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Consultancy- To Conduct the Climate Risk Assessment in the Cotton, Dairy and Horticulture value chains
Deadline of this Job:
17 July 2020
Date Posted: Thursday, July 09, 2020 , Base Salary: Not Disclosed
SNV is a not-for-profit international development organization with long-term, local presence in more than 30 of the poorest countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Our team of local and international advisors work with local partners to equip communities, businesses and organisations with the tools, knowledge and connections they need to increase their incomes and gain access to basic services – empowering them to break the cycle of poverty and guide their own development across three sectors: Agriculture, Renewable Energy and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH).
SNV implemented 4-year projects, Energy for Agriculture project (E4A) and Sustainable Integrated Land Management Solutions (SILMS) which ended in 2019. E4A and SILMS respectively promoted decentralised biogas systems and climate smart agricultural (CSA) practices among smallholder farmers to improve agricultural production and avail clean energy to smallholder farmers. INCREASE (Increasing Climate Resilience in Energy & Agriculture Systems and Entrepreneurship) project has evolved from both lessons learned and achievements in the two Sida-funded projects on climate smart agriculture and renewable energy (biogas).
The INCREASE project is running from 2020 for an initial 3 years and will work with leading private sector companies in dairy, cotton and horticulture value chains to increase resilience in smallholder out-grower systems to stabilise production, productivity and secure supply chains under a changing climate.
The project aims to contribute to resilience in farming and agribusiness by working with the targeted private companies (with whom SNV will have an MOU), to encourage the smallholder/contract farmers to adopt climate smart agricultural practices and deploy decentralised energy systems (solar, biogas, etc.) to increase and stabilise supply chains. The project will also work with mandated public institutions to influence formulation and/or implementation of policies that enable private enterprises in the following three agricultural value chains to thrive: cotton, dairy and horticulture.
The project is being implemented in Southern, Lusaka, Central, Copperbelt and Eastern Province. An additional pilot area for climate resilient organic cotton production is implemented in Northern and North Western Province. .
What risks exist to secure the supply chains in these three sectors? To answer this question, climate risk assessments are to be undertaken. The objective of the assessment is to support stakeholders in the agricultural value chain in;
• Identifying and prioritising climate related risks in the selected value chain
• Creating awareness on the impact of climate change along the selected value chains to the key stakeholders
• Identifying mitigation measures to stabilize or reverse the impacts of climate change
• Identifying opportunities for business cases addressing climate related risks
The assessment is designed for the project and its stakeholder in order to solicit information and analyse findings on climate risks and its impact on stakeholders along the selected value chains. The climate risk assessment combines a focus on climate information for better coping with current climate variability and for the use of climate projections assessing how these vulnerabilities may change in future.
The climate risk assessment in the value chain involves a process consisting of the following -interrelated- four (4) steps:
Step 1: Value chain mapping. Identification of climate variables relevant to value chain stakeholders and generating first insights into climate/weather related hazards that value chain stakeholders are experiencing as well as climate change projections for specific regions.
Step 2: Assessing impact of climate change on water availability and crop and milk production – this step will address the major question “given the climate change projections, how might the crop and dairy production and water resources be affected?’’ To address this question, a quantitative impact assessment of climate change on water availability vs crop and dairy production will be required, but also to include an alternative approach based on existing literature and expert knowledge.
Step 3: Climate change risk assessment – The third step identifies the risk that climate change poses to each of the stakeholders’ business in the value chain. Here climate risks are potentially severe adverse consequences for social ecological systems resulting from the interaction between climate-related hazards and vulnerability of people and systems exposed to these hazards. This step will involve three major activities. Given projections of future climate change and their impact on crop production and water availability the following major questions to address include:
a) What are the (potential) risks for people’s livelihood and businesses of stakeholders in the value chain, starting at the top of each value chain with the leading private companies engaged in the project?
b) What are the potential mitigation measures that smallholder farmers and businesses can take to mitigate these risks?
c) What are stakeholders’ current adaptive capacity to address these risks? What are the different adaptive capacities of men and women of different age groups?
d) How do they prioritise the risks?
e) What are the stakeholders’ current adaptive capacity to adopt the mitigation measures proposed?
It is recommended to start off this activity with a limited number of preparatory interviews with stakeholders in the value chain. However, these questions should also be addressed in a two-day workshop with value chain stakeholders and other experts (climate, crop, trade).
Step 4: Identification of potential business case – this step is conducted in the second day of the workshop with key stakeholders of the value chains to explore adaptation strategies and identify potential business ideas. The following elements will be part of the identification:
• Prioritised climate-weather related risk in the context of the value chain
• Possible adaptation strategy to address the prioritised risk
• How do stakeholders perceive the feasibility – sustainability (social. finance, cultural, technical) – is the strategy gender and age inclusive or is it necessary to develop specific strategies towards women, youth and/or other vulnerable groups?
• Is there any actor (in the value chain or elsewhere) who could be interested to transform the adaptation strategy into a business?
• Are there any customers who are willing/able to pay for the service /product being sold?
• Do we consider this adaptation strategy as a potential business idea? Yes/No and Why?
Job Skills: Not Specified
EVALUATION TEAM QUALIFICATIONS
The evaluation is to be done by a local consulting firm. The lead consultant should have wide knowledge on climate change and experience with the Zambian agriculture and natural resources sector. Should have a minimum of a Master’s degree in Environmental studies, Agriculture, Agricultural Economics, or a related field, and at least have a minimum of 7 years’ experience working in Natural resources or related fields and in carrying out Climate Change assessments, demonstrable academic and practical experience in qualitative and quantitative research methodology, evaluation design and implementation. The Consultant should also have strong analytical, facilitation and communication skills (both written and oral) and demonstrated experience working in rural areas in Zambia.
All written documents are to be submitted in English using Microsoft Word in both soft and hard copy.
All primary data collected, and analysis conducted, for the purpose of the assessment will remain the property of SNV and must be submitted electronically and in a clear and comprehensible format.
Job Education Requirements: Not Specified
Job Experience Requirements: Not Specified
Work Hours: 8
Job application procedure
For the full terms of reference click this link; https://c.smartrecruiters.com/sr-company-attachments-prod/58919688e4b0672cc03331a9/b8a6664f-0f9e-4818-80a2-df270089fce5?r=s3
Interested Consultants or firms are requested to submit:
1. An Expression of Interest detailing their interpretation of the TOR, proposed Assessment plan including sampling framework, work schedule and proposed budget;
2. A capability statement demonstrating how they meet the required qualifications and competencies;
3. Copies of all relevant Curriculum Vitae (CVs). Only CVs for the specific individuals that will form the proposed evaluation team should be included;
4. Two references (including one from your last client/employer).
By clicking on the I’m Interested button and submit above requirements in English. Deadline is 17th July 2020 at 00:00 hrs
We do not appreciate third-party mediation based on this advertisement.
NB: Only shortlisted will be contacted
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