Oxfam Review of the Play for the Union Campaign Consultancy Opportunity Kenya 2013

Review of the Play for the Union Campaign
Terms of Reference
The State of the Union (SOTU) is a coalition of civil society organizations working together to hold African Government accountable for the ratification, domestication and implementation of key African Union decisions and standards.
SOTU is committed to the establishment of a democratic culture, effective public institutions and meaningful citizen’s participation in public affairs to demand the delivery of key political, social and economic rights and standards that directly impact on the lives of African Citizens.
SOTU has been implementing a continental-wide campaign—the Play for the Union—that uses football to mobilise and inform African Citizens on the affairs of the African Union.
The campaign was launched in February 2012 and documents the life stories and experiences of 22 men and women (Play for the Union Ambassadors) who came together because of their love for their continent and football. Patrick Mboma, tow time African Champion and 2004 African player of the ear is te Goodwill Ambassador for the campaign.
These Ambassadors who frequently are joined by celebrities from Africa have joined the campaign to add their voice in reminding African leader to deliver on the commitment they make at the African Union level.
Purpose and Objectives of the Review
SOTU is seeking to commission a review to assess the effectiveness and contributions of the Play for the Union Campaign in realising the SOTU agenda.
This review will focus on highlighting key successes, lessons learned and added value as a result of the campaign.
It will also make recommendations to support the team to make a decision on the future of the campaign to support our goals.
  • Assess the quantitative and qualitative results and reach of the strategies of the campaign
  • Review the effectiveness of the campaign strategies and approach and its impact to the mobilisation, advocacy and policy changes
  • Identify the campaign contribution to changes in knowledge and perceptions among the Ambassadors and people they have interacted with directly
  • Identify major achievements and key challenges
  • Develop a set of best practices and recommendations to improve SOTU’s continental campaigning that would effectively support its agenda.
Some key questions the review should answer include:
  • Was the campaign appropriate considering the results and would it be appropriate to continue? Pros & cons
  • Did we reach out targets? Numbers? Policy changes?
  • Were the people reached actually capacitated, motivated to act and demand accountability from governments?
  • What can we attribute to SOTU? What did SOTU contribute to?
  • Following this review what can be done better by members and by the secretariat
Tasks and Deliverables
The output should be a report, identifying the achievements of the campaign, comparing activities to external changes, the challenges (internally and externally), and suggestions for strategic improvements.
The report should be easily accessible, clear and concise.
Key tasks:
  1. Developing tools and a work plan for the review.
  2. Conducting the actual review and data collection by reviewing key documents and interviewing key stakeholders
  3. Developing a comprehensive report presenting and analysing the results of the assessment
  4. Presenting the report to a campaign review workshop
A combination of approaches is suggested employing both review of secondary information (Play for the Union reports, online engagement), and interviews with specific stakeholders and one on one meetings with an agreed audience.
The assignment should be completed by July 20th.
The report will be shared and discussed in a workshop with members, stakeholder and partners scheduled to take place in Early August.
  • University degree in social science (Anthropology, Sociology, Social work, Economics, Political Sciences, Research) or other
  • Strong understanding and experience working in Africa including a good understanding of policy advocacy and campaigning works and civil society movement in Africa.
  • Proven track record in undertaking advocacy, campaign evaluations, or equivalent.
  • Skills and experience in qualitative research methods in exploring links between campaign activities and policy outcomes in particular.
  • Efficient in computer (MS word, MS Excel) and fluent in English and French (writing and speaking).
How to Apply:
SOTU invites bids from individuals with the experience and skills described above.
Bids must include: A cover letter no more than 2 pages introducing the evaluator and how the skills and competencies described above are met, with concrete examples as appropriate.
Please also use this cover letter to indicate consultant’s availability at critical periods.
A 1-page budget covering the consultant’s fees and other major anticipated costs.
One CV detailing relevant skills and experience, including contactable referees.
One example of a relevant previous Evaluation/Project Effectiveness Review
Interested consultants/teams are invited to submit their applications to the:
The Coordinator, 
SOTU Secretary. 
Email: info@sotu-africa.org 
Deadline for submission: June 10 2013

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