Farm Africa Climate risk assessment (CRA) Consultancy Job 2022
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
1.1 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Financial arrangements:
Farm Africa will disburse Payment based on agreed deliverables, submission of deliverable report and approval and certification of services satisfactorily performed.
The proposed assignment shall be conducted by a team of (number) experts, who should have the following profiles:
- 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.
- 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).
- Submission of the proposal
How to Apply
Interested consultants or firms are requested to submit:
- A full technical and financial proposal is to be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by COB (5.00pm EAT) Wednesday 31st of August 2022.
- Copies of all relevant Curriculum Vitae (CVs). Only CVs for the specific individuals that will form the proposed study team should be included;
- 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);
- Contact details for two references (including one from your last client/employer) and
- Licences required to carry out the research/assessment/study/evaluation (if applicable)