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WETLANDS INTERNATIONAL’s SUSTAINABLE LIVELIHOODS AND BIODIVERSITY PROJECT IN NIGERIA’s NIGER DELTA – CONSULTANCY FOR CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANISATIONS (CSOS) MAPPING AND NEEDS ASSESSMENT OF POTENTIAL CSOs

16-Sep-2013

 TERMS OF REFERENCE FOR CONSULTING SERVICES

 

Period of Performance: September-December 2013

 

1.              Introduction

 

Nigeria’s Niger Delta is the third largest mangrove and freshwater swamp-forest area in the world. It delivers a wide range of ecosystem services that contributes to the well-being of millions of people.  Wetlands International has been working on wetland conservation issues in the Inner Niger Delta since over two decades, and aims to upscale work to the Nigeria’s Niger Delta in order to secure integration of conservation and wise use of wetlands in management of delta. To this end, Wetlands International is implementing a Sustainable Livelihoods and Biodiversity Project (SLBP) to be conducted between  2013- 2015.

 The overall objective of SLBP is to sustain and restore Niger Delta wetlands, their values and services for people and biodiversity: demonstrating good practice, empowering civil society and creating a facilitating policy environment. Among the expected outcomes of SLBP in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria is the strengthening of Civil Society Organisation (CSOs) in implementing and promoting ecosystem based approaches to development.

 

1.              Objectives

 

The main objective of the consultancy is to select NGOs in Nigeria’s Niger Delta Region and in the project States in particular (Bayelsa, Delta and Rivers) to collaborate with Wetlands InternationalAfrica (WIA) in the promotion and implementation of Ecosystem Based Approach to development. Specific objectives of the assignment are to:

1.       identify CSOs engaged in environmental conservation, capacity building, provision of livelihood support and economic empowerment as well as provision of support to emerging NGOs and CBOs at the state and community  levels;

2.       map-out geographical areas covered by such CSOs and gaps in terms of areas not covered;

3.       select the CSOs who can play a positive role in promoting and implementing an ecosystem-based approach, using pre-determined criteria;

4.       gauge the level of knowledge and capacity of the selected CSOs in relation to Ecosystem Based Approach (EBA), using structured and semi structured interview guides, document review guide, data gathering framework and reflective discussion pointes;

5.       identify challenges and lesson learnt by the selected CSOs in their EBA work ;

6.       explore further opportunities for EBA to further build the capacities of the selected CSOs.

 

2.              Scope of work

 

The scope of the assignment will comprise development of a Niger Delta CSOs inventory of potential civil society groups engaged in environmental conservation, capacity building, provision of livelihood support and economic empowerment as well as provision of support to emerging NGOs and CBOs at State and community level and assessing their capacity in promoting and implementing an ecosystem based approaches to development.

 

4. Specific Tasks, Deliverables and Schedules

 

The specific tasks of the consultants will, among others, include following:

 

Task 1: Prepare detailed Work Plan:

Under this task, the Contractor will submit for approval a work plan which will describe the detailed approach and schedules for each activity to meet the terms of reference. This plan will be prepared in consultation with WIA and will be subject to modification during implementation by mutual consent.   

 

Deliverable: Final written plan (This final plan incorporating the comments of WIA is to be submitted within 1 working day of the receipt of such comments).

 

Due date: The work plan proposal should be submitted for approval within 5 hours of signing of the Agreement with the Contractor.

 

Task 2: Reviewing of existing information and collate relevant data on CSOs in Niger Delta:

Under this task, the Contractor will contact network of CSOs in the States, LGAs and communities where the project sites are located. This will be through the sourcing of CSOs list in the LGA and communities through local resource persons (which may be provided by WIA upon mutual consent), internet and desktop review.  

 

Deliverable: Final written report (The report incorporating the comments of WIA is to be submitted within 7 working days of signing the Agreement).

 

Due date: 7 working days from the completion of Task 1.

 

Task 3: Identify CSOs engaged in environmental conservation, capacity building, provision of livelihood support and economic empowerment at STATE AND community level:    

Under this task, the contractor shall use the developed criteria for NGO selection in order to achieve the objective of identifying NGOs with interest, motivation, baseline capacity and engagement in environmental conservation, capacity building, provision of livelihood support and economic empowerment to participate in the program and such organization shall agree to serve as resource organization when the program commences. The criteria used to identify CSOs are appropriately fit to meet the program objectives. Also, affirmative action would be applied to cover women, and/or community-based NGOs.

 

Deliverable: Final written report (The report incorporating the comments of WIA is to be submitted within 7 working days from the completion of Task 2).

 

Due date: 7 working days from the completion of Task 2.

 

Task 4: Conduct Needs Assessment of CSOs:

 

Under this task, the contractor shall design an evaluation matrix for scoring the CSOs based on the intended consideration of:

 

·         Gauging the level of knowledge and capacity of the selected CSOs in relation to Ecosystem Based Approach (EBA)

·         and explore opportunities for EBA to further build the capacities of the selected CSOs.

 

 

Deliverable: Final written report (The report incorporating the comments of WIA is to be submitted within 7 working days from the completion of the task 3.

 

Due date: 21 working days from the completion of the Task 3.

 

Task 5:  Produce report and monitoring approach to assess progress towards                  project objective that is to say, CSOs strengthened in terms of implementing                 and promoting ecosystem-based                 approach:

 

Under this task, the contractor shall develop a monitoring approach to be used in assessing CSOs capabilities in promoting and implementing ecosystem-based approach.

 

Deliverable: Final written report (The report incorporating the comments of WIA is to be submitted within 7 working days from the completion of the task 3.

 

Due date: 7 working days from the completion of Task 4.

 

Task 6:    Undertake the restitution and validation of the findings:

Under this task, the contractor shall in collaboration with WIA convey a workshop of stakeholders where result of findings from assessment, interactions and monitoring of CSOs capabilities in implementing and promoting ecosystem-based approach would be made available and validated by the stakeholders.

 

Deliverable: Final written report (report containing the comments of WIA is to be submitted within 7 working days of the receipt of such comments).

 

Due date: 5 working days from the completion of Task 5.

 

Task 7:    create database for csos

Under this task, the contractor shall provide detailed and extensive information of selected CSOs from the result of findings from assessment, interactions and monitoring of CSOs capabilities in implementing and promoting ecosystem-based approach. Such information shall be uploaded to WIA website.

Some of the information shall include:  

§  Administrative data

§  Profile

§  Sectorial experience

§  Geographical experience

§  Crossed Information

§  Financing sources

§  Staff

§  Board of Directors

 

Deliverable: Final written report (report containing the comments of WIA is to be submitted within 7 working days from the completion of Task 6.

 

Due date: 7 working days from the completion of Task 6.

 

6. Requirements

 

The Contractor should have strong skills, knowledge and experience in civil society management and organization and should be familiar with Niger Delta terrain. Additional areas of desired expertise could include capacity building, community-based management, provision of livelihoods and economic empowerment and a stint of environmental conservation. 

Candidate should meet the following:

-                 5 or more years of experience in capacity building, NGO management, and/or economic empowerment;

-                 Skills and experience in organizing CSOs for socio-economic and environmental activities, and socio economic factors that affect project activities and their associated outcomes;

-                 Experienced in working with NGOs and other donors to build cooperative processes within an environmental and socio-economic context.

 

The consultancy will be carried out by individual expert in association with WIA Team.

 

7.              Deadline for Application: October 20, 2013

 

TO APPLY:

 

Send a cover letter and the list of human resources and their CV to WIA, Email: eodetola@wetlands-africa.org with copy to muwagbae@wetlands-africa.org

 

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