Consultant: IFCC SVLK Combined Audit Study

Palladium , Jakarta, Indonesia
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Project Overview and Role:

Project Background
The fourth Multi-stakeholder Forestry Programme (MFP4) supports Indonesia to achieve its objectives regarding sustainable timber and community forestry. MFP4 builds on earlier programme phases to deliver an ambitious set of results on coverage of timber legality licences, export volumes of sustainably sourced timber, and the growth of community-based forest enterprises.

To deliver these results, Palladium and Systemiq have established a joint technical assistance facility in Jakarta, which collaborates with Indonesian ministries to strengthen forest policy implementation and enable investments in community forests and sustainable land use.

The MFP4 facility directly supports the Indonesian Ministry of Environment and Forestry (MOEF) to deliver two core workstreams:
A. Sustainable and legal timber: Ensuring the sustainability of Indonesia’s governance reforms in the timber sector through the timber legality assurance system, or ‘SVLK’, which underpins FLEGT licensing; and
B. Community forest business development: Facilitating the expansion of community forest businesses through increased access to skills, finance, knowledge and services for business development and forest stewardship.

This study will be managed under Workstream A – Sustainable and Legal Timber.

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Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

Consultant: Sustainable Forest Management in Indonesia: Study on a pote ntial combined audit approach for the SVLK / PHPL and the IFCC/PEFC forest management certification standards

Scope of work:
The work aims to develop findings from the initial analysis to the next stage.

MFP4 is seeking consultant teams of qualified experts in order to deliver this study.

The Consultants will adopt the following process when studying each of the combined audit methodologies:

  •  Firstly, the Consultants will review a combined audit methodology already developed by the MFP4 team to assess the SVLK and IFCC standards simultaneously. This methodology aims to maximise cost effectiveness for audit teams and concession holders at all stages of the certification process, while producing reports that meet the requirements of both certification schemes.
  • Secondly, the Consultants will pilot this combined audit approaches for a main assessment in selected timber production concession in Indonesia. These pilots will test the methodology, gather feedback from concession holders and be the basis of improvements to the design of combined audit approaches.
  • Thirdly, the Consultants will summarise and communicate key findings from this study, and opportunities for other auditors and concession holders to adopt this approach, to stakeholders in the international and Indonesian forestry community. This work will involve the presentation and review of the combined audit approach with government representatives from the MOEF and National Accreditation Committee (KAN), to auditors and concessionaires from the FKMPI and APHI networks, to IFCC / PEFC stakeholders at relevant fora and General Assemblies, as well as other international fora.


Study Objective: Design and pilot a combined audit of the Ministry of Environment and Forestry’s mandatory sustainable forest management standard (SVLK / PHPL), and the Indonesian Forestry Certification Corporation (IFCC) standard.

The Consultants will produce the following three deliverable:
A. Complete an analysis report of synergies between IFCC and PHPL, and opportunities to put greater synergies into practice;
B. Design a combined audit methodology to conduct simultaneous SVLK / PHPL and IFCC assessments in timber plantation concession in Indonesia;
C. Pilot combined audit methodology in a selected timber plantation concession in Indonesia, at the main assessment stage. This pilot does not need to result in a formal audit report to be used by the forest manager – although delivering a formal audit report for both schemes is preferable. Implement improvements to combined audit approach based on this experience;
D. Present findings and recommendations to stakeholders in Indonesia and internationally at up to three relevant fora. These fora are to be agreed with the MFP4 team, and will include the online IFCC General Assembly in 2020.

Required Qualifications: The Consultants will need to demonstrate the following qualifications and experience within their teams.

Minimum requirements:

  •  Up to date SVLK / PHPL qualifications / accreditations for team members, ensuring that team is qualified to main assessments for these standards. In addition to having accreditations, team members shall have experiences in SVLK / PHPL field audits;
  •  Up to date IFCC / PEFC qualifications / accreditations for team members, ensuring that team is qualified to main assessments for this standard. In addition to having accreditations, team members shall have experiences in IFCC / PEFC field audits;
  •  Professional level Bahasa Indonesia and English within team;
  •  Excellent quality assurance processes.
  • Additional skills desired:
  •  Strong understanding of sustainability demands within international timber markets, particularly regarding FLEGT, and PEFC.
  •  International networks and strong working relationships in the forest certification and SFM community;
  •  Excellent writing and presentation skills for international events and fora.