Consultant on Assessment of Ethiopian Land Policy Making Practice

at Forum for Social Studies
Location Oromia, Ethiopia
Date Posted March 27, 2020
Category Consultancy
Job Type Full-time
Currency ETB



A “Land for Life”-Initiative (LfL) has been established since 2018 with the objective of strengthening existing multi-actor partnership working on land governance. While the initiative was originally established to work for Oromia region, it has now the potential to be a national network. The initiative has steering committee (SC) and three technical working groups working on three priority thematic areas. Land for Life Initiative identified the activities that need to be undertaken by and what it demands. This has required engagement of a consultant.


  • Assess the land policy making process practiced in Ethiopia at each stage of the policy cycle (agenda setting, policy formulation, policy legitimation, policy implementation and policy evaluation and change, identify its strength and limitations ( SWOT analysis)
  • Assess actors and the power relations among actors in policy making process
  • Come up with alternative for a participatory and transparent land policy making process

Scope of Work 

The assignment will be undertaken by consulting stakeholders and actors involved in policy making and implementation at federal and regional levels. A desk review as well as consultation of groups and individuals involved in policy making will be conducted by the consultant.

Some of the specific activities/tasks, which this study includes the following:

  • Develop inception report including methodology of the study including data sources and instruments (interview and focus group instruments)
  • Agree on methodology and data sources and instruments with the Policy Process Thematic Working Group (PPTWG)
  • Use historical and sociological institutionalists perspective as theoretical framework
  • Desk review of selected land related policy documents, development plans and strategies and identify continuities and changes in time and space
  • Consultation of stakeholders involved in land policy making, including farmers, investors, public servants (experts and politicians), and key institutions   at each stage of policy cycle
  • Field visit to regions (Amhara, Oromia, Afar)
  • Make an analysis of the key deficiencies and impediments to effective land policy making process in Ethiopia
  • Present draft report to PPTWGs and get input
  • Present to LfL Steering Committee to review and input to the consultants work before present to the larger workshop (this can be merged with other TWGs or SC meeting)
  • Present to large stakeholder workshop to validate the findings.
  • Collect inputs from the workshop and produce final report and present it to PPTWGs
  • Prepare Policy Brief (extracted from the study)
  • Participate in land for life events


The assignment will have the following deliverables:

  • An inception report setting out the consultant’s overall approach to the assignment, methodology and timelines.
  • Draft Report following completion of field engagements
  • Full Report, including recommendations (50-70 pages)
  • Presentation of findings
  • Final report after integrating comments
  • Policy brief (not more than four pages) based on the guideline (for each areas of assessment)

Job Requirements

Competencies and Qualifications

  • At least 7 years work experience in the field of land governance and land law and agriculture related policy
  • Knowledge and experience in the policy making process
  • Knowledge and experience in the land sector
  • Knowledge and experience both at policy and practice
  • Demonstrable report writing skills

Level of effort

  • Start the overall work within five days of the singing of the contract agreement
  • Submit the draft report within 40 days after contract agreement
  • Submit the final report within 10 days reflective feedback


Applying Instructions

Selection criteria

Applicants will be identified from their prior engagement against their capacity, technical and financial proposal to carry out the assignment.

Application procedures

A Technical proposal (not more than 5 pages) which will include:

  • Competency / previous experience in carrying out the activities described (with relevant experience)
  • Understanding of the assignment
  • Methodology for the implementation
  • Indicative work plan to complete this assignment
  • Quality assurance systems
  • CVs of the team proposed for this assignment

A Financial proposal indicating fees and breakdown of all expenses related to this assignment,

Provision of Company Legal Requirements

  • Valid Trade Licence
  • Valid and certified Tax Registration Certificate

Submission and requests for clarification

Submit documents (all pages stamped) in hard copy at LfL secretariat (Forum for Social Studies) office locates around Kebena shell, Phone: +251(0)11-1545605/06 or +251911117316

For further clarification you can email with: or


The deadline for submission of the proposal is on 10th April 2020.

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