Consultancy for Rainforest Foundation UK

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Consultant for study on large scale infrastructure developments in the Congo Basin: governance, rights and environmental impacts 


Governments in Africa and the Congo Basin in particular, as well as international organisations and donors widely agree that improving the region's infrastructure base is essential to economic growth.1 For instance, transport networks are extremely limited, poorly maintained and expensive for users. Electricity is expensive and the service unreliable, generation is insufficient and interconnection is extremely limited. This situation is particularly acute in the Congo Basin region.


This study will seek to analyse the legal and policy context surrounding the current upsurge in infrastructure development in the Congo Basin and to identify the main infrastructure projects taking place in the region.

Methodology and approach

With direct support from Ana Osuna Orozco, Policy Advisor, and under the overall supervision of Francesca Thornberry, Head of Programmes at RFUK, the consultant will be responsible for the overall implementation of the study, including developing a detailed methodology.

Desired skills and experience

  • Postgraduate studies in a relevant field, particularly human rights, law, development or political economy  
  • A demonstrable track record in research/investigations/reportage on issues related to the Terms of Reference for the study, in particular, with reference to the environmental and social impacts of infrastructure development and business and human rights issues, as demonstrated by a range of publications
  • Demonstrable track-record in undertaking potentially sensitive investigations
  • Knowledge of the political economy context and legal frameworks governing infrastructure development, foreign investment, business and human rights issues, local communities’ and indigenous peoples’ rights or environmental protection in the Congo Basin region
  • Knowledge of recent trends on infrastructure development in Africa in general and the Congo Basin in particular
  • Fluency in French and English 

Any applications in response to this call should contain:

  • A cv
  • A list of publications in areas related to this study
  • An indication of fees

Please feel free to circulate this call for consultants to any of your contacts who may be interested. 

Applications to be sent to [email protected]. The deadline for submissions is 18 July 2014.

Terms of Reference