Technical support and research to promote the meaningful participation and involvement of women and girls in community forestry in the Democratic Republic of Congo
(Appui technique et recherche en vue de promouvoir la participation et l’implication significative des femmes et des filles dans la foresterie communautaire en République Démocratique du Congo)
RFUK is implementing a large programme on community forestry in DRC. The project aims to improve livelihoods and reduce deforestation in DRC by establishing successful community based forest management, which responds to the rights and needs of local communities including those of marginalised groups such as indigenous peoples and women, and contributes to integrated land-use planning.
The project is stepping up to a critical phase where the project sites will start the process to prepare simple management plans and setting up management bodies for their concessions. In order to develop a strategy to promote women’s meaningful participation in the management and operation phase of community forest concessions, the consultant will undertake an in-depth study of the following, under the overall guidance of RFUK:
- An overview of the role of women in natural resource management and governance with a focus on community forestry in countries that have advanced and operational models of community forests
- The scope for community forestry to support / increase / improve women’s meaningful participation in community-based forest management in the DRC context
- Lessons learnt, best practices and recommendations from community forest models in other countries that may be relevant / applicable to the DRC context, both for field implementation and for the formulation of policy recommendations at national level.
See full terms of reference for more information. This position is home based with travel to London and DRC.
Applications should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org with ‘DRC CF gender proposal’ in the subject line. Any questions are to be directed to this email address.
The deadline for submitting this is 21 May 2018 at midnight, BST.
About the Organization
The mission of the Rainforest Foundation UK (RFUK) is to support indigenous peoples and traditional populations of the world's rainforest to:
- Secure and control the natural resources necessary for their long-term wellbeing and managing these resources in ways which do not harm their environment, violate their culture or compromise their future.
- Develop means to protect their individual and collective rights and to obtain, shape and control basic services from the state.
RFUK considers that an essential first step to protect and manage the tropical forests and to reduce poverty in tropical forest countries is to realise the rights of the traditional and indigenous communities who live in those forests. With secure rights to land and livelihoods, forest peoples can effectively manage forest resources and direct and manage their own development. Founded in 1989, RFUK has in the past 25 years built a solid body of work based on this rights-based approach to development and protection of the rainforest. Although our work is focused on the Congo Basin, where RFUK has worked since 1996, we also work in the Peruvian Amazon.
RFUK tackles the underlying causes of deforestation linked to the problems of disenfranchisement of indigenous forest peoples globally and locally. From the field to the international policy arena, RFUK reinforces the active participation of forest peoples in the decisions that affect them. We work with over 15 partner organisations in tropical forest countries and our programme work is split into the following thematic areas:
- Threats to forests from the extractive industries, infrastructure development and agro-industrial expansion;
- Conservation effectiveness and monitoring of initiatives to reduce deforestation from deforestation and degradation (REDD);
- Community-based forest management, land-use planning and tenure reform;
- Community mapping and forest monitoring;
- Indigenous peoples’ rights.