National Initiatives for Sustainable and Climate-smart Oil Palm Smallholders (NISCOPS) - Consultants

Job Summary

Call for Proposals and Consultants for two independent assessments/ studies

  • Minimum Qualification: Degree
  • Experience Level: Mid level
  • Experience Length: 5 years

Job Description

SOLIDARIDAD WEST AFRICA, Nigeria 


National Initiatives for Sustainable and Climate-smart Oil Palm Smallholders (NISCOPS). 

Call for Proposals and consultants for two independent assessments/ studies: (1) Gender and Vulnerable Persons Assessments and (2) Scoping study of the Oil Palm sector in Nigeria. Both studies are to be conducted in oil palm producing States for the NISCOPS project. 

Introduction 
Solidaridad West Africa (SWA) is a not-for-profit regional organization based in Accra, Ghana. Established in 2005, SWA is part of the Solidaridad Network, a Dutch-based development organization operating in five continents through eight Regional Expertise Centres. With its network secretariat in The Netherlands, Solidaridad has over 50 years of global experience working in the development of profitable supply chains, creating sustainable businesses and livelihoods.

 (1) Gender and Vulnerable Persons Assessments 
Promoting gender equality and the empowerment of women and vulnerable persons were key components of the COP 24 Katowice UN Climate Change Conference, 2018; and SWA believes that gender-responsiveness is critical for the effectiveness of any policy and action. However, paucity of data on the needs, perspectives, experiences and knowledge of women and vulnerable persons impacted by climate change in the sector in the region will affect visibility of gender issues for localizing all global agreements and targets aimed at the Nationally Determined Contributions of each country. Recognizing this urgency, SWA is committed to social-ecological data-driven approaches for identifying inputs, resources and partnerships relevant for effective climate change adaptation practices across the oil palm value chain specifically in relation to resilience building at household, community, national and regional levels; and the various factors impinging on the productive capacities of women and vulnerable persons in the value chain. In order to better understand the gender and vulnerable persons dynamics in the oil palm sector in Nigeria, the services of a Consultant is required to conduct a study and assessment of the sector in all oil palm producing states in Nigeria. 

(2) Scoping study of the Oil Palm sector in Nigeria. 
Oil palm is indigenous to West Africa. However, the region only produces about 6% of global palm oil which is not enough to satisfy the demand in the region. Much of the oil (about 80%) is processed in small- to mid-sized mills. These mills often have low (10% and below) extraction rates and high levels of free fatty acid in the palm oil. As a result, the oil of these mills is sold on the local market for about half the value of good quality oil which is produced by larger mills. To address these issues a combination of interventions is required to make significant improvements in the oil palm sector in Nigeria, contributing to the West African sub-regional oil palm sector. And in order to better understand the oil palm sector in Nigeria, the services of a Consultant is required to conduct an assessment of the sector in all oil palm producing states in Nigeria.

For Expression of Interest (EoI) in the full Terms of Reference for these assessments, please send an early request to [email protected] 

Deadline for the submission of proposals is 29th March 2019. 

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