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Kenya: Consultancy: ToR for a study to review civil society contribution to climate change response in Kenya-ACT-CSC-20-2017

NGO/UN Job Vacancy

Organization: Act Change Transform
Country: Kenya
Closing date: 30 Jul 2017

TOR for a study to review civil society contribution to climate change response in Kenya

Act Change Transform (Act!) is a leading Kenyan Non-Governmental Organization implementing an Environment and Natural Resources Management Programme in Kenya that is supported by the UK Department of International Development (DFID). Act!’s mission is to facilitate the empowerment of marginalized people and communities to become active participants in their development by enabling them to: stand up for their rights; demand good governance in the management of resources; and participate in decision making processes. Act! Focuses on four thematic platforms: Environment and Natural Resource Management (ENRM), Democracy and Human Rights, Peace Building and Conflict Transformation and Livelihoods.

The full Terms of Reference can be accessed on the Act! website:

The DFID funded StARCK+ Climate Change Project is anchored within the Environment and Natural Resource Programme, and is currently in a One year Cost Extension Phase after five years of implementation having been started in 2011. The Facility seeks to complement and support the already on-going cooperation with the Government of Kenya in the Climate Change arena and contribute to the achievement of the objectives in Kenya’s Vision 2030, Kenya’s constitution 2010,the Climate Change Act 2016, the National Climate Change Response Strategy (2010), National Climate Change Framework Policy, National Climate Change Action Plan (NCCAP 2013-2017), United Kingdom’s development strategy for Kenya and international protocols such as the Paris Agreement. The StARCK+ Climate Change Programme, in the previous phase issued grants to Non State Actors (NSAs), ranging from community based organizations, self-help groups, women groups, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), private sector organizations, networks and faith based organizations spread in the 42 counties across Kenya.

1.0 Scope of the task

This assignment is commissioned by Act! and seeks to engage a consultant to conduct a study to review civil society contribution to climate change response in Kenya. The assignment will involve a detailed desk study and a field study using suitable participatory methodologies involving government and community players for analysis of contribution of the civil society to climate change response in Kenya. This will be followed by a stakeholders meeting to validate the findings, where the consultant will be expected to present the findings.

The consultant is expected to consult and liaise with a number of stakeholders among which will include;

  • The National Government – Relevant ministries and departments in the national government.
  • The County Governments – A representative sample of County governments.
  • Development actors (funding organizations and international NGOs).
  • Civil society actors at (County and National level) include FBO, NGOs, CBOs among others. This will represent a bigger sample of the study population.
  • Private sector.

2.0 Purpose of the Task

The purpose of the study is to identify the CSOs involved in the Climate Change sector and assess their contribution to Climate Change response in Kenya. It will also be an opportunity to review the collaborative initiatives between the CSOs and other key stakeholders in contributing to Climate Change response in Kenya. Priority will be given to Consultancy firms that have undertaken climate change assignments ranging from policy to livelihood interventions.

The findings of the study should lead to recommendations on how CSOs should effectively contribute to Climate Change response in Kenya.

3.0 Objectives of the assignment

Objective 1: Identify and map CSOs in the climate change sector, enumerating their location, capacity, type of interventions and modalities of implementation.

Objective 2:Conduct an appraisal of the current contribution of the CSOs to Climate Change response in Kenya, in terms of building community resilience and policy.

Objective 3: Review the collaborative initiatives between the CSOs and government, private sector and research bodies in response to Climate Change, identifying the enablers and barriers to their interaction.

Objective 4: Develop a policy brief with recommendations on policy, laws and institutional frameworks and amendments required to support the CSOs work on to Climate Change response in Kenya.

Objective 5: Facilitate a feedback session with the Act! team followed by a presentation in a presentation of the findings and recommendations from the study in a stakeholder meeting.

4.0 Specific Tasks

Specifically, the consultant will work closely with Act! to;

  • Determine a representative sample for data collection.
  • Develop tools to collect data and share with Act! for feedback.
  • Use a variety of qualitative and quantitative methods including desk study, Key Informant Interviews, questionnaires, Focus Group Discussions, Observations to collect data. Analyze the data and develop a draft report.
  • Share the report with Act! teams and stakeholders for validation.
  • Develop a final report after integrating inputs from stakeholders and Act!.
  • Develop policy briefs out of the findings.

5.0 Deliverables

The consultant is expected to deliver a soft copy and three (3) hard copies of the study report . The report must include at least an executive summary, background, methodology, findings, summary and recommendations for policy makers. It should be presented in active language with photos, and case studies/profiles to make an interesting read.

6.0 Duration:

The consultancy is expected to take a maximum of 15 person days commencing August 20th 2017. These include the preparatory phase, data collection and report writing. The final deliverables should reach Act! by 1st October 2017.

7.0 Required Qualifications

To be eligible to apply for this role the consultant/s must meet the following requirements:

  • The consulting firm/person must have the requisite skills including research and evaluation.
  • The team leader must hold an advanced degree in Social Sciences or a related field.
  • The team leader must have at least five years’ experience working in Kenya or East Africa and have a good understanding of role of CSOs in Climate Change programmes.
  • Team leader needs to have undertaken several similar studies.
  • Demonstrate excellent professional writing skills in English. "/> **

How to apply:

9.0 Selection Procedure

Qualified consultant or consultancy firms are required to submit;

  • A five-page proposal to Act! interpreting the terms of reference and elaborating the consultancy methodology and design, level of effort required to fully deliver the assignment, and with a work plan and budget for undertaking the assignment with separate Itemized costs under: (a) Professional fee per day, (b) logistical Costs e.g vehicle hire, research assistants, accommodation costs etc per day.

  • Brief overview of consultant/consultancy firm and the skills and experience they would bring to assignment

  • CV of consultant or CVs of team members– maximum 3 pages or a Company/firm profile.

  • Contact details of three referees from organizations that have recently contracted the consultant/s to perform similar or related work for the last 2-3 years.

  • Sample report of the consultancy work.

All proposals should be submitted electronically (in PDF format) to quoting the reference number ACT-CSC-20-2017 on the subject line not later than 5 PM on 30th July 2017.