Terms of Reference (ToRs) for Conducting Climate Risk and Vulnerability Assessment under the Improving the Socio-economic status of women, youths, and marginalized groups project
The Irish government has approved a grant to Oxfam and its partners through Oxfam Ireland to implement the Ireland’s Civil Society Partnership (ICSP) for A Better World 2023-2027. In Zambia, the ‘Improving Socio-Economic Status for Women, Youth and Marginalized Groups’ project in Mongu, Kaoma, Namwala, Gwembe districts, to be implemented by Oxfam through ICSP will reach 15,600 people directly from vulnerable households including female, child and elderly headed households. These areas have been selected because of the various vulnerabilities that the people, especially women, youth and persons with disabilities, in these districts face which include, high poverty levels, low education levels, negative cultural and social norms, poor agricultural practices, limited economic activity and well as the hard effects of climate change which has caused the late onset of rains, floods, as well as persistent dry spells in the rainy season. The intervention will deliberate target vulnerable groups which include women, girls, and persons with disabilities, as these groups are usually the poorest in their communities, the face numerous discriminations and lack opportunities to better their situation. The programme will also work with men and boys, traditional leaders, local government structures and other stakeholders to tackle the prioritized socio-economic challenges in the target communities.
The project’s development objective is enhanced and scaled-up nexus adaptation measures contributing to resilient food security, gender justice, and environmentally sustainable rural livelihoods. The objective will be achieved through three interrelated impact areas whose main outcomes are:
2. Description of the work
Oxfam and partners intend to see People experiencing poverty and most vulnerable to shocks, conflicts and crises have more sustainable and equitable access to food and livelihoods. A fundamental first step in creating interventions to build resiliency to the impacts of climate change is to conduct a climate risk and vulnerability assessment (CRVA) in the targeted areas of implementation. This will serve as the basis for developing necessary solutions through a suite of plans, programs, and policies. We believe that this will be a critical component as it will form a basis for developing adaptation actions and climate action plans.
The primary objective of this consultancy is to conduct a comprehensive climate risk and vulnerability assessment for Kaoma, Mongu, Gwembe and Namwala districts. The assessment aims to:
4. Scope of Work
The selected consultant(s) or consulting firm will be responsible for the following tasks:
All qualitative data must be recorded and transcribed accordingly to ensure data quality. Data analysis should be conducted on Excel, Stata, SPSS, or any other relevant software. Additional follow up field visits should take place in any knowledge gaps and further validate findings.
The following deliverables are expected from the consultancy:
Please send your expression of interest by Tuesday 14th November 2023. The assignment is expected to start by 20th November with final report ready by 20th December 2023.
8. Qualifications and Expertise
The consultant(s) or consulting firm should have the following qualifications and expertise:
9. Evaluation Criteria
The selection of the consultant(s) or consulting firm will be based on the following criteria:
10. Proposal Submission
Interested consultants or consulting firms should submit their proposals, including a detailed work plan, methodology, CVs of key personnel, and a proposed budget.
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