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:
The deliverables listed above will be facilitated by:
Required Skills and Experience
Qualified female candidates and those with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.