RFP: Marketing Consultant(s) for Compost and Food Products, Toronto, Ontario (FoodCycles)

March 30, 2009 at 4:18 pm 14 comments

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RFP: Marketing Consultant(s) for Compost and Food Products, Toronto, Ontario (FoodCycles)

Through FoodCycles (http://foodcycles.org) you will be able to create a just and ecological food system that encourages people to come together to grow, learn about and celebrate food in Toronto

You will be helping to support a 3000 square foot greenhouse to grow high quality soil so Torontonians can grow their own food. In the near future, local hormone free fish and bees will be produced. Educating the public on life skills and how to reduce their environmental footprint through gardening and composting is another key part of the vision that you will help to drive forward.

The marketing consultant will be expected to undertake the following responsibilities:


Conduct market analysis research and primary market research
Work with volunteers to conduct market research
Conduct secondary market research
Develop branding and eco-friendly packaging approach
Produce marketing analysis report
Produce strategic marketing plan
The candidate will be expected to maintain regular communication and work with board members to develop the marketing and branding plan.
The Board would like to see easy to use and effective evaluation mechanisms along the way.

Required skills/expertise

Marketing research and product development experience

Product packaging development experience
Product packaging copywriting
Report/document writing
High level of creativity
Agricultural background an asset
Excellent interpersonal skills
College diploma/university degree in an appropriate discipline or equivalent experience.


Estimated work: 280 hours
Estimated period: Apr 28 – May 29, 2009
This translates to approximately 35 hours/week.
This is flexible and negotiable.

Project Budget


We encourage you to apply if you meet some or all of these requirements.

Ready Set, Go!

Please send a summary of your experiences, key qualifications, and an outline of your process to:

FoodCycles; 393 Woburn Avenue, Toronto Ontario, M5M 1L4, Canada or email to torontocompost (at) gmail.com*

No faxes please.

Please inquire by email if further clarification is required. Or see comments to this post here http://bit.ly/t3JY. (Comments to the post preferred)

Deadline: Mon, Apr 13, 2009 (may be extended depending on the response at that time)

FoodCycles is committed to employment equity and encourages applicants from equity seeking groups. We regret that only those applicants being considered will be contacted.

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14 Comments Add your own

  • 1. David  |  March 30, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    When is the due date for submitting proposals?

    • 2. shadowphenyx  |  March 30, 2009 at 5:41 pm

      Thanks David for checking out the proposal. The envisioned deadline is April 13, 2009.

  • 3. shadowphenyx  |  March 30, 2009 at 5:49 pm

    If that turns out to be insufficient time, the deadline may be extended (will just have to see what the response is like at that point).

  • 4. shadowphenyx  |  March 30, 2009 at 7:08 pm

    Note: this is a contract position.

  • 5. shadowphenyx  |  March 30, 2009 at 7:12 pm

    A summary of key qualifications and experiences would be a resume (1 page – relevant experiences) of any or all people involved.

    Outlining a process would mean providing a rough work plan detailing how you might carry out the work.

  • 6. shadowphenyx  |  March 30, 2009 at 8:34 pm

    The primary goals are to conduct a marketing analysis and to develop a strategic marketing plan with an emphasis on compost though it will also include looking at FoodCycles offered food products.

  • 7. ruby  |  March 30, 2009 at 9:13 pm

    How long is the contract for? Is this a paid or volunteer position? How many hours per week would you estimate this is for?

    • 8. shadowphenyx  |  March 30, 2009 at 9:44 pm

      The total amount of work would be 2 months – it is a paid contract position. It is roughly 35 hours/week.

      Teams and collaborations are particularly welcome and some way to combine it with fundraising would be useful.

  • 9. Asif Visram  |  March 31, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    At this early stage I have only two questions:

    Are you looking outside of Ontario GTA for proposals?
    Have you established an investment budget for this RFP? If so what is the dollar amount?

    Thank you in advance

  • 10. shadowphenyx  |  March 31, 2009 at 11:41 pm

    The RFP has been revised. Yes there is a budget available provided through Enterprising Non Profits Toronto for social enterprises.

    See this post: https://foodcycles.wordpress.com/2009/03/10/soil-in-the-city-foodcycles-gets-enp-to-funding-2/

  • 11. shadowphenyx  |  March 31, 2009 at 11:46 pm

    Re: Location

    The consultant will need to be able to meet regularly with the FoodCycles executive members in person – email is possible however difficult.

  • 12. shadowphenyx  |  March 31, 2009 at 11:47 pm

    Re: Scheduling and Time Flexibility

    The RFP has been re-adjusted showing the estimated timeline and hours. Flexibility is available. This will require some talking and negotiation though it is possible.

  • 13. shadowphenyx  |  March 31, 2009 at 11:51 pm

    Re: Response

    We may not be able to acknowledge all proposals received (we will do our best). Only teams/individuals of selected proposals will be contacted for sure.

  • 14. shadowphenyx  |  March 31, 2009 at 11:58 pm

    Re: Focus

    The focus is on compost product packaging and marketing. We would like to consider improvements on food if possible – compost just gets a bit more emphasis.


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