Individual Consultant: Sustainable Livelihood Specialist

  • Mid-level, Short-term contract assignment
  • Posted on 22 May 2020
  • Surigao del Sur, Philippines | Surigao del Norte, Philippines | Cebu City, Philippines | Manila, Metropolitan Manila, Philippines | Philippines
  • Closing on 3 June 2020
  • Current
  • Annual gross 20000 US Dollar
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Job Description

Objective and Purpose of the Assignment

Under Output 3, the knowledge and support technical assistance (TA 9461: Protecting and Investing in Natural Capital in Asia and the Pacific) aims to combat environmental organized crime in the Philippines through legal and institutional reforms, building capacity throughout the full enforcement chain, and reducing demand for illegal wildlife and wildlife parts.

During its second meeting on 4 October 2019, the Project Steering Committee (PSC) directed the Project Management Unit to explore other interventions geared towards reducing demand for illegal wildlife and its derivatives. In particular, the PSC suggested that the Project undertake activities that address the root causes of poverty by providing options for livelihood to the community. This reduction in supply may contribute to reduction in demand given e.g. demand elasticity and appropriate demand reduction measures.

Scope of Work

TA 9461 will engage a Sustainable Livelihood Specialist to conduct a livelihood assessment using the Sustainable Livelihood Assessment (SLA) Framework in priority sites identified as hotspots for poaching and illegal wildlife trade in project sites, provide recommendations, and identify sustainable livelihood strategies for future investments. The said livelihood assessment shall identify gaps in basic socio-economic services closely related to livelihoods and the engagement in illegal activities.

Detailed Tasks and/or Expected Output

1. Work with ADB, DENR-Biodiversity Management Bureau and the Project’s Wildlife Trafficking Researcher to identify at least two priority areas/ barangays in at least one project region, shown to be hotspots for poaching and illegal wildlife trade, including marine turtles and/or parrots. The consultant is also expected to conduct review of related literature, including the results of the Project’s pre-campaign consumer report;

2. Prepare an Inception Report and Workplan detailing the methodology, activities, timeline, and Outline of Interim and Final Reports;

3. Conduct Livelihood Feasibility Study, which include:

(a) Development of survey questions and tool using the SLA framework and survey template. The said survey tool must be made available in print and online formats and must give special emphasis on the anonymity of the respondents. (i) Integrate questions on the COVID19 impact on tourism (e.g. on income and revenues) into the LFS survey, which could be added e.g. under the Human Asset component (health) or the Livelihood Strategies component (tourism), to assess the implications of the pandemic on livelihoods in the tourism sector. (ii) Integrate questions on how communities use turtles/parrots with regard to their livelihoods.
(b) Conduct of SLA survey, key informant interviews, and focus group discussions (FGDs), as may be necessary, to assess the current status of livelihood, socio-economic context, and natural environment in the Project sites;
(c) Consolidation and analysis of data, including the encoding of survey results and digital transcription of interviews and FGDs.

4. Present preliminary findings and submit an Interim Report to the DENR-BMB and ADB;

5. Develop recommendations for sustainable livelihoods, including building on, if available and relevant, existing livelihood interventions provided by other organizations/donors/LGUs in the project sites, and by identifying enabling factors and challenges to support livelihood development for the target barangays; and,

6. Present and submit the Final Report to the DENR-BMB and ADB.

Expected Outputs:

• Submission of Inception Report and Work Plan
• Presentation of Interim Report, with preliminary findings
• Submission of an Interim Report
• Presentation of Final Report with findings and recommendations
• Submission of Final Report

Minimum Qualification Requirements

A university degree in business management, economics, or environment and natural resource management is required. An advanced university degree would be desirable. A minimum of five (5) years of experience in designing and conducting community surveys and in providing expert support to biodiversity friendly livelihood development. Prior experience working with national, regional, provincial, and/or local government agencies on environment and natural resources related concerns, and with agencies administering protected areas and wildlife is an advantage. Knowledge of basic statistics for survey design (e.g. margin of error, confidence level etc.) is considered an advantage. Native speaker of the national and local language and proficiency (spoken and written) in English is essential.

Competencies

Ability to understand complex issues; ability to work under pressure and to use limited time and resources effectively; flexibility to adapt rapidly to changing situations; ability to ensure that the highest possible quality outputs are produced. Ability to carry out research; to communicate matters clearly and understandably to relevant stakeholders; to facilitate/moderate survey interview sessions; and to write clearly and effectively. Good interpersonal skills, ability to work collaboratively with professional and technical staff at senior and junior levels from diverse cultures and backgrounds. Ability to identify priorities, work to tight deadlines, and coordinate with the work of others.

Minimum General Experience 6 Years

Minimum Specific Experience (relevant to assignment) 5 Years

Deadline of Submitting EOI: 03-Jun-2020 11:59 PM Manila local time

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