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Proposal Writer WWF Zambia

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Consultant for Proposal Development on Conservation and development projects within the Kwando River & Zambezi-Chobe Floodplains Wildlife Dispersal Areas in KAZA

Background Information

WWF Zambia is developing a full proposal to the KAZA TFCA Development Programme of the Southern African Development Community-KAZA TFCA Partner States, and co-financed by the Federal Republic of Germany through KfW. The vision of the KAZA TFCA is “To establish a World-class trans-frontier conservation and tourism destination area in the Kavango and Zambezi River basins, supporting sustainable development in this region by 2030”. The mission is “To sustainably manage the Kavango-Zambezi River basin ecosystems, and its heritage and cultural resources based on best conservation and tourism models for the socio-economic well-being of the communities and other stakeholders in and around the KAZA TFCA through harmonization of policies, strategies and practices.” The objectives of the KAZA TFCA can be aggregated into two categories: (a) ecological – focused on protection of internationally shared ecosystems; increasing the area available for wildlife and plant populations; and re-establishment of trans-boundary seasonal wildlife dispersal routes; and (b) socioeconomic – concerned among others, with increasing economic opportunities for the local communities who often bear the opportunity cost of living with wildlife.

Through a consultative process the Partner States developed project profiles for three (3) Wildlife Dispersal Areas (WDAs) namely Kwando River; Zambezi-Chobe Floodplain; and Hwange-Kazuma-Chobe, which have since received funding from KfW for the identified activities.  A WDA project profile report was prepared, which summarises the method and outcomes from the project identification process and should be used as a point of reference for the full proposals.

WWF Zambia is one of the organisations that has been preselected to submit a full proposal for this work by 30 April 2021.

Purpose of the Consultancy

The consultant will take the lead, supported by WWF Zambia’s staff, to develop a compelling, evidence-based proposal for the activities in Zambian part of KAZA. The Consultant will bring to the programme design/proposal development process a thorough understanding of and prior experience in bid-writing for institutional donors. Preferably, the Consultant will have prior experience working in the natural resources management, livelihoods resilient initiatives (climate change adaptation practices) in Zambia and designing programmes that are aimed around consolidating best practices, evaluating, and scaling up of innovative ideas.

Specific Tasks to be performed by the Consultant: The consultant will develop, in consultation with WWF Zambia programme teams and senior management, a detailed work plan/proposal that will include undertaking at least the following tasks:

  1. Review secondary literature on livelihoods, human wildlife conflict, community beneficiation mechanisms, climate adaptation, and natural resources’ management challenges and policies in KAZA TFCA (in particular Zambia part of KAZA) as well as existing innovative pilots and their evidence from other stakeholders.
  2. Review existing project documents: WDA Project Profile Report, WWF Zambia work in KAZA TFCA, Progress reports of other WDA initiatives, evaluations, best practices report, among others
  3. Review WWF Zambia literature and main programmes on wildlife and other nature resource management, alternative livelihoods, climate change actions as well as innovative models from other countries/donors to apply to the design of this proposal.
  4. If not already done by the start of the consultancy, help to identify appropriate implementing and alliance partners to enhance the evaluation/learning component of the project.
  5. Meet with key stakeholders in the project areas as needed to ensure that the programme design integrates expertise from all relevant actors/sectors, including private sector, social ventures, Government departments, and others as needed.
  6. Work with relevant Programme and support teams to identify the capacity needs for the proposed project.
  7. Write a draft of the comprehensive bid, including all annexes and especially logframe, and budget; also work with relevant staff to edit and finalize the bid.
  8. Work with WWF Zambia, Financial Manager, and others to develop the project budget.

Outcomes of the Consultancy

A completed, comprehensive bid/proposal ready for submission to the donor in the approved format

Lines of Communication

The consultant will report to Chief Operations Officer (WWF Zambia), and Fundraising & Compliance Manager (WWF Zambia). Further, Consultant will consult frequently with conservation teams.


Starting as soon as possible (ideally by 25 March 2021) and completing the proposal approximately by 25 April 2021 (submission date of the bid to the Donor is 30 April 2021).

Qualifications and Experience

  • Preferably an advanced university degree (masters or equivalent) in Social Sciences, international affairs/studies, development, climate change adaptation, or natural resource management.
  • Minimum 5 years of experience in programme design, proposal writing, and/or management of natural resources programmes, preferably in the region (Africa), or Zambia. Strong programme design skills, including capacity to prepare logical, coherent, and consistent documents including logframes and budgets.
  • Prior demonstrated experience developing proposals for institutional donors.
  • Ability to work efficiently and effectively with project members in various locations and from multiple organisations, including remotely writing and revising proposal documents.
  • Ability to integrate different experiences, methodologies, and approaches from a diverse range of stakeholders, organisations, and technical experts from multiple sectors.
  • Working relationships with relevant natural resources management sector authorities and stakeholder would be an advantage.
  • Excellent English speaking/writing skills required.

Note: This consultancy is open to both national and international applicants. Individuals, or group of individuals having the requisite skills/experience are eligible to apply. International applicants having prior work experience in Zambia or KAZA would be preferred. Please also note that the above mentioned tasks to be performed are intended as a guide and should not be viewed as an inflexible specification as it may be modified following discussion with the selected consultant

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Interested Consultants should send the following requested documents to  on or before 23 March 2021.

  • Cover letter detailing the Consultant suitability for the assignment and current contact information.
  • Detailed Expression of Interest including technical (including work plan to carry out the consultancy) and financial information, and detail profiles/CVs of key person(s) to be involved at any stage.

Due to urgent need of the consultancy, proposals will be reviewed on a regular basis and we may offer the consultancy before the closing date. Only short-listed consultants will be contacted

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