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Appel à candidatures: Consultant pour l'analyse des flux financiers et l'identification de projets bancables dans le secteur du Cacao

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Want to make a positive difference to the future of people and our one shared home, the Earth?

Working with WWF could be your opportunity of a lifetime:

All around the world, people are waking up to the deepening crisis of nature loss. A growing realization that nature is our life-support system. And that nobody will be spared from the impacts of its loss. Here at WWF, we are helping to tackle this enormous global challenge.

Our people come from hugely diverse backgrounds and with a variety of expertise, ranging from HR and finance to advocacy and conservation science. We welcome applications from anyone who believes they can help us create a better future for people and wildlife.

What we do:

We are an independent conservation organization, striving to sustain the natural world for the benefit of people and wildlife. From individuals and communities to business and government, we are part of a growing coalition calling on world leaders to set nature on the path to recovery by 2030. Together, we seek to protect and restore natural habitats, stop the mass extinction of wildlife, and make the way we produce and consume sustainable.

Background:

Countries of the Congo Basin, with the world's second largest tropical rainforest, are largely dependent economically on natural resources including agriculture. Agriculture remains the main source of employment and livelihoods for rural populations. Most farmers practice traditional agriculture mixing food crop agriculture (cassava, plantains, yams, peanuts, maize, millet, rice) for subsistence and local market and cash crops (sugarcane, banana, peanuts, tobacco, cocoa, coffee, rubber, oil palm) for income. Smallholders dominate production and there are tremendous gaps between actual and potential production yields. With the falling prices of extractive resources like mineral oil, these countries are all now looking to agriculture as a potential lever for economic development. Cocoa is already an important export commodity for Cameroon. Cameroon is the fourth largest cocoa producing country in the world and the third largest in Africa with 290,000 MT in the latest cocoa season. The nation's ambition is to lift this to 640,000 MT per year by 2030. Cocoa plays an important role in the country's economy as it is the 2nd largest export product, with an average of USD 2 billion in export sales per year. However, over the last two decades, the quality of the Cameroon cocoa deteriorated due to a lack of sectoral support. As a result, the cocoa from Cameroon can no longer be sold on the premium market - it is now sold for a discounted price on the international conventional market. These developments have made cocoa farming an unattractive occupation, and younger generations are opting out to seek more lucrative employment elsewhere. While remaining cocoa smallholders seek other opportunities to increase their incomes by expanding cocoa cultivation into forests.

The total surface of planted cocoa area by 2018 in Cameroon is estimated at about 750 000 hectares, a doubling since 2000. The question is how would Cameroon attain this target without extensive new forest clearings and this is even further made complex with the ongoing socio-political crisis in the Southwest Region, one of Cameroon's major cocoa producing areas.

On the other hand, the 1994 Cameroon forest law gave the opportunity to local communities to participate to the management of the forest through sustainable management of community forest. In 2019, Cameroon count 653 communities forest covered a total land area of 2 351 267 ha. Wood processing in the community forest is done in partnership with local economic operators, who exploit very few authorized forest species, the wood is mainly intended for export very demanding in quality. Consequently, abandoned wood in the forest is very important and not valorized. In general income is low to meet the needs of the populations also the low reforestation of the forest cover does not guarantee the availability of the resource in the long term

For WWF, responsible cocoa, NTFPs and wood production/exploitation in the Congo Basin offers an opportunity for sustainable development, enhancing the livelihood of the local communities that depend on it and minimizing its footprint on the environment and biodiversity. WWF believes that when forest and agricultural operations including cocoa production, NTFPs and wood harvesting are sustainably managed, they can preserve and restore critical habitats, help protect watersheds, and improve soil health and water quality. Unsustainable NTFPS/wood harvesting and cocoa production, such as full sun practices with complete clearing of forestlands may on the contrary have serious impacts on people and the environment.

One of the emerging activities in this field is the Dutch government funded Mobilising More 4 Climate (MoMo4C) program. MoMo4C is a five-year program that aims to bring together entrepreneurs, firms, policymakers, investors and civil society organisations to make green business propositions that tackle the impacts and causes of climate change at a landscape level in developing countries, and to attract investments to implement these initiatives.

Mobilising More 4 Climate focuses on developing business propositions for climate-smart agriculture, sustainable water management, food security and ecosystem restoration solutions. These should contribute to climate-resilient development in the landscapes where they are proposed. Mobilising More 4 Climate will facilitate public-private collaboration and attract investments that will scale up such climate action projects. The overall objective of Mobilising More 4 Climate is to link entrepreneurs and companies with potential business cases for climate action to policymakers, investors and civil society organisations to further strengthen these business propositions and ensure a positive climate, environmental and social impact at a landscape level.

Location

NGOYLA and YOKADOUMA, Cameroon

Duration

4 (Four) months

Mission of the Consultant

In Cameroon, the MoMO4C program has identified cacao, community forestry and non-timber forest products (NTFPs) as the key sectors to focus on. As part of this work, WWF wants to commission a consultancy to:

  • Have an overview of Financial Flows in the cacao and community forestry (wood/NTFPs) sectors in Cameroon. This will allow the program to identify the financial size of the sector, the main actors, the main funding systems in the sector and how they are interlinked. This will help to identify opportunities and further direct the focus of the program in developing pipelines of climate adaptation projects and by designing instruments that can attract public, private and/or blended finance.
  • Identify and propose financially viable projects that support the development of more climate-resilient and sustainable business cases in the (Ngoyla and Yokadouma) landscape (In addition to specific projects, which are great to have as concrete examples, we also need to get out of this work an overview of the types of economic operations within the cacao, CF and NTFP sectors that have the greatest positive climate impact on the environment and communities. Ultimately we want to know which kinds of projects should receive our support in trying to build a strong bankable projects pipeline). These projects are referred as Bankable Nature Solutions and their bankability (which essentially means the ability to attract private sector capital) will enable to accelerate scaling and replication, realizing large-scale positive impact on nature and communities.

Bankable Nature Solutions in Ngoyla and Yokadouma municipalities will create positive environmental returns leading to positive biodiversity impacts or climate mitigation and/or adaptation. They also have a combination of characteristics such as Cash flow generating activities, sufficient collateral, a high probability of success, a clear exit strategy, an acceptable risk-adjusted rate of return, and a clear proof of concept and proven record of accomplishment, making them acceptable to investors.

Objectives

The overall objective of this consultancy is to obtain a better understanding of the financial flows, to identify and develop bankable nature solutions in the cacao and community forestry (wood/NTFPs) sectors which will help tackle nature and climate change impacts in the (Ngoyla and Yokadouma) landscape.

The specific objectives are to:

  • Identify the overall financial size of the cacao and community forestry (wood/NTFPs) sectors in Cameroon, the different main current actors (suppliers, buyers) in this sector, the size of their financial role in this sector and their financial interconnections;
  • Identify and develop climate-resilient business cases with high social and environmental impact, related to climate-smart agriculture, environmental protection, forestry, and renewable energy;
  • Identify the major current and future investors in the private and finance sectors (including private and blended finance environment funds) for specific bankable nature solutions in the cacao and community forestry (wood/NTFPs) sectors in the 2 municipalities, and Cameroon at all;
  • Evaluate and propose opportunities for blended finance mechanism for de-risking investments into the bankable nature solutions that will be proposed;
  • Evaluate and propose mechanisms for enabling cocoa producer, NTFPs/wood harvester associations in the 2 landscapes, to access funds and invest on bankable nature solutions positive biodiversity impacts or climate mitigation and/or adaptation;
  • Provide WWF with specific, actionable recommendations and advisory report on potential of bankable nature solutions in TRIDOM and how to streamline opportunities into MOMO4C calls framework, and strategic partnerships.

Deliverables / Expected outputs

Deliverable

Tasks

  1. Inception report

Clear detailed work plan with defined timelines and research approach according to the present terms of reference

Work together with the Project team to develops an outline continuity plan clarifying communication, commitment of resources, and cooperation with external initiatives

  1. Financial flows analysis report

Prepare an overview of the actors in the cacao and community forestry (wood/NTFPs) sectors in Cameroon. This overview will be presented in a short report which also includes an estimate of the accuracy (completeness) of the assessment of financial flows that can be done based on this data and advise on how to proceed with the next steps

Identify the overall financial size of the cacao and community forestry (wood/NTFPs) sectors in Cameroon and identify financial flows and their financial interconnections, focusing on the full supply chain: key companies (1st and 2nd tier suppliers) and their sourcing companies to identify approximately 75% of capital directed into the cacao and community forestry (wood/NTFPs) sectors in Cameroon. Identify the major current and future actors in the finance sector that invest, provide loans or insurance to sourcing and supplying in the cacao and community forestry (wood/NTFPs) sectors in Cameroon. By:

  • Gathering information through traditional financial sources and resources where available.
  • Conduct interviews with local experts/informants from local producers, producer groups, industries, ministries and banks or with foreign institutions where necessary. On-site where possible, or by telephone/ZOOM.

For each key actor quantify financial exposure to the cacao and community forestry (wood/NTFPs) sectors and to which extend the actors in the private and finance sectors have assessed the exposure to financial risks associated with ecologic impacts of climate change to the cacao and community forestry (wood/NTFPs) sectors in Cameroon.

Synthesise data and compile lists of key actors.

  1. TRIDOM Bankable Project Report

Brief context overview taken from landscape climate plan, cocoa and community forest strategies

Consult producers, entrepreneurs and local CSOs to identify and propose climate-resilient business cases with high social and environmental impact, related to climate-smart agriculture, environmental protection, forestry, and renewable energy.

Identification and selection of relevant business ideas, categorize types of opportunities in terms of themes and trends.

Initial assessment of impact investors for the TRIDOM specific bankable projects to evaluate project attractiveness and gauge interest.

Evaluation of opportunities for blended finance mechanism for de-risking investments into the bankable opportunities proposed.

Provide WWF with specific, actionable recommendations and advisory report on potential of bankable nature solutions in TRIDOM and how to streamline opportunities into MOMO4C calls framework, and strategic partnerships.

  1. Execute Summary to share with key stakeholders

Page summary in French for communication to stakeholders

  1. Timely reporting on progress and findings with the MoMo4C team

Timely calls and draft reports

Profile:

  • Proven experience and knowledge of the cacao and community forestry (wood/NTFPs) sectors in general and of the business environment in Cameroon.
  • Knowledge on bankable nature solutions development in Cameroon preferred.
  • Recognized skills in capacity building in rural areas.
  • Robust networking abilities.
  • Excellent spoken and written French (provide report in French), good knowledge of English (able to read English documents).
  • Availability and readiness to travel.
  • Holder of at least a Master's degree in rural economy, business or development sciences.

How to apply:

To apply, please send technical and financial bids in ONE DOCUMENT to recruit-cam@wwfcam.org in ONE EMAIL ONLY with the following:

  • Comments demonstrating the understanding of the Terms of Reference;
  • A clear methodology/procedure for implementing the assignment;
  • Brief (2 pages maximum) curriculum vitae highlighting experiences relevant for this assignment;
  • A clear statement describing why the consultant is a suitable candidate.

The subject should read Financial Flows Analysis and Bankable Projects Identification in the TRIDOM.

Deadline for applications: 11th March 2021.

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