Job opportunity: trial facilitator

02/12/2020

DEFRA ELMS Test and Trial – A Commons Delivery Model

• Do you have a good understanding of Commoning, farm support schemes and rural issues in the New Forest?
• Are you a self-motivated, confident communicator?
• Can you take an independent and unbiased view of Commoning in the New Forest?
• Would you like to contribute to the development of a proposed delivery model for ELMs on Commons?

If this sounds like you and you’re available for a short term contract in the Spring of 2021 we’d love to hear from you.

The New Forest is one of eight areas that this Test and Trial will be focusing on and we’re contracting local facilitators in each area to support the work. The Terms of Reference for this contract is below. The New Forest is going to be involved in Phase 2.

Please get in touch with joanna@foundationforcommonland.org.uk for more information / an informal chat.

Terms of reference for Local Facilitators

Background

In March 2020 the Foundation for Common Land (FCL) and Federation of Cumbria Commoners were awarded a contract with DEFRA to undertake one of 46 Tests and Trials (T and T) that are currently being completed to inform the development of a new Environmental Land Management Scheme (ELMs) in England.
The Commons T and T will work with a range of stakeholders from a mix of Commons to jointly develop, test, refine and trial a delivery model for ELMs on Commons.
This delivery model will be a concise, replicable ‘prototype’ focused on a Commons Management Plan, and Commons toolkit. The toolkit will provide guidance on tasks such as baseline data gathering, producing maps, health checks for public goods and how to develop Commons Management plans. It will include what needs to be put in place to deliver the management plans – such as model agreements between all parties.
Eight Commons are being selected to work with, using a set of criteria that aims to cover the range of landscapes, governance arrangements, farming types and conservation issues that are demonstrated on Commons.
The T and T will be split into two phases – Phase 1 will focus on jointly designing and initially testing a delivery model including the Commons toolkit and Management Plan. Phase two will trial this model and refine it where needed.
A network for the facilitation team encompassing all eight local facilitators will be established with regular opportunities for collaboration, networking and sharing learning.

Phase 1 Objective

The objective for each Local Facilitator in Phase 1 is to:
Work at a local level to test a draft Commons delivery model, provide feedback and share learning

Phase 1 Specific Tasks

Supported by the local Advisory Group and T and T facilitator, work with a specific Common to
• Test a draft Commons toolkit with guidance for tasks such as baseline data gathering, producing maps and health checks for public goods
• Develop baseline maps for public goods describing their current health and agree on improvements, enhancements and maintenance of these goods within the 10 year ELMS period
• Draft a Commons Management Plan for the Common setting out actions and objectives to complete in the 10 year time frame
• Provide and share feedback on what has worked well and what hasn’t, identify omissions and suggest areas for improvement.

Phase 2 Objective

The objective for each Local Facilitator in Phase 2 is to:
Work at a local level and take the learning from Phase 1 to trial and refine a draft Commons delivery model

Specific Tasks – Phase 2

Supported by the local Advisory Group and T and T facilitator, work with a selected Common to
• Trial a revised Commons toolkit with guidance for tasks such as baseline data gathering, producing maps and health checks for public goods
• Use the revised guidance to develop baseline public good maps and a 10 year time frame for improvements, enhancement and maintenance for public goods on the Common
• Draft a Commons Management Plan for the Common using the refined model from Phase 1
• Provide feedback on user friendliness and the practicalities of using the refined delivery model

Skills and Experience required

• Good knowledge and understanding of extensive livestock farming / commoning, farm support schemes and rural issues
• Established local networks with relevant organisations and relationships with farmers and local communities
• Able to take an independent and unbiased view of Commoning in the T and T area
• Confident communicator able to engage with wide range of individuals and organisations and be empathetic to their views
• Good listening skills with experience of recording meetings and workshops and providing constructive feedback
• Self-motivated, well organised, able to prioritise work and meet deadlines.

Timing and costs

Phase 1 – September 2020 to February 2021
Phase 2 – February 2021 to August 2021
12 days input per facilitator @£250 per day
A budget for travel costs / venue hire and meeting costs will also be available

Management and Reporting

Each local facilitator will report to the T and T facilitator.

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