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Nov 4, 2017

CAFOD Consultancy on Irrigation and Energy Saving Stoves

CAFOD Consultancy Notice

Terms of Reference: Empirical Policy and Position Paper - Efficacy of Small Scale Irrigation Systems and Energy Saving Cook Stoves in Climate Resilience Building.
A case of UKAM DFID III beneficiaries in Marsabit, Kitui and Maralal.
Introduction: Over the last two years CAFOD with own and DFID’s funding has been supporting Caritas Kitui, Caritas Marsabit and Caritas Maralal in implementing a three-year Climate Resilient Agriculture Project. 

The project is targeting 300,000 poor women, men and children in marginalised rural areas of Bangladesh, Kenya, Myanmar and Zimbabwe. 

In Kenya, the project is being implemented in three counties; Kitui, Marsabit and Samburu/Maralal. 

This project aims to achieve improved livelihoods security for poor women, men and children from hazard-prone and/or marginalised rural communities in Kenya through an integrated approach that:
  • Increases the productivity and resilience of agricultural systems;
  • Consolidates engagement in markets and diversified income generation;
  • Strengthens adaptation to climate change.
  • And increases the ability of local, small scale food producers to access services, and influence policies and development practices through advocacy work.
LOT 1: Small Scale Sustainable Irrigation Systems and Solar Powered Offtake (Shallow) Wells.
Over the last two years as part of building climate resilient agriculture in Kenya’s ASAL where this project is being implemented, one of the areas of support has been supporting agro-pastoral farmers to develop sustainable small-scale irrigation systems. 

As a result, Caritas Maralal in Ngilai and Milimani villages in Samburu East, established 3 Farmer Field School groups that have benefited from the construction of weir which have offtake wells (shallow wells) that have been fully installed with solar-powered water pumps. Caritas Kitui has established 9 irrigation groups reaching 279 farmers. 

The groups have been supported with drip irrigation kits which have helped economize scarce water. Irrigation and shade net approach has been used in Marsabit by Caritas Marsabit where 20 shade nets groups were established and farmers were trained on kitchen gardening concepts, irrigation, nursery bed establishments, pest and diseases controls as well as transplanting methodology. Small scale irrigations systems have been established using the shade nets.
LOT 1 Objectives:
  1. Profile the benefits of small irrigation systems in dryland to the households and its contribution to building resilience to climate change.
  2. Analyse actual cost-benefit analysis of establishing small irrigation system by different project beneficiaries.
  3. Determine the role of group members including gender roles in development, management and sharing of benefits arising from group managed small irrigation systems.
  4. Examine the value for money and role of private sector in establishing irrigation systems.
  5. Conduct a county policy audit and practises and analyse how County government supports or hinders adoption of small scale irrigation systems in building resilience to climate change in ASAL Kenya.
  6. Profile challenges such as water loss from irrigation systems facing community farmers in adoption and application of small scale irrigation systems.
  7. Make actionable recommendations to the stakeholders- County policy makers, CSOs, project beneficiaries and development partners supporting projects with small irrigation as parts of components.
  8. Develop and piece up 3 case studies on this Lot per partner (One per partner case studies).
LOT 2: Energy Cook Stoves and Solar Lamps in Climate Resilience Building
Furthermore, as part of building resilience to climate change this project has prioritised used of energy saving Jikos especially in schools as part of reducing heat loss and protection of trees. 

Fabricated energy saving cook stoves in Maralal have been done for a number of schools.

CARITAS Maralal has targeted schools that have a student/pupil population of 3,678 boys and 2,975 girls totalling to 6,653 pupils. 

Caritas Kitui has also provided support to project beneficiaries through energy saving jikos that will form part this study. 

In Marsabit, a number of project beneficiaries have been supported with solar lamps business.
LOT 2: Objectives
  1. Map out co- benefits for climate resilience building and local sustainable development with focus on environmental impact (deforestation estimate of wood/biomass fuel consumption, effect on regeneration of biomass etc social impact (working conditions and health status of the cooks, indoor pollution levels, pain and physical stress caused by intense heat, burns and accidents, cooking duration, skills acquisition and impact at home and neighbouring schools) and economic impact- (Income- and employment-generating effects, reduced money spent on fuelwood, freeing up financial resources)
  2. Capture community voices and perspectives on how the project has/is enhancing climate resilience through energy efficiency.
  3. Profile the challenges and potential solutions in adoption of energy saving Jikos and solar lamps.
  4. Conduct Kitui and Samburu County and National government’s policy audit-how it promotes or hinders adoption and energy saving Jikos use.
  5. Make actionable recommendations to the stakeholders- County policy makers, CSOs, project beneficiaries and development partners supporting projects with small irrigation as parts of components.
  6. Develop and piece up 3 case studies on this Lot per partner (One per partner case studies).
1.2 Methodology
Research methods should include detailed data on target beneficiaries (both direct and indirect beneficiaries), secondary data, and qualitative data. 

The applicant is expected to outline in detail proposed methodologies to be used stakeholder interview (beneficiaries, County government officials etc), photography, case study and review of secondary- partner reports, annual review (year 1 and 2) will be preferred among others.

1.3 Inputs: CAFOD and Partner Roles
  • Develop the ToR for the policy research.
  • Organise and facilitate field logistics
  • Mobilise the project beneficiaries.
  • Identify case studies.
  • Guide the discussion process to ensure linkage with on-going and future work on budget advocacy.
  • Develop contract for the consultant based on this Tor
  • Input into the workshop plan, guide of questions and wrap up report etc.
1.4 Outputs: Consultant’s Deliverables
a. Data collection tools
b. Train the enumerators
c. Led field data collection exercise
d. First draft of the research report.
e. 6 case studies written up.
f. Final report
1.5 Key Tasks for the Consultancy.
a. Review of relevant documentation including but not limited to Year 1 report, 2017 June survey report, 2016 baseline report, partners advocacy evidences, project Proposal, and the project log frame.
b. Design the research methodology including data collection methods/tools and approach.
c. Collect data in the field with support from CAFOD and CAFOD partners.
d. Prepare first draft of Research Report and submit to CAFOD for review, comments and feedback.
e. Finalize the Report with comments from CAFOD and partners consolidated. The report should of a high standard and should not be more than 30 pages (excluding appendices).
f. Submit all electronic and hard copy of data and final report to CAFOD Nairobi office.
1.6 Proposed Time Frame
The task is estimated to take a total of 29 days.

1.7 Qualifications of Consultant
The composition of the team or individual is expected to be as follows:
  • The lead researcher must have a post-graduate degree in social science or another relevant field and least 5 years of work research experience relevant to the assignment.
  • Demonstrable experience in leading or supporting policy, analysis and advocacy work.
  • Track record in conducting research, analytics and developing data collection systems in ASAL Kenya.
  • Experience of working with communities implementing climate resilience agricultural practises.
  • Conversant with application of cross cutting themes like gender mainstreaming, M&E, Advocacy and child protection.
  • Understanding of country and local government policies, frameworks and strategies and experience in interacting with local communities, local /national government and NGOs and international development actors.
  • Experience in storing and analysing large and diverse data sets
  • Availability to stay in the field during the survey period.
  • Excellent interview, teamwork and communication skills and experience of delivering results under pressure
  • Ability to write, read and speak clear, concise reports in English and Kiswahili.
1.8 Mode of Payment: As per contract that will be signed.
1.9 Supervision and Support: The consultant is accountable to CAFOD through the Programmes Manager and will work in collaboration CAFOD programme staff and partner staff.
2.0 Ethical issues: This evaluation and related work will uphold ethical practices during data collection, analysis and interpretation. Respondents will be requested to sign a consent form. 

Throughout the documentation process, persons involved in the study will have a right to respond or discontinue the interview at any stage of the study and such decision will be respected. 

Individual right to privacy and confidentiality shall be respected.

2.1 Proposed Work Schedule

Consultancy period will be from November 8th 2017 with field work happening from 13th to 25th November 2017 in three project site locations in Kitui, Marsabit and Samburu County. 

Final report should be submitted by 7th December 2017.

2.2 Application Process
Interested applicant/s should email technical and financial proposals, personnel profile, and CVs by midnight 8th November 2017 to CAFOD. 

Consultants/Firms that meet the requirements should submit an expression of interest to copied to and

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