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Micro-livestock consultant

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Eastern Highlands, Papua New Guinea

Fisheries, Marine



Micro-livestock consultant

(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 project

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:

  • Inventory of existing micro-livestock and fish farming initiatives in the area. This part will be divided in:
  • A review of the existing literature;
  • An analysis of potentially available databases at the local or national level;
  • Two-three site visits in the Bismarck Forest Corridor that will be organized jointly with the WCS team. These site visits will provide the consultant with the opportunity to assess household interest in production of different alternative animal source foods and their capacity to raise small livestock or fish
  • Visits or phone interviews with relevant micro-livestock initiatives identified in PNG
  • Evaluation of other micro-livestock and fish farming initiatives, not yet existing in the area but that could be adapted to the Bismarck Forest Corridor. This part of the study will be based on the expertise of the consultant and a review of existing literature for new initiatives in micro-livestock around the world.
  • Analysis of strengths and weaknesses, constraints and opportunities of the different solutions envisaged, at the technical, socio-economic, and cultural levels. Discussions with the communities carried out during the site visit will help evaluate the possible uptake by villagers of the different options.
  • Analysis of the work burden, particularly on women and risks of environmental and/or human health harm of each initiative
  • Recommendations for the animal-sourced food systems to develop in the Bismarck Forest Corridor and detailed recommendations for the next steps including a 4-year work plan.


  • A back to office report 1 week after the end of the mission, following the template provided by FAO for the SWM Programme
  • A detailed report with:
    • A description of the existing micro-livestock and fish farming initiatives in the area
    • A description of the other micro-livestock and fish farming initiatives, not yet existing in the area but that have proven successful in other countries and in PNG
    • Analysis of the strength and weaknesses of these possible options
    • An assessment of the cultural feasibility of each option
    • An assessment of the work burden, particularly on women, of each option
    • An assessment of the environmental and/or human health risk of each option
    • Assessments of the commercial potential for each option
    • Assessments of the estimated cost for implementing each option
    • Assessments of the necessary supporting conditions (infrastructure, capacity within nation etc.) for each option
    • Assessment of the expected nutritional advantages of each option
    • Recommendations for implementing SWM activities in PNG to increase household access to alternative animal source foods and, after consultation with WCS, detailed recommendations for the next steps including a 4-year work plan

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

  • Minimum 10 years of professional experience in livestock production, with some experience in back-yard production of micro-livestock; experience in household-level fish farming would be a plus.
  • Experience in rural areas in developing countries
  • Good knowledge of the Melanesian area, working experience in PNG would be plus
  • Experience in carrying out diagnoses and drawing up development plans
  • Fluent in English, good writing skills
  • Good communication and presentation skills, vital;

Price, insurance, payment terms and conditions

Candidates are expected to submit an overall cost for the mission including:

  • consultant fees (please indicate the estimated number of days and the daily rate)
  • perdiem fees

In addition to these fees:

  • International travel costs will be reimbursed subject to the submission of detailed bills or invoices
  • WCS will arrange and pay for in country transportation and accommodation expenses
  • WCS will arrange and pay for community consultation expenses
  • An interpreter will be provided for the meetings with the communities

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.

To apply

Please send a cover letter, a CV and a financial proposal with the subject line “Micro-livestock Specialist” to before 31 March, 2019.

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