Farm Africa Climate risk assessment (CRA) Consultancy Job 2022
Career Employment Kenya: Farm Africa Climate risk assessment (CRA) Consultancy Job 2022
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Climate risk assessment (CRA) Consultancy August 2022

  1. Background 

1.1 About Farm Africa 

Farm Africa is an international charity organization working to reduce poverty in rural eastern Africa by  helping farmers grow more, manage their natural resources better and sell their produces for more. We  drive agricultural and environmental change to improve lives. Our strategy has three pillars: agricultural  expertise, management and preservation of ecosystems, and the power of business to drive prosperity.  We place a high priority on environmental sustainability and develop approaches that help farmers to  improve their yields and incomes without degrading their natural resources. We help smallholders  manage their natural resources sustainably so that they can withstand climate change challenges and  shocks and ensure their families have enough food.  

Farm Africa works in partnership with communities, government, local and international organizations,  and the private sector to innovate, learn and share best practices for maximum impact of our projects.  Farm Africa currently works in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia and DRC. Programmes range from  helping crop farmers boost harvests, and livestock keepers, to improving animal health, and forest coffee  growers reach export markets, but core to all of them is a focus on the financial sustainability of the  farmers’ businesses and environmental sustainability. 

1.2About the project: 

Farm Africa is implementing a Regenerative Agriculture project called Building regenerative, sustainable  and profitable smallholder agricultural transformative systems in upper eastern Kenya. The project is  funded by AGRA -Alliance for Green Revolution in Africa. Regenerative agriculture incorporates farming  (and grazing) practices that focus on regenerating soils using practices such as mixed cropping and use  of legumes, composting, crop diversification and minimum to no-tillage, besides other improved,  appropriate and sustainable approaches. 

Regenerative Agriculture plays an important role in combating the effects of climate change. Population  increases affects food production systems-In traditional agricultural practices i.e., cultivation of crops and  livestock coupled with deforestation to make room for farmlands account for an estimated one quarter of  global greenhouse emissions). 

Farm Africa through RA project interventions, aims to promote productive systems that: “combine local,  indigenous and traditional knowledge and techniques with advanced farming technologies to increase  yields, reduce input requirements, boost transparency, and improve the incomes and livelihoods of  smallholder farmers.” Farm Africa will deploy appropriate Regenerative Agriculture practices of combining local and traditional knowledge with global best practices in the use of high-yielding farming technologies  coupled with transparent marketing systems to improve farmers’ incomes. 

The RA project will work in collaboration with the County Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and fisheries as  the main driver of the project with other stakeholders that include input and output service providers to  reach the farmers with the intended technologies.  

1.2.1 Project information 

  1. Project outcomes:  

Outcome 1: Context-specific, private sector business models for the development of circular,  regenerative agriculture developed, validated, and shared 

Outcome 2: The productivity of farms and landscapes is enhanced by employing an appropriate  mix of regenerative agriculture and input delivery systems. 

Outcome 3: The capacity of local and national governments in developing and/or implementing  policies in the adoption and promotion of RA practices is enhanced. 

  1. PURPOSE OF THE ASSIGNMENT 

Farm Africa intends to contract a service provider capable of carrying out a climate risk assessment for  the RA project with a focus on identifying the likelihood of future climate hazards and their potential  impacts on the agricultural communities in Embu and Tharaka Nithi Counties. The findings from this  assignment will inform the prioritization of climate action and investment in adaptation. The project will  also be in a better position to withstand its effects and seize new business opportunities presented within  the RA-driven project locations.  

2.1 Objective of this assignment 

The CRA will provide decision-makers at Farm Africa with sufficient information to justify, on the grounds  of project sustainability and viability under climate change, the acceptance, modification or rejection of  the project for financing and implementation. It will also provide the basis for guiding subsequent actions,  which will ensure that the project is carried out taking into account any climate-related risks and  adaptation needs and options. 

2.2 Scope of work 

The consultant is expected to carry out the CRA for two counties as mentioned above. The CRA must  examine: 

Climate-related risks to the successful realisation of the project’s intended outputs and outcomes;  Risks that the project will increase the vulnerability of human populations and/or natural systems  to climate change and variability;  

Risks that the project will contribute to maladaptation to climate change;  

Measures to reduce climate-related risks and adapt to climate change. These are to be described  in a Climate Risk Management Plan (CRMP); 

Opportunities for promoting wider resilience and adaptation to climate change, and encouraging  low-carbon development;  

(Other points to be examined e.g., the need for improved environmental and climate-related  information). 

2.3 Methodology and Tasks 

This assessment will be conducted in Embu and Tharaka Nithi Counties, in Upper Eastern Kenya. The  consultant will be expected to travel to these locations and visit appropriate stakeholders to gather initial  information about the Counties’ climatic information. The Consultant will be expected to use the  information to carry out the assignment as per the following required tasks.  

Task 1: Undertake a CRA scoping study which will provide the following details:  An overview of the project, including the timescales associated with project implementation and  intended outcomes. A description of any project alternatives;  

An overview of the relevant policy, legislative and institutional frameworks (if they exist);  A description of the geographical, environmental and climatic contexts within which the project  will be implemented, including a summary of readily available information on potential future  climate trends and climate change as far as this is relevant to the timescales associated with the  project;  

A description of the key stakeholders likely to be affected by the project, with specific reference to  the specific climate-related risks;  

A stakeholder engagement plan  

An analysis of the key current and expected future climate hazards relevant in the context of the  project, and the associated potential climate-related risks/implications for the project. The CRA  should outline how these should be addressed  

An analysis of the vulnerability and adaptive capacity of the smallholder farmers in the project  area, in relation to the identified climate risks. ;  

A description of key knowledge/information gaps relating to current and future climate hazards,  recent and potential future climate change impacts; 

Recommendations on the methodology for identification and assessment of specific climate related risks, constraints and opportunities (including treatment of uncertainty) and the basis for  the choice of methodologies to be used in the CRA to assess risks and vulnerabilities; 

Recommendations regarding any risk reduction or adaptation measures that might be identified  and investigated further in the CRA, based on the work of the scoping study;  

An indication of the time frames, costs and resources needed to carry out the CRA study. 

Task 2: Undertake the CRA study which will provide the following details: 

An identification and assessment of the potential climate-related risks to project implementation  and the successful realisation of the project’s intended benefits; 

An identification and assessment of the potential risks that the project implementation will  increase the vulnerability of human populations and natural systems to climate variability and  change, and to contribute to maladaptation;  

Recommendations, including a Climate Risk Management Plan (CRMP) for the implementation of  proposed measures to reduce climate-related risks and adapt to climate change. The CRMP may  identify and prioritise a number of alternative risk reduction/adaptation measures, detailing the  pros and cons (e.g., costs, impacts) of each. The CRMP should also include a framework for  monitoring and evaluating the performance/success of the proposed measures; 

Recommendations on how to adapt the project design (if required) to optimise the exploitation of  opportunities arising from climate change (if any), to promote wider climate resilience, adaptation  and adaptive capacity (e.g., outside the immediate context of necessary measures to reduce risks  associated with the project), and to promote low-carbon development. 

  1. SPECIFIC DELIVERABLES 

Deliverable 1: 

o Preliminary results of desk study conducted in Task 1.  

o Plan for field visits, including in-brief and out-brief for the assignment.  

o Draft the CRA scoping study assessment report and submit for review 

o Incorporate feedback and finalise 

Deliverable 2: 

o Carry out the CRA study and provide the drafted report.  

o Presentation to AGRA and Farm Africa summarizing process, key findings and  recommendations.  

o Infographic on best practices for strengthening the climate resilience of the agriculture sector for the target Counties. 

Deliverable 3: Final submission of approved CRA scoping report and CRA study report.

This assignment is expected to be completed within a minimum of 10 working days and a maximum of  15 working days from the time of signing the contract. 

  1. Financial arrangements:  

Farm Africa will disburse Payment based on agreed deliverables, submission of deliverable report and  approval and certification of services satisfactorily performed. 

  1. Qualifications

The proposed assignment shall be conducted by a team of (number) experts, who should have the  following profiles:  

  1. At least 10 years’ experience in climate change, with specific expertise in one or more of the  following areas: impacts, vulnerability, risk assessment, adaptation and climate change  integration/mainstreaming. Other areas of expertise to be considered would knowledge on  environmental assessments, agriculture sector in sub-Saharan Africa, climate in the Kenyan  context, and value chain analysis. 
  2. Additional experts: The consultants will have at least 10 years of experience working in  climate change adaptation related project implementation and coordination and will hold both  undergraduate and master’s degrees in a related field. (The number of experts and  specialities may be revised or adjusted at a later stage on the basis of the results of the  scoping study). 
  3. Submission of the proposal 

How to Apply

Interested consultants or firms are requested to submit: 

  1. A full technical and financial proposal is to be sent to procurementkenya@farmafrica.org by COB  (5.00pm EAT) Wednesday 31st of August 2022.  
  2. Copies of all relevant Curriculum Vitae (CVs). Only CVs for the specific individuals that will form  the proposed study team should be included;  
  3. Two samples of study, assessments reports for similar works completed within the last 24 months  (this will be treated as confidential and only used for quality assurance); 
  4. Contact details for two references (including one from your last client/employer) and
  5.  Licences required to carry out the research/assessment/study/evaluation (if applicable)
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