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Baseline Study For Ghana Cocoa Climate-Change and Organisational Strengthening Programme (CCOSP)

ABOUT The Fairtrade-Mondelez Partnership 

Together at Mondelez International and Fairtrade, we are proud of our longstanding partnership to secure the long-term future of cocoa farming communities. Fairtrade started working alongside Cadbury in 2009, when cocoa sourced for Cadbury Dairy Milk was Fairtrade-certified for the very first time. In 2012, Cadbury became a part of Mondelēz International, and the Cadbury Cocoa Partnership evolved into what is now Cocoa Life: Mondelēz International’s global cocoa sustainability programme. In 2016, Mondelēz International approached the Fairtrade Foundation to discuss how we could work together to integrate the rigour of the Fairtrade standards and approach into the Cocoa Life programme. Therefore, our relationship has evolved over the years to scale up impact in farming communities, from certification to working together on the ground with farmers where it matters most. 

About the Fairtrade – Mondelez Project 

In 2020, the partnership started the Climate Change and Organisational Strengthening Programme (CCOSP) implemented in Ghana by Fairtrade, with the aim to support the cocoa farmers in the Mondelēz Ghana Cocoa Life programme to become more resilient against changing climate and to ensure ongoing viability of the Cocoa Life unions.  The programme builds on Cocoa Life’s wider goals: Sustainable Cocoa Farming Businesses, Empowered Cocoa Communities and Conserved and Restored Forests.  With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the programme was awarded additional funding by the UK Department for International Development as part of the Vulnerable Supply Chain Facility, and hence has expanded to include two additional aims – to maintain the incomes of farmers through the pandemic, and create awareness on safe practices.  This will be achieved through the launch of the Cadbury Farmer Resilience Fund for one year – a flexible grant facility to provide start-up capital on climate-smart new business models, and help farmers maintain their cocoa harvest through the 20-21 season.  The programme will also launch a communications strategy for each of the unions to ensure their members and key cocoa supply chain actors are enacting safe COVID practices.  Therefore the programme will operate around four key workstreams listed outline below: 

  1. Climate Smart Income Diversification 
  2. Grant Facility (for one year only) 
  3. Organisational Strengthening 
  4. Community Adaptation Action Plans  

The core outcomes of the programme are:

  • Additional livelihood strategies – Cocoa famers implement additional livelihood strategies and have increased alternative incomes and/or food sources
  • Cocoa incomes – Cocoa farmers continue to produce cocoa for 20-21 season and cocoa incomes are protected. Cocoa farmers have increased profits from cocoa 
  • COVID-19 – Farmers, transporters, buyers, labourers continue their operations with safe COVID-19 practices
  • Climate adaptation strategies – Communities implement actions from community plans and are empowered to continually adapt to effects of climate change

Scope of Work

The purpose of the assignment is to carry out primary data collection in Ghana to establish baseline data against indicators in the programme Monitoring and Evaluation Plan, covering the following areas.

  • Resilience of cocoa farming households
  • Household incomes, including cocoa and alternative sources
  • Implementation of additional livelihoods strategies
  • Skills and knowledge of cocoa farmers in alternative livelihood strategies
  • Satisfaction with services offered by cocoa co-operatives
  • Access to services and resources for members of cocoa co-operatives
  • Skills and knowledge of union leaders for running effective organisations
  • Skills and knowledge of community leaders in supporting COVID-19 safe practices in communities
  • Community planning for adaptation to climate change
  • Implementation of COVID-19 safe practices to support on-going cocoa production

Methodology

The consultant will develop the detailed methodology in consultation with Fairtrade Foundation. The research needs to be conducted in two phases that can run concurrently but allowing for more design time for Phase 2 before data collection begins.

Phase 1: to be completed no later than 31 December 2020

This should include, but not limited, to a union leader survey and community leader survey and some accompanying interviews, to include qualitative and quantitative data.

Phase 2: to be completed no later than 31 January 2021

This should include, but not limited to, a household survey (with approximately 200 households) and farmer survey (numbers tbc), to include qualitative and quantitative data.

NB Fairtrade Foundation will also welcome proposals to collect data using, in part or entirely, agile / lean technologies – to improve cost-effectiveness of data collection whilst ensuring comparable levels of rigour obtained through in person data collection; this will also limit exposure of communities and enumerators to risks related to contraction and spread of COVID-19

Deliverables

The following deliverables are expected from the consultant:

  1. Inception Report – the consultant shall submit an inception report detailing on the survey methods, tools and work plan.
  2. Regular update reports during data collection
  3. A report for each phase of the project
  4. Validation workshop with key partners
  5. Final consolidated report and summary report
  6. Raw data

The consultant shall submit a final report in electronic copies along with all survey data (in Excel), transcripts of any focus group discussions or interviews, photographs and ethical approval etc. The draft report is expected from the consultant before final report. The report will be written in simple English language and must be comprehensive. Reference will be cited after each important facts and figures. The final report should be edited by professional incorporating all comments and corrections if any.

Timelines

Task/deliverableDeadline
Deadline for proposalsMonday 2 November 2020,10am
Selection and contractingFriday 13 November 2020
Inception report (for both phases)Friday 20 November 2020
Phase 1: Data collection, data analysis and reportEnd of December 2020
Phase 2: Data collection, data analysis and reportEnd of January 2021
Final consolidated report (with feedback integration)15 February 2021

Budget

The total budget is £24,000 (exclusive of VAT). The consultant should submit the total budget in the proposal with detailed breakdown.

Qualification and experience of consultants

The successful consultant (or a consultancy firm) should have the following experience.  

  • Team leader having a minimum of a Master’s Degree in social studies or any other developmental field (economics, agriculture, international relations, development studies) or comparable professional experience
  • Proven experience in conducting quantitative and qualitative research, and specifically conducting baseline studies (minimum 5 years’ experience)
  • Experience with quantitative data analysis software
  • Excellent working knowledge of English
  • Report writing skills
  • In-depth knowledge of agricultural supply chains and smallholder farmers, preferably in cocoa in West Africa.

Application process and deadline

Deadline for proposals is Monday 2 November 2020, 10am (GMT)

Applications may be sent to Rachel Wadham rachel.wadham@fairtrade.org.uk and Naomi Somerville-Large naomi.somerville-large@fairtrade.org.uk with the subject: Proposal for Baseline Study for CCOSP

Your proposal should be no longer than 8pp / slides and include the following sections.

  • A suitability statement, including commitment to availability for the entire assignment
  • A brief statement on the proposed study methodology, including a draft work plan
  • A financial proposal containing a proposed daily fee.
  • Statement and policies for safeguarding
  • Due diligence documentation

If you are proposing, in part or entirely, to use lean / agile technologies, please include what would be your approach for recruiting the participants (including what we could do if we were not able to provide with an exhaustive list of mobile / landline contact details). If your methodology includes in person interaction, in any way or form, please also include a section on how you will tackle the risks related to the contraction and spread of COVID-19.

Please include CVs of all ream members, examples of recent work and research ethics policies.