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Consultancy - Platform Coordinator (Data Collection & Proposal Development)

World Wildlife Fund
Washington, DC 20001
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Consultancy - Platform Coordinator (Data Collection & Proposal Development)

Type: Contractor
# of Openings: 1
South Africa


World Wildlife Fund (WWF), one of the worlds leading conservation organizations, seeks to hire a consultant to coordinate the data collection and proposal development for the African Nature-Based Tourism Collaborative Platform A response to COVID-19.

The COVID-19 crisis has crippled economies and industries all over the world, and nature-based tourism (NBT) has been one of the leading economic casualties. For many eastern and southern African countries, this means a significant loss of funding for their conservation operations, local community livelihoods, and tourism enterprises. Emergency relief funds are available, however there exists an unequal distribution in the losses incurred by the African tourism industry, and difficulty in gaining access to available resources for those most in need, particularly marginalized rural communities and small and medium nature-based tourism enterprises (SMEs). From a funder perspective, there is poor coordination of information and funding opportunities, and weak alignment to real needs on the ground.

In response, with funding from the Global Environment Facility (GEF), an African Nature-Based Tourism Collaborative Platform is being developed to connect funders to the communities and small and medium enterprises most in need of funding support. Using a bottom-up approach, the platform will gather data on impacts to communities and SMEs from the COVID-19 crisis, enhance knowledge sharing between relevant actors, facilitate the development of funding proposals from communities and SMEs, and make these available to relevant donors.

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Background and Context

The first phase of the project will conduct surveys to further quantify and qualify the specific impacts of COVID-19 on women and men in local communities and SMEs, using a bottom-up approach. This will include gathering baseline information (identification, geographic area, land tenure, conservation contribution, ownership, employment, sources of revenue, financial information, etc. - sex-disaggregated where appropriate) as well as information on the impacts of COVID-19 (existing measures, current support, support needed by women and men, financial gap, etc.). The surveys will be administered via two methods, outreach to communities via CBNRM networks, and online surveys for SMEs. Data will also be collected from protected area authorities, helping to quantify the funding gap due to loss of tourism income.

The data collected will be crucial to delivering the matchmaking between funders and recipients. This second phase of the project will be facilitated through sub-grants to the national level CBNRM networks to do outreach to target communities and assist with inclusive proposal development. Due to their increased accessibility, the SMEs meeting specific criteria will be invited to submit donor proposals or investment offerings to the Platform. Collaborative proposals from SMEs, particularly those in partnership with communities, will be prioritized.

A small number of NGOs will receive sub-grants to assist with development of funding proposals for submission to the platform, assist with management capacity of funding recipients, and determine implementation and monitoring capacities.


  • During the first phase of the project, coordinate with in-country facilitators (primarily national CBNRM networks and NGOs) to administer surveys to communities in the 11 focal countries, and assist with data processing and upload to the platform in coordination with The Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD).
  • Through various networks, conduct outreach to SMEs, encourage them to register on the platform, and assist them with data submission to the platform.
  • Research and conduct outreach for potential funding opportunities.
  • During the second phase of the project, coordinate with in-country facilitators (primarily national CBNRM networks and NGOs) and SMEs to help develop funding applications, business proposals and/or work plans, based on initial data gathering and donor requirements.
  • Assist the different partners to articulate their demands and expectations from the project
  • Ensure smooth coordination and communication among all project partners
  • Manage stakeholder engagement as necessary, in coordination with the M&E lead.
  • Hold regular virtual meetings with the partners involved.
  • Assist with other project functions as necessary.


  • Experience working in eastern and southern Africa, with a particular focus on conservation and nature-based tourism.
  • Experience working with CBNRM networks, NGOs and the private sector/SMEs in the tourism sector in eastern and southern Africa
  • Experience with proposal development
  • University degree, with relevant work experience in the above-mentioned fields
  • Professional proficiency in English and other major languages in the region is advantageous.
  • Ability to manage projects of a moderate level of complexity and proven ability to manage multiple projects and priorities
  • Experience in research methods, designing and implementing tools and strategies for quantitative and qualitative data collection, analysis, and production of reports
  • Ability to analyse and summarize data
  • Ability to create high-quality written documents (deliverables, reports) in English

This consultancy is envisioned for an initial 6 month period, at 50-100% FTE, with the possibility to extend beyond the 6 months.

Payments will be structured according to specific deliverables.

Applicants will ideally be based in one of the 11 project focal countries.

Interested individuals should submit the following:
- Cover letter
- CV
- Financial proposal for their services

Deadline for applications is April 30, 2021


Posted: 2021-05-17 Expires: 2021-06-18

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