Terms of Reference
Training of journalists/media tour
1.1. The Forest Law Enforcement and Governance (FLEG) II Program focuses on improving forest governance in seven countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine) that are included in the European Union’s (EU) European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument (ENPI) East region. The Austrian Development Cooperation (ADC) grant is sought to finance complementary measures in Georgia and Armenia and supplement resources available from the EU-funded FLEG II Program.
1.2. The overall objective of the Program is to promote sustainable forest governance, management, and protection of forests in the participating Program countries, ensuring the contribution of the region's forests to climate change adaptation and mitigation, to ecosystems and biodiversity protection, and to sustainable livelihoods and income sources for local populations and national economies.
1.3. The three specific Program objectives are:
1.4. The Program is under implementation since November 2013 until December 2016, and is undertaking the following tasks:
2. Country Context
2.1. Armenia’s forest policy strategy was developed by the respective Ministries of the Republic of Armenia and approved by the Government on September 30, 2004 (for 15 years, until 2019), covering climate change, rural development, landscape and gender issues. A recent legislative development in the forestry sector was the adoption of a regulation, according to which the forest communities will be able to receive up to 8m3 of fuel-wood (from fallen wood) per household per year free of charge. A number of environmental NGOs are actively discussing the issue of restructuring the “Hayantar” (Armforest), forestry sector authority, which has the status of the State non-commercial organization (SNCO), with limited executive power but a wide range of responsibilities.
2.2. The Country Work plan (CWP) for Armenia builds on the following five directions:
3.1. The overall objective of conducting a training for media representatives covering environmental aspects with special focus on forestry issues is to enhance journalistic skills of selected individuals to provide accurate, reliable, captivating articles on environmental issues with the emphasis on forestry aspects thus improving the quality of coverage.
3.2. The media is the intermediary between the facts and society, and they do carry the burden of conveying information to wide audience, thus creating certain opinion and attitude regarding developments. Poor skills, lack of specific knowledge of the environmental sector is affecting the overall image, state and perspective of the forestry field in Armenia and Georgia.
3.3. A media training with a subsequent media tour was successfully organized in 2010 during the phase I of the ENPI FLEG Program by IUCN. The activity resulted in a dozen of trained, skilled and educated journalists providing quality articles on the Program and the forestry sector. Current activity strives to replicate the previous success and expand the scope while also inviting journalists from Georgia, thus turning into a regional event.
4. Specific task and scope of work
4.1. The selected firm/organization shall develop and deliver a two day training program for candidates selected through open expression of interest subject to approval/review by the Bank. Selection of media representatives from Georgia shall be carried out by the National Forest Agency (NFA), Georgia.
4.2. After successful completion of training the selected firm/organization shall facilitate a 3 day media tour for the selected candidates through borderline forests and forest adjacent communities of Armenia and Georgia.
4.3. The selected firm/organization shall facilitate the two day training covering following areas:
4.4. The selected firm/organization shall work in close collaboration with “Hayantar” SNCO, National Forest Agency of Georgia (NFA) and the ENPI FLEG II Program coordination teams in Armenia and Georgia.
5.1. The selected firm/organization shall:
6. Timing and contract arrangements
6.1. The total duration of the assignment is 15 calendar days over a time period of four months from April 2016 to July 2016.
6.2. The draft training program shall be provided for comments and approval 7 days after signing the contract.
6.3. The payment shall be made upon completion of the whole assignment and once the summary report is approved.
6.4. All the costs related to the event (i.e. transportation, accommodation and meals) shall be covered by the World Bank directly.
6.5. The summary report shall be provided within 7 calendar days after completion of the assignment. The Consultant shall report directly to Ms. Arusyak Alaverdyan, Project Coordinator (email@example.com) and Mr. Vigen Sargsyan, Senior Communications Officer (firstname.lastname@example.org) at the World Bank Yerevan Office.
7. Qualification and Selection Criteria
7.1. The Consultant (firm/ organization) shall meet the following criteria:
7.2. The Consultant (firm/ organization) shall be represented by:
Further information can be obtained and application documents must be delivered (in a written form) to the address below by 17 April 2016.
Attn.: Sirarpi Haykazyan