CIVIC EDUCATORS AND COUNTY COORDINATORS
Uraia has a pool of over 350 civic educators and 47 county coordinators who are selected through a competitive process. The key criteria considered during recruitment includes:
- Past experience in undertaking civic education/ involvement in community or social work /teaching work/ working with religious community or similar work.
- Being a residence in the particular constituency where the civic education will be undertaken.
- Education level of a minim of C- or its equivalent.
An average of six civic educators and one county coordinator are recruited for each county as well as a special category of civic educators targeting persons living with disabilities. Additionally the marginalized areas are allocated an average of three extra civic educators as part of affirmative action measures.
County coordinators undergo a one-week comprehensive civic education and Training of Trainers (ToT) course after which they are tasked with training the civic educators on the same. All these activities were undertaken with technical support, guidance and supervision of Uraia. The civic educators also undergo regular capacity building and refresher courses.
SCOPE OF WORK FOR THE COUNTY COORDINATORS
The key task of the county coordinators is to provide oversight to the work of civic educators. Specifically they are required to assist the civic educator’s access the different community groups who are potential beneficiaries of the civic education program as well as assist the civic educators to access and engage with the duty bearers in their civic education work. They are also responsible for quality control, regular monitoring and reporting on the progress of civic education work undertaken in the county.
SCOPE OF WORK FOR THE CIVIC EDUCATORS
The civic educators are tasked with identifying and training organized groups and community members at the constituency level. They are required to jointly develop a flexible training schedule based on the availability of the group/community members. The trainings are usually conducted at the premises where the groups meet for cost effectiveness in implementation of the programme. The training sessions are usually set to last between 2 to 3 hours based on the curriculum. The training schedules are then used to guide the implementation of the weekly civic education sessions. The civic educators are usually tasked with undertaking a minimum of two trainings per day each week. They are also required to liaise with other ongoing civic education efforts in the region for synergy and to avoid duplication and wastage of resources.
Here is a map showing where Uraia Civic Educators and County Coordinators are located countrywide.