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REQUEST FOR CONSULTANCY SERVICES FOR KENYA NATIONAL POLICY ANALYSIS ON PASTORALISM AND CLIMATE CHANGE

REQUEST FOR CONSULTANCY SERVICES FOR KENYA NATIONAL POLICY ANALYSIS ON PASTORALISM AND CLIMATE CHANGE INCLUDING POLICY ANALYSIS IN TWO SPECIFIC COUNTIES, MARSABIT AND ISIOLO

BACKGROUND

The Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) is a continental coalition of Civil Society Organizations from diverse backgrounds bringing together more than 1000 organizations in 45 African countries from Faith-based Organizations, Farmers and Pastoralists` Groups, Community-based organizations, Non-Governmental organizations, Trusts, Foundations, among other sectors with a common goal of promoting and advocating for Pro-poor, climate-friendly and equity-based responses to climate change.

PACJA aims at unifying and coordinating isolated civil society efforts on climate change advocacy in Africa, so as to ensure that pro-poor and people-centered response measures are accorded attention as governments in Africa seek to mainstream climate change into national poverty reduction and sustainable development strategies and actions.

In the pursuit of its mandate, PACJA collaborates and encourages strategic alliances with international partners, national governments, regional governmental bodies as well as individuals sharing its aspirations, to build an enhanced African profile that assures the continent’s visibility in international climate change dialogue processes.

THE CONSULTANCY

PACJA in its 2016-2020 Strategic Plan has outlined the following specific objectives:

1: Policy influence

2: Public engagement and mobilization

3: Holding governments accountable

4: Research, knowledge development and communication

5: Institutional and governance strengthening

In line with the Strategic plan, PACJA is implementing the below described project within which consultancy services are sought

PROJECT BRIEF

PACJA is implementing a ‘Strengthening the capacity of pastoralists organizations to engage in climate change processes at national and regional levels’ project that is supported by Open Society Initiative for Eastern Africa (OSIEA) in three countries; Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya. The project’s objectives are:

  • To strengthen the capacity of Pastoralists organizations to engage in climate change processes at national and regional levels

 

  • To build strong linkages and partnerships between Pastoralist organizations and other climate change Civil Society lobby groups at national, regional and international levels

 

PACJA is as well part of the Resilience Group of the Voice for Change Partnership (V4CP). V4CP, supported by SNV seeks to achieve climate-resilient pastoralist communities with strengthened voice and participation in climate change policy-making processes in Kenya. This goal will be attained through the realization of outcomes such as enactment and implementation of inclusive legal frameworks and integration of pastoralists’ representatives in structures and processes of climate change decision-making.

The proposed consultancy is to contribute to the achievement of the above projects’ objectives through:

  1. Enhancing civil society influence on policy change and review through evidence-based policy advocacy for the pastoral sector in the context of climate change
  2. Supporting civil society advocacy work through provision of a platform where pastoralists’ issues in the context of environmental and climate change reality are brought into light and governments held into account to respond to the concerns from vulnerable pastoral communities.
  3. Supporting Forum CC and other pastoralist organization in the selected countries including Kenya with fact-based analysis in playing a critical role of holding governments to account with respect to the implementation of the Paris Agreement that secures the space to engage and rights of indigenous communities that include pastoralists, in generation of supportive policies and domestication of the Agreement

It is in this context that PACJA seeks the services of a suitably qualified Consultant or Consultancy firm to undertake a study that will culminate into generating a National Pastoralism Regulations Outlook in the context of climate change, a National Policy Analysis Paper on pastoralism in in the context of climate change, a National policy brief and a county policy analysis paper for Marsabit and Isiolo specific with and a respective county policy brief.

 

SCOPE OF THE WORK

Working closely with PACJA’s Senior Project Management Officer or any of her designate at the Continental Secretariat, the consultant will facilitate internal as well as multi-stakeholder consultation processes to extensively review relevant literature as may be required and will be expected to provide the following services:

 

  • Familiarization with the history, vision and mission, and recent work of PACJA and reviewing of relevant previous and current materials relating to climate change and pastoralist groups.

 

  • Evaluation of stakeholders inputs on extent to which pastoralists issues in climate change context are addressed in government policies, plans and strategies.

 

  • Development and production of:

 

  • A summarized Pastoralism Regulation Outlook in Kenya
  • Policy Analysis Paper on Pastoralism in the context of Climate change in Kenya;
  • National policy brief
  • Policy analysis paper for Isiolo and Marsabit Counties respectively.
  • County policy brief for Isiolo and Marsabit counties respectively

 

 

  • Provide specific recommendations based on the findings on how best to incorporate pastoralists concerns and issues (including financing and gender considerations) that are exacerbated by climate change, into policy making processes and policy documents

 

KEY TASKS

The work will entail the following tasks:

  1. Preparation of a first system/outline of the work;
  2. Consult with relevant PACJA departments and other stakeholders in the development of the Analysis Paper. This will be a highly consultative process
  3. Undertake an analytical review of documents with a view of identifying key elements that are felt relevant for the work;
  4. Provide an Executive summary of the main findings and recommendations of the work
  5. Submit 3 hard copies and a memory stick with all the documents reviewed, in electronic form to be used as a basis for knowledge management and documentation purposes.

 

OUTPUT:

  • A summary; maximum of 10 pages of a National Pastoralism Regulations Outlook;
  • A 25 to 35 pages National Policy analysis paper on pastoral regulations in Kenya
  • A 25 to 35 pages similar analysis paper for both Isiolo and Marsabit counties
  • A national 2-5page policy brief
  • Context specific policy briefs for Isiolo and Marsabit respectively

 

REPORTING AND ACCOUNTABILITY

The consultant will report to the PACJA Senior Project Management Officer and work closely with cross functional task team led by the Project Officer

 

REQUIRED EXPERTISE & COMPETENCIES:

The consultant is expected to possess the following qualifications:

  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience in research, including working with Non-governmental organizations and government.
  • In-depth knowledge of ASAL areas in counties of interest (Kenya) where pastoralists livelihoods are based
  • Proven excellent communication and facilitation skills
  • Highly motivated and committed to the values of transparency and integrity
  • Fluency in English (written and spoken)
  • Knowledge of NGOs operations is an advantage

 

SUBMISSION

Deadline for submission of applications: MARCH  27TH, 2018 (2:30pm GMT)

Application should be submitted online via the following emails: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., copying This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Call For Consultancy to review the status of participation of Civil Society Organizations in the REDD+ Process in Cote d'Ivoire, Mozambique and Cameroon

  1. 0 Introduction

Deforestation and forest degradation account for about 17 per cent of the total global carbon emissions, significantly contributing to global warming[1]. Both are also a threat to loss of biological diversity and to the livelihood of forest-dependent communities. Scientists have estimated that global carbon stocks in forest biomass decreased by approximately 0.5 Gt per annually due to a reduction in forest coverage.

To tackle the problem of carbon emission and biodiversity loss from the forest, the UN Climate Change Convention conceived the framework, Reducing Emission from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+) to, among other things, financially reward developing countries for any emission reduction achieved associated with a decrease in the conversion of forests to alternate land uses, and which incentivises a break from historic trends of increasing deforestation rates and greenhouse gases emissions. Markedly, REDD+ has gained profound acceptance in many developing countries and institutions.

And to advance and support the REDD+, the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF), a global partnership of governments, businesses, civil society, and Indigenous Peoples, was established to, among other things, pilot a performance-based payment system for REDD+ activities, with a view to ensuring equitable benefit sharing and promoting future large-scale positive incentives for the Framework. FCPF is also meant to test ways to sustain or enhance the livelihoods of local communities and to conserve biodiversity, as well as to broadly disseminate the knowledge gained in the development of the Facility and the implementation of Readiness Preparation Proposals (RPPs) and Emission Reductions Programs (ERPs).

In 2007, the COP recognized that the needs of local and indigenous communities should be addressed when action is taken to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries. Guidance and safeguards for policy approaches and positive incentives on issues relating to REDD+ stipulate “the full and effective participation of relevant stakeholders, in particular, indigenous peoples and local communities” for undertaking REDD+ activities. Stakeholder participation in REDD+ builds trust among and reduces conflict between stakeholders, and supports the empowerment of local stakeholders.

REDD+ Readiness activities, in particular, involve a high degree of consultation amongst various stakeholders, including civil society, IPs, LC and private sector, among others, and the national REDD+ strategy must itself be rooted in a broad-based consultative process. The participation of civil society and LC is, therefore, critical for REDD+, and requires a deep understanding of the objectives of REDD+, the related risks, and opportunities and their potential role in the process. In

a number of countries, CSOs are increasingly granted opportunities to participate in national level REDD+ related decision making structures, while in others participation is either very limited or

 

As one of the Southern intermediaries, PACJA is currently implementing an FCPF-funded Project aimed at building the capacity of Civil Society Organizations and Local Communities in Africa on REDD+ while enhancing regional information-sharing and knowledge exchange across Africa and the Global South.

Part of the activities of the Project will be the documentation of case studies, new knowledge and experiences on REDD+ from across the 18 FCPF countries in Africa and publication as well as dissemination of the same.

PACJA is, therefore, intending to engage a consultant to undertake a study to ascertain the level of CSO participation in REDD+ processes in Mozambique, Cameroon, and Cote d’Ivoire. The findings of the study will be used to inform PACJA’s advocacy work under the Capacity Building Project. The results of the study will also be disseminated to the project beneficiaries in the 18 FCPF countries so as to share lessons learned, good practices and recommendations.

 

  1. 0 Objective of the Assignment

To assess the level of CSOs participation in the national REDD+ processes in Cote d’Ivoire, Mozambique, and Cameroon.

The study will also communicate the key gaps and good practices with regards to the involvement of Civil Society organizations in the three countries of focus.

  1. 0 Scope of Work

The consultant will be required to carry out the following tasks;

  • Preparation of the work plan/outline and methodology of undertaking the task
  • Consulting with the key REDD+ stakeholders (government and non-state actors) in the three countries of focus
  • Take stock of the number of CSOs involved in REDD+ issues in three countries
  • Review of the existing REDD+ policy and institutional frameworks in the three countries of focus
  • Review of the Readiness process in the three countries of focus and assess the level of participation of Civil Society Organizations
  • Review the countries’ stakeholder consultation process with regards to REDD+ and how it is conducted
  • Review the countries’ national REDD+ steering committee and technical working groups and ascertain the level of CSO engagement in the national REDD+ processes
  1. 0 Key outputs and Deliverables

The key outputs to be delivered by the Consultant are as follows:

  • A consolidated report detailing key findings, deliberations, and recommendations for the three countries
  • 3 policy brief outlining key recommendations to policymakers in each of the three countries
  1. 0 Reporting Modalities

The Consultant will work under the overall guidance of the PACJA FCPF Project Officer with additional guidance from the Advisor, Research, and Policy

  1. 0 Qualification and Experience
  • Higher education (a master’s degree) in Environment/Natural Sciences (Agriculture, Ecology, Environment, Climate Change, and Sustainable Land management, etc), or related areas.
  • At least 10 years of relevant experience in Climate Change, Environment, and National REDD+process.
  • Strong understanding of stakeholder engagement and advocacy on REDD+ and Climate Change and strong working knowledge of FCPF, government institutions, the civil society sector and working with public authorities on issues related to REDD+ and climate change.
  • Strong reporting skills, analytical, research, presentation and communication skills.
  • Able to communicate well in English, French and/or Portuguese

 

  1. 0 Duration of assignment

The assignment is expected to be carried out within a period of 4 weeks after signing the consultancy contract.

  1. 0 Remuneration
  • The successful consultant will be paid on PACJA terms and condition for the relevant contract modality.
  • Payment will be done against a disbursement schedule as outlined in the contract and based on receipt of clearly defined deliverables with a specific timeline.

 

  1. 0 Application process

Interested applicants should send an Expression of Interest (EOI), CV and expected consultancy fee (budget) to PACJA through the email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. copying This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and clearly indicate the title of the consultancy on the reference by Wednesday 11th April 2018.

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