The Green Belt Movement

1. Background

The Green Belt Movement (GBM) is a non-governmental environmental organization that empowers communities, particularly women, to conserve the environment and improve livelihoods. GBM was founded by the late Professor Wangari Maathai in 1977 under the auspices of the National Council of Women of Kenya (NCWK) to respond to the needs of rural Kenyan women who reported that their streams were drying up, their food supply was less secure, and they had to walk further and further to get firewood for fuel and fencing. GBM uses an award-winning watershed-based approach to conservation and community engagement. To date, over 55 million trees have been planted and hundreds of thousands of women have been empowered, and with improved family incomes.

The GBM with the financial support of Deutsche Gesellschaft Für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) is one of the implementing partners for the project: Under The Gcf/Endev Project: ‘Promotion Of ClimateFriendly Cooking in Kenya and Senegal.’ The GCF/EnDev Kenya Project ‘Promotion of Climate-Friendly Cooking in Kenya’ is designed to tackle greenhouse gases (GHG) emissions from the unsustainable consumption of wood-based fuels in the household cooking sector, which is the largest single contributor to the GHG emissions in the energy sector in Kenya (70%). To do so the project will address the underlying root cause of the problem, i.e., slow, and largely official development assistance (ODA) dependent growth of the improved cookstove (ICS) sector. The current sector dynamic will not be sufficient to enable the long-term growth rates required to meet the Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) targets in the cooking energy sector. Therefore, the project’s paradigm shift objective is to accelerate the growth of the ICS sector with an irreversible market transformation that will significantly increase the level of ICS production, improve the quality of the products and increase sales.

2. The consultancy’s scope of work

a. Evaluate the ICS business landscape within the area of coverage and profile sector players activities.

b. Define the ICS Producers, Distributors, Retailers and LMEs financing market size in the project area.

c. Determine the level of access to financial services for ICS Producers, Distributors, Retailers and LMEs in the Project area.

d. Evaluate the business development services environment for ICS Producers, Distributors, Retailers and LMEs within the Project area.

e. Assess the training needs and develop a training curriculum/manual for ICS Producers, Retailers and Last Mile Entrepreneurs.

f. Provide practical recommendations on innovative ICS business models and potential entry points that can be adopted to catalyze the uptake of ICS, its productivity and employment creation opportunities in the two counties of Nyeri and Laikipia.

3. Expected Deliverables

a. An inception report with detailed methodology and work plan within one week of commencement of the assignment;

b. A draft report. Key areas of the report would include, but not limited to, description of current state, assessment based on industry best practices and benchmarks, and identification of training needs and practical recommendations to catalyze the uptake of ICS, its productivity and employment creation opportunities in the two counties of Nyeri and Laikipia;

c. A final report with comments incorporated; and

d. A training manual covering enterprise development, marketing and gender mainstreaming, among others for ICS Producers, Retailers and Last Mile Entrepreneurs, and ICS technologies, specifically, stoves fabrication and installation for technical trainings of existing and new installers, and fabricators, with comments incorporated.

4. Qualifications and Required Expertise

• We are seeking consultants with experience in business development and clean energy.

• A track record of using a clear, comprehensive and relevant business analysis and development framework.

• A deep set of methods, tools and resources to effectively and collaboratively discover, assess, and document the ICS market scope.

• Use approaches and methods that increase readiness and willingness for key actors to collaborate in the Project. • Demonstrated experience in conducting market research, socio-economic studies and field /onsite studies of similar nature and magnitude.

• Extensive experience in training curriculum development in business development and clean energy. • Familiarity with household energy surveys will be an added advantage.

• Familiarity with the cooking energy sector will be an added advantage.

How to apply

The Green Belt Movement (GBM) invites reputable consulting firms to submit technical and financial proposals.

The hard copies of the Technical and Financial Proposals must be received by 27th June 2022 at 15:00 hours EAT.

Interested clients are required to submit their technical and financial proposals in the formats indicated in the Terms of Reference (TORs).

Please visit our website to download the TORs for more details.