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Terms of References (ToRs): Identification of Current and Planned Priority Developments in the Upper Zambezi Landscape

Posted on September, 03 2018

WWF Zambia have recently initiated a Programme in the Upper Zambezi Landscape that seeks to provide key information towards ensuring sustainable natural resource use and biodiversity conservation management within the broader landscape. Until relatively recently, the Upper Zambezi was relatively pristine and intact; however, developments in the mining, agriculture and energy (hydropower) sectors now threaten its integrity.

Terms of References (ToRs): Identification of Current and Planned Priority Developments in the Upper Zambezi Landscape

About WWF
 

WWF-World Wide Fund for Nature is the world’s largest independent conservation organization, with close to five million supporters and a network active in more than 100 countries on five continents.  Our mission is to stop the degradation of the planet’s natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature by conserving the world’s biological diversity, ensuring that the use of renewable natural resources is sustainable and promoting the reduction of pollution and wasteful consumption.


In Zambia, WWF has been working and supporting conservation of natural resources for over 50 years in various landscapes including the Kafue, Bangweulu, Luangwa and the Upper Zambezi. At the heart of WWF Zambia’s 2030 vision is the secure and sustainable management of the environment, natural resources and biodiversity for people and nature. The Upper Zambezi is a vital conservation landscape that represents a completely free-flowing ecosystem that plays a disproportionately important role in supporting the health of the river, livelihoods of people and resilience of socio-economic development further downstream in the region.

 

Background and Objective of the Assignment

WWF Zambia have recently initiated a Programme in the Upper Zambezi Landscape that seeks to provide key information towards ensuring sustainable natural resource use and biodiversity conservation management within the broader landscape. Until relatively recently, the Upper Zambezi was relatively pristine and intact; however, developments in the mining, agriculture and energy (hydropower) sectors now threaten its integrity.

 

In order to better understand the developments in the Upper Zambezi that are likely to negatively affect the environment and the measures needed to mitigate their impacts; the primary objective of this assignment is the identification of current and planned infrastructural related developments in the Upper Zambezi.

 

These developments include but not limited to the following sectors: Agriculture, Forestry, Freshwater (Damming and Hydropower), Mining, Road Construction and Commercial Business Enterprises with specific attention to those that require (or are undertaking) Environmental Impact Assessment.

 

The assignment should highlight (although not limiting) the following:

 

  • An exhaustive list and map of all current and planned developments within the Upper Zambezi;
  • A review of the scope, plans and proposed developers of the priority developments in the Upper Zambezi.   
  • An assessment of the stage at which the proposed developments are in the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) process.

Methodology and Geographical Scope
 

The Consultant is required to develop detailed methodology on how this will be conducted within the allocated time frame of the assignment (40 person days), which should include; meetings with the relevant stakeholders in North Western and Western and their respective districts. This should include but not be limited to: government departments, traditional leaders, environmental management agencies, NGOs and the private sector.

 

Key deliverables & suggested timeframes

  • Detailed proposal with an emphasis on suggested methodologies and implementation plan, including detailed timelines
  • Joint meeting between Consultant and WWF to finalize task proposal, methodology, tools, material, target audience, timeframe at WWF Zambia Country Office (ZCO).
  • Field data collection and identification of the current and planned priority developments in the Upper Zambezi.
  • Draft report of the whole assignment to be presented to all the stakeholders in their respective districts.
  • Final report addressing feedback from stakeholders and WWF.

 

Timeline:

Total assignment will be completed within 40 Days from the date of offer letter.   

 

Evaluation of the consultant:

Consultants will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Technical proposal and understanding of the nature of the assignment
  • Relevant experiences and assignment performed by Consultant
  • Financial Proposal
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Document to be submitted:

  • Maximum 5 page CV highlighting related assignments done with client  name, contract person and mobile number
  • Copies of Academic and Professional Qualifications held.
  • Detailed proposal with an emphasis on suggested methodologies, implementation plan and financial proposal

WWF role and reporting line:

 

It is the responsibility of the Firm/ Consultant to plan and carry out the assignment. WWF will where possible, link the consultant with relevant stakeholders in the Upper Zambezi through the Barotse and Kabompo Landscape Managers. The consultant will be responsible for maintaining correspondence and outputs in a timely and efficient manner keeping the Landscape Manager informed via written email correspondence.

 

Application:
 

Interested candidates are requested to submit a technical proposal outlining understanding of the assignment; required documents including CVs, financial proposal by ………………… in a sealed envelope or Email Subject marked “Priority Development in the Upper Zambezi”