Becoming a Civic Educator or Coordinator
Uraia has a pool of over 350 civic educators and 47 county coordinators who are selected through a competitive process.
Criteria for selection of a civic educator:
- Education Level: minimum grade C (plain) at KCSE.
- Should be an indigenous resident of the county and constituency under which s/he applies for.
- Should meet the leadership and integrity requirements as per Chapter Six of the Constitution of Kenya (2010).
- Should have basic knowledge on the Constitution of Kenya (2010).
- Should have experience in community mobilisation and facilitation skills.
- Should be available to undertake the work and to travel within the sub-county as required.
- Experience in working within the governance and democracy field.
- Prior experience in undertaking civic education work.
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 (PWDs). Additionally, marginalised 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 are undertaken with technical support, guidance and supervision of Uraia personnel. 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 educators access the different community groups who are potential beneficiaries of the civic education programme. They also 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 organised 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 training is 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 two to three 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 training sessions 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.