Swaziland’s formal Protected Areas (PAs) cover approximately 4.1% 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 a 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.
At the epicentre of the SNPAS project is creation of sustainable livelihoods for income generation opportunities while addressing biodiversity conservation, revolving around PAs. This requires an assessment of both biodiversity and ecological, and ‘business’ capacities for both the existing PAs and surrounding communities to support wealth creation opportunities through informed planning. In this regard, the technical services of a Sustainable Financing Consultant are being sought to develop the ‘business’ case fundamental through selected financial mechanisms and capacity building to lead to an increase in the financial benefits of protected areas, informal PAs and adjacent communities.
To develop sustainable financing mechanisms through improved management of protected areas and capacities for ecologically biodiversity viable entities.
The consultant will conduct a capacity need assessment and develop score cards and business plans, for entities and communities under the Swaziland National Trust Commission, SNPAS Project. This will be undertaken with an aim of attracting the investment needed to establish long-term sources of income to the existing PAs, newly established PAs and the Informal PAs, and both private or in community land.
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 National Project Manager/ Project Managers, the consultant will specifically have the following tasks:
The Consultant will convene at least two national stakeholder consultations that is the inception meeting/consultation within four (4) weeks from contract signature and the final draft report validation meeting.
Required Skills and Experience
Qualified female candidates and those with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.