Fairtrade Climate Change Consultant

  • Fairtrade Australia & New Zealand
  • Remote (Rural Vanua Levu and Viti Levu)
  • Jan 14, 2020
Contract Charity / Not For Profit

Job Description & Skills/Qualifications Required

BACKGROUND AND INTRODUCTION

Based on internationally recognised standards for sustainability and trade, Fairtrade ensures the payment of a fair price for globally traded agricultural products, enabling farmers to provide for their families and invest in local community development. The international Fairtrade system is delivering benefits to 1.6 million small-scale producers throughout the developing world.

Fairtrade Australia and New Zealand (ANZ) is a not for profit, non-governmental organisation that links disadvantaged producers in developing countries with businesses and consumers in Australia and New Zealand. Fairtrade ANZ aims to increase the market demand for Fairtrade certified products in both countries, and to support Fairtrade producer organisations in Papua New Guinea, Timor-Leste and the Pacific islands to link to global markets. 

In 2019, Fairtrade ANZ launched its latest collaboration with the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, a four year project with the aim to foster the sustainable livelihoods of small-scale producers and their communities across the wider Pacific through enabling fair terms of trade. As part of this project, Fairtrade ANZ is working to integrate the cross cutting themes of gender equality, environmental sustainability, intergenerational sustainability and child protection across all of its programmes. To better understand how Fairtrade ANZ can enhance its focus on environmental sustainability in Fiji, a baseline study will be conducted farmers within the three Fairtrade certified Cane Producer Associations across Vanua Levu and Viti Levu. The study will aim to gauge the level of understanding and practical skills amongst Fairtrade farmers and assess their capacity  in relation to environmental management, climate change and disaster awareness/preparedness. The study will be used to identify gaps in understanding amongst participants and inform future Fairtrade ANZ interventions.

SCOPE OF THE ROLE

Based in Fiji, the consultant will be responsible for undertaking field research in a selection of communities in which Fairtrade ANZ currently works. The consultant will be expected to conduct one on one interviews via a questionnaire, conduct focus groups within the communities and make observational notes. 

The content of the focus group discussions and the questionnaire will be based on pre-existing data collected and commissioned by Fairtrade ANZ and from other sources. The questionnaire will be prepared by a Fairtrade ANZ staff member and be designed in Kobo Humanitarian Response for use in the field. The consultant will use the Kobo app on a tablet provided to record the interviewees’ answers as well as keep their own notes. For focus groups all discussions will be recorded on to the tablet and later transcribed with the consultant keeping their own notes. 

The research period will fall between March-May 2020 and all outputs will be delivered no later than July 2020. The consultant will be expected to travel to remote parts of  Vanua Levu and Viti Levu.

 

OBJECTIVES

The objectives of the study are to:

  1. Evaluate the knowledge, attitudes and practices amongst three Cane Producer Associations and their communities about environmental management, pesticide use, climate change and disaster preparedness/awareness
  2. Understand which weather events and disasters are having the biggest impact on cane sugar production and cane-producing communities, highlighting differences between men, women and vulnerable groups. 
  3. Assess if and the extent to which weather events and disasters are affecting cane sugar production, food production and food security
  4. Establish a set of recommendations which can inform future Fairtrade ANZ climate change adaptation and mitigation interventions and project development

 

EXPECTED OUTPUTS

The expected project outputs to be submitted to Fairtrade ANZ will be:  

  1. Detailed report and set of recommendations based on findings, following a structure agreed between the consultant and Fairtrade ANZ such that it meets the objectives of the research and answers the guiding questions outlined 
  2. Any photographs and/or video footage from the research
  3. All raw data collected through the research process 

SELECTION CRITERIA

Essential

  • Fluency in Hindi and English both written and spoken
  • Proven experience in collecting impact stories or conducting impact assessments or other types of evaluation or research related to sustainable agricultural production, biodiversity protection, and/or resilience & adaptation to climate change in the tropics/in developing countries
  • Proven experience in evaluation techniques and data collection/analysis methodologies relevant to this project (participatory and innovative research methods, quantitative and qualitative analysis skills)
  • Research experience or strong understanding of producer livelihoods and/or certification systems
  • Demonstrated ability to present data concisely and clearly in report form
  • Demonstrated ability to deliver against project outcomes and against project timelines
  • Existing research experience, research networks, and partnerships in Fiji
  • Demonstrated understanding of Fairtrade principles, key tools and approaches, a willingness to learn about the Fairtrade Theory of Change, Standards, producer support activities, and Fairtrade structures
  • Willingness to travel to and stay in remote parts of Vanua Levu and Viti Levu

 

Highly Desirable

  • Fluency in Fijian
  • Research experience with gender issues and child protection, in particular in the context of environmental issues 

FAIRTRADE ANZ POLICIES

All staff, consultants and volunteers of Fairtrade ANZ must agree to and comply with Fairtrade ANZ’s policies on anti-fraud and corruption, protection of children and vulnerable adults, capacity building, code of conduct, complaints handling and whistle blowing, control of funds, counter-terrorism, gender equality and travel security. A capacity assessment will be made on the consultant’s ability to comply with these policies and ongoing monitoring and reporting on adherence to these policies will be a part of the project activities.

BUDGET

The budget for the consultancy is set at FJD 150-200 per day, depending on the experience of the consultant. The expected working period is from March to May 2020, with 17 days for the research (+ travel days) and 20 days for analysis and report writing. Accommodation, transport and flights will be provided for by Fairtrade ANZ, all meals and other costs should be covered in the day rate. 

APPLICATION PROCESS

If you are interested in being considered for this consultancy, please send a project proposal which includes expected daily rate. Please also include a cover letter and CV outlining how your experience is relevant to the Essential and Desirable selection criteria by Tuesday, February 4th  to astra@fairtrade.org.nz. 



Job Functions

Consultants

Industry

Charity  

Indoor/Outdoor

Indoor,   Outdoor  

Job open to:

Fiji Residents Only

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