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FOREST CONSULTANCY SERVICES TERMS OF REFERENCE (TOR) DECEMBER, 2021

Position Title: Forest consultant to undertake work on the EU Grant project for restoring and conserving degraded fragile ecosystems for improved Community Livelihoods among the Refugee and Host Communities of West Nile Region in the districts of Terego and Yumbe

Contract type: Firm or consortium of individuals

Location: National

Project Title: Restoring and conserving degraded fragile ecosystems for improved Community Livelihoods among the Refugee and Host Communities of West Nile Region (Terego and Yumbe Districts).

Expected duration of assignment: 1-month renewable

Reports to: Project Manager ECO with a copy to the Executive Director ECO

Date of publication: December, 2021

Background Objectives of the Assessment

Introduction:

The EU Grant Project titled “Restoring and Conserving Degraded Fragile ecosystems for improved community livelihoods among the refugee and Host communities of West Nile Region and the Mid-Albertine Rift” is an action response project implemented by a consortium of Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), Nature Uganda (NU), Ecological Christian Organization (ECO) and Uganda Biodiversity Trust Fund (UBTF) as the lead applicant. The project commenced in February, 2021 targeting West Nile region particularly Terego and Yumbe district (implementation area for ECO) for areas within 15Km radius from the boundary of refugee camps.

Project Objectives:

The project overall objective is “Improved livelihoods and ecosystems resilience to impacts of refugees and climate change in refugee hosting landscapes”. By the end of the four years, the action will have contributed to improving resilience of both livelihoods and ecosystem resilience. The overall objective will be achieved through three specific objectives namely:

  1. To restore degraded forests, wetlands, savannah woodlands and other fragile ecosystems impacted by human activities in refugee hosting districts.
  2. Support landowners in host communities to establish agroforestry enterprises and adapt Sustainable Land Management (SLM) practices.
  3. Build capacity of Local Governments (LG), Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), private sector companies and local communities for effective uptake of climate change mitigation and environmental conservation measures.

The overall objective of this particular assignment is to provide technical support in the area of characterizing woodlands, woodlots and farmlands to ensure effective and efficient delivery of project targets.  This is intended to describe and categorize the in-situ condition of the woodlands, woodlots and farmlands in the project area over the project life.

Specifically, the key outcomes for this assignment include: identification of the necessary interventions, inputs and mitigation measures to the threats associated with woodlands, woodlots and farmland activities.

Scope of Work, Responsibilities and products

The Consultant(s) shall perform all the services/work as necessary to fulfill the objectives of the Consultancy contract. More particularly, the Consultant will be expected to carry out tasks such as:

Scope:

  1. Reviewing relevant literature related to methodologies for woodland and forest ecosystem restoration and conservation, environmental laws and policies, national and local refugee policies, livelihood interventions and climate change response etc.;
  2. Prepare an acceptable activity/work plan and methodologies to be employed, stakeholder, key inputs and institutions’ involvement and submit them for approval before commencement of field activities.
  • Undertake field reconnaissance to pick multiple co-ordinates for woodlands, woodlots, farmer gardens and forests;
  1. Describe the status of the identified woodlands and farmlands in terms terrain, flora and fauna, climate/ weather, soil and unique natural features.
  2. Identify any threats and risks associated with the identified woodlands
  3. Identify and recommend suitable interventions and inputs required for enrichment planting in selected woodlands sites.
  • Participate in the validation meetings for all products of the project;
  • Carry out other relevant tasks as may be assigned in writing from time-to-time by the client within the context of the assignment.

Products:

  1.  A technical report on the methodology and qualitative description of the field observations, woodland types, key interventions and inputs to address threats and risks.
  2. Photographs of the characterized fields

Methodology/Work plan/scope

  • The consultant shall develop the relevant methodology and approach that will enable successful delivery of the assignment. The methodology shall be presented to ECO for review before any field execution (for successful candidates).
  • The consultant shall prepare a work plan within the stated timeframe for the assignment and submit it to ECO for review before any work starts.
  • The consultant shall propose any other necessary new innovations, techniques or approaches for effective implementation.

Qualification and experience of the consultant

The prospective consultant/firm/individual shall be required to possess the following minimum qualifications.

  • At least a degree in any of the following fields: Forestry, Agroforestry, Environmental/Resource Economics, Natural Resources Management and Economics and Agriculture with a strong knowledge of dryland/ rangeland management.

Experience:

The following experience is required for this assignment:

  • Minimum of 5 years of professional experience in the field of forestry, agroforestry and dryland/ rangeland management.
  • The experience must be both practical and research related, able to produce cutting edge technical and policy knowledge products.
  • Geographical knowledge of the area is an added advantage.
  • Excellent, proven management and communication skills
  • Ability to speak the local language.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in technical teams.
  • Demonstrated analytical and report-writing skills.

Payments

The payments will be scheduled as follows:

  • 40% upon presentation of the activity concept and budget for Terego district.
  • 40% upon presentation of the activity concept and budget for Yumbe district.
  • 20% on submission of the final activity report.

Duration

The duration for the consultancy work is 1 month

Note

Any Proposal submitted will be regarded as an offer by the Proposer and does not constitute or imply the acceptance of any Proposal by ECO. ECO is under no obligation to award a contract to any Proposer as a result of this Request for Proposals (RFP).

At any time prior to the deadline of proposal submission, ECO may for any reason, such as in response to a clarification requested by a Proposer, modify the RFP in the form of a Supplemental Information to the RFP. All prospective Proposers will be notified in writing of all changes/amendments and additional instructions through Supplemental Information to the RFP.

Submission process

Completed application documents should be submitted to the stated address through email at: info@ecouganda.org not later than 31st /December/ 2021 from the date of publication of this RFP.

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