Solidaridad Network is an international solution-oriented civil society organization working through eight regional expertise centres to transform markets to make them more sustainable and inclusive. Our eight regional expertise centres include Asia, Eastern and Central Africa, Europe, Latin America, North America, Southern Africa, South America, West Africa and our global Secretariat in the Netherlands. Solidaridad Eastern and Central Africa, one of the regional centres, headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya with country offices and programmes in Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Tanzania and Uganda. We bring together supply chain players and engage them with innovative solutions to improve production, ensuring the transition to a sustainable and inclusive economy that maximizes the benefit for all. We facilitate strengthening of local capacity in developing countries, support the creation of enabling environments for economies to thrive, and improve market access.
1.1 RECLAIM SUSTAINABILITY! Program.
RECLAIM SUSTAINABILITY! Is a 5-year program (2021-2025) supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Kingdom of the Netherlands. The program is implemented through a consortium and in brief it tries to invoke the actual meaning of sustainability both in theory and practice in global commodity supply chains.
Sustainability seems to have lost its true meaning. There is no such thing as sustainable products when the people who produce those goods live in poverty, when natural resources are not managed sustainably, and working conditions are poor.
Civic space in supply chains of our target countries remains confined. Space for farmers and workers to improve their position in the chain, to bargain for better prices, or working conditions, or to influence equitable access and use of natural resources, in the countries and sectors of our focus is limited.
Systemic, transformative change is therefore required by reclaiming the essence of sustainability through an enabled civic space that sets the right conditions for this to happen.
The RECLAIM SUSTAINABILITY! Program works in 7 supply chains being; Palm Oil, Cocoa, Cotton & Textiles, Gold, Food Products, Coffee and Tea. These commodity supply chains are sub-projects of the entire program. We see a strong relevance of these sectors for the global living income/decent work agenda, and a strong linkage with the local Dutch embassy priorities.
The program seeks to strengthened interaction between:
• A Vibrant and Strong Civil Society that engages and debates with public and private decision makers, monitors implementation and enforcement of policies and mechanisms, holds decision makers accountable, safeguards gender and social inclusion, and demands and consumes sustainable products;
• A Responsible Private Sector implementing comprehensive policies and innovative inclusive business models for truly sustainable sourcing, production, trade and investment;
• A Supportive Public Sector enforcing national, regional and international comprehensive norms and regulatory frameworks that ensure sustainable production, trade and consumption.
2.0 Objectives of the Capacity Assessment:
The assessment should be able to evaluate the following:
To profile the CSOs, Government Departments, Partners, their roles and their capacity with regards to the RS Program.
To document current institutional capacity in relation to lobby and advocacy.
To determine the level of influence of partners/CSO/Government institutions in relation to enabling policy and dialogue.
To evaluate the current staff capacity and their ability to participate in dialogue, advocacy and policy influencing y
To find out any other related capacity building need as per RS program objectives
The consultant will utilize a mixed methodology to design, collect and analyze data at the micro, meso and macro level.
The methodology used during this analysis will include, but not be limited to the following:
- Review existing relevant secondary information and reports related capacities of partners and CSOs in coffee, tea, food products/horticulture and gold production, processing and marketing.
This includes the review of policy, strategy reviews at the macro and meso levels.
- Discuss with key Solidaridad staff, partners, and key informants at office and field
Data collection at micro level from farmers and workers
Data collection at meso level focusing on the CSOs, farmer groups, miner’s groups,
- Special emphasis will be put on women spaces, youth engagement, and people with disabilities
participation, so as to understand and recommend interventions on issues concerning these
interest groups from a gender, youth, and people with disability inclusion’s perspective.
- Use of data from local institutions or organizations.
3.3 Geographical area and Stakeholders’ scope
The assessment will cover all the 5 projects under the Reclaim Sustainability program. These projects are Coffee project (Kenya, Uganda), Food Products (Kenya, Uganda), Gold (Kenya, Uganda), Tea (Kenya, Uganda), Cotton and Textiles (Ethiopia). The RS program will work with many local partners and CSOs within these 5 projects and the assessment will cover them.
- ### Inception Report
- ### Presentation of capacity assessment methodology to Solidaridad team in an inception meeting and later incorporate suggestions in the final inception report.
- ### A draft report.
- ### Presentation on the main findings.
3.5 Expert/Consultant’s Profile:
Consultancy firms/companies with experience in doing organizational capacity assessments and fulfil the following requirements are encouraged to express their interests.
3.5 Consultancy Period:
The overall time frame of the survey will be 20 days (including Saturdays and Sundays), which will include inception meetings, finalizing the methodology, data collection, data analysis, report writing, presenting findings of the gender analysis and submission of final report.
Interested parties should submit a Technical and Financial proposal Budget proposals should include logistics costs (transport, communications, meals and accommodation). – 8th August 2021, 5:00pm (EAT)
Decision of selected consultant – only selected candidates will be contacted. – 10th August 2021
Inception report and meeting (virtual or in-person depending on covid19 situation). -12th August 2021, 5:00pm (EAT)
Draft report submitted – 26th August 2021, 5:00pm (EAT)
Validation meeting and final report (virtual or in-person depending on covid19 situation). – 29th August 2021, 5:00pm (EAT)