National Biosafety Authority (NBA), Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and the United Nations Environment Development Programme and the World Conservation Monitoring C(UNDP-WCMC)are  collaborating to implement the Connect Project (2016-2020) – Connect: Mainstreaming Biodiversity into the Heart of Government Decision Making.

Biodiversity is crucial for human survival and well-being. It is at the foundation of ecosystem goods and services, which have significant economic value for livelihoods and poverty reduction  Unfortunately biodiversity information, which is a key element in planning, is not adequately used in national planning and development processes to enhance livelihoods.


The overarching project objective is to ensure that biodiversity is taken into account in decision making across government sectors by improving development decision makers’ access to and use of biodiversity information and embedding biodiversity information within national development decision making processes.

The specific national level project objectives are:

  1. To clearly understand the in-country demands for, and the barriers to using, biodiversity information within government decision making including clarifying the format, timing, and packaging required.
  2. To mobilise and repackage existing biodiversity data and information from a range of sources (national and international) to meet a number of the above demands; and,
  3. To strengthen the connection between government decision makers and biodiversity and ecosystem services data providers in order to sustainably provide policy-relevant, spatially explicit information to meet ongoing national needs.


The Consultant will work closely with the International Institute of Environment Development (IIED),  and the Connect Country team, to  conduct the analysis  using  PEA guidance materials provided by IIED.


Political Economy Expertise: A good understanding of key political economy concepts- such as stakeholders, institutions and structural factors – and experiences in analysing them in concrete development contexts;

  1. Strong country knowledge and ideally, a good knowledge of biodiversity-related issues; 
  2. Good networks of key informants in country and  a well-respected by a wide range of key stakeholders;
  3. Problem-solving and practical orientation, this is critical for translating issues identified into practical actions for the project;
  4. Excellent writing and in-person communication skills which are critical not just for conducting effective interviews and the production of the final study outputs, but also important for engaging stakeholders and cultivate support for the project through the application of PEA.

 Send  Curricula Vitae for consideration for the assignment to:

The  Director,  Council for Scientific and Industrial Research , Science and Technology Policy Research Institute (CSIR-STEPRI) P.O Box CT 519,Cantonments, Accra, by  August 2017.