USAID Resilient Waters: Conservation and Development Framework for the PAFURI GLTFCA Node

USAID Resilient Waters Programme
Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
Opportunity closing date: 
Friday, 7 January, 2022
Opportunity type: 
Employment

SCOPE OF WORK

TITLE: Conservation and Development Framework for the PAFURI GLTFCA Node

REPORTS TO: Biodiversity Advisor and Livelihoods and Adaptation Advisor

I.  BACKGROUND

The goal of the Resilient Waters Program is to build more resilient and water secure Southern African communities and ecosystems through improved management of transboundary natural resources and increased access to safe drinking water and sanitation services. Specific objectives include:

1.     Improved transboundary water security and resource management
2.     Increased access to safe, sustainable drinking water and sanitation services
3.     Strengthened ability of communities and key institutions to adapt to change; particularly the impacts of climate change; and
4.     Conserved biodiversity and ecosystem services.

II.    PURPOSE AND OBJECTIVE OF ASSIGNMENT

The Joint Management Board of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Conservation Area (GLTFCA) have requested support to develop a Conservation and Development Framework (CDF). The CDF will co-ordinate the development, management, and implementation of joint operational activities of the four Joint Park Management Committees (JPMCs) in the GLTFCA. The JPMCs are established in terms of the GLTFCA Institutional Reform Strategy, which provides for an enabling framework for the collaborative implementation of the three-country initiative on a landscape level through establishment of these cross-border governance structures. The JPMCs are also responsible for the further implementation of the GLTFCA Integrated Livelihoods Diversification Strategy that was developed during the USAID RESILIM. This implementation plan requires a detailed Conservation and Development Framework to explain and provide detail on what priorities are identified and to address the following key GLTFCA joint thematic areas:

  • Conservation & Wildlife Management
  • Security & Wildlife Protection
  • Land Use Planning & Management
  • Responsible Tourism
  • Socio-Economic Development
  • Improved Land & Air Access
  • Integrated Water Resource & Freshwater Ecosystems Management
  • Marketing, Communication & Awareness Raising
  • Joint Training, Learning & Skills Development
  • Governance & Administration 

The aim of the Conservation and Development Framework is to

  • Establish a joint vision for the four nodes
  • Develop a set of key joint operational issues that need to be managed
  • Develop a suite of actions that need to be undertaken to manage these issues
  • Develop a set of responsibilities informing who should undertake these actions

This framework will consist of a well-defined schedule outlining when the actions need to be undertaken; a framework and implementation plan to guide and govern future development in the node; and a monitoring and reporting system.
 
To begin the process of developing nodal CDFs, Resilient Waters will contract a consultant to produce the first CDF for the Pafuri-Sengwe Node. This node is a strategically sensitive area for wildlife migration because various river catchments meet in this node, as such drawing and channeling the wildlife movement through this area. The Pafuri-Sengwe Node includes the following areas, as presented in the figure below:
 
Mozambique: Chicualacuala and Mapai districts including Pafuri and Vila Eduardo Mondlane administrative posts and localities. The area includes Salane, the host community into which two villages in PNL are in the process of being resettled (Makandazulo A and B) and 17 villages in the northern part of the support or buffer Zone. (These resettlement and buffer villages are also shared with the PNL/Greater Massingir node).
South Africa: Thirty-four wards within the Vhembe District Municipality’s Mutale and Thulamela local municipalities are included in this node. Of these, only 18 are significantly included (e.g., the majority of the ward or the centroid is in the node). The community owned Makuleke Contract Park which is part of the Kruger National Park.
Zimbabwe: Masvingo Province, Chiredzi District, including Sengwe (ward 13, 14 and 15) and Matebeleland South Province, Beit Bridge District including Tshipise (ward 1).

Figure 1: Map of the Pafuri-Sengwe node in the GLTFCA

III.  PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
 
Main Duty

The first step consists of gathering relevant background information, including current park and area management plans. This information will be used to produce a Draft Conservation and Development Framework for the Pafuri-Sengwe Node, which will be circulated and presented to each of the Pafuri-Sengwe Joint Park Management Committee (JPMC) members. Based on the comments and inputs, the final Pafuri-Sengwe Conservation and Development Plan will be drafted and will include an Implementation Plan as well as a Business Plan to support the delivery of the Conservation and Development Plan for the Pafuri-Sengwe Node.
 
In developing the Pafuri-Sengwe Node CDF, the consultant will closely work with the GLTFCA’s International Co-ordinator to organise and run a training workshops with local communities on various topics. One of the main topics that will be focused on is how to monitor environmental components (as outlined in the thematic areas) and integrate WASH activities into the management of this node. This is particularly important as the seasonal Limpopo River bisects the Pafuri-Sengwe node, forming the border between two of the three countries in this TFCA. It, together with other major rivers in this node (e.g., the Levhuvhu, Mutale, Umzingwane, Bubi and Mwenezi) supply water to those in the node as well as to downstream areas (including at least one of the other nodes in this GLTFCA (Limpopo National Park-Massingir node).
 
Once approved by the JPMC for the Pafuri-Sengwe Node and the Joint Management Board for the GLTFC, the final plan will then be used as an example to guide the development of the Conservation and Development Plans for the other three nodes in Year 4 and 5.
 
Specific outputs from this Conservation and Development Framework includes:

i) An Inception report with a detailed workplan for discussion at an inception meeting with Park Management and USAID/Resilient Waters Program teams
ii) Desktop Situational Analysis Report with respect to following key themes / components:

a. institutional/stakeholder mapping
b. legal and policy context
c. socio-economic context
d. ecological baseline / context
e. landscape / area integrity

i) Development of Stakeholder Engagement and Stakeholder Communication Strategy
iv) A final Conservation Development Framework for the Pafuri-Sengwe Node, including a Business and Implementation Plan
v) Training workshop will be held following the submission of the final plan.

SPECIFIC DELIVERABLES

The deliverables for this assignment are for Y2021/22 and the assignment should be completed by end of August 2022.
 
Deliverables for FY2021/22:

  1. GLTFCA CDF: Pafuri-Sengwe Node Inception Report (outlining approach and methodology, timelines, and outputs) (February 2022)
  2. GLTFCA CDF: Pafuri-Sengwe Node Draft Report (May2022)
  3. GLTFCA CDF: Pafuri-Sengwe Node Final Report (July 2022)
  4. GLTFCA CDF: Pafuri-Sengwe Node Implementation Plan (August 2022)
  5. GLTFCA CDF: Pafuri-Sengwe Node Business Plan (September2022)

DUTY STATION

This assignment will be based remotely in South Africa with intermittent travel within the southern African region as required.

ESTIMATED LENGTH OF ASSIGNMENT

40 days.
 
VII.    REQUIRED EXPERTISE AND COMPETENCE

The Consultant must have at least 15 years’ experience appropriate to the work required. This should include a good track record in conducting stakeholder participation exercises, sound knowledge of the ecological, socio-economic, and institutional context of the GLTFCA project area, good reporting and writing skills, and ability to communicate in both English and Portuguese and spatial and land use planning experience. Previous experience in the GLTFCA related projects and initiatives will be an added advantage.
 
The Consultant will work closely with the trilateral Pafuri-Sengwe Joint Park Management Committee, which will oversee the development of the CDF.
 
To apply please submit CV via this link APPLY
 
Application deadline: 7 January 2022
 
Resilient Waters reserves the right to not fill the position.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
 
Chemonics is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, age, or other legally protected characteristics. Female candidates are encouraged to apply

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