UCLA-Business Case Consultant on Deforestation/Conversion Free Cocoa

UCLA seeks a Business Case Consultant. UCLA, through its Congo Basin Institute (CBI), recently began a collaborative partnership to promote shade-grown cocoa as a conservation tool in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).  During a one-year Phase I, the project will focus on developing a business case for private sector investment in sustainable cocoa production in DRC.


The business case will detail one or more paths to investment in DRC’s cocoa sector that protect Ituri’s biodiversity, compensates farmers adequately, and produces cocoa that meets quality, quantity, and price demands of the market. The business case will address the needs of actors at multiple levels of the value chain. It will detail opportunities, lay out investment options, address cost and quality issues, estimate timelines, assess risks, and summarize mitigation approaches. It will provide a road map for how companies that are committed to preventing deforestation can invest in cocoa in Ituri.


CBI seeks a part-time consultant to facilitate the business case development during Phase I in collaboration with experts on biodiversity, agronomy, and cocoa production in DRC.


Application materials should be submitted to Patrice Tonnis at ptonnis@lifesci.ucla.edu with the subject “Cocoa business case consultant.”  Applications received before October 15 will be given priority.


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