CSA: Compiling content to communicate Rangeland Restoration as an Ecosystem based Adaptation

Conservation South Africa (CSA)
Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
Opportunity closing date: 
Friday, 27 November, 2020
Opportunity type: 
Call for proposals


Conservation South Africa, as a local affiliate of Conservation International, is committed to helping societies adopt a more sustainable approach to development one that considers and values nature at every turn and improves human well-being through the conservation of healthy ecosystems and the goods and services they provide. Conservation South Africa seeks to influence policy, develop markets, engage the private sector, and support communities to develop and implement conservation-based economic growth models and long-term human well-being.
Conservation South Africa’s work is concentrated in three demonstration landscapes in four provinces. These landscapes straddle two biodiversity hotspots and represent three rangeland habitat types across the climate spectrum: semi-arid shrublands, grasslands and savanna. Our three demonstration sites are 1) Namakwa Demonstration site, 2) Kruger-to-Canyons Demonstration site and 3) Umzimvubu Catchment.

The successful service provider will have the opportunity to contribute to two different projects within Conservation South Africa, both focused on promoting Ecosystem-based Adaptation in South Africa.

Services Required

The successful service provider will be required to develop and input into the following products from 1 December 2020 to 17 May 2021:

1. Stories

  1. Compile a story (800-1000 words) on the Small Grants Facility (a past project piloting direct access for climate financing), as a financing mechanism to support Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA). The story will be published as a journalistic-style story exploring an individual’s motivation and experience implementing EbA, in this case implementing through a direct access granting mechanism. Background information on the project, interviews and photographs will be provided which would enable the candidate to collate into an 800-1000 word story, which includes profiles of implementers. See example: Women ally with nature to adapt to climate change, https://www.iied.org/women-ally-nature-adapt-climate-change .
  2. Input into an ongoing story focused on implementing Ecosystem-based Adaptation at Watershed level by reviewing the draft provided by the donor and collating any additional information regarding CSA EbA activities.

2. Learning Materials

  1. Collate information from existing tools into learning materials for external stakeholders, which includes local and district government and other partners (NGOs). These tools may include, but are not limited to:
    1. Vulnerability Assessments
    2. EbA Guidelines
  2. Tools to be developed in a text format, with case studies/examples included that are relevant to the stakeholders. Language should be suited to the stakeholder and where the use of jargon is used, explanation of terms should be given.
  3. Case Studies

    1. Using existing information and data, write and compile 2 case studies on:
      1. Innovative financing for future Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) implementing conservation agreements in Namaqualand, Northern Cape within communal lands, focusing on investigating bankable solutions to support future conservation actions and enhance the sustainability of these stewardship projects,
      2. Evidence-based policy and decision making for conservation agreement projects (stewardship) as an Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA)
  4. Ensure that case studies also illustrate/investigate the role of women within these contexts.

  5. Policy Brief

    1. Collate information for a policy brief on EbA regarding the integration of EbA and Nature base solutions into Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC).

  6. Factsheet

    1. Collate information for a factsheet on stewardship as an EbA

Consultancy Deliverables and Budget

In addition to the above deliverables to be completed, the following will also be expected from the successful service provider:

  • Stakeholder engagement to gather and validate information (telephonically)
  • Constant consultation with technical leads within CSA to ensure accurate depiction of work
  • Working with external design consultant (if not successful in both bids) to ensure the written information is translated into a cohesive design, representing CSA
  • Inception meeting to discuss the above works to be developed
  • The total amount included within the proposal should not exceed R75 000 (expenses should be budgeted within this amount).

Skills Required

  • Honors qualification in Environmental Management or similar
  • 3 -5 years of experience in Climate Change Concepts and Adaptation Strategies, especially Ecosystem-based Adaptation (Nature-based Solutions).
  • Proven experience in Communications and in the development of learning materials
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Strong Proficiency in English, with some knowledge of Afrikaans
  • Knowledge of the three landscapes CSA works in would be an advantage

Start and Delivery Dates:
Start Date: 1 December 2020
Delivery Dates: Due to the nature of the work, products to be delivered will have different delivery dates

Product Date of Delivery
Case Study ii: Stewardship as EbA First Draft: 14 December 2020
  Review: 18 December 2020
  Final: 10 January 2021
Case Study i: Innovative Financing First Draft: 2 February 2021
  Review: 12 February 2021
  Final: 18 February 2021
Factsheet information collation  
18 January 2021
Policy brief information collation February 2021
EbA at watershed level story March 2021
SGF as EbA financing mechanism story May 2021
Learning Tools April/May 2021

Available Resources and Right Access 

The service provider will have access to all relevant reports and data as identified during the consultancy.  

By accepting this invitation to take part in the bid process, you agree to keep in confidence all information provided to you, whether written or oral, in relation to the bid process and/or in relation to the organization’s business generally which is not already in the public domain, to use it only for the purposes of this bid and for no other reason and not to disclose any of the said information to any third party.

Bid Process

Applications responding to this Request for Proposals (RFP) are due, via e-mail, by 15:00 on Friday 27 November 2020 and should be made to csaprocurement@conservation.org.
Any questions related to this Request for Proposals (RFP) can be directed to Corle Jansen, cjansen@conservation.org.

 Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

The application should include:

  • A brief proposal including the qualifications, experience and capacity of the applicant/s;
  • Details of any added value that the applicant could bring to the contract;
  • Examples of previous work;
  • A project work outline for achieving the deliverables under this RFP by the 17 May 2021;
  • A tax clearance certificate;
  • Signed confirmation that the applicant agrees to accept the terms and conditions of the contract as described in this RFP.
  • A cost breakdown for the delivery of the services (please note that this work is donor-funded and thus reasonableness of the cost will be a factor in the selection of the successful proposal due to budget constraints).

Upon approval of the proposal, the successful service provider will be required to sign a service agreement. 

Applicants who have received no response within 7 days of the closing should kindly assume that their bid was unsuccessful. CSA reserves the right not to appoint a service provider if the applicants do not meet the required standards.

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