth-led and youth-serving organization founded in 1996. Sparked by evidence exclusion of the youth in spheres of life and fueled by a passion for the “active youth citizen”. Youth Agenda’s mission is to make the youth factor count by influencing, linking and enhancing youth access to social, economic, cultural and political opportunities nationally and at the county levels. Currently, YAA is implementing projects that seeks to build more accountable and inclusive service delivery from Tharaka Nithi, Trans Nzoia, Nandi, Kisumu, Nakuru, Nyeri, and Kwale county governments by creating learning and engagement opportunities to develop young people’s practical knowledge on organizing, monitoring, advocacy, and government functions that would contribute directly to increasing youth’s political engagement and create a foundation for their ongoing activism.
Background of the Project
Tharaka Nithi, Trans Nzoia, Nandi, Kisumu, Nakuru, Nyeri, and Kwale counties are currently implementing the County Integrated Development Plans (CIDP) for financial year 2018/22 having completed the implementation of the first CIDP 2013/17 in June 2017. This shows that both counties are in the second year of implementation of the current CIDP. However, the questions remain, are the seven counties able to account and demonstrate prudent fiscal responsibility, demonstrate youth involvement in the public participation, and whether the public has access to information in line with Kenya’s Constitution? Are citizens, especially youth satisfied with services delivery by the county governments? (Article 201 of the Constitution provides for openness and accountability, including public participation in financial matters). To find tangible answers, Youth Agenda seeks to undertake a Social Audit in Tharaka Nithi, Trans Nzoia, Nandi, Kisumu, Nakuru, Nyeri, and Kwale Counties with a focus on existing Youth Empowerment Programmes. The overall objective of the social audit is to assess the level of effectiveness, transparency, accountability and youth involvement in the seven counties. The audit also seeks to assess the level of youth satisfaction. The audit will rely on information/data collected from both the county and general public on the past three financial years i.e. 2015/16, 2016/17 and 2017/18.
It is on this regard that Youth Agenda seeks to engage a consultant to undertake the aforementioned social audit in Tharaka Nithi, Trans Nzoia, Nandi, Kisumu, Nakuru, Nyeri, and Kwale counties and provide a report responding to the above questions.
Execution timelines: 14th February 2019 to 20th March 2019.
Scope of Work
The consultant will be expected to meet the following deliverables:
- Carry out a desk review of previous budgets, the Controller of Budgets report and Auditor Generals reports in the select 7 counties for the period 2015/16, 2016/17 and 2017/18.
- Collect and analyze the approved annual budgets 2015/16, 2016/17 and 2017/18 of the 7 counties.
- Identify trends on budget allocation and expenditure in the counties particularly on youth empowerment programmes.
- Interview key civil society organizations’ individuals, community group representatives, and other identified stakeholders involved in youth initiatives in the counties
- Interview Government representative’s/service providers within the counties on service delivery and allocations within the counties
- Undertake physical verification of projects
- Prepare a comprehensive report that includes the findings, the trends identified and the recommendations based on the findings.
NB: The consultant will be responsible for designing the audit implementation plan, Preparation of the social audit tool, training of YAA staff and data collectors, spearhead the data collection, data analysis and report preparation.
Interested Candidates should have:
- At least 5 years practical experience as a social auditor in county public finance management, especially within a non-profit context;
- At least five years’ experience in decentralization/devolution of service delivery
- At least five years’ knowledge of latest methods of social and technological applications in accountability in service delivery;
- Experience in donor funded assignments;
- Demonstrated experience in human rights; specific expertise on youth issues, and governance would be an asset;
- Experience of writing similar publications, as well as monitoring and documenting and knowledge of social audit methodologies;
- Should be knowledgeable on the current state of affairs in the area of audit;
- Demonstrated experience in working to deadlines and achieve audit requirements to the satisfaction of YAA.
- Proven report – writing skills in English;
- Candidates must be fluent in spoken and written English and Kiswahili
How to apply:
Send a proposal with the following:
- Proposed methodology
- Professional profile with relevant information
- If working in a team provide profiles for proposed team members
- Personal/institutional motivational statement on suitability for the project
- Statement of availability during the time period
- Recent, relevant references and proof of work undertaken
The Application must reach us by latest 5PM on Friday 8th February, 2019. Due to the high number of applications anticipated, ONLY the shortlisted will be contacted.