LMB                                      Landscape Management Board

MEL                                      Monitoring Evaluation and Learning

NGO                                      Non-Governmental Organization

NRM                                     Natural resource management

ofi                                          olam food ingredients

PPT                                       Power Point Presentation

RA                                         Rainforest Alliance

RESTORE                            Resilient Ecosystems and Sustainable Transformation of Rural Economies

ToR                                       Terms of Reference

USAID                                  United States Agency for International Development


      I.           Background

The Rainforest Alliance (RA) is an international nonprofit organization that works to conserve biodiversity and ensure sustainable livelihoods by transforming land-use practices, business practices and consumer behavior. Our alliance spans 70 countries and includes farmers and forest communities, companies, governments, civil society, and millions of individuals. Together we work to protect forests and biodiversity, act on climate, and promote rights and improve the livelihoods of rural people. As an international nonprofit organization with more than 30 years of experience in sustainability transformation, we understand that the social and economic well-being of rural communities is tightly connected to ecosystem health. This knowledge has shaped our rigorous programs to advance sustainable land-use and commodity production.

Olam is a leading food and agribusiness supplying food, ingredients, feed and fibre to 20,900 customers worldwide. Olam value chain spans over 60 countries and includes farming, origination, processing and distribution operations. Through Olam Purpose to ‘Re-imagine Global Agriculture and Food Systems’, Olam aims to address the many challenges involved in meeting the needs of a growing global population, while achieving positive impact for farming communities, our planet and all our stakeholders.

Headquartered and listed in Singapore, Olam currently ranks among the top 30 largest primary listed companies in Singapore in terms of market capitalisation on SGX-ST and Olam is a Fortune Global 500 company. Olam split into 2 groups in 2020 Olam Food Ingredients which covers cocoa, coffee, edible nuts and dairy, and Olam Global Agri covering grains, oils, rice & animal feed (“Olam”). 

In line with this vision, RA and olam food ingredients (ofi) secured a cooperation agreement with the United State Agency for International Development (USAID) in April 2022 to implement the Resilient Ecosystems and Sustainable Transformation of Rural Economies (RESTORE) the RESTORE project seeks to demonstrate a scalable and regionally replicable model for community-led governance, natural resource management (NRM), biodiversity conservation, climate change mitigation, and resilience that aligns with regional and government priorities in cocoa production landscapes in the Guinean forests of Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire. Our goal is to establish an inclusive landscape management governance body in targeted areas to drive resilient economic growth, with expanded opportunities for women and youth based on sustainable use of resources. The RESTORE project envisions that by 2027, RA and ofi in partnership with multinational chocolate companies, farmer cooperatives and local partners, will establish the technical capacity, policy implementation approaches and economic incentives to bring the cocoa producing families, the governments and the private sector together in a joint endeavor to secure improved livelihoods from cocoa farming, socially inclusive additional economic opportunities, increased tree cover and a scalable contribution to national and corporate emissions reduction targets.

As part of the project implementation, the RESTORE team is seeking a Gender consultant with experience on youth who will be responsible for conducting a gender and youth study for the RESTORE project in Ghana. The Consultant will work in collaboration with RA staff, partners, consultants, and other relevant stakeholders to develop, carry out and share the outcomes of the gender and youth study. The gender and youth study will be carried out as a first step to enable gender and youth sensitive planning and as an input for the promotion of gender equality and youth inclusion. An important part is the gender analysis for the collection of sex (and where possible and relevant age) disaggregated data that are important to identify issues and gaps related to gender and youth and that can be used to define, monitor and evaluate actions to address issues and gaps. The study will also be an important basis for the development of a gender and youth policy (action plan/strategy) for the project that will outline the vision, principles and main interventions to promote gender equality and youth inclusion within the project, incorporating the specific needs of women, men and youth into project implementation. Moreover, it should identify the resources and practical steps that are needed to actively involve women, men and youth as equal partners in the project interventions.

    II.           Objectives

The main objective of this assignment is to generate information on gender gaps and issues, related to youth as well as needs, constraints and opportunities of women, men and youth in the project areas (see below)

Specifically, the study should include at least:

1) Identification of gender gaps, including for vulnerable groups like female headed/ youth headed households and female and young workers of smallholders, related to access to education, information, training, livelihood needs, constraints, opportunities, access to finance, access to enterprise development and related services, access to health services including family planning, access to management positions in cooperatives or producer groups, access to land, roles and responsibilities in agriculture, at the level of the household and at the level of the community. It should also include the identification of risks of violence and harassment. Moreover, it should include a stakeholder analysis of relevant local actors (government, NGO’s, communities based organizations, etc.) that are involved in supporting gender equality, women rights and youth inclusion, the identification of relevant legislation related to gender and youth.

2) Provide, based on the insights of above, recommendations for mainstreaming and strengthening an efficient gender and youth approach within the project strategy and workplan 

3) provide key elements of a gender and youth policy and draft gender & youth strategy for the project

4) Develop a framework for monitoring key gender and youth indicators that are related to the project main interventions


 III.           Substantive Activities

The study should entail at least the following tasks:

1) Revision of available background data, including sex disaggregated demographic information and social and economic indicators of the project areas, and gender and youth issues related to the sector of cacao and access to financial, market, information, decision making structures.

2) Carry out a desk review of project related documents to understand how the project has been set up and how it can be strengthened in order to become more gender and youth inclusive and gender transformative.

3) Conduct a gender and youth analysis and needs assessment (quantitative and qualitative assessment) of women and men (for details see scope described above) in the project areas.

4) Assess the capacity and practices of key partners as well as the project interventions to deliver gender transformative services and identify training needs of staff members and other stakeholders on the identified gaps.

5) Identify constraints related to gender and youth and recommend key elements of a gender and youth policy for ensuring that both women and men benefit from the project’s activities. This should also include interventions to make sure that no-harm is done to the target population.

6) Draft a gender & youth strategy and policies for the project based on the strengths, weaknesses and key elements identified

7) Draft a monitoring action plan, co-developed with project staff and outlining the different roles and responsibilities of staff with respect to the action plan and indicators to measure the success of actions.

The gender analysis will aim to identify gender-based constraints related, but not limited, to the areas outlined below and provide practical recommendations so the program can design interventions that respond to, accommodate, or overcome the constraints identified. It might be useful to group the identified constraints and practical recommendations by categories of actors such as smallholder farmers, female headed/ youth headed households, female, male and young (female and male) workers of smallholders, etc.

    IV.           Deliverables


Besides these reports, a workshop/virtual meeting might be organized to present and discuss preliminary and final outcomes of the study to the project team, cooperatives and other relevant partners. The exact timing of the workshops will be decided later based on the initial findings.

      V.           Peer Review Process and Coordination

RESTORE´s Landscape Manager of Ghana will lead the study and then coordinate all activities with the consultant. Backstopping support will be provided by the Manager of Gender and Social Inclusion, Chief of Party, Senior Associate MEL of Ghana, the Lead on Youth and on Gender and ofi Cocoa Sustainability Head in Ghana. The Rainforest Alliance will provide all necessary documents relating to the RESTORE project. It will also provide the necessary letters of introduction to facilitate the consultant´s access to relevant target population and other relevant stakeholders. RA will not, however, provide transportation to project sites or any other kind of in-kind support.

   VI.           Place, Level of Effort and Duration

The scope of this study will be in Ghana. It will be conducted in the Sui River Landscape located in the Western North Region of Ghana. It consists of four districts namely Sefwi Wiawso Municipal Assembly, Bibiani Anhwiaso Bekwai Municipal Assembly, Bodi and Akontombra District Assemblies. The consultancy will take 80 calendar days to complete.

 VII.           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 RA. Incomplete proposals may be rejected by RA at its discretion.
  • RA 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.

 VIII.           Selection Criteria

The Consultant or Consultant Firm should have the following qualifications and credentials:

  • Have a Postgraduate degrees in Gender, Social Work, Anthropology, Statistics/Economics, Agronomy, Environment, Sustainable Development, Biodiversity, Social sciences or a related field;
  • Be a gender and or Youth specialist;
  • Minimum three (03) years of experience collecting primary data and field work. Experience in livelihood development in rural areas, especially in the cocoa sector in Ghana;
  • Minimum three ( 03) years of experience in Monitoring and Evaluation of projects and studies on gender issues in Ghana ;
  • Demonstrated ability to read and write high quality, methodologically sound, analytical papers in English
  • Experience in working with rural communities in Cocoa Sector;
  • Able to work with technical and administrative staff of international organizations;
  • Able to work with senior officials of the government and social partners;
  • Respect of RA values and sensitivity to gender, disadvantaged groups and diversity;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English and preferably in at least one local language of the targeted areas
  • Experience with delivering high-quality products respecting budgets and deadlines.

IX.           Submission Procedure and format

  • A letter (in PDF or WORD format) of interest summarizing the reason why you should be selected for this consultancy;
  • A Technical proposal (in PDF or WORD format) not more than 10 pages detailing the consultant(s) understanding and interpretation of the ToR, expertise and record of accomplishment, proposed methodology/ approach to carry out this assignment, implementation plan, abridged CVs of proposed personnel you intend to use for this assessment;
  • A Financial proposal (in EXCEL format). Detailed budget that indicates the professional fees and any other related costs to be incurred by the consultant(s) while conducting this assignment. Please note that the contract price will be fixed regardless of changes in the cost components. The proposed budget should detail all relevant costs, such as transportation, professional fees, accommodation, stationery etc. An additional column could be added to the budget to help the evaluation team understand what each item will be used for. The financial proposal should be calculated in US dollars ($), including all taxes and duties;
  • Contact details (in PDF or WORD format) of recent references (at least 2), include email, contact person’s name, and phone number;

All above requested documents should be sent together in a zipped folder renamed as follows (Application documents _Name of Consultant_ RA- GHA - GYSPR).


The letter of interest, technical, and financial proposal should be sent by email to Matilda Agyapong at with copy to Alvin Adu-Asare at, Christian Enokou at, Vanessa Yapi Noelle at, Joky Francois at and Maria Ghiso at with the subject line “Gender and Youth Study Proposal for RESTORE Project in Ghana.” by 23h00 GMT, on December 4, 2022. Any questions and clarifications related to the assessment should be sent to the email mentioned above.

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