As a multi-stakeholder initiative that promotes the production and uptake of Certified Sustainable Palm Oil, the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) aims to leverage its impact in making sustainable palm oil as the norm.

In its pursuit of transforming the oil palm industry to make it more sustainable, RSPO faces many challenges, complaints and disputes with varying circumstances that require varying approaches. The RSPO Board of Governors recognizes the need for more comprehensive outreach efforts through a network of intermediaries identified from the related or affected communities within producing countries to support and assist RSPO, thus paving the way for a more effective engagement process that will then play a key role in RSPO achieving its mission.

The RSPO initiated a Community Outreach Programme in Liberia as an implementation phase to the abovementioned decision by the Board of Governors. The programme was designed to address the findings and recommendation from an assessment conducted in 2014. The programme aimed to secure informed and vigorous engagement of communities in RSPO at all levels, by establish a strengthened outreach of RSPO through intermediary organisations in Africa (focusing in Liberia), in order to (re-)build RSPO’s credibility with civil society. Sustainable Development Institute (SDI) was engaged and contracted as the Intermediary Organisation (IMO) to implement the programme for Liberia.

The programme entitled Improving Communication and Understanding of the RSPO Standard and mechanisms and their application in Liberia and at the West Africa Level was originally planned to be implemented in 12 months (November 2018 until October 2019); however, due to some challenges on the ground, it was extended up to end of December 2019. The programme aimed to:

  1. Create platforms at the national level to train rights-based NGOs and communities affected by Oil palm plantation on how to effectively use the RSPO standards and mechanisms, and how to effectively and efficiently engage with the RSPO so that their concerns and needs are fully taken in to account.
  2. Facilitate information sharing among NGOs, affected communities and regional partners to increase the pool of actors working to bridge the existing gaps between local communities and oil palm companies in Liberia.

The community outreach programme for Liberia was completed in December 2019, and the status and progress of all proposed activities were elaborated in the Final Project Report. In order to understand and assess the effectiveness of the programme – impact on the targeted grassroot stakeholders – feedback from the ground – and how the programme contributes to RSPO’s mission on promoting sustainable palm oil, it is critical to conduct an independent review.
The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) invites interested and prospective organisations for the role as an Independent Reviewer of Community Outreach Programme in Liberia.

The details of this Call for Proposal are outlined in the Terms of Reference (ToR) which can be downloaded below.

If you are interested in taking the role, please submit your proposal to [email protected]

This announcement will close on 15 May 2020 at 6:00 pm. (Malaysian time).

Should you encounter any problems or if you have any enquiries relating to this process, please contact [email protected]

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