The Nordic Associations of Chocolate Producers, the International Cocoa Initiative, World Cocoa Foundation, and UNDP are setting up a new holistic cocoa livelihoods programme to enhance the sustainability of the cocoa sector in Côte d'Ivoire. The programme is intended to contribute to sustainability in living conditions for cocoa farmers and enhance productivity for cocoa farmers by integrating and scaling up existing development programmes which have proven effective and by institutionalizing best practice .The partners have agreed to design a programme which takes into consideration Economic, Social, Environmental and Governance issues related to the cocoa sector in Côte d'Ivoire, which accounts for 40 per cent of world supply.
In order to agree on the development of a new programme strategy, the partners have asked UNDP to provide them with a Feasibility and Baseline Study, identifying the social, economic and social situation, current initiatives and stakeholders, as well as the challenges ahead. UNDP will hire Expert Consultants to carry out the study.
There are more than 700,000 small holder farmers in Côte d'Ivoire, and in order to ensure that a programme will have a lasting positive impact, it will be key to design a programme which addresses capacity building and strengthening of public institutions which the farmers and their families depend on. The partners have created a task force responsible for setting up such a programme. The task force is chaired by a representative from the chocolate industry, co-chaired by a Government Representative of Côte d'Ivoire, and UNDP serves as the Secretariat.
Côte d'Ivoire is now revising efforts towards the development of a sustainable cocoa sector, looking for a more targeted approach to stakeholder coordination for the operation and planning of programmes that address the issues facing the sector., the feasibility and baseline study produced as part of the Sustainable Cocoa Initiative can provide an avenue for stakeholders to cooperate more closely and align their work against barriers outlined by the study.
Duties and Responsibilities
Overall Goal of Consultancy:
The overall goal of the design phase one of the Sustainable Cocoa Initiative is to determine the main issues that hinder progress towards a sustainable cocoa industry in Côte d'Ivoire. This will be achieved by working in close collaboration with government and key industry stakeholders to identify the main technical, institutional and policy issues within different thematic areas - social, economic and environmental. This will naturally lead into the identification of the most prominent threats and barriers that need removal if a sustainable cocoa industry is to be achieved.
To determine plausible national project partners, an extensive stakeholder analysis will be performed to determine each organisations/NGOs/foundations comparative advantage and capacity to address the various barriers to sustainability. This will be complimented by a comprehensive assessment of current and past projects to determine which initiatives/concepts worked/failed, and how the Sustainable Cocoa Initiative can take successful pilots to scale.
Following the completion of the comprehensive baseline study and report, the document will be used to assist in the creation of a project strategy for the overall initiative. The consultant(s) will provide key guidance during this process while working alongside of the cocoa initiative task force. The lead international consultant will undertake the following;
Duties and Responsibilities:
The consultant will be responsible for 1) collecting information on the topics listed below; and; 2) to prepare the various socio-economic sections of the overall baseline study and strategy document to support the Lead consultant;
Provide the socio-economic context to the following topics;
Supervision and Reporting:
Administrative supervision by Project Manager UNDP CO. Substantive supervision: Lead Consultant and the Green Commodities Facility Project Advisor.
Required Skills and Experience
Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications:
National(e) Expert (e)des Questions Socio-économiques)