Conservation Management Training Programs Consultancy
Candidates who previously applied need not re-apply.
Swaziland’s formal Protected Areas (PAs) cover approximately 4% of the country’s total land area, and are relatively rich in biodiversity with their share of endemism as represented in various ecosystems. Furthermore, the country has set targets for the conservation of its ecosystems and species in line with the National Development Strategy (Vision 2022) and other international targets such as the Aichi Targets under the auspices of the Convention on Biological Diversity. While some of the critical ecosystems and species are found in existing PAs, some are found in areas where there is prone to unstainable utilization and overexploitation of resources, thereby threatening livelihoods and impeding sustainable development.
The Strengthening National Protected Areas Systems (SNPAS) in Swaziland is a six years (2014-2020) Project funded by GEF aims at developing, expanding and effectively managing the capacities of Swaziland’s PAs network in order to adequately protect the biodiversity. This will be undertaken through the “landscapes” approach towards sustainable development and will involve integrated land and natural resource management that transforms the current PA patchwork into network and enhance vulnerable communities’ livelihoods, in particular those adjacent to the PAs.
The SNPAS Project has been organised around three components: (i) knowledge-based platform operationalised at the national, regional and community levels to address current and emerging threats to PAs and biodiversity conservation; (ii Expansion of PA network, and (iii) strengthening PA functioning through improved conservation management and operational support for existing and new PAs, including both formal and informal. PAs will be established and managed in critical biodiversity areas as clusters, integrating different sites that are managed by the Government of Swaziland (GoS), the private sector and local communities and enable a matrix of complemental land-use activities across board.
The Landscape approach seeks to provide tools and concepts for managing land-use activities to achieve social, economic, and environmental objectives in areas where agriculture, and other productive land uses compete with environmental and biodiversity goals taking into consideration the effects of climate change and the need for strengthened capacity to enhance productivity, effectiveness and sustainability. Such a goal requires capacities at various levels. Current institutional, community and individual aptitudes are inadequate to ensure effective biodiversity conservation management, in particular in light of the Access and Benefit Approach. The 2012 Protected Worthy Areas Report identified gaps in integrated planning mechanisms and in the overall execution of regulatory guidelines, business management as well as conservation practices in the communities. A package of conservation management training programme will enhance local capacities and improve sustainability towards effective and efficient biodiversity conservation through systematic planning, management and knowledge building for effective PAs management.
In this regard, the technical services of a Team of consultants/Consultant is sought to develop Conservation Management Training Programs and Training Manuals that will focus on developing knowledge and skills building national capacities for: Biodiversity Conservation; Protected Areas Management; Eco-tourism and Marketing; Policing and Law Enforcement; Conflict Management and Resolution and Game Product Development, for the Swaziland National Trust Commission (SNTC), Private PA, Community Conservancies, PAs and adjacent communities, NGOs, Police Personnel and Magistrates.
To develop a Conservation Management Training Programs and Training Manuals for Biodiversity Conservation; Protected Areas Management; Eco-tourism and Marketing; Policing and Law Enforcement; Conflict Management and Resolution and Game Product Development that would enable strengthened capacity, knowledge and skills building for efficient PA and biodiversity management in the country.
Duties and Responsibilities
Working under the guidance of the Swaziland National Trust Commission (SNTC), Project Steering Committee (PSC) with day-to-day support from the SNPAS National Project Manager, the Team of Consultants/Consultant will have the following tasks:
Develop six (6) Programmes and Training Manuals for:
- Biodiversity Conservation: Species identification, ecological monitoring and field guiding;
- Protected Area Management: Game management, fire management, veld management, GIS, administration, communication and integrated conservation planning;
- Eco-tourism and Marketing: Eco-tourism management, concept designing and management, marketing and branding, advertising, customer service, financial management and entrepreneurship;
- Policing and law enforcement: Swazi conservation laws, law enforcement, anti-poaching and scene of crime investigation.
- Conflict Management and Resolution: Access and Benefit, Key elements of conflict management and effective conflict management and resolution;
- Game Product Development: Grading of raw material, game product processing, categories of processed game products, packaging, food safety, and retail and wholesale regulations.
- An Inception Report and a Work Plan with activity timelines and methodology for the drafting of the programmes and training manuals produced within ten (10) days of signing the contract;
- Biodiversity Conservation; Protected Areas Management; Eco-tourism and Marketing; Policing and Law Enforcement; Conflict Management and Resolution and Game Product Development capacity building Programmes and Training Manual (for each);
- An intensive three (3) days Training of Trainers for the PSC, SNCT and SNPAS Project staff to orient them on the Training Manuals.
The deliverables listed above will be facilitated by:
- Fortnight Reports to the SNTC through the National Project Manager;
- Monthly Progress Report to the Project Steering Committee
- Proven experience in Natural Resources Management in Africa/southern Africa and in support to country process implementation;
- Experience developing Biodiversity Conservation/Natural Resources Management/Protected Areas Management capacity development programmes, education products and services;
- Strong knowledge of actors in biodiversity conservation, Swaziland PAs and Community Tourism;
- Comprehensive knowledge and experience in working on Sustainable Land Management Programs.
- Demonstrates integrity by modelling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
- Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of the UN;
- Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
- Sound judgment and strong client and results orientation;
- Treats all people fairly without favouritism.
Required Skills and Experience
- A postgraduate degree (Masters or higher) in a subject related to Natural Resources Management, Environmental Sciences, Social Sciences, Development Studies, or related field.
- At least 10 years’ experience developing capacity building materials for communities, game ranchers, law enforcement and eco-tourism; Experience of developing participatory trainings and workshops;
- Experience in developing capacity indicators;
- Demonstrated strong analytical, research, presentation skills; and Report writing skills
- Fluency in English and knowledge of SiSwati will be an added advantage.
Qualified female candidates and those with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.