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Kenya: Terms of reference for ILO C189 Sessional Paper

NGO/UN Job Vacancy

Organization: Oxfam GB
Country: Kenya
Closing date: 20 Jul 2017

Terms of Reference for Development of the Sessional Paper on the Ratification of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Convention Number 189 on Decent Work for Domestic Workers in Kenya

Project Title: Promoting decent work and livelihoods of vulnerable women domestic workers and women small scale traders

City of Nairobi

JULY 2017

A project co-funded by the European Union


Oxfam is an international development and humanitarian Non-Governmental Organization that works with others to overcome poverty and suffering. Oxfam has been operating in Kenya since 1963. The geographical focus of our programmes has been the urban areas mainly Nairobi city and Arid and Semi Arid Lands where we have been working with the poor and vulnerable groups to enhance their social and economic empowerment. Oxfam in partnership with the National Organization of Peer Educators (NOPE), SITE Enterprise Promotion and Youth Alive! Kenya (YAK) received financial support from the European Union to support a project on strengthening socio-economic empowerment of the informal economy workers particularly the poor and vulnerable women domestic workers and small scale traders. One of our commitments in this project is to work with the Government of Kenya and relevant stakeholders to influence the ratification of the International Labour Organization (ILO) Convention Number 189 on Decent Work for Domestic Workers in Kenya.

To deliver this commitment, Oxfam has partnered with the Ministry of East Africa Community, Labour and Social Protection, Central Organization of Trade Unions (COTU) Kenya, Federation of Kenya Employers (FKE) and Kenya Union of Domestic Hotels Education Institutions and Hospital Allied (KUDHEIHA) Workers in the championing for the ratification of the Convention in Kenya.

Scope of work

Oxfam in partnership with the Ministry of East Africa Community, Labour and Social Protection, COTU Kenya, FKE and KUDHEIHA wishes to call for expression of interest to draft a Sessional Paper to be used for influencing ratification of the International Labour organisation (ILO) Convention Number 189 on Decent Work for Domestic Workers in Kenya. The purpose of the Sessional Paper is to present the institutions with the background and context of the convention, its relevance to Kenya, proposed implementation framework, resource implications of the ratification, supervision and reporting mechanisms and analysis of the social, economic and political implication of the ratification of the convention in Kenya. The paper should also provide an outline of the ratification process and propose the key stakeholders and their respective functions and relevance to the ratification of the ILO Convention on Decent Work Environment for Domestic Workers. The task will also involve presentations to key stakeholders such as the National Labour Board, national stakeholders for validation, and the relevant committee of the National Assembly while capturing their inputs as much as possible into the final report.

Consultancy objective

The aim of this consultancy is to develop a Sessional Paper to guide Oxfam and partners to influence the ratification of ILO Convention No. 189 on decent work for domestic workers in Kenya.

Key deliverables

· An inception report covering the agreed methodology with clear time frame and budget.

· Final report with an executive summary stating the key challenges and a strong statement for justification and benefits of ratification of the Convention.

  • The final report will consist of no more than 25 pages. Report should be submitted both electronically as well as in six bound copies.

· Presentation of the report to stakeholders

· Report of engagements with stakeholders whose feedback should be captured into the final report.

Presentation of the Sessional Paper

The development of the Sessional Paper will be the responsibility of the consultant and will cover all the aspects outlined in this ToR while Oxfam and KUDHEIHA will be responsible for coordinating and supporting the exercise.


All the required documents and reports in their draft and final versions shall be submitted to Oxfam Programme Officer within the specified timing in this ToR. The Programme Officer commits to give written feedback to each of the submitted documents within 14 working days of receipt.

Consultancy period

The entire period of this consultancy will be for 22 working days that will include preparation, desk analysis and preparation of draft Sessional Paper, presentation of the draft Paper to the Technical Team, reviewing and submitting of the final paper to national stakeholders for validation, presentation to the National Labour Board and to relevant committee of the National Assembly.


Tax and VAT arrangements

Oxfam will deduct 5% withholding tax from the consultancy fees which will be in conformity with the prevailing government rates and submit the same to the Government of Kenya. The consultant will be entitled to a copy of the tax submission certificate on request from Oxfam.


The overall supervisor of this assignment will be Oxfam Country Director. However, the consultant will work on a day to day basis under the direct supervision of Oxfam’s Programme Officer in charge of Policy and Advocacy.

Qualifications required

  • The ideal candidate will have experience in labour laws, budgets, labour/economics, developing technical papers.

· Masters in the relevant field.

· Demonstrable experience and skills in doing the similar work.

· Experience in legislative research and drafting.

· Demonstrate experience in engaging policy makers and implementers.

· A person with drive to see change with personal conviction/passion on labour rights

Bid requirements

Consultants who meet the requirements of this assignment should submit Expression of Interest of MAXIMUM OF 10 PAGES which should include the following:

a) Suitability statement that express commitment to availability for the entire period of the assignment.

b) Proposed methodology including a detailed work plan.

c) Updated curriculum vitae of the consultant that clearly spell out their qualifications and experiences.

d) Contacts of 3 organizations that have recently contracted the consultant to carry out similar tasks.

e) An itemized budget proposal with daily costs per activity which shall be part of the 10 pages for consultancy fees

f) List of related work undertaken in the recent past including references

How to apply:

Application process

Interested and qualified consultants should send their applications before or by 20th July 2017 at 5.00 P.M and indicate APPLICATION FOR SESSIONAL PAPER DEVELOPMENT in the subject line to the email address below: