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Development and application of tools for measuring and enhancing the performance of protected areas in African, Caribbean, Pacific countries

Country African, Caribbean, Pacific countries
Sectors Environment
Language English, French
Status Framework
CV Deadline 2020-03-27 (Closed Project)

Protected areas management is one of the priority objectives of the Biodiversity and Protected Areas Management – BIOPAMA2 project, targeting the agencies in charge of the management and governance of protected areas in the 79 countries of the ACP region.

This assignment will provide technical support for achieving the objectives of BIOPAMA2 in terms of PAME.

BIOPAMA2 is an Intra-ACP project funded by EDF 11, jointly implemented by the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission (JRC) and by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The project includes the establishment and the operation of Regional Observatories for Protected Areas (PAs) in 5 regions of the ACP Group of States (West Africa, Central Africa, Eastern-Southern Africa, Caribbean and Pacific).

BIOPAMA2 also has a strong focus on data and information management and analysis, with the development of an ACP-wide Reference Information System (RIS) for protected areas, and a series of Regional Reference Information Systems (RRIS), hosted within the Regional Observatories. Data and information on PA management will be a major feature of these information systems.


The Global objective of the present assignment is to improve the methodologies, tools and analysis related to management of protected areas, in order to reinforce the decision-making process for improved conservation outcomes and fair and effective protected areas.

The Specific objective is to support the JRC and the BIOPAMA2 Regional Observatories (ROs) in the development of the ACP-wide RIS and the RRIS towards a more integrated system, building both on the results of the IMET assessments and on other relevant information, to develop tailored information and decision-support products and to enhance uptake from the main beneficiaries.

The Goal of the project is to assist the ROs and the main beneficiaries:

  • Using IMET and, through both the RIS and RRIS, in linking the results with other data from different sources,
  • Analysing and generating specific products to support decision-making,
  • Capacity-building initiatives to foster analytical and delivery capacities of the ROs and of national services and to enhance ownership and uptake from the key stakeholders,
  • Improving awareness and visibility of the IMET process and in ensuring alignment with other PAME-PAGE tools and initiatives (e.g. Green List).
  1. Monitoring the use of IMET 2 and maintenance of the tool.
  2. Use of IMET results for situation analysis and to identify concrete measures to improve PAME and conservation outcomes at site and at system level (PAs network).
  3. Support the JRC and the Regional Observatories (ROs) in the design of an integrated information system exploiting the potential of the IMET database and its complementarity with key available information, products and tools.
  4. Improved recognition of IMET as key PAME tool, integration into the PAME common reporting format and alignment with IUCN Green List objectives and with social, governance and equity issues of PAs (SAPA/GAPA/SAGE).
  5. Development and test of specific IMET modules for more focused assessments on key issues or specific situations.
  6. Capacity building and coaching on the use of IMET 2 and on the analysis of results at site level and at system level (ecosystem, country, region) to enhance management effectiveness, good governance and conservation outcomes.
  7. Communication, Visibility and Coordination.

Project Position 1

Position Team Leader - Cat I
  • To work on all the services requested in the present assignment, with a focus on the conception and generation of specific analytical products and on the elaboration of training material and participation to training initiatives.
  • Coordinate and supervise, as team leader, the overall work of the team and the different activities undertaken.
  • At least Master Degree or equivalent in a field related to conservation/ecology (agronomy, biology, forestry, breeding/veterinary, geography).
Required Experience
  • Very strong field experience in and knowledge of protected areas management, planning, monitoring and evaluation, preferably in Africa;
  • Field experience in different “biodiversity conservation” contexts, with particular - but not exclusive - focus on Africa (especially on Central and Western Africa, as key working regions for further IMET developments, approaches and contextualization of results).
Estimated Manpower 305 working days
Mission Begin May 2020
Mission End April 2023
  • Management of national, regional or transboundary development programs, preferably in the field of biodiversity conservation and protected areas management (management of EU funded projects would be an asset);
  • Extensive knowledge and operational use of PAME (protected areas management effectiveness) assessment systems and tools;
  • Sound use for operational/field purposes of project cycle, project planning, project monitoring, project evaluation methodologies and in the drafting/use of protected areas planning and management instruments. Extensive competence in objectives, indicators and benchmarks setting”, in the use of the logical framework and in the use of the most common result-oriented tools, etc.);
  • Experience in training/capacity-building and good knowledge of EU development cooperation and conservation policies and strategies would be important assets;
  • Communication: good skills in networking and public relations;
  • Language skills: French and English fluent (speaking, reading and writing).
Contact Nicolas Blondel

Project Position 2

Position Key Expert 2, Statistician - Cat I
  • To work on all the requested services, with a focus on services 2, 5, 6 and 7, supporting the team leader on the specific activities requiring statistical competences and input.
  • At least Master Degree or equivalent in a field related to statistics /economics /mathematics, or equivalent.
Required Experience
  • Strong work experience in the field of statistical assessment of data and information related to management processes and in the interpretation of results;
  • Strong experience in the conception, the use and the revision of composite indicators, as well as in the use of survey techniques, in quantitative surveys design and in multivariate analysis;
  • Experience in the application of knowledge and statistical processes to environmental and/or biodiversity conservation economics.
Estimated Manpower 115 working days
Mission Begin May 2020
Mission End April 2023
  • Data management to ensure data quality, consistency and comparability in view of supporting decision-making processes at different levels (local, national, regional, continental);
  • Statistical analysis for operational applications in biodiversity conservation and protected areas management;
  • Fluent user of recognised statistical software such as SPSS/State/R/SAS;
  • Experience in training/capacity-building would be an important asset;
  • Communication: skills in networking and public relations;
  • Language skills: English fluent (speaking, reading and writing). Good knowledge of French would be an asset.
Contact Nicolas Blondel

Project Position 3

Position Non Key Expert - Cat III
  • To work on all the requested services, with a focus on services 7, 4 and 1, supporting the team leader on the interactions with the field and the stakeholders, in the analysis of IMET assessments and in the drafting of informative and communication material.
  • At least Master Degree or equivalent in a field related to ecology (agronomy, biology, forestry, breeding/veterinary, geography, …).
Required Experience
  • Basic work experience in protected areas management and/or biodiversity conservation in Africa.
Estimated Manpower 140 working days
Mission Begin May 2020
Mission End April 2023
  • Good networking capacity;
  • Interest and commitment on biodiversity conservation – related issues;
  • Basics of statistics and analysis in biodiversity conservation and knowledge and use of Protected Areas Management Effectiveness (PAME) tool would be important assets;
  • Communication: very good networking and relational capacities are needed to carry out successfully the tasks assigned. Good writing skills are also requested and the expert should preferably be able to write in both languages, French ad in English. The expert should be pro-active and having the capacity to animate networks. Strong dynamism and high commitment are an essential part of the role she/he is expected to play;
  • Language skills: French and English fluent (speaking, reading and writing).
Contact Nicolas Blondel