Consultant Technical Assistant for Community-based Natural Resources Management CLOSED

Sustainable Landscapes and Food Systems Team

The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) envisions a more equitable world where forestry and landscapes enhance the environment and well-being for all. CIFOR is a non-profit, scientific institution that conducts 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. To do so, we conduct innovative research, develop partners’ capacity, and actively engage in dialogue with all stakeholders to inform policies and practices that affect forests and people. CIFOR is a CGIAR Research Center, and leads the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry (FTA). Our headquarters are in Bogor, Indonesia, with offices in Nairobi, Kenya; Yaoundé, Cameroon; Lima, Peru; and Bonn, Germany.

CIFOR is looking for

Consultant Technical Assistant for Community-based Natural Resources Management


CIFOR, in partnership with Centre de coopération internationale en recherche agronomique pour le développement (CIRAD) and others (FAO and Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS)), is implementing a project entitled the Sustainable Wildlife Management (SWM) Program in the KaZa (Kavango–Zambezi) Transfrontier Conservation Area. 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. Partners will work in close collaboration with Zambian administrators in charge of wildlife management, forestry and fisheries. SWM is a 6-year project 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), promoting sustainable and legal exploitation of resilient animal populations by indigenous rural populations, while increasing/diversifying the protein supply for the benefit of rural and urban populations. Under the supervision of the country office in Lusaka (International Technical Officer), Zambia, as well as the SWM KaZa site coordinator, and in collaboration with the other SWM partners, the Community-based Natural Resources Management (CBNRM) Technical Assistant will have a leading role in the implementation of SWM activities in Zambia.

Duties and responsibilities

  • Following project planning, prepare and contribute to the implementation of project activities in the identified site in Zambia, under the supervision of the CIFOR–SWM Kaza Lusaka Office and the KAZA Project Management Unit (KPMU).
  • Conduct and supervise studies and specific activities in the identified site in Zambia.
  • Collaborate with the different stakeholders involved in the SWM project in Zambia.
  • Facilitate and support all international and national expertise involved in the SWM project.
  • Develop partnerships and represent the SWM project during meetings and workshops when necessary.
  • Participate in the monitoring and the reporting of activities accomplished in Kaza TFCA.
  • Participate in any other activities not mentioned above as identified by the CIFOR–SWM Kaza Lusaka Office or the KPMU for the benefit of the SWM project or CIFOR.
Scope of the assignment
Under the supervision of the CIFOR–SWM Lusaka Office regarding daily activities and with the overall guidance of the KAZA Site Coordinator, the Technical Assistant will primarily focus on carrying out the following key tasks:
1. Planning and management
Plan, prepare and facilitate the implementation of the project at national level (including the provision of administrative, logistic and technical support).
The Technical Assistant’s work will involve coordinating SWM activities at national level and prioritizing the activities to be carried out at site level. Planning and regular contact with the Community Liaison Officer and the KPMU will be necessary, while cooperation with other CIFOR consultants will be an advantage. Summary reports of specific activities will be required.
Expected output: an operational plan linked to the envisaged products under KAZA.
2. Project content
Plan, prepare, facilitate, coordinate and carry out SWM-specific field activities and studies at site level (mainly in Zambia, but also in Zimbabwe).
Expected output: appraisal reports and recommendations on consultant outputs.
3. Collaboration
Identify key stakeholders at national and provincial levels that will be involved in the SWM.
Expected output: establish a register of the key stakeholders and their tasks.
4. Facilitator role
Organize and facilitate meetings and workshops at national and KAZA levels.
Facilitate the work of national and international experts and students involved in the SWM project.
Expected outputs: list of potential national and international experts; and records of all their work and outputs.
5. Partnerships
Develop partnerships and attend meetings to promote SWM’s interests.
Expected output: records of minutes of meetings attended.

Education, knowledge and experience

• MSc in an appropriate discipline (e.g., ecology, natural resources management, wildlife conservation, CBNRM or development studies, social sciences with a focus on institutional analysis)
• a social sciences background will be an advantage
• a minimum of 5 years of relevant experience (natural resources management, wildlife conservation or CBNRM) in collaborative research or development projects
• strong publications record especially in peer-reviewed publications
• track record in project implementation and reporting
• track record in resource mobilization/fund raising and in proposal development/writing
• fluent in spoken and written English, and having ability in one or more international language(s) is an advantage
• experience in working with multiple partners and working in developing countries preferred
• experience in field work in unfarmed areas and remote areas.

Personal Attributes and Competencies

• management and organizational skills, experience in project management
• excellent interpersonal and communication skills, experienced in working with multicultural and multidisciplinary research teams
• excellent facilitation and team-building capacity
• values the sharing of information and continuous improvement in a cooperative atmosphere of constructive evaluation and learning
• ability to work in the field on a regular basis and to travel in the SADEC region
• ability to work with local communities with participatory approaches.

Terms and Conditions

• This is a full-time consultancy position.
• Period of the consultancy is expected to be January 2019 – December 2019.
• CIFOR offers competitive remuneration commensurate with skills and experience.
• The work location will be in Lusaka, Zambia.

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CIFOR is an equal opportunity employer. Staff diversity contributes to excellence.

Application process

The application deadline is 30 Nov-2018
We will acknowledge all applications, but will contact only short-listed candidates.