Cocoa Premium Market Research

  • Mid-level, Short-term contract assignment
  • Posted on 8 June 2020

Job Description


Across the previous cocoa seasons, GROW collaborated with local trading firms and cooperatives to establish a proof of concept for farmer engagement, cocoa aggregation and purchase, and improved trading relationships along the cocoa supply chain within Liberia. The model proved efficacious, particularly with respect to improving aggregated cocoa quality and yield, and establishing strong, transparent relationships between cooperatives, and their network of farmers.

In the past year, GROW has worked to facilitate a wider scale-up, adoption and replication of this approach by other cocoa traders and cooperatives. GROW has also linked cooperatives with local exporters and begun to attract international investors. In doing so, GROW is working with sector stakeholders to position Liberian cocoa producers and exporters for the premium cocoa market opportunity.

GROW seeks the service of a consultant or consulting firm to inform the programme of the specific opportunities of the premium cocoa markets in the EU and the USA, and guidance to Liberian firms in accessing these markets. The research will provide necessary context and information guiding decisions on investment promotion, industry governance and coordination, and positioning of Liberian private sector players. The research will also inform recommendations to guide a Liberian cocoa sector vision for the government, donor organisations, and private sector groups.

This role can be based remotely.

Application/Proposal Submission

Using the subject line “EU and USA Premium Cocoa Markets: Research and Practical Guides interested and qualified consultants or firms should submit their application by attaching:

1. CV or company profile

2. Cover letter that details fit for the opportunity

3. Copy of Accreditation

4. Proposal of work including timelines

5. Cost quotation per phase of work

To the following address:

The deadline for applications is July 8, 2020, however, applications will be assessed on a rolling basis. Applications will be reviewed by a panel of GROW management members and assessed on technical and commercial bases. Shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interviews.

Questions can be directed to

About the Organization

About GROW 

GROW is a business and investment advisory agency that partners with businesses, investors, associations, and government agencies to accelerate inclusive economic returns within high growth industries in Liberia. GROW is funded by Sida and implemented by Adam Smith International. 

Our Capabilities 

  • Industry expertise 

  • Strategic advisory 

  • Diagnostics and performance planning for agri-businesses 

  • Market research 

  • Business case development 

  • Investment and trade networking 

  • Staffing and leadership advisory 

  • Product development and launch 

  • Policy engagement and advocacy 

More information

TOR Research - Premium Cocoa Market Research.docx

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