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Sustainable Coconut Roundtable Consultant

Position Title: Sustainable Coconut Roundtable Consultant

Organization: Pact

Location: Bangkok, Thailand

Period of Performance: Short term consultant for 25 days of effort (estimated period January 15 through April 15, 2021)

Contract Type: Fixed Price



Background and Rationale

USAID Green Invest Asia, a project implemented by Pact and its partners, aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by mobilizing private finance to upscale and drive investment in the agriculture, forestry, and other land use (AFOLU) sector toward low emission yet profitable business models. To achieve this, the Activity is:


  • Identifying a pipeline of investments in land use and land management;

  • Encouraging investments by banks, financial institutions, and funds into sustainable, low-emission land use management business; and

  • Building a community of practice in sustainable landscape finance to tackle systemic issues that block the development and financing of low-emission land use management.


Specific Task


USAID Green Invest Asia and partners successfully launched the Sustainable Coconut Charter in Nov 2020 as part of the Sustainable Coconut and Coconut Oil Roundtable. This is the coconut industry’s first global Sustainable Coconut Charter, which aims to improve farmer livelihoods, lessen the carbon footprint of coconuts and boost supply to meet rising global demand.


The launching event featured the charter’s founding signatories plus panel discussions on potential impacts of coconut production on deforestation and biodiversity conservation.


AAK, Barry Callebaut, FrieslandCampina, Harmless Harvest Thailand, Nestlé, and Unilever are founding signatories of an industry collaboration that defines coconut sustainability, and outlines focus areas, principles, and sustainability program goals/ outcomes in coconut supply chains. It also aims to harmonize buyers’ requirements for supply chain partners.


With the guidance of the Partnership and Sustainability Manager, this consultancy will be responsible for developing a white paper and a roadmap for the development and implementation of Sustainable Coconut and Coconut Oil Roundtable.


Formalize and strengthen the structure of the coconut charter.


  • Draft a white paper outlining the best platform model that will enable the long-term sustainability of the Roundtable. The paper should refer to other sector models such as GPSNR, GCP, SRP and RSPO in determining pros/cons and recommendations of structure.

  • Identify potential institutional partners and coordinate conversations with the Partnership and Sustainability Manager

  • Develop a roadmap to implement the governance arrangements and structure for the platform and coordinate with the Partnership and Sustainability Manager and Chief of Party on a strategy for endorsement by founding members and partners.

  • Responsible providing solutions to how to best manage the overall processes of implementation of platform activities.












Due Date (mm/dd/yyyy)









Develop outline of white paper for the selection of best partnership platform and its model.













Submit the first draft of the white paper and roadmap to GIA team and incorporate feedbacks.















Prepare presentation and present the draft roadmap to a) the founding signatories and b) participants at the coconut round table event.















Develop draft roadmap and incorporate the feedback by GIA team and working group and founding signatories.















Submit the final version of the roadmap.
















Desired Competences & Qualifications







(Out of 100 total pts.)



  • University Degree. A degree in Environmental sciences or Forestry is preferred. A Master’s Degree is preferred.



Work Experience


  • At least 5 years of experience in a related area in an international environment

  • Experience in the Sustainable Supply Chain programme and in working within Multi-Stakeholder Initiatives or platform





Technical & Professional Knowledge



  • Familiar with economic, environmental, and social issues with relations to the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from agriculture, forestry, and other land use (AFOLU) activities

  • Experience develops the roadmap for multiple stakeholder’s platform create diverse and value creating ownership.

  • Previous experience managing multi-stakeholder platform or project management is a plus.

  • Proficiency in MS Office applications (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook)

  • Excellent communication skills in English (both written and spoken)






How to Apply


Interested candidates are invited to submit a cover letter and CV to Pact Thailand Human Resources Unit via by January 15, 2021.


Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

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