Consultant Opportunity for Land Use Planning, Stakeholder Engagement, and Solid Waste & Wastewater Management

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The U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Water Partnership (USWP) seek experts to support the Government of Kenya’s ongoing Nairobi River Basin Rehabilitation and Restoration Program, with a particular focus on developing options and recommendations aimed at strengthening the capacity of Kenyan authorities to perform necessary land use planning, stakeholder engagement, and solid waste management planning to rehabilitate the Nairobi River watershed. The purpose of this request for qualifications (RFQ) is to identify as many as three experts that can help Kenyan authorities in defining priority actions and recommending a phased approach to remediate existing land use and waste management problems that contribute to water pollution in the Nairobi River Basin. 

The Nairobi River Basin consists of three main rivers (Ngong, Nairobi, and Mathare) that converge east of Nairobi before meeting the Athi River and eventually flowing to the Indian Ocean. These rivers are mostly narrow and highly polluted, as about 56 percent of Nairobi’s residents live in 46 highly congested informal settlements, many of which are located along riverbanks. The river basin faces several critical challenges, including: 

  • Inadequate urban planning in the face of rapid urbanization;
  • Rapid industrialization and commercial development amid weak enforcement of environmental laws, leading to the discharge of untreated industrial wastes into the Nairobi River;
  • Inadequate wastewater treatment, prompting large flows of raw sewage; and, 
  • Inadequate solid waste management, leading to large flows of solid waste during rainstorms. 

The USWP and the U.S. Department of State seek as many as three consultants to provide expert assistance to enable the Kenyan Ministry of Water and Irrigation and its partners to conduct an initial assessment of key land use and waste management challenges in the Nairobi River Basin, identify options, and recommend priorities to develop a sequential plan of action for the Nairobi River Basin. The consultant(s) will conduct meetings, facilitate workshops, and/or carry out training sessions with local stakeholders in Nairobi. After the trip, the consultant, working with the USWP and the U.S. State Department, will identify possible follow-up activities for continued engagement or potential future projects in support of the Nairobi River Basin Rehabilitation and Restoration Program. 

This program will cover the consultant’s travel expenses and an honorarium for each working day during the trip. The candidate(s) must be available to travel to Kenya in late 2016 or early 2017. 


  • Subject Matter Expert – The candidate’s experience should reflect both an advanced understanding of and experience in the technical, managerial, and policy aspects of at least some of the following areas of expertise:
    • Land Use/Economic Development Planning: experience with land use and economic development planning involving multiple stakeholders in large-scale watersheds that include significant urban settlements.
    • Stakeholder Engagement: experience in creating and executing opportunities to bring together a large range of stakeholders (civilian, private and public sector, civil society, academia) to enhance programs and/or policy both at the outset and throughout the process. 
    • Integrated Solid Waste Management: experience in developing integrated solid waste management systems, particularly for riparian communities. 
    • Wastewater Management: experience in the design and/or operation of wastewater collection and treatment systems. 
  • Significant Field Expertise – The candidate ideally has experience with the aforementioned subject areas in the East Africa region and/or similar settings in other developing countries. 
  • Professionally Recognized – The candidate has been recognized by peers as an expert in the fields of land use/economic development planning, stakeholder engagement, solid waste management, and/or wastewater management. This may be demonstrated in a variety of ways including as a lecturer, speaker, panelist, trainer, or through other professional and educational experience. 
  • Strong Communication Skills – The candidate has strong communication skills, both oral and written, and can communicate with a variety of audiences from other experts to a general audience with minimal understanding of technical issues. 
  • Regional Competency – Relevant experience in the East Africa region is highly desired in a candidate; experience in other developing countries should also be highlighted. 
  • Follow up – The candidate must describe how they intend to follow up on the initial visit to continue building relations with Kenyan authorities and counterparts and to serve as an ongoing resource, e.g. periodic teleconferences, remote supplemental training, advisory services, expanding networks, and/or follow-up visits, in support of future Kenyan efforts to carry out recommended land use planning, stakeholder engagement, and solid waste and/or wastewater management planning initiatives. 

Next Steps: Application & Consultant Selection

  • An application should be a single attachment of a statement of motivation (limit 200 words) and resume (limit four pages) and should  and should be received no later than by close of business 5:00 PM EDT Monday, November 7, 2016, to Marc Dettmann at the USWP Secretariat ([email protected]) with a copy to [email protected].
  • Please indicate the relevant expertise areas (listed above) in the statement of motivation for which the applicant wishes to be considered. 
  • The statement of motivation and the resume should address both this specific opportunity details and the qualifications listed in this announcement.
  • Each application will be reviewed by an independent group of peer professional experts. The USWP Secretariat will contact applicants who are selected for interviews soon after. The USWP Secretariat will make all candidate selections and travel arrangements in concert with the U.S. State Department, which funds this program. 
  • Short-listed experts may be asked subsequently to provide a specific writing sample or other example of relevant work products demonstrating an ability to engage effectively with lay audiences for their areas of expertise. 
  • Preference will be given to candidates affiliated with USWP partner organizations.
  • Participants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, so please confirm this in your application.  

The USWP Secretariat welcomes contact from organizations interested in co-funding future consultancies under this program initiative. If you have any questions or would like more information about co-funding or this particular opportunity with Kenya, please send an email to Marc Dettmann with the USWP Secretariat at [email protected] with a copy to Tim Lattimer at [email protected].