1. Consultant – Landscape Strategy and Capacity Development
About Integrated & Climate Smart Innovations for Agro-Pastoralist Economies and Landscapes Kenya’s ASAL project
SNV Kenya (SNV) and Kenya Agriculture and Livestock Research Organisation (KALRO) – in collaboration with County Governments – are implementing the Integrated & Climate Smart Innovations for Agro-Pastoralist Economies and Landscapes Kenya’s ASAL project (ICSIAPL) project which is implemented under the EU Development Smart Innovation through Research in Agriculture (DeSIRA) action. The project’s lifetime is from 1 January 2021 – 31 December 2023. The project works in the Counties of Narok, Kajiado and Taita Taveta and is funded by the European Union and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
The project’s overall objective is to improve livelihoods of agro-pastoralists communities (including women and youth) is enhanced through improved forage production and livestock husbandry, building on commercialization of climate smart innovations and sustainable landscape management in Taita Taveta, Kajiado and Narok counties.
The project has three main objectives:
- To increase resilience of agro-pastoralists and SMEs against climate shocks by upscaling of appropriate grazing and feeding innovations.
- To increase capacity of county governments to implement climate resilient integrated landscape management strategies and plans to support agro-pastoralist communities.
- To improve capacity of county governments to develop local strategies/frameworks for drought resilient sector development compliant with national policies.
This assignment will contribute to the realization of Strategic Objective 3 highlighted below: :
Increased capacity of county governments to implement climate resilient integrated landscape management strategies and plans to support agro-pastoralist communities.
Output 3.1. County governments create capabilities to solve gaps in coordination and joint implementation
Output 3.2 Counties coordinate on harmonized grazing arrangements based on feed inventories and common strategies for herd mobility
Output 3.3. County governments and communities able to develop landscape management plans and grazing agreements that are agreed, accepted and enforced by all stakeholders through participatory decision-making and targeted communication.
The project recently studied the status of the landscapes including capacity gap assessment of coordination of implementation of integrated landscape management and drought resilience feeding strategies in Narok, Kajiado and Taita Taveta Counties. The study has identified various gaps related to Integrated Landscape Management. In this regard, the project seeks to engage engage consul-ants with landscape expertise to build capacity of the county technical teams and landscape organizations (group ranches, conservancies, land owners associations, Water Resources Users Associations) in the rangeland eco- systems in the 3 Counties.. The support will focus on development of inclusive landscape strategies and capacity building action plans including implementation of proven sustainable intervention models that will address existing gaps identified in the landscape study, and priorities proposed by echo-system actors during the stakeholder validation consultation sessions.
Purpose of the Assignment
Based on the findings and recommendations of the capacity gap assessment study and validation workshops, the consultant will support landscape actors in the counties to prepare an inclusive capacity development interventions that:
- Strengthen the county governments’ capabilities to address gaps in coordination and joint implementation
- Strengthen county governments and communities’ capabilities to develop landscape management plans and grazing agreements that are agreed, accepted, and enforced by all stakeholders through participatory decision making and targeted communication.
- Support integration of landscape management approaches into relevant county government plans and policies such as the CIDPs and cross -border plans.
- Enhance adoption of gender equitable practices that allow for inclusivity of women and youth in the coordination and joint implementation of integrated landscape and grazing management.
- Enhance adoption of participatory approaches in landscape and grazing management and drought resilient feeding strategies by county governments, communities, and other stakeholders.
- Serve as a continuous monitoring and evaluation of progress against relevant project indicators and help create a solid foundation for long-term planning, implementation, and sustainable results.
Scope of work
The consultants will facilitate the development of county specific inclusive landscape strategy and capacity building action plans informed by findings and recommendations from gap analysis study and stakeholder validation with a deliberate focus on gender and social inclusion and climate change resilience building. The region-specific action plans will include strategies of implementation drawn from recommendations, best practice and lessons learned elsewhere. The specific actions will target identified the rangelands of Taita Taveta, Kajiado and Narok and will include but not limited to:
- Review the county gap analysis report and consult with the stakeholders on identified priority areas of intervention for the specified region.
- Jointly with county government facilitate the initial coordination agenda setting session to activate joint planning in the implementation of Integrated Landscape and Grazing Management (ILGM) and Drought Resilient Feeding Strategies (DRFS) for the specified region.
- Facilitate participatory ILM strategy and capacity building action plan workshops involving both County government and stakeholders.
- Conduct capacity development workshops of County and community landscape actors on the development of landscape management plans and grazing agreements that will be agreed and enforced by all stakeholders through participatory decision making.
- Build capacity of TOTs drawn from County technical teams & landscape organizations, community organizations in the development of Land use and grazing plans.
- Facilitate actors in developing targeted communication strategies to promote adoption and ownership of agreed upon land use plans and grazing agreements
- Initiate interventions strategies with identified project partners; (conservation organizations, group ranches, WRUA,) on landscape use plans and grazing agreements.
- Facilitate agenda setting for key policy issue for intervention for the landscape.
- Specific County integrated landscape management strategy
- Capacity building action plan with a clear road map of implementation strategies with specific relevant and achievable interventions for the region
- Capacity development program and training materials
- Report of the landscape actors multi-stakeholder forum for agenda setting and validation of landscape strategies and ecosystem capacity building plan.
- Templates of relevant tools used in the development of grazing and land use plans for adoption by participating actors
- Prioritized policy issue for landscape actors dialogue with policy makers.
Landscape based organizations with a diverse team with expertise/advanced degree from recognized university education in the fields of Natural resource management, Range management,Dry land resource Management, Environmental science, and conservation.
- Minimum ten (10) years of experience in Range-land Management, Natural Resource Management interventions and development of inclusive landscape management strategies and capacity building action plans.
- Experience working in Arid and semi-Arid areas in assignments related to integrated Landscape Management.
- Proven work experience and/or knowledge in the implementation of proven sustainable landscape management interventions models in Narok, Kajiado and Taita Taveta counties or similar semi-arid environments.
- Good understanding of and experience with the participatory approaches in landscape & grazing management and drought resilient feeding strategies in the context of pastoralist societies, herd mobility, resilience building, and sustainable utilization of natural resource.
- Proven expertise and experience in carrying out participatory capacity building to technical teams and landscape organizations/actors as TOTs within the range-land ecosystem.
- Proven expertise and Experience in working with County government and Community organisations in agenda setting for key policy issues for interventions on natural resources and Landscape Management with a focus in ASALs,
- Experience in facilitating the development of targeted communication strategies that promote adoption and ownership of land use plans and grazing agreements
- Experience and understanding of the role of women and youth in integrated landscape management
- Experience in facilitation of multi stakeholder engagement.
- Good verbal and written communication skills.
- Excellent report writing and presentation skills.
- Sensitive and committed to gender equity and inclusion of youth.
The assignment must be completed by early November 2021
Requirements in response to this TOR
The following is required from the consultant in response to these terms of reference as a basis for evaluation and choice of the suitable consultant:
- Organization or company profile.
- Expression of interest that clearly stated the specific County/rangeland ecosystem (Maasai Mara, Kajiado, or Taita Taveta) to be considered for.
- A technical and financial proposal.
- A tentative work plan of the planned activities; including proposed number of days.
- CV(s) of the lead consultant and any support or technical staff/consultants
- Reference list of previous consultancies and relevant report
2. Local Capacity Builder (LCB)
Market-Based Energy Access for Refugees
The EnDev Market-Based Energy Access Project (MBEA II), implemented by SNV Kenya, facilitates market-based access to cookstoves and solar-powered solutions for households, businesses and social institutions in the camp. This is achieved through provision of technical assistance and facilitation for stoves and solar lighting systems distributors either already operating in the refugee setting or entering the market.
The project has three key thematic areas:
- Promote stoves and solar for use by households
- Promote stoves and solar for productive use in business settings
- Promote stoves and small-scale solar solutions for social institutions
The project is looking to achieve the following targets:
- 4,500 solar products to be sold to households enhancing 22,500 people to gain access to electricity
- 2,500 cookstoves to be sold household increasing access to cleaner cooking solutions for 12,500 people
- 500 SMEs to access electricity
- 100 SMEs to access cooking
- 50 jobs to be created along the stove value chain
- 50 jobs to be created along the solar value chain
- 50 jobs to be created by SMEs in pursuit of access to energy
The project is seeking to employ a Local Capacity Builder (LCB) to support the coordination and implementation of project activities in Kakuma refugee camp, Kalobeyei integrated settlement and in the host community.
This position will be based in Kakuma – Turkana County. The LCB will report to the Project Advisor and will be responsible for identifying and supporting sustainable and profitable energy enterprises in in the clean cooking and solar-powered lighting sector. The specific functions of the role include training, business development, data management, supply chain management, demand generation through various awareness and behaviour change campaigns and administrative and office operations duties. Specific tasks include, amongst others:
- Identification and recruitment of stoves and solar entrepreneurs in Kakuma
- Monitoring of activities implemented by private sector partners and providing regular updates and reports on the activities
- Support the introduction of new cookstoves , cooking fuels and solar products to the market
- Support implementation of awareness raising activities like a Behaviour Change Communication (BCC) Campaign for clean cooking to enhance awareness and demand of clean energy products
- Support verification of reported sales data from private sector partners
- Training of energy entrepreneurs and last mile distributors
- At least a Diploma in business-related course (economics, business/entrepreneurship).
- 1 years’ experience in (micro) business development/management
- Experience in facilitation and provision of trainings
- Experience in implementation of energy related project(s) is an added advantage
Desired Skills and Attitudes
- Strong intercultural skills and learning skills
- Strong commitment, passion and positive attitude to work
- Strong communication and writing skills
- Computer literate
- Good interpersonal skills
- Ability to work in a team and self-motivated
Consulting contract for 20 days/month with start date of 1st September, 2021
3. Junior Consultant – Livestock Management
About the LISTEN Project
The Laikipia, Isiolo, Samburu Transforming the Environment through Nexus (LISTEN) is a 3.6 million Euro project funded by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and implemented by a consortium of partners comprising Frontier Counties Development Council (FCDC), Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) and SNV Netherlands Development Organisation with SNV as the lead agency. The 3.5-year project seeks to contribute to enhance resilience by increasing food, nutrition and water security in the three selected Arid and Semi‐Arid Lands (ASAL) counties of Laikipia, Isiolo and Samburu in Kenya. Each consortium partner brings their own specialization to the table and will combine their capacity to achieve four key outcomes:
- Outcome 1: Improved institutional capacities and programming frameworks for inclusive climate resilience at the county level.
- Outcome 2: Improved water and livelihood resource management at Landscape level in the Ewaso Nyiro River Basin Ecosystem.
- Outcome 3: Increased production and income through adoption of Good Agricultural Practice (GAP), good management and efficient water practices, technologies and innovations in selected crop and livestock value chains, including fodder and forage.
- Outcome 4: Use of Knowledge and Innovation management increased in ASALs.
Based in SNV’s Nanyuki field office in Laikipia county, the junior consultant will support implementation of the LISTEN project activities and work with the supervisor on the livestock management component of the project. She/he may be assigned other duties beyond the said project component as may be found necessary from time to time.
Scope of Work:
The Junior Consultant will work with the supervisor assigned to them on the following areas:
- Support project implementation activities working in partnership with the relevant county departments and focal stakeholders and partners in the project focus counties.
- Support relevant data collection, analysis and report development e.g. livestock value chain analysis and reporting.
- Support implementation of activities and business cases related to livestock management.
- Support documentation the facilitation of workshops and exchange visits of the LISTEN project
- Support the review and establishment of livestock multi-stakeholder platforms (involving pastoralists & agro-pastoralists, conservancies, private sector, and government) to enhance coordination.
- Support mapping of rangeland and grazing plans in the project’s target locations.
- Capturing and reporting on lessons learnt that contribute to knowledge development.
- Any other activity that may be assigned by the supervisor.
- Degree in agricultural management, animal behaviors, conservation science, dairy science, environmental sciences, or related field.
- At least 3 years of relevant experience in a water and livestock resources management position.
- Project management skills (planning, administration, financial and monitoring)
- Excellent research, report writing and presentation skills
- Excellent facilitation and communication skills.
- Experience working with local partners, including governmental agencies, NGOs and Community Based Organisations in Kenya
- Previous work experience in the Ewaso Ngíro basin is an added advantage.
Contract Duration: 6 months