Consultant for Socio-Economic Assessment of the Eastern Biodiversity Corridor
Effective with the release of this consultant announcement, Winrock International will be considering proposals from qualified applicants to lead a socio-economic assessment of the Eastern Biodiversity Corridor under the Feed the Future Ghana USAID Agriculture and Natural Resource Management Project (AgNRM) . The responsibilities, level of effort, duties and qualifications for this consultancy are described in the attached Scope of Work.
General: Winrock is a recognized leader in U.S. and international development with a focus on social and environmental issues. As a mission driven, field-based organization, we believe that sustainable development is inclusive and that complex challenges require integrated solutions. Winrock embraces continuous quality improvement and a culture of impact, accountability and entrepreneurship. Winrock International is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.
Applications: All interested candidates shall submit their applications (maximum 5 pages) in English to: [email protected], indicating “Eastern Biodiversity Corridor Assessment Consultant” in the subject line. The deadline for submission of the applications is March 27, 2017. EEO/AA.
SCOPE OF WORK
Position: Consultant: STTA For Eastern Biodiversity Corridor Assessment
Project: USAID AgNRM
Location: Northern Ghana
Length of Effort (LOE): 20 working days
Department: Forestry and Natural Resource Management
Reports to: Deputy Chief of Party
The Feed the Future (FtF) Ghana Agriculture and Natural Resources Management Project (AgNRM) is a five-year USAID funded program for the Northern, Upper East and Upper West Regions of Ghana. The project is being implemented by Winrock International- in partnership with TechnoServe (TNS), Nature Conservation Research Centre (NCRC), and Center for Conflict Transformation and Peace Studies (CECOTAPS).
The AgNRM is designed to achieve the project goal of poverty reduction through sustainable increases in wealth and nutrition from natural and non-traditional agriculture products by addressing environmental, agricultural, governance, and natural resource management challenges. The expected results include transformative change: adoption of improved practices, technologies, and behaviors; better functioning value chains and governance structures; more equitable access to land and resources; and increased capacity of organizations to improve natural resource management, address drivers of environmental degradation, and enhance rural livelihoods. The AgNRM is supporting community-based natural resource management in the Black Volta Basin and in the Western and Eastern Biodiversity Corridors.
The project will achieve the following outcomes in beneficiary communities:
- Increased incomes from Natural Resource Products;
- Improved Food and Nutritional Security;
- Increased Farmer and Community Security/Access to Land and Natural Resources; and
- Strengthened Environmental Stewardship.
AgNRM is supporting the establishment and strengthening of Community Resource Management Areas (CREMAs) in the Black Volta Basin, the Western and Eastern Biodiversity Corridors in collaboration with the Forestry Commission (FC), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other relevant Government of Ghana (GoG) Agencies. During Nov-Dec. 2016, the AgNRM engaged Traditional Authorities, District Assemblies, community youth groups in the Eastern Biodiversity Corridor to draw their attention to the project and to indicate the opportunities under the AgNRM for improved livelihoods and support for community based natural resource management.
General Summary of the Consultancy:
The Eastern Biodiversity Corridor comprises of the Red Volta East, Red Volta West, Gambaga Scarp East, Gambaga Scarp West and Morago East and West Forest Reserves and adjacent woodlands. The forest reserves are controlled and managed by the FC, primarily for watershed protection and to conserve the area as seasonal habitat/migratory corridor for a trans-boundary elephant population which moves between northeastern Ghana and southern Burkina Faso.
The proposed assessment will provide the needed information on the Eastern Biodiversity Corridor to inform AgNRM’s entry strategy and interventions in the area. It will enable the project team identify any bottle-necks or issues that could hinder the project activities. The consultant will provide recommendations on how any such bottlenecks or potential impediments could be avoided, prevented or addressed for a smooth implementation of the project interventions in the Eastern Biodiversity Corridor. The consultant will provide recommendations on the best approach to working in the area and will help the project team to determine which locations would be most suitable for the project activities. He or she will identify institutional collaborators and community opinion leaders whose involvement and collaboration is critical and required for the project to succeed.
The scope of work described below is not meant to be comprehensive. Additional issues may be identified in the course of the work and these may be included by the consultant.
Specific Duties and Responsibilities:
The Consultant will be responsible for the following:
- Assess the prevailing socio-economic, institutional and environmental conditions in the Eastern Biodiversity Corridor to inform AgNRM’s entry and interventions in the area
- Outline the conflict and security dynamics in the area; determine any potential constrains and provide recommendations for safeguarding the project team members, project collaborators and project investments;
- Identify ongoing projects of significant importance/relevance in the Eastern Biodiversity Corridor and outline the learning and experience of such projects and whether there are relevant lessons which should be taken on board by the AgNRM;
- Determine opportunities for synergy and linkage with such projects taking into account interventions/activities of relevant GoG agencies such as the District Assemblies (DAs), Minerals Commission, Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA), the Wildlife Division (WD), the Forest Services Division (FSD), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Water Resources Commission (WRC);
- Determine any real and potential obstacles or bottlenecks that could impede successful implementation of the project interventions in the Eastern Biodiversity Corridor
- Identify key areas of consideration that could require further deliberation beyond the scope of this assignment;
- Determine which natural resource management framework/ mechanism is most appropriate for supporting AgNRM activities in the Eastern Biodiversity Corridor taking into account the role of the WD, the FSD, the DAs, Traditional Authorities, etc;
- Determine the potential feasibility of establishing a CREMA or CREMAs in the Eastern Biodiversity Corridor;
- Provide recommendations on an interim community based management structure to support the rolling out of project activities in the corridor;
- Evaluate to what extent the proposed construction of a dam on the White Volta at Pawlugu will affect the project implementation in the Eastern Biodiversity Corridor.
The Consultant will be responsible for the organization of his/her team and work schedule in a manner that enables fulfillment of the assigned task within the given overall conditions and timeframe.
An assessment report which provides a synthesis of the information gathered and an analysis of the current socio economic and environmental conditions of the assessment area, with accompanying notes (documenting any key issues from the consultation of key stakeholders) will be the main output of the consultancy).
- Develop and present to the DCOP a work plan that ensures achievement of the consultancy objective and products
- Conduct literature review of relevant reports and recent publications on the Eastern Biodiversity Corridor
- Engage and consult key stakeholders/ experts at multiple levels to validate and update information obtained from secondary sources
- Provide a presentation of key findings of the assessment (using PowerPoint) to the AgNRM team within 15 days after the field assessment
- Submit a draft report to the DCOP for review and comments
- Revise draft report base on comments from the DCOP
- Support the organization of a stakeholder workshop in Bolgatanga in the Upper East Region
An analytical report that evaluates the baseline socio-economic and biophysical conditions of the Eastern Biodiversity Corridor and which pulls from literature review, direct field observations, expert interviews and which provides:
- Brief Situation Analysis
- Summary of literature review findings
- Summary of main takeaways from interviews
- Contact details and other relevant particulars of stakeholders consulted during the assessment
- Recommendations to inform the project intervention in the Eastern Biodiversity Corridor- in line with the above SOW
Qualifications & Background:
- Master’s Degree from a recognized university is required.
- The consultant should have at least 15 years of work experience in natural resources management.
- Strong and recent working knowledge of the Eastern Biodiversity Corridor.
- Ability to maintain the highest ethical standards at all times.