Consultant to Undertake a Strategic Assessment of the Needs to strengthen the Law Enforcement Capacity of the Marine Conservation Areas

Location : Maputo, MOZAMBIQUE
Application Deadline :06-Aug-21 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Sustainable Development and Poverty Reduction
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
English   Portuguese
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :2 months
Expected Duration of Assignment :2 months

UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

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Mozambique is endowed with a diversity of natural resources, habitats and species. To manage this diversity of resources, the National Administration of Conservation Areas (ANAC) was set up. It is the main body responsible for the supervision, monitoring and management of the conservation areas (ACs) and for supervising the partnerships established with NGOs in the framework of international cooperation. ANAC was set up in 2011 as a parastatal institution, and it is guided by its Statutes and by its strategic plan for the period of 2015-2024.
To preserve the natural resources and to use them sustainably, a network of conservation areas (ACs) was established which covers about 25% of the surface area of the country. The conservation areas under the direct management of ANAC are the following (the marine areas are identified in bold type):

  • National Parks (9) - Quirimbas, Gorongosa, Mágoè, Bazaruto, Limpopo, Zinave, Chimanimani, Banhine and Gilé Special Reserves (3) - Niassa, Maputo and Ponta do Ouro;
  • National Reserves (2): Marromeu and Pomene
  • Environmental Protection Areas (2): First and Second Islands and Maputo
  • Community conservation areas (3): Mitchéu, Tchuma Tchato and Chipanje Chetu

As for the areas that are not under the direct management of ANAC, there are 17 official hunting areas and 50 game farms.

In each of these conservation areas, there is a corps of rangers, generally composed by a Head of Law Enforcement and a variable number of wardens. The Head of Law Enforcement responds to the Warden of the Conservation Area. The hunting areas and game farms have their own teams of rangers, who are guided by a manager. In the community areas it is the Natural Resource Management Committee which manages the area, including its protection.
Protection and inspection activities are assisted by the Natural Resources and Environment Protection Police (PPRMNA), which was set up in 2013 with the mandate of protecting the natural resources and of intervening, if necessary, inside the ACs when requested to do so, and outside them in a routinely base. ANAC also coordinates with the Environmental Quality Agency (AQUA) for law enforcement operations in zones adjacent to the conservation areas. For investigating crimes against wildlife, ANAC also interacts and coordinates its activities with the Criminal Investigation Services (SERNIC).
In the fight against poaching and trafficking of wild life products, including marine wild life, in the context of the legal framework, through Article 63B of Law no. 5/2017 of 11 May, ANAC acts as an assistant to the Public Prosecutor’s Office, and should collaborate with the Attorney-General’s Office of the Republic of Mozambique.

Duties and Responsibilities

Specific Responsibilities:

  1. To consult the various stakeholders who take part in the protection and Law Enforcement of natural resources, so as to establish integrated functional approaches;
  2. To present proposals for functional mechanisms of communication and surveillance and/or law enforcement of the marine environment, including technological resources;
  3. To present a draft plan to develop capacities in means of functional law enforcement for the marine conservation areas.
  4. To review the current model of work uniform for marine areas;
  5. To facilitate a workshop for consolidating and validating the results of the analysis undertaken.


Corporate competencies:

  • Demonstrates integrity in accordance with the values and ethics of the United Nations;
  • Demonstrates sensitivity and adaptability to diversity of gender, race, religion and nationality;
  • Treats people fairly without favouritism;
  • Excellent analytical and organizational skills.

Functional Skills:

  • Knowledge management and learning;
  • Promotes knowledge sharing and learning culture in the office;

Development and operational effectiveness:

  • Ability to build and maintain effective partnerships, advocate effectively and communicate sensitively with stakeholders.

Management and leadership:

  • Focus on impact and results for recipients to respond positively to requests;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills;
  • Approaches consistent work, energy and positivity and constructive attitudes;
  • Demonstrate strong communication skills oral and written;
  • Demonstrate resourcefulness, initiative and maturity in the treatment of issues;
  • Results driven, ability to work under pressure and to meet required deadlines;

Communications and Networking:

  • Excellent written communication skills, with analytical capacity and ability to synthesize project outputs and relevant findings for the preparation of quality reports;
  • Maturity and confidence in dealing with senior and high-ranking members of national and international institutions, parliament, government and non-government; and,
  • Substantial level of self-organization, being methodical, sets priorities, meets deadlines and pays attention to details.

Required Skills and Experience


  • A minimum of a Master’s in Management of Protected Areas, Planning and Natural Resources Management, Coastal Zone Management or Economical Development of Natural Resources, or related degree.


  • Proven history of at least ten years’ experience, in the area of the Management of Protected Areas, the management of natural resources, the Application of the Law or Protection and Inspection of Wild Life with experience in marine areas (experience in the country is an advantage);
  • Specific training in law enforcement, political science or military science, preferably specialising in marine environments;
  • Demonstrated experience in directing work on surveying needs of protected marine areas.
  • Familiarity with modern techniques, methods and technological resources for monitoring illegal activities in marine environments.
  • Present references (at least 3) from similar work.
  • Must not include specialists who have been involved in illegal activity in any part of the world.
  • Experience of work in the SADC region on similar tasks is an advantage;
  • Capacity to lead work teams, and openness towards responding positively to different and critical points of view concerning individual performance.

Languages, Skills, knowledge and attitudes

  • Proven strong communication skills;
  • Excellent analytical skills, organizational and discussion facilitation;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills -Portuguese and the ability to communicate in English are mandatory.

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