COFFEE CO-OPERATIVE CONSULTANT
Attractive Salary plus comprehensive benefits

OBJECTIVE OF THE ASSIGNMENT:

Two local coffee processing companies, Soul Coffee and Amba Estate (JSOC Holdings (Pvt) Ltd), are planning to establish a coffee processing facility in Bandarawela.

The objective of the new processing center will be to improve the quality of coffee beans sourced from the area and also to encourage more local farmers to cultivate and process coffee cherries. The partners wish to engage a consultant, with expertise in establishing similar supplier cooperatives or out grower contracts in Sri Lanka, to:

  1. Recommend the ideal type of farmer organization or cooperative, given the local context

  2. Design the legal structure of the of farmer organization or cooperative (including its geographic scope, governance structures, representation, membership conditions, etc.)

  3. Draft the agreement to be signed between the 3 parties (Soul Coffee, JSOC Holdings and the farmer organization), including the design of a transparent pricing and profit-sharing formula for farmers supplying cherries to the processing center joint venture

SCOPE OF WORK

In order to meet these objectives, the selected consultant is expected to:

  1. Meet with the management of Soul Coffee and JSOC Holdings to understand their business and development objectives. Their expectations from the farmers, and their ideas for the structure of the farmer organisation and for the potential pricing and profit-sharing formula.

  2. Spend at least 3-4 days in the Bandarawela area meeting with existing and prospective coffee farmers in the area and with existing agricultural coops/societies in the area – to understand their interest in supplying the processing centre, as well as their preferences and recommendations for the organisation of the coop and their ideas for the potential pricing and profit-sharing formula.

  3. Research similar supplier cooperatives in Sri Lanka and identify successful models to be imitated and common pitfalls to be avoided

  4. Based on these inputs, present to the management of Soul Coffee and JSOC Holdings recommendations for:

    1. The organisation and legal structure of the farmer cooperative (including its geographic scope, governance structures, representation, membership conditions, etc.)

    2. Transparent pricing and profit-sharing formula for farmers supplying cherries to the processing centre.

      1. After approval by Soul and JSOC management, present the proposed organization structure and pricing/profit-sharing formula to representatives of coffee farmers in the area; incorporate their feedback and secure their buy-in

      2. After agreement by all parties, draft the “articles of association” or other appropriate legal documents for the proposed farmer organization, and the agreement defining the pricing/profit-sharing formula.

      EXPECTED DELIVERABLES

      1. After 3 weeks, clear recommendations for:

        1. The organisation and legal structure of the farmer “cooperative” (including its geographic scope, governance structures, representation, membership conditions, etc.)

        2. A draft agreement between the 3 parties (Soul Coffee, JSOC Holdings and the farmer organization), including a transparent pricing and profit-sharing formula for farmers supplying cherries to the processing center.

      2. After 5 weeks (and approval by all parties), final documents, consistent with Sri Lankan law, defining:

        1. The organisation and legal structure of the farmer “cooperative” (including its geographic scope, governance structures, representation, membership conditions, etc.)

        2. A draft legal agreement between the 3 parties (Soul Coffee, JSOC Holdings and the farmer organization), including a transparent pricing and profit-sharing formula for farmers supplying cherries to the processing center.

      EXPECTED TIMEFRAME

      The assignment is expected to take a total of 5 weeks to complete:

      • 3 weeks to gather inputs from the partners, local farmers and similar models elsewhere in Sri Lanka

      • 1 week to present the recommendations to the partners and local farmers, and incorporate their

        feedback

      • 1 week to finalize the recommendations and draft the legal documents for the farmer organization

        and the pricing/profit-sharing formula.

        SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE REQUIRED

      • A consultant and/or lawyer with experience advising or establishing similar supplier cooperatives or out grower contracts – ideally in the agriculture sector in Sri Lanka

      • Fluent in English and Sinhala (and preferably Tamil)

      • Excellent writing skills (up to legal draft level)

      • Comfortable working with local small farmers and with international organizations

      • Ability to work professionally and independently 

       

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