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DPR Preparation for Sidhi, Madhya Pradesh

(For institutions/organization only, individual applicants are requested to not apply)

What are We Are Looking For

Landscape restoration is the deliberate integration and enhancement of tree-cover within different land uses. It includes a range of different interventions such as forest regeneration, plantations, trees on boundaries and bunds, WADI, and farmer-managed natural regeneration. When implemented at scale, landscape restoration strengthens rural economy through enhanced productivity of land, diversified income streams, as well as employment and enterprise opportunities. Successful landscape restoration also provides multiple environmental benefits such as soil and moisture conservation, biodiversity conservation, and carbon sequestration. Having recognized these benefits, the Government of India has committed to landscape restoration in the Bonn Challenge and the Nationally Determined Contribution.

WRI India with partners conducted an assessment to estimate the potential for landscape restoration in Sidhi district of Madhya Pradesh. The assessment shows that Sidhi has more than 350,000 hectares of restoration opportunity and eight different restoration interventions can be implemented. When operationalized, landscape restoration can tremendously strengthen local livelihoods as well as generate climate benefits. The findings from the assessment (Sidhi Findings) were presented at a multi-stakeholder workshop held on 3 February, 2018 at Sidhi. A key outcome of the workshop was the formation of an Expert Consultative Group (ECG) for implementation of landscape restoration in Sidhi. At the first meeting of the ECG, it was decided that a Detailed Project Report (DPR) needs to be developed for operationalizing Sidhi’s restoration potential. The DPR will be based on WRI’s restoration opportunity assessment. In this context, WRI India is inviting institutions/organizations to submit proposals for developing DPR for Sidhi.

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The World Resources Institute India (WRI India) is an Indian environmental organization with experts and staff who work closely with leaders to turn big ideas into action to sustain a healthy environment – the foundation of economic opportunity and human well-being. WRI envisions an equitable and prosperous planet driven by the wise management of natural resources, and aspires to create a world where the actions of government, business, and communities combine to eliminate poverty and sustain the natural environment for all people.

WRI India aims to help solve the four most urgent challenges in India – rapid urbanization, the increasing demand for energy, responding to climate change and the large-scale degradation of natural resources. Over 75 experts and staff across three office locations – Mumbai, Bangalore and Delhi – deliver these ambitious goals. WRI India is supported by WRI’s international offices, to ensure that the global organization’s experience can be brought to bear within the context of India. WRI India has the capacity to convene key stakeholders, and forge strategic partnerships with governments, business, foundations, civil society organizations, institutes and NGOs, to scale-up solutions that can bring game-changing results for the sustainable management of natural resources in India. WRI India’s sustainable landscapes and restoration program aims to inspire, enable and mobilize commitments to restoration, as a way of achieving biodiversity, climate and rural development outcomes.

Position Overview:

Based on the landscape restoration opportunity assessment carried out by WRI India and partners, the applicant is required to develop a Detailed Project Report for operationalizing landscape restoration in Sidhi, in a phased manner. The study will cover all five blocks of Sidhi district. It will include:

• Design of a multi-level institutional framework that involves collaboration between government agencies, NABARD, civil society organisations, private sector and community based organization; this institutional design will clearly spell out the roles and responsibilities of different actors.

• Analysis of financial outlay detailing the requirements of credit, grants and investment as well as an analysis of existing schemes that can be leveraged and the gaps that must be filled.

• Capacity gaps that need to be addressed.

• A monitoring and adaptive learning framework.


In developing the DPRs, the applicant will:

• Engage with wide variety of stakeholders. This will involve significant field work for village level participatory planning, micro-mili & macro watershed level planning, human resource planning, scanning of capacity of NGOs of the district/neighbouring districts, etc.

• The DPRs must be prepared in consultation with the expert consultative group.

Qualifications and Requirements

• Subject matter expertise and past experience of developing Detailed Project Reports

• Exceptional research and analytical skills

• Willingness to spend considerable time in Sidhi district for field assessment

• Good report writing skills

Reporting to: Director, Sustainable Landscapes and Restoration, WRI India

Duration: 3 to 6 months

Location: The work will involve significant field work in Sidhi district of MP

Start date: As soon as possible

To Apply :

Interested institutions/organizations should submit a concept note on developing Detailed Project Report for Sidhi. The concept note:

• Should not exceed 10 pages using standard page margin and 12pt font

• Should emphasize the methodology that the applicant proposes to follow for preparing the DPR and highlight past experiences that support their application.

• Should be submitted by 20th June, 2018

Only qualified applicants should apply online at All applications must be submitted online through this portal in order to be formally considered.

WRI India in consultation with the Expert Consultative Group will review the concept notes and selected applicants will be required to submit a full proposal for development of DPR. Please Note : Institutions/ organizations are encouraged to apply for this opportunity.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, it is WRI’s policy to recruit, hire, and provide opportunities for advancement in all job classifications without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, citizenship, marital status, sexual preference, parental status, or disability. WRI’s global agenda requires a staff that is diverse – with respect to race, gender, cultural, and international background. Diverse perspectives and experience enhance the way WRI selects and approaches issues, as well as the creativity and applicability of WRI's policy research and analysis. WRI, therefore, encourages applications from U.S. minorities, persons from other countries (especially developing nations), and from women of all backgrounds.

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