Terms of Reference (ToR): Develop and Build Capacity of Clam Harvesters and Processors in Business Management Modules and Conflict Resolution Skills.

Organisation Profile

Hεn Mpoano is a not-for-profit organization lawfully registered in Ghana since 2013 and based in Takoradi in the Western Region. We are a top-notch coastal and marine resource governance expert. We use our long presence in the sector and our community-grounded experiences to enrich wetland resources and conserve biodiversity.  Between 2009 and 2013, the organisation existed and operated as the Coastal Resources Centre of Ghana, with affiliation to the University of Rhode Island in the USA. During that period, the organisation led the implementation of the USAID-funded Integrated Coastal and Fisheries Governance (ICFG) Initiative for the Western Region of Ghana. Upon the successful closure of the ICFG project, Hεn Mpoano became a registered organization with a mission towards continuing many of the initiatives related to coastal and marine governance in Ghana. Currently, the Hen Mpoano operate across the Western, Volta and some parts of the Greater Accra region within the context of Coastal and Marine resource governance and related initiatives.

For more information about Hen Mpoano, visit our website: www.henmpoano.org


 Assignment: Capacity Building in Business Management and Conflict Resolution for Clam Harvesters and Processors.


Hen Mpoano in partnership with the Environmental Justice Foundation, Friends of the Nation and CEWEFIA is implementing a three-year Sustainable Ocean Project (SOP) funded by the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD). The aim is to build grassroots capacity for a sustainable ocean economy in Ghana through inclusive, strong, and effective capacity building, planning and management of coastal ecosystems.  Specifically, the project seeks to address the following specific outlined objectives: 1) Reduce fishery declines, build sustainability and secure fisherfolk access to sustainable fisheries resources, achieved through governance reforms to address over-capacity and illegal fishing, and enhance participatory co-management; 2 ) Improve income resilience of fishing communities to climate and resource declines through enhanced opportunities in supply chains and enterprise development 3) Strengthen climate change adaptation capacity in coastal areas through improved spatial and land use planning and community-led management of wetland and mangrove ecosystems.

The project will strengthen the capacity of fishers to participate in the management of the resources on which they depend: strengthening their voice in national decision-making and enhancing the capacity of grass-roots actors to document and denounce illegal fishing activities. The project will help fishermen’s associations to advocate for transparency and management reforms in the sector and to support enforcement measures against illegal fishing. The project will improve the livelihoods of women fish processors and traders through increased value addition and improved fish-processing techniques, and support fishermen to improve financial management and access to credit. The project will further strengthen efforts to establish community-based management of estuarine and mangrove resources and use extension work to replicate successful experiences. The project will also research and advocate for enhanced protection of critical mangrove habitats in line with the National Climate Adaptation Policy, including their integration into local strategies and land-use plans.

In line with the aforementioned project outlook and objectives, Hen Mpoano want to help clam harvesters and processors establish enterprises that can expand and create respectable jobs inside and outside their communities, while ensuring that all enterprise groups co-exist through conflict resolution skills. Therefore, the organization is seeking a qualified consultant with multidisciplinary experiences and skills to build the capacity of these enterprise groups.

Purpose of the assignment

The purpose of the assignment is to develop and build the capacity of Clam harvesters and processors in business management modules and conflict resolution skills to promote their businesses and ensure co-existence within the framework of sustainable business. It is worth noting that natural resource conflict is among the major drivers of enterprise collapse in many parts of natural resources-endowed communities across Ghana and SSA. The clam-producing communities of Ada and its environment are no exception to this as often than not some issues of scuffle occur among producers in the context of clam-resourced zones. This competition for space within the clam-resourced zones has often resulted in misunderstanding among enterprise groups, leading to unsuccessful initiatives by all. To avert this, Hen Mponao is taking decisive steps to train members of these enterprise groups in conflict resolution to promote co-existence within the context of sustainable business.

Specific Tasks

  • Develop a business management and conflict resolution module manual tailored to the requirements of current claim
  • Train the clam fishers on the required business management and conflict resolution skills modules.
  • Train selected beneficiaries (clam fishers) on T&T methodology to help them train mentees, including building the capacity of the mentors to offer the mentees a wide range of pertinent business and conflict resolution services.
  • Train co-management and other selected participants on how to create synergies and opportunities for mainstreaming peacebuilding and conflict resolution within the clam fishing communities.   
  • Offer business linkages and networking training.
  • Train participants in mentorship and coaching skills
  • Train participants in risk management

Expected Deliverables

  • Animated business management manual
  • Animated enterprise conflict resolution manual
  • Training report
  • Feedback sheet from participants

Assignment location

Big Ada, Agorkpo, Agormey and Tsatsukope


This assignment is envisaged to cover a period of thirteen (13) man-days, starting from 8 – 24, November 2023.

How to Apply

Interested applicants should please submit the following:

  • Cover letter
  • A brief technical concept and financial proposal.
  • CV

Email address:

Interested candidates, particularly females, are encouraged to submit their cover letter and CV to: info@henmpoano.org

Subject of email should be: Develop and Build Capacity of Clam Harvesters and Processors in Business Management Modules and Conflict Resolution Skills