1.   ABOUT THE RAINFOREST ALLIANCE

The Rainforest Alliance (RA) is an international non-profit organization working to build a future in which nature is protected and biodiversity flourishes, where farmers, workers, and communities prosper, and where sustainable land use and responsible business practices are the norm. We envision a world where people and nature thrive in harmony.


Farms, farmer groups, and supply chain organizations that meet all applicable requirements of the Rainforest Alliance 2020 Certification Program are then able to sell, ship, and/or buy their product as Rainforest Alliance Certified. To expand the reach of the Rainforest Alliance Certification Program and to safeguard the system’s integrity, quality, competitiveness, and credibility, we work with independent Certification Bodies (CBs) around the world. Authorized CBs certify farms, farmer groups, and supply chain organizations against the Rainforest Alliance 2020 Sustainable Agriculture Standard.

 

Rainforest Alliance published a new certification program in the first quarter of 2021. The certification program consists of:


a.     2020 Sustainable Agricultural Standard

b.     2020 Assurance system

c.     Certification Data and Technology systems

 

The new standard has a strong focus on social topics hence the need of enhancing CB

personnel’s competence in social auditing skills.


2.   ABOUT THE PROJECT

The 2020 certification program includes a new structure for the CB personnel described in Chapter 2 of the 2020 Rules for Certification Bodies. CB personnel refers to all those hired workers, independent contractors, and consultants who hold a legal relationship with an RA- approved CB and carry out assurance activities within the RA certification process.

The new CB structure consists of two sub-teams: the Program Management team and the Audit team.

  1. The Program Management Team: include CB personnel involved in the management of an audit program.
  2. The Audit team: include CB personnel involved in activities related to conducting an audit. The categories have a sequential logic, each building upon the previous category

 

Table 1: CB personnel members’ structure


 

Each role requires to meet a different set of competencies including social auditing skills. To support this model, RA uses competency-based learning: as competencies–the combination of skills, knowledge, and attitude—are proven, staff members continue to progress.


RA has developed a framework and tool to assess CB personnel's level on this branch of skills. The competency framework drafts a baseline of personnel’s audit proficiency on social topics while the M&E tool measures changes in their performance over time as well as their uptake of training.

 

Currently, RA will pilot the framework and tool with four CBs during one year. At the end of the pilot, we aim to validate:

 

1.      if using the competency framework and M&E tool enhance CB personnel performance,

2.      to which extent does the tool support CBs to improve personnel’s competences

3.      if the tools and supporting documents are user friendly and intuitive

 

RA is looking for professionals with expertise in adult training and/or Monitoring Evaluation and Learning (MEL) to support the CB Training program team in laying the foundations for a competency-based training program. The selected candidates would develop:

 

1.      Baseline study using the data obtained from the four CBs implementing the Competency Framework and M&E Tool.

2.      From the input gathered, develop a training roadmap and materials for CB personnel on Social Auditing to close gaps in knowledge and skills.

3.      Delivery of training sessions using the material developed in point two.

 


3. DELIVERABLES

1.      Baseline study, an analysis of the current situation to identify the starting points of this pilot. Including but not limited to:

a.     CBs’ level of expertise in staff competency monitoring

b.    Inventory of existing internal quality management procedures

c.     Auditors’ competency profile

d.     Auditors’ performance

 

2.      A training roadmap and materials to train CB personnel on Social Auditing. Including but not limited to:

a.     Case studies

b.     Videos

c.     Presentations

d.     Final exam

 

3.      Delivery of training sessions using the material developed in point two

4.      One PowerPoint presentation reporting process and findings of the consultancy project.

 


5.  TIMELINES

  • 24th of September 2021          Deadline to submit proposals
  • 1st of October 2021                Selection of candidate(s)
  • 22nd of October 2021             Signing of the contract
  • 30th of November 2021          First draft deliverable 1
  • 3rd of December 2021             Debriefing & Rainforest Alliance’s feedback
  • 7th of January 2022                 Second Draft deliverable 1
  • 12th of January 2022               Second round of Rainforest Alliance’s feedback
  • 18th  of February 2022             First draft deliverable 2
  • 23rd of February 2022             Debriefing & Rainforest Alliance’s feedback
  • 9th of March 2022                   Second Draft deliverable 2
  • 14th of March 2022                  Second round of Rainforest Alliance’s feedback
  • 31st of March 2022                  Training delivery
  • 8th of April 2022                       Findings presentation

 


6.  PROFILE OF THE CONSULTANT/ TEAM

The expertise of the applicants shall cover:

  • Voluntary Sustainability Standards, more specifically with auditor training activities.
  • Knowledge of adult learning methods.
  • Experience in designing and implementing training material for auditors.
  • Competence in using Monitoring and Evaluation Frameworks for capacity building/training activities.
  • Skilled at conducting baseline studies
  • Complete professional fluency in English.
  • Previous experience working with UTZ / Rainforest Alliance certification programs and knowledge of Social Auditing is a plus.


7.  RAINFOREST ALLIANCE WILL PROVIDE

The Rainforest Alliance will provide:

  1. Competency framework and M&E tool
  2. Documents and relevant data to design and develop expected deliverables. The documents include at least:
  3. Rainforest Alliance Sustainable Agriculture Standard
  4. Rules for Certification Bodies 1.1
  5. Cintia Rivera, the project manager, ensures timely guidance, input, and feedback during the process.


8.   APPLICATION AND SELECTION PROCESS

Interested individuals or teams can direct any questions to Pamela Grebe at pgrebe@ra.org, with a copy to Cintia Rivera at crivera@ra.org. Deadline for applying: 24th September 2021 by email to Pamela Grebe at pgrebe@ra.org with a copy to Cintia Rivera at crivera@ra.org. Proposals received after the submission deadline will not be taken into consideration. The subject heading of the email shall be– Baseline study and Social auditing training material - [Proposer Name].

 

Applicants should submit the following documents:

a.     Daily rate in Euros (€) indicating the total number of days estimated for each deliverable.

b.     Total budget in Euros (€).

c.     Curriculum Vitae, no more than 4 pages. If multiple persons would be working on this assignment, indicate the composition of the team, including their roles and responsibilities.

d.     Confirmation of availability in the aforementioned months to meet the deadlines.

e.     A proposal of a maximum of 5 pages describing your approach and methods for this consultancy.

f.       Examples of baseline studies and training material, or any other relevant work previously commissioned.

Rainforest Alliance reserves the right to terminate the procurement process at any time before contract award.

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