Category: Natural Resource Governance
Type of contract: Individual Contract
Expected starting date: Immediately
Duration of assignment: 10 working days
Length of work: 1000- 1500 words
Human-Wildlife conflict has escalated in rural Matabeleland and elsewhere in Zimbabwe due to a number of factors that include human population growth which results in the expansion of settlements in areas close to national parks causing an overlap thus leading to clashes between humans and wildlife. Increased population of wildlife has also been uncontrolled leading to wildlife encroaching to human settlements and affecting human habitation. Climate change has also been a contributing factor to the scourge through exacerbating vicious competition for resources as both species encroach each other’s territory. Outdated and incongruent legal provisions have also been cited as major proponents of HWC. Human-wildlife conflicts are persistent drivers of underdevelopment that pose a negative bearing on communities that rely on subsistence farming and livestock rearing. From livestock losses to crop destruction, injury and fatalities, communities in rural Matabeleland continue to bear the brunt of the grim conflict. Through its Local Level Advocacy Programme, Habakkuk Trust has gathered from communities that HWC has had negative impacts which includes destruction of vital public and private infrastructure, distracting community participation, destroying human livelihoods, injury to humans and fatalities. Elephants, lions, hyenas, leopards, buffalos, cheetahs and jackals are some of the wildlife species whose encroachment into human settlements has led to human suffering. The rapid growth in the population of Elephant species exceeding the carrying capacity of reserves has also increased the incidence of human-wildlife conflicts in these areas.
Habakkuk Trust Mission Statement
To influence biblical transformation of communities through advocacy, research, capacity building and information dissemination.
Objectives and Scope of Work
The main reason for the proposed assignment is to produce a Human-Wildlife Conflict Policy Brief that will be presented to Habakkuk Trust:
- To provide a detailed description on the impact of Human-Wildlife conflict on communities in Matabeleland in particular and Zimbabwe in general;
- To propose a raft of clearly outlined strategic policy recommendations to curb and mitigate HWC and its impacts in rural communities.
- To provide an overview on the impacts of HWC on communities;
- To provide an analysis of the current legislative framework governing HWC;
- To provide an assessment on the effectiveness of wildlife management strategies of Local Authorities and Wildlife Management Bodies;
- To provide best practices informed policy proposals for mitigating the social, economic, environmental, livelihoods and human rights impacts of HWC.
Outputs and expected deliverables
- Inception report detailing the consultants understanding of the task and methodology to be employed to complete the task;
- Detailed policy brief entailing policy options to deal with HWC and recommendations on the best option.
Duration of the contract
The consultant is expected to take 10 working days
Required Expertise and Qualification
Educational qualifications: University degree in social sciences or relevant field of study
- Demonstrated capacity in Human-Wildlife Conflict related work;
- Extensive conceptual and practical knowledge of local government operations and strategic principles;
- Experience in working with stakeholders, government and civil society
Qualified and interested candidates are hereby requested to apply. The application should contain the following:
- A technical proposal with brief description on how the individual considers him/herself as the most suitable for the assignment;
- A detailed clear methodology, on how they will approach and complete the task;
- The proposal should also contain the candidate’s CV indicating education background, past experience and cost of doing the consultancy;
Send the proposal, methodology and CV to email: email@example.com
Deadline: 9 July 2020 (COB)
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