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Consultancy Opportunity tendering job at Chimpanzee Sanctuary & Wildlife Conservation Trust ( Chimpanzee Trust )

Expression of Interest

Chimpanzee Sanctuary & Wildlife Conservation Trust ( Chimpanzee Trust )

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About the Organisation (Buyer)

This year, 2023, marks 25 years of existence of the sanctuary. Over the last 25 years, Ngamba Island has received a number of orphaned and rescued chimpanzees with a few born at the sanctuary. Currently, the sanctuary is home to 53 chimpanzees.

The 25th-anniversary celebrations aim to raise awareness about the importance of conserving chimpanzees and their natural habitats. The theme for this celebration is “Partnerships for co-existence”, to promote the need for humans and wildlife to live in harmony in shared environments. The celebrations will be graced by the founder of the Jane Goodall Institute, Dr. Jane Goodall; a world-renowned ethologist and UN peace ambassador and a focal person in the establishment of the sanctuary as a project of the Uganda Chapter of the Jane Goodall Institute.

To celebrate this remarkable 25-year journey and set the stage for the next quarter-century, we have launched a
unique fundraising campaign we have dubbed “25 for 25 years” under our celebratory theme – partnerships for
co-existence. Our goal is to raise $250,000 through donations in multiples of 25, symbolizing the incredible
progress we have made and the continued impact we can achieve together

Subject of Procurement

Consultancy Opportunity tendering job at Chimpanzee Sanctuary & Wildlife Conservation Trust ( Chimpanzee Trust )

Tender Details

Request for Expression of Interest to Train Community-Based Extension Assistants and local partners in Human-Chimpanzee Conflict Mitigation Measures and Community Livelihoods Alternatives


Introduction

  • Chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes schweinfurthii) are a globally endangered species, with several groups inhabiting the forests of western and northern Uganda. At the national level, chimpanzees were assessed and assigned the EN (A4c) threat category. However, current chimpanzee management and conservation efforts are insufficient, resulting in the loss of suitable habitat connectivity and reduction in the chimpanzee population to levels deemed below viability for most sites. Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and the Chimpanzee Sanctuary and Wildlife Trust, also known as Chimpanzee Trust (CT), are implementing a three-year project titled “Recovery of Eastern chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes schweinfurthii) by de-risking their suitable habitats in the Albertine rift of Uganda” with funding support from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. The project started in June 2022 and aims to reduce the loss and degradation of suitable habitats for chimpanzee conservation in Uganda’s portion of the Albertine Rift, with Chimpanzee habitat recovery and monitoring activities in selected CFRs and avoided deforestation activities in the neighbouring communities. Activities in the communities are implemented through project officers and Community-Based Extension Workers (CBEWs).


Rationale

  • Communities adjacent to chimpanzee habitats often bear conservation costs such as crop destruction, livestock killing, human harm or death, and property destruction, which cause conflict between humans and chimpanzees. Therefore, there is a need to mitigate and/or manage the conflicts. WCS is seeking a consultant to train project officers, community-based extension assistants, and selected local leaders in human-chimpanzee conflict mitigation and development of alternative community livelihood enterprises, who will later train their peers.


The training

  • The training’s primary objective is to provide project officers, CBEWs, and selected local leaders with sound knowledge and hands-on experiences in implementing appropriate human-Chimpanzee conflict mitigation measures, focusing on securing community livelihoods.


The Specific Objectives are:

  • To determine the training needs/gaps by evaluating causes of human-Chimpanzee conflicts in the project area and the trainers' pre-training knowledge capacity concerning reducing conflict between humans and Chimpanzees.

  • To impart practical information and experiences about reducing human-Chimpanzee conflict, especially alternative agriculture-based community livelihoods, to project officers, communitybased extension assistants, and selected local leaders.

  • To mentor the project officers, Community-Based Extension assistants, and selected local partners who will effectively train the community members.


Duties and Responsibilities

Reporting to Project Manager, the consultant will carry out the following duties and responsibilities:

  • Conduct a review of relevant literature about the subject.

  • Conduct a rapid assessment of communities' interventions regarding human-chimpanzee conflicts and the agricultural-based mitigation strategies implemented in and around the project sites.

  • Conduct a pre-training evaluation of the targeted trainers to determine their training needs.

  • Develop a training program for review by WCS and CT project teams.

  • Deliver Training of Trainers on efficient and implementable human-chimpanzee conflict mitigation strategies for project officers, Community-Based Extension assistants, and local partners in the project area.

  • Mentor the project officers, Community-Based Extension assistants, and local partners to provide extension services in the field efficiently.


Deliverables

  • Submission and presentation of the Inception report within a week’s period of contract signing.

  • Rapid assessment report on the nature of current human-chimpanzee conflicts and how the communities mitigate them within the project area.

  • Training and mentoring reports for the trainees

  • Simple, well-organized training materials that the Community-based assistants shall use as reference materials. WCS will print several copies and provide them to the assistants.


Qualifications, Skills, and Competencies Required The consultant will have:

  • At least a master's degree in agriculture, forestry, natural resource management, land use and management, rural development, agricultural extension, or closely related fields.

  • At least 10 years of experience participating in the development sector, preferably in forestry and agricultural extension or closely related fields.

  • Evidence of experience with respect to developing high-quality training materials, specifically in the agricultural extension sector.

  • Experience in mentoring and delivering training pieces to non-technical local people.

  • Excellent verbal communication, documentation, and good report-writing skills.

  • Duration of the Assignment

  • The assignment is expected to be completed within a period of two months after the contract signing. The tentative and estimated time for achieving the expected deliverable is presented in the table below. Kindly note that the selected consultant will mentor the CBAs to deliver effectively in the field starting next year.


Submission of applications

  • The interested consultants should submit their technical and financial proposals written in English addressed to:

The Chairperson Procurement Committee,

Wildlife Conservation Society, Uganda Country program

P.O Box 7487,

Kampala-Uganda


and submitted by email ONLY to wcsuganda@wcs.org with copies to gnangendo@wcs.org and mnyago@wcs.org no later than 5 pm on Tuesday, October 31st, 2023.


  • The subject line should be: “Expression of Interest to train CBAs and local partners.”

  • Kindly note that WCS and CT reserve the right to accept or reject any proposals.

  • If you don’t hear from WCS by Friday, November 10th, 2023, consider your expression of interest unsuccessful.

Tender Documents

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