Consultancy: Environmental Impact Assessment via ReliefWeb

Action Against Hunger

Mandera, Kenya 🇰🇪

Programme Title: Global food &nutrition security response in Mandera County

Specific objective: Increased use of water, sanitation and hygiene services and practices that reduce the likelihood of diseases causing malnutrition, with a focus on the protection and dignity of women and girls..

Area: Banisa, Mandera South subcounties, Mandera County

1.Background

Mandera County is among the arid and semi-arid lands of Kenya, it is in the North Eastern, the county is bordered by Ethiopia to the north, Somalia to the East and Wajir county to the southwest 25798km2 with an estimated population of 1200890 (Source: DHIS). It consists of nine Sub-counties namely Mandera East, Arabia, Kutulo, Lafey, Banisa, Mandera south, Mandera West, Takaba, and Kiliwahire. Over the years, Mandera County has experienced a myriad of shocks and aridity of the land that has affected the communities’ ability to access clean and safe water for domestic and livestock use. Access to water for both human consumption, livestock and other uses continues to be inadequate as a result of low water supply coverage and dysfunctional existing water systems due to frequent breakdown.

To address the challenge of inadequate access to safe water for domestic use in the County, Action Against Hunger in collaboration with the county department of water plans to implement projects in Mandera. The project includes borehole rehabilitation and water pipeline extension to underserved areas of Domal and Qalanqalisa villages in Banisa and Mandera South sub counties.

Geographical location.

County: Mandera

Sub County: Banisa & Mandera South

Borehole Name: Domaal (Banisa) & Qalanqalisa (Mandera South)

Distance: 230 km from Mandera town (Banisa) $ 252km from Mandera town (Mandera South)

  1. Consultancy Description

The proposed Consultancy involves carrying out Environmental Impact Assessment with a view to establishing the impact on the environment and social effects of the proposed works outlined above.

  1. EIA Study Objectives

The objectives of Environmental Impact Assessment are to:

  • Take into account environmental, social, economic, cultural and legal considerations in regards to the proposed works as described in Section 1.1
  • Identify the anticipated environmental impacts of the proposed works of the project and the scale of the impacts
  • Analyse and evaluate the anticipated impacts of the proposed works of the project on the physical, biological, social cultural and social economic environment
  • Propose mitigation measures to be taken during and after the implementation of the proposed works of the project
  • Develop an Environmental Management Plan with mechanisms for monitoring and evaluating the compliance and environmental performance which shall include the cost of mitigation measures and the time frame of implementing the measures.
  • Identify and assess compliance of project activities with relevant statutory and internal requirements
  • Establish mechanisms for monitoring and evaluating compliance and time frame for implementing effects mitigation measures
  1. Scope of EIA Study

The consultant shall perform all works necessary as called for in the Terms of Reference.

The assignment consists of: –

  • Define the location of the project including the physical area that may be affected by the proposed project and identify and predict the physical, ecological, economic and social-cultural impacts of the proposed project
  • Collect, collate and present baseline information on the environmental characteristics of the study area
  • Evaluate the activities that shall be undertaken during the project construction, operation and decommissioning phases
  • Establish the materials to be used, products and by-products, including waste to be generated by the project and the methods of disposal
  • Evaluate the potential environmental impacts of the project and the mitigation measures to be undertaken during and after the implementation of the project
  • Assess action plan for the prevention and management of possible accidents during the project implementation cycle
  • Evaluate plan to ensure the health and safety of the workers and the neighboring communities.
  • Provide any other information that the proponent may be requested to provide by NEMA

The consultant is expected to cooperate fully with the concerned agencies of the Government of Kenya while providing necessary support services related to and necessary for the completion of the assignment.

It should further be noted that the consultant is responsible for the final submission of the EIA report to NEMA in consultation with ACF. Where any issues are raised by NEMA after the submission of the final report, the consultant is expected to address them expeditiously.

  1. Detailed Scope of the Consulting Services

The Consultant shall conduct analysis which shall detail the positive and negative effects of the development of the project on the environment, and prepare an EIA report recommending appropriate solutions to minimize any undesirable effects resulting from the improvements of the water supply system of the area.

The analyses shall include, but not limited to the following discussed in the Table below;

Tasks & Description

a) Detailed Desk Review

The consultant is to review all existing documentation, and previous EIA / ESIA reports developed for the area. They shall further undertake a detailed study of the proposed works and then, the consultant shall then concisely describe the project location including its geographical, ecological and the general layout of associated infrastructure including maps at appropriate scale where necessary.

b) Description of the Baseline Environment

The Consultant is required to collect, collate and present baseline information on the environmental characteristics of the proposed project site. This description should involve but not limited to:

  • Physical environment (topography, land cover, geology, climate and meteorology, air quality, hydrology, etc.)
  • Biological environment (i.e. flora and fauna types and diversity, endangered species, sensitive habitats etc.)
  • Social and cultural environment, including present and projected. Where appropriate i.e. population, land use, planned development activities, community social structure, employment and labour market, sources and distribution of income, cultural/religious sites and properties, vulnerable groups and indigenous populations etc.)
  • Economic activities i.e. agriculture, livestock, small scale industries etc.

Note: The consultant is expected to undertake relevant measurements and carry out analysis to support the above. The baseline will further be used to access the potential impacts on health, safety, environment and the community.

c) Legislative and Regulatory Framework

The Consultant shall identify and describe the pertinent regulations and standards – both local and international, governing the environmental quality, health and safety, protection of sensitive areas, land use control at the national and local levels and ecological and socio-economic issues.

d) Determination of Impacts of Project Facilities and Activities

From the detailed field study, the Consultant shall analyze and describe all significant changes brought about by each facility / activity. These would encompass environmental, ecological and social impacts, both positive and negative, as result of each facility / activity intervention that are likely to bring about changes in the baseline environmental and social conditions.

The Consultant will make a prioritization of all concerns identified and differentiate between short, medium, long-term and cumulative impacts during construction, operation and decommissioning.

The Consultant shall also identify both temporary and permanent impacts. A detailed outline and discussion of specific conditions that might affect the environment which are unique to the type of facility and/or operation being audited should be provided.

e) Occupational Health and Safety Concerns

The Consultant shall analyze and describe all occupational health and safety concerns brought about by activities during all the phases of the project. The Consultant shall make recommendations on corrective and remedial measures to be implemented under the Environmental Management Plan.

f) Identification and Development of Environmental and Social Management Plans

The Consultant shall develop a comprehensive Environmental Management Plan. The plan should recommend a set of mitigation, monitoring and institutional measures to eliminate, minimize or reduce to acceptable levels of adverse environmental impacts and/or maximize socio-economic benefits.

The Consultant should provide cost outlays for the proposed mitigation measures as well as their institutional and financial support, time frame and responsibility. This shall be provided for all phases of the project.

g) Development of Monitoring Plan

The Consultant is required to give specific descriptions and technical details of monitoring measures including the parameters to be measured, methods to be used, sampling locations, frequency of measurements, and definition of thresholds that will signal the need for corrective actions as well as deliver monitoring and reporting procedures.

The Consultant should provide a time frame and implementation mechanism, staffing requirements and cost outlays

Application procedure

The tenderers are required to provide the following (Mandatory)-

  • Must submit a copy of Valid Tax Compliance Certificate issued by the Kenya Revenue Authority (Will be verified on the KRA TCC Checker)
  • Must submit copy of KRA pin/VAT Certificate.
  • Must submit a copy of updated registration certificate and practising license as an EIA expert
  • Must submit to the Authority a firm profile indicating capacity to undertake environmental impact assessment /audit studies
  • Financial Proposal
  • Proven field technical and field experience with 3 years’ experience in conducting environmental impact assessment related activities.
  • CV of the technical personnel to undertake the works
  • Activity timelines to perform the assignment.
  • Availability to perform the assignment at the earliest possible time.

Indicative Time frame

Submission Instructions

Qualified candidates to submit their, valid documents as above saved as one PDF document to be received on or before 9th January 2023 at 5Pm to the following email address: tenders@ke-actionagainsthunger.org.

Please quote Environmental Impact Assessment on the subject line of your email

How to apply

Submission Instructions

Qualified candidates to submit their, valid documents as above saved as one PDF document to be received on or before 9th January 2023 at 5Pm to the following email address: tenders@ke-actionagainsthunger.org.

Please quote Environmental Impact Assessment on the subject line of your email


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IHE Delft MSc in Water and Sustainable Development