International Consultant to Conduct Rapid Feasibility Study for Adopting the Songhai Model for Integrated Natural Resources Management, Livelihoods Improvement and Green

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Kampala, , UG

Background

Uganda the “Pearl of Africa” is endowed with abundant natural resources upon which the economy and livelihood of over 80% of the population largely depends. However, this natural resource base is declining at an alarming rate. Four outstanding bottlenecks are hindering the national efforts in addressing the increasing degradation of natural resources, namely:

  • gaps in policies and legal framework for integrated/coordinated efforts in Natural Resource Management, livelihood and job creation
  • inadequate capacities for coherent and efficient implementation of policies on natural resources management, livelihoods and job creation, including capacities for innovation, adaptation and development of home-grown solutions
  • inadequate capacities for engaging communities in natural resources management and climate change response efforts, and 
  • Over-dependence on biomass energy sources using inefficient technologies.

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in collaboration with the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development (MGLSD) the Responsible Party), Ministry of Water and Environment (Lead Implementing Partner) and other Stakeholders are implementing Inclusive Green Growth for Poverty Reduction Programme. The Programme will aim at providing technical, technological, operational and financial support to the relevant Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) and non-state institutions so that:

  • at the upstream level, by 2017 policies and legal/regulatory frameworks are strengthened and linked for Natural Resource Management, livelihood and job creation;
  • at mid-stream level, by 2018 Natural Resource Management policies and legal frameworks are operationalized in inclusive and adequately coordinated manner;
  • at downstream level, by 2019 the public is empowered to engage in sustainable Natural Resource Management and; 
  • by 2020 cost-effective alternative energy solutions for domestic needs are scaled-up.

The primary beneficiaries of the project are the women (adult), youth (young females and males) and Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) especially the poor so that their productive and income generation capacities and livelihood opportunities are improved in an environmentally sustainable manner.

In line with the above, MGLSD is seeking for services of a consultant to Conduct Rapid Feasibility Study for Adopting the Songhai Model for Integrated Natural Resources Management, Livelihoods Improvement and Green Job Creation

Objective of the consultancy:

The overall objective of this assignment is to Conduct Rapid Feasibility Study for Adopting the Songhai Model for Integrated Natural Resources Management, Livelihoods Improvement and Green Job Creation

The specific areas of the assignment are to include:

  • Evaluating the existing Technology & Training in place supporting the model;
  • Evaluating the value addition required for the existing food and manufacturing products;
  • Evaluating the market potential;
  • Evaluating policies and laws in place safeguarding the Model;
  • Evaluating Small & Medium enterprises in place to implement the model;
  • Evaluate the raw materials in place.
 
Duties and Responsibilities

Scope of work and methodology:

Integrated Natural Resources Management, Livelihoods Improvement and Green Job Creation.

The feasibility study will consist of review of policies, legal, institutional framework and other related documents (literature Review), field visits, consultations and interviews with stakeholders, review existing similar programme and present to stakeholder findings and recommendations

Tasks:

The Consultant is expected to:

The consultant’s tasks will include;

  • i.provide justification for Songhai Model for Integrated Natural Resources Management, Livelihoods Improvement and Green Job Creation in light of the existing development programme and projects in Uganda
  • ii.Undertake review of policy, legal and institutional framework for Skills Development for Natural Resources Management, Livelihoods improvement and Green Job Creation. In particular, provide a summary of important policies, legislation and regulations that are likely to be triggered by the implementation of this guidelines
  • iii.document the key responsibilities of various key stakeholders involved in the adoption and replication of the Songhai Model for Integrated Natural Resources Management, Livelihoods Improvement and Green Job Creation
  • iv.Review the international and regional best practices and document the requirements of Songhai Model for Integrated Natural Resources Management, Livelihoods Improvement and Green Job Creation in terms of financing, Human Resource Management, Marketing, Technology development and rural community development
  • v.Consult with relevant stakeholders including international bodies, private sector, Ministries, Departments and Agencies, standards training bodies, education and researchers and researcher institutions, among others to obtain their input
  • vi.Liaise with the relevant sectors, and including key players, regulatory bodies, lead agencies and other development partners, to obtain the required and relevant information and input on pertinent issues on the model

Provide guidance on the:

  • 3 alternatives location areas for implementation of the model;
  • Selection of the beneficiaries;
  • Community incentives to participate;
  • Supervision;
  • Projects sustainability;
  • Approximate cost of the adoption of the model;
  • Supervision and general management;
  • Facilitate and make presentation in a validation workshop.
 
Competencies
  • Understanding the national or African context in empowering youth, women and rural communities using an integrated approach;
  • Familiarity with technical issues related to adaptation, methods of cost-benefit analysis for adaptation options for new approaches;
  • Technical expertise in Entrepreneurship development in sectors such as Agriculture
  • Strong analytical, research, and report writing skills;
  • Good communication, interpersonal and organizational skills, integrity;
  • Familiarisation with industrial training requirements.
 
Required Skills and Experience

Academic Qualifications:

  • A Master’s degree in Agriculture, Crop Science, Micro-biology, Economics, Finance, Entrepreneurship, Business Administration, or any other relevant field.

Years of experience:

  • 10 Years in-depth knowledge and demonstrated experience in similar consultancy
  • Knowledge and experience on the issues of state institutions capacity and Capacity development

Language requirements:

  • Fluency in written and spoken English.

Working Arrangements:

Institutional Arrangement:

  • The Consultant will report to Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development

Duration of the Work:

  • The consultancy is to be completed within 40 days.

Administrative Responsibilities and Expenses:

  • The Consultant will arrange his/her own: office accommodation, transport, telephone, support staff and meet tax obligations.

Duty Station:

  • Kampala with frequent visits to relevant districts as appropriate.

Price Proposal and Schedule of payments:

A lump sum payment, in three tranches, shall be made upon successful completion and certification of work done as indicated in this Terms of Reference.

  • 20% Upon submission and approval of the inception report-14 days;
  • 30% Upon submission and approval of the first draft report-30 days
  • 50% Upon submission and approval of the final needs assessment report- 40 days

Evaluation Method and Criteria:

Cumulative analysis:

  • The award of the contract shall be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:
    • Responsive/compliant/acceptable, and;
    • Having received the highest score out of a pre-determined set of weighted technical and financial criteria specific to the solicitation:
      • Technical criteria weight; – 70%;
      • Financial criteria weight; – 30%.

Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 49 points (70% of the total technical points) would be considered for the Financial Evaluation

Technical Criteria – Maximum 70 points:

Criteria:                                                                                                

  • Relevant degree – 15
  • 10 Years in-depth knowledge and demonstrated experience in similar consultancy – 30
  • Knowledge and experience on the issues of state institutions capacity and Capacity development – 15
  • Familiarisation with industrial training requirements – 5
  • Excellent analytical, research, writing and communication skills – 5

Application Procedure:

he candidate is required to submit an electronic application directly uploaded on the UNDP jobs website with all the requirements as listed here below. Annexes and further information may be downloaded on http://procurement-notices.undp.org/. (Reference #33137).

Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications in one single PDF document to this website – http://jobs.undp.org (Ref no.68710).

Documents to be included when submitting the proposals:

  • Duly accomplished Letter of Confirmation of Interest and Availability using the template provided by UNDP (Annex II);
  • Personal CV, indicating all past experience from similar projects, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the Candidate and at least three (3) professional references.

Technical proposal:

  • Brief description of why the individual considers him/herself as the most suitable for the assignment;
  • A methodology, on how they will approach and complete the assignment;
  • Financial proposal that indicates the all-inclusive fixed total contract price, supported by a breakdown of costs, as per template provided (Annex II);
  • Annexes 1 and II – may be downloaded from the UNDP Procurement Notices Website -http://procurement-notices.undp.org/ – under reference #33137. For further clarifications, please contact; [email protected]; [email protected];

Interested applicants should submit applications through uploading of all their required documentation in one single pdf document on this website only.


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