Synopsis of the Request for Proposal (Consultant Firm)

Solicitation Reference No. RFP/0041-PDI/2020
Title of Solicitation Consultancy to Develop Knowledge Products – GEF-UNEP SLM project
Issuing Office & Address Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) Website:
Point of contact for clarifications, questions and ammendments AGRA General Procurement,
Email Address for submission of Proposals/ Quotes AGRA General Procurement,
Solicitation Issue Date February 12, 2020 East African Time.
Deadline for submission questions and clarifications February 17, 2020 12:00 Noon, East African Time.
Deadline for Answering questions and clarifications February 18, 2020 Local, East African Time.  
Deadline for Submission of Proposals February 25, 2020 12:00 AM Midnight, East African Time. Please include the subject line “RFP/0041-PDI/2020 Develop Knowledge Products – GEF-UNEP SLM project” of the email
Submission and Evaluation Criteria Bidder Must provide the below listed information   Mandatory Eligibility Requirement   Technical Evaluation Criteria   Weightage Technical Proposal will be weighted out of 70%Financial Proposal will be weighted out of 30%   NB. Only bidders who score above 70% of the technical score will be apparaised for financial review.  



1. Introduction

Founded in 2006, the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), is an African-led African-based organization that seeks to catalyze an agriculture transformation in Africa. AGRA is dedicated to changing the reality of agriculture in Africa, from a solitary struggle to survive, to a business that thrives.  In Kenya, AGRA aims at catalyzing and sustaining an inclusive agricultural transformation to increase incomes and improve Food Security for 627,118, farming households through strategic country support and government engagement coupled with a set of targeted catalytic downstream and systemic investments made through its alliance of partners.

In November 2016, AGRA entered into a Partnership Cooperation Agreement (PCA) with the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) to execute and implement a project funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) entitled ‘’Scaling Up Sustainable Land Management and Agro-Biodiversity Conservation to Reduce Environmental Degradation in Small-Scale Agriculture in Western Kenya”. In this project, the Kenya Agricultural Livestock and Research Organization (KALRO) serves as the implementing agency on the ground. The KALRO’s Food and Crops Centre in Alupe, Busia leads project implementation activities in the three focus counties of western Kenya namely Kakamega, Vihiga and Nandi. These three counties in western Kenya cover a total area of 6,466 km square with a total population of about 3 million. Other collaborating partners include the Kenya’s Ministry of Environment and Forestry (MoEF); Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Irrigation (MoALF&I); World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF); County Governments of Kakamega, Nandi and Vihiga; Agricultural Sector Development Support Program (ASDSP); Kenya Forestry Research Institute (KEFRI); Kenya Forest Services (KFS); Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS); Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology (MMUST); Anglican Development Services Western (ADS –Western); Rural Outreach Program (ROP); Nature Kenya; Community Groups (CBOs, CFAs FFS, WRUAs, Farmer, Women and Youth groups); and Private Sector (Input suppliers, market linkages, etc.).

The goal of the Project is to contribute to food security and incomes of smallholder farmers and secure sustainable land and forest ecosystems in western Kenya.  The development objective is to promote the adoption and adaption of sustainable land and forest ecosystem management (SLM/SFM) practices across the productive landscape of Kakamega-Nandi ecosystem. The global environment objective of the project is to reduce land and ecosystem degradation, mainstream biodiversity (including Agro-biodiversity) conservation across the landscape and contribute to climate change adaptation and mitigation. The Project intervention strategy is through four pillars: (1) Capacity building of farmers and stakeholders in SLM and biodiversity conservation; (2) Strengthening farmer linkages to agricultural inputs and outputs markets; (3) Support to enabling policy and institutional framework at local level; and (4) Knowledge management and dissemination.

2.  Purpose of the Terms of Reference 

The purpose of this Terms of Reference (TOR) is to seek the services of a consulting firm to synthesize and conduct meta-analysis and then help in the production of knowledge products (articles to be submitted for journal publication and/or conference proceedings. Specifically, the consultant will:

  1. Conduct a social assessment and gender analysis across the four components of the project in Kakamega, Vihiga and Nandi Counties in western Kenya.
  2. Produce one manuscript for a conference proceedings or journal publication on best practices on gender issues, agronomy, agroforestry and forestry, under the scope of the SLM project.
  3. Conduct value chain analysis for priority crops and forest products promoted under the SLM project in western Kenya.
  4. Produce one scholarly article for a conference proceedings or journal publication highlighting lessons learnt from the integration of biodiversity and sustainable land management (SLM) in western Kenya.
  5. Develop a policy Brief to guide the County Developments on mainstreaming national SLFM policies into respective County Integrated Development Plans (CIDPs).

As much as possible, data will be scaled down to selected target areas in the respective counties- in instances that getting data is a challenge, the consultant will propose and/or use their connections to access the data needed to deliver the consultancy deliverables and work with the project partners to deliver on the assignment. The consultant/s will also support KALRO in the production of other relevant reports that can serve as public knowledge resources. AGRA seeks consultant to provide this technical support.

3. Duration of the assignment 

The assignment is expected to start in March 2020 and complete within Three Calendar Months, including fieldwork, capacity building, data collection & analysis, publications and reporting.

3.1 Scope of Work

  1. To collate, analyze and synthesize Forestry, Agroforestry, Agrobiodiversity, agronomic, Gender and other socio-economic data generated by the SLM project since its inception in 2017 to date and come up with the relevant knowledge products.
  2. To develop 2 scientific manuscripts and submit them to a relevant conference/workshop proceedings and/or journals for publication
  3. To review and address comments from AGRA, KALRO, County Governments and project partners and develop a 5-page Policy Brief from the project work on mainstreaming national SLFM policies into County Integrated Development Plans (CIDPs).

3.2 Deliverables

  1. Datasets analyzed from the project reports and documents on Forestry, Agroforestry, Agrobiodiversity, agronomic, Gender and other socio-economic data generated by the SLM project.
  2. Two (2) scientific manuscripts submitted to relevant conference proceedings and/or journals for publication.
  3. Address comments from AGRA, KALRO, County Governments and project partners and produce a 5-page Policy Brief

Download the full TOR here