Terms of Reference for Resettlement/Social Specialist Consultant (4 person months, REF: KGHEP/E&S/001)

EXPRESSION OF INTEREST

Terms of Reference:

Expressions of Interest are welcome for the role of Resettlement/Social Specialist to contribute to the process of ensuring that the Kabompo Gorge Hydroelectric Power Project, in the North- Western Province of Zambia, complies with relevant national and international environmental and social requirements, through an effective compensation and resettlement programme.

Subject:

Review implementation of the compensation and resettlement programme for the Kabompo Hydroelectric power project to ensure compliance with relevant Zambian legislative requirements, as well as applicable international standards such as IFS PS 1-8 and World Bank safeguard Policy on Involuntary Resettlement Policy (OP-710, 1998).

Contact details:

Dorcas Phiri – Socioeconomic Specialist
Work: +260 212 244 009
Email: [email protected]

  1. Introduction
    Copperbelt Energy Corporation Plc (CEC) is seeking to construct a Greenfield hydroelectric power station through limited project finance. As part of the financing process, the services of an appropriately qualified and experienced Resettlement / Social Specialist are required on a consultancy basis to provide support, as and when necessary, to ensure that implementation of the compensation and resettlement programme is effective.
  2. Location and Project Details
    CEC proposes to develop a 40MW hydroelectric power generation scheme at Kabompo Gorge in the Solwezi and Mwinilunga Districts of Zambia. In broad terms, the project will comprise a dam in the main-stem of the Kabompo River, an underground power station, tunnels leading water into and out of the generating hall, a tailrace outfall downstream of the dam, and power lines feeding power into the national grid. The concrete dam will be approximately 50m high, to be situated at the head of the Kabompo Gorge, and will impound a reservoir with a surface area of about 35 square kilometres at normal operating level. The turbine tailrace outfall is approximately 4.6km downstream of the dam wall along the course of the river.A key objective of Zambia’s National Energy Policy of 2008 is the facilitation of development initiatives in North-Western Province through increased electricity generation
    capacity through which employment creation and local economic development opportunities are anticipated. That notwithstanding, negative impacts associated with changes to or effects on local livelihood strategies, especially the use of natural resources, as well as the need for physical resettlement also require that appropriate mitigation strategies and mechanisms are implemented to offset these change processes and the impacts to be experienced by the affected communities and/or Project Affected Persons (PAPs).The Zambia Environmental Management Agency – ZEMA (formerly the Environmental Council of Zambia – ECZ) required CEC to compile a comprehensive Resettlement Action Plan (RAP). A Draft RAP was compiled in December 2012 for submission to ZEMA defining the individuals, communities and villages who will be affected by the project – the Project Affected Persons, or PAPs – in the settlement areas, and further elaborate on mitigation and compensation measures identified by the EIA process and CEC to date. The RAP has to comply with relevant Zambian legislative requirements, as well as applicable international standards such as IFS PS 1-8 and World Bank safeguard Policy on Involuntary Resettlement Policy (OP-710, 1998).The Draft RAP was prepared on the basis of results of a population survey and household census that were conducted in November 2009. ZEMA requested for an updated population and assets inventory schedule of the PAPs. The population survey and household census was undertaken in September 2013 and the updated RAP was submitted to ZEMA in December 2013. The findings indicated that the population has increased from 523 to 700 people while there has not been any significant change in the assets.

    Asset losses will include residential land, houses, other family infrastructure, agricultural land, access to grazing land, gardens, fruit trees and community infrastructure such as roads, water points, small bridges and churches.

    CEC is undertaking a process of stakeholder and community engagement to provide affected persons with a description of the project and to explain the impacts of the project. Engagements are with the affected villages, traditional authorities and applicable government departments, and are intended to achieve consensus about the steps and actions required to restore, and if possible improve livelihoods.

    Certain culturally significant features in the area will also be affected, and in some instances, such as family graves or communal graveyards, have already been relocated. Although the Kabompo Gorge is a national heritage site, the location of the dam at the entrance of the gorge will limit physical disturbance to the gorge.

  3. Scope of Services
    To assist the Project Team to monitor and assess the implementation of the RAP; to review the social impact assessments and improve the social mitigation programs, as appropriate, to mitigate any negative social impacts of the Project; and to review and enhance the social monitoring programme, encompassing the grievance mechanism that tracks both positive and negative impacts of the Project. Detailed tasks include the following:- Visit the project site to review implementation of the RAP to determine the extent to which procedures and outcomes are compliant with safeguard policies and IFC’s Performance Standards related to land acquisition and involuntary resettlement (PS5)
    – Review and monitor implementation of the grievance redress mechanism to ensure that all grievances (verbal and written), are registered, transmitted to responsible authorities, addressed in a timely manner and reported back to the aggrieved parties to manage risk, encourage transparency and social accountability;
    – Review and enhance, where necessary, the Stakeholder engagement strategy to ensure compliance with IFC’s Performance Standards related to community engagement (PS1) and cultural heritage (PS8);
    – Review social assessments of communities affected by the Project and recommend/ develop mechanisms to increase positive impacts or mitigate expected negative impacts;
    – Establish a framework for follow-up surveys to determine whether or not the socioeconomic status/ incomes of the affected persons are fully restored or improved as the result of the project;
    – Provide expert advice, support and training as deemed necessary on social accountability, benefit sharing, social inclusion, and engagement with civil society to adequately implement the RAP and assure that restoration or increased income of affected persons is achieved;
    – Report regularly to the Project team on RAP implementation status and issues. Ensure drafts of all reports are submitted to the Client for review, and subsequently finalised against comments from the Client and its technical and environmental advisers.
  4. Additional considerations
    The Consultants will be required to expressly and unequivocally state, that they do not and will not face any conflicts of interest with regard to any aspect of the assignment, and will take any necessary measures to enforce such a pledge.The Consultants will be responsible for ensuring that all accessed information pertaining to the project is managed with extreme care and confidentiality, and they will be liable for enforcing the adequate management of information for the entire duration of the project.All information contained in this request for EoI should be considered as strictly confidential.
  5. Deadline for submission of proposals
    Please provide a detailed Expression of Interest by Friday, 27 December 2013 outlining your background, expertise in this sector and geographic region and include a fee proposal for a 4 (four) person month duration.Any queries related to responding to this EoI can be channeled via the contact person.
    Proposals should be submitted by e-mail to Dorcas Phiri ([email protected]).

Selection Criteria:

  • Degree in Sociology, Anthropology, Economics, Political Science or related social sciences and at least 5 years of directly relevant external and/or Project experience.
  • Knowledge of and demonstrated experience with the World Bank’s social safeguard policies on involuntary resettlement. Related experience on issues of resettlement including land administration and management and its related compensatory issues, indigenous peoples, or public consultations.
  • Demonstrated experience on complex resettlement programs and social assessment of development projects a strong advantage.
  • Proven capacity to translate analytical work into policy advice and operational, actionable, recommendations.
  • Demonstrated skills and direct work experience with at least one or more of the following: public consultations; public hearings; participatory research methods (including observation, surveys); participatory monitoring and evaluation; and grievance redress mechanisms.
  • Proven capacity to work with a wide range of stakeholders, international organizations, development agencies, government counterparts, and civil society organizations.
  • Strong oral and written presentation skills, creativity and problem-solving skills. Outstanding interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to work in multi-disciplinary
    teams and multicultural environments.
  • Consultancy and/or contracting experience on resettlement programs and social issues in developing countries in Southern Africa would be advantageous.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English.