Call for proposal: Monitoring consultant on community stewardship projects

Conservation South Africa
Opportunity closing date: 
Wednesday, 3 April, 2019
Opportunity type: 
Call for proposals

Conservation South Africa believes “People need nature to thrive “, and so its work seeks to promote and support conservation, restoration, and sustainable land use in South Africa’s Hotspots as an essential element of food security and land reform, human and economic development, and building resilience to the impacts of climate change. CSA helps local communities protect these natural habitats that support their livelihoods by helping them to acquire skills and implement initiatives help protect nature and counteract the effects of climate change and other activities that negatively affect livelihoods and put species at risk of extinction.

Background

Conservation South Africa’s (CSA) and Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) work with communities who agree to protect their natural resources, as well as the benefits they provide, in exchange for a negotiated incentive package from environmental investors. This approach helps conserve biodiversity while improving the quality of life for local communities.

In Namaqualand CSA have been implementing conservation agreements in four villages in the Kamiesberg and two village in the Steinkopf area.

Services Required:

CSA is seeking the services of a consultant for the following tasks:

  1. Develop a Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) protocol and framework informing project-level impacts relating to social-economic and ecological indicators. These protocols must be cloud-based and aligned with the rest of the landscapes and the already existing institution-level monitoring framework on SharePoint, as well as what can be reasonably retrieved from historical monitoring documents.
  2. Retrieve pre-project information (from research studies, feasibility studies and various technical reports), digitize and store on CSA’s Monitoring Page in SharePoint. Reconstruct a baseline report for the CSP CAPPP.
  3. Work with M&E Manager to streamline workflows for data and people using SharePoint tools.
  4. Collect and visualize post-baseline data for the CSP CAPPP project, as well as in preparation for the CSA quarterly Monitoring Evaluation Research & Learning meeting (June 2019) monitoring using available data.
  5. Undertake a full post-project impact evaluation using both qualitative and quantitative data collection methods.
  6. Submit at least two significant changes in the format of a narrative/case studies or impact stories from the results of the post-project evaluation.
  7. Submit all raw digitized data to the Monitoring SharePoint by 30th June
  8. Prepare a presentation by 30th June (should contain: project impact relevant to baseline report with an executive summary and recommendations specifically towards improving project M&E and future project development objectives to address challenges and/or improve achievements noted in CSP CAPPP.)
  9. Prepare a draft report by 5th of July 2019 and submit to CSA staff for review (final comments to consultant by 19th July)
  10. Respond to comments and edits on report and submit final report by 31st July
  11. Participate in the community (FDGs) meeting to present findings
     

Skills and Competency

The successful service provider will have the following skill and competencies:

  • Experience in M&E protocol and framework development that includes environmental and socio-economic indicators.
  • Project evaluation.
  • Proven competency of data collection, manipulation and presentation using relevant software (Excel, R, etc)
  • Written and verbal communication skills and proven report writing experience in English.
  • Willingness to travel to Springbok.

Preferred:

  • Familiarity with MS Office SharePoint will be a distinct advantage and the candidate is expected to familiarize themselves with this platform.
  • Knowledge about stewardship programs in South Africa.
  • Experience working in rural communities.

Project timeline:

Duration: 3.5 months

12th April: Start

7th July: draft presentation to CSA staff

12th July: Draft report to CSA staff taking comments on presentation into account

26th July: CSA staff return comments and edits on draft report

14th August : Final report, presentation, raw digitized data on SharePoint

Application

Should you wish to apply to this Request for Proposal, please submit the following documents to csajobs@conservation.org with the reference ME/CSP in the subject line by no later than 12 pm (midday) on 3rd April 2019:

  • • Company Profile or Curriculum Vitae that includes qualifications, experience and capacity of the applicant.
  • • At least three examples of supporting evidence of previous work done.
  • • A project work outline for achieving the deliverables as set out in the above tasks.
  • • Detailed budget for the work including fees, number of days, travel, accommodation, vat and other disbursements as individual line items.
  • • Proof of registration (Company) or valid South African Identity Document.

Please email any enquiries to hhawkins@conservation.org

Applicants who have received no response within 14 days of the closing should kindly assume that their proposal was unsuccessful.

CSA reserves the right to negotiate terms and conditions with the successful bidder/s or not to engage technical support at all if applicants are not of a required standard and qualification or if the bid is unsuccessful.

Location: 
South Africa

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