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Eastern Highlands, Papua New Guinea
(national or international expertise)
Position: Micro-Livestock Consultant
Reports to: Terrestrial Conservation Advisor- SWM PNG Site Coordinator
Location: Goroka, Eastern Highlands Province, Papua New Guinea
Start date: April 2019 – June 2019
Founded in 1895 as the New York Zoological Society, Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) saves wildlife and wild places worldwide through science, conservation action, education, and inspiring people to value nature. WCS is the longest established international non-government conservation organisation within Papua New Guinea (PNG). At key and representative landscapes and seascapes, from the country’s coral islands to its forested highlands, WCS works with local communities and provincial, national and international partners, to sustainably manage and conserve the biodiversity and cultural values of PNG’s wildlife and wild places. The WCS Papua New Guinea program employs 28 full time staff as well as 56 part-time community facilitators based at project sites. Offices include our headquarters in Goroka, a policy office in Port Moresby and field offices in New Ireland and Manus. We implement and administer a large number of projects funded by government and private donors, focusing on climate change adaptation and mitigation, forest and coral reef protection, species conservation, and sustainable harvesting of both terrestrial and marine resources. As our vision highlights “Gutpela sindaun, gutpela bus, gutpela solwara (Empowered people with healthy forests and seas)”, working with local communities is at the forefront of WCS’s approach as we believe the involvement of local people is essential for the long-term success of any conservation project in the country. Conservation science is another pillar of WCS’s approach. It underpins all aspects of WCS’s work, from studying the ecology of key species to landscape- and seascape-level analyses of conservation priorities.
The Sustainable Wildlife Management (SWM) Programme is an initiative of the ACP Secretariat, funded by the 11th European Development Fund of the European Commission. It is being implemented through a partnership involving the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the International Cooperation Center for Agricultural Research for Development (CIRAD), the International Center for Agricultural Research (CIFOR) and the Wildlife Conservation Society.
The overall objective of the SWM Programme is to reconcile the challenges of wildlife conservation with those of food security in a set of key socio-ecosystems (forest, wetland and savannah), promoting sustainable use of terrestrial and aquatic wild animals by Indigenous Peoples, while increasing and diversifying the supply of alternative animal source foods for the benefit of rural populations and to reduce hunting pressure on wild species. Several models are being developed in various ACP countries to achieve this overall goal. The project implemented in Papua New Guinea (PNG) has the model: "Sustainable wildlife consumption for both cultural materials and animal source food at a rural village level".
The site chosen in PNG is located in the Bismarck Mountain Range, in the north-eastern segment of the central highlands of PNG. This montane forest (hereafter referred to as the Bismarck Forest Corridor) borders four provinces and forms a contiguous forest corridor of global significance which extends from the alpine zone of PNG’s highest peak into mid elevation lowland forest. Communities who are the customary landowners of the forest are almost totally dependent on garden produce, hunting and forest resources for their livelihoods. The use of wild meat appears to be primarily for subsistence, contributing to almost half of rural families’ dietary protein requirements. Although hunters will take small birds and rodents, they prefer larger bodied species; the hunting of these slower-breeding animals, such as tree kangaroos, is unsustainable and the growing human population is placing increasing demands on the wildlife of the Bismarck Forest Corridor.
The Result 3 of the project (Supply of alternative protein is improved) is designed to ensure that enabling conditions are in place for the development and scaling up of sustainable and efficient livestock farming or aquaculture systems as alternative sources of proteins, micronutrients, exchange goods and income. The project will invest primarily in increasing locally produced alternative sources of proteins, through the provision of mini-livestock (and native tree crops) as an alternative protein source to wild meat.
Roles and responsibilities
The Micro Livestock Consultant task will be as follows:
The draft detailed report should be submitted to WCS within 30 days after the end of the mission. WCS will then have 2 weeks to provide comments on the report. The final report, with the comments and suggestions from WCS taken into account, should be submitted one week after receiving the comments and before end July 2019.
Qualifications and experience
Price, insurance, payment terms and conditions
Candidates are expected to submit an overall cost for the mission including:
In addition to these fees:
WCS requires that vendors maintain insurance coverage as appropriate to the services being provided.
This contract will be subject to WCS Standard terms and conditions for services agreements. They are available on demand.
Please send a cover letter, a CV and a financial proposal with the subject line “Micro-livestock Specialist” to email@example.com before 31 March, 2019.
WCS is the longest established international conservation NGO within PNG, and has been undertaking conservation work in the country since the 1970s. Today, WCS PNG employs around 50 staff based at four ...
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PO Box 277, Goroka, Eastern Highlands Province, Papua New Guinea