2015 The Green Belt Movement Expression of Interest (EOI) to Conduct Final Evaluation

 

The Green Belt Movement Forest Restoration, REDD and PES Promotion in Upper Tana Watershed, Kenya 
Expression of Interest (EOI) to Conduct Final Evaluation 
Terms of Reference 
1.1 Project Background
The forest ecosystems in general provide critical support to national economy and people’s livelihood. Environmental experts have warned that Kenya’s semi-arid and arid areas are slowly turning into deserts due to a receding forest cover.
Kenya has experienced erratic rainfall attributed to degradation of the five water towers and global climate change. 

 

Ecological and social economic impacts directly linked to the diminishing water resource have increased in frequency and severity.
Mt. Kenya and Aberdare forests therefore form a critical water catchment for the country. 
The integrity of these forests governs their capacity to regulate floodwater, drought, soil erosion, water quality, groundwater recharge and micro-climate in the region.
The need to restore the degraded areas of these water catchments is critical to millions of people who depend on the water resource. 
Reduced per capital water supply has led to poor land productivity, escalating costs of food and power and other basic needs. Intensive management of natural resources and extensive conservation of the environment are therefore the focus of this project.
1.2 Organizational Background and Capacity to implement the Project
Green Belt Movement
The Green Belt Movement is a grassroots non-governmental organization that has worked in environmental conservation and community development in Kenya for more than 30 years. 
Founded in 1977 by the late Professor Wangari Maathai, the Green Belt Movement’s (GBM) work has focused on conserving the environment by empowering rural women and their families to improve livelihoods.

GBM has an extensive grassroots network that facilitates the mobilization of communities around local development activities. 
GBM takes community through a process of Community, Empowerment and Environmental Education (CEE) that provides a strong sense of self-knowledge and realization which has enabled them to embrace conscious pursuit for peaceful co-existence and a people driven socio-political-economic development. 
Through this process, participants analyze the linkages between the daily challenges that they face and environmental degradation. This leads to community-led action and a commitment to safeguard local natural resources.

GBM’s philosophy and approach are based on the premise that sustainable development can only take place through recognizing the linkages between the sustainable management of the environment, good governance based on democratic principles and peace. 
Also, there is need to involve the people who play a part in preventing soil erosion and protecting critical watersheds and forests. 
This approach has been widely hailed as having enormous potential for community mobilization and poverty alleviation.
It has been proven to build a sense of community ownership, help reduce conflicts, increase commitment to the actions and increase the impact of environmental programmes. 
1.3 Project strategic vision and Objectives

The vision for this project is to secure ecosystem services through community based resource management and protection actions in Gura and Sagana watersheds of Upper Tana. 
The primary objective is to mobilize communities to restore biodiversity, improve water quality and quantity, and livelihoods through sustainable resource management, supplemental tree planting and good governance practices in the 2 priority watersheds Upper Tana/ Mt. Kenya World heritage Site by December 2015. 
1.3.1 The project sets out to achieve the following objectives:
  1. To mobilize 300 forest adjacent community members to rehabilitate 110 ha of forest and riverine to enhance biodiversity protection and sustainable production of goods and services.
  2. To engage 300 farmers in soil conservation and riparian protection along Gura and Sagana sub-catchments achieving 150km length of protected riparian areas spread over 600 ha of erodible lands.
1.4 Expected Results
  1. 80,000 trees planted in the forest, leading to conservation of 80 ha of forest ecosystem by community.
  2. 30 ha of riverine in agricultural lands of Sagana watershed initiate improved land management practices.
  3. Engage 300 forest adjacent community members in re-afforestation and build their skills to monitor and evaluate their projects and adopt to environmental trends.
  4. 300 forest adjacent farms well laid and implemented with soil and water conservation measures reducing soil loss as well as runoff by 50% – translating to about 600 ha with improved conservation.
  5. Increased land productivity by 10% especially of fruit and legume crops production levels in the sub-watersheds by August 2015.
  6. Pilot REDD+ initiatives for 2 forest sites developed and included in National REDD agenda
  7. One forest PES reward scheme designed with at least farmers restoring the forests.
1.5 Objectives of the Review
 
The main objective of this review is to formulate an independent and reasoned opinion on the project, to assess its progress towards its stated goals, and to identify constraints hindering such progress. 
The review process should also include recommendations for the remaining project implementation period.
1.6 Approach and Methodology
The consultant will collect and review all the project information and documents such as the project proposal, the project legal agreement and project technical and financial reports.
The review process will also include interviews and consultations in Nairobi and in the field with the GBM, the women’s groups, GEF, the Kenya Forest Service. 
In addition to interviews and document review, the consultant will carry out random checks in the field in the reforested sites, soil and water conservation on farm and riparian conservation.
1.7 Scope of the Review
The review will focus on the following aspects of the project although the consultant may come up with additional relevant issues:

Assessment of the implementation of the project
  • Review the activities that have taken place and the resulting outputs to date,
  • Measure the performance, qualitatively and quantitatively, of the project to date with respect to stated goals and objectives
  • Assess the socio-economic methodology of the project (mobilisation of communities, compensations, tree planting, etc.)
  • Assess the compliance of the project implementation with all aspects of the financing agreement
  • Assess the quality and timeliness of the reporting
  • Analyze the involvement of all stakeholders in the project, their “buy-in” and perception of the project. A focus on the neighboring populations would be important,
  • Review the use of external expertise in the project implementation and recommend on specific uses if applicable in the future,
Recommendations
  • Outline the lessons learned from experience and provide recommendations that can be used in the continuation
  • In the light of the findings of the evaluation, make recommendations at the end of the current project.
1.8 Duration and timeline
The assignment is expected to be completed in month time.
 
1.9 Reporting
 
The consultant will report on all administrative issues of this consultancy to the Senior Programme Officer in charge of Tree Planting and Water Harvesting.

2.0 Qualification and required skills for the consultancy
The assignment shall be carried out by a firm or team of consultants with the experience in undertaking similar assignments and of similar magnitude, under the supervision of a team leader with atleast 10 years of relevant experiences. 
The prospective candidate is expected to meet the following minimum criteria:
  • A Strong bias towards Natural resources management and/ or physical Sciences
  • Minimum 10 years relevant experience in carrying out survey design, survey implementation and data analysis, preferably in the development/NGO sector
  • Minimum 10 years relevant experience in carrying out survey design, survey implementation and data analysis
  • Proven extensive experience in working with government agencies, local authorities other NGOs
  • Demonstrated experience and solid track record in similar assignments will be an added advantage
  • Demonstrated experience in questionnaire development
  • Demonstrated experience in training enumerators
  • Experience of survey work with similar purpose, mode and populations strongly preferred
  • Familiarity with the economic landscape of Kiambu and Nyandarua County
  • Good communications in English/ Kiswahili both oral and written
The technical proposal should detail the following:
  1. Consultant’s specific experience (please attach CVs of the key personnel to be deployed)
  2. Methodology and tool to be used.
  3. Work plan 4. A detailed budget indicating fees and costs for logistics.
2.1 Submission of technical proposal
Interested firm/consultancy are advised to submit their technical proposal to undertake the consultancy that include a concept note of not more than 5 pages, planned approach and methodology with relevant details and documentations so as to reach mkarunditu@greenbeltmovement.org and copy to jobs@greenbeltmovement.org latest by 1200 noon, November 20, 2015. 
Proposals should be submitted either electronically or by hard copy. 
Acceptable formats include Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and PDF.

GBM is an equal opportunity employer and canvassing will lead to disqualification.

 

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