Ethiopia: Consultant for Capacity Needs Assessment – CSMFL Project

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Ethiopia: Consultant for Capacity Needs Assessment – CSMFL Project

Project Background

The Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) is an international, inter-governmental organization established in 2012 at the RIO+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development. It is dedicated to supporting and promoting strong, inclusive, and sustainable economic growth in developing countries and emerging economies. Since its establishment, GGGI has been actively supporting its member countries (more than 43) in transitioning their economies to a path of resilient, strong, environmentally sustainable, and socially inclusive green growth.

In Ethiopia, GGGI has designed and implemented several projects aimed at reducing GHG emissions, improving climate change adaptation, mobilizing climate finance, and developing capacity. GGGI has made significant contributions to the development of Ethiopia’s Climate Resilient Green Economy (CRGE) Strategy. It has also assisted the Ethiopian government in developing climate resilience strategies for the agriculture, forestry, water, irrigation, and energy sectors. GGGI is currently implementing several innovative projects in key thematic sectors such as climate resilient agriculture, solar energy, sustainable forest management, gender, and climate action.

GGGI has recently signed a grant agreement with the Swedish Embassy in Addis Ababa for the implementation of a project entitled, “Conservation and Sustainable Management of Forested Landscapes in Southwestern Ethiopia.” The goal of the project is to contribute to the sustainable management of biodiversity-rich natural forests in Southwest Ethiopia to improve ecosystem services and the livelihoods of communities living in and around forest landscapes in Southwest Ethiopia. The project is implemented in collaboration with key national and regional government organizations, the Environment and Coffee Forest Forum (ECFF), and the International Development Enterprise (iDE).

A comprehensive capacity gaps and needs assessment should be conducted to identify critical capacity gaps and propose strategic and tailored capacity development interventions in order to develop the capacity of government partners in accordance with the project objectives. As a result, GGGI would like to commission an individual level consultancy to conduct a comprehensive capacity assessment of the government partners in Oromia and the South West Ethiopia Peoples’ regional states, which will lead to the development of a tailored capacity building plan.


Objectives of the Assignment

The consultant shall perform the following major tasks:

  • Review the project document and other relevant policies/strategies, identify relevant project partners in Oromia region (Jimma, Ilu Abba Bora, and Buno Bedele zones) and South West Ethiopia Peoples’ region (Kafa, Dawuro and Konta zones).
  • Develop data collection tools to conduct a comprehensive capacity gaps and need assessment.
  • Identify and assess existing country and regional level coordination and joint implementation structures, systems, and policy/strategies in place for sustainable forest management, biodiversity conservation, improved livelihoods, and climate-smart agriculture.
  • Identify and assess the systems and structures in place at the zonal, woreda, and community levels for sustainable forest management, biodiversity conservation, improved livelihoods, and climate-smart agriculture.
  • Identify untapped opportunities for sustainable forest management, biodiversity conservation, and climate-smart agriculture in the project sites (resources, networks, partnerships, technologies, etc.).
  • Assess zonal and woreda level partners’ capacity gaps and needs for effective project implementation or coordination, including multi-stakeholder coordination skills and technical expertise, using participatory methodologies.
  • Identify and assess existing initiatives in the project woredas concerning sustainable forest management, biodiversity conservation, and climate-smart agriculture, taking gender and social inclusion into account.
  • Identify and examine existing coordination mechanisms, and existing challenges and opportunities among potential stakeholders of the project.
  • Identify and recommend best practices/approaches for project partners’ and beneficiaries’ capacity development.
  • Prepare a customized capacity development plan for the targeted project partners.


Deliverables and Payment Schedule

A detailed conflict sensitivity analysis report must be written in English, formatted according to GGGI guidelines, and submitted in hard copy and electronic form, along with complete sets of raw data, research materials, and interview notes. Under the overall supervision of the project team, the consultant will be responsible for the following deliverables:





An inception report, including plan, detailed description of the methodology for the assessment, data collection tools, as well as list of key national, regional, and zonal, and local level stakeholders.

April 5, 2023

20 %


A final-draft report after incorporating feedback from GGGI team and implementing partners on the first draft report

April 15, 2023

40 %


A final report on capacity gaps and needs assessment, edited, validated, and submitted in accordance with GGGI requirements and standards.

April 25, 2023

40 %


Expertise Required
  • At least a Master’s Degree in Forestry, Natural Resource Management, Climate Change, Agriculture, Development Economics, Development Studies, Environmental Science, or a related field is required.
  • Excellent interpersonal, negotiation, networking and communication skills;
  • A minimum of ten years of professional experience in research or rural development projects in collaboration with stakeholders at the national, regional, zonal, and woreda levels;
  • Strong knowledge and experience in addressing complex socio-ecological problems such as climate, loss of biodiversity and land degradation;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the Ethiopia’s development objectives and environmental policies and strategies such as NDC, CRGE, and Ten Years Development Plan.
  • Experience in capacity assessments and preparation of customized capacity development plans.
  • Knowledge and experience with participatory qualitative data collection and analysis methods.
  • Strong motivation and ability to work and deliver under pressure and short deadlines.
  • Strong analytical and writing skills.


Administrative Information
  • Selection method/process: is based on relevant Education, Experience, and Interview Results
  • Timeline of selection: within 1 week after the deadline
  • Total fees: Up to USD 8,750 (Depending on credentials)

Date to close is Korean Standard Time (KST). Applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered Application. Cover Letter, and CV must be sent in English. A consortium, or a firm may not be engaged for the individual consultant assignment.



Child protection – GGGI is committed to child protection, irrespective of whether any specific area of work involves direct contact with children. GGGI’s Child Protection Policy is written in accordance with the Convention on the Rights of the Child.