Summary Information

  • Department: Africa
  • Location (s): Mt Kenya landscape, Kenya
  • Commitment: 15 months
  • Desired start date and duration: October 2022 - December 2023
  • Under direction of: Program Manager MSULLI


About the Rainforest Alliance

As the Rainforest Alliance (RA), we are building an alliance to create a better future for people and nature by making responsible business the new normal. To advance our mission, we focus on amplifying our impact on the ground through systemic transformation: change across the entire supply chain, change in the relationship between people and nature, and change within our own organization. We achieve this transformation by working in collaboration with a wide range of stakeholders to create a stronger Alliance. Together, we amplify the voices of farmers and forest communities, improve livelihoods, protect biodiversity, and help people adapt to climate change in bold and effective ways. We embrace transparency because we believe that the best way to build trust across our alliance is through openness about our tactics, our impact, and partners on the ground. Together, we can achieve our vision of a world where people and nature thrive in harmony

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1.   About the program

RA is implementing a five-year, Mount Kenya Sustainable Landscape and Livelihoods MSuLLi) Program targeting counties and communities around Mt. Kenya. The objective of the Program is to support a hybrid landscape management structure of the Mount Kenya landscape where smallholder producers, women and youth groups, forest dependent communities, public and private sector, will jointly plan and take collective actions to improve the management of the landscape, sustainably manage and conserve natural resources and thereby improving people’s livelihoods. The Program focuses on two (Embu & Kirinyaga) of the six counties around Mount Kenya where we target to directly work with 50,000 smallholder tea & coffee farmers and 1000 forest dependent communities as project beneficiaries. Anticipated key output is to establish the pipeline of investment opportunities and proper instruments with identified feedback loops on the landscape, recognized by public and private sectors. Intermediate outcome is that financial institutions contribute to finance schemes catering to Landscape Management Board (LMB) operations and Sustainable Landscape Development & Management Plans (SLDMPs) investment portfolio. Also, seed capital co-managed by RA and IKEA Foundation will be invested where strategic partners will be identified and expected to match and grow the fund.


2.   Purpose of the Assignment

RA would like to engage the services of a landscape finance consultant to connect our interventions as well as the LMBs´ interventions on Integrated Landscape Management (ILM) with finance and thus operationalize the landscape finance pathway of Mt. Kenya Sustainable Landscape and Livelihoods program. The program will pilot the creation of a blended landscape finance mechanism that can support the Landscape Management Board (LMB) operations and investments, making it self-sustaining in the long-term. The aim is to engage financial players interested in contributing to and benefiting from landscape governance, Ecosystem services, climate-positive management, and conservation. We will also work with compatible investors in the landscape in partnership with micro finance institutions to serve small scale farmers.

3.   The Assignment

The consultant will carry out a detailed analysis of existing or potential green investment opportunities relevant to smallholder, tea and coffee farmers, forest dependent communities and water resource users’ association in the target counties. The consultant will identify and document viable investment options, and specifically develop business plans for the identified ecosystem services, that can benefit smallholder tea & coffee farmers, water resource user’s associations and forest dependent communities in Mt. Kenya landscape and support their actualization. 

Specific terms of reference that the Consultant will address are as follows:

        I. To develop pipeline of investment opportunities and their business plans. including opportunities to promote their adoption by relevant stakeholders in the Mt Kenya Landscape

      II. Validate landscape strategies and interventions models for connecting finance and landscape (external investment options, translate into some key financial propositions).

    III. Quantify pipeline (estimate number and volume of investment options, at landscape level) and select a financial partner interested in that pipeline.

    IV.  Propose options and link Landscape actors (tea & coffee farmers, Women and Youth farmers, and forest dependent communities and Water Resource Users Associations targeted by Mt. Kenya Sustainable Landscape and Livelihoods program with financial players to access landscape finance products to support both livelihoods and conservation outcomes.

     V. Track and update the following:


 4.   Design and Methodology

The consultant will propose the appropriate methodology that is relevant to the aspirations of Mt. Kenya Sustainable Landscape and Livelihoods program. RA proposes the use of a mixed method approach to carry out this work that will include literature reviews, visits to financial institutions and stakeholder/beneficiary consultations.

5.   Tasks and Deliverables

The following are the key tasks and deliverables envisioned for this assignment during the first year:  

6.   Management and Quality Control

The Program Manager MSuLLi, under the guidance of Senior Director Africa and the East Africa director together with Mt. Kenya Sustainable Landscape and Livelihoods program team will oversee the implementation of this Consultancy. RA´s Senior Advisor, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) will support the team in ensuring quality of Deliverables.


7.   General terms and conditions for Request for proposal

  • Proposals and/or any additional information received after the submission time and date are subject to rejection by The Rainforest Alliance. Incomplete proposals may be rejected by RA at its discretion.
  • The Rainforest Alliance reserves the right to request additional information at any time during the procurement process.
  • RA is at liberty to make multiple or no selections as part of the proposal process. RA also reserves the right to cancel the procurement.
  • All proposal costs shall be borne by the applicant and will not be reimbursed by RA.

8.  Selection Criteria and Qualifications

To be considered for this work, the consultant or consultant firm are required to have experience of:

o  5 years or more in the field of landscape finance,

o  demonstrate comprehensive understanding of finance mechanisms in Integrated landscape management approaches,

o  proof having successfully completed similar work.

The Consultant or Consultant Firm expected qualifications are as follows:

  • Advanced University degree in areas of Resource Economics, Natural Resource Management, Agri-business, Land economics and other related field.
  • Demonstrated experience of 5 years or more in the field of landscape finance, sustainable development finance, agricultural finance policy, climate smart agri-business, or Nature Based Solutions.
  • Demonstratable experience in attracting and managing landscape finance above USD 500,000
  • Good understanding of Mt. Kenya landscape livelihoods and key financial players.
  • Proven thorough knowledge of landscape financing in integrated Landscape management
  • Evidence of strong analytical report writing skills.
  • Capacity to deliver on long-term phased assignments

9. Proposal Process and Format

Qualified Interested consultants/firms should submit the below-mentioned documents, to Diida Wario, Program Manager MSULLI via email not later than by 26 September, 2022 .

i) Detailed technical proposal

ii) Financial proposal, include budget to complete all the deliverables in USD

iii) If consultant firm include project team and Curriculum Vitae of lead technical staff and evidence of relevant work previously undertaken.

iv)  Application letter and contact information for three work-related referees.

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