Consultancy assignment to conduct ward climate change and vulnerability assessment and development of ward level climate change action plans

Practical Action is an international development organization putting ingenious ideas to work so that people in poverty can change their world. We help people find solutions to some of the world’s toughest problems. Challenges made worse by catastrophic climate change and persistent gender inequality. We work with communities to develop ingenious, lasting and locally owned solutions for agriculture, water and waste management, climate resilience and clean energy. And we share what works with others, so answers that start small can grow big.

We are committed to advancing gender equality and women’s empowerment through all our work. At a minimum, we ensure that all our work is gender sensitive, seeking gender transformative approaches as our overall ambition and in accordance with context.

Turkana County is extremely susceptible to impacts of changing climate. Over the years, the county has come face to face with unprecedented challenges of climate change impacts and the corresponding socio-economic losses to communities living in the County. Most livelihoods and economic activities in the County are reliant on climate sensitive sectors namely agriculture, livestock, fisheries, water, forest, and wildlife. Dependence on these natural resources means that recurring droughts, locust, erratic rainfall patterns and floods because of climate change will continue to negatively impact livelihoods and community assets.

Pastoral and agro-pastoral production forms the dominant livelihood in Turkana County, involving about 80 percent of its population. Major sources of income within this livelihood include sales of livestock, livestock products, fish and crop production which account for over 80 percent of all county income. Climate change is happening now and is projected to worsen in the future. Turkana County is extremely susceptible to impacts of climate change because most livelihoods and economic activities are reliant on climate sensitive sectors. The most vulnerable sectors impacted on by climate change in the county are agriculture, livestock, pastoralism, forestry, water resources, health, energy, rangelands, tourism, social infrastructure and human settlement and the physical infrastructure. In order to cushion key sectors against the impact of climate change, the County needs to undertake Wards and County Climate change vulnerability assessment to provide valuable information that will be used to develop management actions in response to climate change.

Practical Action in collaboration with Turkana County Government (TCG) is seeking a qualified consultant with vast knowledge on Climate Change risks, adaptation, and Mitigation to support the county and the local ward committees in undertaking risks and vulnerability assessments and creating /developing Ward Climate Change Action Plans.

The overall objective of the consultancy is to engage local stakeholders at the ward level through a participatory way, collate and produce 9 Ward Climate Change Risk and Vulnerability Assessment reports which will lead to the development of evidence-based ward climate change action plans for the 9 wards in Turkana Central and Loima Sub Counties.

HOW TO APPLY

A detailed Terms of Reference can be accessed from the supporting documents section.

Interested consulting entities that have capacity to deliver this TOR are invited to submit the below listed items to recruitment@practicalaction.or.ke with subject line ‘Ward Climate Change Risk and Vulnerability Assessment and Development of Ward Level Climate Change Action Plans– Turkana County’ to reach Practical Action on or before 31st January 2023.

  1. A cover letter outlining relevant experience in line with the key competencies required.
  2. Proposal and capability statement with clear methodological approach and tools for Climate risk and vulnerability assessments including community and stakeholders’ engagement plan.
  3. Detailed financial proposal in Kenyan Shillings.
  4. Annexed to the proposal should be CVs of key expertise outlining previous experience while demonstrating the skills and knowledge required to undertake this assignment.
  5. Evidence of experience in similar work.

Practical Action is an equal opportunities employer and we encourage applications from under-represented groups.  We stay committed to cultivating an inclusive and diverse working environment and believe that people from different backgrounds or cultures give us different perspectives, and the more perspectives we have, the more successful we will be. By building a culture where everyone feels heard, respected and valued we give everyone working with us the opportunity to achieve their full potential.

We are committed to safeguarding and protecting children and vulnerable adults and as such candidates will be subject to pre-contracting checks.

The successful applicant must have the pre-existing right to both live and work in Kenya.