TORS: DEVELOPMENT OF A WILDLIFE AND FORESTRY CRIMES INVESTIGATIONS AND PROSECUTION MANUAL
Subject: Type of Contract: Organisation Contract
Contracting Authority: ZPWMA
Duration: 20 Days
Application Deadline: 5 April 2020
Zimbabwe is rich in flora and fauna which need to be protected. Appropriate conservation practices need to be implemented to ensure sustainable utilization of these resources. However, the country faces multiple threats in the protection of wildlife and the environmental heritage. Such threats include deforestation, poaching, illicit wildlife trade and the adverse effects of climate change. About 40% of Zimbabwe is covered by woodlands and forests. According to the Forestry Commission, the rate of deforestation has accelerated from 1000ha per annum in the 1990s to 327,000 ha per annum (1.9%) between 2000 and 2010. Deforestation is the highest driver of land degradation and habitat loss in Zimbabwe.
Poaching has become more and more prevalent due to the high demand for wildlife products such as rhino and elephant horns as illicit trade in wildlife is fast becoming a global underground business. Zimbabwe has lost significant revenue as a result of poaching in recent years. The overall economic loss from this activity has been estimated to be between US$ 99-100 million between 2009 and 2016. Furthermore, such illegal hunts pose a threat to wildlife populations and are driving threatened species to extinction.
Several measures have been put in place to ensure protection of wildlife and better management of wildlife resources. These measures include publication of manuals on wildlife and forest crimes investigations and prosecution for law enforcement officers.
2. Scope of Work, Responsibilities and Description of the Proposed Analytical Work
The Consultant will use their expertise and experience in assisting the PWMA to:
• Identify and consolidate all forestry and wildlife crimes according to Zimbabwean laws in particular Parks and Wildlife Act and Forestry Act.
• Develop and publish a Wildlife and Forestry crimes manuals. The manuals should include the following
i. Wildlife crime definition and background
ii. Intelligence and evidence gathering
iii. Registration of cases
iv. Search and seizure of exhibits
v. Arrest of suspects
vi. Investigation and complaint
vii. Prosecution of cases in court
viii. Roles and responsibilities of officers
ix. Post-trial actions
3. Expertise Required
The successful organisation or individual must:
• Lead consultant must hold an LLB degree.
• A Master’s degree in a related field will be an added advantage.
• Possess knowledge in Environmental law, Conservation and Wildlife law.
• Possess knowledge of law enforcement and anti-poaching
• Have at least five years’ experience in Conservation, Environmental governance or Wildlife management.
• Demonstrate experience in the drafting of legal documents and working with high level institutions.
• Excellent written and oral English communication skills and command of any other local language.
• Previous professional experience in Environmental and conservation issues is an added advantage.
4. Confidentiality and data ownership
All information, products including Intellectual property arising from the execution of obligations created by this contract shall be exclusively owned by ZPWMA.
The consultant will be required to deliver the following:
i. Deliverable 1: Produce a manual of all forestry and wildlife crimes handling to cover
a. Investigation of Forest and Wildlife Crime
b. Prosecution of Forest and Wildlife Crime (to include preparation for litigation, that is, from crime scene to court)
ii. Deliverable 2: Publish and print three hundred manuals for distribution. (Manuals to be submitted in both hard and soft forms.)
Apply by submitting the following:
• Proposed detailed methodology. (max 2-3 pages)
• Curriculum Vitae: educational background, work experience, skills, references.
• Financial Proposal
The proposal will be evaluated against the criteria detailed below:
• Technical Background
• Evidence of experience in the drafting of legal documents and working with high level institutions.
• Financial proposal
Submit applications to the following email: firstname.lastname@example.org