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.
The objectives of the study are to:
The expected project outputs to be submitted to Fairtrade ANZ will be:
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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
Fairtrade supports farmers and workers in developing countries to build sustainable futures through fair terms of trade.