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Call for Proposals - Land-Use Plan Development

  • Zambezi Valley, Zimbabwe
  • Posted on Monday, February 11, 2019

The African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) was founded in 1961, is headquartered in Kenya, and is one of the leading international conservation organizations focused exclusively on Africa. AWF’s mission is to ensure wildlife and wild lands thrive in a modern Africa. Through funding for the Swedish Postcode Foundation, AWF seeks to initiate positive change in the Lower Zambezi landscape by (i) providing training on anti-poaching operations and equipment for community scouts in the Mbire Rural District Council (RDC); (ii) supporting the development and implementation of alternative income-generating activities for target community members while concurrently using income-generating tools such as chili farming to mitigate human-wildlife conflict; and (iii) developing and facilitating the use of well-established land-use plans that demarcate priority conservation areas within the landscape. A Call for Consultants is thus sought for services to undertake the development of a land-use plan.

The Consultant(s) will facilitate the reviewing and updating of the current Mbire RDC land-use plans, ensuring that wildlife zones are created and throughout the target communities. Land-use planning is a participatory process that engages community members in rationalizing land-use and ensuring proper delineation of space for conservation, development and agriculture consequently reducing threats of overgrazing, deforestation and human-wildlife conflict. Consultant(s) will develop and update the plan based on knowledge of the existing landscape — suggesting plots that can be used for agriculture, livestock grazing etc. as well as plots of land that are critical for wildlife migration corridors or wildlife habitat that should not be used for subsistence or livelihoods. For the project, in addition to demarcating plots of land for various uses, GIS analysis and mapping will underpin this assignment.

I. Purpose of the Consultancy

 To develop a land-use plan for Mbire RDC that ensures that wildlife zones are clearly identified and maintained throughout the target communities.

II. Specific Objectives of the Assignment

Through wide stakeholder consultations, the objectives of the consultancy are to:

  • Review the Mbire Land-Use Plan that promotes sustainable land use and land development in the area.
  • Draft and update the Mbire Land-Use Plan.

In addition, the Consultant(s) is expected to undertake the following tasks:

  • Review present Mbire Land-Use Plan institutional arrangements relating to land use issues.
  • Collaborate closely with the District stakeholders and government departments to ensure alignment and complementarities within the land-use plan.
  • Conduct meetings with District stakeholders and communities for the review and update of Mbire land-use planning.
  • Undertake GIS mapping and analysis of the District land-use.
  • Assess existing land tenure arrangements, its influence and impact on current and future land-use practices.
  • Review the reports of past activities on land resources and related sectors, the status of their recommendations, and their implications on the current and future land-use sector and policy.
  • Analyse the past and present trends of land use in the District and develop recommendation for future sustainable land management.
  • Assess and document current land-use and impacts on the ecosystems and communities, and recommend appropriate measures where necessary.
  • Review the current responsibilities and capacities of the relevant government departments, non-government and private institutions, and make appropriate recommendations in their role for the implementation of the proposed land-use policy.
  • Ensure cross cutting issues relating to environment and land-use issues are considered in the various policy interventions.
  • Draft and/or review appropriate regulations to support the implementation of the updated Mbire Land-Use Policy.

III. Scope of Work

The Consultant(s) are expected to:

  • Facilitate workshops on priority wildlife zones
Over four months
  • Facilitate workshop to Review the current Mbire district land-use plan
Over one month
  • Facilitate the updating of the district land-use plan through 4 workshops and 8 community consultation meetings
Over four months
  • Develop the Final Land-Use Plan
One month

IV. Key Duties & Responsibilities

The Consultant(s) is expected to review the current Mbire Land-Use Plan and to facilitate and develop a new land-use plan for the District. The Consultant(s) will be expected to undertake, amongst others, the following tasks

  • To be the technical lead to the planning process, ensuring adherence to the planning framework, coordinating different aspects of the process including, GIS, write-up and document production.
  • To facilitate and chair meetings, workshops, data management and decision tools.
  • To conduct stakeholder consultations including community and stakeholder workshops.
  • To provide technical advisory services on all the land-use planning processes ensuring that key aspects are developed and integrated.

V. Expected Methodology to the Work

The consultancy is expected to apply a participatory approach that is all-inclusive  including local communities, local traditional and administrative authorities and all stakeholders in all the districts and targeted wards.  Use of both qualitative and quantitative methods is expected. The Consultant(s) is expected to present a Workplan, detailed methodology before signing contract.

The Consultant(s) should employ the following approach, without necessarily being limited by these guidelines:

  • Gather and review relevant background information on the Mbire Land-Use Plan. 
  • Work with the RDC to establish a shared vision and clear objectives for the Mbire Land-Use Plan. 
  • Develop a clear zonation of land use for the Mbire District.
  • Identify strategies for land use plan implementation.

VI. Deliverables

The Consultant(s) shall undertake the following:

  • Develop a detailed Inception Report detailing the approach and methodology, workplan and outline of the report for the assignment.
  • Presentations to stakeholders.
  • Updating activity reports.
  • A 10-year Mbire District Land-Use Plan.
  • Activity Reports and Minutes of Meetings.
  • Maps Graphs and photographs on biodiversity and wildlife habitat.
  • Draft the Reviewed Mbire Land-Use Plan.
  • Final updated Mbire Land-Use Plan.  

VII. Qualifications

  • An advanced MSc degree or PhD in a field relevant to the above assignment (natural resource management, environmental policy, GIS, agriculture and land management), Ecology, Forestry, Natural Resources Management or development studies; Community Livelihoods Development expertise, Wildlife and Forestry, natural resource economics or any relevant qualifications.
  • CV to include references of previous work.
  • At least 5 years of working experience in land or environmental management or a related field.
  • Solid understanding of Mbire and proven record is a must.
  • Good working knowledge of policy processes and land-use planning.
  • Fluency in Shona and English is highly desirable.
  • Familiarity with community-based natural resource management, GIS and land management issues.
  • Ability to organize and facilitate workshops and meetings.
  • The applicant is required to have his/her accessories/gadgets and other necessary resources that may be required to support the assignment. 

 VIII. Application Procedure

The applicant(s) should submit the following documents:

  • Technical proposal with clear and succinct details of understanding of the assignment, applicants’ ability to undertake the work, approach to work, methodology and a commitment statement on availability to undertake the work.
  • In addition, the proposal should be accompanied by an updated current CV, contact details of at least three referees and outline of how the applicant meets the selection criteria.
  • Financial proposal: interested applicants are requested to provide a proposal or quotation of the fees/cost for the consultancy services which will be rendered. The financial proposal should consist of daily rates based on the number of days spent as well as travel expenses to and from field work.
  • The deadline of application submission: All applications must be submitted by February 23, 2019.
  • Copy of identity.
  • Copy of highest qualifications.

Interested applicants can send applications to:
[email protected]
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