The Rainforest Alliance is an international nonprofit organization that works to conserve biodiversity and ensure sustainable livelihoods by transforming land-use practices, business practices and consumer behavior. With headquarters in New York City, and offices worldwide, the Rainforest Alliance works with people whose livelihoods depend on the land, helping them transform the way they grow food, harvest wood and host travelers.
Empowering Rural Communities and Households with Renewable Energy is a four‐year project (July 2017‐June 2021) that seeks to catalyze a switch to efficient renewable energy within the tea farming communities in Muranga County through scaling up the use of biomass briquettes and solar technology. The project’s overall objective is to improve the livelihoods, health and self‐reliance of rural communities, especially for women, young adults and children, and simultaneously lower deforestation rates and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in Kenya's tea producing landscapes. The following are the intermediate outcomes:
- Reducing the amount of firewood that is consumed across the tea production landscape in both factories and in tea farmers’ households through facilitating the setup of a briquette production facility:
- able to produce high and consistent quality briquettes for use by tea factories to enable a partial switch (30%) from firewood, saving at least 82,500 trees over the course of the project.
- supporting a network of household energy centres producing and selling a range of cleaner domestic fuels (briquettes and pellets) and stoves targeting to reach 50,000 households and institutions.
- Improve farmer livelihoods through the creation of employment and capacity building opportunities for at least 170 people through the establishment of the central biomass sourcing and production facility (CPF), and of community‐based Household Energy Centres (HECs), providing new skills and additional income to the communities. The HECs will form a distribution network for innovative energy‐efficient products delivering superior quality cooking and lighting with a multitude of benefits for smallholders and their families (income, health, time savings, women’s empowerment).
The project is coordinated and managed by Rainforest Alliance (RA), in partnership with Living Earth / Enso Impact, which will provide a coordinating link between the project and the CPF (including its investors), and deliver technical assistance, business and leadership skills training to the HECs, alongside RA’s team.
2.0 Baseline Objectives:
The ERCHE project has already defined expected project impacts, outcomes and outputs, their respective indicators and their targets. This assignment seeks to document the initial status of the target groups with respect to a subset of impact and outcome indicators derived from the projects logframe, and the current situation of the fuel, and “clean” cooking and lighting market in general; both in order to reaffirm the project 's targets and produce information to be used as reference against which the project ́s contribution to expected impacts and outcomes can be measured. Therefore, the baseline has two objectives: To provide (i) a landscape‐ wide energy market context analysis of the pre‐project 's situation, covering “clean” (Cookstoves which have low emissions of CO and PM, burns efficiently and meets user needs. These are cookstoves of IWA Tiers 1 and above.) cooking and lighting, and firewood versus biomass availability and use; and (ii) baseline data on of a subset of impact and outcome indicators from the project 's target actors ‐ factories, energy enterprises, institutions (schools and restaurants) and households.
The market context analysis will cover three dimensions in “clean” cooking and lighting and biomass: Demand side, supply side and enabling environment. The information from this will provide a complete market picture and serve to reveal the market barriers along the value chain, the county level policy framework, and will estimate the market size and end user cooking habits and benefits. There are reports on the clean cooking sector in Kenya that are relevant to this assessment, and therefore this task will serve to validate the assumptions and recommendations and identify new constraints specific to the project location. The collection of baseline data on the subset of impact and outcome indicators will be done at the level of micro‐units (e.g. sales, profit margin and employee data of HEC and other energy enterprises, quantity of firewood use in households, and institutions (schools and restaurants), etc. Qualitative information will be collected in so far as it informs the impact and outcome indicators.
Data from the baseline will be used in the midterm review (MTR) and final evaluation including the impact evaluation to evaluate the project ́s contribution to expected impacts and outcomes
3.0 Scope of work
From the two objectives of this terms of reference, the following information will be collected:
|Issue||Actor||Data to be collected|
|Market Analysis||Households and institutions (schools and restaurants)||
|Supply side (enterprises)||
|Baseline on impact and outcome indicators||Impact and Outcome indicators to be considered in baseline||
|Households, Schools and Restaurants||Based on sample of households and institutions in the project area:
4.0 Approach and Methodology
The consultants will formulate a to‐the‐point proposal on how to go about the assignment in a concise document including the following steps:
- Desk Review of the (grey) literature and related initiatives/programmes; the consultant will conduct desk research by internet search, approach stakeholders for key informant interviews by email/calls and compile available data in an analytical manner. The stakeholder includes, but not limited to, relevant county officials, financial institutions, NGOs and CBOs operating in the project location, hospitals and health centers among others
- Field survey; observations and interviews with (local) stakeholders and a sample of households; the consultant will conduct field visits and deploy smart and innovate information gathering tools.
|Type of deliverable||Deliverables|
|Preparatory work (Inception Report)||Report should include:
|Final Baseline Report: Outome Indicators and Market||Reports should include:
6.0 Qualifications required.
If Consultant Firm, a dedicated staff person with the following qualifications is required, if consultant is an individual, the following qualifications are required:
|Team Leader – (Senior consultant)||
|Field Assistants– preferably local consultants||
7.0 Consultant selection criteria
Selection of the consultant is based on the following criteria:
|CVs and team composition||40%|
It should be noted that proposals going beyond USD 28.000 (inclusive of VAT) will not be considered. Please provide sufficient details in financial proposal section to enable comparisons.
8.0 Submission of Proposals
Based on this ToR, Rainforest Alliance invites qualified consultancy companies/groups of individual consultants to submit the following:
- Letter of interest
- A. Technical Proposal (6 pages max):
- Expression of understanding of the ToR;
- An approach and broad outline of methodology to be applied; o A detailed work plan with proposed timelines;
- Reports/documents with comparable work
- A. Financial Proposal:
- Daily consultancy fee for the team‐leader;
- Fees for field assistants;
- Estimate of travel costs, including accommodation and meals; o Estimate of other costs e.g. tools.
9.0 Anticipated maximum level of effort:
Documents' submission: Proposals should be received by 5th February 2018.
Proposals should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line Baseline Study: ERCHRE