Climate Change TA, Improving Market Systems for Agriculture in Rwanda (IMSAR)

  • Senior-level, Long-term consulting assignment
  • Posted on 16 July 2019
  • Oregon City, Oregon, United States
  • Closing on 22 July 2019

Job Description

Palladium is a global leader in the design, development and delivery of Positive Impact - the intentional creation of enduring social and economic value. We work with foundations, investors, governments, corporations, communities and civil society to formulate strategies and implement solutions that generate lasting social, environmental and financial benefits.

IMSAR has undertaken a detailed analysis on three selected agricultural markets in Rwanda: finance, inputs and aggregation and started the analysis of mechanisation. Within these markets the programme identified key areas of intervention and developed a number of partnerships with companies and public actors - within each, IMSAR conducted a basic climate impact analysis. Now, the programme needs a more detailed understanding of the climate risks as well as the opportunities to facilitate climate change adaptation and resilience.

This piece of work will incorporate the following:
1. Understand the climate change risks in Rwanda
- Assess the situation of climate change in Rwanda to determine if any crops or areas are more risky/resilient compared to others, and what are the implications for the current portfolio and future interventions.

The assessment will include the following elements:
* Characterisation of current climate conditions and natural hazards
* Impact of climate change on the country, especially focused on agricultural productivity of farmers and agribusinesses
* Assessing current vulnerability to climate change within IMSAR markets for farmers and agribusinesses, based on the development objectives of IMSAR (income, productivity, sales etc)

2. Assessment of IMSAR’s current portfolio and development of process to better integrate climate change considerations in the intervention cycle
- The consultant will look at IMSAR’s current portfolio and determine how climate smart the interventions are, and what additional “add-ons” are needed to improve climate adaptability or resilience for farmers. He/she will make recommendations for each of the current interventions. This will require the Consultant to work closely with the project team and identify other opportunities within these to broaden or increase the impact of climate change on the current portfolio.

The Consultant will also develop a process for IMSAR to analyse climate-related risk, vulnerability, and options for adaptation for future interventions, so there is a clear process for climate analysis and mitigation in all planning and decision-making going forward.

This will also include defining key partnerships or linkages with national bodies, local authorities or other complementarities and synergies with similar existing or planned interventions in the country, such as FONERWA or others.

3. Based on the assessment, (Number 1 above) the Consultant will provide suggestions for IMSAR to implement successful innovations on climate smart interventions in the region (or similar contexts) to increase farmers’ adaptability and resilience to climate change and boost productivity and income. The Consultant will provide a list of companies or intervention areas that IMSAR could invest in that are focused on climate change mitigation or adaption.

DELIVERABLEDEADLINEINDICATIVE LOE
* Feedback on current interventionsAugust 201910
* Assessment of current risks in IMSAR focused marketsAugust 201910
* Develop a pipeline of intervention areas and/or potential companies for IMSAR to focus onOctober - December 201910
* Provide technical assistance and backstopping to the IMSAR teamJuly - December 20195

The assignment will be undertaken between late July and end of December 2019.

Requirements:
* Relevant advanced academic qualifications in Climate Change, Environment, or a closely related field from a recognised and reputable institution
* Professional experience in the field of environment and development, including specialised experience in climate change and agribusiness
* Research experience on climatic vulnerability and risks, with linkages to adaptation, mitigation and developmental planning for resilience
* In depth understanding of climate change impacts, adaptation strategies, climate resilience, disaster risk reduction, nature-based/agricultural livelihoods etc.
* Knowledge of key stakeholders/actors engaged in climate change issues in the region (national bodies, local authorities, other interventions, etc)
* Demonstrated ability in providing technical assistance to climate smart interventions and innovations
* Experience in institutional and skill-based capacity development
* Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English

About the Organization

Palladium is a global leader in the design, development and delivery of Positive Impact – the intentional creation of enduring social and economic value. We work with foundations, investors, governments, corporations, communities and civil society to formulate strategies and implement solutions that generate lasting social, environmental and financial benefits.

For the past 50 years, we have been making Positive Impact possible. With a team of more than 2,500 employees operating in 90 plus countries and a global network of more than 35,000 technical experts, Palladium has improved – and is committed to continuing to improve – economies, societies and most importantly, people's lives.

Palladium is a child-safe organisation, and screens applicants for suitability to work with children. We also provide equal employment to all participants and employees without regard to race, colour, religion, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, veteran or marital status.

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