Request for Proposals: Sauti za Wananchi baseline/formative study in Kenya

In 2015, Twaweza EA is about to launch in Kenya, Sauti za Wananchi (SzW) - an independent, rigorous and regular poll that will provide regular citizen feedback on critical emerging issues in Kenya. This poll will be geared towards the attention of policy makers and duty bearers. Twaweza hopes that the rigorous and high frequency nature of SzW will provide a powerful new way for citizens to inspire public imagination and to take precedence in the policy decisions of Kenya. In addition to monthly reports, Twaweza aims to make the full dataset available online for researchers to conduct their own analyses unlike existing polls which are commercial and often come with restricted access.

While Kenya is credited as being one of the first countries in Africa where opinion polling has become an established part of the political process, polls have been said to be used and misused in equal measure according to analysts. Many opinion shapers and decision makers have often cast doubt on the conduct of polls in Kenya saying most are subjective and used to advance various interests. Additionally, there is very little understanding if at all opinion poll results have any influence on public dialogue, policy and decision making, governance decision making and actions.

We are therefore seeking to engage a consultant to help gather information that will improve our understanding of the opinion polling market, the current perceptions and practices. This will be a short term assignment spread across one and a half month. This is meant as the first wave that will help generate measures that will be tracked through follow up rounds.

We are seeking the services of an individual consultant or firm with proven relevant experience in similar projects/research, excellent knowledge of the Kenyan opinion polling market, governance landscape, public policy analysis and the ability to secure high profile interviews will be an added advantage. Preferably with a relevant Master’s Degree. Interested persons should submit a proposal (not exceeding 10 pages) indicating clearly their understanding of the assignment, proposed methodology and approach, a cost-effective budget and a curriculum Vitae showing experience with similar work.

Complete proposals, with expression of interest, should be submitted by e-mail to: and cc so as to reach not later than Friday October 16, 2015.

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