Research consultancy on poaching and other wildlife crimes in Zimbabwe

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Due: 27 April 2020


Centre for Natural Resource Governance (CNRG) is a Zimbabwean civil society organisation that was established in 2012 to defend, protect and support communities affected by extractive industries. To achieve this, CNRG employs research to explore and gather evidence; community empowerment to build a front line of civil society movements; and community-driven advocacy and campaigns that voice injustice and flag natural resource mis-governance. The organisation was formed against a backdrop of the resource curse in Zimbabwe, where poor development outcomes are continuously recorded amidst extensive natural resource endowments and extraction in Zimbabwe. These poor development outcomes include poverty, corruption, low economic growth and less democracy.

Research background

In Zimbabwe, after the takeover of white-owned land, leading to the fast-track land distribution in early 2000, the country has been faced with high levels of corruption, acute food shortages, huge emigration and high inflation. These problems have arguably caused environmental devastation as the populace scrounge for means of livelihoods from land and its finite resources in unregulated manner. The rise is organised poaching and other wildlife crimes, as some of the environmental menaces, has exposed deficiencies in law enforcement, justice system and politics of natural resources governance. 

It is within this context that CNRG intends to conduct a research to explore the existence, influence and nested nature of corruption within the illegal trade and poaching of wildlife in Zimbabwe. The research also attempts to establish the transnational nature and trends of wildlife crimes around Zimbabwe’s wildlife reserves over the years. 


  • Academic qualifications in social or economic sciences, preferably minimum of a master’s degree
  • Extensive and proven experience in the field of research, with bias in organised crimes, human rights or governance
  • In-depth understanding of wildlife management laws, international trade, human-wildlife interactions in Zimbabwe
  • Knowledge of national wildlife reserves and conservancies of Zimbabwe

Interested researchers can get more information about the terms of reference for the research and how to apply on

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