Feasibility Study for a Fairtrade Gold Centre of Excellence Programme
Fairtrade International is currently seeking proposals from parties interested in conducting a feasibility study on a Fairtrade Gold ‘Centre of Excellence’ programme. Please see details below for more information, or contact Amy Ross at email@example.com or on +44 207 440 8599.
TERMS OF REFERENCE
Fairtrade is an alternative approach to conventional trade based on a partnership between producers and consumers. Fairtrade offers producers a better deal and improved terms of trade, allowing them the opportunity to improve their lives and plan for their future. Fairtrade offers consumers a powerful way to reduce poverty through their consumer choices. Fairtrade International (FI) is the international non-profit, multi-stakeholder body that is responsible for the strategic direction of Fairtrade, sets Fairtrade standards and supports producers.
Gold is Fairtrade’s newest and only non-agricultural product to date. Launched in 2011 under a partnership with the Alliance for Responsible Mining (ARM), Fairtrade Gold is now available in 16 markets globally, sourced from certified artisanal and small-scale mining organisations (ASMOs) in Latin America. Funded by a 3-year grant from Comic Relief, Fairtrade has also been supporting pilot groups in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda to supply the first Fairtrade certified gold from Africa.
Artisanal and small-scale gold mining (ASGM) is a livelihood for as many as 16 million people worldwide, many of them living in high levels of poverty despite the value of the metal they mine. Health and safety conditions around the mines are generally poor, and miners face a host of dangers including the effects of unregulated use of mercury which is used in the extraction of gold. Poor regulation of the ASGM sector in many countries forces miners to enter into informal and sometimes illegal operations, marginalised from formal economies and selling their gold on the black market to unscrupulous traders.
The Fairtrade Gold programme seeks to empower miners to improve their livelihoods and contribute to the social, economic and environmental development of their communities. They do this by becoming certified under the Fairtrade Standard for Gold and Associated Precious Metals for Artisanal and Small-scale Mining and selling their gold on Fairtrade terms (95% of LBMA plus 10% Premium for conventional gold/15% Premium for gold produced without the use of chemicals) to international Fairtrade markets.
Fairtrade is currently looking for ways to sustain the impact of the Fairtrade Gold pilot programme in East Africa and expand the reach of responsible mining practices, building a sustainable supply of certified gold from the region. A ‘Centres of Excellence’ programme that promotes responsible mining in line with the Fairtrade standard for gold, using certified mining organisations as beacons of best practice or ‘Centres of Excellence’ for the rest of the sector, is one option that is being considered.
The key objective of this assignment is to assess the feasibility and potential impact of a Fairtrade Gold ‘Centres of Excellence’ programme in East Africa. Recommendations to Fairtrade International regarding the potential structure, scope, operational management and funding of such a programme should draw on learning from other similar programmes in the agricultural and ASM sectors, but should also be appropriate to the nature of the Fairtrade system.
The consultant is expected to deliver a comprehensive report on the feasibility of a ‘Centres of Excellence’ programme for Fairtrade Gold, including:
All submitted documents should be in written English language.
The total duration of the contract assignment will be six weeks between 1st December 2014 and 20th February 2015(subject to confirmation).
The consultant’s performance will be evaluated based on timeliness, responsibility, initiative, communication, accuracy, and quality of deliverables.
Interested candidates are requested to submit electronic application to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 28th November 2014.
All applications must include (as an attachment) the CV and the financial proposal. Applications without a financial proposal will be treated as incomplete and will not be considered for further assessment.
Please note that only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.