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Baseline Study: Voices for Climate Action -Zambia Country Team

WWF Zambia

This is a Full-time position in Zambia posted 10/06/2021.

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These terms of reference serve as guidelines for a baseline study for the
Voices for Climate Action. The consultancy will be undertaken as part of
Zambia Country Chapter activities under the Voices for Climate Action . The
Voices for Climate Action (VCA) program is being implemented by a consortium
led by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Netherlands, and other partners
including South South North, Akina Mama wa Afrika, Slum Dwellers
International, Fundación Avina and Hivos, under the Dutch Ministry of Foreign
Affairs’ five-year strategic partnership: “Power of Voices”. The program aims
to ensure that by 2025, local civil society and underrepresented groups will
have taken on a central role as creators, facilitators and advocates of
innovative climate solutions. Their inclusion is crucial for effective and
lasting climate responses, and because the climate crisis is also a societal
challenge with ethical and human rights aspects.

The overall approach of the program is to work with civil society to build
wide societal support for locally shaped climate solutions through an
inclusive and rights-based approach. This includes building a broad-based
climate alliance at country level and bridging divides (urban-rural, gender,
youth) that amplifies voices in new unusual ways. Akina Mama wa Afrika (AMwA)
brings to the consortium a recognized track record of feminist leadership
development, feminist research and advocacy and movement building to advance
women’s rights and gender equality for a just climate transition.

B) Background

Climate change has been stated as a global threat, a race we are losing but a
race we can win if we adopt climate actions that can propel us to climate
justice. Furthermore, despite being a global challenge, climate change does
not pose similar threats and burdens for all. For those already marginalized
and dealing with several inequalities, climate change only compounds the
challenges. Inequalities bred by race and ethnicity, class, disability,
gender, and sexuality exist on a spectrum and intersect, influencing access to
power and resources. There is therefore a need to highlight the glaring
effects of climate change, including its structural and systemic causes, and
the intersectionality of its effects, and then propose progressive
alternatives. The concern that achieving just climate action could be impeded
by the harrowing effects of gender inequality and the continued ignoring and
leaving behind the voices of those most affected, particularly those from the
Global South in the conversations to address climate change and its effects
cannot be overlooked. As the world is moving at a very fast pace amidst
mushrooming global crises, the one size fits all assumption must be avoided.

The effects of climate change in Zambia continue to manifest in various ways.
The impacts of droughts, floods, and a rise in temperature, among others, are
compounded by high poverty levels, human induced ecological degradation, and
weak financing systems for climate action, resulting in formidable challenges
for climate justice, particularly for vulnerable groups. Due to high poverty
levels, the rural and urban poor depend more on natural resources for their
food, water, and energy security in the Lower Kafue and Lusaka areas. When
drought leads to crop failure, communities must resort to exploiting water,
wildlife and forest products and the overexploitation of these resources has,
over time, led to degradation of the ecosystem that Zambian people so heavily
rely on. For example, the predicted growth of the agricultural sector, coupled
with climate change impacts, will create unsustainable abstraction of water in
the Lower Kafue area, threatening water security for Lusaka. Additionally, the
majority of Zambians are largely practicing mono-cropping of maize which is
highly vulnerable to climate variabilities leading to the lack of diversity in
food production and consumption contributing to high levels of malnutrition
and threatening food security in Lusaka. Additionally, the large proportion of
hydropower in the electricity mix leaves the country exposed to the
variability of rainy seasons threatening the energy security of Zambians. Much
ill health in urban informal settlements stems from poor access to sanitation
and drinking water, compounded by squalid conditions from inadequate solid
waste . Additionally, insufficient infrastructure for water and
sanitation causes significant disease outbreaks, particularly during flooding
episodes. Urban poor communities have less capacity to cope with climate-
related hazards, due to lack of financial resources, lower levels of formal
and deficits of risk-reducing infrastructure.

The overall vision in implementing this project is to have a Zambia where
civil society is heard and respected as it influences and co-creates locally
relevant, inclusive, and fundable climate solutions that deliver real benefits
to people and nature as part of a local and global response to the climate
crisis. This will be done through mutual capacity building which involves
working closely with CSOs, grassroots organizations and private sector
partners. It is against this background that we seek to conduct a baseline
study, further guided by the country TOC and the basket indicators (See
attached annexes) guide will present tools to assess the gender biases in
current climate actions and strategies to advocate towards an intersectional
feminist climate change policy position at national, continental, and global
levels; a multi-pronged just climate action that upholds human rights and
contributes to dismantling the systemic and structural causes of gender

C) Overall Objectives

The baseline assessment is intended to measure the current status of all
indicators and to understand the starting point of key elements of the work
against which later progress will be measured. This will enable project
indicators at output and goal/outcome level to be measured and tracked. It is
also intended to support progressive movements in the collective struggle for
climate justice. It will further provide a framework for understanding what
equitable solutions for climate justice, to be adapted by those within the
climate action movement, would look like.

Areas of focus;

_Topics*> _

_Context*> _

1\. GEDI

> Assess the dimensions of (gender) inequality, marginalization and discrimination that affect structurally excluded groups?
> Determine the social, legal or cultural taboos or obstacles that might limit access for different groups and individuals in society (in the program)? Thus; which specific barriers need to be addressed to enhance their participation?

2\. Civic Space

> Establish the state of affairs regarding Civic space[1]? Intimidation and reprisals? Inclusiveness of policies and institutions?
> Identify digital opportunities and threats, civic space online and digital safety

3\. Youth

> Identify participation of youth, including position, access, obstacles and opportunities

4\. Climate

> Establish the opportunities, threats, vulnerabilities (groups)

5\. Stress factors

> Identify stressors particular to COVID-19 outbreak that affect the population
> Identify Potential conflict sensitivities (identify risks)

D) Scope and Methodology of the Research

The consortium partners will select a local consultant/institution to conduct
the baseline survey in the 10 program districts. These are: Luangwa, Rufunsa,
Chongwe, Lusaka, Kafue, Chirundu, Siavonga, Chikankata, Mazabuka and Itezhi-
tezhi. The selected consultant/institution will be required to prepare
detailed research methodology. The baseline study will be proposed to apply
both quantitative and qualitative data collection methods.

Quantitative data collection methods

The baseline study is intended to have baseline data at goal, outcome and if
applicable, output levels. The scope and geographical areas of focus are as
determined (above) by the consortium partners. Possible key respondents or
data sources will be determined by the consultants. Prior to the assignment,
the consultant will provide detailed data collection tools and a comprehensive
data collection methodology.

Qualitative data collection methods

Key methods will be focus group discussions and key informant interviews with
partners, civil society, government, and various groups of people affected by
climate change.

Document Review

The consortium partners will provide all the necessary documents on the
project to the consultant. The consultant team will use project documents
provided and other relevant documents.

E) Deliverables –

The consultant is expected to produce the following:

Inception report with detailed data collection tools and a comprehensive data
collection methodology.
A draft baseline study report for review and validation by the consortium
partners and relevant stakeholders
A final version of the baseline study report
A PowerPoint presentation of the study and findings

F) Time Frame

The assignment is expected to last 30 working days from the date of signing
the contract of engagement.

G) Qualifications for the Ideal Consultant

The lead consultant should hold a Master’s degree or higher in Development
Studies, Gender and Development, Law, Sustainable Development, or any other
related field from a recognized University or have other relevant experience
related to the evolving world of climate change.

Experience, Skills, and other attributes

At least 5 years of relevant experience in undertaking baseline research
studies. Studies/researches in climate change will be an added advantage
At least 5 years of experience of working with international/ development
organizations in areas of Climate action, sustainable energy and other related
Fluency in English is required, an added advantage if the candidate has a
working understanding of any other language as used frequently in Zambia
Knowledge of recent developments related to climate action.
Demonstrated ability to complete complex assignments in a timely manner and
deliver quality results.

H) Application Process

Applications (in English) must be sent by email to and a
copy to by close of business on 18th June 2021*> .

Application should include:

A cover letter stating your motivation
Resume of consultancy lead and team- Summarizing qualifications and relevant
Applicant’s institution/company/individual profile and a sample of previous
work in a related field;
Technical and financial proposal (with their interpretation of the TORs for
Contact details of at least two independent referees with in-depth and proven
knowledge of the applicant’s expertise in the field.

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