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Restricted procedure: Pre-appraisal of the Kenya Bilateral Programme: 2021-2025

Deadline for applications: 14 May 2020, at 14:00, Danish time 

Description
Background and scope:
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is in a process of adjusting the approach to Development Cooperation. The focus is on enabling a more coherent, flexible and adaptive approach across the Danish portfolio in multilateral, bilateral and civil society engagement, under the heading “Doing Development Differently” (DDD). The Royal Danish Embassy (RDE) in Nairobi has been piloting the DDD in connection with formulating a new Strategic Framework for the overall Denmark-Kenya engagement, 2021-2025, which includes the overall strategic foundation for Denmark’s entire engagement with Kenya as well as the bilateral programme, formerly defined and structured as a country programme. 

The Denmark-Kenya Strategic Framework 2021-2025 in Kenya, includes the bilateral programme, which will be composed of an expected thirteen Development Engagements, in addition to all the other Danish instruments applied in Kenya. The Strategic Framework constitutes the basis upon which Denmark provides bilateral assistance to Kenya. The Strategic Framework aims at giving the strategic priorities of the entire Danish cooporation with Kenya as well as outlining the bilateral development engagements within the areas of i) sustainable, inclusive and green growth, ii) Democratic governance, human righs and equitable access to equitable services and iii) Resilience, peace and stability.  The strategic framework was approved by the Council for Development Policy in December 2019 and is currently in process to be approved by the Minister for Foreign Affairs and the Minister for development.

Meanwhile, the Development Engagements under the bilateral programme will be described in Development Engagement Documents (DEDs), including annexes, which are in the process of being developed.

The focus of the pre-appraisal will be on the development engagement level. The format for the Development Engagement Documents, which also ensures that they meet key requirements, have been approved by the Embassy-Ministry Task Force, and includes among other considerations that:

-Without an overall programme document, DED’s should to a larger extent than previously be able to stand alone but still be considered with the Strategic Framework as an overlay; be specific, clear and operational. Although some general background information can be required, overall background information provided in the Strategic Framework should not be replicated in the DEDs.

-The potential and approach for adaptive learning in line with DDD should be clear, including capacity of the partner.

Objective:
The overall objective of the pre-appraisal is to:

- Real time quality assure the development engagement documents, e.g. in terms of relevance, effectiveness and efficiency, including MEAL (Monitoring, Evaluation, Adaptability and Learning), Financial management systems and partner capacity.

- Assist the Embassy in ensuring that engagements are ready for implementation.

- Confirm whether development engagements underpin the strategic priorities of the strategic framework, 2021-2025.

Since an field mission will not be possible, it will be agreed between the pre-appraisal team and the Embassy how precisely the programme for the appraisal should be structured, including virtual meetings with partners etc.

Estimated timing, approach, input and budget:
The contract is expected to commence 2 June 2020. Draft and final report is due medio/ultimo July.

The pre-appraisal will consist of two phases: i) Document reviews, preparation note, online interviews/consultations in Denmark and Kenya, ii) Reporting Phase (June/July (inception report, draft/final report and debriefing)). The pre-appraisal will follow the MFA aid management guildelines (AMG).

The estimated input is approx. 75 working days divided between three international experts including an goverance/CSO expert with relevant Danida experience, approx. 30 days (team leader for the external team referring to the overall team leader from ELQ, MFA), a green growth expert with relevant Danida experience,  approx. 25 days and a PFM expert with relevant Danida experience covering PFM and Financial Management (approx. 20 days). There is no travelling foreseen. The budget maximum is DKK 900,000 excl. VAT.

Deadline for applications: 14 May 2020, at 14:00, Danish time

The standard application form should be used. Applications not using the standard form may be rejected. Applications received after the deadline shall be rejected.

Download application form here.

Contact point: Evaluation, Learning and Quality, MFA
Name of Programme Officer: Nicolaj Sønderbye
E-mail address, Programme Officer: nicson@um.dk
Telephone of Programme Officer: (+45) 33 92 00 00

Criteria for selection:
A minimum of three and a maximum of five applicants with references best suited for this assignment will be invited to submit a tender