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Consultancy to undertake Environmental Impact Assessment for proposed sand dam construction in Samburu East
A. Call for Consultancy
Increasing household access to clean potable water is among the key priorities for the population in Samburu East Sub County.
Rainwater harvesting remains one of the most cost effective and sustainable option to availing water to the poor households in regions experiencing recurrent droughts.
Rain water harvesting through harnessing of flood water along the seasonal rivers is one of the sustainable ways of enabling such areas access water.
World Concern is looking for a Consultant to undertake an Environmental Impact Assessment for sand dam’s construction in Samburu East Sub-County of Samburu County.
B. Terms of Reference for Consultancy to Undertake an Environmental Impact Assessment for the proposed sand dam construction in Samburu East
World Concern is a Christian relief and development organization that was started in United States of America in 1955.
It is headquartered in Seattle, USA with activities in Africa, Asia and America.
World Concern wants to see a world transformed from poverty to the abundance of life and partners with communities and like-minded organizations to transform the lives of poor and marginalized people through disaster response and sustainable community development.
World Concern, among other interventions intends to construct sand dams in Samburu East.
This will ensure access to water for the selected communities during the dry season. By re-charging the aquifer, sand dams provide water for domestic and livestock purposes.
The collected water can also be used to establish farms around the dams. The project proposes to construct two sand dams.
In order to construct the dams, World Concern is looking for a consultancy to undertake an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for the proposed dams to be constructed at Silango Nanyokie and Resim villages in Samburu East of Samburu County.
The output of the job is intended to identify any/potential impacts as a result of the project and propose appropriate interventions to ensure that the project does not have any unforeseen adverse effects on the environment, the flora and fauna around the project area.
The EIA is also intended to identify positive impacts of the project that will contribute towards the improvement of the socio-economic and environmental benefits to target communities.
Objectives of the Consultancy
The objective of the consultancy is to undertake an environmental impact assessment for the proposed dams to be constructed at Silango Nanyokie and Resim villages in Samburu East of Samburu County.
The overall goal of the EIA is to contribute to the realization of practical mitigation measures to address any negative impacts that may be identified at the implementation stage.
The specific objectives:
1. Integrate environmental concerns into the project planning and management processes and provide guidelines for environmentally sustainable development.
2. Identify actual or likely problems that may affect natural resources and the environment
3. Propose guidelines for the integration of standards of environmental protection into planning, development, implementation and management of the project.
4. Identify and recommend policy and legislative approaches for preventing, controlling and mitigating adverse impacts on the environment.
Detailed Terms of Reference (ToRs).
The consultant will be required to do the following:
1. Provide a brief description of the proposed project, including the general design and extent of construction work.
2. Describe the nature and location of the project in terms of its biophysical characteristics as well as its surrounding land uses including a description of those features of the project and its structures that will have potentially negative environmental impacts.
3. Describe the current socio-economic environment of the project area and highlight constraint and opportunities
4. Identify the potential environmental effects associated with the proposed project, focusing on both the positive and negative effects as well as effects to the biophysical, social, economic and cultural components of the environment.
The potential impacts must relate to:
– Project location
– Project target beneficiaries
– Project design
– Construction works and
– Project operation
5. Prepare an Environmental Management Plan (EMP) by which all mitigation/enhancement measures will be carried out, the schedule for implementation during the construction and the operation of the project including any capacity building measures for effective implementation of the EMP.
Prepare an Environmental Monitoring Plan indicating the parameters to be monitored and indicators of performance.
C. Expected Key Contents of the EIA Report
1. The report should be prepared per NEMA Guidelines; should include but not limited to:
Project Description and Justification
The first part of this section shall present the study area and summarise the proposed project activities. The second part shall briefly justify the project: purpose and needs to be fulfilled by the project. Figures and maps, if necessary, shall be incorporated to facilitate the comprehension of the project.
Policy, Legal and Administrative Framework
This chapter summarises the policy, legal and administrative framework within which the EIA was carried out, including the relevant environmental and social requirements. Also, it identifies relevant international environmental/social agreements that may be related to the project.
Description of the Project Environment
This section shall provide a brief description of the main physical, biological and human (social, cultural and economic) conditions prevailing in the study area.
This section shall present and analyse the various alternatives considered to reach the project’s objectives, including the “no action” option. Alternatives shall be compared in terms of their technical, economic, environmental and social feasibility, including public concerns.
Potential Impacts and Mitigation/Enhancement Measures
The first part of this section shall present the analysis of beneficial and adverse impacts of the selected project alternative on the biophysical and human (social, cultural and economic) environments. Environmental and social significant impacts and their importance shall be summarised and irreversible or unavoidable impacts shall be clearly identified. The analysis shall cover anticipated impacts during the construction and operation phases.
The second part shall identify and briefly describe the enhancement and mitigation measures proposed to enhance benefits or prevent, minimize, mitigate or compensate for adverse impacts.
This section shall summarise the surveillance and monitoring activities proposed in the Environmental Management Plan prepared for the project.
Public Consultations and Public Disclosure
This section shall outline the actions undertaken to consult the affected groups and other concerned key stakeholders including Civil Society Organisations.
It shall include the invitations made to the relevant stakeholders and signed minutes or feedback documents by the concerned stakeholders. It shall also present major findings and outcomes of public consultations and specify how concerns were addressed.
The conclusion shall indicate the environmental and social acceptability of the project, taking into account the impacts and measures identified during the assessment process.
References and Contacts
The documents consulted to prepare the report shall be listed.
D. Roles of World Concern and the consultant
1. Responsibilities of World Concern
World Concern will provide the Consultant with relevant available reports and other documents related to the assignment and any information pertinent to the Consultant’s work. World Concern Project Manager and Utooni Development Organization Water Engineer in consultation with County department of water will supervise and provide technical guidance on the project.
World Concern office will provide any technical information that will be required for the development of the EIA.
2. Responsibilities of the consultant
The consultant will be responsible of the following:
- Constitution of a technical team to undertake the EIA
- Collation of necessary primary and secondary data for development of the EIA
- Develop the study report and submit to World Concern and NEMA for approval
E. Implementation Arrangements
It is envisaged the services will be provided for a period of 30 days (inclusive of approval by NEMA).
2. Reporting Requirements
The consultant will work under the guidance of the World Concern Kenya leadership team and the County department of water, and will provide a draft report to the team at the end of the study, for review.
The Consultant will be required to submit the final report in an acceptable format to World Concern & NEMA as required per NEMA guidelines.
F. Requirements for consultancy
1. Registration with NEMA as EA expert/consultant
2. Experience in EIA and EA; the development of digital satellite maps and related Imageries.
3. Past Experience in undertaking EIAs and EAs within Samburu County.
4. The Consultant shall carry out the study in a professional manner in keeping with accepted standards, using qualified staff with the necessary expertise.
5. The Consultant shall endeavour to implement the assignment with diligence and within the time frame agreed upon in the contract.
G. Consultant activity schedule
The consultancy schedule will cover the the month of August 2019.
H. Mode of Payment
All payments will be in Kenya shillings.
There will be no advance payments. Final payment will be made upon submission and acceptance of the final report by World Concern and NEMA which will be subjected to withholding tax.
I. Consideration for applications
World Concern invites qualified and interested consultants to submit proposals to undertake the defined work.
They should include in the proposal:
1. A company profile, including demonstrated ability to conduct this assignment, and specifying the relevant area of expertise in conducting Environmental impact assessments.
2. An elaborate approach and methodology, of carrying out the assignment.
3. Updated curriculum vitae of the consultant(s) who will undertake the work that clearly spells out qualifications and experience.
4. Reference Contact of 3 organizations who have recently contracted the firm/consultant(s) to carry out similar or related assignment.
5. Copy of a EIA of similar assignment if possible
J. Expression of Interest
K. Please send a soft copy of your expression of interest by July 29th 2019 to:
The subject line should read Sand Dam Project Environmental Impact Assessment
Only selected firms/consultants will be contacted, but contacts of those unsuccessful will be kept in our database for future considerations when opportunities in the organization arise.