Environmental Impact Assessment services

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Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security

Wool and Mohair Promotion Project (WAMPP)

REQUEST FOR CURRICULUM VITAE

(CONSULTING SERVICES-Individual Consultant)

TERMS OF REFERENCE FOR ENGAGEMENT OF A CONSULTANCY FOR PREPARATION OF THE WAMPP ENVIRONMENTAL AUDIT AND ESMP

  1. Background and Objectives

Government of Lesotho is implementing Wool and Mohair Promotion Project (WAMPP) with financial support from International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID), the Lesotho Government and Lesotho National Wool and Mohair Growers Association (LNWMGA).  The goal of the Project is to boost economic and climate resilience of poor, smallholder wool and mohair producers to adverse effects of climate change in the mountain and foothill regions of Lesotho.

The project is coordinated by the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security (MAFS). It is jointly implemented by the Ministry of Small Business Development, Cooperatives and Marketing, The Ministry of Forestry, Rangelands and Soil Conservation as well as the Lesotho National Wool and Mohair Growers Association.

It consists of three components to be implemented over a period of seven years.  Those components are:

  • Climate smart rangelands and management
  • Improved Merino Sheep and Angora Goats production and management and
  • Wool and Mohair processing and marketing.

WAMPP has erected shearing sheds nationwide and sheep studs (Mokhotlong and Quthing) to lessen farmer challenges brought by the limited number and access to shearing facilities.

It is in this regard that WAMPP therefore seeks Environmental Impact Assessment services from local consultants to conduct an Environmental Audit on developed infrastructure and develop Environmental and Social Managements Plans (ESMPs) for the establishment of 22 shearing sheds and two sheep studs (Mokhotlong and Quthing)

The main objective of the consultancy is to undertake;

  • a detailed environmental and socio-economic impact assessment that examines all potential positive and negative environmental and social impacts as efficiently and effectively as possible in order to allow the integration of environmental considerations in the Project’s activities. 
  • to propose options and the measures to be implemented to prevent and / or mitigate negative impacts or capitalize on positive impacts at the constructed shearing shed sites (22) and for operations at the Quthing and Mokhotlong sheep studs.
  • Scope of Work

To address objectives and purpose as afore shown, the following scope of service is described:

  • Describe the existing biological, physical, health and social environment in the project areas and any historical projects or development that could be affected by the erected structures
  • Identify, analyse and evaluate the potential positive/negative environmental and social impacts of the proposed developments including impacts of any off-site
  • Provide an overview of the proposed initiative including but not limited to drainage, sewage disposal, solid waste disposal as well as water storage and supply
  • Assess the demographic, location assessment as well as current and potential land-use of the proposed initiative
  • Describe existing infrastructure in the proposed project areas such as transportation, electricity, water, telecommunications as well as public health facilities
  • Make a detailed analysis and profiling of the potential environmental and social impacts taking into account the magnitude of mitigation measures which need to be employed to reduce the risk/s introduced to the environment
  • Develop avoidance, mitigation and optimization strategies for the potential environmental and social impacts relating to the proposed infrastructure
  • Analyse public perception of the proposed initiative
  • Prepare an environmental and social management plan describing the programmes for implementing the mitigation measures and the monitoring requirements for pre, during and post construction.  This will include recommendations to ensure long term minimization of negative impacts and maximization of positive impacts.
  • Deliverables/Specific Outputs Expected from Consultants

It is envisaged that the analysis will be essential for development of measures meant to mitigate and protect the environment.  This will lead to minimal negative impact to the socio-economic wellbeing of the communities in the project areas. The envisaged development shall pull communities and societies into commercial enterprises, resulting in increased income generation and additional job creation possibilities.

The consultancy will be responsible for one of the following specific deliverables:

  • Draft Environmental Audit or
  • ESMPs (Environmental and Management Social Plans),

This will cover all twenty-two (22) shearing sheds and two (2) sheep studs which are the infrastructure developed by WAMPP.

Final Environmental Audit and ESMP, to be submitted to the Department of Environment two weeks from the date of receiving WAMPP comments on the Draft Report for validation and finalization.

  • Level on Input / Duration

The consultancy will cover a period of eleven (11) weeks from the time the contract is signed by both parties.

  • Required Skills and Experience
  • Minimum of a post graduate degree in Environmental Science, or Environmental Management related field.
  • At least 2 years proven experience in the preparation of Environmental Impact Assessment reports (including Project Briefs and EMPs) for medium to large developmental projects;
  • Strong research and analytical skills with special emphasis on EIA;
  • Able to provide evidence of producing high quality EIA reports and working within tight timelines;
  • Significant experience Excellent written and oral communication skills in English
  • Deliverables and time schedule
  • Submission of an inception report within twenty (20) working days after signature of the contract outlining the work plan and study approach
    • Submission of preliminary EA and ESMP reports outlining major findings and recommendations within twenty (20) working days after approval of inception report
    • Submission of final environmental and social impact management reports to the Project Coordinating Unit (PCU within fifteen (15) working days after submission of preliminary environmental and social impact management reports
  • Responsibilities of WAMPP
  • WAMPP shall make a compilation of stakeholders to be regarded as key resource persons in the assignment
  • WAMPP must give access to available data required by the consultant
  • WAMPP shall organize public gatherings for the assignment

Responsibilities of the Consultant

The consultant shall provide own office equipment in the form of computers and phones

The consultant shall arrange interviews with potential resource persons

The consultant shall provide own transport for the consultancy

Organizational Arrangements

The consultant shall report to WAMPP Project Director through Component Manager B and Component Manager C.

Application letter, Curriculum vitae and certified copies of certificates clearly indicating the name of the lot must be delivered in a written form to the address below or through email (complete submission must be included in one pdf-file sufficiently compressed to allow for transmission by E-mails given below) by March 19, 2021

Procurement Office

Wool and Mohair Promotion Project

Department of Livestock Services

Old Airport Road, Moshoeshoe II

P.O. Box 24

Maseru 100

 Lesotho. 

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