Suriname - 17 February, 2021
Job title: Sales and Marketing consultant / Start date: 15 March 2021 / Open to/Eligibility criteria: All candidates meeting the required qualifications / Duration: 12 months, with possibility of extension / Duty station: Paramaribo, with frequent travel to the Upper Suriname River Area
Tropenbos Suriname (TBS) is a Surinamese knowledge based and Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), established in 2005. Our mission is to improve the sustainable use of tropical forests and trees for the benefit of healthy ecosystems, and the well-being of people.
We respond to the need for knowledge, capacity enhancement, and organizational reinforcement. As a knowledge broker, we conduct research-based activities, promoting exchange of scientific and traditional knowledge to inform evidence-based dialogue and transformation into user-oriented tools. We are a member of the Tropenbos International (TBI) Network, represented in three continents in the tropics and coordinated by the TBI office in the Netherlands.
The Working Landscapes Programme (WLP) is funded by DGIS – the Netherlands and conducted in seven member countries of the TBI Network. The program focusses on the role and contribution of forests and trees in climate change mitigation and adaptation. WLP works towards generating knowledge, building capacities, and facilitating informed dialogue, leading to impacts on inclusive landscape governance, sustainable land use practices, and responsible business and finance, with an emphasis on local foresters and farmers, indigenous and tribal people, and forest and farm producers’ organizations. Gender and youth is a cross-cutting theme.
Our working area is the Upper Suriname River Area (USRA), a highly forested landscape with limited (but increasing) commercial activity, predominantly inhabited by the Saamaka Maroon population. TBS has been working in the area since 2014 on issues ranging from participatory land use planning, to governance and climate adaptation, and has established good contacts and working relations with the local people and the traditional authorities.
One of the aims within the WLP is to improve agricultural and forestry practices in collaboration with communities in light of climate resilience and sustainable livelihoods. The Saamaka population strongly relies on rain-fed subsistence agriculture, and is considered highly vulnerable to climate change. In recent years, TBS has worked and continues to work on improving agriculture through agroforestry techniques. In the village of Pikin Slee, an agroforestry demonstration field has been set up and an agro-cooperative, Hatti Wai U.A., has been formally established to support sustainable income generation.
There are two areas of work which we focus on in light of sustainable agricultural practices. First, enhancing agroforestry techniques for subsistence and commercialization, and, secondly, establishing sustainable product value chains.
The goal is to build on the experience with the agroforestry demonstration field and the cooperative in Pikin Slee to create a model example for other communities in the river basin and to scale up, by expanding to two other villages, namely Gran Tatai and Nieuw Aurora.
The objective of this consultancy is to provide intensive guidance and support to community cooperatives and individuals and facilitate a network of stakeholders in order to improve local product value chains from agriculture and non-timber forest products (NTFPs).
The focus is on climate smart productive activities. Agriculture producer groups and cooperatives in the area need more structure and enhanced skill sets to work on business administration, commercialization, and marketing of agricultural and forest products. The consultant is expected to:
The consultant will work closely with appointed staff at TBS and with program partners, for example, those working on improvement of agroforestry techniques and on business and finance. Furthermore, it is expected that the consultant will work closely with local community members and cooperatives in the USRA.
The consultant will provide the following deliverables:
|Timeline after commencement||Payment after approval|
|1. Submission of a Detailed work plan||1 month||10%|
|2. Report on market study, including potential products for further development and barriers and bottlenecks for marketing of local products||2 months||5%|
|3. Detailed training program, including target groups (cooperatives and producer groups), needs and elements for capacity strengthening and product development||3 months||5%|
|4. Formalized statutes of a new cooperative in Gran Tatai and Nieuw Aurora, respectively||4 months||15%|
|5. 1st evaluation and progress report on capacity strengthening and product value chain development||5 months||10%|
|6. 2nd evaluation and progress report on capacity strengthening and product value chain development||7 months||10%|
|7. Sales agreements between cooperatives and buyers||9 months||20%|
|8. 3rd evaluation and progress report on capacity strengthening and product value chain development||9 months||10%|
|9. Sustainable financing strategy for cooperatives and productive activities||10 months||5%|
|10. Final report with recommendations||12 months||10%|
All reports and deliverables are to be submitted to the Director of TBS for approval. The reports should be submitted in English in Microsoft Word in the following format: all text should be Normal-style, Times New Roman 12. All references should be included in footnotes, also the names and contact information of the persons consulted. Paymen are made upon approval of each deliverable. The assignment is part of a TBI Network initiative and the consultant may be required to provide updates on the status of the assignment at any time during the contract period. This includes participation in online meetings with the TBI Network.
For information about our program: visit www.tropenbos.sr or call 532001.