REQUEST FOR EXPRESSION OF INTEREST FOR MAPPING OF COMMUNITY MAPPING OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES
RECONCILE is a regional organization focused on working with communities on policy and legal research on environmental and natural resources governance, undertakes public interest environmental education and advocate for policies, laws and practices that empower resource dependent communities to influence policy processes and institutions that have a bearing on their access, use, ownership and management of natural resource conflicts. The organization works in a number of ASAL counties including, Baringo, Samburu, Turkana among others.
Overview of the Project
RECONCILE in collaboration with Mercy Corps, Caritas Samburu and Maralal, and TUPADO are Implementing a 24 –Month Programme “The Sustainable Conflict Management in Arid Land Ecosystems (SCALE). The overall objective of the program is to strengthen local civil society to work with communities and government authorities to prevent conflict and build sustainable peace within Samburu County, specifically the border areas of Samburu North and Samburu Central. The project is funded by the European Union, the specific objective is to improve the capacity of local civil society and community groups to prevent and manage conflicts related to land and natural resources.
ASALs of Kenya and the region are compounded by diverse challenges emanating from climate change, insecurity, political governance and representation including historical policy alienation. While the Constitution of Kenya 2010 recognized these realities and established special and more targeted interventions including equalization funds, participatory budgeting processes, conflict management still remain a major challenge. Communal resource sharing and management, protection, recognition and registration of communal land and resource rights in the ASAL specifically amongst the pastoralists communities is still another challenge. As such, during the 24 months, the SCALE programme will bridge the divide between peacebuilding, natural resource management, land governance and livelihoods, fostering learning and cross-fertilisation between and amongst different processes, interventions and stakeholders. SCALE project shall draw and benefit from the successes and lessons learned from past initiatives in the counties and region’s programmes.
As part of the consortium and in contributing to the overall programme goal, RECONCILE will undertake very specific tasks in the project in the form of consultancies through internal technical capacities and by outsourcing external expertise. The first task that RECONCILE plans to undertaking in the month of July and September 2020 against which this call is made, is the resource mapping of communal resource and production of a resource map for the shared resources, define and include the triggers of conflicts in the Samburu and Turkana also, the resource map should also show climate change trends and focus. The output of the task shall shape the subsequent activities including; training on Community Land Act, County level dialogues, national level policy dialogues and learning. This task shall be contributing the project objectives as follows;
· Local civil society and community groups have improved capacity to prevent and manage conflicts related to land and natural resources;
● Local civil society and community groups institutionalise alternative dispute resolution mechanisms through Community Frameworks for Cooperation; and
● Strengthen engagement and cooperation among local civil society, community groups, government authorities and the private sector to implement integrated peacebuilding, land and natural resource management policies.
The task of the consultant
RECONCILE believes that the process of communal resource mapping is a participatory process that informs community engagement and therefore sees Participatory Geographic Information Science (PGIS) framework as most appropriate. The contention here is that community learning is a pre-condition for successful implementation of human development interventions. The PGIS activity itself served mainly to anchor the learning of the creation of the database, the construction of knowledge and its contribution to improve individual household livelihoods.
SCALE partners also stand to benefit on this approach especially in conflict management especially those that are triggers by competition, climate change among others. Based on the above background, RECONCILE is seeking to engage the services of a consultant to undertake the task of mapping of these resources to inform interventions on resource based conflict, define and intervene on climate change related trends and triggers, targeted and organized resource use, planning and management. The exercise will be a validation of available base maps and where communities or the county government have such including a sampled sketch maps by communities which shall then be defined based on the satellite images of the region. Recognizing that there are a variety of land ownership and usage patterns in the communities targeted, which often rely on resources shared with other communities and traditional nomadic migration routes during times of stress. Caritas Maralal and TUPADO, assisted by the trained hybrid Village Committees, will therefore facilitate a participatory community mapping process in each location to identify the resource needs of the community, shared resources with other communities and coping mechanisms during times of stress, for example drought.
The process will also incorporate climate risk mapping and mitigation options, identification of conflict risks and triggers, and how resource management will be affected by land reform. From these the communities and partners will develop GPS maps of resources and risk, and community plans for addressing needs and risks. This activity will start to bring together people across communities in conflict so they can jointly identify needs that are shared across conflict divides and start to plan projects together.
Scope of Work
The task and scope of work of the consultant/s shall therefore be;
· The consultant shall lead the community and the relevant stakeholders through a participatory mapping process of community land and the natural resources, conflict trends and triggers, climate change patterns
· Production of spatial resource maps.
Timeline and outputs
The mapping exercise will be undertaken over a period of 2 months and take approximately 25 working days.
Estimation of process steps
Field based (20 days)
Preparation of the spatial products and validation (3 days)
– Presentation and discussions to and with project team on findings (1 day)
– Final products (1 day)
· Master’s Degree in Geo information & Earth Observation and or Natural Resource Management or Land Use Planning
· A minimum of 5 years relevant experience in in GIS, Remote sensing ,web technology for GIS mapping, image processing, principles of spatial data quality, visualization and dissemination of Geo data, Base data acquisition, including; Land Use Planning or Natural Resource Management
· Relevant professional experience in conducting Participatory Resource Management and Planning
· Versatile experience and practical application of GIS software such ArcGIS, Erdas, QGIS, Google Earth Impact tool, GeoCLIM, ENVI, IDRISI and GPS
· GIS, Remote Sensing, GPS and Land information system with experience of assessment and training
· Experience in PGIS application will be highly be an added advantage.
Enquiries and Submissions
Enquiries and submissions should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com not later than 10th July 2020. The work is expected to commence no later than 1 week after the completion of reviews and commissioning of the assignment
Application Deadline: August 3, 2020