CONSULTANCY FOR RAPID PERFORMANCE REVIEW OF DIGNITY FOR ALL (D4A) BANANA PROJECT IN GHANA
About Fairtrade Africa
Fairtrade Africa (FTA) is the umbrella network organization representing Fairtrade-certified producers and workers in Africa. It has four (4) regional networks – Eastern & Central Africa; Southern Africa; Western Africa; and the Middle East and North Africa. Established in 2005, FTA aims at effectively representing producers and workers within the International Fairtrade system and provide services to them that contribute to the improvement of their livelihoods www fairtradeafrica.net
About FTA’s Dignity for All (D4A) Finnish-funded Impact Programme
This is a four-year (2018-2021) Programme funded by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland (MFA) through Fairtrade Finland with additional match fund from National Fairtrade Organizations and Commercial Partners. Underpinned by the Fairtrade Theory of Change (ToC), the D4A Impact Programme seeks to achieve justice and fairness for the most marginalized farmers and workers by supporting their rights, freedoms, empowerment through strengthened capabilities and assets, attainment of sustainable livelihoods through resilient agro-based trade systems and societies.
The programme aims at capturing and assessing simultaneous change in four areas (spheres of change): small producer & worker organizations; supply chain business practices; consumer behaviour and civil society action.
The programme currently has eight active projects in Africa implemented within Banana, Flowers, Wine, Tea (Hired Labour), Coffee and Cocoa (Smallholder Producers) value chains in four countries i.e., Ghana, Ethiopia, Malawi, Kenya, and South Africa. It focuses on FTA’s key thematic areas of SPO strengthening, gender, and social compliance, workers’ rights, living income, a living wage, the inclusion of vulnerable groups, and environmental protection.
The goal of the Programme is to safeguard the rights of the producers and workers to a dignified life. The overarching objectives of the Programme are:
(i) Realizing the right to a sustainable livelihood of smallholder farmer households
(ii) Realizing the right to a sustainable livelihood of worker households
(iii) Advancing fair and sustainable trade
The Programme also has 3 cross-cutting objectives applicable to each of the eight projects. These are Gender Equality, Inclusion of vulnerable persons, and environmental sustainability.
About D4A Banana Project in Ghana (2018-2021)
The D4A Banana project in Ghana is one of the eight projects under FTA’s D4A programme targeting two (2) Fairtrade-certified banana producer organizations in Ghana. The overall project goal (impact) is to improve the working and living conditions of workers in the Banana value chain. The project purpose (outcome) is to improve the realization of wages towards the living wage, labour rights & gender equality.
The project targets 3,150 rights holders (workers) in two banana producer organizations namely Golden Exotic Limited (GEL) and the Volta River Estate Limited (VREL).
Expected outputs of the D4A Ghana Banana Project
i. Enhanced awareness of gender equality by management, supervisors, and workers Enhanced awareness of labour rights, including forced labour, by management and workers
ii. Strengthened capacity of trade unions and workers to be organized in participatory structures
iii. Greater understanding and commitment by companies towards achieving the living wage.
iv. Enhanced negotiation skills of workers
v. Enhanced occupational safety and health conditions for workers, safety practices, and environmental protection
vi. Established inclusion approaches for vulnerable persons
2. Aim and objectives of the consultancy
This assignment is aimed at ascertaining the actual status of implementation and performance to date of the D4A banana project in Ghana, in terms of its relevance, efficiency, and effectiveness in ensuring that Banana workers in the two unions live dignified and sustainable livelihoods, and also determine whether the project achieved its intended outcomes and impact, including its sustainability.
The assignment will also provide evidence of results to meet accountability requirements, and promote operational improvement, learning, and knowledge sharing through results and lessons learned.
Specifically, the performance review will determine whether the project
- Enhanced awareness of gender equality by management, supervisors, and workers Enhanced awareness of labour rights, including forced labour, by management and workers
- Strengthened capacity of trade unions and workers to be organized in participatory structures
- Improved understanding and commitment by companies towards achieving the living wage.
- Enhanced negotiation skills of workers
- Enhanced occupational safety and health conditions for workers, safety practices, and environmental protection
- Established inclusion approaches for vulnerable persons (seasonal workers, People living with disability, and minority groups)
- Improved the social-economic livelihoods of targeted right holders (workers)
3. Consultancy Timeframe
The consultant is expected to produce all of the deliverables outlined below within 21 days in the month of July 2021. The preferred start date for this role is 1st July 2021.
4. Deliverables of the consultancy
a) A complete report on:
• Implementation status of the project.
• Performance of the project with respect to the six (6) output areas.
b) A completed Indicator performance tracking table for output specific measurements
c) A summary report of the assignment with clear recommendations
5. Consultant Specifications
• Extensive experience in developing and delivering M&E systems, tools, and training for livelihoods and evaluations (including food security, crops-based livelihoods and value chains, human rights approaches) or related fields on an international basis across multiple regions
• Over 5 years extensive experience at senior levels implementing evaluations of donor-funded projects and programmes in multisectoral environments;
• Excellent skills in study designs and implementation, quantitative and qualitative data, and information management approaches;
• Highly organized with the ability to be flexible, able to manage teams, can multi-task and respond proactively
• Excellent interpersonal, written, analytical and verbal communication skills
• The consultant MUST be available to undertake the assignment in the month of July 2021.