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Ecological Survey Consultant

  • Kidepo, Uganda
  • Posted on Friday, October 19, 2018

As part of the Bridge Program activities, African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) is going to carry out an ecological assessment in the Karenga Community Wildlife Area (KCWA) that includes wildlife carrying capacity and important ecological features. This area is an important dispersal corridor for wildlife from Kidepo Valley National Park (KVNP). This survey is part of the management plan that was developed to guide activities and management of enterprises and ecological integrity of the wildlife area that the community are converting into, and are going to manage as, a conservancy with the support of AWF. The management planning process should be fed with information from the ecological survey. The ecological survey will thus seek to provide information on animal species and spatial distribution, vegetation cover, habitat condition, and general topography. It will also provide information on how the fauna and flora present in the area relate in the habitat to bring about a healthy ecosystem. 

The Karenga Community Wildlife Area (KCWA) was gazetted in 2003 by the minister responsible for wildlife conservation as provided by the Uganda Wildlife Act. This was after due consultations with the communities and local government of Kotido District between April 1997 and August 1999 and obtaining parliamentary approval in May 2002. This was before Kotido had been split into three districts to include Kaabong, Kotido, and Abim districts. KCWA is 956 sq. kilometers in size and is partly found on the eastern boundaries of Karenga and Lobalangit sub-counties in current Kaabong District. Lying south of Kidepo Valley National Park, it is part of a wildlife migratory route that moves south to Matheniko and Bokora Wildlife Reserves. From the two sub-counties, KCWA extends southwards and westwards into Kitgum, Agago, Abim, and Kotido Districts. It consists of acacia-commiphora bush lands and thickets, and is part of the great Kidepo critical landscape.

According to the Uganda Wildlife Act Cap 200 Section 18 (3)(b), “A wildlife management area under subsection (1) shall be —

  • a wildlife sanctuary;
  • a community wildlife area;
  • any other area the Minister may declare as a wildlife management area.”

Section 18 subsection 8 further describes the Community Wildlife Area as, “an area in which individuals who have property rights in land may carry out activities for the sustainable management and utilization of wildlife if the activities do not adversely affect wildlife and in which area the State may prescribe land use measures.”

Section 19(2) details the purposes for declaration a wildlife management area as being to:

  • "so manage and control the uses of land by the persons and communities living in the area that it is possible for wildlife and those persons and communities to coexist and for wildlife to be protected;
  • enable wildlife to have full protection in wildlife sanctuaries notwithstanding the continued use of the land in the area by people and communities ordinarily residing there;
  • facilitate the sustainable exploitation of wildlife resources by and for the benefit of the people and communities living in the area;
  • permit the sustainable exploitation of the natural resources of the area, by mining and other like methods in a manner which is compatible with the continued presence in the area of wildlife; and
  • carry out such of the purposes of a wildlife conservation area set out in section 2 as are compatible with the continued residence of people and communities in the wildlife management area and the purposes under paragraphs (a) and (b) of this subsection.”

The boundaries of Karenga Community Wildlife Area are defined in the Statutory Instrument Supplement No 55 of 2003. It should also be observed that the Uganda Wildlife Act empowers the local communities to manage and control the uses of land by the persons and communities living in the area in a manner that does not negatively impact on the wildlife therein.


This ecological survey will therefore inform what management practices to be undertaken to ensure improvement in wildlife numbers, improve the habitat, restore ecological integrity, and promote wildlife tourism as a potential enterprise activity. The objectives of the ecological assessment include to:

  • Provide information on habitat condition;
  • Assess wildlife types and spatial distribution in the conservancy; and
  • Provide baseline information for development of ecological monitoring plan for future monitoring.
Scope of the Assignment

The successful consultant is expected to work with AWF staff, technical advisors from AWF headquarters in Nairobi, partner agencies, government, and communities. The assignment will also require field visits, field work with data collection, and facilitation of meetings and trainings where need be. The consultant is expected to focus on the tasks that will deliver the above objectives which will, among others, include to:

  • Assess and generate the population estimate of medium to large mammal species for the year 2018;
  • Assess and generate flora species list and population estimates;
  • Generate information on the population of wildlife species and assess their distribution patterns in the habitats; and
  • Provide data for monitoring and further assessments for effectiveness and also application of conservation strategies.
Expected Outputs
  • A survey design prior to conducting the survey detailing the survey plan.
  • Interpreted survey results in a comprehensive ecological survey activity report (including summaries from the survey) with recommended management practices.
  • Datasheets used for data collection for both plant and animal species.
  • A cleaned excel spread of all the collected data.
  • Maps of the survey design and post survey analysis with key findings plotted.
  • Files in ESRI Shapefile format (.shp) and Google maps format (.kml or .kmz) used in making of the maps.
  • Demonstrate both theoretical and practical knowledge, skills, and experience appropriate to conducting an ecological survey.
  • If applying as an individual, must include the names and profiles of the team that s/he is going to carry out the consultancy with.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in oral and in writing, work independently and as part of the team, and work effectively with AWF staff, partner agencies, government and communities.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
Time Frame

The Ecological Survey Consultant is expected to accomplish the task within a period of 30 working days from the commencement of the contract.


Interested individuals should submit a letter of interest, detailed CV, and technical proposal to AWF by November 15, 2018 to:

Sudi Bamulesewa
Country Director
African Wildlife Foundation - Uganda
[email protected]

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