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About the Organization
The Amazon Conservation Association (ACA), founded in 1999, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting biodiversity by developing innovative conservation tools to protect Amazonian habitat while supporting the livelihoods of local communities. ACA works closely with its Peruvian sister organization, Conservación Amazónica-ACCA.
The Andean Amazon maintains large tracts of intact forest, however, increasing deforestation is a critical problem and monitoring and responding to deforestation in a timely, accurate, and effective way is a core problem for forest users, policymakers and law enforcement. ACA and ACCA’s innovative program focused on advancing the emerging field of near real-time deforestation monitoring in the Peruvian Amazon seeks to tackle these challenges through, 1) timely analysis of deforestation alerts and high-resolution imagery to identify current patterns and drivers of deforestation (http://maaproject.org), and 2) providing forest users, land managers, law enforcement and other actors on the ground in Madre de Dios, Peru with technical and legal tools to identify and act on illegal deforestation activity.
ACA is seeking a consultant (whether an institution or an individual) with deep expertise in cutting-edge Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV, or drone) technology and operation, together with remote sensing analysis, data interpretation, and training to support development and implementation of a field-based UAV training and forest monitoring program in the Peruvian Amazon. This work will contribute to our programmatic goal of providing cutting-edge technical information to policy makers and forest users in an accessible format to facilitate effective action to protect Amazonian forests.
Applicant must have technical, legal, and logistical capacity to work in remote areas of Peru.
Duties and Deliverables
The consultant will provide expertise and on-the-ground support for ACA and ACCA’s use of both fixed wing and quadcopter drones for forest monitoring and training selected local stakeholders, including land managers, government officials, and conservation practitioners, to make use of this technology. The consultant will collaborate closely with ACA and ACCA staff, to carry out the following minimum duties and deliverables:
Other Desired Qualifications
a) they are bankrupt or being wound up, are having their affairs administered by the courts, have entered into an arrangement with creditors, have suspended business activities, are subject of proceedings concerning those matters, or are in any analogous situation arising from a similar procedure provided for in national legislation or regulations.
b) they or persons having powers of representation, decision-making or control over them have been convicted of an offence concerning their professional conduct by a final judgment;
c) they have been guilty of grave professional misconduct;
d) they have not fulfilled obligations relating to the payment of social security contributions or taxes in accordance with the legal provisions of the country in which they are established, or with those of the country where the contract is to be performed;
e) they or persons having powers of representation, decision-making or control over them have been convicted for fraud, corruption, involvement in a criminal organization or money laundering by a final judgment;
f) they make use of child labor or forced labor and/or practice discrimination, and/or do not respect the right to freedom of association and the right to organize and engage in collective bargaining pursuant to the core conventions of the International Labor Organization (ILO).
Please be advised that offers will be rejected if illegal or corrupt practices have taken place in connection with this award. Additionally, the contract resulting from this award may be terminated in the event of illegal or corrupt practices in connection with the contract award or execution.
Project duration and location
Fieldwork will be based in Madre de Dios, Peru, however, desk work may occur remotely. Consultancy will last through December 31, 2017. Scheduling of field courses may be proposed by the consultant to find a mutually agreeable time with ACA/ACCA staff, consultant, and other project stakeholders; however, they must be planned and executed by September 30, 2017.
Project has the possibility of renewal in future years following successful completion of the project deliverables.
Consultant may propose a budget up to a maximum of $53,000 for the deliverables described above, including implementation of all field activities and any desk/background work. The budget is inclusive of all personnel, travel, equipment, permitting, or other items required to implement the activities described here.
Note that ACCA facilities and drones at the Los Amigos Biological Station will be used for the field training courses. Teaching materials and equipment or materials required for drone operation and data interpretation are the responsibility of the consultant. However, all other course facilities (such as lodging and food for participants) are the responsibility of ACA/ACCA and should not be included in the proposed consulting budget.
Applicants should submit a proposed workplan identifying a proposed timeline and methodology for the duties and deliverables identified. Applications must also describe qualifications of the organization or individual applying and, if an organization, the key qualifications of team members, including CVs. Additionally, applicants must provide written responses to each point in the “Eligibility” section of this call.
Applications should be submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line "UAV Expert." Applications will be accepted until April 7, 2017.
Questions may be submitted by email to email@example.com until March 30, 2017 with the subject line “UAV Expert Questions.”
The selection process will occur during April 2017. Applicants will be scored on the following criteria:
Steven Panfil on an ACA expedition. Photo: Raechel Running
Working with the high-andean community of Quico. Photo: Steven Panfil
Guards or promotores of the Los Amigos Conservation Concession. Photo: Nigel Pitman
Crossing the river on a raft to the Haramba Queros Wachiperi Ecological Reserve. Photo: Ronald Catpo
Staff and board members celebrate the fifth anniversary of the Los Amigos Conservation Concession. Photo: ACCA
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