Short Term Consultancy - Soaring Birds Sensitive Agriculture Guidance Consultancy

Application deadline: Friday, 28. February 2014 - 17:15

Project Name: 00051312 Mainstreaming Conservation of Migratory Soaring Birds into Key Productive Sectors along the Rift Valley/Red Sea Flyway Project.

Under the auspices of the UNDP/GEF Migratory Soaring Birds (MSB) project, BirdLife International seeks an environmental consultancy with experience in the field of agriculture impacts assessment and mitigation.


The consultancy is needed to undertake a review of the impacts of the agricultural sector on migratory soaring birds (MSB) in the Red Sea –Rift Valley Flyway, and to develop best practice guidance to address these impacts. The work will need to consider the following:

i) the trends in and impacts of land-use changes for agricultural purposes in the Red Sea –Rift Valley Flyway, the possible impacts of these changes on the habitats of MSBs, and measures that might be taken to avoid and address these impacts;

ii) the indirect effects of the use of herbicides and pesticides on MSBs in the Red Sea –Rift Valley Flyway, the likely trends in their use, and the measures that might be taken to avoid and address these impacts (note the direct poisoning of MSBs by agricultural chemicals is being addressed by a separate consultancy and does not need to be covered by this work);

iii) the increasing expansion of agriculture in desert environments, the opportunities and risks that this represents to MSBs in the Red Sea –Rift Valley Flyway, and the measures that might be taken to maximise these opportunities and minimise the risks;

iv) the benefits to agriculture that migratory soaring birds represent, and the direct measures that might be taken to attract and protect these species in an agricultural environment, and

v) consideration of the opportunities and approaches to mainstream MSB conservation into the agricultural sector, including the identification of any institutions, projects or programmes which might be approached for this purpose.

The selected consultancy will be contracted by BirdLife International, in close coordination with UNDP-Jordan, and will be supervised and coordinated by the Africa Flyway Officer – Agriculture, Mr. Alex Ngari.


  To apply, the prospective applicants should submit:

  • CV, outlining their relevant professional experience
  • Technical proposal on consultancy work plan and methodology

You are requested to submit a detailed application by 28th February 2014 to

The consultancy will need to be implemented during March and June 2014.

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