Sunday, 19 November 2017

CALL FOR EXPRESSION OF INTEREST

The CLEEN Foundation (formerly known as Centre for Law Enforcement Education) is a non-governmental organization established in January 1998 with the mission of promoting public safety, security, and accessible justice through empirical research, legislative advocacy, demonstration programs and publications, in partnership with government and civil society.

Background Brief
CLEEN Foundation will be twenty (20) years by 2018 and in order to reposition and rebrand itself a number of institutional reforms and strengthening are being undertaken. We believe that this action will reposition the organization to continue to provide the lead in the area of public safety, security and accessible justice in Nigeria.  The action among others, will involve organization audit, trainings in strategic areas of programming, management, governance and gender based violence; restructuring of the three offices of CLEEN in Abuja, Lagos and Owerri; review of internal policies and processes as well as development of a new strategy and sustainability framework.

Consequently, Expression of Interest (EOI) is hereby invited from suitable and qualified Consultants and Service Providers in the following areas:


Lot
Area of Assignment/Supply
Specific Brief
Location
Lot 1
CLEEN Foundation Strategy Review, Revision and Development
Conduct an organizational audit to identify strength, weaknesses, threats andopportunities.
Identification of institutional strengthening priorities for investment in subsequent years over the medium-term, approximately 2018-2022
Review of the strategic plan (2014 -2018)

Abuja
Lot 2
Organisational Policies review, Update and Development
Development of Financial, Programme, Human Resources manuals etc, and deploying modern information and communication technologies that will enable real-time communication across the three offices through ICT investments.  

Abuja
Lot 3
Staff Capacity Building and Training: Programme/Project Management, Financial Management, Team Building and behavioural change
Staff and Board retreats and trainings in program design, implementation, evaluation,  financial development and program oversight
Abuja
Lot 4
National Budget Tracking and Accountability.
Accountability on the use of public resources for safety and security in Nigeria by reviewing and monitoring security allocation and implementation on the 2017 national budget and proposals for 2018 fiscal year

Abuja
Lot 5
Sexual and Gender Based Violence Management
Trainings, meetings and developing new materials on addressing Sexual and Gender based violence in Nigeria at the demand and supply sides of law enforcement and citizens. These materials will also take cognizance of the new trends of conflict-related sexual violence suffered by women and girls.

Abuja
Lot 6
Programme Monitoring and Evaluation
Programme quality assurance and strengthening. Also M & E training of staff and partners.
Abuja
Lot 7
Financial Audit and Investigation.
Financial audit is completed, leading to a set of identified Operations and  institutional strengthening priorities for subsequent years’ focus and investment. Creating high level of transaction evidence and assurance.
Abuja
Lot 8
Office Stationaries and Computer consumables and Accessories.
Establishing a data base for Suppliers and building effective procurement process and accountability.
Abuja
Lot 9
Board Governance and Management.
Training for Board Members on NGO management and oversight.
Abuja


Consultant/Service Provider Competencies and Requirements:
·         Must have technical skills in the area he or she is applying.
·         Demonstrable experience in the area in which he/she is applying and must provide evidence of previous works done in this regard with relevant contacts details
·         If a legal entity must have an evidence of registration.
·         Have a Bank Account and Tax Indentification Number.
·         The Consultant/Service provider must be available at a short notice.
·         Excellent spoken and written English
·         Computer skills particularly for individual Consultants.
Application Closing Date
1st December, 2017

How to Apply
Interested and qualified persons should submit their proposals indicating the Lot of interest and other requeirement as stated above to: 
cleen@cleen.org which must include the following:
·         A Cover Letter introducing the person or organisation and how the skills and competencies described above are met, with concrete examples.
·         A 2-page outline of the proposed process and methodology for handling the area of interest selected.
·         CVs of key personnel in the organisation should be included.
·         Sample of a previous work done.
·         Stating the Lot Area as subject matter.
·         If you are interested in more than one Lot, you will need to submit the above requirement for each.
Note: Only shortlisted Service Providers will be contacted and successful applicants will be notified on or before 20th December 2017.


Thursday, 16 November 2017

SECURITY THREAT ASSESSMENT FOR ANAMBRA STATE GOVERNORSHIP ELECTION, 18TH NOVEMBER 2017

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
                          
The cycle and integrity of elections are critical to the democratic process that any perceived or real threat to elections is often interpreted as a threat to the sustenance of democracy. Since Nigeria's return to democratic rule in 1999, elections had been characterised by security and administration challenges, resulting in discredited outcomes and associated cases of off-cycle elections. The November 18, 2017 governorship election in Anambra state is the latest in the list of off-cycle elections in Nigeria. The elections will take place in a largely tensed atmosphere, shaped by the resurgence of Biafra separatist agitation by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), large number of political contestants, huge deployment of state security forces, influence of godfather politics, prevalence of cultism, and proliferation of arms, among other factors.
It is against this backdrop that CLEEN Foundation embarked on an assessment of elections security threat to the November 2017 governorship election in Anambra State. The study examined the real and potential election security threats in the state, focusing on each of the three senatorial districts. It adopted a mixed-methodology, involving both qualitative and quantitative research methods, to generate vital information on the nature and extent of threats to the November 18 elections.
The report identified some critical actors whose conduct could undermine the peaceful conduct of elections in the state. These include IPOB agitators, party thugs, political parties, armed groups (Cultists), INEC officials, security agents, judiciary, media, traditional institutions, vigilante groups, and CSOs. The way and manner these actors behave before, during and after the elections could constitute election security threats. The findings of the quantitative survey revealed that the activities of IPOB agitators constitute the greatest elections security threats (70%). The study showed that the group has the capacity to threaten the election through subtle intimidation of voters, propaganda operations using especially social media, and confrontation with security agents and electoral officials where there is weak or non-existent security presence. Besides the IPOB, other actors whose actions, inactions or misconduct could pose significant threat to the forthcoming elections are party thugs and political parties (67%), armed groups (61%), INEC (56%), and security agents (55%). The potentials of the conduct of the judiciary and media to contribute to the outbreak of electoral violence were ranked below 50%. However, there is widespread concern of possible misuse of social media by IPOB agitators, political contestants and some aggrieved individuals to instigate violence. 
The study further identified some communities or locations that are possible flashpoints of electoral violence and security breaches (see Map below). Factors such as the potency of IPOB's threat, politics of Godfatherism, allegations of gubernatorial candidates' connections to cult groups, undue exploitation of power of incumbency, and desperation of opposition parties to capture the state constitute main sources of election security threats. The threat level is shaped by factors such as high population density (especially youths), huge presence of IPOB members, stronghold of the major political heavy weights or contestants, and history of electoral violence. Locations considered to be chiefly at risk are Atani, Ekwulobia, Fegge, Niger/Head Bridge (Onitsha), Nkpor, Obosi, Okija, Okpoko, Ozubulu, Ubuluisiuzo and Uli. Places such as Abagana, Aguleri, Agulu, Amansea, Anaocha, Aroma, Ifete, Nkwele Ezunanka, Nnewi-Ichi, Nsugbe, Ogbunike Ajalli, Ogidi, Okpuno, Orafite, Osumenyi, Ukpo and Umunze are equally potential flashpoints of violence.









The study envisaged low  voter turnout in the forthcoming governorship election. Several factors could account for it. First, is the traditional apathetic disposition of most residents of the state. Second, is the threat by IPOB for election boycott, with promise of death for those who vote in the election. Third, and as a corollary to the above, is the possibility of further militarisation of the state in view of the potency of the IPOB threat. There is also widespread concern of possible post-election violence in the event that APGA loses the election to APC.



RECOMMENDATIONS
In light of the major findings as well as those common to each senatorial district, the study proffered the following recommendations for the key stakeholders.
Federal Government:
a.       Desist from deploying the military into streets during the elections in order to avoid heightened militarisation of the state that could exacerbate voter apathy.
b.      Develop a robust strategy for rapid deployment of the military to flashpoints of violence, to be activated only when and where there is serious security breaches that overwhelm the capacity of the police.
c.       Task the Ministry of Information to collaborate with the National Orientation Agency,  INEC and DSS to create a formidable influence operation team (IOT) that could proactively counter IPOB's propaganda, or hate speeches by desperate politicians and faceless individuals during the election period.
Anambra State Government:
a.       Leverage Anambra Broadcasting Service to heighten the synergy between the media and security agencies in the state to address people's concerns about securitisation and militarisation of the state.
b.      Encourage religious leaders, Town Union executives and community leaders to mobilise their people to vote in peaceful manner and assist in disseminating credible electoral information at the grassroots.
c.       Sustain public enlightenment programmes through town hall meetings, radio, television and social media on the dangers of youth involvement in cultism and consumption of hard-drugs to mitigate their consequences for the elections.

For Security Agencies:
a.       Implement robust and 'right-sized' deployment of security agents and intelligence operatives across the 21 LGAs to ensure efficient security provisioning before, during and after the election. This will ensure that the right size of security forces are deployed for the right mission.
b.      Establish a Special Inter-Agency Monitoring Team that will commence and sustain active patrolling of the roads in the state to appropriately deal with corrupt and overzealous security agents who are taking advantage of the huge force deployment to engage in the molestation, maltreatment and extortion of people.
c.       Properly publicise non-classified aspects of security arrangements for the election to boost the confidence of the people to come out and vote. In partnership with the political parties, media and CSOs, they can agree that carrying a Voters Card will be the only acceptable means of identification for moving about during the voting hours. Exception would be made for those on essential duties.
d.      Establish a special committee with representatives of political parties, CSOs and traditional leaders to conduct transparent demobilisation of vigilante groups and other informal policing outfits. Involving other diverse stakeholders will give credibility to the exercise and boost the confidence of opposition parties that are doubtful of past exercises.
e.       Leverage the findings of this study and others that have provided evidence-based insights on potentials security flashpoints to evolve or fine-tune security incident response plan for the elections.
f.       Maintain professional conduct in the discharge of their responsibility, especially when conducting stop-and-search operations, handling of suspects, management of crowd and dispersals of illegal gathering during the election.
g.      Sustain active and visible patrolling of all vulnerable streets and spots while the election is on, especially in areas with large students and youth population.
h.      Create toll-free lines for timely reporting and response to incidents that could undermine peace and security before, during and shortly after elections.
For INEC:
a.       Ensure early distribution of non-sensitive materials to all LGA headquarters, and make adequate preparation to deliver all other materials promptly on the election day for  timely commencement of voting.
b.      Emplace a special social media team (SSMT) that would constantly scan the social media horizon to counter false allegations or rumours that could undermine the legitimacy of the electoral process. The team would equally serve as a platform for entertaining complaints from the public as well as giving real-time update on the progress of the elections.
c.       Provide and appropriately communicate to all stakeholders its platform for ensuring transparent counting, collation and announcement of results. 
d.      Ensure that the posting of electoral officials is done a night to the election. This will ensure politicians do not get to know which electoral officer would work in any polling unit.
e.       Capture the biometrics of all ad hoc staff during training and their identity confirmed on the day of election to ensure that only trained ad hoc staff work on the day of election.
For Political Parties:
a.  Develop and sign Peace Commitment Charter (PCC). Through the Charter, the parties and their candidates would sign to abide by the provisions of the electoral law, desist from using political thugs, and shun hate and provocative speeches that could trigger electoral violence.
b.  Adequately train their party agents to understand their rights and responsibilities in order to avoid acts that could compromise INEC officials or the electoral process.
For CSOs and Media:

a.       Partner with the INEC and political parties to continuously and properly educate the  people as well as counter misinformation, falsehood and incitation that are capable of dissuading people from voting or triggering violence.
b.      Deepen collaboration with INEC and security agencies in area of security information sharing and voter education.
c.       Continue to monitor and provide impartial report on the entire electoral process to help protect the integrity of the elections.
d.      Conduct security awareness and sensitisation programme to encourage healthy relation between the people and state security forces.
e.       The media should report only verified information obtained from trusted sources and promote peace messaging.

For Voters:
a.       Should have the confidence to cast their votes and report observed electoral irregularities to appropriate quarters.
b.      Seek for updates and information on election matters through the right channels like the INEC information desk rather than depend on social media.

c.       Abstain from spreading unverified electoral information via social media.





Wednesday, 15 November 2017

VACANCY: SENIOR PROGRAMME OFFICER-COMMUNICATION AND CAMPAIGN

The position requires both technical and creative skills, an eye for detail and motivation to look for innovative solutions in organisational image making and visibility through the full employment of Information communication technology (ICT). Will report to the Executive Director.

JOB DESCRIPTION

Communication
·        Digital content management for CLEEN Foundation and her partners.
·        Writing and editing of articles and other related publications.
·        Monitor data and create content for all communication tools (website, social media, Basecamp, Mailchimp, Adobe Creative).
·        Implement and coordinate communication tools, platforms and visual identity (design).
·        Produce digital communications material; prepare and design layouts for policy and promotional material; work with external developers as needed.
·        Support CLEEN Projects dissemination activities.
·        Ensure effective reportage of every CLEEN activities.
·        Lead in the production of policy briefs and annual reports of CLEEN.
·        Provide leadership in knowledge management and sharing of the organisation.
·        Maintain strategic relationships and communication with media partners.

Campaigns and Fund Raising
·        Coordinate outreach campaigns of CLEEN Foundation.
·        Liaising with strategic partners in the sector for outreach campaigns.
·        Liaising with public and private organisations engaged in the delivery of campaign solutions.
·        Lead in building a membership based for CLEEN Foundation.
·        Work with Senior Management of CLEEN to support members’ connectivity and exchange of knowledge.
·        Provide leadership in the development and implementation of the organisation’s fund raising strategy.

Events management and other tasks
·        Conceptualise events with CLEEN Officers and partners.
·        Coordinate CLEEN events with the administrative staff.
·        Lead as Master of Ceremony in all CLEEN events.
·        Provide Executive Assistance to the Executive Director.
·        Undertake tasks as may be assigned by the Executive Director or his designate.

PROFILE QUALIFICATIONS
·        A Masters degree in at least one but preferably several of the following areas: communications, journalism, ICT(Social Media Specialist), international relations and diplomacy.
·        Have at least 5 years working experiences in related jobs.
·        An excellent command of the English language (spoken and written); Additional knowledge of French language is highly desirable.
·        Excellent editing skills, designing skills: layout, page-setting and video editing software skills.

COMPETENCES
·        Strong organisational skills and flexibility.
·        Excellent interpersonal skills within a multinational and cultural context.
·        Being action-oriented, self-motivated, responsible, creative and willing to take initiative.
·        Having an eye for detail and knowing to keep to deadlines (even under pressure).
·        Creative and strategic thinking.
·        Knowledge of donor relationship management.
·        Experience of working in/or with civil society, membership based organisations and general non-profit sector (volunteering included).
·        Ability to translate complex political/policy issues into appropriate messages and understandable language.


HOW TO APPLY
Please submit your 1 - 2 page cover letter and CV by email at searchcommittee@cleen.org with email subject Application for Senior Programme Officer - Communication and Campaign.

We encourage interested candidates to attach their portfolio in the application or hyperlink their CV.

For the cover letter please specify:
1. What expertise and skills you will be bringing to the organisation.
2. Give a few examples of your main achievements.
3. Your understanding of working with networks and coalitions.
4. Your experience in promoting public safety and security through communication.
5. Your team building experience.

Closing date:
24 NOVEMBER 2017.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Aimed start date:

15 JANUARY 2018

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