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Projects worked on

Disaster Risk Management Projects

This was a 30-day assignment funded by the World Bank and implemented under IGAD’s Centre for Pastoralism and Livestock Development (ICPALD) in Nairobi. It involved reviewing existing literature at national level in Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda, coupled with strategic field visits in those countries as well as stakeholder consultations for purposes of developing a framework for IGAD’s regional policy and strategic framework for disaster/drought contingency planning and cross-border programming. The work also involved convening and facilitating a regional workshop and preparing the complete policy and strategic action documents for ICPALD and IGAD’s development partners and other stakeholders;
Was technical advisor and contracts manager for IGAD’s Goat Value Chain Analysis Study for the pastoral areas of NE Kenya implemented by Euro Africa Consult Ltd. and Fair & Sustainable Advisory Services BV of the Netherlands. The assignment included 5 other consultants and covered 3 counties of Mandera, Garissa and Wajir. Five other consultants were deployed with a total of 24 data enumerators reaching many stakeholders and 1200 households for Household Economy Analysis Survey. The assignment has brought out very interesting ideas on youth and women empowerment in goat value chain development as well as underscoring the need to address pastoral livelihoods risk management such as drought, conflict, disease, floods, thirst and market volatility risks to enable vulnerable households to rebuild their herds in order to engage in livestock markets. Devolution of resources and decision-making to the counties is beginning to have positive effects but governance and accountability have not significantly changed. Pastoral and agro-pastoralists have not seen improved service delivery in extension and animal healthcare services. Focus in livestock marketing in pastoral areas should not be on developing international livestock export markets due to low benefits for the poor.
Undertook a study on improving Community Response to Disasters in Greater Marsabit and Wajir Districts of Northern Kenya.
To review Emergency Water Trucking during droughts in the ASALs of Kenya;

Food Security, Livelihoods and Disaster Resilience projects

Euro Africa Consult Ltd. provided one senior consultant in M+E and Knowledge Management to facilitate the development of a results-based framework based on the logical framework for VSF-Germany’s Food Security Program funded by the EU in WARRAP county of South Sudan. The consultant also trained staff of VSF –Germany and those of government and implementing partners on reporting from a logical framework perspective.
Euro Africa Consult Ltd. provided one senior consultant in M+E to undertake the final evaluation of the “Food Security through Enhancing Sustainable Agriculture Project” funded by the EU in WARRAP state of South Sudan. The evaluation used the criteria of assessing relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, impact, coherence and sustainability of the four-year project’s results and immediate impacts. The consultant trained field enumerators to conduct the household food security assessment in order to compare with baseline data and to determine attribution of the achievements to the project. The consultant also trained Data Entry Clerks on how to key in household questionnaires to be analyzed using statistical software. VSF Germany was very happy with the work done by our company and the EU appreciated the level of effort from the consultant.
Euro Africa Consult Ltd., won the contract from World Vision International, Somalia Program to undertake the final evaluation of the Odweyne Area Rehabilitation Program in Togedheer Region, Somaliland. This was a four-year project funded by the EU and aimed at assisting the 2011-2012 drought victims after they lost most of their productive assets due to one of the severest droughts recorded in over 50 years in the region. Activities included rangeland rehabilitation; development of sustainable water sources; livestock disease control; capacity development of local governance structures; cash transfer activities for cash-for-work initiatives in the project; etc. Our consultant undertook the evaluation using standard criteria of evaluation looking at relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, coherence, impact, sustainability and the mainstreaming of cross-cutting issues such as community participation, environment, gender, HIV and AIDS and people with living with disabilities into programming. He trained field enumerators, carried out a household assessment, consulted with key stakeholders and project partners and looked into the sustainability of project structures and processes.
The Company carried out a baseline livelihoods study for the Support to Horn of Africa Resilience (SHARE) project implemented by Solidarites International and funded by the European Union Delegation in Nairobi, Kenya. The assignment involved working with communities in targeted locations and with different stakeholders, including relevant county government departments in Marsabit County, to provide an M+E framework based on results-based management and to align the project to the EU’s SHARE program in Kenya, alongside the Ending Drought Emergency (EDE) program indicators in Kenya and the Marsabit County CIDP. The assignment was undertaken by four consultants and involved a Community Based Resilience Assessment (CoBRA) exercise with communities; a Household Economy Analysis (HEA) survey across 369 households; a stakeholder perception survey and a SHARE, EDE, CIDP project integration assessment, all of which resulted in benchmarks and M+E reporting structures and instruments for the Project.
The firm undertook, on behalf of Oxfam Uganda in the Karamoja region of NE Uganda, a study to look into ways in which livestock, which is the mainstay of the local economy in the region, could better contribute to more secure livelihoods and to poverty reduction among the nearly 1.3 million agro-pastoralists and pastoralists inhabiting the area. A funding proposal was developed with improved extension education based on functional literacy; youth and women empowerment; cross-border livestock trade between Uganda, Kenya and South Sudan and fodder value chain development and improved livestock breeds being the underlying pillars of future Oxfam’s intervention.
A scoping study for the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs (in The Hague) with a view to establishing the potential for the Dutch Government to support pastoralist women in livestock value chains in the Horn of Africa covering Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia.
This was a World Food Program study on graduating food aid household beneficiaries from household food insecurity to household food resilience. EACO Ltd. designed the methodology and undertook the study now being used by the WFP-IFAD-FAO partnership to design a much larger resilience program that links food secure households from the relief program to commercial farming and Value Chain Development in 6 counties of Makueni, Tharaka Nithi, Kitui, Kwale, Kilifi and Taita Taveta Counties of Kenya.
Review of the Drought Management and Food Security Coordination Structures in Kenya in order to align them to the changed operational context in Kenya following the promulgation of the New Constitution in 2010 and significant policy, legal and institutional reforms in the country, as well as the re-organization of the government set up in May 2013;
Facilitated a DANIDA funded workshop for the Water Resource Management Authority under the Ministry of Northern Kenya & Other Arid Lands, Medium Term Assistance Program (MTAP). The workshop aimed at finding out the reasons for the low uptake of financial support from the Water Services Trust Fund (WSTF) to the Water Resource Users Associations (WRUAs) from the ASALs of Isiolo, Garisssa, Tana River, Marsabit, Mandera and Wajir counties.
Facilitated a UNDP Drylands Development Program (DDP) Regional Workshop on Drought Risk Reduction in Africa, with over 50 countries participating in the one week long international conference held in Arusha, Tanzania. Facilitation included design of the conference timetable, provision of technical input on the Community Based Disaster Resilience Analysis (CoBRA methodology) and preparation of the Conference Report. EACO Ltd prepared The Conference Report for the UNISDR-led International Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Africa held at the same venue after the UNDP conference.
Drought assessment for northern Kenya following the poor performance of the April-June 2012 rains in order to determine the fragility of livelihoods and the potential for sustained recovery from the crisis of 2010-11 in the Horn of Africa. This was an assignment for Oxfam Kenya Country Program.
Danish Refugee Council (Somalia Program) to prepare a USD 80 m Somalia Resilience Program proposal to be funded over a three-year period by multiple donors and implemented by a Consortium of 7 NGOs i.e. ACF, ADRA, CARE, COOPI, Danish Refugee Council, Oxfam and World Vision.
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Prepared the Country Strategy Paper for Kenya’s Ending Drought Emergencies (EDE) in Kenya Program to be implemented under the IGAD’s regional platform in response to the Horn of Africa crisis of 2010-2011. This was under USAID funding through ILRI;
Review and assess the status of disaster risk management in Kenya on behalf of DFID-Kenya and make recommendations aimed at more proactive management of disasters, particularly emanating from drought-related crises, instead of the reactive approach the government of Kenya seemed to be relying on;
Evaluation of Community-based Disaster Risk Response approach and methodology and its benefits as implemented by five CORDAID-supported NGOs in Moyale, Marsabit, Turkana and Samburu districts;
To be implemented by FAO and funded by the European Union;
In the Water & Sanitation Sector in Wajir County – Oxfam GB Country Office;
Under an FAO Kenya Country Office Contract;
A review of community-based animal health service delivery systems in Kenya;
Funded by COMIC Relief
In the water and sanitation sectors for NGOs implementing the APAC Program in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Uganda, Kenya, Zambia and Malawi;

Natural Resource Management projects

Review of the Swiss Development Cooperation-supported Water for Livestock project in Isiolo and Garissa counties in northern Kenya. The project aimed at improved rangeland and natural resource management and to support pastoral and agro-pastoral households to have more water for livestock and human use but in a way that is conflict sensitive; no harm to the environment; improving natural resource use and enabling better water and natural resource management by communities. Several water technologies have been tried by ADESO and the Kenya Red Cross Society- IUCN, the main implementing partners of the Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC);
Implemented by Oxfam and Partners in Turkana and North Pokot districts;

Social Development projects

An impact assessment of FAO-IGAD’s Regional Initiative in Support of Pastoralists and Agro-Pastoralists in the Horn of Africa (RISPA) Project. This was a 3-year project funded by the Swiss Development Cooperation; ECHO and the European Union and aimed at supporting pastoral policy; resilience; food security; capacity building; regional policy harmonization as well as working with community groups; traditional institutions; government departments and International NGOs in six countries – Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, Sudan, Djibouti and Somalia.
Baseline survey for the DFID-funded Peace and Development Project (PDP)-Support to Basic Services Project in the Somali Regional State of Ethiopia. This project was implemented by the Save the Children Consortium comprising of Save the Children (SCI), Islamic Relief (IR), the International Rescue Committee (IRC) and Ogaden Welfare Development Association (OWDA) in partnership with the Somali Regional State Government.
End of Project evaluation of the emergency support program for vulnerable households and individuals in the Daadab refugee camps in northern Kenya funded by the American Friends Service Committee and targeting nearly 200,000 Somali refugees from the influx following the Horn of Africa drought crisis. The Project had various components including cash transfer to the most vulnerable families as well as targeting those with special needs such as physical impairment.

Human Capacity Development projects

This work comes under the UNDP Kenya’s Drought Risk County Capacity Support program funded by the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid & Civil Protection Office (ECHO). The consultancy assignment involves training/facilitating and reporting during 3-day county government training workshops for those in charge of implementing the County Integrated Development Plan (CIDP) and integrating Drought Risk Management Indicators into the County M+E system based on the Theory of Change (ToC) and Results-Based Management (RBM) frameworks;
Worked for UNICEF to support the county governments of Turkana and Garissa in Kenya to mainstream Disaster Risk Reduction into the County Integrated Development Plans (CIDPs) and to train key county personnel and staff on how to monitor and evaluate progress in the mainstreaming process - designed an M+E framework for the counties and trained staff in using the framework to monitor progress.

Organization Development & Institution Strengthening projects

One of the consultants from the company facilitated stakeholder meetings and Oxfam staff meetings to develop an Oxfam regional resilience advocacy strategy document for the Horn of Africa and IGAD based on GAD’s IDDRSI strategy implementation performance.
The Company undertook the mid-term review of a Community Drought Resilience Project in Marsabit County funded by DFID and implemented by Solidarities International. The objective of the assignment was to assess progress in implementation and the integration of the project into the resilience agenda in the county and in Kenya’s ASALs as part of the EDE and SHARE programs. The mid-term review also provided suggestions for improved project steering e.g. the need to establish a Project Steering Committee to provide advice and policy direction as well as linkage to other stakeholders.

Small & Medium Scale Business Enterprise Development projects

Operationalization of the IGAD-FAO Trust Funds (both Community and Policy Support Trust Funds) to be established under the IGAD’s Drought Disaster Resilience Support Initiative (IDDRSI) framework to cover Kenya, Somalia, Uganda, South Sudan, Sudan, Ethiopia and Djibouti. This was under an FAO Regional Office contract supported by IGAD.
This assignment assessed the internal and external environment of the organization focusing on its viability and strategic positioning in the Horn of Africa.