African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) works with the people of Africa to ensure its wildlife and wild lands thrive in modern Africa. AWF supports the conservation and sustainable management of priority biodiversity landscapes through the support of Protected Area (PA) authorities and local communities living in the periphery of PAs.
AWF is seeking a consultant to help ensure the improvement of the bonobo habituation and monitoring efforts as well as training of local guides in welcoming visitors in the Lomako Yokokala Fauna Reserve (RFLY) with a significant focus on Iyema Visitors site. By adding the habituation of other monkey groups in the vicinity of the campsite, AWF seeks diversification and enrichment of the tourism product. The consultant will assure a successful stay at Iyema for future visitors.
Request for Proposal (RFP) represents the requirements for an open and competitive process. Proposals will be accepted until close of business 31st December, 2017.
Any proposals received after this date and time will be rejected. All proposals must be signed by the individual submitting the proposal.
If the individual submitting a proposal must outsource or contract any work to meet the requirements contained herein, this must be clearly stated in the proposal. Additionally, all costs included in proposals must be all-inclusive to include any outsourced or contracted work. Any proposals which call for outsourcing or contracting work must include a name and description of the individual being contracted.
Contract terms and conditions will be negotiated upon selection of the winning bidder for this RFP. All contractual terms and conditions will be subject to review by AWF and will include scope, budget, schedule, and other necessary items pertaining to the project.
AWF supported ICCN in the creation and gazettement of the RFLY. One of the goals of the project is to translate the Bonobo (Pan Paniscus) research/monitoring activities in the reserve into a viable conservation enterprise, by enabling tourism from three different axes: adventure tourism, scientific research-based tourism, and wildlife tourism.
In the past, development of tourism proved to be difficult due to logistical constraints. In addition, informal reports from visitors and evaluation visits on site indicated that the quality of the bonobo-viewing product was decreasing rapidly. It was evident that due to lack of equipment and guidance, the dedication of the local guides was eroding. Specific training was needed. For this reason, an expert consultant was hired as a test to evaluate whether qualitatively solid bonobo habituation was/is still possible and whether the local team of guides still had the capacity and dedication to work towards the improvement of the tourism product. In case the evaluation provided a positive outlook, AWF expected a report with recommendations for the way forward.
The consultant succeeded to improve the habituation of bonobos rapidly, to increase the motivation of the local guides thanks to solid training and provision of equipment and clarity in visioning for the future. Recent touristic visits and the current presence of researchers indicate a positive evolution and confirm that income from conservation fees paid by tour operators and researchers will make this bonobo monitoring endeavor economically sustainable in the future.
With a number of visits being planned over the next few months, AWF seeks to continue the use of the service from the successful expert-consultant to further improve the tourist product and to successfully welcome the first conservation fee paying-tourists.
The consultant will continue to ensure the improvement of the bonobo habituation and monitoring effort, as well as to train local guides in welcoming visitors. By adding the habituation of other monkey groups in the vicinity of the camp site, AWF seeks diversification and enrichment of the tourism product. The consultant will assure a successful stay at Iyema for future visitors.
In the course of this consultancy, AWF will further formalize the bonobo tourism enterprise.
In order to contribute towards the objective of strengthening the tourism experience in Lomako, the consultant will be required to achieve the following deliverables:
All proposals in response to this RFP are due no later than close of business 31st December, 2017.
All costs and fees must be clearly described in each proposal.
The individual must provide a comprehensive description of experience and demonstrate how and why they are the best to deliver the requirements of AWF by indicating, among others, the following with appropriate supporting documents:
I. Profile describing the nature of business, field of expertise, certifications, accreditations.
II. Track records and list of clients of similar services as those required by AWF, indicating description of contract scope, contract duration, contract value, contract referees.
III. Certificates of accreditation, if any.
IV. Written self-declaration that the individual is not in the Excluded Parties List (EPL)
AWF will evaluate all proposals based on the following criteria. To ensure consideration for this RFP, your proposal should be complete and include all of the following:
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