Development of IRC Kenya Strategic Plan (Nairobi)

Requisition ID: req16131

Purpose and objective of the assignment:

The overall purpose of this assignment is to support IRC in development its 3 year strategic plan by providing recommendations to the country program and supporting with the SAP development process that does not underscore the Kenya vision 2030.. IRC Kenya has already started engaging in numerous conversations around the SAP and it will be undertaking more exercise to review its objectives, context analysis, people’s priorities, local systems capacities (stakeholder analysis), IRC added value,  diversity, equality and inclusion. All these analysis will be staff driven which means the exercise will be a self reflection.

This assignment aims to build and complement this exercise by allowing an outsiders professional views to augment those that will be drawn through staff consultation, basically having an independent consultant guide  the whole process to enrich the final product and ensure IRC Kenya fulfils its mandate. IRC globally has five strategic outcomes to deliver among its program, the great focus of Kenya program has been in 1 or 2 outcomes, given the vision to grow across the outcomes; it is important for the consultant to provide guidance on where IRC can be of an added value given the country, region and global expertise. IRC Kenya has been looking to engage further in ASAL counties like Kajiado, Isiolo, Samburu, Moyale, Baringo, Garissa, Wajir, West Pokot, Kitui, Tana River among others. This assignment will clarify for IRC Kenya the counties to work in the new strategy with clear justification based on different variables.

Guiding points for the assignment include but are not limited to:
Given the IRC’s role in country to date, what has been going well so far and what has been challenging?
Given the different scenarios, contexts and dynamics how should IRC understand its role in the country at the moment?
What Crisis should IRC be addressing and how should it respond to them and the people affected?
What are the main issues that are causing harm in Kenya and how are these crises likely to evolve in the next three years?
What are the steps the country program needs to take to make it more competitive in new bids and funding opportunities?
Help analyze the funding and donor landscape
What new programming areas can IRC focus on beyond what it is currently doing?
Which new counties should the country program consider working in?
What partnership organizations can IRC consider working in for better contribution, performance and results?
understand the conflicts and crises dynamics that are causing harm to people, the needs and capacities of communities.
How can we put clients at the center of our work and reach the most vulnerable people?
What are the roles, capacities and strategies of local actors and systems and what do we need to learn to determine how we can best ‘add value’ by complementing and reinforcing local actors and systems.
Understand the current refugee status in Kenya, consider  the priority country needs through context analysis and use the findings to  to support the revision strategy?
Help IRC staff fit in ideas from this assignment into the SAP being developed at the moment. This will be discussed and agreed between IRC and the consultant.
Summarize national and county governments strategic priorities for the period of the strategic implementation.

Hold initial reflection and scooping meetings with the country team to guide the context analysis/funding analysis/stakeholder analysis.
Key informant Interviews with management, staff, other CSOs, donors, Technical Unit, Regional Unit, local and national government officials
Literature review of existing program documents
National level information gathering and consultation with civil society organizations including potential local partners.
Staff surveys
Workshops for SMT plus staff from IRC during the SAP development exercise
Other methods deemed fit by the consultant


The final report should be analytical and user-friendly detailing key findings and providing clear and forward looking recommendations. The report will be submitted in English and   should includes: Executive summary, background (including Strategic Plan development process), context analysis,  stakeholders analysis, funding analysis, vision and mission statement , strategic priorities, vision statement, target clients and geographical area profiling, gender equality and diversity equality and inclusion, outcome and scale and program modalities.
A summarized PowerPoint presentation
Final report appendixes – stakeholders mapping, donor mapping, context analysis, data analysis, clientele description and rationale, geographical areas or crisis/conflicts description.
Work with the SAP Coordinator and other SAP support staff in putting information together as guided.

The Contractor will submit to IRC the following materials:

Inception report to be discussed with IRC;
Draft report to be discussed with IRC;
3 years strategic plan
Final report
Time Frame and Level of Effort

The period of the contract may be staggered from June to August. The consultant is expected to carry out all the preparation required to roll out the as per the suggested timeframe.


Qualifications of Lead Consultant (Consultant to determine number of personnel needed to accomplish task)

Advanced University degree (Master Level) in Development studies, Development economics, Socio-economic studies, or other related field. Additional areas of experience could include poverty reduction; economics, business administration or management.
Minimum of 7 years of relevant practical field experience within  the following areas: Organization assessment and development plans,  and institutional strengthening, strategic planning and experience in shaping change management …….
Demonstrated experience in conducting assessments for purposes of advising organizations and institutions on strategic plans
Deep knowledge of Kenya vision 2030 and the big four agenda objectives is a key qualification.
Understading of the CIDPs of the ASAL counties IRC Kenya seeks to implement in, Garissa Integrated Social and Economic Development Plan- GISDEP and Kakuma and Kalobeyei Integrated Social and Economic Develoment Plan- KISDEP in refugees hosting counties is another key knowledge.
Has an experience with development funding mechanisms such as WB. IFC, USAID and FCDO to GoK and development organizations such as DRDIP, IDA19, PAMOJA, among others
Demonstrated experience of working with NGOs in Organization Development.
Understanding of working with organizations in transition is an added advantage
Proved previous working experience consisting of substantial involvement in assements,, evaluations and/or reviews in related areas.
Demonstrated analytical, writing and reporting skills
Prior work experience in ASAL counties and refugee work in Kenya is an added advantage
Demonstrated publications record, covering research, technical, and policy areas;
Networks with relevant private and public sector institutions;
Extensive computer skills including excel, word and power point.
Fluency in written and spoken English

The attachments to the proposal should include:

CVs of proposed consultants (s) and past performance references
Cover letter outlining relevant experience and skills against qualifications listed.
List of related publications/reports and or similar work conducted before
Summary budget to complete contract, including: 1) estimated total number of days required for the consultants and staff; 2) daily rates; 3) travel costs; accommodation, logistics and 4) any additional equipment & supplies costs.


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