Consultant on Forest Certification



Consultant Name:

(Last, First)


Position Title:

STTA-Consultant on Forest Certification

Project Name:

USAID Sustainable Forest Management

Billing Code:

Multi- functional

Contract No:


Period of Performance:

April 11, 2022, and ending on October 11, 2022

Travel Days:


Work Days:

55 days (maximum 20 days per month)

Remaining Work Days:

(Research, Report Writing)


Total Level of Effort (Days):

Up to 79, depending on actual work done

Overseen by and report to

The Consultant is technically overseen by the Certification Specialist, and the Director of Enterprise Development of the Project; and report to the Preferred by Nature ’s Country Manager, Vietnam

Project’s provinces

Quang Tri and Quang Nam

(801 – Quang Tri and 901 – Quang Nam)


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The USAID Sustainable Forest Management Project (the Project) will work with the Government of Vietnam (GVN) to reduce carbon emissions associated with deforestation, the degradation of natural forests, and poor plantation management. The Project will implement a “Green Prosperity” approach that strengthens local communities’ ability to protect their natural resource base and reduce emissions while building a strong foundation for sustainable livelihoods and equitable economic growth.

The Project will work in seven provinces (Lao Cai, Son La, Hoa Binh, Thanh Hoa, Nghe An, Quang Tri, Quang Nam) and focus on five objectives:

  1. Improve and expand community forest management
  2. Increase conservation-friendly enterprises in forest-dependent communities
  3. Increase functionality of law enforcement system for forest crimes
  4. Improve production forest management practices
  5. Mobilize domestic resources for forest management and protection

The Project will be implemented during the period 2020-2025 by DAI in collaboration with RECOFTC and Preferred by Nature as partners, with the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) as the counterpart and the Management Board of Forestry Projects (MBFP) as project owner.


I.            Background

Under the Objective 4 (Improve production forest management practices), there are three main tasks as follows:

  1. Increase Production of Sustainable Timber by Small-Scale Foresters
  2. Increase Demand from Processors for Certified Timber
  3. Develop Market Linkages Between Timber Producers and Industry

The growing international and local furniture market has created a high demand for timber and wood chips, while an insufficient domestic supply drives indiscriminate importation of timber from abroad. Sustainable plantation management can improve yields of existing plantation lands, contribute to increasing domestic availability of wood products, and indirectly decreasing the demand for illegal wood products.

Improving management practices of acacia plantations can lead to increased carbon sequestration compared to business as usual. Improvement of management practices for plantations and eligible for forest certification needs to include environmental and social consideration. Certified timber products command a market premium, and there is a current shortfall of certified wood products available in Vietnam. However, smallholders, which make up the majority of acacia farmers in Vietnam, face significant barriers for certification as many farmers have limited technical capacity in implementation of forest certification.

This Scope of Work (SOW) is to recruit the short-term consultant position of Forest Certification Consultant to provide training and support to farmer groups and plantation owners in the implementation of SFM practices and forest certification, in the provinces of Quang Tri and Quang Nam. This activity is under work plan of fiscal year 2022 and would directly contribute to three main indicators: ID1 – Number of people trained; ID2 – Number of institutions improved capacity; and ID8 – Number of forest areas (hectare) under improved plantation management (in 11 indicators of the Project).

II.         Purpose of the consulting work

The purpose of the consulting work is to implement a range of work relating to sustainable forest management and forest certification, from establishing farmer groups, providing training on SFM and forest certification and facilitating plantation owners/partners/farmer groups/cooperatives in forest management and certification processes.

III.            Expected outputs/results

  • At least 10 introduction workshops on group certification are held (10 WS for Quang Nam);
  • At least 20 farmer groups are established/re-enforced (10 groups for Quang Tri; 10 for Quang Nam);
  • At least 460 trainees (230 for Quang Tri and 230 for Quang Nam; with minimum 35% of females) are trained in group management/structure;
  • At least 6 ToT trainers are trained (3 for Quang Tri, 3 for Quang Nam)
  • The competency of forest owners/farmer groups/cooperatives is improved (assessment before and after training).

IV.            Location

The consultant will be home-based and implement the field tasks in Quang Tri and Quang Nam provinces

V.            Tasks

In close collaboration with the Certification, Forestry and Silviculture Specialists, the wider Project team, local partners and forest owners/farmer groups/cooperatives, the consultant will implement the following tasks, but not limited to, which include:

  1. Collect and analyze secondary data which include (1) workplan of the Project fiscal year 2022[1], and (2) report on capacity building (CB) needs assessment for forest owners/farmer groups and cooperatives[2]; select most relevant/priority training topics for CB on group management and forest certification for forest owners/farmer groups who are willing to achieve or maintain forest certification;
  2. Prepare a detailed plan, agenda, methodology to conducting introduction workshop, establishment of farmer groups/cooperatives, CB activities; discuss and reach consensus on plan and agenda with the Project’s technical staff, PPMU and local partners and forest owners/farmer groups and cooperatives before rolling out implementation;
  3. Prepare/adapt training material for introduction workshops, establishment/ re-enforcement/ group structure/ management and CB in forest certification for forest owners/farmer groups/cooperatives;
  4. Organize/conduct introduction workshops to introduce concept, benefit, responsibility regarding forest certification to forest owners/farmers and related parties in Quang Nam as preparation for establishment of farmer groups/cooperatives;
  5. Provide training of trainers to technical staff and include them as assisting trainers, in the capacity building of forest owners/farmers/cooperatives. This will strengthen the Project impact, as the technical staff will thereby be able to continue providing training activities to farmers beyond the lifetime of the Project.
  6. Provide training and facilitate farmers/forest owners/partners to establish/re-enforce farmer groups/cooperatives ;
  7. Coach, monitor and facilitate forest owners/farmer groups/cooperatives in completing the group structure and make groups operational;
  8. Assist forest owners/farmer groups/cooperatives in preparation and documentation for certification;
  9. Facilitate dialogue between forest owners/farmer groups/cooperatives and local processors. 
  10. Prepare the report on result of the assignment.
  11. Implement other tasks as required by the assigned supervisor of the Project;

VI.            Anticipated Level of Effort (LOE) and Deliverables

The estimated LOE for this assignment is 79 person-days, starting on April 11, 2022, and ending on October 11, 2022. The consultant will work for maximum 20 days per a month. The ICA has a maximum duration of six months but may be extendable depending on work performance, availability of budget and work demand;

All final deliverables must be prepared in Vietnamese, except the final report, which must be delivered in both Vietnamese and English. The specific deliverables and timeframe are listed below in Table 1

Table 1. Deliverables, LOE, due date and means of deliverable verification



LOE (day)

Description of the outputs/deliverables


Due date (of deliverable)

Means of Deliverable Verification




Inception Report (all deliverables in Vietnamese), including work plan, methodology, selected training topics, training agenda,

Inception report

Ten days after signing the Individual consultant Agreement (ICA)

Approval by Technical team is required




Training materials on farmer group management/ certification/group structure; registration (all deliverables in Vietnamese)

Training materials for workshops and trainings;

20 days after signing ICA;

Approval by Technical team is required




Workshops (WS) are held; minutes/report on workshops with preliminary forest area identified; registration forms explained and filled; plan for next steps; contact person for each group; (10 WS Quang Nam); (all deliverables in Vietnamese)

Minutes/report; forms; plan

50 days after signing ICA;

Approval by Technical team is required




Training is conducted  for at least 460 trainees, with minimum 35% of females(230 for Quang Tri, 230 for Quang Nam); At least 6 ToT trainers are trained (3 for Quang Tri, 3 for Quang Nam); report on training; list of trainees with their signature; Farmer groups/cooperatives are established/re-enforced with group structure; cooperation contracts of members with their signature; group management boards are formed; registration forms fully filled; plans for next steps; (10 groups for Quang Tri, 10 groups for Quang Nam); (all deliverables in Vietnamese)

Report on training; list of trainees; cooperation contracts; registration forms fully filled; plan; decision on establishment of group management boards;

100 days after signing ICA;

Approval by Technical team is required




Complete group structure (province/district/commune/groups); group management regulations with role, responsibility of each party/level; report on implementation of these activities (all deliverables in Vietnamese)

Report on training/coaching; regulation

110 days after signing ICA;

Approval by Technical team is required




Report (in Vietnamese and English) on result of overall mission


Aug 15, 2022

Approval by Technical team is required




VII.            Qualifications

  • Have a bachelor’s degree or higher in forestry or relevant areas
  • Have at least 5 years of experience in SFM/forest certification
  • Have at least 5 years of experience in capacity building on management and SFM/forest certification for forest owners/ farmer groups/cooperatives;
  • Have skills and experience in preparation of training material on management and SFM/forest certification, presentation, analysis and writing reports;
  • Have skill and experience in working with local partners and farmer groups/cooperatives;
  • Have Vietnamese proficiency in speaking and writing. Communicable English is an advantage.
  • Encourage candidate from one or near to the target provinces.

VIII.            How to apply and requested documents

Interested candidates are requested to submit:

  • A CV in English/Vietnamese.
  • A cover letter in English indicating why they are suitable for this position along with salary requirements and current contact details of at least three references.
  • Scanned copy of highest related degrees.

Application shall be done via email to our recruitment at [email protected] / [email protected]

Please quote the position title in the subject line: “Candidate’s full name _ Consultant on forest certification”

Deadline for application: 5.00 p.m. (Hanoi time) May 6, 2022


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[1] Workplan will be provided by the Project for reference

[2] Report will be provided by the Project for reference


Job Details
Organisation Name: 
Preferred by Nature
Application Deadline: 
Fri, 2022-05-06