The Consultant’s team leader, Wayne Borden, has over 40 years of practical experience in agriculture/rural development and in environmental assessment and environmental and biodiversity conservation management planning based on assignments in 30 countries worldwide, including in Liberia. Mr. Borden has extensive experience as coordinator/participant in project environmental components, including rural resource evaluation and development planning, mitigation and monitoring, participatory project planning and implementation, environmental policy, and assisting/training counterparts in developing strategy/criteria for impact assessment. He also has wide experience in cross cutting themes (poverty alleviation, livelihood systems, human resource development, gender issues) on identification, planning and implementation projects funded by a wide range of multilateral and bilateral agencies (EU, IBRD, ADB, GTZ, Danida, CIDA, FAO, IFAD).
He also has wide experience in cross cutting themes (poverty alleviation, livelihood systems, human resource development, gender issues) on identification, planning and implementation projects funded by a wide range of multilateral and bilateral agencies (EU, IBRD, ADB, GTZ, Danida, CIDA, FAO, IFAD). Particularly relevant to this consultancy is his experience conducting the EIA/EMP for the LAC small holder rubber initiative in Grand Bassa and for the rehabilitation of oil palm production at Mange in neighboring Sierra Leone. In 2010 he was Lead Environmentalist in the preparation of the ESIA/ESMP for the rehabilitation of the former iron mine Nimba Country, and thus is very familiar with the issues related to sensitive habitat safeguarding amid strong land-use competition in Liberia.
Mr. Borden has already worked on several occasions for AGRER and has shown to be a very competent and reliable team leader.
Patience Agyare-Kwabi, the Consultant Social Scientist has been working on social development and gender issues for the past 18 years and has undertaken extensive consultancy assignments locally and internationally. Among her key areas of professional expertise are Policy and Strategy Development, Institutional Capacity Building, Program and Project Development and Management, Monitoring and Evaluation, Gender Mainstreaming and Human Rights. She has an international exposure having worked in many countries including Liberia, Britain, Kenya, Ethiopia, Zimbabwe and South Africa and with nationals from many countries around the world. As a consultant in Ghana, Patience has worked in all the 10 regions of Ghana covering several Metropolis, Municipalities, Districts and rural communities.
Ms. Patience Agyare-Kwabi has a Master of Science Degree (MSc.) in Gender and Development from the University of London, Birkbeck College. This is in addition to an honors degree in Education majoring in social science and administration and many other relevant certificate courses and trainings. Core aspects of the masters’ study were conceptual analysis of development policies, programs and projects and also gender mainstreaming. As an expert, Patience has undertaken consultancies for some of the major international development partners such as the Royal Danish Embassy and the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs for Ghana and Liberia; agencies of the United Nations (ILO, UNFPA, UNFAO, UNHCR, UNDP and UNIFEM); SNV(Dutch Development Organization); Netherlands Embassy in Ghana, SIMAVI, ICCO and WASTE (Netherlands), TROPENBOS International, Ricerca e Co-operazione, International Centre for Environment and Sustainable Development (ICED) GTZ and KfW (German Development Cooperation). She has partnered international consultancy firms such as Particip GmBH of Germany, Development Associates and COWI/AS of Denmark. Patience is an independently registered consultant in Ghana and also a core member of JEAVCO Associates Limited, a project management consultancy. Patience has a track record of consistent, excellent and timely delivery of services demonstrated by repeated engagements by her clients.
1 Reference: OP 4.01 Environmental Assessment, OP 4.04 Natural Habitat, OP 4.09 Pest Management, OP 4.12 Involuntary Resettlement and OP 4.36 Forests.
2 Under the low input model, even 40 to 50 years old cocoa trees can be rejuvenated by such medium input rehabilitation as very successfully tested in Ghana since 2002. The production slightly declines during the year of rehabilitation but subsequent yields are much higher (from 250 kg/ha to 1000 kg of dry beans per ha).
3 The PMU has been established within MoA with the support of various donors including World Bank, USAID, EU, AfDB, etc, with the aim of providing the Ministry with the capacity to manage and coordinate all donor funded projects.
4 The Guidebook on Pest Management provides further guidance, background, tools and references.
5 These can be found at http://www.unglobalcompact.org/AboutTheGC/TheTenPrinciples/index.html
6 CDA Standard Operational Manual Version 01 January 2010
7 ArcellorMittel, 2010b, ESIA
8 ArcellorMittel, 2010b, ESIA
9 EPA is not listed in the TOR but will require some support from the project
17 Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is an innovative approach with emphasis on biological control. IPM is efficient, economical with limited or totally free residual problems.
18 For example: In partnership with the CGIAR Systemwide Program on IPM (SP-IPM), the FA0 Regional Crop Protection Office (FAORaFA), the Global IPM Facility, the IITA Biodiversity Center
19 Ideally to other West African countries with proven experience in IPM development and implementation
20 The PMU has been established within MoA with the support of various donors including World Bank, USAID, EU, AfDB, etc, with the aim of providing the Ministry with the capacity to manage and coordinate all donor funded projects.
21 It is not expected that project activities will lead to involuntary resettlement. However, in the unlikely event that this may happen, a Resettlement Policy Framework will be prepared under a separate consultancy (Social Assessment),
22 There will be a Social Assessment conducted around about the same time as the ESMF consultancy and ideally, the workshops will be conducted jointly with the Social Assessment consultant. If this is not possible, the ESMF consultant will be required to identify the social issues and impacts as part of this TOR and also, to obtain any other relevant information from the Social Assessment consultant as far as is possible. Similar information sharing requirements will be included in the Social Assessment consultant’s TOR. The Social Assessment consultant will also be responsible for preparing the Resettlement Policy Framework.
23 It would be important to ensure that the tree crop farms are not established near natural forests to ensure that farmers are not tempted to expand into these areas when they start making profits. There should be some determination by the Consultant of what “near” is - eg within a mile? etc.