Request for Proposals

Coffee Origin Performance and Risk Reports for Rainforest Alliance

Rainforest Alliance is seeking a consultant to create Coffee Origin Performance and Risk Reports


Summary Information

  • Department: Markets & DMERL (Design, Monitoring, Evaluation, Research, and Learning)
  • Location(s): global
  • Commitment: approximately 30 days
  • Desired start date and duration: October
  • Under direction of: Aviela Hochberg & Teun Smorenburg


Consultancy Summary

About the Rainforest Alliance


The Rainforest Alliance is creating a more sustainable world by using social and market forces to protect nature and improve the lives of farmers and forest communities. We work towards making responsible business the new normal through our certification program, tailored supply chain services, landscape and community work and advocacy.




The Rainforest Alliance is looking for a consultant to help create three (3) “origin sustainability performance and risk reports” for the coffee sectors of Brazil, Colombia, and Honduras, to show key issues and performance on those issues for the sector in the given origin. 


These reports will be a synthesis of data and information from various sources, both internal Rainforest Alliance sources and external public sources. The report will be short, with data and visuals, and easy to read. The target audience will be sustainability management at retailers and coffee roasters. The exact format of the report is to be agreed upon between Rainforest Alliance and the consultant.


Rainforest Alliance data sources include certification data, internal “risk maps”, and project monitoring and evaluation data. External information sources include coffee industry reports, grey literature / project reports, and academic literature. The report will focus on key sustainability indicators in the coffee sector. Potential indicators and topics include the following: 


  • Environmental: deforestation, agroforestry / shade, carbon footprint, water footprint, and climate vulnerability
  • Social: worker wages, living wage gap, child / forced labor risk, and gender / youth participation
  • Economic: yields, costs of production, farmer income, and living income gap 
  • General: total production volume, farm typologies, and certification reach


The timeline for writing this report for three origins is October – December 2022. The project should budget approximately 30 working days.  


Main Objectives


Objectives of the assignment include the following:


  • Inform key stakeholders (coffee roasters, retailers, other supply chain actors) of sustainability performance and risks in the three origins
  • Summarize complex sustainability issues into a simple report
  • Identify areas where investment is needed



  • Three origins reports, approximately 10 pages each, with a combination of text and graphics. Rainforest Alliance will provide a template and style guide that the consultant should follow
  • Explanatory guide and list of data sources and references that are used in each report



General terms and conditions for Request for proposal

  • Proposals and/or any additional information received after the submission time and date are subject to rejection by The Rainforest Alliance. Incomplete proposals may be rejected by RA at its discretion.
  • The Rainforest Alliance reserves the right to request additional information at any time during the procurement process.
  • RA is at liberty to make multiple or no selections as part of the proposal process. RA also reserves the right to cancel the procurement.
  • All proposal costs shall be borne by the applicant and will not be reimbursed by RA.


Selection Criteria


Proposals will be selected on:


  • Experience and expertise in the global coffee industry, especially Brazil, Colombia and Honduras as coffee origins
  • Understanding of the sustainability issues in the coffee sector and voluntary sustainability standards and latest (scientific) publications on coffee sustainability (in Brazil, Colombia and Honduras) 
  • Analytical and pragmatic expertise with the ability to synthesize information from many different sources and present insight and text in a concise way to a non-technical audience 
  • Cost and availability


Proposal Process and Format

Please submit a CV, short cover letter describing your approach, and approximate budget (include budget with the cover letter). For questions please contact Applicants will be notified in early October.



Thank you for your interest in working with The Rainforest Alliance

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