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Social Safeguards Consultant

Reference number: 2033
Job Status: In-progress
Job Category: Consultancy
Duty Station: Livingston
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The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and World Agroforestry (ICRAF) envision a more equitable world where forestry and landscapes enhance the environment and well-being for all. CIFOR-ICRAF are non-profit, scientific institutions that conduct research on the most pressing challenges of forest and landscape management around the world. Using a global, multidisciplinary approach, we aim to improve human well-being, protect the environment, and increase equity. Our work focuses on innovative research, developing partners’ capacity, and actively engaging in dialogue with all stakeholders to inform policies and practices that affect forests and people. Our work spans the globe, with expertise in the ‘global South’. Founded in 1993 and 1978 respectively, CIFOR-ICRAF began merging on January 1, 2019. They are members of CGIAR, a global research partnership for a food secure future dedicated to reducing poverty, enhancing food and nutrition security, and improving natural resources.

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Social Safeguards Consultant


CIFOR, in partnership with Agricultural Research for Development (CIRAD), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), is implementing the Sustainable Wildlife Management (SWM) Programme in the KaZa (Kavango-Zambezi) Transfrontier Conservation Area (SWM Project KaZa). Activities will be carried out in the Zambian and Zimbabwean parts of the KaZa under the auspices of CIRAD, with CIFOR focusing primarily on Zambia. CIFOR will work in close collaboration with Zambian administrations in charge of wildlife management, forestry and fisheries.The SWM Project KaZa is part of a six-year SWM programme funded by the European Union that started in July 2017. Its overall objective is to reconcile the challenges of wildlife conservation with those of food security in a set of key socio-ecosystems (forest, wetland and water). It promotes sustainable and legal exploitation of resilient animal populations by indigenous rural populations, while increasing/diversifying protein supply for the benefit of rural and urban populations. The SWM Project KaZa will be implemented under supervision of the CIFOR country office in Lusaka, (CIFOR Operations Manager), Zambia, as well as under the SWM KaZa Site coordinator, and in collaboration with the other SWM partners.The SWM programme has developed a series of innovative Social Safeguards to ensure the implementation of a human rights-based approach toward women and men of indigenous and local communities with whom it works and engages. The safeguards are framework documents designed to be adapted and implemented at project sites to strengthen community control and management of land and resources and to build organizational capacity and skills.The SWM Social Safeguards are grounded in a Community Rights-Based Approach (CRBA). This is an overarching framework with two key objectives. First, it ensures SWM programmatic objectives are reached through empowering rights holders (notably women) to claim and exercise their rights. Second, it strengthens the capacity of duty bearers, who have a particular obligation or responsibility to respect, protect and fulfil these rights. This approach is complemented by two main tools: the protocol on Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) and the Grievance Redress Mechanism (GRM). The first supports the inclusive participation, engagement and decision making of women and men of indigenous peoples and local communities in any project activities that may affect them; the latter is designed to ensure that any project-related complaints for violation of FAO Environmental and Social Standards made by individuals or groups of people are resolved in an effective, timely and transparent manner.The promotion of gender equality and women’s empowerment is built into the CRBA by ensuring that the different roles, needs and priorities of men and women, but also their different potential, capacities and contributions to the sector are considered in the planning and implementation of project activities. To this aim, a work of collection and documentation of information on gender disparities and activities for women’s empowerment are planned throughout the implementation process and across all results.

Duties and responsibilities

Objectives of the assignment
  • Support planning activities with compliance to the CRBA, as well as support and build capacity of Community Liaison Officers (CLOs) in participatory community engagement, implementation of FPIC and developing the local-level GRMs. He/she will be under the general supervision of the Site Coordinator and the direct technical supervision and guidance from the Social Safeguards focal point.
  • Work closely with Technical Assistants (TAs), CLOs, the Site coordinator, local communities and FPIC/CRBA focal point, as well as national legal consultants and other staff and experts involved in all Result areas (Rs) who plan to engage with communities in their respective activities.
  • Participate in the monitoring and reporting of activities accomplished in SWM KaZa sites.
  • Participate in any other activities not mentioned above identified by CIFOR-SWM KaZa Lusaka Office or the KaZa project management unit for the benefit of the SWM project or CIFOR.

Summary of responsibilities
Based on the SWM FPIC protocol and the CRBA document with guidance from the SWM Social Safeguards focal point, the consultant will assist the Site Coordinator and their team (in both Zambia and Zimbabwe) in adapting the SWM FPIC protocol to site specifics (step by step) and implementing the planned FPIC process. The consultant will also lead the FPIC process in collaboration with CLOs who have already established relations with communities.

Under the supervision of the CIFOR-SWM Lusaka Office for the daily activities and the overall guidance of the KaZa Site coordinator, the Social Safeguards Officer will primarily focus on the following key tasks:

1) Plan, prepare, facilitate and coordinate implementation of the FPIC process across the project sites.
  • Assess the knowledge and understanding of local communities on their right to FPIC. In case communities are not aware of FPIC, organize awareness-raising activities to build capacity and ensure their meaningful participation in the process.
  • Assist with development and implementation of site-specific FPIC action plans, including guidance on how to seek consent in a culturally appropriate manner following representative decision-making mechanism(s).
  • Assist with drafting the FPIC agreement that confirms the collective decision of each community to give FPIC to the Sustainable Wildlife Management Project KaZa. The community and the SWM project should develop the agreement together.
  • Assist in establishing site-specific Community Communication Plan(s) in a participatory manner and consistent with SWM guidelines in accordance with the SWM Communication Strategy.
  • Participate in relevant community meetings and facilitate a participatory and inclusive approach particularly vis-à-vis women, youth and any other community groups.
  • Facilitate dialogue between project team, traditional leaders and relevant communities, ensuring customs are observed and respected and that adequate language/channels are used to ensure proper participation and communication.
  • Assist, advise and support the Project teams, particularly the CLOs, to ensure implementation of activities in respect of FPIC; in case any issues emerge during project implementation, assist the project team to prevent conflicts or misunderstanding and find solutions to overcome obstacles.
  • Document the FPIC process, with a full description of all steps taken, from information to consent, highlighting best practices and lessons learned.
  • Write the minutes of the meetings, paying special attention to any issues or concerns raised by participants.
  • Maintain well-organized archives of consents, meeting minutes, grievances and of any other FPIC-supporting documents under the responsibility of the Site’ s coordination.
Output: Operational plan linked to the envisaged FPIC products under KaZa

2) Community Rights-Based Approach (CRBA)
  • Provide concrete strategies and build capacities of CLOs to ensure that project activities are designed, planned and implemented considering the needs, priorities and constraints of all community members (women and men, boys and girls, indigenous peoples, elderly, etc.).
  • Provide concrete solutions and assist CLOs in addressing possible differences in fulfilment of rights (e.g. unequal power relations, elite capture, gender inequality) between various community members, as well as different stakeholders.
  • Based on situation analysis regarding human rights, propose solutions that could empower people (rights holders) to claim and exercise their rights, as well as develop capacities of actors (duty bearers) who have a particular obligation or responsibility to respect, protect, and fulfil community rights.
i. Appraisal reports
ii. SWM Pro docs targets and indicators

3) Grievance Redress Mechanism
  • Based on the SWM GRM guidelines and with guidance from the SWM Social Safeguards focal point, assist CLOs in developing local-level GRMs that are readily accessible to community members and culturally appropriate. The local-level GRMs should be developed in accordance with the SWM GRM document. This will involve, among others:
  • Assist with identifying customary GRMs that might be functional and could be used as the most appropriate process at the local level.
Output: Establish a register of the key GRM

4) Collaboration
  • Engage with local communities to identify the most appropriate and effective channels for complaints in the local context (note there might be several applicable channels).
  • Assist with defining of roles and responsibilities for submitting and handling complaints at the local level.
  • Assist the TA and CLO with planning new activities that at the minimum comply with the CRBA, and, where possible give special attention to enhancing community rights, especially of the most marginalized groups.
Output: Establish a register of the key stakeholders and their tasks

5) Partnerships
Develop partnerships and attend meetings with communities and partners to promote the FPIC process.

Output: Record minutes of meetings attended

6) Monitoring and Evaluation
Participate in the monitoring and the reporting of activities accomplished in SWM KaZa sites.

Output:  Provide documentation on key activities carried as per work plan

Education, knowledge and experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Sciences or Social Sciences applied to natural resource management, community development or related fields
  • A minimum of seven years of relevant experience in successfully engaging with local communities in the framework of development programs
  • Proven experience in ensuring equal opportunities for all to express their opinion (including women, indigenous peoples, youth and other possibly marginalized groups)
  • In-depth knowledge of the country/region of work; its social, economic and environmental situation and challenges; and local communities involved in the project
  • Proven experience in mediation, conflict prevention or peaceful conflict resolution processes is a strong asset
  • Experience in FPIC and the human rights-based approach is a strong asset
  • Experience with FPIC implementation in Zambia/Zimbabwe, preferably with development projects rather than the private sector
  • Knowledge of community dynamics, challenges and possible FPIC misconceptions stemming from previous experience in the project areas
  • Experience in working with multiple partners and working in developing countries is preferred
  • Experience in field work in the bush and remote areas
  • Working knowledge and excellent writing capacities in English
  • Knowledge of local language(s) spoken by communities concerned by the SWM KaZa sites.

Personal Attributes and Competencies

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, experience working with multicultural and multidisciplinary research teams
  • Excellent facilitation and team building capacity
  • Ability to work in the field on regular basis and to travel to both SWM-KaZa sites in Zambia and Zimbabwe
  • Ability to work with local communities with participatory approaches.

Terms and conditions

  • This is a Full-time Consultancy position.
  • Duration of assignment is 10 months.
  • Work location: Livingstone, Zambia learn more about CIFOR, please visit our website at: https://www.cifor.orgCIFOR is an equal opportunity employer. Staff diversity contributes to excellence.

Application process

The application deadline is 30 Oct-2020
We will acknowledge all applications, but will contact only short-listed candidates.

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