Research consultancy on Political Economy of Timber logging in Zimbabwe

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Due: 15 May 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 natural resource mis-governance. The organisation was formed against a backdrop of the resource curse in Zimbabwe, where poor development outcomes are continuously recorded amid extensive natural resource endowments and extraction in Zimbabwe. These poor development outcomes include poverty, corruption, low economic growth and shrinking democratic space.

Research background

Zimbabwe’s landscape is endowed with over 830,000 hectares of indigenous forests in Matabeleland North, Midlands and the Eastern Highlands. The forests have been leased to various companies and state-owned enterprises. Since the fast track land redistribution done in the 2000s, illegal timber logging has been taking place within the gazetted forests, threatening the existence of the country’s endangered and protected indigenous forests. Trees are being cut for commercial timber and firewood, placing the ecological sustenance of these forest in jeopardy.

It is in this context that CNRG seeks to engage a competent researcher to conduct a research that seeks to gather evidence of illegal timber extraction and illegal trading of timber products. The research also seeks to establish the impact of this phenomena, whether positive or negative, on local communities. 


The researcher should have the following qualifications and competences

  • Academic and professional qualifications in social, political 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 forest management and laws in Zimbabwe, including politico-economic landscape of natural resource governance in Zimbabwe
  • Knowledge of indigenous and exotic commercial forests 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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