Background and Context

Ecological Christian Organization (ECO) is an indigenous, Non-Governmental Organization registered with the Uganda’s NGO Board under the Ministry of Internal Affairs. ECO’s NGO Board registration number is S.5914/5509. ECO works towards the realization of sustained livelihoods and rights of marginalized, under served and vulnerable groups in Uganda. Since its establishment in April 2005, ECO has implemented a varied portfolio of projects in the greater Karamoja region, the Albertine rift, the Lake Victoria basin and West Nile Basin. Eco has an ambitious but young portfolio on national level issues in the wetlands and forestry sub-sectors.

ECO’s current initiatives and programs are focused on natural resource governance, climate change and livelihoods, and ecosystem management and restoration. ECO has operational presence in the districts of Moroto, Abim and Nakapiripirit (Karamoja); Bugiri, Buikwe, Mayuge, Wakiso, and Rakai (Lake Victoria basin); and Masindi (Albertine Rift) and Arua. ECO is currently getting its funding support from AWO International, BMZ/Malteser International, Bread for the World, C4GC, CORDAID, DGF, FAO, Forest for the World, Terre des Homes (TDH) Netherlands, Wetlands International, WWF, Pathfinder Uganda, Oxfam Uganda, Infos Sustainable Energy, OSIEA, Fauna and Flora and Norah Stuart (individual donor).
Currently, the government of Uganda is in the process of reviewing the National Forest Policy and the Forest Plan in line with the requirement for periodic review of national policies and plans. As civil society, we have a critical role to play in contributing to the shaping of public policy and planning as one of our core mandates. ECO is therefore desirous of engaging the services of a qualified individual to undertake a quick desk review of the existing forest policy and plan with a view of highlighting gaps and providing recommendations to the National Task Team at the Ministry of Water and Environment.

1. To identify gaps in the current National Forest Policy and Forest Plan for Uganda
2. To provide recommendations and best practices for consideration by the National Task team during the stakeholder consultative process
3. To facilitate where necessary the civil society’s contribution of issues during validation meetings for the gaps study

Scope of work

The following are the tasks to be undertaken by the candidate:
Review the existing National Forest Policy and Plan for any policy or planning gaps
Study the third National Development Plan, Vision 2040, National Climate Change Policy, National Disaster Policy, Uganda’s Green Growth Strategy, SDGs, Uganda’s Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), CFM strategy and other relevant literature to identify issues, opportunities, and areas of interest that will positively contribute to a strong forest sector governance regime in Uganda.
Produce an issues paper that will feed into the National Forest Policy and Plan consultative meetings

Duties and Responsibilities

Provide all the necessary documents as needed by the consultant
ECO staff shall actively participate in the process as requested by the consultant
ECO shall organize validation meetings as may be required
ECO shall initiate contact with any stakeholders that the consultants will find necessary

The Consultant
Fulfill all assignments as stated in the scope

Proposed Methodology

The assignment will take a desk review and simple interview approach to deliver on the scope and product of the assignment.
The applicant is expected to provide a detailed reasonable methodology during the application process and should be part of the technical proposal

Qualifications of the consultant

Experience in policy analysis and research in the environment sector
Experience undertaking similar assignments
Ability to produce high quality outputs in a timely manner while understanding and anticipating the evolving client needs.
Ability to work independently, produce high quality outputs;
Master’s degree in Economics, Social sciences, Environment sciences, Natural resources or any other related field will be an added advantage
Minimum of 10 years of relevant experience is required.

1. Timeline
The exercise is expected to take 14 days (including weekends) from the date of award of the contract.

2. Deliverables
The successful candidate will produce an issues paper to facilitate CSOs contribution to the consultative process of the National Forest Policy and Plan.

All interested individuals/firms should submit technical and financial proposals to by Monday 26th October 2021.