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Terms of Reference: Consultant to develop a Climate Justice Curriculum

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.

NJ, 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 climate justice curriculum that gives an in-depth understanding of the links between planetary crisis and the human rights framework, in the context of the AACJ project.

Specific Tasks

  1. Produce a climate justice curriculum report that explores the following:
    i.Explains the climate crisis and conceptualizes climate justice through the current climate justice scenarios in the continent and in Kenya.
    ii. Provide an analysis of the legal concept of climate justice in the national and international frameworks, and its implications for local communities.
    iii. Identifies available mechanisms to engage processes and institutions for climate action to foster climate justice
    iv. Opportunities for system changes and local (human-rights based) solutions for climate justice.
    v.Explains climate activisms climate justice
    vi. The role of climate finance in protecting and supporting climate-vulnerable communities, to enable climate action, adaptation, and mitigation strategies.
    vii. Climate justice campaigns
    viii. Climate justice and energy justice
    ix. Climate justice and gender justice
    x.Climate justice in courts
  1. Drafting and finalizing a well-articulated climate justice curricula. The curricula shall be disseminated amongdifferent stakeholders and be piloted in university institutions.
  2. Discuss the outcomes 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 15 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 climate justice curriculum that is well articulated

Closing Date

26 November 2021

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