Developing Environmental and Social Safeguards Tools and Roll Out Frameworks to Support Delivery of WWF Zambia Conservation Programme Job at WWF Zambia – Career Opportunity in Zambia

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Vacancy title:
Developing Environmental and Social Safeguards Tools and Roll Out Frameworks to Support Delivery of WWF Zambia Conservation Programme

[ Type: FULL TIME , Industry: Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources , Category: Energy & Natural Resources ]

Jobs at:

WWF Zambia

Deadline of this Job:
30 August 2021  

Duty Station:
Within Zambia , Lusaka , South - Central Africa

Date Posted: Thursday, August 26, 2021 , Base Salary: Not Disclosed

Introduction and Background
WWF Zambia was established in 1962 to support conservation of natural resources in Zambia. Since 1962 WWF, formerly World Wildlife Fund Zambia has been involved in various conservation activities to conserve Zambia’s biodiversity upon which the nation’s economy and livelihoods largely depend.

In 1990, WWF signed an Agreement with the Government of the Republic of Zambia recognising WWF’s dedication to world-wide conservation of the natural environment. The agreement further authorised WWF to establish an office in Lusaka for purposes of managing its conservation projects in the country. WWF Zambia is at present working towards becoming a national organisation.

In its efforts and resolve to ensure it identifies, avoids and mitigates any negative social and environmental impacts, and uphold human rights, WWF Zambia is rolling-out social and environmental safeguards in all its priority landscapes. This is in its effort to ensure conservation programmes deliver better outcomes for communities and nature. Key to this task is to identify a Consultant who will work with environmental and social safeguards’ focal people in WWF to develop and localize safeguards.

Environmental and Social Safeguards
Implementation of Environmental and Social (E&S) Safeguards is one of the WWF core policies required to deliver quality and sustainable conservation programs. Safeguards are designed to manage risks, uphold human rights, and ensure conservation projects deliver better outcomes for communities and nature. WWF uses its safeguards system to deliberately identify, avoid, minimize and mitigate any negative social and environmental impacts within our work. We apply safeguards in the design, implementation, and monitoring of all of our field-based activities in our target landscapes.

Because our work takes us to complex and remote landscapes, where conflicts over natural resources regularly occur, we have instituted changes to ensure that the voices of communities are heard and to improve our ability to meet our commitments. WWF has long recognized that conservation and human rights are at the heart of sustainable development, and thus there is need for constantly learning and improving how we can better consistently integrate them. We hold ourselves to high standards on people and conservation, and we recognize that we haven’t consistently implemented these standards across the priority landscapes. Further, we commit to better use our influence to support public and private sectors in fulfilling their obligations to protect human rights in turn creating an enabling environment to better meet our own commitments. We are taking additional steps to reduce conflicts between communities, law enforcement, and other key stakeholders through clearly defined safeguards frameworks, and human rights trainings.

To achieve the above, WWF is continuously strengthening its governance and management systems to better deliver on its commitments. For instance, we have updated our network-wide values—Courage, Respect, Integrity, and Collaboration—and explicitly linking them to corresponding policies to which every staff and office is accountable. Furthermore, as WWF, we have committed, not only to undertaking risks and safeguards screening in landscapes we work, but also addressing the risks through the development of mitigation plans, budgeted implementation programs, and oversight systems. The office will continue to engage communities throughout project design, implementation and monitoring including setting up grievance mechanisms for communities and other stakeholders to voice any project-related concerns and seek their resolution, and public disclosure of safeguarding actions

Objectives of the Assignment
The main objective of the assignment is to operationalize the WWF safeguards system into a local operating system and plan that will ensure communities and other key stakeholders voices are heard to help WWF Zambia hold itself to high standards on people and conservation.

The Specific Objectives of the Assignment Include:
1. Participate in office ESSF planning and training activities on common approaches to be apply in various landscapes
2. Finalise the Identification and documentation of screened environmental and social risks in WWF Zambia Priority landscapes including Bangweulu, Luangwa, Kafue System, Silowana Complex, and Upper Zambezi (Kabompo and Barotse flood Plains). The Consultant is expected to study preliminary results of screening done this far and fill in the gaps that may be there.
3. Facilitate WWF staff and partner training on use of ESSF administrative tools
4. Develop ESSF roll out tools in conjunction with key partners
5. Facilitate landscape level stakeholder validation of environmental and social risks in WWF Zambia Priority landscapes to include the views of stakeholders
6. Support landscape managers develop ESSF indicators, work plans and budgets
7. Develop ESSF guidelines, checklist and template for program and project design and reporting
8. Facilitate joint stakeholder risk management plans per landscape
9. Support development of tools to incorporate ESSF management in conservation planning, execution, reviews reporting
10. Develop evaluation guidelines for review of ESSF work plans
11. Co create with partners and communities in target landscapes community grievance handling and conflict resolution mechanisms
12. Train WWF landscape focal point persons on use of ESS tools and its rollout
13. Train all key stakeholders in Complaints and Grievance Handling mechanisms

Scope of the Assignment
The assignment will focus on WWF network environmental and social safeguards framework and tailored to local environment. Communities, WWF staff and other key stakeholders in the WWF priority landscapes will be instrumental in the validation of the identified environmental and social risks and developed complaints and grievance handling mechanisms. The documenting of the environmental and social risks will involve going to all WWF Priority Landscapes and will involve working with all our teams on the ground. The Consultant will further be expected to document the whole process from development and rollout of the ESSF and related guidelines

The Consultant will be expected to devise the best approach to delivering the assignment which should be clearly presented in the inception report and discussed with the Country Director and selected members of Senior Management Team.
At minimum, Consultant is expected to review the following WWF documents:
• Participate in the global WWF ESSF training
• Review Country strategy -2021-2025
• Draft landscape risk screening
• Network ESSF and implementation roadmap
• WWF standards on People and Conservation
• WWF values as presented to all staff and related social policies
• Independence Review report and WWF response report
• Familiarize with ESS mechanisms used by organisations such as KfW, WB, UN, GCF, GEF, GRZ, GIZ, and Millennium Challenge Account.
• Review past ZCO ESSF consultants report
Timelines. The preliminary work is anticipated to take 4 weeks starting 1 September, 2021

Deliverables of the Assignment
The following are the expected deliverables by the Consultant:
a) Inception Report and work plan
b) 1st Draft Report and draft tools and templates. A feedback meeting with relevant stakeholders will be held where the first draft report will be reviewed, discussed and then feedback given to the Consultant
c) Final draft Report and final ESSF implementation tools & template
d) The report will be presented to the key stakeholders final comments
e) Final Report: Will be produced and submitted in both electronic and 2 hard copies in the prescribed structure and format; both soft and hard copies in word and PDF.
f) Appendices: all datasets, identified environmental and social risks per landscape, and meeting details and attendees lists, names of stakeholders met; training reports and ESSF rollout plans among others

Requirements and Qualifications
• The minimum academic qualification for the Consultant required is a Master’s Degree in Natural Resource Management, Human rights, /or other related discipline from any reputable institution of higher learning
• At least 7 years’ active experience of working with communities on social development.
• Previous experience in working with communities on social safeguarding
• Previous experience of working with communities on environmental and social safeguarding in a conservation setting is an advantage
• Experience in participatory, quantitative and qualitative methodologies
• Consultant should have demonstrated experience managing big conservation projects
• Experience of more than 7 years working with NGOs, local and international organisations and donors in the environment and natural resources conservation sector
• Demonstrated track record and experience in Project Management in ESS sensitive programmes
• Deep appreciation/awareness of WWF priority landscapes in Zambia will be a definite plus.
• Strong research and analytical and presentation skills
Submission of the Technical and Financial Proposals

Technical Proposal
• A one-page Consultant’s understanding of the TOR,
• Two pages of the proposed methodology and approach to the assignment,
• Assignment design, activities and expected outcomes,
• A detailed activities schedule/work plan with time frame,
• A profile of the Consulting individual including the full names, physical addresses, telephone numbers,
• Copy of CV of the Consultant proposed to undertaking the assignment.

Financial proposal
• Itemized gross consultant’s fees in line with the outputs
• Itemized administration expenses;
• Validity period of quotation;
• Expected payment plan and method

Work Hours: 8

Experience in Months: 84

Level of Education:
Postgraduate Degree


Job application procedure
Interested applicants should submit both a technical and Financial proposal (not more than 5 pages) with copies of the latest CV and academic qualifications. These should be submitted to the following email; [email protected]  with copies to [email protected]  and [email protected]  by 17:00 hours on 30 August 2021 .