Overview

BACKGROUND 

The Legal Aid Act 2016, establishes a legal and institutional framework for legal aid in Kenya by giving effect to Articles 19(2), 48, 50 (2)(g) and (h) of the Constitution, i.e. National Legal Aid Service (NLAS), whose mandate is to promote access to justice. In the discharge of its mandate, NLAS adopts various legal aid delivery models, one of which is the promotion of legal literacy. Section 7 of the Legal Aid Act p provides for this function as including “(k) taking appropriate measures to promote legal literacy and legal awareness among the public and in particular, educate vulnerable sections of the society on their rights and duties under the Constitution and other laws”. Legal awareness is fundamental to the achievement of legal literacy and capacity to access justice especially by the poor, vulnerable, and marginalized groups. NLAS uses platforms such as national legal aid campaigns, legal awareness days, radio talk shows, and other media to promote legal literacy.

In this regard, NLAS and IDLO have partnered to host radio talk shows on access to legal aid services during the Covid-19 pandemic in Nairobi, Western and Coast regions from 3rd to 28th May 2021. The talk shows will be held in English, Kiswahili and Dholuo languages respectively. The talk shows will target audiences from Nairobi, Western, and Coast regions in Kenya.

The objectives of the talk shows include:

  • Dissemination of information on the availability of legal aid services and how to access the said legal aid services during the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Educate listeners about the legal protections provided in domestic laws.
  • Give listeners an opportunity to engage with the NLAS and share experiences and challenges in accessing legal aid services, during the pandemic.

NLAS and IDLO seek to contract resource persons for the radio talk shows, who are ordinarily resident in Nairobi, Western and Coast regions respectively. The resource persons will lead the discussions, respond to the technical/legal questions from listeners, and consolidate the feedback for NLAS’s action. The resource persons are grouped into the following three categories:

Category 1: Based in Nairobi and fluent in English and Kiswahili languages

Category 2: Based in the Coast region and fluent in English and Kiswahili languages

Category 3: Based in the Western region and fluent in English and Dholuo languages

DELIVERABLES

The resource persons will:

  • Develop a detailed work plan and methodology for delivering the assignment.
  • Prepare a presentation for the radio talk shows on the thematic topics as identified and agreed upon with NLAS and IDLO.
  • Deliver the presentation on the radio as agreed and respond to the technical/legal questions from listeners during the talk shows.
  • Consolidate the feedback from the interactions and develop a comprehensive summary report for IDLO/NLAS detailing the emerging issues from the interactions with listeners during the talk shows, challenges as identified, and recommendations for NLAS’s action.

IDEAL CANDIDATE PROFILE

  • Understanding of the National Legal Aid Act, 2016 and the National Legal Aid Act (Regulations), 2020
  • Understanding of the history, structure, and operations of the National Legal Aid Service (NLAS). Previous experience working with NLAS on similar assignments is an added advantage.
  • Diverse knowledge and experience in the areas of family law, land law, employment, and labor relations, and alternative disrepute resolution.
  • At least five years’ experience working on issues relating to access to justice and access to legal aid services for women, children, and youth.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Experience as a speaker/panelist on community radio talk shows of a similar nature.

DURATION OF THE ASSIGNMENT

The consultancy contracts will run for one month from 3rd to 28th May 2021.

REMUNERATION FOR THE ASSIGNMENT

The resource persons shall receive a lump-sum consultancy fee at the market rate, upon satisfaction of all the deliverables.  All fees are subject to a 5% KRA withholding tax.

DISCLAIMER AND CLOSING DATE 

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of the work being performed by the staff member assigned to this work. This is not an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities. The Director-General of IDLO reserves the right to amend and change responsibilities or even to cancel the recruitment to meet business and organizational needs as necessary.

The application deadline is by 23rd April 2021.

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