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Terms of Reference: Analysis and development of a Climate Change Legal Handbook

Who We Are

Natural Justice (NJ) is an organization rooted in the struggles of communities in Africa. As a team of pioneering lawyers and legal experts, we specialize in human rights and environmental law in pursuit of social and environmental justice.

Natural Justice strives to enhance the collective rights of people and protect the sacred relationships that indigenous peoples and local communities have with nature. Our work is informed by the values, knowledge and self-determination of the communities with whom we stand in solidarity. Through legal empowerment, research, policy influencing and litigation, and as part of coalitions and campaigns, we support communities to know the law, use the law and shape the law. Natural Justice has three main pillars: Affirming and Securing Rights to Lands, Resources and Knowledge; Defending Rights against Environmental and Social Impacts; and Standing with Communities.

To learn more about the work of Natural Justice please refer to www.naturaljustice.org.

Natural Justice, in the framework of the implementation of the Dutch POWER OF VOICE Programme, in partnership with other civil society organizations including PACJA, Oxfam Novib, FEMNET and AYC, has been awarded a grant to implement the African Activists for Climate Justice (AACJ) project which covers eight countries across the African continent. The project has five components, three of which focus on strengthening the human rights framework, particularly environmental and related rights.

The Africa Activists for Climate Justice (AACJ) project seeks to ensure an inclusive and human rights-based approach to climate justice in Kenya, by seeking to build a strong movement and a network of climate actors, with a strong focus on women, youth, Indigenous People and Local communities in marginalized and climate change vulnerable counties of Kenya. The project seeks to strengthen, influence, and inspire climate justice, by creating a platform where a diverse network of actors can proactively engage in decision-making, policy influencing and developing climate narratives for the realization of broad-based change.

What We Are Looking For

We are looking for a qualified professional to analyze and develop a practical and comprehensive climate change legal handbook that provides an authoritative overview and understanding of the climate-related laws and policies which local communities can use to affirm and defend their rights at national, regional, and international levels.

Specific Tasks

1. Analyzing the climate change concept in the context of the climate crisis highlighting:

i. The basics of climate science

ii. The legal dynamics of the key drivers of climate change and climate injustices in Africa.

iii. An overview of the evolution of the climate change international and national framework and analyze the legal and institutional dynamics that surround climate change.

iv. Explaining climate change adaptation and mitigation using examples

v. Provide mechanisms with practical examples and scenarios to engage processes and institutions for climate action

2. Drafting and finalizing a legal handbook presenting the findings of the analysis. The report shall be disseminated among different community-based organizations, civil society organizations and other stakeholders.

3. Discuss the findings with other researchers and members of Natural Justice.

Who we are looking For

The successful candidate will plan and conduct the independent analysis of high quality in line with the specific requirements set out above. The ideal consultant will therefore have a demonstrable track record of conducting similar research, analysis, and reviews.

The ideal candidate will demonstrate evidence of having worked with communities or a commitment to social and environmental justice. They will also have:

  • A minimum of a master’s degree in environmental law, human rights, environmental policy, sustainable development, or any other related field.
  • Good knowledge of climate justice concept as well as the socio-political and legal dynamics around it.
  • Have at least 10 years of professional experience in the environmental field and/or 5 years in the field of climate change.
  • Strong writing and organizational skills
  • Thorough knowledge of the policies and laws governing climate change in Kenya
  • Proficiency in qualitative analysis and report writing.

Timelines for submission of the report

We want the analysis to commence immediately. Offers including a proposed timeline, the expected number of days required (maximum 10 days) and applicable daily rate, and a portfolio of work and/or CV should be submitted to admin.nbo@naturaljustice.org no later than close of business on 26th November 2021.

The offer must include the following elements:

a) A technical proposal containing: Explanatory note on understanding the ToRs, a brief presentation of the methodological approach and work plan, and a detailed CV with at least 3 references.

b) A financial proposal. The financial proposal must be submitted and denominated in Kenya Shillings (KSh).

Based on this initial discussion, we will brief the chosen consultant and develop binding terms of reference with the consultant. The expected output is a legal handbook on climate change that is well articulated with references to the key laws, policies and principles of climate change.

Closing Date

26 November 2021

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