Consultant - Recruitment of BirdLife partner organisations in the Gambia and Guinea

Application deadline: 
Friday, 12. October 2018 - 23:45

Consultant - Recruitment of BirdLife partner organisations in the Gambia and Guinea

Period: 20 days spread over three months (October-December 2018)
 
Terms of Activities
 
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 in Africa, and plans to expand to cover more countries with important bird diversity.
 
As part of a MAVA funded project promoting capacity development of local conservation organisations in the PRCM region, BirdLife intends to recruit 2 local conservation organisations, one in the Gambia and one in Guinea Conakry. BirdLife International is hiring a consultant who will conduct the scoping exercise within a period of 3 months commencing in October 2018.  
 
The consultant will conduct a scoping exercise in these 2 countries to identify the most suitable organisations that meet the BirdLife criteria, including:
• special, demonstrable interest and capacity in the conservation of birds and their habitats, and actively encourage the conservation of nature other than birds
• not for profit organisation, have evidence of civil society support, be financially stable and have a membership base
 
Objective:
To undertake a BirdLife mission to The Gambia and Guinea to review the current capacity of national conservation and development NGOs for their suitability to join the BirdLife Partnership and make recommendations to BirdLife.
 
Activities:
a) Before visiting the countries, establish contact with experts on biodiversity and conservation of The Gambia and Guinea and draw up a shortlist of NGOs likely to fulfil BirdLife criteria
b) Visit the countries in November and compile information on the general policy environment for the operation of conservation NGOs
c) Consult with Gambian and Guinean environmentalists to finalise shortlist of national NGOs likely to fulfil BirdLife criteria
d) Hold consultative meetings with key NGO stakeholders in The Gambia and Guinea to make direct contact with potential BirdLife NGOs, explain “How BirdLife works” and provide information on BirdLife and the process of becoming a BirdLife Partner Organisation
e) Visit selected NGOs that are deemed most likely to satisfy BirdLife’s criteria and conduct a BirdLife rapid assessment to determine comparative suitability for BirdLife Partnership
f) Collect background information on the capacity of those selected NGOs and determine the level of interest and compatibility in the BirdLife Partnership.
g) Write a report to BirdLife on the most suitable NGOs for BirdLife Partnership in the long-term
 
 
The results/deliverables of the scoping exercise should include the following elements:
1. Implementation plan and itinerary, with expected travel dates, to be shared by end of October 2018
2. Pre-visit shortlist of NGOs likely to meet BirdLife criteria in November 2018
3. Final Report detailing:
• Policy environment for conservation NGO operations in The Gambia and Guinea
• Final list of NGOs likely to meet  BirdLife criteria
• Notes on consultative meeting with stakeholders
• Rapid Assessment results for selected NGOs
• Final recommendation to BirdLife on NGOs most suitable for long term BirdLife Affiliation. Due Date:  mid-December 2018
 
 
Expected output: electronic copy of a summary document (not more than 20 pages) and annexes 
 
Background documents: 
a. BirdLife conservation strategy and programme priorities 
b. BirdLife experience in these 2 countries (discussions with relevant BirdLife staff will be organised before the scoping exercise begins)
c. BirdLife network development documents: QAS, strengthening plan etc
d. MAVA Foundation Outcome Action Plans for West Africa
 
Closing date: 12 October 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.