Terms of Reference for Producing 4 Policy Briefs on Wildlife conservation, Water resource protection, energy, and forest restoration in Zambia for the New Deal for Nature and People

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Program A New Deal for Nature and People (ND4NP) Zambia
Title: Terms of Reference for Producing 4 Policy Briefs on Wildlife conservation, Water resource protection, energy, and forest restoration in Zambia for the New Deal for Nature and People.
Period:  5 days
Location:  Lusaka

1. Background 

1.1 Information about the programme set up  

WWF Zambia has been operating in the country since 1962 and currently operates several nationwide programmes focusing on Fresh Water; Climate Change and Energy; Wildlife and Forestry among others through partnerships with both public (government) departments and ministries, private sector and civil society layers alike.

WWF Zambia is implementing a New Deal for Nature and People (ND4NP) Project, in which we strongly believe climate, nature and sustainable development issues are closely interlinked and cannot be addressed in silos. To accelerate progress on achieving global goals set by world leaders in these areas, we need to make nature a top priority and forge an integrated approach to climate, nature and sustainable development.

We have before us an unparalleled opportunity as we head into 2020 − a critical year in a number of ways. The world will review its progress on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including the goals related to nature, and take the next important step with the Paris Agreement as countries enhance and improve their nationally determined contributions (NDCs). A new 10-year strategic plan for biodiversity under the UN Convention on Biological Diversity will be agreed. It is also proposed that 2020 will be the beginning of the decade of ecosystems restoration.

We need a global collective decision, a New Deal for Nature and People (ND4NP), post 2020 to bring together these important yet disconnected efforts. This should be reflected in a strong endorsement by Heads of State in 2020 that strengthens global targets and mechanisms to reverse the loss of nature and to protect and restore nature by 2030, in support of and underpinned by the SDGs and the Paris Agreement.

We must also capitalize on this unprecedented opportunity by substantially strengthening the UN Convention on Biodiversity (CBD) through:

  1. A new narrative that positions a healthy planet as indispensable for human and economic development
  2. A post-2020 CBD framework equipped with fewer, ambitious, and measurable targets to mitigate the drivers of nature loss, and contribute more effectively to mitigating climate change
  3. National actions by all countries (Zambia included) to address the loss of nature which will, collectively, add up to delivering strengthened global targets.

In parallel, this will galvanize momentum so that urgent actions are taken by business, governments, youth, indigenous people and civil society that, together, will reverse the trend of nature loss.

A New Deal for Nature and People is needed.

The call for a New Deal for Nature and People by WWF and other partners is a call to stop the rapid loss of nature worldwide. The rate at which human activities are destroying nature which is the lifeline of our survival is alarming and demands urgent and immediate action to restore nature at local levels for the benefit of current and future generations. The 2020 WWF flagship report – Living Planet Report outlines the extent of the loss of nature, for example, Populations of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish have declined on average by 60 per cent in the past 40 years – and 75 per cent of land has been significantly altered by human activities.

As nature is important for our livelihood and economic activities, three New Deal seeks to protect and restore nature for the benefit of people and planet – proposing no more loss of natural spaces or extinctions as well as halving the negative ecological impacts of production and consumption. WWF Director General, Marco Lambertini says that we are losing nature faster than it can restore itself. And without urgent action, significant harm to people and the planet is inevitable: inadequate food and water for our growing global population, significant harm to our economies, and the mass extinction of an estimated one million species and high levels of pollution leaving our population vulnerable to disease. The warning signs continue to mount.

The New Deal for Nature and People Zambia Campaign will therefore present an opportunity for a Zambian dialogue to reflect on rate and impacts of nature loss in Zambia, with a hope to create recommendations for actions by policy makers, city leaders and businesses to restore nature and its essential services in Zambia.  Actually, restoring and protecting nature, will restore good health, livelihood and businesses and will therefore restore Zambia for us today and them tomorrow.

The New Deal for nature and people Zambia project objective is to influence high political decision-makers and the public to support the fight to stop the rapid loss of nature in Zambia. Aim of the campaign is to secure political targets from line ministers, cabinet and Heads of State on a new deal proposal for Zambia to reverse nature loss.

The commitments by the Zambian cabinet, relevant ministers and head of state must be made publicly in Zambia in support of a New Deal for Nature and People.

Campaign targets

  1. Cabinet
  2. Head of state
  3. Traditional leaders and business leaders
  4. Citizens, faith based organizations and CSOs

A deal that makes it socially, politically and economically unacceptable to sit back and watch the destruction of nature. A deal focused on tackling the underlying root causes of nature’s decline. A deal that not only stops the catastrophic loss of nature, but leads to a collective global programme of recovery.

Goal: The overall goal of this assignment is for consultants/ experts to develop policy materials that will support the case for the ambitious new deal for nature and people in Zambia targets. The policy brief series will provide strong data, statistics and analysis per new deal issue/ask. The materials will be used to prepare submissions to strengthen WWF Zambia on the revision of national CBD targets as well as to engage cabinet ministers to advocate for sectoral policy reform. The briefs will be used also to engage other key stakeholders impacted by the risk of nature loss and support public campaigning.

2. Scope, Objectives, responsibilities and deliverables for consultancy


ND4NP policy briefs to be informed by the research are an important advocacy tool in influencing a positive policy change for a New deal for Nature and People. The purpose of the policy brief is to sensitize policy decision-makers and other actors on the rationale and urgency of nature loss in Zambia. They make clear the need to adopt an informed course of action. The policy briefs should be clear on the aim and the problem being addressed in each of the sectors. The documents should bring out a nuanced context, findings discussion, conclusions and key policy recommendations. The policy brief will be printed and distributed by WWF Zambia through various channels. They will be posted on the WWF Zambia Website, and other relevant partner websites.


Objective 1:  WWF Zambia is seeking political commitments on nature and people targets to advance a green economic recovery via the ND4PN campaign.  The consultant will be expected to develop 4 policy briefs to support nature and people targets per each new deal issue that includes Wildlife and tourism, Water Resources Protection and the economy, renewable Energy and the economy and Forest restoration and forest economy in Zambia. The analysis will include a focus on climate impacts and climate smart solutions for these sectors that will also support nature and the Zambian economy recovery.   The policy briefs will be used to support engagement and secure commitments from political, business, traditional and others leaders around the new deal targets

  • A climate smart blue economy – Protection of freshwater sources and depleting natural fisheries – 4People & Nature
  • Green energy Responding to climate impacts on hydropower- Development of and investment in innovative strategies for alternative sources of energy (renewable) to reduce overdependence on hydro generation.
  • Green and climate smart agriculture Scaled-up investments in sustainable farming that protects nature and enhances climate change mitigation, adaptation, and healthy food and fiber production.
  • Green Wildlife and Forest economies – Investment in the restoration and protection of depleted forests and wildlife

The policy briefs will be used to sharpen the draft new deal for people and nature targets based on the most updated information on  nature loss and its impact on people and nature

Specific Responsibilities

Develop 4 policy briefs on wildlife conservation, water resources protection, energy, and forest restoration.

  • Research and develop compelling policy briefs on what the new deal for people and nature in Zambia will mean in terms of Wildlife, water resources protection, energy, and forest restoration. This will be done under a series called “why a new deal for nature and people in Zambia “
  • Conduct a desk review assessment of the targeted sectors and develop key issues and recommend action points to be undertaken to redress the situation.
  • Provide clear and compelling arguments on why the policy/decision makers should invest in nature restoration.
  • Develop a time bound plan to deliver draft and final policy briefs.
  • Why a new deal for Wildlife and people in Zambia?

Wildlife Climate and Tourism Economy Policy Brief

  • Identify and bring out current extent of loss of wildlife species and their habitat in Zambia with starts
  • Social and economic significance/ value of the sector
  • Bring out current gaps in wildlife management for sustainable development in Zambia that need attention
  • Produce a compelling case for pushing for a Wildlife Based Economy in Zambia
  • Analyze current public investments in wildlife conservation against the minimum required amount of investment and compare it with public investments in wildlife conservation for other African countries especially those in the sub-Saharan Region.
  • Policy recommendations for decision makers.
  • Why a new deal for Water and people in Zambia?

Water Resources protection and climate change

  • Identify the value of water in Zambia and bring out current key issues affecting water resources, such as anthropogenic factors.
  • Analysis of the statistics on freshwater threats to ecosystems and livelihoods and economies
  • Social and economic significance/value of the sector
  • Bring out current gaps in freshwater management for sustainable development in Zambia that need attention
  • Analyze the legislative framework governing the water sector in Zambia, what gaps exist?
  • Policy recommendations to address the problem.
  • Why a new deal for renewable energy in Zambia?

Renewable Energy and climate change

  • Highlight and briefly discuss the current energy situation in Zambia, where are we?
  • Analysis of the challenges and potential
  • Analysis of the statistics on unsustainable energy threats to ecosystems and livelihoods and economies
  • Stats and gaps in renewable energy options
  • Analyse the link between climate change and energy poverty affecting Zambia currently, bringing out in the discussion the need to increase non-hydro renewable energy in Zambia’s electricity mix.
  • Identify and bring out Policy measures to address the problem.
  • Why a new deal for Forest and people in Zambia?

Forest restoration and a forest economy

  • Capture the social, economic and cultural values of forests against the current rate of deforestation in Zambia, against other countries in Africa and globally.
  • Analysis of the statistics on forest lost and threats to ecosystems and livelihoods and economies
  • Analyze the state of the current legislative framework guiding charcoal production in Zambia. (What is working and what is not working)
  • Compare the regional situation of the problem in Zambia; between the southern Region and the Northern region as far as deforestation is concerned.
  • Analyze the link between deforestation and sustainable agriculture systems such as conservation agriculture.
  • Policy recommendations for advocacy.

2.2. Deliverables

Against the above scope of work, the following deliverables are anticipated;

  1. Develop a proposed standard structure for the policy briefs for WWF Zambia approval not longer than 4 pages each
  2. Develop first drafts of 4 comprehensive New Deal for Nature and People Policy Briefs targeting Wildlife, Water resources protection, energy, and forest restoration in Zambia. Include clear and well recorded data sources and citations
  3. Develop final drafts that includes WWF Zambia comments

The briefs should be logically structured, contain evidence-based findings, conclusions, lessons and recommendations, and should be free of information that is not relevant to the overall analysis

3.0.  Essential Skills and Competences:

  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in Public policy, Natural Resources Management, social sciences, agriculture, or other discipline relating to policy, advocacy, lobbying and brokering.
  • Five years or more relevant experience; including a strong technical negotiation background, experience of economic and political negotiation processes influencing work, and people management experience.
  • A serious political operative with proven networks that reach the highest political offices in Zambia with a track record of positive policy outcomes at the highest level.
  • A well rounded policy brief developer with relevant past record of developing policy tools for advocacy.
  • Innovative and creative researcher with connections within government and line ministries and departments
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Works well under pressure and meets tight deadlines.
  • Highly computer literate with capability in email, MS Office and related business and communication tools.
  • Management and negotiation skills in order to build and maintain relationships with senior government / non-government stakeholders.

3.0. Expression of interest.

Interested individuals/ teams  should submit a cover letter and detailed Curriculum Vitaes(s) to [email protected].

only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Deadline for applications:  16th October, 2020