“Climate justice” is a term, and more than that a movement, that acknowledges climate change can have differing social, economic, public health, and other adverse impacts on underprivileged populations. Climate change impacts exacerbate inequitable social conditions.
The challenges facing poor local and marginalized communities in Nigeria are multiple and complex ranging from economic crises, to environmental degradation, to natural disasters, and violent conflicts, all of which are increasing poor people’s vulnerability and posing significant challenges to securing their livelihoods. Climate change exacerbates the problem further by creating an additional layer of uncertainty and risk for vulnerable communities to deal with, increasing the severity and frequency of disasters and jeopardizing development gains made to date. If drastic warning signals and/or measures are not put in place the cost of ignoring these impacts will soon become impossible to meet.
The African Activist for Climate Justice Project (AACJ) seeks to amplify and unite the voices in Africa demanding that women, youth and local and communities in Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, Senegal, Somalia and South Africa can defend and realize their human rights and live a decent and dignified life in a healthy and sustainable environment, within the context of the climate emergency.
Climate justice begins with recognizing that key groups are differently affected by climate change. There is therefore the urgent need to address these inequities head-on through long-term resilience building and adaptation strategies. To achieve this, a climate justice audit is required in assessing the degree of the social economic impact on the different categories of people within the society and helps to provide information for identifying measures to adapt to climate change impacts and build resilience. It enables practitioners and decision-makers to identify the most vulnerable areas, sectors and social groups. In turn, this means climate change adaptation options targeted at specified contexts can be developed and implemented.
Objectives of Climate Justice Audit
- Identify policy and funding gaps, needs and opportunities in states and what the government has done in the past decade to address these needs.
- To inform the development of a five-year plan with monitoring and tracking indicators
- Identify the vulnerability of human populations and natural systems to climate and variability in the target communities.
- Provide opportunities for promoting wider resilience and adaptation to climate change.
Justification of the Consultancy
In order to obtain data and information on the status of climate justice in Nigeria, it is pivotal and equally essential to collect data from frontline communities using well designed data collection tools that recognizes the peculiarities of different communities and regions in Nigeria. More so, many communities find it difficult to understand the term “climate justice”. Consequently, climate change communication and facilitation tools that are easy to understand will need to be administered during the climate justice audit.
Objectives of the Consultancy
- To develop tools for collecting data on climate justice across Nigeria with special consideration of the North central region
- To develop climate change communication and facilitation tools for frontline communities
- To Design Community Climate Risk Register training manual.
Framework and methodology
The consultant is expected to design climate audit tools in the form of offline and online questionnaires, community climate change communication and facilitation guides using objects, shapes and infographics to represent climate change impacts etc.
Furthermore, the consultant is expected to develop and design a community climate risk register training manual.
- Developed climate justice audit tools.
- Developed community climate change communication and facilitation tools.
- Developed community risk register training manual.
The consultant is expected to complete this task within 10 days after the day of signing the contract.
We are looking for a firm or individuals with the following qualifications:
- The team lead or individual must possess a postgraduate degree in Climate Change, rural development, agricultural engineering, environmental engineering or sociology
- Proven experience in community climate change research
- Demonstrable capacities for carrying out the scope of this consultancy
- Be conversant with application of cross-cutting themes such as gender mainstreaming.
- Have experience working in communities in Nigeria.
How to apply
Applicants who meet the above requirement and wishing to submit a proposal should submit information including:
- Proposed technical proposal (with details of all the approaches to be used in selecting questions, field work, analysis and report writing).
- Financial proposal
- CV demonstrating relevant experience and skills including previous experience in community climate change research and data analytics.
- Name and contact details for at least two referees