19 Oct 2021

Consultant: Child Labour Monitoring and Remediation Systems (CLMRS), Making Advances to Eliminate Child Labor in More Areas with Sustainable Integrated Efforts (MATE MASIE)

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Making Advances to Eliminate Child Labor in More Areas with Sustainable Integrated Efforts (MATE MASIE)

Terms of Reference

Assignment:  Assessment of Child Labour Monitoring and Remediation Systems (CLMRS) in cocoa cooperatives and facilitation of cocoa cooperatives’ self-assessments.

Reports to:                   MATE MASIE Capacity Building Specialist

Location:                     Ashanti Region, Ghana

Duration:                           October to December 2021

Background: Winrock International is a nonprofit organization that works with people in the United States and around the world to empower the disadvantaged, increase economic opportunity, and sustain natural resources. Winrock is implementing the four-year, Making Advances to Eliminate Child Labor in More Areas with Sustainable Integrated Efforts (MATE MASIE) project. The project is funded by the United States Department of Labor (USDOL) and will strengthen capacity, connections, and accountability across child labor enforcement and monitoring within cocoa cooperatives in Ghana and will build the capacity of cooperatives to support vulnerable member households directly and by linking their members with other service providers.

Summary of Assignment: The MATE MASIE project focuses on strengthening the capacity of four cocoa cooperatives, three of which are based in Kumasi and the fourth one based in Offinso in the Ashanti Region of Ghana to monitor child labor and to provide social protection, child labor remediation, and other services to their member households. This assessment will: focus on the various types of Child Labour Monitoring and Remediation Systems (CLMRS) implemented in the past and currently by the four cooperatives, support the four cooperatives to do both technical/managerial (governance/leadership structure, logistical and human resources, data protection protocols & practices and whether the co-ops register with Data Protection Agency, communication structures used to reach cooperative and community members, CLMRS sustainability plan/measures for scale-up) and financial (financial structures, internal controls, supporting financial documentation, accountability measures, and experience in managing grants) self-assessments, identify barriers to the cooperatives’ ability to maintain effective CLMRSs, and recommend suitable and cost efficient CLMRSs for the four cooperatives.

Winrock is seeking to engage an individual or firm/organization to:

  • Conduct an assessment of the CLMRSs (and associated processes) currently being implemented by the four cooperatives.
  • Facilitate cooperatives’ technical and financial management self-assessments.
  • Based on the analysis and gaps identified, suggest areas for harmonization/integration relative to Public Private Partnership (PPP) “children first in cocoa” Ghana Child Labor Monitoring System (GCLMS).

Detailed Description of Duties:

  1. Conduct assessment of CLMRS (and associated processes) being implemented by the four cooperatives. The individual or firm/organization will assess the various CLMRSs implemented in the past and being implemented currently by the four cooperatives, and their respective processes including community profile, household data collection, unannounced farm visits, tracking/follow-up, referral and remediation. This will also include an identification and analysis of the barriers to the cooperatives’ ability to maintain effective CLMRSs. The individual or firm/organization must review all relevant project documentation, including the project proposal and best practices of non-Ghanaian CLMRSs. The consultant must also review other organizations’/companies’ CLMRSs being implemented in Ghana. In consultation with Winrock’s MATE MASIE Capacity Building Specialist, Project Director, M&E Officer, and home office M&E and project staff, the individual or firm/organization will develop a final workplan and methodology prior to field visits. The methodology should include assessment criteria, an interviewee list, list of interviewers/data collectors, logistics, etc. The individual or firm/organization must uphold ethical behavior that includes obtaining proper consent, treating respondents with respect and sensitivity, and maintaining confidentiality.

 

  1. Facilitate cooperatives’ technical/managerial and financial self-assessment. The individual or firm/organization will also support the four cooperatives to do self-assessment of their current technical/managerial and financial management capacity to implement the recommended CLMRS and the grant component of the project.

 

  1. Based on the analysis and gaps identified, suggest areas for harmonization/integration relative to PPP children first in cocoa GCLMS. The individual or firm/organization will recommend suitable and cost efficient CLMRS that can be easily integrated into the cooperatives’ supply-chain.

Deliverables

No. Deliverables Estimated LOE (days)
1. Detailed Gantt chart workplan and approach/methodology for the assessment. The workplan and approach/methodology including the assessment tools will be developed in close collaboration with the MATE MASIE team. The methodology should include assessment criteria, an interviewee list, list of interviewers/data collectors, logistics, etc. 2
2. Outline of assessment report 0.5
3. Draft background section of assessment report based on review of all relevant project documentation, including the project proposal, country context documents, documentation on similar assessments in Ghana, and best practices from non-Ghanaian CLMRSs 5
4. CLMRS assessment and cooperatives self-assessment: Fieldwork for data collection. Completed pre-award assessment tools (templates to be provided by Winrock) for each of the four cooperatives based on the findings of the self-assessments. 10
5. An electronic copy of the draft assessment report (15-20 pages) and PowerPoint presentation in English which must include, but is not limited to the following sections:

a.      Summary

b.      Background

c.      Objectives

d.      Assessment criteria and methodology, including assessment tools and instruments such as questionnaires, guidelines for interviews,

e.      Results presented in narrative and tables/graphs

f.       Conclusions and recommendations

g.      Annexes (to include references, tables and figures, questionnaires and other data collection instruments,  etc.)

10
7. Final assessment report in English (15-20 pages) and PowerPoint presentation which takes into consideration input, feedback, and comments on the draft report. 7
Total LOE 34.5

Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree in economics, education, social sciences, child labor, development studies or related field.
  • Knowledge and work experience in child labor in supply chains, ideally in the Ghanaian cocoa sector
  • Experience conducting field research using participatory approaches.
  • Experience in consolidating and analyzing data, writing reports and in making recommendations.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Ability to manage the available time and resources and to work to tight deadlines.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, cultural awareness, and sensitivity
  • Fluency in English is required
  • Evidence of delivering similar assignment
  • Strong analytical, research and presentation skills
  • Excellent report writing skills


Method of Application

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Closing Date : 29th Oct. 2021




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