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Terms of Reference – Consultant for Bananas Impact Study

ABOUT Fairtrade

Fairtrade is a movement for change that works directly with businesses, consumers and campaigners to make trade deliver for farmers and workers. Fairtrade is a global movement with a strong and active presence in the UK, represented by the Fairtrade Foundation. The international Fairtrade system (of which the Fairtrade Foundation is a member) works on behalf of farmers and workers to drive sustainable livelihoods, empower producers and workers, and make trade fair. The Fairtrade Foundation is an independent non-profit organisation that focuses on four key areas of work in the UK:

  • We partner with businesses to certify their supply chains according to Fairtrade’s independent, producer/worker focused standards, and to enable increased investment in producer and worker led development plans. This includes licensing the use of the FAIRTRADE Mark on products.
  • We grow demand for Fairtrade products by connecting producers and workers with retailers and branded businesses in the UK, and helping to strengthen supply chain relationships that are fairer and more equitable.
  • We work with commercial and donor partners to develop programmes and services that support producers and workers to achieve their development goals.
  • We campaign to raise awareness of the need for Fairtrade amongst the public and with policy makers, supporting the grassroots Fairtrade movement to call for fairer trade.

The hundreds of Fairtrade Towns, Faith Groups, Schools and Universities and committed supporters are vital in helping us realise our vision of fair trade. In the UK, the Fairtrade Foundation employs around one hundred staff across Commercial, Public Engagement and Impact Directorates, and in Finance, IT & Data, Facilities & HR teams.

About the Bananas Impact Study

Numerous reports come out each year as to the impact of Fairtrade within supply chains, both commissioned by the Fairtrade system and by independent academics or organisations.  The Fairtrade Foundation Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) team reviews and analyses the work to learn from the findings and where necessary recommend changes to the international system and engage in academic debate.  This year, Fairtrade wishes to undertake a study specific to the Bananas supply chain that uses a systematic review methodology to identify and select studies that investigate the impact of Fairtrade over the past twenty-five years and developing a methodology for study selection.  The study will identify key themes, evidence of success and learnings that emerge from the identified literature.  This study will be used by Fairtrade with businesses that work in the bananas supply chain, both to demonstrate Fairtrade’s strengths and understand where learnings exist.

Scope of Work

The consultant is expected to conduct a literature review of all studies that have been done in the last 25 years on Fairtrade’s impact in the banana supply chain.  The objective of the study is to:

1)    Create a methodology to identify and assess important studies that have researched the impact of Fairtrade in bananas over the past 25 years.  This must cover both: 

  1. The systematic review and search method used to identify relevant studies
  2. The protocol that assesses each study for their validity

The final report will include an annex with all identified studies used for the research and reason for selection or non-selection in the report.

2)    Understand the key themes that have emerged from these studies as to where the key successes and learnings for Fairtrade exist as well as identifying key pieces of impact evidence that can be drawn out from the studies.

3)    Provide a concise report of these findings that Fairtrade can use to learn both internally and use with external partners.

The consultant will have access to the Fairtrade MEL team and bananas supply chain manager throughout the study.

Deliverables & Budget

Key deliverables for the study are:

  1. Technical report describing the impact of Fairtrade in bananas (literature review) – 15-20 pages
  2. Slide deck accompanying the technical report above – 10-15 PP slides

A total budget of £14,600 is available.  For budgetary reasons, the work must be completed by December 31st 2019. 


Selection of consultant: by 8th November 2019

First Draft: 13th December 2019

Final draft: 24th December 2019


If you are interested in applying, please submit a covering letter, your proposed day rate and timelines in line with this ToR and your CV to no later than 4th November 2019.