Background & Description

Description of the assignment: District Level Sectoral Local Adaptation Plan of Action (LAPA) on Agriculture in two districts (Rajanpur and Layyah)

Period of assignment: (30 Days)

Proposals should be submitted at the following email address: info@indusconsortium.pk till 25  June 2018

Any request for clarification must be sent in writing to the e-mail info@indusconsortium.pk

Background of Indus Consortium:

Indus Consortium - a collaborative platform of 3 humanitarian and development organizations works on climate change, water governance, tax justice, democracy and governance. Humanitarian work is the key of the area of expertise of IC.

Introduction of GROW Campaign:

GROW campaign is a 04 years joint collaboration of Oxfam in Pakistan and Indus Consortium and implemented in Rajanpur, Layyah, Multan, Rawalpindi and Lahore districts. Facilitation in the development of local adaptation plan of actions (LAPA) in 5 respective districts, incorporation of small growers and woman framers input in draft CC policy of Punjab province and budget analysis/ advocacy on CC related budget and expenditure has been done. Youth engagement has been ensured through formal MOU signing and partnership with 3 top public universities of Punjab including University of Punjab, Lahore, Bahauddin Zakriya University, Multan and Arid Agriculture University, Rawalpindi.

Budget of provincial government of the Punjab is being analyzed three consecutive years as Climate Public Expenditure Review (CPER) / Budget Primer. Creating the drive through local level then to provincial level, a research is being planned to conduct in order to understand the budget cycle at district level.

About assignment:  District Level Sectoral Local Adaptation Plan of Action (LAPA) on Agriculture in two districts (Rajanpur and Layyah)

Indus Consortium has already developed Local Adaptation Plans of Actions (LAPAs) in consultation with local communities including growers and women farmers, government departments, media personnel, climate change and food security practitioners and academia in all target districts under GROW Campaign i.e. Multan, Lahore, Rawalpindi, Rajanpur and Layyah . District authorities have also endorsed these LAPAs, whereas efforts have also made to integrate the LAPAs into district Annual Development Plans (ADPs).

Likewise; in order to put special focus on the climate change impacts on Agriculture and possible adaptations actions to mitigate climate change and its impacts, Indus Consortium would like to develop sectoral Local Adaptation Plans of Action on Agriculture in two districts of Punjab, i.e. Rajanpur and Layyah.

The objective of the current assignment: The main objectives of District Level Sectoral Local Adaptation Plan of Action (LAPA) on Agriculture are as under:

·      LAPAs shall be developed to see mitigation and adaptation options available according to the district profile of impacts of climate change on agriculture sector, available resources (human, financial and infrastructure) and implementation strategies and plans by GROW District Forums.

·      LAPAs shall herald a window of lobbying and advocacy efforts at district as well as provincial level and also provide opportunity to gear up efforts to integrate these LAPAs into district plans of Agriculture Department.

A consultative process shall be adopted to develop district level sectoral LAPAs engaging the most vulnerable group at districts i.e. small holders and women farmers

The LAPAs shall be shared with district level relevant authorities for their feedback  to see the effectiveness of the influencing the budget cycle at district level, budget allocations, utilizations etc with concrete recommendations and suggestions of public money.

The research shall be a main source of advocacy for District Forums and community groups for budget increase in district as well as provincial budget of Punjab.

Process:

-          Questionnaire and Tools Development for sectoral LAPAs development

-          Meeting/ contact with relevant district authorities for their input during consultations

-          Consultations at district level engaging District Forum, Govt., community, small scale holders, women farmers, academia, civil society organizations, CBOs and environment and agriculture experts

-          Meeting/ contact Agriculture departments for the incorporation of their feedback on the LAPAs

-          Presentation of report of LAPAs at district and provincial level launch of Sectoral LAPAs with Media, policy makers, community groups and relevant stakeholders at district as well provincial level

 

Deliverables

The consultant, under supervision of Indus consortium team will be responsible for the following activities: Consultant will attach all relevant documents she/he obtains during desk review as annex with report.

1.       Questionnaire and tools for consultations for development of sectoral LAPAs

2.       Report on district level Sectoral LAPA in English and Urdu

3.       PowerPoint presentations in English and Urdu and related handouts

 

Reporting requirements:

All the deliverables including research study on district level Sectoral LAPA on Agriculture shall be developed in close cooperation and coordination with Indus consortium.

 

Requirements and Skills

Experience requirements:

The consultants should be experienced in the field of research and development of LAPAs and have strong idea about the advocacy tools. The individual consultants or Firms having demonstrable experience and relevance with proposed work are welcome to apply for the consultancy.

Reporting requirements:

All the deliverables including research study on district level Sectoral LAPA on Agriculture shall be developed in close cooperation and coordination with Indus consortium.

Education

Performance indicators:

The activities should satisfactory meet the quality and completeness of documents, accuracy of statistical data and reports, timeliness of delivery.

Timeframe:

The time frame would be 30 days from the date of approval.

How to Apply

Guideline for proposal

Interested individual consultants and firms submit the following documents in the proposal:

1.       Organization Profile

2.       Technical proposal

3.       Financial proposal

4.       Team Cvs.

Proposals should be submitted at the following email address: info@indusconsortium.pk till 25  June 2018

Any request for clarification must be sent in writing to the e-mail info@indusconsortium.pk

About Organization

Indus Consortium is a collaborative platform of three rights-based development organizations i.e. Laar Humanitarian Development Program (LHDP), Doaba Foundation and HELP Foundation. These three organizations have been active since long time mainly responding to natural disasters and other development needs of their respective operational areas along River Indus. These organization adopted an innovative approach to create a joint platform for learning, synergy, evidence based advocacy to address macro level structure causes of development problem on the basis of their field experience and create solidarity among communities living around river Indus and are vulnerable to natural and manmade disasters.

The joint platform is a manifestation of a joint force of the people living around Sindhu (Indus River) basin in Pakistan. The Consortium represents the unity among various groups of different ethnic, linguistic and geographic features and their determination to struggle for the development of the people around Indus River.

The concept of a joint forum of various organizations for the holistic socio-economic development of these least served rural, riverine, disaster-prone and marginalized communities was visualized by Doaba Foundation district Muzaffargarh and shared with LHDP in District Badin. This pragmatic and innovate idea got acceptance and proved a step towards joint thinking in 2004. . In 2005 another likeminded organization - HELP Foundation - from povertystricken district of Rajanpur in Punjab, joined the two organizations i. With the association of these three based organizations the thinking firmed up to create a development consortium for improved research and coordination.. For this transitional purpose, another prominent research & development actor - Rural Development Policy Institute (RDPI) based in Islamabad – became part of the consortium in 2008.

The idea was materialized in the form of establishment of Indus Consortium in 2008. The consortium being a joint platform form aimed to carry out socio-economic, environmental, DRR-centric and rights-based development initiatives primarily in proximity of the banks of historical River Indus in the districts like Thatta, Qambar-Shahdadkot, Ghotki and Kashmor in Sindh province, and Layyah, Jhang, Bhakkar, Muzaffargarh, D.G.Khan, Rajanpur and Rahimyar Khan in Punjab province. The consortium devised the Terms of Reference (TORs) with the consultation of the three founding organizations at field level work, and with the RDPI for research, collaboration and coordination.

Source: Strategic Planning Document of Indus Consortium (2014-2018)