Monitoring of Compliance and Implementation of African Union Protocols, Conventions, Decisions and Best Practices of Member States
Terms of Reference for Country Researcher

Introduction
State of the Union (SOTU) is a coalition of 10 civil society organizations that advocates for the ratification, domestication and implementation of key African Union treaties and legal instruments. They range from governance, political, social and economic rights, to peace and security and development. Fourteen of them – ten legal instruments and four policy standards – if implemented, have tremendous promise for the lives of millions in Africans. As part of its commitment, SOTU conducts bi-annual research to review country compliance and status of implementation of the selected AU instruments. The first State of the Union compliance reports were published in July 2010 and they were well appreciated by the AUC, member states and other interested stakeholders. SOTU members are currently planning to launch a second round of reviews and publish national and continental report by May2013. The 2012 reports will involve all the 10 SOTU countries.

Consultancy Objective:
(SOTU Member organisation), on behalf of The Stated of the Union (SOTU) Coalition is seeking to engage a consultant researcher to conduct assessments in (Country) to determine the level of compliance with and implementation of key commitments in AU Protocols, Conventions and Declarations and the impact of implementation on citizens’ quality of life.
The study seeks to establish the Status of ratification, domestication and implementation of AU Instruments at country level- best practice and challenges– and strategies to enhance implementation and monitoring. It will also be a follow up to similar study conducted in 2010. The overall goal is
. The outcomes of the study will be used to engage with member states at national and regional levels: country reports will be launched at country level while the continental report will be launched at the AU Summits in May 2013

Research methodology
The methodology will be the designed by the Lead consultant and will be further developed by the national researcher in collaboration with the SOTU member in the Country. A combination of approaches is suggested employing both quantitative and qualitative studies using desk studies, case studies, and interviews with key stakeholders

Consultant’s duties and responsibilities

Orientation
∙         Reading the 2010 national and continental reports, AU Protocols, Conventions, Declarations and Plans of Action selected for the study;
∙         Reading and familiarization with the Research Templates developed for the Study (standards, indicators and research questions and guidelines for country level research);

Management
∙         Work under the supervision of and guidance of the Lead Researcher through the SOTU Secretariat-and reporting to the SOTU Coalition Member in country. Working closely and reporting  on progress to the Lead Consultant Researcher for the Project to whom the country researchers will be accountable to;
∙         Working closely with national coalition and obtaining in-country support and guidance from the host institution identified for each country;

Research Activities
∙         Carrying out desk-top and primary research and analysis on the implementation of identified standards from selected AU protocols, conventions, declarations and plans of action drawing on credible research by other organisations, both international and local;
∙         Hold face to face meetings and focus group discussion with key stakeholder to validate the desk-top information and to get in depth analysis
∙         Delivering a completed piece of research for the relevant country, in English and in a form fit to be published making recommendations for immediate implementation, a longer-term strategy, or further study;
∙         Incorporating feedback from the validation meetings at national level, selected peer reviewers, the RRG and host institutions in country in the draft report.

Post Research Activities
∙         Present findings of the research at the validation and dissemination/launch meetings to provide an opportunity for the report to gain support from a wide section of interested parties;
∙         Commenting on the edited versions of the continental report compiled by the Lead Consultant Researcher to ensure that meanings have not been altered or information lost in the editing process;

III. Expected outputs:
∙         Draft and final report of the respective country detailing the status of implementation of AU commitments, successes/challenges and suggestions on strategies to fast-rack implementation and monitoring. The report will be structured as per the guidelines and Table of contents template to be prepared by the Lead Consultant Researcher. The report to be written in English-40 pages max. -excluding attachments;
∙         Power point presentation of the report and presentation of the PowerPoint at two national level meetings: validation and dissemination/launch.

IV. Timing:The assignment should be completed by November 25th, 2012.  The total number of days calculated above can be reallocated among different activities, with the total number of working days under the contract not exceeding 15 days.
The consultant researchers will be managed by and will regularly report on progress of work weekly to the, Lead Consultant Researcher for the Project, the SOTU Secretariat and SOTU member in country on behalf of the CART.

VI. Required Skills, Experience and Competencies

Essential
∙         Masters’ Degree in Social Science;
∙         At least 8 years relevant working experience in research, data collection and analysis, and monitoring and evaluation involving projects of a multi-sectoral and multi-country nature
∙         Experience in working with civil society and/ or with state representatives or African intergovernmental organisations; particularly the African Union or Regional Economic Committees
∙         Demonstrable knowledge of how to devise interview instruments and monitoring and evaluation templates;
∙         Experience convening and moderating meetings/ focus groups/ interviews with diverse participants, such as senior officials and civil society representatives;
∙         Excellent report writing and research skills,
including a proven track record in writing assessments, guidelines and evaluations. Ability to prepare succinct, analytical publications and reports;
∙         Strong interpersonal skills including a proven ability to liaise and mediate between a diverse group of stakeholders (civil Society and government officials in particular);
∙         Fluency in spoken and written English and knowledge of the official language of the respective country (French, Portuguese or Arabic) is an asset;
∙         Excellent organisational skills including the ability to work with minimal supervision, to set priorities and to deliver tasks on time;
Desired
∙         Local contacts and experience working in the relevant country, including in government and in civil society;
∙         Track record of managing a similar project, with limited budget and time, but with demonstrated results;
∙         Extensive knowledge of the African Union Conventions, Protocols, Declarations and plans of actions in the areas of human rights, democracy and socio-economic development.

VIII.
Expressions of interest

Interested consultants resident in the listed countries should email
their applications to:
∙         An up-to-date CV;
∙         Cover letter indicating interest and a daily professional fees in US$; and
∙         A summary of experience related to the required competencies and skills above.
∙         A sample of a previous similar assignment you have conducted
∙         Submission should reach  cislac@cislac.kabissa.org by Friday, 12th October 2012

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