Call for Consultants:
Author, Land Agreements Guide
The Markham region extends over 50,000 hectares, and is well suited to a range of crops including corn, rice, peanuts, and pineapples. The region enjoys a privileged position with regard to the rest of Papua New Guinea (PNG), with solid road and port access to local and international markets.
Despite the potential for the valley to produce significant household incomes, tax revenues and investor returns from agriculture, less than 10% of the land is actively cropped. A leading cause of this underperformance is that land is held in common by clans, who lack the resources to develop the land themselves. Landowners are therefore required to enter into an arrangement with an investor or agribusiness in order to realize the agricultural potential of their land. These deals have proven difficult to sustain, and many have failed to endure the test of time. A history of failed deals has left both landowners and businesses wary of investing in agricultural development in the valley.
Grow PNG is committed to resolving some of these barriers and has established a Land Access Working Group to encourage industry, government and civil society to work together to address the lack of working agreements. At its first meeting, the group agreed to three activities: (i) publish an agreement guide, (ii) propose a mediated dispute resolution process to the government, and (iii) map the land holdings in the valley. It is hoped that the user guide, better mediation, and mapping will, in concert, unlock sector growth.
Grow PNG is seeking a consultant to author the Land Agreements Guide.
The Land Agreements Guide:
Scope: The guide is expected to address a range of potential agreement structures including cooperatives and ILG’s.
Main audiences: agribusinesses and landowners.
The Guide seeks to provide advice and resources to help parties reach durable land agreements. The guide is expected to be about 40 pages in length and published in both English and Pidgin. The author will prepare the English version, which Grow PNG will translate.
The author is not expected to necessarily be an expert in land agreements. He or she will draw on expert interviews and community consultations to prepare the guide. The exact format and contents of the guide are at the discretion of the consultant. Possible content could include:
Agreement Structures - An overview of several different structures that parties can use.
Internal Negotiation - a guide for community leaders to reach agreement within their clan.
Investor Negotiation - a guide for negotiating agreements between landowners and investors.
Opportunity Assessment - how to map a land asset for agricultural usage
Revenue Sharing - models for sharing revenue within a clan
Clan communication - protocols of sharing agreement information with a clan
Support - a list of agencies which can support land agreements
Templates - consultation checklists, sample clan land use agreements (CLUA) etc.
In addition to providing guidance, the document may also include infographics/summaries that could be distributed within a clan.
The author will need to dedicate significant time to meet with a range of stakeholders:
Business leaders who have executed both successful and unsuccessful land agreements.
Landowners including those who have, and have not entered agreements with investors
Brokers who have assisted in land agreements
Government Officials from the land and other departments
Policy Experts and advisors to government
Grow PNG will arrange most consultations, but consultants may have their own network to approach.
The priorities for the guide are:
Relevant - the guide addresses the challenges landowners and businesses face
Usable - the guide is easy to read and follow
Sound - the guide includes advice which is backed up by evidence from historical agreements.
Allocation of Days:
Consultants are expected to spend about 10 days in Lae, and 2 in Port Moresby conducting in-depth consultations. We expect the full assignment to take about 25 to 30 days. Grow PNG has budgeted a further 10 days of fees to pay experts to provide input to the author.
Consultants are asked to provide a financial proposal that estimates the number of person-days involved, multiplied by their daily consultant rates. The financial proposal should also estimate expected out-of-pocket expenses (travel, accommodation, etc.) that will likely be incurred during the engagement. These out-of-pocket expenses will be reimbursed based on actual receipts submitted and require pre-approval from the Grow PNG Project lead.
Interested individuals or organizations should submit CVs of relevant consultants and sample work relevant to the engagement. Grow PNG is keen to read a similar guide that the potential consultant has written previously, even on a different subject matter. This will allow us to find an author who is able to prepare well structured, clear and usable guides. Familiarity with the Pacific and/or land agreements is preferable.
The deadline for submissions from potential consultants is 10 April. Consultations will take place in May and June. The final guide will be published before the end of July. These timelines are subject to travel restriction imposed as a result of COVID-19.
If interested in the above role, please send the following to Ivan Pomaleu, Executive Director of Grow PNG at firstname.lastname@example.org:
A Financial Proposal, along with expected out-of-pocket expenses
Sample work relevant to the engagement, including any past work with Grow Asia