Consultancy - Appraisal and Capacity Building of AWF Staff on Rights Based Conservation

Consultancy - Appraisal and Capacity Building of AWF Staff on Rights Based Conservation

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Rights-based conservation integrates human rights norms, standards and principles into conservation policy, design, planning, implementation and outcomes evaluation to ensure that conservation practice respects and promote human rights in all cases and supports further fulfillment where possible. Given the direct and indirect dependencies between people and nature, the central role of people in the organizational strategy and the role that African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) has as a duty bearer to rights holders affected by our work, AWF has developed a policy, which is a formal statement of AWF’s commitment to respect, protect and promote Human Rights at all times irrespective of ethnic group, gender, race, sexual orientation, age, or class by adopting a rights-based conservation approach.

AWF’s rights-based conservation standard is a hierarchical compliance standard composed of principles, criteria and indicators serving the purpose of internal accountability. The principles that elaborate the meaning of the policy and thus provide reasoning for action are adopted from the ““Gold Standard” principles for best practice for recognizing and respecting Indigenous Peoples’ and Local Communities’ land and resource rights in landscape restoration, management, conservation, climate action, and development projects and programs” such as proposed in draft 7/1/2019 by the Indigenous Peoples Major Group (IPMG) for Sustainable Development and the Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI). The criteria lay out the conditions that need to be met by AWF operations in order to comply with the principles. The criteria were developed by AWF reflecting AWF’s operational interpretation of the principles. AWF also developed indicators for each criterion that describe measurable states that allow to evaluate internal compliance with the rule and conditions set forth by the criteria.

In light of this, AWF seeks a consulting agency or consultant to develop an organizational capacity needs assessment and training programme for the human rights-based approach (HRBA) to conservation. Through this capacity building process, AWF aims to enable staff to fulfil their roles in upholding the Policy and Standard by providing ideas, experiential learning exercises and skills that help staff systematically unpack the concept of human rights-based conservation and related implementation processes for different groups of people and/or stakeholders in a range of context and countries where AWF has a footprint.

The Terms of Reference (click here to download) outlines the requirements for a consultancy firm or a consultant to develop and carry out an organizational training needs for HRBA to Conservation and accompanying training schedule based on the identified needs and accompanying training modules which would meet the needs as described in this call.

Deliverables and Timeline

This work is expected to be completed within 3 months from the time of signing contract. Overall, the consulting firm or consultant will be expected to perform the following specific deliverables, but not limited to:

  1. Assess and develop a comprehensive report on AWF’s human rights-based approach to conservation training needs with accompanying manual with modules which would internally be used to build capacity in understanding and implementing HRBA to conservation within the AWF context;
  2. Develop or provide advise on how AWF will monitor the application of the HRBA to conservation aspect including by AWF key stakeholders;
  3. Facilitate the development of a comprehensive AWF Complaints Reporting and Feedback Mechanism (CRFM) including the Free Prior Informed Consent (FPIC) process systemization and training;
  4. Pilot test the use of the CRFM and the FPIC process within AWF system including the engagement of key AWF stakeholder groups, with a view to share and exchange experiences and lessons learnt, for the improvement of the skills gained during capacity building.

To be considered, a proposal — technical and financial — in one PDF format document must be received by 5 pm on May 14, 2021. Proposals should be emailed to AWF Procurement at with a copy to AWF reserves the right, where it may serve the organization’s best interest, to request additional information or clarifications from proposers, or to allow corrections of errors or omissions.