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The Regenerative Agricultural practices for improved Livelihoods and Markets (REALMS) project aims to improve the livelihoods of smallholder farmers in Western Kenya and Western Rwanda through creating conditions for the adoption of regenerative agricultural practices. Both project areas are characterized by high population growth and increased demand for food, increasingly degraded lands, fragile landscapes and weakened livelihoods. By creating the appropriate conditions for the adoption by smallholders of regenerative agricultural practices the REALMS project will tackle these challenges.
SNV is seeking an experienced professional agronomist with expertise in areas of conservation agriculture, agroecology, soil conservation and climate smart agricultural practices. The position holder will be responsible for guiding adoption of regenerative agricultural practices by farmers and agro-enterprises. S/he will coordinate with the project team and partners to contribute to analysis that will identify and stimulate investments for effective regenerative production systems. S/he will provide support to SMEs and farmer groups/cooperatives on the most appropriate climate integration strategies, which enhance income of producers and agribusinesses. The incumbent will contribute to the joint learning of smallholder producers agro-enterprises adoption of regenerative agriculture.
About the Project
The Veggies 4 Planet & People (V4P&P) is a five-year, project being implemented by SNV Netherlands Development Organisation (SNV) and World Vegetable Center (WorldVeg) with the support of the IKEA Foundation. The project is implemented in two countries: Ethiopia and Kenya.
The overall project objectives are:
In Kenya, the project aims to achieve this by establishing 120 vegetable business networks to engage an estimated 2,400 women and youth in market activities designed to improve their livelihoods and diets.
The V4P&P project has four main outcome areas:
The project uses an action-oriented approach in which new tools and technologies are developed, piloted, and scaled through Vegetable Business Networks (VBNs). VBNs are groups of people that are formed around an existing vegetable business champion who engage in collective action to access information, training, financial- or other services, input- or output markets, or enter a vegetable business together. The VBNs will be supported by the project through training and coaching services. The project will design, pilot and scale innovative regenerative vegetable production and post-harvest technologies.
The scope of work in Kenya will cover strengthening and facilitating formation of VBN (Vegetable Business Networks) among smallholder farmers especially the youth and women. The consultant will work within the Veggies for Planet and People project team and report to the Project Manager.
Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH) Sector
In WASH, SNV aims to impact the lives of under-served communities in rural, peri-urban, and small town areas to improve their health and well-being through contribution to (1) adequate and sustainable access to safe, sufficient, and reliable drinking water; (2) access to improved sanitation and; (3) sustained hygiene behavior change as part of daily routines. SNV does this through a programmatic approach in the following key areas:
ENDING DROUGHT EMERGENCIES - CLIMATE PROOFED INFRASTRUCTURE FOR IMPROVED WATER SUPPLY AND SANITATION IN ARID AND SEMI-ARID LAND AREAS PROGRAMME (EDE-CPIRA)
SNV is implementing the Ending Drought Emergencies - Climate Proofed Infrastructure for Improved Water Supply and Sanitation in Arid and Semi-arid Land Areas programme (EDE-CPIRA). The programme is in partnership with the Water Sector Trust Fund and eight Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (ASAL) - Baringo, West Pokot, Samburu, Mandera, Kajiado, Kitui, Taita Taveta and Kilifi Counties. The objective of SNV in this programme is to pilot Public Private Community Partnerships (PPCPs) as well as other private sector participation approaches in the eight target ASAL counties to address the challenge of non-functionality in rural water systems.
BACKGROUND TO SERVICE DELIVERY MODELS
Kenya is classified as a water scarce country and therefore emphasis is placed on conservation and prudent use of the available potable water resource. Still, both the UN (through resolution 64/292, 2010) and the Constitution of Kenya (2010) recognise access to water and sanitation as a basic human right. Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) no. 6 aims to ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation, while the target is to achieve universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water for all by 2030.
Utilities and sector at large have struggled to address inefficiencies in service delivery, and this has led to huge financial losses, slow growth in access and opportunity cost to the consumers. Water provision at utility level is shrouded by numerous inefficiencies which hamper effective service delivery. This is further compounded by chronic lack of data to measure performance output and set the sector on the right path to growth. It is evident that the limited management skills and non-adoption of contemporary management tools and knowledge contribute to continued inefficiencies in the sector.
Since the water sector reforms of 2002 and Water Act of 2016, Kenya has made substantial progress in increasing access and accelerating investment in the sector. The reform process embraced “socially responsible commercialization” which was anchored on running the water utilities as business entities and ring-fencing revenue for the sector to grow. However, despite the progress in the urban areas, rural water services and in specifically arid and semi-arid areas continue to struggle with inefficiencies and stagnated growth.
A study conducted in 2013 revealed that almost 1/3 of rural water systems were dysfunctional at any point in time while the other 2/3 started to malfunction within 3-5 years of construction. Limited resources available with NGOs and public authorities then were often depleted in repair and rehabilitation of these mal-functional water systems, resulting in minimal resources left available to expand services to un-served rural areas that are mostly inhabited by vulnerable communities. To address this, SNV Netherlands Development Organisation began facilitating forums between government authorities, civil society, and communities to look for practical solutions of addressing these challenges. This resulted in the development of the Public Private Community Partnerships models (PPCPs).
Albeit this resulted in the development of rural water guidelines by the Water Services Regulated Board (WASREB), the key challenges remain fostering better management practices, creating an enabling environment for private sector participation, and strengthening the coordination between water stakeholders. With the emergence of WASREB’s guidelines and proposed service delivery models, the community manged water systems are expected to benefit appropriately. The integration of a climate resilience approach is further expected to open opportunities for the private sector actors in designing, implementing, and adapting suitable climate smart technologies and make service provision affordable and responsive to environmental changes.
The overall objective of the assignment is to structure PPCPs that will improve the livelihoods of targeted group by accelerating access to clean and safe drinking water.
The specific objectives are to:
MAIN TASKS OF THE ASSIGNMENT
Preparation of an Inception Report
Identification of commercially viable water projects
Financial Analysis of the community water systems
Identification of Private Entrepreneurs
DURATION OF THE ASSIGNMENT
The assignment is expected to take a total of 3 Months, from July 2021 to September 2021. This duration is inclusive of reporting timeline.
The consultant is expected to work very closely with the eight county governments /WSP/WSTF/WASREB and SNV on a regular basis and as may be required from time to time. Feedback from these actors will be incorporated in the subsequent reports/work.
The Consultant shall be responsible for proper planning and delivery of the assignment in close collaboration with SNV and County Government staff. The Consultant will further be expected to deliver the following to SNV:
The consultant’s team will be expected to submit weekly time sheets to SNV detailing number of days delivered for internal administrative purposes. All the deliverables will be submitted in soft and hard formats.
Final payment for the assignment will only be made upon successful implementation of the activities and submission of satisfactory reports as outlined above.
Quality/completeness and timely delivery of the assignment as per agreed schedule will be essential.
The Consultant will report directly to respective county governments and EDE-CPIRA Team Leader at SNV Kenya and will work closely with SNV Advisors responsible for the project. SNV will provide advisory support throughout the delivery process, including linkage of the Consultant to County Governments, selected community water systems, stakeholders and partners involved.
Interested Consultants are encouraged to submit a technical and financial proposal that will be required to undertake this assignment in the most efficient manner to produce a high quality product.
The budget should cover all eligible costs required to undertake the assignment (excluding travel costs and per diems which will be provided/reimbursed based on actual/SNV rates. These exclusions should however be estimated on a separate schedule in the proposal). Proposals will be evaluated based on both their technical merit and their price competitiveness.
Eligible Consulting Firms (“Consultants”) are invited to indicate their interest in providing the Services. Consultants may associate with other firms in the form of a joint venture or a sub-consultancy to enhance their qualifications. Interested Consultants should provide information demonstrating that they have the required qualifications and relevant experience to perform the Services. The short-listing criteria are:
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