Full time and consultancies
Village Governments in Tanzania are vested with statutory rights over land resources as provided by Village Land Act No. 5 of 1999. They are also vested with legal rights over forest resources, through Joint Management Agreements (JMAs) with government or private forests or through community-based forest management (CBFM). The CBFM process is an approach of applying statutory provisions to formalize ownership and management of forests found within the village land, by establishing Joint Village Land Forest Reserves (JVLFRs), Community Forest Reserves (CFR) or Private Forest Reserves (PFR). This is provided by the Policy Statements number 5 and 6 of National Forestry Policy of 1998 and the sections 32 to 41 and 65 (3), 78 (3) and 97 (1) (b), of the Forest Act No. 14 of 2002.
In recent years, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) has been partnering with local communities, district authorities and others to apply the CBFM approach to the improved management of wildlife connectivity habitat encompassing two national priority wildlife corridors in the heart of the Ruaha-Katavi landscape. Working with nine communities in three districts, three Joint Village Land Forest Reserves have since been established – Mdabulo (241,398ha), Kululu West (86,112ha) and Kululu East (23,931ha).
In the process of establishing these JVLFRs, other local institutions including Village Natural Resource Committees (VNRCs) and Joint Village Land Forest Reserve Management Committees have also been established to help manage the JVLFR areas. A Community-based Organization will now be established for each JVLFR to ensure greater capacity and management support through the recruitment and training of a Forest Manager and Finance Manager for each of the three JVLFR areas. It is hoped that the presence of these initial staff will not only ensure that existing Forest Management Plans are put into practice, as well as working with partners to identify and develop ways of deriving benefits for the local communities from improved forest management.
The capacity of Forest and Finance Managers, as well as other community management platforms will be strengthened through the following training needs:
a. CBO Forest and Finance Managers
b. Joint Village Land Forest Reserve Committees (JVLFRCs)
Scope of the assignment
This work will involve the initial development of capacity building materials (which WCS will then approve for use), identification and training of the relevant participants, participatory meetings with the leaders of the established CBOs. The training is to be conducted at Lukwati-Piti Game Reserve headquarters in Lupa Tingatinga, Chunya.
The consultant shall provide the following deliverables (separate reports for each objective):
Deliverable 1: An inception report presenting objectives and a detailed, costed work plan and general description of the training to be conducted with new CBO staff and JVLFRC members, including a timetable.
Deliverable 2: Detailed course outlines and training packages (power point presentations and/or training manual) with clear references for new CBO staff and JVLFRC member training – for WCS approval.
Deliverable 3: Technical training reports respectively for CBO staff and JVLFRC member training – including pre and post training assessments and outlining the methodological process of training and key evidence-based results, as well as recommendations for future actions.
Deliverable 4: Develop finance and administrative manuals for i) CBOs and ii) JVLFRC to guide new CBO staff and JVLFRCs on daily administrative and accounting operations.
All deliverables will be reviewed by WCS management.
WCS is seeking a consultant with previous experience and at least a Masters degree in Natural Resource Management. S/he should have:
Cost and Time frame
The costs for this consultancy work will be covered by “USAID Tuhifadhi Maliasili Activity” through strengthening the management of two national wildlife corridors project in Chunya, Sikonge and Itigi Districts. It is envisaged that the work will be delivered across a 20-day period at most.
Eligible consultants are invited to submit technical and deliverable-based financial proposals to undertake this assignment. Applications should include the following documents:
WCS will review and evaluate all proposals to determine each consultant’s Technical Rating. This evaluation may include a request by WCS to interview proposers for purposes of clarifying their proposals and visit their offices.
The consultant with the best combination of Technical Qualifications and Fee Proposal shall be considered for the award. WCS may reject any or all proposals if, in its sole opinion, no proposal satisfies its criteria.
WCS invites eligible and experienced consultants to submit technical and financial proposals through email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Indicate “Proposal_capacity_building_CBOs” on the subject line and covering letter should be addressed to WCS Country Director P.O. Box 5196 Dar es Salaam.
The closing time for receiving applications is 29th of May 2023 (1700hrs) local time in Tanzania. Only the qualified applicant will be contacted for review and contract negotiation within two weeks after the closing date.