Economic & Social Rights Centre-Hakijamii,
Yaya Court, Suite 8, Yaya Centre along Chania Avenue,
P.O. Box 11356-00100, Nairobi Kenya,
Office Mobile: 0726-527 876/0732-906255.
Web Site: www.hakijamii.com
REPORT ON THE STATE OF HOUSING IN KENYA-VOL 3
Founded in 2004 and registered in 2007, Economic and Social Rights Centre- Hakijamii is a national human rights organization that works with marginalized groups living in urban and peri-urban areas to amplify their voices to effectively claim their economic and social rights and live a dignified life. It is registered as a Non-governmental organization (NGO) under the NGO Coordination Act. It has its secretariat in Nairobi, with strategic community partners in Nairobi, Kisumu, Garissa, Kakamega, Isiolo, Kwale and Mombasa.
Hakijamii envisions a society that is free from discrimination, exploitation and injustice. Our mission is to strengthen the capacity of people’s organizations to effectively and directly participate in advocating and realizing their economic, social and cultural rights in Kenya. Throughout our existence, the organization has been guided by the goal of promoting social movements to engage in realizing and promoting human rights-centered practices and policies. The organization has four main result areas namely: Health, water & sanitation, Land & housing, education, public interest litigation, research and budget analysis.
In November 2019, Hakijamii commissioned a report on “State of Housing in Kenya: Is Government Faltering on its’ Big 4 Housing Promises?” The report sought to establish facts about the status of the implementation of the proposed state housing programme under the Government’s Big 4 Agenda. It sought to take account of status of Housing Financing and the accessibility or lack thereof of the financing framework for the urban poor. The report further highlighted the state of forced evictions which spiked at a time the State had committed to establish and maintain affordable Housing Schemes. The report further took account of the status of the development agenda which while being implemented gravely affected the Land and Housing Rights of the Urban poor leaving them dependent on the Human Rights Defenders for the protection and preservation of these Rights.
The specific objectives of the State of Housing Report Vol 2 was to:
- Assess the extent or lack thereof of the adoption of the implementation of the Housing Agenda at County Level,
- Review the status of Housing Financing and the extent to which the targeted beneficiaries actually gain access to affordable housing,
- Review and report the surge in development led forced eviction the legal framework and targeted measures the community can employ to respond to the recurrence,
- Delivering a proactive responsive approach to resolution of the Housing Crisis and protection of the Land and Housing Rights in Kenya.
Building on the findings of the State of Housing Report Volume 2 and the emerging issues within the housing sector, The State of Housing Report Volume 3 intends to continue promoting in-depth analysis on The Right to Housing developments in Kenya. The report must address itself to the change in Landscape in recent times and accordingly propound means of response to the emergent gaps from a Policy, Institutional, Legislative and social perspective.
Notwithstanding the progressive strides towards promoting realization of right to adequate housing and protection of Land Rights, there are inadequate Policy, Institutional and legal frameworks to guide its implementation and accountability mechanisms for preservation of these rights. The State has made several targeted steps to reinforce the Development Agenda which has created an instance of replication and conflict of Functions between both tiers of Government, with Nairobi being a good case study with recurring conflicts on implementation of housing functions between the Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) and Nairobi County. Mombasa County has also made strides in implementing their Urban Renewal and Regeneration Programmes within the Old County estates with Buxton being a pilot. It will be strategic to document the progress of implementation in these two counties.
The Advent of the COVID 19 pandemic shook the core of the sanctity of Article 43 with the epidemic response measures negatively impacting the gains made in the protection of these rights with a spike in forced evictions witnessed during the subsistence of the Pandemic measures! This report will seek to highlight “The impact of COVID 19 on the right to adequate housing and other socio-economic rights”. It is in this response that we call upon services of a qualified consultant to conduct a critical analysis on the State of Housing in Kenya.
- Conduct an overview analysis on trends and patterns of housing evictions between 2019 and 2020, and establish the impacts of eviction pursuant to the implementation of the Housing Agenda;
- Analyze the impact the Pandemic has had on the gains made in the protection of the Right to Housing based on National and County response framework and the impact this has had on the implementation of the Housing Agenda,
- Analyze and report the status of eviction during the Pandemic and the impact of the Prevention and restriction guidelines on the protection of the right to adequate housing for the urban poor,
- Provide a status brief on legislative proposals and bills enacted at national and county level on the right to adequate housing.
- Provide concise and actionable recommendations to address the gaps identified by the report.
The Consultant will be required to submit a well-researched report on “State of Housing in Kenya-Vol 3” and recommend practical solutions to challenges identified.
Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu.
This consultancy assignment shall require:
- At least 5 years’ experience in research on socio-economic rights and background on housing rights in Kenya
- Proven experience in project planning and management.
- Linkages with County and National Governments.
- Background in Human rights advocacy and research
- Experience working, at technical and or policy level, on Housing rights in Kenya or in the East Africa region.
- Excellent verbal and writing skills with proficiency in both English & Kiswahili.
- Ability to work with minimum supervision and in a multicultural setting
- Experience in working with community partners.
- Masters’ degree in social sciences particularly Human Rights, Law or Sociology Preferred.
- Strong research and analytical skills,
- Proven record of Policy Research, Advocacy, and/or Academic engagement on protection and preservation of Land and Housing Rights
The entire assignment should take 15 days spread over a period of maximum 30 days, with clear key timelines as per the execution work plan to be approved by Hakijamii.
Hakijamii is sourcing for Individual consultants. Those interested in the process should send:
- Expression of interest to these Terms Of Reference which shall include;
- Application letter with the resume giving the Consultant profile and evidence of technical expertise with at least three professional References of execution of similar engagements,
- A technical note detailing the execution methodology, work plan with clear time frames,
The Executive Director
Economic & Social Rights Centre – Hakijamii
The Email Subject should appear as: “State of Housing in Kenya Vol 3”
Deadline for receiving applications is Close of Business on 17th November 2020, Kindly note that due to the huge applications received only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.