VCA Call for Proposals: Documenting local climate solutions in Kenya

November 10, 2022

About Hivos

Hivos is an international development organization guided by humanist values. Together with citizens and their organizations, we aim to contribute towards just, inclusive and life-sustaining societies where people have equal access to opportunities, rights and resources. We work in partnership with others in the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Latin America on three impact areas: civic rights; gender equality, diversity and inclusion, and climate justice. Our approach is solution driven, and we build wider movements for change by amplifying and connecting voices.

  • Region: Kenya
  • Office: Hivos East Africa
  • Application deadline: Friday November 25th, 2022


Hivos, alongside Akina Mama wa Afrika, Slumdwellers International, South South North and WWF is currently implementing the Voices for Just Climate Action (VCA) program. The program aims to ensure that by 2025, local civil society and underrepresented groups will have taken on a central role as creators, facilitators and advocates of innovative climate solutions. Their inclusion is crucial for effective and lasting climate responses, and because the climate crisis is also a societal challenge with ethical and human rights aspects.

The overall approach of the program is to work with civil society to build wide societal support for locally shaped climate solutions through an inclusive and rights-based approach. This includes building a broad-based climate alliance at country level, bridging divides (urban-rural, gender, youth) that amplifies voices in new unusual ways. In addition, it will influence national and global policies and financial flows (e.g. climate finance, private sector investments) in support of these locally shaped solutions.

Background of the task

Local approaches to climate mitigation and adaptation, led by rural and urban communities in the global South, need to gain traction if we are serious about a just transition. These communities often face challenges arising from poor infrastructure, lack of access to essential services, informal work, and socioeconomic marginalization, making them more vulnerable to climate change and less able to transition to low-emission technologies. At the same time, they are often guardians of traditional knowledge and sources of innovative solutions, both of which are essential elements for effective climate solutions. Nevertheless, these communities are custodians of traditional knowledge and they have designed local-led climate solutions to adapt and mitigate the effects of climate change.

Hivos believes that youth, women, Indigenous peoples, and others who are most affected by the climate crisis, are often at the forefront of some of the most effective – and inclusive – climate actions around the world and these groups must be meaningfully participate in decisions taken that affect their lives.

The VCA program aims to bring together partners and work collaboratively to promote locally-driven climate solutions as approaches that can inform policies in global, regional and national arenas as well as promote them as case studies that can be used to show community participation to climate negotiations. VCA aims to profile these solutions that generate evidence of climate impact and promote collective advocacy at national, regional, and global levels for changing the support towards locally-led climate solutions.

Hivos aims to document these solutions through videos, pictures and other forms that can be shared widely as a way to promote the solutions as well as use them to influence discussions on climate action.


Hivos is looking for a consultancy firm or individual to support in documenting local climate solutions through videos, pictures and other forms that can be shared widely. The firm or individual should be experienced in documenting local solutions of climate change.


  • Videos of at least 10 local solutions documented.
  • Pictures of the local climate solutions

Qualifications of the consultancy Firm/Individual

The call is open to organizations and or individuals with the following qualifications:

  • The firm/individual must have good knowledge and a proven track record documenting climate stories and or documentaries.
  • The firm/individual should have background knowledge and understanding of the climate change sector in Kenya.

How to apply

Send an application with the following information as one PDF document:

  • A detailed financial and technical proposal showing the proposed approach to the assignment including proposed sites/solutions to be documented
  • At least one (1) example of a previous piece of work that you/ your organization have produced on local led climate solutions. (Links to your work can also be shared in the technical proposal)
  • References who can explain your work and competencies.

All applications should be in English and should not be longer than 5 pages long. The budget can be attached as an annex. Applications must be submitted to by November 25th, 2022 with the subject line VCA Documenting Local Climate Solutions.

If you have any queries, please submit them to with the subject VCA Query.