Consultancy to Develop, AFIC Strategic Plan 2020-2024

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1. Introduction

Africa Freedom of Information Centre (AFIC) is the largest membership civil society organization and resource centre promoting citizens’ right of access to information across Africa. It’s objectives includes designing and leading continental campaigns on access to information, knowledge building and sharing, program and technical support to the membership among others. In 2017, AFIC updated its strategic plan which seeks to boost citizens access to information through engaging regional and international mechanisms, supporting advocacy for adoption and effective implementation of laws, strengthening RTI capacity of civil society and other actors, deepening RTI knowledge base in Africa, facilitating knowledge exchange and network development.

Since the establishment of AFIC is 2009, the number of African countries with right to information laws has increased from 5 to 23 today1. Also, the understanding of the right to information and quality of RTI laws has improved especially following the adoption of the African Platform on Access to Information and the Model Law on Access to Information for African Union member states.

Information is at the heart of realizing democracy, good governance, and human rights in every socio-economic and political system. This recognition informed the thinking and framing of some of the provisions of existing international and regional human rights instruments such as Article 19 of both the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, Article 9 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights, Article 19 of the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance, the Commonwealth Principles on Freedom of Information, among several other existing instruments.

AFIC’s current work is organized around open contracting and right to information. The theory of action for the open contracting sphere is underpinned by the belief that when governments disclose data at all stages of the contracting cycle, and when citizens are capacitated and engaged, they will use disclosed information to hold authorities accountable, leading to greater efficiency in the delivery of public contracts and services, reduced corruption and thus greater value for money and better service delivery to the population.

The right to information theory of action is premised on the recognition that access to information is both a right for every individual and an enabler of other human rights.

Information enables people to know about opportunities around them and effectively participate to influence government decision-making in favor of their development. When citizens access public information, they are in a better position to exercise and claim other such human rights as health, education, equality, and environmental justice. Without information, violations cannot be reported and adequately addressed.

This close relationship between open contracting, access to information and public participation are at the heart of the strategy and work of AFIC and its membership

2. Background

The AFIC strategic plan of 2012-2017 sought to advance Right to Information, Transparency, and Accountability across various sectors of service delivery. It’sprogrammes wereimplemented with support from the World Bank’s Global Partnership for Social Accountability (GPSA), Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA), Open Society Initiative for East Africa (OSIEA), Hewlett Foundation, OXFAM, Open Contracting partnership,CoST – the InfrastructureTransparency Initiative, Hivos, Open Contracting Partnership, and Democratic Governance Facility (DGF), American UniversityandtheUnited Nations Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC)among others.. Based on its Open Contracting and Transparency programmes in public contracts in Uganda, AFIC has facilitated regional knowledge sharing and promoted learning and adoption of good practice across the continent towards global learning.

The 2012-2017plan wasupdated to a three-years strategic plan 2017 – 2019 focusing on; Providing a framework for comprehensive implementation of recommendations of the evaluation exercise with regard to AFIC vision, goals, strategies, programmes and activities; Support the consolidation and strengthening of AFICs work; and Guide fundraising and resource mobilization.This strategic plan comes to its last year in 2019, and thus presents a need to review achievements from the previous plan, challenges, lessons learnt and good practices, but also develop a strategic focus for the next 5 years (2020- 2024).

To achieve this, AFIC seeks the services of a consultant to lead the next strategic planning process based on its annual reports, knowledge products and learning from the previous and current programmes in the last three years as well as interaction with its staff, steering committee, members and partners.

3. Objectives of the strategic plan

The primary objective of the strategic plan is to guide programme and institutional development of AFIC from 2020- 2024. The specific objectives are:

  1. To provide a framework for comprehensive implementation of AFIC vision, goals, strategies, programmes and activities.
  2. To provide a framework for implementation of AFIC objectives in regard to Open contracting, Right to Information and Transparency, membership development and accountability.
  3. To align AFIC’s work across the African continent with current and projected realities including regional integration, technological advancement and changing civic space.

4. . Scope of Work

The consultant will review annual reports, knowledge products and learning from the current strategic plans (2017- 2019)2 as well as interaction with its staff, Governing Council, members, and other relevant key stakeholders. The achievements of the 2017-2019 plan, challenges, lessons learned, good practices, what could have been done better, what scored highly and why and develop a strategic focus for the next 5 years (2020- 2024).

5. Methodology

  1. Carry out a SWOT analysis with a focus on the right of access to information, transparency, Open Contracting and accountability in Africa and around the world
  2. Review AFIC’s strategies, structures, policies programmes and activities
  3. In consultation with staff, Governing Council, state parties, relevant CSOs and development partners develop a five-year costed programme and institutional development strategic plan
  4. Reporting

The consultant will be reporting directly to the Senior Programme Officer Transparency and Accountability, Partnerships & Membership Development

6. Deliverables

As part of the execution of this assignment the consultant will present to AFIC the following:

  • –  Inception report
  • –  Draft strategic plan
  • –  Validation meeting
  • –  Final strategic plan 6. Duration The entire task is expected to last a total of 20 days spread over a two months’ period. 7. Qualifications Essential
  • –  Provenknowledge and experience in strategic planning, program development and process facilitation
  • –  Higher degree in Law, Business Administration or Development studies Desired
  • –  Good understanding of African human rights issues, treaties and mechanisms
  • –  Strong knowledge of right to information issues on the continent.
  • –  Strong knowledge of transparency, accountability and membership development
  • –  Strong knowledge of Open Contracting in Africa
  • –  Proven experience and understanding of Africa’s political, social and economic environment
  • –  Experience with regional and international campaigning and advocacy on development issues and mechanisms.
    The position is open to any qualified applicant

9. Fees and costs

Final fees and costs will be discussed with the successful applicant on the basis of skills, methodology proposed and time to execute the assignment.

7. Requirements for Application

Qualified applicants should send approach memoir with understanding of task, methodology outline, cost estimate and summary of CV with at least names and contacts of 2 referees to info@africafoicentre.org. The entire application should not exceed 4 pages. Deadline for receipt of applications is Close of Business on July 19, 2019

8. Evaluation Criteria

The assessment will be based on the following criteria per applicant;

No.CriteriaScoreDescription
1Experience In Organisational Development And Strategic Planning /5 Based on the related work done
2 Academic Qualifications /2 Based on the required qualifications
3 Capacity To Carry Out Assignment /3This is based on the CV and the technical proposal
/10

Job Features

Job CategoryConsultancy
PeriodShort Term consultancy (20 days spread through 2 months)

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