Call for Partnership: Participatory quantitative study on extractive industries and Environmental Child Rights (ECR): ZELA


Deadline: COB  15th February 2020

  1. Background

The Zimbabwe Environmental Law Association (ZELA) is a public interest environmental law organization working on the promotion of environmental justice in Southern Africa through sustainable and equitable utilization of natural resources and environmental protection. In conducting its work in the extractives industries, ZELA believes that children and youths are unique stakeholders within the sector by virtue of their age-related needs and vulnerabilities to the negative environmental impacts of mining activities as compared to adults.  It is undeniable that the right to a healthy environment is a precondition of the realisation of children and youths’ basic rights to life, health, adequate food and housing, traditional livelihood and culture given the indivisible nature of human and children rights. To further the protection and promotion of children’s rights within the mining sector, ZELA commissioned a qualitative research in 2019 looking at the laws, policies, and institutions in Zimbabwe’s mining sector from a child rights perspective.

It is against this background that ZELA seeks to partner with a local University/University department/University lecturer to conduct a participatory quantitative study on the impacts of mining on the right to a healthy environment for children and youths in Marange and Chimanimani.

The aim of the study is to quantitavely establish the impacts of mining activities on the environmental rights of children and youths living in mining communities of Marange and Hotsprings, Chimanimani. The study will employ a participatory approach in order to promote a basis for further cooperation through multi-actor partnerships.

2.1 Specific Terms of Reference

The proposed research should document the following:

Working closely with ZELA the following deliverables will be expected:

  • Final, reviewed, and edited study report; and
  • A PowerPoint presentation on the key highlights of the study
  • Timeline

The assignment will be conducted from the 25th February 2021 to the 25th April 2021.

  • Applicant requirements/Relevant qualifications

The ideal candidate should:

  • Be an accredited Local University/University Department/ Lecturer with a demonstratable understanding of environmental management in Zimbabwe’s mining sector; and
  • Demonstrate experience in producing quantitative surveys or studies on mining, or environment or child rights.
  • To apply

Interested and qualified University departments/lecturers who are interested in partnering with ZELA on the intended study should send their expression of interests clearly stating why they are qualified, the methodology to be used and expected financial benefit from the partnership to: by the 15th February 2021.

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