Biodiversity and Forest Ecology Specialist, EKNA IE Design and Baseline at Social Impact, Inc.

Zambia, Full Time

Social Impact, Inc.
Location: Zambia
State: Zambia
Job type: Full-Time
Job category: Agricultural Jobs in Zambia

Job Description

DESCRIPTION

USAID/Zambia Eastern Kafue Nature Alliance (EKNA) Activity Impact Evaluation (IE) Design and BaselineJob Description Biodiversity and Forest Ecology Specialist

Position Title:
Biodiversity and Forest Ecology Specialist, EKNA IE Design and Baseline

Contract Name:
Integrated Natural Resources Management (INRM)

Contract No:
7200AA20F00010

Period of Performance:
Upon signing August 31, 2023

Place of Performance:
Zambia

Maximum Level of Effort (LOE):
28 days

STARR II IDIQ Labor Category:
Natural Resource Specialist Senior

Integrated Natural Resource Management Task Order: The United States Agency for International Development (USAID)/Zambia Eastern Kafue Nature Alliance (EKNA) Impact Evaluation (IE) Design and Baseline is managed under the Integrated Natural Resource Management (IN RM) Task Order (TO). The INRM TO provides on-demand support services and technical assistance for USAID Missions, Bureaus, and Independent Offices, and is managed by the Center for Environment, Energy, and Infrastructure (EEI) in the Bureau for Development, Democracy, and Innovation (DDI). INRM supports integrated analysis and programming across development sectors. By using a multi-sectoral lens, INRM seeks to strengthen the impacts of USAIDs core environmental programming by recognizing synergies, adopting best practices, and building broader constituencies for integrated programming. The activity is designed to help USAID operating units achieve higher impact environment programming and to support the uptake of principles and approaches outlined in the Agencys Environmental and Natural Resource Management Framework .

Project Background and Description: USAID has commissioned a team under the INRM TO to design and implement the baseline for an IE of the USAID/Zambia EKNA Activity in 2022-2023. The EKNA Activity will be implemented in several Game Management Areas (GMAs) and conservancies that border the eastern side of Zambias Kafue National Park (KNP), by a consortium of public and private sector partners led by The Nature Conservancy. High poverty rates in the area lead to a dependence on natural resources and income from forests for many households, contributing to deforestation and forest degradation from wood extraction, agricultural expansion, and fires. To address these issues and impact both conservation and human well-being outcomes, the EKNA Activity is comprised of four strategic approaches (SAs):

SA1: Strengthen natural resource compliance and management systems
SA2: Develop inclusive ecosystem-based markets for local prosperity
SA3: Strengthen community maternal and child health and improve access to clean water
SA4: Develop effective land and resource use planning, tenure, and governance systems

The objectives of this assignment are to (1) design an IE for the EKNA Activity, (2) conduct baseline data collection and analysis, and (3) prepare a final baseline report. Given the lack of counterfactual-based studies on the EKNA Activitys main interventions, a rigorous impact evaluation presents an important opportunity to improve USAIDs understanding of conservation and biodiversity programming effectiveness. In particular, the EKNA Activity presents a unique opportunity to measure the effect of conservation programming on biodiversity outcomes given the large amount of biodiversity monitoring that will take place as part of the program implementation, which will be further expanded as part of the evaluation. Additional primary and secondary data sources that will be used include a large household survey, qualitative data from key informants, and remotely sensed data.
Position Description: DAI/INRM is seeking an individual to fulfill the role of the Biodiversity and Forest Ecology Specialist for the EKNA IE Design and Baseline . The Biodiversity and Forest Ecology Specialist will provide subject matter expertise in wildlife biodiversity and forest ecology in Zambia, particularly related to the Greater Kafue Ecosystem (GKE), and measurement approaches for related outcomes. The Biodiversity and Forest Ecology Specialist will work closely with the Team Leader and other research team members to co