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End of Program Survey for USAID/Uganda Biodiversity Program

  • Uganda
  • Posted on Monday, July 31, 2017
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African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) is one of the leading international conservation organizations focused solely on the African continent. The African Wildlife Foundation, works to ensure that the wildlife and wild lands thrive in modern Africa. AWF is currently implementing a USAID funded program in Uganda, the USAID/Uganda Biodiversity Program which is in its final year of implementation. The program is delivered through partnership with the Jane Goodall Institute, and the collaborative and effective partnerships with government of Uganda, the private sector, and local communities.

USAID/Uganda Biodiversity Program seeks to address threats to Uganda’s biodiversity. It uses conservation enterprises and conservation education tools to provide communities with opportunities to develop economic activities that enhance their appreciation of Uganda’s natural resources and enhance protecting ecosystems while promoting broader, sustainable economic development. The program also supports Uganda Wildlife Authority and National Forest Authority (NFA) in improving their capacity to manage the protected areas better.

The overall goal of the program is to “achieve sustainable biodiversity conservation and local economic growth in targeted areas of Uganda”.

The program aims to achieve its goal through the following objectives:

  • Improving UWA and NFA’s capacity to manage Uganda’s biodiversity so that Uganda’s ecologically significant natural resources are better protected.
  • Increasing awareness about the value of Uganda’s biodiversity as a stepping stone to reduce threats and conserve for generations.
  • Improving opportunities for communities and landowners to benefit from biodiversity conservation through non-tourism wildlife friendly livelihood schemes.

The program has been implementing activities through a modeling strategy, using four targeted models to create a foundation for replication and duplication by UWA, NFA and other conservation players involved in biodiversity conservation. The four models are: 1) Ecological Monitoring Capacity Development 2) Public and Private Sector Involvement in Conservation 3) Conservation Enterprise, and 4) Management of Wildlife outside Protected Areas.

End of Program Survey Purpose and Objective

The USAID/Uganda Biodiversity Program commenced in September 2012 and will be coming to an end in 2017. It has been operating in five priority protected area sites and neighboring communities in Uganda with some set objectives and deliverables. The sites are Kidepo Valley, Murchison Falls and Lake Mburo National Parks managed by Uganda Wildlife Authority and Kalinzu and Budongo Central Forest Reserves managed by the National Forestry Authority. We desire to know how far we have been able to achieve the set out objectives. To be able to determine the extent of success of the program, AWF is looking for suitably qualified individuals or companies to undertake an end of the program survey.

Objectives of the survey are:

  • To assess the effectiveness, relevance, efficiency, sustainability, and impact, of the program with a focus of results at the outcome and project goals levels.
  • To specifically assess the outcomes and challenges of program collaborations and partnerships.
  • To document key lessons learned and identify promising practices for learning.
  • To identify areas for continued program support/scale up and future replication.

Management of the Assignment

The overall responsibility for managing the evaluation will be with the AWF Monitoring and Evaluation Officer in close collaboration with the Chief of Party.

Guiding Principles and Values

The consultant should operate on principles that are in line with the spirit of AWF and USAID systems. Participation of a range of stakeholders at all levels is an important part of this assignment.

Team Composition

The evaluation will be conducted by an independent consultant who will work in close collaboration with the program staff.

Required Competencies

  • Evaluation experience of at least 5 years in conducting project surveys, with mixed methods evaluation skills and having flexibility in using participatory evaluation methods.
  • Knowledge and practical experience in biodiversity conservation.
  • Competence in sample survey techniques and sample size determination.
  • Experience in collecting and analyzing quantitative and qualitative data.
  • Excellent analytical and report writing skills.
  • Good communication skills and ability to communicate with various stakeholders and to express concisely and clearly ideas and concepts.
  • A strong team leadership and management track record, as well as interpersonal and communication skills to help ensure that the evaluation is understood and used.

Deliverables

  • Inception report with detailed survey plan
  • First draft report
  • Final evaluation report
  • Submission of hard and electronic copies of materials, data collected / analyzed and other evaluation documents.

Timeline of the Survey Process

This consultancy should be completed within one month from signing of the contract to the approval of the final report.

Submission of Proposal

Please submit a soft copy of your expression of interest by 4 pm exactly two weeks from the day of the advert, to procurement@awf.org and copy in jmamawi@awf.org. The expression of interest should include but not be limited to:

Technical Offer:

  • Understanding of the ToRs
  • Up to date CV of the consultant and team members including highlights of experience in similar assignments
  • A detailed proposed methodology and work schedule.
  • If the consultant is a firm, provide the profile of the firm including full name(s), physical addresses, telephone numbers.
  • Provide a copy previous report on similar work done in biodiversity conservation or a related area (hard copy) delivered at African Wildlife Foundation, Bukoto Crescent, Plot 9 Naguru. P.O. Box 37346 Kampala Uganda; Phone 0393 266652, 0393366653/54. Outlining exact availability in line with approximate timeline.

Financial Offer:

A list of all expenses expected to be incurred by the consultant including a daily rate. It should include Consultant fees, Field data collection expenses (per diem, accommodation and transport), Administration expenses and Validity of the quotation, etc., including any relevant taxes.

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