Cocoa Data Platform Consultancy in Ghana

Full Time Greater Accra World Cocoa Foundation

Established in 2000, the World Cocoa Foundation (WCF) is the world’s leading organization for
cocoa sustainability.

The long-term goals of WCF are set out in our new strategy:

• Prosperous cocoa farmers become truly sustainable and profitable, with
transformation of traditional smallholder farming into modern business that deliver
sustainable livelihoods for farmers and their families;

• Empowered cocoa-growing communities lead their own development, human
rights are protected, and safety and wellbeing of children and families are strengthened;
and

• A healthy planet is conserved and enhanced, with resilient and biodiverse landscapes
in cocoa geographies, and the carbon footprint of the sector is reduced.

WCF works in six areas:

1. Convene cocoa and chocolate industry in collective action – to build an aligned,
motivated, and knowledgeable membership engaged in collective action;

2. Facilitate multi-stakeholder partnerships – to engage and leverage the
knowledge, financing, skills, and power of different stakeholders to jointly identify and
solve key sustainability challenges in the cocoa sector;

3. Facilitate industry engagement in policy dialogue with government – to identify
and address key barriers in the enabling business and policy environment in
cocoa producing countries;
4. Promote industry learning, knowledge sharing, and monitoring and
evaluation – in order to identify industry-wide lessons learned and good practices to
accelerate science, innovation and impact within companies and across the sector, and
strengthen transparency and accountability of industry results and performance;

5. Help mobilize resources from development partners and financial and
capital market institutions – to leverage the additional financing that industry will
require to successfully implement collective action initiatives; and

6. Communicate industry investment and impact and manage reputational
risks – to showcase industry’s sustainability efforts and results while identifying and
proactively managing risks, particularly related to human rights and environment.

WCF is a membership organization open to private sector companies engaged in all aspects of
the cocoa supply chain. WCF is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in Ghana and
Cote d’Ivoire.

Consultancy Summary:

WCF seeks an experienced and talented consultancy firm to assist our Environment team to
develop an aligned strategy for the creation of datasets to drive collective action,
as well as an online platform to surface insights from this data in support of a sustainable cocoa sector.
In
November 2017, the governments of Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana and leading cocoa and chocolate
companies signed the joint CFI Frameworks for Action (Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana) outlining key
commitments and actions to eliminate deforestation from the cocoa sector and restore degraded
forests in both countries.

In March 2019, the CFI companies published their action plans (Côte
d’Ivoire, Ghana) outlining the activities and investments them will make to fulfill their CFI
commitments. In March 2020, companies reported on their CFI progress.

In order to accelerate and increase impact, WCF is working with companies to identify
opportunities for pre-competitive collaboration in landscapes and better planning of
sustainability related interventions.

WCF aims to leverage the wealth of farm-level boundary and
other data companies are currently collecting in their supply chains to identify opportunities for
collective action.

The consultancy firm is tasked with developing a protocol for company data collection,
aggregation and analysis, as well as a scaling strategy for surfacing insights from this data on an
online platform.

This data will be large, complex and contain sensitive information, and therefore
demands previous experience in developing such datasets robustly and responsibly.

The platform
is expected to surface insights on non-proprietary data for the general public and CFI stakeholder
community, as well as for participating CFI companies on data which is sensitive and competitive
in nature.

The platform therefore requires different access levels and extensive risk mitigation
processes to be in place. The eventual platform must also be freely accessible to CFI stakeholders
and easily scalable across cocoa producing regions.

The consultancy firm will organize and lead consultation sessions with WCF, CFI companies and
relevant stakeholders to develop and agree on a common data development protocol and online
platform scaling strategy.

The consultancy firm is expected to deliver the data protocol and scaling
strategy to be approved by WCF by December 15, 2020. Given the short timeframe and
intensive process, the budget for the effort should not exceed $120,000 USD.

Qualifying Criteria:

• Minimum 10 years’ experience in agriculture, environmental conservation, or
deforestation monitoring;
• Extensive knowledge in commodity related deforestation monitoring;
• Extensive experience developing and managing both public and secure access web-based
satellite monitoring platforms;
• Extensive experience working with complex, large and sensitive commodity-related
datasets;
• Extensive experience in cocoa sustainability;
• Extensive experience in multi-stakeholder engagement;
• Demonstrated experience working with multiple cocoa and chocolate companies on
satellite deforestation monitoring;
• Extensive experience working with African governments on satellite deforestation
monitoring;
• Excellent written and spoken English;
• Strong organizational management skills, including the ability to prioritize tasks, time
management, adherence to tight deadlines, and the ability to handle multiple activities.Established in 2000, the World Cocoa Foundation (WCF) is the world’s leading organization for
cocoa sustainability.

The long-term goals of WCF are set out in our new strategy:

• Prosperous cocoa farmers become truly sustainable and profitable, with
transformation of traditional smallholder farming into modern business that deliver
sustainable livelihoods for farmers and their families;

• Empowered cocoa-growing communities lead their own development, human
rights are protected, and safety and wellbeing of children and families are strengthened;
and

• A healthy planet is conserved and enhanced, with resilient and biodiverse landscapes
in cocoa geographies, and the carbon footprint of the sector is reduced.

WCF works in six areas:

1. Convene cocoa and chocolate industry in collective action – to build an aligned,
motivated, and knowledgeable membership engaged in collective action;

2. Facilitate multi-stakeholder partnerships – to engage and leverage the
knowledge, financing, skills, and power of different stakeholders to jointly identify and
solve key sustainability challenges in the cocoa sector;

3. Facilitate industry engagement in policy dialogue with government – to identify
and address key barriers in the enabling business and policy environment in
cocoa producing countries;
4. Promote industry learning, knowledge sharing, and monitoring and
evaluation – in order to identify industry-wide lessons learned and good practices to
accelerate science, innovation and impact within companies and across the sector, and
strengthen transparency and accountability of industry results and performance;

5. Help mobilize resources from development partners and financial and
capital market institutions – to leverage the additional financing that industry will
require to successfully implement collective action initiatives; and

6. Communicate industry investment and impact and manage reputational
risks – to showcase industry’s sustainability efforts and results while identifying and
proactively managing risks, particularly related to human rights and environment.

WCF is a membership organization open to private sector companies engaged in all aspects of
the cocoa supply chain. WCF is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in Ghana and
Cote d’Ivoire.

Consultancy Summary:

WCF seeks an experienced and talented consultancy firm to assist our Environment team to
develop an aligned strategy for the creation of datasets to drive collective action,
as well as an online platform to surface insights from this data in support of a sustainable cocoa sector.
In
November 2017, the governments of Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana and leading cocoa and chocolate
companies signed the joint CFI Frameworks for Action (Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana) outlining key
commitments and actions to eliminate deforestation from the cocoa sector and restore degraded
forests in both countries.

In March 2019, the CFI companies published their action plans (Côte
d’Ivoire, Ghana) outlining the activities and investments them will make to fulfill their CFI
commitments. In March 2020, companies reported on their CFI progress.

In order to accelerate and increase impact, WCF is working with companies to identify
opportunities for pre-competitive collaboration in landscapes and better planning of
sustainability related interventions.

WCF aims to leverage the wealth of farm-level boundary and
other data companies are currently collecting in their supply chains to identify opportunities for
collective action.

The consultancy firm is tasked with developing a protocol for company data collection,
aggregation and analysis, as well as a scaling strategy for surfacing insights from this data on an
online platform.

This data will be large, complex and contain sensitive information, and therefore
demands previous experience in developing such datasets robustly and responsibly.

The platform
is expected to surface insights on non-proprietary data for the general public and CFI stakeholder
community, as well as for participating CFI companies on data which is sensitive and competitive
in nature.

The platform therefore requires different access levels and extensive risk mitigation
processes to be in place. The eventual platform must also be freely accessible to CFI stakeholders
and easily scalable across cocoa producing regions.

The consultancy firm will organize and lead consultation sessions with WCF, CFI companies and
relevant stakeholders to develop and agree on a common data development protocol and online
platform scaling strategy.

The consultancy firm is expected to deliver the data protocol and scaling
strategy to be approved by WCF by December 15, 2020. Given the short timeframe and
intensive process, the budget for the effort should not exceed $120,000 USD.

Qualifying Criteria:

• Minimum 10 years’ experience in agriculture, environmental conservation, or
deforestation monitoring;
• Extensive knowledge in commodity related deforestation monitoring;
• Extensive experience developing and managing both public and secure access web-based
satellite monitoring platforms;
• Extensive experience working with complex, large and sensitive commodity-related
datasets;
• Extensive experience in cocoa sustainability;
• Extensive experience in multi-stakeholder engagement;
• Demonstrated experience working with multiple cocoa and chocolate companies on
satellite deforestation monitoring;
• Extensive experience working with African governments on satellite deforestation
monitoring;
• Excellent written and spoken English;
• Strong organizational management skills, including the ability to prioritize tasks, time
management, adherence to tight deadlines, and the ability to handle multiple activities.

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