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Ongoing Assignments

Feb 2017- Ongoing: Development of Financial Management Manual For DRSLP Somalia and Sudan Projects- IGAD- DRSLP Secretariat (Sudan and larger Somalia (Puntland, South Central Somalia and Somaliland)

We understand the objective of the assignment to be developing a Financial Management Manual for Sudan and Somalia DRSLP II and DRSLP III projects. Justification: - A clear and well prepared financial management manual is required to buttress solid financial management controls for these projects because of the i) large volumes of funds allocated to these projects; approximately US$ 48 million and US$ 22 million for Sudan and Somalia projects respectively, ii) complexity of monitoring financial activities due to the number and diversity of the different regions involved, and iii) the systemic, political and economic fragility of the countries. We also understand that the management of the projects is undertaken at three levels all of which have a bearing on financial management. The financial manual will therefore guide all parties involved in the financial management at all these levels in terms of their authority, responsibilities and relationships. It will also guide the relationship between the projects and stakeholders like suppliers, financial institutions, federal and state/regional government institutions at all these levels. In summary, the manual will be crucial in guiding the five (5) main functions of financial management, being:

Ø  Planning, budgeting and financial forecasting;

Ø  Safeguarding project property/assets

Ø  Managing project vendors/suppliers and liabilities

Ø  Prudent optimization of fund/revenue streams

       Control/contain costs/expenditure

July 2016- ongoing: Baseline Survey For The Regional Pastoral Livelihoods Resilience Project (RPLRP) Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock & Fisheries  (Department of Livestock)-Regional Pastoral Livelihoods Resilience Project- Kenya.

The purpose of the baseline is to generate accurate data and information for the Regional Pastoral Livelihoods Resilience Project (RPLRP) baseline indicators. The baseline data will assist Kenya project team and stakeholders to identify performance indicators in the project log-frame and in the design of the project monitoring and evaluation (M&E) system. The objectives of the study are to establish accurate baseline data for indicators to be monitored for normal and drought years for the Kenya project team and stakeholders to target and implement activities to achieve the set indicators. The study will cover 14 Arid and Semi-Arid counties of Kenya (Baringo, Garissa, Isiolo, Kajiado, Laikipia, Lamu, Mandera, Marsabit, Narok, Samburu, Tana River, Turkana, Wajir and West Pokot). In each of the counties, the study will:

·  Gather Information/data on sub-sectoral interventions that are    relevant to RPLRP approach. The scope of the baseline survey will  include but not be limited to:-

· Harmonise the baseline study indicators, data collections and methodology with the other RPLRP partners, including the governments of Uganda and Ethiopia, and IGAD.  Identify reliable, updated data sources that can be used in future.

Completed Assignments


May 2016- : Mid Term Impact Evaluation of the Drought Contingency Fund Project. NDMA Kenya

The purpose of this consultancy is to support the NDMA, the County Governments and their partners to strengthen the drought response mechanisms through reflection on the adequacies and inadequacies of the contingency planning and funding systems run by the NDMA. This will be achieved by reviewing and evaluating the impacts of the supported drought response activities carried out across 16 ASAL counties between July 2014 and December 2015.


July – Nov 2016- Final Evaluation of the DFID Funded, “Enhancing Resilience in Karamoja Programme (ERKP)” WFP Uganda


Karamoja (Kaabong, Kotido, Moroto and Napak) with a conditional food transfer for participation in seasonal public works activities. The main objective of this evaluation is to assess and report on the performance and results achieved (intended or unintended, positive and negative) of DFID support to WFP Public Works Programme in Uganda from 2013 to 2016. The evaluation served the dual and mutually reinforcing objectives of accountability and learning.

·     Accountability -The evaluation assessed and reported on the performance and results of the DFID support to WFP’s PWP in Uganda from 2013 to 2016.

Learning- The evaluation determined the reasons why certain results occurred or not with a view to draw lessons, derive good practices and pointers for learning. It provided evidence-based findings to inform operational and strategic decision-making by the targeted users of the results of the evaluation.


August 2015- April 2016: Gender Analysis for the Kenya Informal Settlement Improvement Project [KISIP]. The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, Sida

The objectives of the Gender Analysis were to; analyse gender relations; collection of quantitative empirical facts on gender; reasons and processes that lead to conventions of access and control; gender roles identification and needs assessment; disaggregating control of resources and decision making within the household; and, distinguishing between different aims in interventions from a gendered perspective.


Sept – Dec 2015: Baseline Assessment for the Conflict Transformation & Livelihoods Recovery Project – in 6 Payams of Yirol West, Rumbek East & Mvolo Counties. NPA South Sudan

This program seeks to build peace in agro-pastoralist and farmer communities through activities designed to strengthen livelihoods and encourage cooperative interaction between groups with a history of violence, thus building an economic interest in peace.


June- Nov 2013-Study on Indigenous Early Warning Systems and Coping Mechanisms for IGAD Countries. The study on the main Indigenous Early Warning Systems and Coping Mechanisms in Operation in five IGAD countries: Kenya, Sudan, Ethiopia, Uganda and Djibouti were proposed to strengthen DRR approach in the IGAD region. The overall objective of the study was: To improve the regional and national capacities to analyse disaster risk management policies and programmes and to formulate policy alternatives.


Dec 2013- April 2014: Review of Kenya’s Drought Management and Food Security Coordination Structures for the Kenya Rural Development Programme ASAL DM. The purpose of the review was to help the NDMA and its partners harmonise and revitalise the drought management and food security coordination structures in Kenya through an evaluation of their relevance and effectiveness in light of the Constitution of Kenya 2010 and the changing policy, legal, institutional and programmatic environment.


Feb 2010 - Reviewing and Updating National Emergency Contingency Plan for Somaliland. The overall objective of the consultancy was to; enhance the disaster preparedness and response mechanism in Somaliland through the development of a multi-agency national contingency plan that sets out the activities to be taken under different scenarios. The plans would be updated periodically to fit in the changing environment. This was to enhance coordination among different stakeholders, ensure effective use of resources and ensure that comprehensive preparedness and response actions are put in place before and during disasters;


June- Dec 2012: “Formulate a Modus Operandi and Resource Mobilization Strategy for Regional Operational Disaster Budget (RODB) for IGAD Member States”. Acacia consultants formulated a modus operandi and resource mobilization strategy for a Regional Operational Disaster Budget (RODB) which was to be translated into a policy document with operational and organizational guidelines, also comprising funding pattern and principles of disbursement.


Nov 2014 - Aug 2015: Anthropological and Gender Study for Drought Resilient and Sustainable Livelihoods Programme (DRSLP) in the Horn of Africa - Kenya Component - Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock & Fisheries (Government of Kenya). The need for this project emanated from the necessity to address the effects of droughts sustained by the population, especially the poor and vulnerable communities of the arid and semi-arid lands (ASALs) in order to have the capacity to bounce back and resume economic and social activities. The project objective is to ‘enhance drought resilience and improve sustainable livelihoods of the communities in the arid and semi-arid lands of Kenya’.


June 2008-June 2010, Acacia in association with Yam Consultants (Sudan) undertook a Feasibility Study for the Establishment of a Central Abattoir in Northern Kenya for Ewaso Ngiro North Development Authority (ENNDA), a project funded by Arab Bank for Economic Development. The study covered Isiolo, Marsabit, Moyale, Wajir, Garissa, Tana River, Marsabit and Laikipia. The main objective of establishing a central abattoir was to buy livestock from pastoral communities during the period of drought for slaughter as an emergency measure, to militate against the effect of severity of drought.


May 2010 - June 2010, Acacia in association with Mitchell Group, US; designed Programs to Increase Uganda’s Agricultural Growth and Expand Staple Food Supply for USAID/Uganda. The Acacia consultant who was the Senior Climate Change Expert worked under the direction of the Team Leader drafted all project outlines, background statements, project descriptions, cost estimates or any other materials that were required to fulfil the TOR;


July- Dec 2013: External Final Joint Evaluation- Echo Drought Risk Reduction Action Plan (DRRAP) [2012-2013]. The purpose of this evaluation was to assess, quantify and document the joint contributions of the actions towards the principle objective of the DRRAP, which was to increase resilience and reduce vulnerability in the local communities through support to strategies to mitigate and respond to drought. The specific objectives were to assess (i) the relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, impact and sustainability of the action(s) towards meeting the specific objectives and (ii) the contributions of the joint actions to drought risk management


Dec 2012- October 2013, Acacia provided technical assistance to UNDP/Kenya  and designed the Monitoring and Evaluation Framework for “Restoration and Stabilization of Livelihoods for Drought Affected and Host Communities in Turkana and Garissa Districts Project”. Specifically the Acacia Consultants Ltd undertook the following: a) Baseline survey; and prepared a Livelihoods and economic opportunities mapping paper; b) Developed a Project Management Manual. The manual was used by project implementation partners; c) Undertook project mid-term and final evaluation.


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