Consultant - BirdLife Conservation Strategy for West Africa 2018-2027

Application deadline: 
Friday, 9. March 2018 - 23:45

Consultant - BirdLife Conservation Strategy for West Africa 2018-2027

 
Period: 14 days spread over four months (March-June 2018)
 
Terms of Reference
 
BirdLife is the largest global partnership of 121 conservation NGOs that strives to conserve birds, their habitats and global biodiversity, working with people towards sustainability in the use of natural resources. BirdLife has 25 Partners 
 
BirdLife intends to develop a 10-year biodiversity conservation strategy for West Africa. The purpose of the strategy is to provide strategic direction for BirdLife’s conservation intervention in West Africa, particularly in the Regional Partnership for Coastal and Marine conservation in Western Africa (PRCM) region, coherent with BirdLife’s global strategy and programme priorities, and contributing to MAVA Foundation’s exit strategy. 
 
BirdLife International is hiring a consultant that will support and facilitate the development of a BirdLife Conservation Strategy for West Africa 2018-2027 within a period of 4 months commencing in March 2018.
Taking into account BirdLife’s global strategy and conservation programmes’ priorities, and on-going and planned conservation interventions in West Africa, the consultant shall draft a concise strategy for West Africa, with emphasis on the PRCM region. It is important to work of the existing BirdLife strategy for marine conservation in West Africa, and to adapt this to the shifts in the marine landscape that the current MAVA funding have caused, both in terms of addressing needs and shaping collaborations.
 
The strategy should include the following elements:
1. Present a brief overview of biodiversity conservation in West Africa, with emphasis on the PRCM region.
2. Briefly describe BirdLife’s conservation intervention along the East Atlantic Flyway with emphasis on coastal and seabird conservation in the PRCM region, land bird conservation and Guinean Forests of West Africa, and the overarching network and capacity development programme.
3. Analyse key threats to biodiversity conservation on land and at sea*, and the importance for BirdLife interventions in West Africa, particularly in the PRCM region.
4. Review BirdLife’s capacity for conservation and recommend achievable means to address capacity gaps, in line with BirdLife’s** network and capacity development plan. Emphasis should be placed on BirdLife offices in West Africa, BirdLife partners and candidate BirdLife Partners in the PRCM region.
5. Compile priority work areas and high-level activities to guide BirdLife’s interventions in West Africa, especially in the PRCM region (mention specific sites and land/seascapes) in the next 10 years. 
6. Compile a list of indicators to track and evaluate progress in bullet point 5 above.
7. Show how BirdLife’s interventions will contribute to the implementation of the MAVA Foundation’s exit strategy (i.e. the Outcome Action Plans - OAPs) and sustain conservation efforts and impacts beyond 2022.
 
Expected output: electronic copy of a strategy document (not more than 40 pages) and annexes 
 
Background documents: 
a. BirdLife conservation strategy and programme priorities 
b. BirdLife Marine Strategy for West Africa
c. BirdLife network development documents: QAS, strengthening plan etc
d. Project documents: all MAVA funded project proposals (Cape Verde seabird, coastal seabird, bycatch, oil and gas, seagrass beds and institutional grant for Dakar Office), DOB Ecology project documents, Ecosystem Profile of Guinean Forests of West Africa
e. MAVA Foundation Outcome Action Plans for West Africa
f. BirdLife Africa policy advocacy strategy
 
Closing date: 9th March 2018
Consultants meeting the specific requirements should email their tender to BirdLife International at recruitment-west-africa@birdlife.org
 
Application procedure
This tender should be comprised of the following:
1. Cover page, explaining why you are the most suitable candidate for the work
2. Financial proposal
3. Personal CV including past experiences in relevant field/area: this should clearly demonstrate how you meet the person specific requirement, be 3 page maximum, and include 2 professional referees, including one former client who knows your work.
 
  *See at sea threat analysis in BirdLife marine strategy for West Africa
  **Ref Capacity Development Fund for West Africa FPP and BirdLife Quality Assurance System (QAS) and strengthening plan for partners