We Effect
Posted Job
6 months ago

Consultant – ESIA

We Effect Zambia Country


Equality First

Terms of Reference for an Environment and Social Impact Assessment

1\. Background

We Effect Zambia and partners (Heifer International and Women for Change) with

support from Sida through the Swedish Embassy in Zambia began implementing the

Women Economic Empowerment (WEE) Project in December 2019. The project will

end in July 2023. It is being implemented in eight districts namely Chipata,

Lundazi and Chadiza in Eastern Province, Choma/Kalomo, Zimba/Kazungulu and

Pemba/Monze/Gwembe in Southern Province, Kaoma/Nkeyema/Luampa in Western

Province and Mumbwa in Central Province.

The 44 months project that will be implemented in eight districts is aimed at:

Advancing women’s economic empowerment to ensure the capacity of women to

participate in, contribute to and benefit from agricultural value chains and

processes in ways that affirm the value of their contributions, respect their

dignity, promote equality in Eastern, Western, Southern and Central Province.

In 2019, We Effect decided that Environmental Social Impact Assessments

(ESIAs) should be mandatory for all projects/programmes. This is to ensure

that the positive and negative effects of the project’s interventions on the

environment and the rights-holders are understood. In doing so, We Effect will

ensure that environmental and social risks are minimised, there is sustainable

use of natural resources, rights holders’ resilience is built and they have

adapted to climate change.

Under the WEE project, the ESIA to be conducted should help We Effect and its

partners implement activities that will improve the livelihoods of women and

communities in a holistic manner (relation ally, economically, environmentally,

among others) as well as minimise the project contributions to global warming.

2\. Purpose of the study

The purpose of the ESIA is:

  • To identify, predict and analyse the potential negative and positive
  • impacts on the physical environmental, social and cultural aspects of the
  • project taking into consideration the different needs of women, young women
  • and men
  • To determine to what extent current and projected climate change and
  • environmental degradation will impact the sustainability of the project, and
  • the livelihoods of the women and the communities;
  • To recommend how the project will address the identified environmental,
  • social and cultural issues.

3\. Scope of work

  • The ESIA will be conducted in all the eight proposed project sites. It will
  • consider the main actors at different stages of the agricultural value chain
  • that the women and the communities will be /are involved in. The
  • recommendations (i.e. mitigation measures) that will emanate from the ESIA
  • will be integrated into an ESIA management matrix and serve as basis for
  • review of the project proposal and logical framework.
  • These recommendations will be acted upon during the implementation phase of
  • the project, as different activities and part of the project activity plan.
  • The ESIA recommendations will be followed up and reported on an annual basis
  • (via annual reports). During the mid-term evaluation of the project, spot-
  • checks will be conducted to ensure that the ESIA recommendations are being
  • implemented and followed-up by the involved partners.
  • At the final stage of the project, an evaluation will be conducted by We
  • Effect staff, and a final ESIA evaluation report will be attached to the
  • project evaluation report as an appendix.

The ESIA consultant is expected to:

  • Conduct the ESIA at the various levels of the agricultural value chain (production, post-harvest handling and storage, processing, waste management and marketing)
  • Use We Effect’s Environmental Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) Toolkit and Sida Green Tool-box and adapt accordingly taking into consideration environmental, socio-economic and cultural impacts. It will also take into consideration acceptable standards as guided by Zambia Environmental Management Authority (ZEMA)
  • Cover the following components: (1) Land, water, and air; (2) Agrochemicals; (3) Biological diversity; (4) Energy; (5) Climate change and environmental degradation impacts; (6) Socio-economic and cultural effects; and (7) Capacity building.
  • Write and submit an ESIA report, comprehending ESIA recommendations/mitigation measures, and an ESIA management matrix.

4\. Methodology

  • Review of relevant documents
  • Workshop with the WEE partners on the undertaking of an ESIA and how to work with the recommendations
  • Focal group discussions with the women, young women and men farmers (mixed, and non-mixed groups) in each of the district of intervention
  • Key informant interviews with purposively selected individuals from the communities; government departments/agencies
  • Other relevant institutions; and We Effect and partner organisations staff.
  • Observations will also be made through field visits that will be undertaken during the ESIA data collection process.

5\. Expected outputs

  • The following are the expected key outputs of the assignment conducted by the
  • ESIA consultant:
  • 5.1. An ESIA report comprising recommendations / mitigation measures on
  • identified opportunities, potential negative impacts in the project that can
  • contribute to an environmentally sustainable development, that are documented
  • and prioritised with identified measures to enhance them;
  • > Identified targets and indicators that can help monitor the path towards achieving potential positive contributions based on results from field visits, focal group discussions and key informant interviews and
  • Recommended SALM practices.

5.2. An ESIA management matrix.

  • The following are the key outputs of the assignment ensured by We Effect:
  • A workshop with respective partners organisations and rights-holders on the inclusion / integration of the recommendations / mitigation measures into the revised logical framework and activity plan following the completion and submission of the ESIA report and management matrix.

6\. Time and work plan

  • The estimated time for conducting:
  • The ESIA: 2 days per district (8 districts) for focus group discussions and key informant interviews as well as 7 days for key informant interviews in Lusaka (conducted by the ESIA consultant)
  • A workshop with partners and rights-holders to discuss findings and integrate recommendations into the revised project document including logical framework, activity plan and budget 3 days (conducted by We Effect).
  • The eight districts will be represented by a minimum of two people in the workshop.

7\. Expertise required

  • The consultant must:
  • Be an ESIA certified officer by relevant authority in Zambia;
  • Have at least 5-years’ experience in conducing ESIAs in the agricultural value chain;
  • Have experience in conducting ESIAs in a participatory manner;
  • Have experience in conducting ESIAs with civil society organisations, and farmer-based organisations;
  • Have a clear understanding of the difference between climate change adaptation, mitigation, resilience and disaster risk reduction;
  • Have a clear understanding of methods that can be used to support smallholder farmers, especially women to build resilience, adapt to the impacts of climate change adaptation, and contribute to environmental and social sustainability;
  • Have a gender, social, agricultural and environmental science background;
  • Be fluent in English and local languages.

8\. Remuneration, logistics and duration of the contract

  • The consultants will be paid an agreed daily rate based on qualification and experience. The Assignment will be for 30days. Workdays will be distributed between the date of contract signature and end date of baseline.
  • Payment fees will be based on the delivery of outputs, as follows:
  • 30% upon approval of the design/Inception Report.
  • 40% upon submission and presentation of the draft Assessment report
  • 30% upon submission of the final ESIA report.
  • In addition to professional fees that the Consultant should include in the bid, the consultant must include all expenses including workshop costs, travel, accommodation, per diem, stationery and communication.
  • Travel costs (perdiem) will be settled separately from the consultancy fees following We Effect standard rates. The Consultant will work from their premises, using their own equipment.

9\. Application Procedures

A cover letter summarising suitability and qualifications for this assignment

List of relevant similar assignments or actual outputs from these assignments

CVs of the team members

Technical and financial proposal with indicative work plan showing consultant’s planned approach to the assignment

Company profile and compliance to the Laws of the Republic of Zambia, if registered as a company

Any other support documents.

Documents indicating “WEE Project ESIA” should be sent to the email:


applications via email*> will be considered.

Application deadline
29 Apr 15:00
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