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Consultancy Terms of Reference to Conduct Capacity Building on Environment and Natural Resource Management

Expert:
 Environmental and Natural Resource Specialist Consultant
 
Location: CAF cluster training sites (Nairobi, Nakuru, Mombasa, Eldoret, Kisumu and Thika cluster)        
 

Duration / timing: Six days (Between September and November)
 
Target Audience: County Assembly Sub- committees on Environment and Natural resources
 
County Assembly Forum Background: The County Assemblies Forum (CAF) is the coordinating body of the 47 County Assemblies of the Republic of Kenya. 


The mandate of CAF is to support the County Assemblies perform their three core functions: law making, oversight and representation, by providing an avenue for coordination, capacity development and networking amongst the 47 Assemblies and with the executive arm, as well as with national government.
 
There are four main levels in the structure of CAF:
 
A. The General Assembly is the supreme organ of CAF and it comprises of the 2,248 Members of the 47 County Assemblies of Kenya, the Governing Council and the Executive Committee undertakes all initiatives and decisions in the best interest of the membership of the general assembly. 
 
B. The Governing Council is composed of all speakers and two other elected/nominated members from each of the 47 county assemblies. It considers and makes recommendations on the implementation of the policies of the Forum and proper execution of its programs.
 
C. The Executive Committee comprising of 20 members whose composition include ten Speakers of county assemblies and ten members including three deputy Speakers. It has 5 subcommittees namely - Inter-Governmental Relations, Legal and Research, Finance and Administration Member Services and Communication.
 
D. CAF Secretariat is headed by a Chief Executive Officer and undertakes research and coordination activities to ensure cross county learning and coordination of the work of the County Assemblies. 
 
The Member Services Sub- Committee;  mandate is to ensure that there is adequate capacity development of members and staff of the County Assemblies along different sectoral themes, and provide a useful interface  between all the sub committees, ensuring that the concerns and interests of  members are taken into account.
 
Activity background: Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (ASALs) remain idle for most part of the year as the crops grown by small-scale farmers are limited due to unfavourable climate. 

The defining features of ASALs is their aridity. Annual rainfall in arid areas ranges between 150mm and 55mm per year, and in semi-arid areas between 550mm and 850mm per year. 

Temperatures in arid areas are high throughout the year, with high rates of evapotranspiration. These factors precipitate lack of or lessened water resources, chronic food insecurity, degraded ecosystems and climate change. 

There is an apparent need to conduct Institutional Architecture Assessments (IAA) and capacity building on environment and natural resource management in ASAL counties; which occupy 89% of the Country and is home to about 14 million people and approximately 70% of the national livestock herd. This means almost half of the counties in Kenya are occupied by arid and semi-arid lands. 

Counties in ASALs need to develop sustainable policy frameworks, review existing legislations, draft new legislations on environment and natural resource management to mitigate the effects of ASALs. 

It has been noted that these counties generally have a capacity weakness and that the policy process is frequently run or managed outside of the standard policy structures such as the National Drought Management Authority (NDMA) and the Ministry of Environment, Water and National Resources. 

Often, the drivers of policy are either political parties or favoured stakeholders with a clear business interest in the policy in question.

Activity Objective (s)
 

A. Build the capacity of County Assembly sectoral committee’s on water and natural resource management through joint training sessions.
 
 
B. Provide technical assistance to ASAL counties in reviewing and drafting of bills and regulations that pertain to water and natural resource management.
 
Tasks
 
The consultant will conduct the following tasks:
  1. Develop a training course on curriculum on environment and natural resource management specific to the County Assemblies legislative mandate.- The curriculum should  document trends in natural resources management in Kenya and the impact of policy and governance to those trends with a focus on Climate change, Energy, Environment, Agriculture, Land and Water. The training Curricula should also relate the implementation of the new constitution of Kenya to Natural resources and governance, the role of devolved government and increased participation of citizens in decision-making.
  2. Share proposed training Curriculum with CAF secretariat and member services sub-committee for validation.
  3. Development of draft programme for the cluster based capacity building trainings.
  4. Conduct and facilitate six one- day Cluster based capacity building trainings at CAF cluster locations for the County Assemblies sub- committees on Environment and Natural Resource Management. 
Outputs / Deliverables
  • Training curriculum.
  • Draft work plan for cluster based capacity building workshops.
  • Report of each cluster based meeting with follow up recommendations.
  • Consolidated final report.
Reporting and Liaising: The consultant will report directly to the CAF secretariat CEO. 

For technical matters related to implementation of project activities, the consultant is to coordinate closely the program officer Lonah Losem who the designated primary point of contact for this activity. 

The consultancy is to take place for six days between September 2015 to November 2015.

Qualifications
  • Advance degree in Environment and natural resource management related field including not less than 10 years’ experience in conducting ENRM related studies and EIAs in Kenya.
  • Ability to prepare objective assessment/ evaluation reports and provide feasible recommendations
  • Experience working with County Governments and a keen understanding of the devolved governance structure in Kenya.
  • Strong communication and facilitation skills.

Consultancy Terms of Reference to Develop an Environment and Natural Resource Management Policy Framework / Guideline

Expert:
 Environmental and Natural Resource Specialist Consultant
 
Location: Nairobi – With travel to Counties. 
 
Duration / timing: Five days (Between September and November 2015)
 
Target Audience: County Assembly Sub- committees on Environment and Natural resources
 
County Assembly Forum Background: The County Assemblies Forum (CAF) is the coordinating body of the 47 County Assemblies of the Republic of Kenya. 


The mandate of CAF is to support the County Assemblies perform their three core functions: law making, oversight and representation, by providing an avenue for coordination, capacity development and networking amongst the 47 Assemblies and with the executive arm, as well as with national government.
 
There are four main levels in the structure of CAF:
 
A. The General Assembly is the supreme organ of CAF and it comprises of the 2,248 Members of the 47 County Assemblies of Kenya, the Governing Council and the Executive Committee undertakes all initiatives and decisions in the best interest of the membership of the general assembly. 
 
B. The Governing Council is composed of all speakers and two other elected/nominated members from each of the 47 county assemblies. It considers and makes recommendations on the implementation of the policies of the Forum and proper execution of its programs.
 
C. The Executive Committee comprising of 20 members whose composition include ten Speakers of county assemblies and ten members including three deputy Speakers. It has 5 subcommittees namely - Inter-Governmental Relations, Legal and Research, Finance and Administration Member Services and Communication.
 
D. CAF Secretariat is headed by a Chief Executive Officer and undertakes research and coordination activities to ensure cross county learning and coordination of the work of the County Assemblies. 
 
The Member Services Sub- Committee;  mandate is to ensure that there is adequate capacity development of members and staff of the County Assemblies along different sectoral themes, and provide a useful interface  between all the sub committees, ensuring that the concerns and interests of  members are taken into account.

Activity background:
 Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (ASALs) remain idle for most part of the year as the crops grown by small-scale farmers are limited due to unfavourable climate. 

The defining features of ASALs is their aridity. Annual rainfall in arid areas ranges between 150mm and 55mm per year, and in semi-arid areas between 550mm and 850mm per year. 

Temperatures in arid areas are high throughout the year, with high rates of evapotranspiration. These factors precipitate lack of or lessened water resources, chronic food insecurity, degraded ecosystems and climate change. 

There is an apparent need to conduct Institutional Architecture Assessments (IAA) and capacity building on environment and natural resource management in ASAL counties; which occupy 89% of the Country and is home to about 14 million people and approximately 70% of the national livestock herd. This means almost half of the counties in Kenya are occupied by arid and semi-arid lands.

Counties in ASALs need to develop sustainable policy frameworks, review existing legislations, draft new legislations on environment and natural resource management to mitigate the effects of ASALs. 

It has been noted that these counties generally have a capacity weakness and that the policy process is frequently run or managed outside of the standard policy structures such as the National Drought Management Authority (NDMA) and the Ministry of Environment, Water and National Resources. 

Often, the drivers of policy are either political parties or favoured stakeholders with a clear business interest in the policy in question.
 
Activity objective (s) 

A. Build the capacity of County Assembly sectoral committee’s on water and natural resource management through joint training sessions. 

B. Provide technical assistance to ASAL counties in reviewing and drafting of bills and regulations that pertain to water and natural resource management.

Tasks
 
The consultant will conduct the following tasks:
  1. Develop and submit a detailed and time framed work plan for the development of an environment and natural resource management policy framework/guideline complete with methodology.
  2. Develop a consolidated environment and natural resource management policy framework/guideline that will enhance the development of sound Legislation by County Assemblies. This will be achieved by analysing and critiquing the pertinent legislation, regulation, standards and policies that are relevant and applicable to the management of natural resources, agricultural practice and extension land use & land tenure and water conservation, supply and use, and climate change at the County Assemblies.
  3. Attend the Cluster based capacity building trainings and use this as an avenue to consult with the County Assemblies sub-committees on environment and natural resource management and other government institutions and NSAs.
Outputs / Deliverables
  1. Work plan and methodology.
  2. County Assembly Specific environment and natural resource management policy framework / guideline.
Reporting and Liaising: The consultant will report directly to the CAF secretariat CEO. For technical matters related to implementation of project activities, the consultant is to coordinate closely the program officer Lonah Losem who the designated primary point of contact for this activity. 

The consultancy is to take place through five days. 

The period runs between September to November 2015.

Qualifications
  • Advance degree in Environment and natural resource management related field including not less than 10 years’ experience in conducting ENRM related studies and EIAs in Kenya.
  • Ability to prepare objective assessment/ evaluation reports and provide feasible recommendations
  • Experience working with County Governments and a keen understanding of the devolved governance structure in Kenya.
  • Strong communication and facilitation skills.
Application Procedure
 
Interested candidates are invited to send their;
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • concept note interpreting the TORs and proposing methodology

The documents are to be sent to: HR@countyassembliesforum.org by 23rd September, 2015 at 6pm.

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