local NGO intends to produce a brief on COVID-19 Statutory Instruments and how
their application has affected mining operations in Zimbabwe. The COVID-19
pandemic has impacted mining operations world over, and mining companies have
had to adapt by implementing appropriate health, hygiene and distancing
measures aimed at protecting the lives of their indigenous workforce as well as
the surrounding community. In addition, mining operations have had to be
carried out differently in compliance with the requirements of the various
statutory instruments passed over the declaration of a state of disaster by the
President of Zimbabwe. The balancing act between compliance with law and
ensuring levels of activities are high enough to produce profit has been of an
unprecedented nature and requires a deeper analysis. It is also common cause
that most mining activities in Zimbabwe takes place in the rural and largely
underdeveloped areas of Zimbabwe. As such the impacts of the pandemic were
disproportionately felt by these vulnerable communities where there are
accessibility challenges to basic services including primary healthcare. Mineral
wealth exploitation in Zimbabwe has contributed to the country’s economy and in
a fragile economy such as that of Zimbabwe, it is imperative to examine the
effect the pandemic has had on the mining sector. Consequently, an
investigation of the current systems, policy and legislative framework is
necessary to evaluate the adequacy or otherwise for to ensure environmental and
human rights protection even in the face of an unprecedented pandemic.
2.0 Main Objective of the
To produce a study focusing on impacts of COVID-19
SIs on mining operations in Zimbabwe with the aim of recommending policy and
legislative reforms that are suited to address pandemic situations beyond
Specific Terms of Reference
specific terms of reference of the study are:
explore how the existence of the pandemic and associated restrictions affected
the mining sector and various stakeholders in the mining value chain;
- To investigate how mining companies are
fulfilling their corporate social responsibilities and community beneficiation
duties in the pandemic and in compliance with the necessary Statutory
give recommendations on policy and legislative reforms that are suited to
address pandemic situations beyond COVID- 19.
a study that will highlight how the COVID-19 Statutory Instruments have
impacted mining operations in Zimbabwe; and provide policy recommendations for
the promotion of environmental and human rights in mining.
consultant must have a law degree and/ or any other relevant degree and have at
least 8 years’ experience in national work in the following fields; mineral
resource governance, artisanal and small scale- mining and any other related
field. The Consultant is expected to have ability to co-ordinate and moderate
the relevant deliberations on the proposed legislation.
and qualified Consultants who meet the above requirements should send their
application clearly stating how they meet the requirements, methodology to be
used and cost of the consultancy to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The title of the consultancy should be clearly stated in the email subject.