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Briquette Use Trainer

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Project summary:

The Rainforest Alliance is implementing a four-year project (July 2017‐June 2021), "Empowering Rural Communities and Households with Renewable Energy", which seeks to catalyze a switch to efficient renewable energy within selected tea farming communities in central Kenya through scaling up the use of biomass briquettes and solar technology. The project’s overall objective is to improve the livelihoods, health, and self‐reliance of rural communities, especially for women, young adults, and children, and simultaneously lower deforestation rates and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in Kenya's tea producing landscapes. 

The project is funded by the IKEA Foundation and is coordinated and managed by the Rainforest Alliance, in partnership with Living Earth / Enso Impact and the Kenya Tea Development Agency (KTDA). Living Earth / Enso Impact provides a coordinating link between the project and the Central Production Facility (CPF) (including its investors) and delivers technical assistance, business, and leadership skills training to the Household Energy Centers, alongside the Rainforest Alliance team. KTDA aims to catalyze the partial switch from use of wood fuel in tea factories to use of briquettes as a thermal energy option for steam generation.

KTDA will select 12 factories from their 12 tea production zones to participate in this project and be learning centres for efficient energy and briquette use in the tea industry. The Rainforest Alliance seeks to engage a consultant to carry out briquette use trainings targeting both factory managers and boiler operators in order to enhance their skills and therefore accelerate the switch to use of briquettes in tea processing. 



Specific Tasks

Development of Factory Briquette Use Manual for Tea Factories

The consultant shall develop a briquette use manual to be used by boiler operators in selected tea factories. The manual shall contain but not limited to the following topics:

  1. Basic comparison of briquettes and other fuel sources (environmental and economics)
  2. Sourcing for good quality briquettes (including qualities of good briquettes)
  3. Transportation and movement of briquettes
  4. Briquette storage
  5. Boiler types suitable for briquettes
  6. Effective and efficient firing using briquettes
  7. Challenges and solutions while using briquettes.
Conduct Factory Briquette Use Training in Selected Tea Factories

Using the manual prepared above, the consultants shall conduct two levels of trainings aimed at promoting briquette use in selected tea factories:

  1. Factory Managers’ Training:
    1. This will be in form of a one-day workshop aimed at highlighting the benefits of shifting from ordinary firewood use to biomass briquettes in tea processing.
    2. The workshop shall be arranged and facilitated by RA and KTDA Foundation. Maximum of 30 participants are expected.
    3. The consultant is expected to prepare training materials which should cover topics related to economic, social and environmental benefits of using briquettes in tea processing.
  2. Factory Boiler Operators’ Training – On-site:
    1. The consultant shall carry out on-site trainings for factory boiler operators on how to handle briquettes, covering the topics in the training manual and demonstrating practically to the trainees.
    2. Training shall take maximum four days per factory, which may not be continuous. There are going to be 12 factories to be selected by KTDA Foundation


  1. Factory Briquette Use Manual for Tea Factories and Powerpoint presentation for Managers’ Training
  2. On-site training methodology and schedule
  3. End of training report


If you are a consultant firm, a dedicated staff person with the following qualifications is required. If the consultant is an individual, the following demonstrated skills and knowledge are required:

  • Relevant studies in a related discipline- agriculture, engineering, natural resource management, or related field; Masters’ degree preferred;
  • Over 5 years of biomass briquette experience, with demonstrable skills and track-record in briquette production and or use
  • Good understanding of tea processing;
  • Proficient in Microsoft Excel, Word, and Outlook with a demonstrated and working knowledge of PowerPoint;
  • Excellent writing, editing, and verbal communication skills;
  • Written and verbal proficiency in English required;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with ability to interact culturally, linguistically, and diplomatically with diverse internal and external individuals;
  • Detail-oriented, dependability, strong attention to detail;
  • Ability to travel to and stay in all the tea zones in Kenya
  • Only candidates authorized to work in Kenya will be considered


Desired start date: June 2019


Selection Criteria

Selection of the consultant is based on the following criteria:
  • Relevant Studies/Education: 40%
  • Relevant Technical expertise: 40%
  • Financial proposal: 20%

Proposal Process and Format

Please send the following documentation to Kiprono Shadrack, Programme Manager for Renewable Energy, Rainforest Alliance via no later than 15th May 2019. Use the following format in the subject line: ‘Briquette Use Training Consultancy’.

Proposals should include:

  • List of previous engagements that addresses the above experience desired
  • Daily rate (in USD); include basis for costing e.g. previous rates
  • Current C.V.(s)
  • Contact details (email and phone number) of 2 recent references