Consultancy Baseline Study – Community Based Adaptation: Scaling Up Community Action for Livelihoods and Ecosystems in Southern Africa and Beyond (cba-scale Southern Africa+) Project

  • Consultancy
  • RFP / Tender
  • Zambia

CARE International

Request for Proposal

CONSULTANCY BASELINE STUDY – COMMUNITY BASED ADAPTATION: scaling up community action for livelihoods and ecosystems in southern africa and beyond (cba-scale southern africa+) Project



Currently working in 104 countries across the globe, CARE International works to save lives, defeat poverty and achieve social justice. CARE aims to tackle underlying causes of poverty and injustice. Gender inequality is a key driver of poverty and one of the widespread forms of injustice, galvanizing CARE’s resolve to put gender at the centre of our work. This understanding has inspired CARE’s 2030 vision which aims to contribute to lasting impact at scale in poverty eradication and social justice with a focus on the following impact areas: Health; Water, food, and nutrition; Women’s economic justice; Climate justice; Gender Equality; and Humanitarian Action. We work in partnership with communities, local government authorities, central government, civil society, funding agencies and like-minded international NGOs to implement innovative and scalable interventions as well as to influence strategic decisions that strengthen programme effectiveness and policy.


CARE’s longstanding presence and active involvement in development efforts in Zambia since 1992 has afforded it a unique position in the delivery of development programs among them health, nutrition, early childhood development, OVC programming and other developmental interventions. To achieve sustainability of its interventions and ensure true ownership in communities of the processes supported by our work, CARE Zambia works with existing community structures and engages participating communities to increase their capacities to be responsive to their developmental challenges, throughout the cycle of project identification, implementation, and evaluation

The sub-partner, NUTRI-AID TRUST (NAT) – is a Zambian company limited by guarantee – is a recognized organization with expertise in agribusiness development and supply/value chain approaches for small-scale rural entrepreneurs in Zambia. Nutri Aid Trust envisions a leading local organization sustainably providing enterprise development to agricultural SMEs in the region. They exist to develop, strengthen, and build the capacity of the agriculturally based SMEs to feed into a sustainable climate-smart agricultural production and improve food and nutrition security impacting the farming community.

The sub-partner, Alliance for Nutrition and Reconstruction (ANR) is a local organization based in Southern Province, Zambia. We have partnered with ANR to work towards a shared vision of improving livelihood and food security in the local community. ANR has been in operation for over 10 years. They work in Choma, Kalomo and Namuswa districts of Zambia, facilitating the small-scale development of processed food products (including wild mushrooms, dried bananas, and mangoes) at the village level.


CARE International in Zambia and its programme partners will implement a BMU-IKI-funded project: Community-Based Adaptation: Scaling up Community Action for Livelihoods and Ecosystems in Southern Africa and Beyond (CBA-SCALE Southern Africa+) between 2023 and 2028. The overall objective of the intervention is to build climate resilience, including the integration of adaptation (incl. disaster risk reduction) in policies, planning and budgets at different levels; promote actions to build climate resilience and address climate risks in key sectors such as water, agriculture, fisheries; strengthening climate information, early warning, and disaster management systems; and ecosystem and biodiversity protection; among others. The expected outcome of the project is increased resilience to climate change, for all genders and social groups, in all 12 wards of the Zimba district. Inclusive, gender-responsive and nature-based planning and implementation of CBA actions will target all the 12 wards of the Zimba district in managing climate-related risks to human security, livelihoods, and food security.

The project intervenes at multiple levels to scale up CBA implementation, an effective strategy for building resilience to climate change in an inclusive, gender-responsive, and nature-based manner. We aim that 100 communities in Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe are actively managing climate-related risks related to human security, livelihoods, and food security (Outcome). We will work with communities to support CBA planning and implementation, with a strong emphasis on building local capacities beyond the life of the project. Alongside direct engagement of communities and local organisations in CBA planning and implementation (Output 1), we will work with national and sub-national decision-makers to ensure that policies, plans, and resources are in place for implementation of CBA actions at scale over the longer term (Output 2). The impact in the three countries will be amplified by documentation and dissemination of learning through a variety of channels, including media, knowledge products, peer learning processes and outreach at national, regional, and international events (Output 3).


The overall goal of the CBA SCALE+ project is to ensure that People of all genders and social groups in Southern Africa are resilient to the impacts of climate change.


The following are the specific objectives of the CBA-SCALE+ project.

  • Integrate adaptation and disaster risk reduction measures into policies, planning, and budgets at various administrative levels within Zimba District.
  • Promote and support actions that build climate resilience and address climate risks in key sectors such as water, agriculture, and fisheries.
  • Strengthen climate information, early warning, and disaster management systems within Zimba District.
  • Enhance ecosystem and biodiversity protection initiatives to mitigate the impact of climate change on the environment.


The purpose of the baseline study is to provide a comprehensive understanding of the current climatic resilience, adaptation, disaster risk reduction, and gender dynamics in Zimba District, as part of the “Community-Based Adaptation: Scaling up Community Action for Livelihoods and Ecosystems in Southern Africa and Beyond (CBA-SCALE Southern Africa+)” project. This study aims to establish baseline values, offering key insights into the existing conditions and challenges faced by the communities in Zimba District in the context of climate change. By assessing the integration of adaptation measures, disaster risk reduction efforts, and gender-specific impacts, the baseline study will inform the development and implementation of targeted strategies, policies, and interventions. Additionally, the study will play a crucial role in measuring the project’s impact over time, providing a baseline against which future progress and success can be measured.

The scope of the baseline study encompasses a multidimensional analysis, including a gender analysis, an examination of current socio-economic conditions, existing infrastructure, and available resources in Zimba District. Key components include assessing gender dynamics about climate change impacts and adaptation strategies, evaluating the integration of adaptation and disaster risk reduction in policies and planning, and understanding the status of climate information systems and ecosystem protection initiatives. The study will engage diverse stakeholders, including community members, local authorities, and project partners, ensuring a holistic understanding of the current state of climatic resilience in the district. The findings will guide the development of targeted interventions and contribute to the overarching goal of enhancing resilience to climate change for all genders and social groups in Zimba District.

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