Terms of Reference for Consultancy to Provide Organic Honey Certification to a Portfolio of Companies

  • Consultancy
  • Lusaka, Zambia
  • 0 / Month
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WWF Zambia Country Office

Mobilising More for Climate (MoMo4C) is a five-year programme (2019 – 2024) of IUCN Netherlands, WWF Netherlands and Tropenbos International, funded by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It brings together entrepreneurs, companies, policymakers, investors, civil society organisations and local entrepreneurs to make green business propositions that tackle the impacts and causes of climate change at the landscape level in developing countries, and to attract investments to implement these initiatives.

The initiative contributes to healthy and thriving landscapes in Cameroon, Ghana, Indonesia, Uganda, and Zambia. The mission is to originate bankable projects to attract private and public sector investments. MoMo4C’s main objective is to develop thriving economic green zones that benefit everyone, in various ways:

  • Connect entrepreneurs, SMEs and smallholder cooperatives with companies, investors, policymakers
  • Support green and inclusive business propositions with local ownership
  • Redirect investment flows to sustainable, climate-resilient landscape initiatives
  • Embed climate resilience and social equity in economic development

MoMo4C is pure technical assistance facility that looks at bringing green businesses to bankability.

MoMo4C’s technical assistance mechanism is used to incentivise for-profit companies, social enterprises, and local communities and entrepreneurs to start or scale existing operations. Attracting the private sector to the area and supporting local entrepreneurs has the potential to expand job opportunities, improve services, provide more choices, and reduce prices.

1. CONTEXT of the assignment

MoMo4C supports innovative enterprises in the agribusiness, land regeneration, forestry, water and sanitation sectors with the aim of reducing rural poverty, promoting resilient communities, creating jobs and ultimately conserving our natural ecosystem. Through technical support, MoMo4C aims to de-risk the business cases and thereafter attract catalytic funding and other technical advisory support to enterprises that struggle to meet traditional risk-return standards for commercial investors.

The MoMo4C initiative commercialises new ideas, business models and technologies designed to protect the environment, improve community incomes, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and improve resilience to the effects of climate change while also addressing the crosscutting themes of women, youth, and fragility. MoMo4C is committed to working in frontier markets, fragile contexts, and high-risk economies where few mainstream financing institutions dare to go.

2. Objectives of the assignment

MoMo4C has under its portfolio, two (2) firms that produce honey. WWF Zambia wishes to procure organic honey certification services on behalf of these firms. The objective of this assignment is to secure the services of an accredited organic certification body to certify the firms’ honey production processes as compliant with organic standards.

3. SCOPE OF WORK

The certification body will be responsible for the following tasks:

Review of Organic System Plan (OSP):
Evaluate the firm’s Organic System Plan (OSP) and provide feedback.
Ensure the OSP meets all necessary organic certification standards.

Initial Inspection:
Conduct an initial on-site inspection of the beekeeping operations, processing facilities, and records.
Verify compliance with organic standards, including hive management, land use, feed practices, pest control, and honey processing.

Inspection Report:

Prepare a comprehensive inspection report detailing compliance status and any areas needing improvement.
Provide recommendations for achieving full compliance, if necessary.

Certification Decision:
Review all documentation and inspection findings.
Issue an organic certificate if standards are met, or provide a clear action plan for achieving certification if not.

Ongoing Compliance and Annual Inspections:
Conduct annual inspections to ensure ongoing compliance with organic standards.
Review updated records and practices.
Provide re-certification based on continued compliance

4.   PROFILE OF SERVICE PROVIDER

The certification body must meet the following qualifications:

Accreditation by a recognized international organic certification authority (e.g., USDA, EU Organic Certification).
Proven experience in certifying honey production operations.
Expertise in organic beekeeping and honey processing standards.
Strong track record of providing reliable and timely certification services.

How to Apply

All interested candidates should submit their application no later than 28th June 2024 in a single PDF file that includes:

  • A cover letter indicating the firms experience with similar assignments
  • Company profile and accreditation details.
  • Description of the approach and methodology for certification.
  • Detailed timeline and milestones.
  • Fee structure and payment terms.
  • Applications must be submitted to [email protected] and with the subject line:

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