Oil palm smallholders across the producing countries face a variety of challenges. From lack of good agricultural knowledge to lack of access to capacity building support in general. On the other hand there are only limited intermediary organisations that can provide systematic services in creating enabling conditions to stimulate inclusive business for smallholder. Contributing 40% of global production, the uptake of certification from smallholder remain non inclusive. Out of total around 2 million smallholders, currently only around 0.3% independent smallholders are certified in Indonesia.

RSPO acknowledge that empowering smallholders is an essential prerequisite for increased inclusiveness. In 2015, Resolution 6F was adopted which mandates the development of a “comprehensive strategy and a subsequent action plan that mobilises the full potential of smallholders to both contribute to as well as to benefit from sector transformations, with positive impacts for the environment and host communities.” Followed by the recent Resolution 6F adoption in 2019 the “Adoption of the RSPO Independent Smallholder Standard (RISS) 2019 for the production of sustainable palm oil by Independent Smallholders”. It is the basis for independent smallholder certification and serves as the global guidelines for sustainable palm oil production. It constitutes a set of environmental, social and economic principles as well as best management practices of which compliancy enables palm oil independent smallholder producers to claim that their palm oil is sustainably produced.

Moving from resolutions to further at scale of smallholder involvement and understanding, the RSPO Board of Governors recognizes the need for more comprehensive outreach efforts  through a network of intermediaries, in order to engage related or potential independent smallholders within producing countries to improve their inclusion into the RSPO system, thus paving the way for a more effective engagement process that will then play a key role in RSPO achieving its mission.

RSPO works amongst others through its Standard (Principles and Criteria), a pool of accredited certifying bodies and assessors, Smallholder Strategy, a Complaints Mechanisms, and Dispute Settlement Facility. In general, however, smallholders; local level NGOs and other intermediary organisations lack knowledge of the RSPO and how it functions. RSPO feels that they are important stakeholders  and it seeks avenues to inform and capacitate these parties in order that their expertise, concerns and needs are fully taken into account.

The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) Secretariat invites interested and prospective organisation for the role as an Intermediary Organisation (IMO) of Independent Smallholder Outreach & Engagement Program for Indonesia. The programme aims to secure informed and vigorous engagement of smallholders in RSPO at all levels, by establish a strengthened outreach of RSPO through intermediary organisations in Indonesia, in order to (re-)build RSPO’s credibility with civil society that it upholds its standards.

The details of this tender are outlined in the Terms of Reference (ToR) which can be downloaded here.

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

This tender announcement will close on 20 January 2020 at 6:00 pm. (JKT time).

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

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