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Call for Application: Evaluation of Carbon Offset Policies in the Niger Delta Region of Nigeria (Consultancy)

Search for Common Ground

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3 weeks ago

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Context Search for Common Ground Search is an international conflict transformation NGO that aims to transform the way individuals, groups, governments, and companies deal with conflict, away from adversarial approaches and towards collaborative solutions. Headquartered in Washington DC, USA, and Brussels, Belgium, with 52 field offices in over 30 countries including Nigeria, Search designs and implements multifaceted, culturally appropriate, and conflict-sensitive programs using a diverse range of tools, including media and training, to promote dialogue, increase knowledge and determine a positive shift in behaviors. Search is seeking a consultant to evaluate carbon offset policies in Nigeria with a particular focus on operations in the Niger Delta region of the Country to use to inform the implementation of an 18-month action targeting Bayelsa, Rivers, and Delta States. This consultancy is open to International interest with affiliates in Nigeria as co-applicants.  The Project Oil bunkering and artisanal oil refining have profound implications on security and stability in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria. They cannot be divorced from broader socio-economic inequalities and social exclusion questions in the region. The practices are associated with environmental degradation in nearby communities, including reductions in water, air, and soil quality, which negatively affect the livelihoods of farmers and fishers. Consequently, the presence of artisanal refining camps across Bayelsa, Rivers, and Delta States has led to the increasing militarization of the area as cult gangs, pirates, the police, military, and community vigilante groups compete to capture economic benefits at various points along the production and distribution value chain. Activities of non-state actors; individuals and Multi-National corporations activities within the region, instead of curbing, have exacerbated the precarious situation. In addition, militarized government responses to insecurity and criminality in the Niger Delta, which do not address underlying economic and social drivers of violence, have also caused a cascade of negative consequences in affected communities.To curtail the growing environmental, economic, and human costs of criminality, including oil bunkering, artisanal oil refining, and gang and cult violence, Search for Common Ground, with consortium organizations Academic Associates Peaceworks (AAPW), Foundation for Partnership Initiatives in the Niger Delta (PIND), and Stakeholder Democracy Network (SDN), is implementing an 18-month action funded by the European Union with the overall goal of fostering inclusive community security approaches to address the systemic drivers of violence and criminality in Bayelsa, Delta, and Rivers States. Specific Objectives (SO) and Expected Results (ER) of the Project: The design of the Niger Delta project is guided by the following strategic objectives and Expected Results; SO1: To empower diverse community actors to address social exclusion, lack of economic opportunity, and environmental degradation Local community actors, including youth, are better equipped to jointly address social exclusion, lack of economic opportunity, and environmental degradation Youth and adult leaders increasingly collaborate to explore and address drivers of division, criminality, and conflict in their communities SO2: To strengthen collaboration amongst communities, security actors, and the private sector around preventing and responding to the triggers and core drivers of violence and criminality There is greater collaboration between communities and security and government actors around early warning and response to key security issues The private sector better collaborates with and responds to the needs of local communities SO3: To foster online and offline social cohesion within and between communities in Bayelsa, Delta, and Rivers Target communities have increased positive interactions across dividing lines Target online audiences have increased access to positive content that fosters social cohesion SO4: To foster multi-level dialogue between communities, civil society actors, and government officials in Nigeria and abroad that informs innovative policy development around preventing criminality and violence in Bayelsa, Delta, and RiversThere are enhanced networks and opportunities for actors at all levels to formulate policies that respond to the underlying drivers of violence in the Niger Delta Specifically, regarding the implementation of strategic Objective 4, the project intends to make the most use of advancements in climate financing tools globally by working with all relevant actors, including relevant Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs), academia, civil society, and the private sector, to explore potential approaches to sustainable climate financing through community-led “carbon offset projects" that also address underlying causes of conflicts in communities. To this end, it is needed to critically interrogate prevailing paradigms and develop innovative new approaches. Goal and Objectives Search is, therefore, seeking to engage a researcher with experience in climate Actions to work with us and lead an introductory study to examine the potential impact of various approaches to carbon offset policies in the Niger Delta, as well as determine community perceptions and preferences . The findings of the study will be evidencing understanding of the context to inform developing a community-centered carbon offset framework that would enable communities to call for sufficient resource allocation to offset environmental degradation caused by oil production for improved livelihood opportunities and more sustainable peace in the Niger Delta. Specifically, the study aims to: 1.Explore and identify sources of the regulatory framework for carbon offsets and credits in Nigeria2.Collect, analyze, and provide disaggregated information on approaches for achieving low carbon development in the Niger Delta3.Identify Carbon offset projects/initiatives in the region, explore best or promising practices, and Investigate issues associated with their operations in communities. 4.Provide recommendations for how carbon offset projects might best be legislated and implemented in communities in the Niger Delta Key Study Questions The consultant is expected, but not limited, to collect data, analyze, and provide answers to the under-listed research questions; Objectives (O) and Questions of Interest (QI) O1: Explore and identify sources of the regulatory framework for carbon offsets and credits in Nigeria What are the existing regulatory framework(s) for carbon offsets and credits in Nigeria? Who are the major players of carbon emissions in the target states in the Niger Delta? Which government ministry, department, or agency (National and Target states) is responsible for coordinating carbon offset initiatives and how effectively has it executed its mandate in collaboration with non-state actors? What are the financial, social, and technical requirements for implementing a carbon offset framework in Nigeria? O2: Collect, analyze, and provide disaggregated information on approaches for achieving low-carbon development in the Niger Delta. What are the approaches for achieving low-carbon development in the Niger Delta? What are the financial, social, and technical requirements for implementing a carbon offset framework in Nigeria? How effective are the implementation of the approaches for lowering carbon emissions in the Niger Delta? O3: Identify Carbon offset projects/initiatives in the region and Investigate issues associated with their operations in communities. What are the dynamics associated with the implementation or otherwise of the approaches for carbon offset in the region? What are the opportunities available for communities to effectively participate in the carbon offsetting market? What are the existing perceptions of the people in the communities around Carbon offset approaches and their preferences? O4: Provide recommendations for how carbon offset projects might best be legislated and implemented in communities in the Niger Delta. What are the existing opportunities for incentivizing communities in the development of a carbon offset framework in the region? How would communities effectively participate in the carbon offsetting market?

Geographic Locations

  • The scope for the evaluation will capture the Carbon offset policy landscape nationally and practices in the Niger Delta states with a particular focus on Bayelsa, Rivers, and Delta.
  • Methodology and Data Collection Tools

  • The consultant in submitting the proposal should outline the research approach and methodology for data collection to be used, including sampling technique and justification for these methods related to the research objectives. The application submitted must clearly explain why the proposed methodology is the most appropriate to achieve the evaluation objectives; they must also clarify the different tools that will be used and how each of these tools contributes to meeting the established lines of inquiry. 
  • The consultant will be responsible for finalizing the literature review, designing the final methodology, developing tools, training enumerators, data analysis, and drafting the report and actionable recommendations that will be validated (one day) in each of the target States. Proposals should include clarity on data triangulation and key methodologies for data collection. Methodologies for data analysis would also have to be outlined with justifications and reasoning for any key methods mentioned including the Do No Harm and Conflict sensitivity strategies and any proposed strategies for sharing the findings of the study in line with research ethics involving human subjects. 
  • The final inception report containing the methodology and tools will be approved by Search’s Head of DMEL, and the Strategy Alignment Team (SAT) Focal point before data collection begins. The Search DMEL unit will participate in the training of enumerators, intermittently visit to supervise data collection in the field, and be part of the data validation workshops in each of the target states. 
  • Logistical Support

  • The consultant(s) will be responsible for organizing their logistics for data collection (vehicles, fuel, and drivers), and this must be budgeted into the Evaluation budget.
  • Search will share the following elements with the external consultant: background materials of the project and links to states and community stakeholders.
  • Timeline

  • This study will take place from July 1st – August 31st, 2024 with the final deliverables due by August 31st, 2024 at the latest.
  • Deliverables - Search expects the following deliverables from the external consultant(s) as they correspond to the timeline and budget:

  • Inception report detailing the methodology, data collection tools, Analysis plan, and timeline;
  • Training of data collectors or set-up of systems for data collection;
  • Supervision and participation in data collection;
  • Oversight of data coding and analysis;
  • Debrief after data collection is completed (presentation of first trends and preliminary findings)
  • All raw data collected from the field and cleaned data used for analysis submitted to Search;
  • A draft and data validation report in English language for review by Search staff and partners;
  • Obtain ethical clearance for the study from a reputable IRB
  • A final study report in English (20 pages max in length, excluding appendices) consistent with Search branding and standards.
  • Uses the Search’s templates for evaluations in writing the report of the study
  • Fully explains the objectives and research questions of the study, limitations, and methods chosen for analysis, 
  • Findings respect Search’s standards, are structured around the main objectives of the study and are presented about the intended target groups. 
  • Strategic recommendations should have a clear audience and be specific, accessible, and actionable. 
  • Appendices should include detailed research instruments, a list of interviewees, terms of references, and the evaluator(s) brief biography
  • A 2-page summary of key findings (a separate document)
  • PowerPoint slides (12 slides max)
  • Final restitution session 
  • Budget

  • Consultant most provide a detailed budget, including daily rates for personnel, and costs related to data collection (per total number of people sampled, sites for collection, etc.), analysis, and production of deliverables. Also, the cost of mobilization of 30-40 persons for data validation sessions in each of the target states should be included in the proposal. Note that the Budget should include all planned costs for the study as no additional costs will be borne by Search.
  • Requirements of Consultant

  • Open to International consultants as Leads with partners in Nigeria
  • Proficiency in English (written and spoken);
  • Extensive years of experience in conducting policy evaluation, including collecting data using interviews, surveys, and focus group discussion methods;
  • Experience in previous policy review work of this nature in the Niger Delta or elsewhere;
  • Experience working with international organizations/Non-governmental Organizations;
  • Experience conducting content and quantitative surveys and analysis;
  • Strong analytical and report-writing skills
  • Familiarity and experience with contextual challenges in the geographic location(s) where the study will take place.
  • In addition, the consultant is required to respect the following Ethical Principles:

  • Comprehensive and systematic inquiry: Consultant should make the most of the existing information and the full range of stakeholders available at the time of the review. Consultant should conduct systematic, data-based inquiries. He or she should communicate his or her methods and approaches accurately and in sufficient detail to allow others to understand, interpret, and critique his or her work. He or she should make clear the limitations of the review and its results.
  • Competence: Consultant should possess the abilities skills and experience appropriate to undertake the tasks proposed and should practice within the limits of his or her professional training and competence.
  • Honesty and integrity: Consultant should be transparent with the contractor/constituent about: any conflict of interest, any change made in the negotiated project plan and the reasons why those changes were made, and any risk that certain procedures or activities produce misleading review information.
  • Respect for people: Consultant respects the security, dignity, and self-worth of respondents, and program participants. Consultant has the responsibility to be sensitive to and respect differences amongst participants in culture, religion, gender, disability, age, and ethnicity.
  • In addition, the consultant will respect Search’s evaluation standards, to be found in Search’s evaluation guidelines: 
  • Selection Criteria

  • Understanding of Terms of Reference : Detailed and realistic timetable per the proposed methodology, concerning coverage areas, and experience of working in the study areas.
  • Technical Offers : Detailed and feasible methodological approach per the timetable, Main research questions, or any other indication of the issues to be addressed by the study, Details of the field phase of the study, and the deployment of the teams per the pre-defined regions, Field visit by the consultant or a member of the team, Plan to train interviewers (human resources allocated to the study), & Quality of writing (spelling, ease of reading) and coherence.
  • Study team and administrative documents: Knowledge in the (thematic) field of project studies/evaluations and references from consultations carried out, Administrative documents: Company/institution authorization (tax registration number, registration number in the Commerce Register), etc, Experience with international organizations (experience with Search is an asset), and Cover Letter.
  • Financial offers: Consistency of budget lines with the proposed methodology, Consistency of costs with prices practiced in the field.
  • Note: This position is only open to Nigerian nationals. This position will close on 24th June 2024. To apply: Interested candidates should send the following to our .1.Curriculum vitae and a sample of previous policy evaluation research work involving climate actions.2.A technical proposal proposing a methodology for the evaluation together with a financial proposal for the completion of the aforementioned deliverables and a short cover letter. Note: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Only applicants invited for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls, please. Please see our website: ​ for full details of our work.

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