Monday, July 10, 2017

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) ,Terms of Expression for Consultant Sub-national PES Action Plan, Yanze Catchment



Terms of Expression for Consultant
Sub-national PES Action Plan, Yanze Catchment
Application Deadline:
July 16,, 2017
Type of Contract:
Short term consultancy
Languages Required:
English and Kinyarwanda required
Proposed Starting Date:
July 24, 2017
Location:
Rwanda
BACKGROUND
The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (I
UCN) in partnership with Conservation International (CI) is carrying out a program on Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES), with a focus on water, in Rwanda at the national and sub-national level.  The intent of the program is to “support the development of national PES mechanism in Rwanda to address the drivers of natural capital degradation and promote wellbeing”. As part of this, work will be required at the sub-national level to inform and build momentum at the national level, and to ensure that all efforts are aligned with ongoing watershed management initiatives. The Yanze catchment, as one of the important water catchments for Kigali, has been identified as a suitable sub-national site in which this study is to be undertaken. The site suffers from significant degradation which poses risks to the water quality and quality downstream. In addition, there are a number of stakeholders which heavily depend on clean, consistent water supply. IUCN is therefore seeking a consultant to prepare a Sub-national PES Action Plan. This plan shall lay out a clear pathway for how to pilot a PES program at the sub-national level and how this can be up-scaled to the national level.
OBJECTIVES AND SCOPE OF THE STUDY
The objective of the study is to investigate in detail a site for a water PES scheme, obtain a clear action plan on piloting a sub-national PES program in the Yanze catchment and have a clear pathway on how to mainstream it to the national scale.
Specifically, the following items shall be addressed:
  • A brief overview/scoping of ongoing work relevant to this catchment in Rwanda (noting ongoing work in the area via the Water for Growth program and other relevant agencies);
A clear overview of the ecosystem service (ES) providers and ES beneficiaries;
  • A clear, logical argument how upstream ecosystem services benefit downstream beneficiaries using quantitative figures and information from published studies, as possible (this is helping to build evidence for the business case, below);
  • A clear understanding of how PES can be used to support a wider objective of integrating multiple incentives to support farmers to overcome adoption barriers in the implementation of sustainable agricultural practices.
  • A clear understanding of the types of support that could be provided to target communities if a PES scheme were to be developed.
  • A clear overview of potential intermediaries who could work to link the ES providers and beneficiaries with a pragmatic suggestion of which entity/entities are best placed to undertake this work (including overseeing financial flow, activity management, etc.);
  • A clear outline under which laws and policies a (sub-) national PES scheme would fit in and how it relates to Rwanda’s greater vision, national and international commitments.
  • A detailed and clear ‘way forward’ with a proposed step-by-step process for how a PES program could be piloted and then mainstreamed, should funding become available
The outputs of the study shall be delivered in three documents:
  1. A longer (internal) document with the details outlined above,
  2. A shorter (public) document that provides an overview of the pilot PES opportunity
  3. A concept note/proposal that can be used for fundraising purposes (e.g. used by the Water for Growth program to solicit donor support for a watershed PES project).
Information for these deliverables should be solicited using desktop and in-person stakeholder engagement. Key partners should be involved in providing input to this deliverable. The deliverables should be developed closely with IUCN, CI and with select entities in Rwanda, including but not limited to Water for the Growth, Rwanda Water and Forestry Authority, Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA) and MINIRENA.
GOALS OF THE ACTION PLAN STUDY
The specific goals of the PES Action Plan for the Yanze catchment are:
  1. To understand and outline ongoing work relevant to this catchment in Rwanda (noting ongoing work in the area via the Water for Growth program and other relevant agents);
  2. To identify stakeholders in the target catchment that will affect or be affected by the PES mechanism.
  3. To identify and provide a clear overview of the ecosystem service (ES) providers and ES beneficiaries that depend on them;
  4. To outline a clear, logical argument how upstream ecosystem services benefit downstream beneficiaries (using quantitative figures and information from published studies);
  5. To obtain a clear understanding of how PES can be used to support a wider objective of integrating multiple incentives to support farmers to overcome adoption barriers in the implementation of sustainable agricultural practices.
  6. To attain a clear understanding of the types of support that could be provided to target communities if a PES scheme were to be developed;
  7. To undertake an institutional gap analysis to identify the most suitable agent for driving this process on a national level.
  8. To intermediaries who could work to link the ES providers and beneficiaries with a pragmatic suggestion of which entity/entities are best placed to undertake this work (including overseeing financial flow, activity management, etc.);
  9. A clear outline under which laws and policies a (sub-) national PES scheme would fit in and how it relates to Rwanda’s greater vision, national and international commitments, etc.
  10. To identify a detailed and clear ‘way forward’ with a proposed step-by-step process for how a PES program could be piloted and then mainstreamed, should funding become available. This should include, but is not limited to, the required political processes, institutional establishments or changes to institutions, private sector engagement, a community engagement plan and potential funding sources/ strategic positioning of PES on large funding initiatives.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF CONSULTANT
The consultant will work in close collaboration with the IUCN team in Rwanda, the CI team in Kenya and other stakeholders, such as Water for Growth Rwanda, RWFA and MINIRENA to produce deliverables according the ToRs.
REPORTING
The consultant will provide weekly briefs to IUCN on progress, challenges and support needed, and hold a meeting once in every two weeks at the IUCN office to exchange on progress, copying Christina Ender (CI Kenya)
EXPECTED OUTPUTS/DELIVERABLES, PAYMENT, AND REPORTING OF LOCAL CONSULTANT
The consultant shall provide the following outputs within the proposed phased approach, with the final deliverable submitted to IUCN no later than September 22nd, 2017.
Below are the suggested timelines for each of the deliverables and schedules of payment.
Deliverables/Outputs
Estimated Duration to Complete
Payment
Inception report, outlining
  1. Clear rapid assessment design and approach
  2. Required field visits and meetings (clear itinerary, agency, communities, including details of duration, accommodation, travel costs.)
July 31, 2017
30%
Field visit to conduct key stakeholder meetings, etc.
Meetings in Kigali with relevant stakeholders
1 week field visit
1 week meetings in Kigali

Complete draft reports,
A longer (internal) document with the following details,

  1. A brief overview/scoping of ongoing work relevant to this catchment in Rwanda (noting ongoing work in the area via the Water for Growth program and other relevant agencies);
  2. An outline of the stakeholders in the target catchment that will affect or be affected by the PES mechanism;
  3. A clear overview of the ecosystem service (ES) providers and ES beneficiaries that depend on them;
  4. A clear, logical argument how upstream ecosystem services benefit downstream beneficiaries using quantitative figures and information from published studies, as possible (to inform the business case);
  5. A clear understanding of how PES can be used to support a wider objective of integrating multiple incentives to support farmers to overcome adoption barriers in the implementation of sustainable agricultural practices.
  6. A clear understanding of the types of tangible and intangible support that could be provided to target communities if a PES scheme were to be developed;
  7. A logical institutional gap analysis to identify the most suitable agent for driving this process on a sub-national and national level (if not the same);
  8. A clear assessment of intermediaries who could work to link the ES providers and beneficiaries with a pragmatic suggestion of which entity/entities are best placed to undertake this work (including overseeing financial flow, community engagement management, etc.);
  9. A clear outline under which laws and policies a (sub-) national PES scheme would fit in and how it relates to Rwanda’s greater vision, national and international commitments, etc.;
  10. A detailed and logical ‘way forward’ with a proposed step-by-step process for how a PES program could be piloted and then mainstreamed, should funding become available. This should include, but is not limited to, the required political processes, institutional establishments or changes to institutions, private sector engagement, a community engagement plan and potential funding sources/ strategic positioning of PES on large funding initiatives.


  • A shorter (public) document that provides an overview of the pilot PES opportunity;

  • A concept note/proposal that can be used for fundraising purposes (e.g. used by the Water for Growth program to solicit donor support for a watershed PES project).
September 1 2017.
                                  
IUCN and CI have 5 working days to review to provide feedback by September 8th.
40%
Final report, including
  1. The sections as outlined in the draft report, edited to reflect feedback provided by IUCN Rwanda and CI Kenya
September 22nd 2017.
30%
COMPETENCIES AND SKILLS OF THE CONSULTANT
The Consultant must have the following competencies and skills:
  1. Solid understanding in ecosystem services with proof of having undertaken similar studies within the last 5 years
  2. In-depth understanding of Rwanda’s water laws and policy; and engagement with on-going water management initiatives preferable
  3. Proven ability to quantity ecosystem services through economical assessments
  4. Advance qualifications in Natural Resource management and related fields
  5. Research and Stakeholder engagement experience
  6. Excellent report writing skills in English
APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS
Interested individual consultant/s must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications, experience and skills:
  • A CV, a budget and an expression of interest on the scope of work as per the TOR including a summary of relevant work experience which s/he is able to bring into the consultancy process; an explanation why s/he is the most suitable for the assignment; Evidence of similar assignment implemented in the last 5 years.
All applications must be prepared in English and be submitted by close of business on July 16th, 2017. Proposals must be submitted in an electronic format using the subject line: Sub-national PES Action Plan to Valence.Mushimwe@iucn.org with a copy to Charles.Karangwa@iucn.org
IUCN Eastern and Southern Africa
Rwanda Programme Office
Plot 1003, Ubumwe Cell, Africa Union Boulevard
P.O. Box 6935 Kigali

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