Procurement Process : IC - Individual contractor KEN10 - 0000006035
Office : UNDP Country Office - KENYA
Deadline : 29-May-20 @ 04:59 PM (New York time)
Development Area : CONSULTANTS CONSULTANTS
Reference Number : 66113
Link to Atlas Project :
00099178 - FCPF REDD+ Readiness Grant
NATIONAL INDIVIDUAL CONSULTANT - Study on enhancing participation of the marginalized communities and forest dependent communities in the development and implementation of REDD+ in Kenya
Period of assignment/services: 30 Working Days within a Period of 6 Months
Firms are not eligible for this consultancy assignment. Open to national individual consultants only.
Kenya's Constitution, the National Development Plan-Vision 2030, and the Government's Priority Action Plan, which covers manufacturing, health, housing and food security, set out the development agenda for the country. The Medium-Term Plan (MTP 2018-2022) prioritizes policies, programmes and projects which generate broad based inclusive economic growth, as well as faster job creation, reduction of poverty and inequality, considering climate change impacts, and meeting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Kenya has identified climate change as one of the key challenges that will continue to exert negative effects on key sectors of the economy. The Government notes that the burden of extreme climatic events could cost Kenya's economy an annual loss of as much as 2% of the country's Gross Domestic Product (GDP). This is likely to stunt Kenya's long-term economic growth prospects as well as its ability to meet the targets set out in Kenya Vision 2030.
As a Party to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Kenya has taken bold measures to secure the country's development against the risks and impacts of climate change. Climate change related policies have been developed, including a National Climate Change Response Strategy (NCCRS), the first and second National Climate Change Action Plan (NCCAP) 2013-2017 and 2018-2022, respectively, the National Determined Contribution (NDC) to the Paris Agreement (2015), the Green Economy Strategy and Implementation Plan (GESIP) (2016-2030). Along with the Climate Change Act (2016) these policy documents highlight forestry as one of the priority areas to move Kenya towards a low-carbon, climate-resilient development pathway. To do this, they policy documents recommend that the national forest cover must be increased to at
least 10% as recommended and proposed in Constitution 2010. The National Forestry Programme (2016-2030), a strategic framework for forest policy, planning and implementation to coordinate forest sector development, notes that REDD+ provides an opportunity to move towards more effective governance of the sector.
Kenya's forests are widely distributed, encompassing grasslands (dryland forests), forested areas (Western and rain forests and plantation forests), coastal forests and mangrove forests. These forests are of immense importance for their contribution to economic development, rural livelihoods, and for the environmental and ecosystem services they provide. Additionally, they support operations of key economic sectors, including agriculture, horticulture, tourism, wildlife, and energy. Kenya's NDC Sectoral Analysis Report 2017 presents forest sector as having a mitigation potential of between 11.3 and 20.1 MtCO2e per year with a technical maximum potential of 40.2 MtCO2e per year by 2030.
A coordinated approach, coupled with incentives for forest conservation and management, is needed to manage and conserve forests sustainably and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, as well as meet the national targets - to increase the national forest cover at 10% of the land area. In this regard, the Ministry of Environment and Forestry has developed a national strategy for achieving and maintaining over 10% tree cover by 2022. The strategy has identified REDD+ mechanism as one of the vehicles to achieve this goal and to this end Kenya applied for funding support from Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) to support the REDD+ Readiness process in the Country. Through this support a National Strategy for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation and fostering conservation, sustainable management of forests, and enhancement of forest carbon stocks (REDD+) will be developed. The REDD+ National Strategy and Investment Plan, aligning to the vision of the strategy to achieve 10% forest cover, will identify incentives, policies, actions and measures to meet national goals and objectives.
The main objective of this task is to ensure that the participation of the marginalized communities and forest dependent communities in the development and implementation of the REDD+ strategy and investment plan is taken into consideration taking into cognisant of possible risks and respective mitigation measures.
The consultant will carry out the following specific tasks, among others:
1. Assessment of opportunities and key barriers that if addressed would enhance the participation marginalized communities and forest-dependent communities in management and conservation of forest resources.
2. Explore how Indigenous Knowledge (IK) in forest governance can be incorporated in management of forests resources in Kenya.
3. Assessment of the opportunities of enhancing participation and contribution of marginalized communities and forest-dependent communities in implementation of REDD+. This will include opportunities for enhancing collaborative management of forests by communities and government agencies.
4. In addition, an assessment of Community Based Monitoring Information Systems (CBMIS) at the community level can be integrated in the National REDD+ strategy.
5. Assessment of effectiveness of community forests associations in forests management, existing challenges and opportunities for enhancing community participation and collaboration in forest management and conservation. This will also include opportunities of enhancing tree cover in open public spaces community land and private farms with participation of communities.
6. Assess the roles and responsibilities, incentives and benefits of marginalized communities and forest-dependent communities in forest conservation and management. This should include recommendations on modalities of benefit sharing.
7. Identify social and environmental risks of activities that could potentially be undertaken in the REDD+ domain for forest communities. Identify instances where free, prior and informed consent processes will be required.
8. Consider opportunities to support activities that increase understanding of communities with respect to resource uses and include them both as participants in management of conservation areas and development of resources management plans.
9. Make recommendations for consideration and inclusion in the REDD+ issues and option report.
10. In order of priority, prepare a policy brief of at least three recommendations identified to contribute in enhancing engagement with marginalized communities, forest-dependent communities, and local communities in REDD+ process in the country.
2. Deliverables and payment schedule
Deliverables Timeline Payment Terms per deliverable (percentage based on the contract amount)
Inception report 5 days upon signing the contract 10%
Submission of first draft report and draft Policy Brief on enhancing participation of marginalized communities and forest dependent communities in implementation of REDD+
10 days after the inception report is approved 30%
Submission of final report and final Policy Brief inclusive of at least 3 recommendations enhancing participation of marginalized communities and forest dependent communities in implementation of REDD+Implementation 15 days after review process completed 60%
The Consultant is expected to complete the assignment in Thirty (30) working days within a period of 6 months.
The Consultant with have the following profiles
" Advanced degree University in sociology, community development, anthropology or any relevant degree with at least ten years of experience working on marginalized communities, forest dependent communities and local community.
" Experience with conducting in Social Impact Analysis, using participatory approaches.
" Must be knowledgeable and familiar with the social related policies and regulations existing in Kenya including gender related issues, inclusion of vulnerable, marginalized groups etc., and proven expertise in community development.
" At least 10 years of experience in conducting similar assessments of similar scope and scale related to related to natural resource management, environment/Climate Change.
" In-depth knowledge and understanding of climate change, REDD+ process, especially the mitigation policies, innovation in natural resource and climate finance as well as analytical skills and experience in preparing technical and/or policy-relevant reports and papers.
" Work experience with the United Nations system is considered an added advantage.
" Good interpersonal and communication skills.
" Proven experience in drafting action plans, strategies and reports by submitting a sample of similar
The consultant's offer will be evaluated based on the following criteria:
Combined Scoring method - where the technical qualifications will be weighted a maximum of 70% and combined with the price offer which will be weighted a max of 30%. Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 70 points (100 maximum points) would be considered for the financial criteria.
The key criteria for rating the qualifications are as follows
" Understanding of the scope of work (SOW); comprehensive of the methodology /approach; and organization and completeness of the proposal (15 points)
" Advanced degree University in sociology, community development, anthropology or any relevant degree with at least ten years of experience working on marginalized communities, forest dependent communities and local community (15 points)
" At least 10 years of experience in conducting similar assessments of similar scope and scale related to related to natural resource management, environment/Climate Change. (15 points)
" Experience with conducting in Social Impact Analysis, using participatory approaches; track record and experience familiarity with social related policies and regulations existing in Kenya including gender related issues, inclusion of vulnerable, marginalized, indigenous groups and proven expertise in community development (30 points)
" In-depth knowledge and understanding of climate change, REDD+ process, especially the mitigation policies, innovation in natural resource and climate finance as well as analytical skills and experience in preparing technical and/or policy-relevant reports and papers, community engagement plans/strategies (25 points)
Financial Evaluation (30% of total evaluation; maximum 30 points).
The award of the contract will be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:
a) responsive/compliant/acceptable, and
b) Having received the highest score out of a pre-determined set of weighted technical and financial criteria specific to the solicitation.
* Technical Criteria weight; [70%]
* Financial Criteria weight; [30%]
Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 70% of the total technical evaluation will be considered for the Financial Evaluation.
6. Financial Proposal
Applicants are instructed to submit their financial proposals in KSH using the financial proposal template provided (Offerors letter to UNDP).
The financial proposal should be all-inclusive and include a breakdown. The term 'all-inclusive" implies that all costs (professional fees, travel related expenses, communications, utilities, consumables, insurance, etc.) that could possibly be incurred by the Contractor are already factored into the financial proposal.
7. APPLICATION PROCESS.
Interested and qualified candidates should submit their applications which should include the following:
1. Detailed Curriculum Vitae
2. Proposal for implementing the assignment - template provided
3. Offerors letter to UNDP - template provided
Note: The successful applicant will be required to complete a UNDP Personal History Form (P11) form prior to contracting.
Firms are not eligible for this consultancy assignment. Open to national individual consultants only.
Incomplete applications will be disqualified automatically.
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Hyperlinks to Related Project Dossiers:
General Terms and Conditions
IC Contract Proposal Form
Offerors Letter to UNDP
Terms of Reference