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Training of Commercial Briquette Producers

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Project summary:

Empowering Rural Communities and Households with Renewable Energy is a four-year project (July 2017-June 2021) that seeks to catalyze a switch to efficient renewable energy within the tea farming communities in 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 following are the intermediate outcomes:

  1. Reducing the amount of firewood that is consumed across the tea production landscape in both factories and in tea farmers’ households through facilitating the setup of a briquette production facility:
    1. able to produce high and consistent quality briquettes for use by tea factories to enable a partial switch (30%) from firewood, saving at least 82,500 trees over the course of the project.
    2. supporting a network of household energy centres producing and selling a range of cleaner domestic fuels (briquettes and pellets) and stoves targeting to reach 50,000 households and institutions.
  2. Improve farmer livelihoods through the creation of employment and capacity building opportunities for at least 170 people through the establishment of the central biomass sourcing and production facility (CPF), and of community-based Household Energy Centres (HECs), providing new skills and additional income to the communities. The HECs will form a distribution network for innovative energy-efficient products delivering superior quality cooking and lighting with a multitude of benefits for smallholders and their families (income, health, time savings, women’s empowerment).

The project is coordinated and managed by Rainforest Alliance (RA), in partnership with Living Earth / Enso Impact and KTDA. Living Earth / Enso Impact provides a coordinating link between the project and the CPF (including its investors), and deliver technical assistance, business and leadership skills training to the HECs, alongside RA’s team. KTDA’s role is demand creation for both commercial briquettes at the factory and charcoal briquettes at household level. KTDA also runs a biomass propagation component targeting to grow over 1 million trees across the tea landscapes.

The Rainforest Alliance is seeking the services of a consultant to train existing commercial briquette producers on quality and standard requirements in the briquette sector as demanded by end users, which for this project will be the tea factories.

Objectives

The objective of this training is to improve capacity of existing commercial briquette producers in producing high quality briquettes capable of meeting the demands and desired quality in the market.

Activities

Specifically, the consultant is:

  1. Expected to come up with materials for training the briquette producers, covering the following subjects among others:
    • Briquette Production
      • Raw materials
      • Parameters for quality control – moisture content, calorific values, ash content, chemical composition, density, sizing
      • Blending of raw materials
    • Transportation from production site to factory yard
    • Briquette Storage
    • Laws and Regulation in the briquette industry
  2. Conduct a two days training to transfer the knowledge to the participants

Expected Output

Each participant is expected to:

  • Acquire knowledge and skills on production of quality briquettes that conform to the needs of tea production sector.

Deliverables

  1. Training materials
  2. Conducting actual training
  3. End of task report

Implementation Arrangements

The consultant should work towards timely submission of the required materials and reports for review. RA country office in coordination with the PMU shall arrange logistics for the mission including invitation of participants, hotel reservation and transportation during the mission. 

Selection Criteria

If Consultant Firm, a dedicated staff person with the following qualifications is required, if consultant is an individual, the following demonstrated skills and knowledge are required:

Trainers should be practitioners with strong training background, either from local, national, regional, or international non-governmental organizations, or free lancers working in biomass energy sector, strong knowledge on tea processing is added advantage.

Selection of the consultant is based on the following criteria:

  • Technical Proposal including CVs and team composition 70%
  • Financial proposal 30%

Proposal Process and Format

Proposals should be submitted to skiprono@ra.org with the subject line Briquette Production Training on or before 4th November 2019.

Proposals should include:

  • List of previous engagements that addresses the above experience desired
  • Daily rate; include basis for costing e.g. previous rates
  • Current C.V.(S)
  • Contact details (email and phone number) of 2 recent references
  • Project team (if a Consultant Firm)