Kenya: Consultancy on Mapping of Solid Waste Actors in Kisumu City, Kenya

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Organization: Practical Action
Country: Kenya
Closing date: 04 Jan 2018

Practical Action is an international non-governmental organisation, developing and demonstrating practical, technology based solutions that enable women and men living in or vulnerable to poverty, to lead dignified lives. We partner with people whose lives are transformed by these efforts and ensure local ownership and solutions that work in the longer term, without us.

Practical Action and Kisumu Local Interaction Platform (KLIP) have collaborated to jointly review the status of solid waste management in Kisumu City and develop a plan of action to pick up on the initiatives, stabilize and/or expand to various areas within the city. The ultimate goal is to fast track processes necessary or bridging the gap between the expectations as reflected in the existing policies, working documents and reports and the practice.

As part of the review status of solid waste management in Kisumu City, Practical Action and KLIP have commissioned a scoping study that seeks to achieve the following objectives:

  1. To Provide a detailed understanding of the different waste actors and their requisite capacity at different levels of the solid waste value chain
  2. To identify and evaluate previous or new initiatives amongst the waste actors
  3. Review the existing policy framework and identify challenges that hinder the implementation of the different policies and strategies

The study will look at the actors within the solid waste management value chain, and at the same time review the policy and institutional frameworks required to support the chain’s performance. The focus will be to identify the players (collectors, recyclers, composters, buyers, transporters) and barriers that currently affect their optimal performance towards sustainable solid waste management for the city vis-à-vis the existing policies, regulations and incentives for PPP arrangements.


The study will be participatory and will utilize a mixed method approach. This will include collection of primary data from the different waste actors and stakeholders in the waste value chain and review of secondary data such as policies, reports etc. Data collection and analysis will be both quantitative and qualitative.

Primary data will be conducted through a field survey that will utilize both quantitative and qualitative approaches. Observations, Key informant interviews, FGDs and questionnaires will be administered targeting the following stakeholders:

  1. Waste actors operating in Kisumu city
  2. Public and private stakeholders in the solid waste value chain

Secondary data will be collected through review of key documents which include and not limited to:

  1. Project reports and policy documents at the city relating to solid waste management as KISWAMP strategy, CIDP, review of KISWAMP strategy, project documents as KUP, decommissioning report

Using the different approaches, the scoping study will identify the different waste actors/stakeholders, establish the status/effectiveness of their operation, their relationship with other actors within the solid waste value chain and recommendations on what would be needed to achieve efficient and sustainable operations.

Consultancy requirements

The consulting entity/individual(s) will have the following mix of expertise:

  1. MSc. Environmental Engineering/Management from a recognized university
  2. Urban Planning/ Sociology and Management
  3. Urban development studies with a bias on gender/ social inclusion
  4. Tested experience in solid waste management and proposal writing skills
  5. Registration with National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) as lead/ associate Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and Audit expert.

Terms of Engagement
Payment for the scoping study shall be done in three tranches as indicated below
• Tranche 1 (25% of the total cost): Upon successful submission of inception meeting report
• Tranche 2 (25% of the total cost): submission and acceptance of the of 1st draft of the report
• Tranche 3 (50% of the total cost): submission and acceptance by Practical Action of the final report and draft proposal on solid waste management

Note that the payments will be done subject to the consulting entity meeting quality and timely delivery of stated task.

The detailed ToRs for this consultancy can be downloaded here:

How to apply:

Interested consulting firms/individuals with capacity to deliver this TOR are invited to submit a complete Expression of Interest (EOI) to with subject line “Mapping of Solid Waste Actors in Kisumu City” so as to reach Practical Action on or before 4th January 2018

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