1. Background Overview of Fairtrade Africa (FTA)
Fairtrade Africa (FTA) is the umbrella network organization representing Fairtrade-certified producers and workers in Africa and the Middle East. It has four (4) regional networks – Eastern & Central Africa; Southern Africa; West Africa; and the Middle East & North Africa. Established in 2005, FTA is a member of Fairtrade International and currently represents over one million farmers and workers in over 500 producer organizations spread across 33 countries in Africa by providing services to them that contribute to the improvement of their livelihoods. Fairtrade Africa’s interventions are guided by the Fairtrade Theory of Change which visually expresses how these ultimately lead to global Fairtrade Goals www.fairtradeafrica.net.
About FTA’s Finnish-funded Dignity for All (D4A) Impact Programme 2018-2021
This is a four-year Development Cooperation Programme funded by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs (MFA) of Finland with further support from National Fairtrade Organizations (NFOs) e.g.
Fairtrade Finland, Sweden, and Commercial partners e.g. Gustav Paulig and Aldi (UK) and Tony Chocolonely. Underpinned by the Fairtrade Theory of Change (ToC), the D4A Impact Programme seeks justice and fairness through exercising rights and freedoms, empowerment through strengthening the assets and capabilities of the most marginalized farmers and workers, and the attainment of sustainable livelihoods through building resilient agro-based trade systems and societies. The programme is aimed at capturing and assessing simultaneous change in four areas (spheres of change): Small producer & worker organizations; Supply chain business practices; Consumer behaviour and Civil society action.
The programme has six different projects that are currently being implemented in four countries across Africa i.e. Ghana, Ethiopia, Malawi and South Africa focusing on Fairtrade-certified Banana, Flowers, Wine, Tea (Hired Labour), Coffee and Cocoa (Smallholder Producers) value chains.
The goal of the programme is to safeguard the rights of the producers and workers to a dignified life. The overarching objectives of the programme are:
(i) Realizing the right to a sustainable livelihood of producer households
(ii) Realizing the right to a sustainable livelihood of worker households
(iii) Advancing fair and sustainable trade
The programme also has 3 cross-cutting objectives applicable to each of the six projects as follows: Gender Equality; Inclusion of vulnerable persons and Environmental sustainability.
2. The Scope of the Carbon Credit Consultant
Cocoa is the main stay of Ghana’s formal economy. It accounts for about 30% of the total export earnings and provides income for about six million people. Ghana also plays an important role on the international cocoa market being the second largest producer of cocoa beans in the world after Ivory Coast and representing about 20% of global production (ICCO annual reports). As in most cocoa producing countries, Ghanaian cocoa is grown by small-holder farmers. Increasing pressure from agricultural expansion, mining, timber extraction and other socio-economic factors have negatively impacted the biological resources of the country. Farmers are expanding their farms trying to overcome poverty, forests are being cleared for cocoa cultivation. Illegal logging also gives much needed additional income for rural families. It is estimated that the country is experiencing a rapid deforestation rate of about 22,000ha annually. According to Global Forest Watch Report in 2019, Ghana experienced the highest percent rise in primary forest loss between 2017 and 2018. The majority of farmers use biomass energy, and charcoal production which is widespread and unregulated. Another major threat is climate crisis, which will make cocoa tree cultivation more difficult over the coming decades. Changes in seasonality, intensity and amount of rainfall could compromise agricultural production. This component of the D4A Cocoa (Dynamic Agroforestry) Project seeks to address the challenge above by introducing dynamic agroforestry and clean energy promotion into cocoa growing communities in Ghana.
The task of the consultant or firm will entail assisting Asunafo North Municipal Cooperative Cocoa Farmers and Marketing Union Limited (Asunafo North Union), Kukuom (AGL) Cooperative Cocoa Farmers and Marketing Union Limited (Kukuom Union) and Asetenapa Cooperative Cocoa Farming and Marketing Society Limited (Asetenapa Cooperative) which are Fairtrade-certified Cocoa Small Producer Organizations (SPOs) in Ghana protect the environment and promote sustainable cocoa production through agroforestry system of farming and adoption of improved cookstoves. The consultant will also support with the processes required to earn Gold Standard and Fairtrade Standard Certification for resultant carbon credits from the two activities. The successful consultant or firm will work directly with the D4A Cocoa Programme team in Ghana led by the D4A Programme Coordinator, supported by Head of Region for FTA-WAN, FTA’s D4A Programme’s Manager and D4A Cocoa (Dynamic Agroforestry) Senior Project Officer on the planning and execution of this assignment.
3. Aim and objectives of the consultancy
The overall aim of this consultancy is to support the D4A Cocoa Programme Team in the development and implementation of an agroforestry and clean energy (improved cook stove and briquette use), whilst also supporting carbon inset-ting. In its strive for carbon neutrality, 3 Fairtrade-certified Cocoa Small Producer Organizations (SPOs) i.e. 26 Tony’s Partnered primary societies of the Asunafo North Union, 10 Hamlets Asetenapa Cooperative, and 29 primary societies of the Kukuom Union cocoa cooperatives (communities) plan to inset (50,000 MT- will be discussed and agreed) carbon dioxide (CO2) within their supply chain through this project.
The specific objectives are:
Review D4A Cocoa Dynamic Agroforestry and Clean Energy Project concept and draft implementation plan in compliance with Gold Standard certification and offer technical support in modelling to achieve its goal
Support the identification, assessment and selection of eligible farmers/participants, cocoa farms and clean energy project sites in line with the standard requirements of the carbon credit certification process
Build the capacity of D4A Cocoa Programme Team in Ghana on Gold Standard Certification and carbon credit processes through a Training of Trainers (ToT) approach for effective support to beneficiary SPOs
Support the D4A Cocoa Programme team identify the relevant stakeholders and organize consultation workshops as per stipulated procedures in the Gold Standards Certification process
Lead in documentation processes required by target Cocoa SPOs in achieving Gold Standard Certification
4. Consultancy Timeframe
It is anticipated that the consultant will be able to produce all deliverables outlined below within a timeframe of July 2020-December 2021. The preferred start date for this role is July 27, 2020.
Deliverables of the consultancy
· Gold standard Account: Facilitate registration and opening of a gold standard registry account
· Criteria for Cook stoves selection: Support development of criteria of suitable improved cooks’ stove
· Preparation and training of local stakeholder consultation
· Conduct local stakeholder consultation
· Preparation and submission of relevant documents for preliminary review by the Gold standard.
· Support in stakeholder feedback.
· Finalisation of all project’s documents and submission to Gold standard for registration of the project.
· Support in getting the project Gold standard registered
· Training on monitoring requirements by Gold standard conducted
· Ad hoc support in the implementation of the Fairtrade climate standard.
6. Consultant Specifications
Fairtrade Africa seeks an experienced, proactive and dedicated consultant or consultancy firm to work with the D4A Cocoa Programme Team in Ghana to ensure the roll-out of the project and participate in all carbon credit-related activities. The successful consultant or consultancy firm will be a collaborative and solutions-focused professional with the ability to work within tight deadlines and produce outputs to a high quality. We welcome applications from individual consultants or consultancy firms that meet the following criteria:
• Over 10 years of extensive experience at senior levels designing and delivering Gold Standard and Fairtrade Standard Certifications
• Experience in the policy development processes associated with climate change, afforestation and clean energy (improved stoves and briquette) technologies is desirable
• In‐depth knowledge of social and environmental safeguards is required
• Thorough understanding of the forest and biodiversity conservation issues\environment
policies and governance systems in Ghana would be an asset
• Highly organised with the ability to be flexible, multi-task and respond proactively
• Excellent written, analytical and verbal communication skills