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RFP Invited from Research Organizations for Community Needs Assessment in cocoa growing regions of South India

RFP Invited from Research Organizations for Community Needs Assessment in cocoa growing regions of South India

Organization: Embode

Apply By: 16 Sep 2019

Call For Proposals From Research Organisations In India

Consultancy: Community Needs Assessment in cocoa growing regions of South India

Embode is an international human rights consulting agency with a particular focus on social protection, responsible business and organisational dynamics. Based in Asia, Embode prides itself for being on the ground in locations where many of our projects are focused. See www.embode.co for more details.

In 2018 Embode conducted a Situational Assessment for Mondelēz India’s cocoa sustainability initiative, Cocoa Life. Embode have now been commissioned to undertake a Community Needs Assessment and co-develop a Cocoa Life Programme across four districts in Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka. In conducting the Needs Assessment, Embode are seeking a Research Partner based in India to support the field research activities.

Background

Mondelēz India’s Cocoa Life programme has been supporting farmers in cocoa growing regions of Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka for a number of decades. These have included farming, environment and social interventions; from seedling distribution and agro-inputs to empowerment of tribal communities and supporting access to education.

The Cocoa Life India programme seeks to develop interventions in the following four districts listed below. However, it is envisaged that for the purposes of the Needs Assessment, the main focus for data gathering will be in West Godavari (Andhra Pradesh) and Idukki (Kerala).

District

State

West Godavari

Andhra Pradesh

Idukki

Kerala

Dakshin Kannada

Karnataka

Coimbatore

Tamil Nadu


There is a key distinction between the way cocoa is cultivated across the states. With regard to Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu, farms are generally larger and employ supervisors and farm workers for labour. Cocoa is also usually inter-cropped with coconuts. In Kerala and Karnataka, cocoa is cultivated by smallholder farmers, where  the household members provide the labour. In such areas, farmers general multi-crop with various other crops from areca nuts and other spices. This distinction is key in considering how community development and/or labour standards interventions would be undertaken in each location.

Scope of Work

The Research Partner will be required to support data gathering and analysis as part of a Community Needs Assessment in at least two districts in the states of Andhra Pradesh and Kerala. Some data gathering for comparison will also need to be gathered from the districts of Dakshin Kannada (Karnataka) and Coimbatore (Tamil Nadu); however, this is envisaged to be smaller in scope.

Objective of Community Needs Assessment: The purpose of the Community Needs Assessment will be to understand the key needs, perspectives and opportunities for community development and labour standards in relation to sustaining and strengthening Mondelēz India’s cocoa value chain. Research focus areas: The key focus areas that require assessing in terms of community needs must cover:

  • Community assets and deficits, socio-economic status, caste, religion and ethnicity, and level of inclusion across genders.
  • Labour conditions and standards, such as health and safety, wages, worker representation, discrimination.
  • Livelihoods and living income.
  • Risks and rates of relative poverty.
  • Access to health, education and other key social services.
  • Social protection issues and child labour.
  • Women’s empowerment and gender equality.

 

Target Beneficiaries: The key informants to the Needs Assessment will be the target beneficiaries of the current and expanded future Cocoa Life programme. The target beneficiaries are differentiated relative to the specific characteristics of the cocoa supply chain in each state. The target beneficiaries, other related informants and representative samples have been identified as follows:

State

Target beneficiaries and informants

No. Of Farms Mondelēz India source cocoa from

Andhra Pradesh

Beneficiaries

  • Farm workers
  • Farm caretakers
  • Farm owners

Informants

  • Community Committees
  • Community social actors (e.g. teachers, health workers etc)

Approx. 12,000 farms

Tamil Nadu

Beneficiaries

  • Farm workers
  • Farm caretakers
  • Farm owners

Informants

  • Community Committees
  • Community social actors (e.g. teachers, health workers etc)

Approx. 300 farms (200 mature / 100 immature)

Kerala

Beneficiaries

  • Farm owners
  • Farming households

Informants

  • Community Committees
  • Community social actors (e.g. teachers, health workers etc)

Approx. 28,000 farms (equals number of households)

Karnataka

Beneficiaries

  • Farm owners
  • Farming households

Informants

  • Community Committees
  • Community social actors (e.g. teachers, health workers etc)

Approx. 5,000 farms (3500 mature / 1500 immature)


Proposed Methodology
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Beneficiaries: It is envisaged that the Research Partner will conduct a quantitative survey with community beneficiaries in each of the four districts. It is expected that the Research Partner provides recommendations as to the number of research participants for each state and the justification for this sample size. Research Partners may also like to propose additional qualitative research to be conducted with beneficiaries whilst in the field, which take the form of:

  • Interviews
  • Focus group discussions
  • Observations of farms (infrastructure and access to amenities)

Informants:It is anticipated that more qualitative forms of research will be conducted with informants, which may include:

  • Interviews
  • Focus group discussions
  • Observations of community infrastructure and access to services.

 

Research tasks: It is envisaged that the Research Partner will need to carry out the following tasks and steps with oversight by Embode:

  • Inception: Consisting of initial briefing, familiarisation of the background of the programme as well as the findings and recommendations of the Situational Assessment.
  • Research Plan: Involved in research planning, tool development (including translations) and testing of tools and methods.
  • Data gathering: Coordinating and conducting the field research in local languages using tools developed.
  • Data collation: Collating all data gathered, which may include tabulation of quantitative data.
  • Data analysis: Quantitative and qualitative analysis of data from the different tools.
  • Reporting: Presentation of findings in a written report and slidedeck. Incorporation of feedback and input from Embode.
  • Recommendations: A list of presentations, based on evidence from the Needs Assessments, on interventions and activities for the Cocoa Life Programme in India.
  • Workshop: Presenting overview of findings, their implications and resulting recommendations at a workshop with the Cocoa Life team at Mondelēz India.
  • Dataset: All raw data collated to be cleaned and supplied to Embode and Mondelēz India.

 

Research principles:The research must ensure the following principles are abided by in carrying out the methodology:

  • A spirit of enquiry in the data gathering process by being curious about the real-life realities of community members (both positive and negative).
  • Cognisance of the ways in which community members have access to tangible and intangible resources or are disproportionately impacted by contextual challenges due to social, economic or cultural reasons.
  • Take a participatory approach in consulting community members about what they feel the priorities are in developing their community environments.
  • Ensure continuous alignment of the principal research focus on development of communities for the sustainability and strengthening of the cocoa supply chain.
  • A strict adherence to ethical research guidelines and policies, including obtaining ‘informed’ consent of all participants (and parental/guardian consent for under 18’s), procedural sensibilities and data security.
  • Sensitivity and maintenance of positive relationships between farming stakeholders (i.e. farmers, farm owners, farm workers), and Mondelēz India.

 

Ethical requirements: As this research will involve direct interaction with vulnerable people, including children, the Research Partner must be able to have an ethical policy and training in place for undertaking research communities in respectful and participatory manner. This must be in line with international and national best practices and guidelines. Furthermore, part of this assessment will be conducted in tribal communities and therefore will require adequate awareness and socio-respect of diverse populations.

Research Partner Capabilities

The Research Partner must have the following capabilities:

  • Proven experience and established background working in social research, particularly in communities in South India.
  • Significant experience in conducting both quantitative and qualitative research.
  • Capacity to work in all four states and in local languages (Malayalam, Telugu, Tamil and Kannada).
  • Ability to undertake in-depth data analysis and report writing.
  • A qualified research team, which is gender and socially diverse.
  • Any background in undertaking work in a similar field such as for supply chain sustainability or community programme development is considered an advantage.

 

Application process

Proposals of Expressions of Interests should include at least the following:

  • Research Partner profile (i.e organisational or group background),
  • Team profile (i.e. bios, CVs or LinkedIn profiles),
  • Relevant experience (i.e. previous work undertaken researching community and social development in South India),
  • Proposed methodological approach, sample sizes for each target informant per district (to ensure a representative sample and enable filtering of data) and outputs to undertaking the Community Needs Assessment,
  • Proposed budget with detail of breakdown,
  • Estimated timeframe and availability,
  • Contact details of 2-3 clients the agency has conducted research for previously (for reference checking).

Expression of interest should be addressed to Ms Verity Kowal at applications@embode.co  and submitted by close of business on Monday 16th September 2019. Any queries may also be addressed to the same and responses will be shared with all applicants on the Embode website: www.embode.co/news

 
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