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Environmental Trust Assessment and Organizational Strengthening Consultant for MCHF Project

The USAID/Malawi Modern Cooking for Healthy Forests (MCHF) project in Malawi, implemented by Tetra Tech International Development is currently accepting expressions of interest for an Environmental Trust Assessment and Organizational Strengthening Consultant. This position will work from home of record and Malawi.


Position Description/Summary: The Dzalanyama Forest Reserve (DFR) is the second biggest forest reserve in Malawi, located about 50km from the Capital City, Lilongwe. The Dzalanyama Catchment Conservation Trust (DCCT) was established and registered with the Government of Malawi in July 2021 with the aim of comprehensively promoting and implementing activities necessary to contribute to the sustainable management and conservation of Dzalanyama Forest Reserve. MCHF is recruiting a consultant to assess the long-term viability, governance structure and capacity needs that will ensure the DCCT is financially and operational sustainable. Based on assessment findings, additional support, if deemed viable, will potentially provide assistance and support to strengthen the operational and financial sustainability of the DCCT.



* Review DCCT documents that established the trust as a legal entity in Malawi, to understand whether this status is sufficient/deficient to ensure long-term viability; and if deficient, what corrective action is required;

* Reflecting on funding/financing requirements (e.g., of the GEF, GCF, Adaptation Fund, etc.) conduct an operational and capacity needs assessment to identify the steps required, and associated level of effort, for the DCCT to solicit and successfully administer donor funding; and, to effectively manage increased donor funding and financing to build the Trust’s long-term sustainability;

* Develop a DCCT institutional strengthening and capacity development plan; and

* Develop a DCCT financing strategy.



* Master’s degree (Ph.D. preferred) in Environmental Law/Science, Business Administration, Economics, Finance, or related field;

* At least 15 years’ experience, including experience working with Environmental/Conservation Trusts in an African context, preferably East/Southern Africa;

* Experience in institutional assessments and performance evaluation, including developing institutional strengthening plans and organizational funding strategies;

* Demonstrated leadership, facilitation and coordination skills, with the ability to support teams to develop and foster long-term strategic goals; and

* Excellent English oral and written communications skills.