Partnermeldungen

Consultant for the ‘Education and Caring for Children in Coffee Cultivation Areas in Guatemala’ projects

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Background

Since February 2013, SC Germany and SC Guatemala Country Office in cooperation with Tchibo GmbH implemented two projects in Guatemala, specifically in Olopa and Jacaltenango. The projects are based on baseline studies. As a result, they are geared specifically at protecting children from harmful work and encompass an integral, sustainable approach at empowering local stakeholders in the long term to protect children’s rights and promote their development. While child care centers offer care for children during coffee harvest season, the projects implemented complementary education interventions during the school year. Moreover, livelihood components strengthen families and communities for sustainable impacts. By realizing productive projects, families learn how to support themselves through low-cost entrepreneurial income-generating activities. Equally, there is a focus on improving the quality of education through teacher trainings and actively involving parents in awareness raising activities on children`s rights.

Both projects are ending in fall 2018.

 Purpose of the consultancy

Building on the gained experiences during the project Education and Caring for Children in Coffee Cultivation Areas in Guatemala a final impact document is to be created on behalf of the project’s partner Tchibo GmbH, a leading German coffee retailer with over 1,000 shops, that also sell a wide range of other non food items and services. It will serve as a marketable learning product with a CSR focus and aims at informing other (coffee) corporations on the results, methodologies and challenges of the project in Guatemala.

Timeline

Preceded by an initial meeting or call in order to specify the research questions with the client late fall/early winter 2017, the assignment will need to be completed in 7 months, starting 1st Jan 2018 through 31st July 2018. All information necessary as well as relevant documents to support the process will be shared prior to the consultants visit in Guatemala in February/March 2018. A first draft of the paper is being created by the consultant after finishing her/his field visit until 8 June 2018 in order to allow sufficient time for a review process with all stakeholders involved. The final document will be submitted to Tchibo GmbH by Jul 31, 2018.

Roles and responsibilities of the consultant

The consultant will be in charge of creating a final impact document (working title) as referred to in Purpose of the consultancy in close coordination with SC Germany and SC Guatemala CO.

The consultant has to comply with the following requirements:

  • Bilingual in Spanish and English,
  • Strong analytical as well as communication and writing skills
  • Ideally, an understanding of the issues relating to children’s rights and/or coffee sourcing,
  • Ideally, an in depth knowledge of Guatemala,
  • Ideally, an understanding of the role corporations can play in this context,
  • Should be willing to drive his/her own vehicle in Guatemala locally. Long distance travel will be arranged for.

The scope of the assignment includes:

  • Screening of all material developed over the course of the projects.
  • Scanning all reports on the activities conducted in Olopa and Jacaltenango, especially concerning lessons learned, challenges, and sustainability, especially in relation to the baseline studies.
  • Conducting a field visit and interviews with relevant stakeholders as well as the project`s beneficiaries as well as the project team in Guatemala, taking pictures were it supports the content.
  • Follow up regularly with SC Germany and SC Guatemala CO.
  • Analyzing the finding on a meta level and in the end, compiling an impact document in agreement with SC Germany, SC CO Guatemala and Tchibo as referred to in Deliverables of the contract:
    • Describing how Save the Children implemented the various activities and how they contribute to a sustainable project design (including M&E).
    • Describing lessons learned and what challenges can be encountered when setting up projects in Guatemala’s coffee growing regions.
    • Giving recommendations for developing/adapting the various (learning) materials and how they can be used by other stakeholders such as NGOs, local governments and especially coffee sourcing/producing companies.
    • Describing the methodologies used and the benefits and challenges, ideally detailing how they can be transferred to other regions in Guatemala or to other coffee-growing regions.
    • Giving clear recommendations for other stakeholders/partnerships between NGOs and corporations on best practices in the field of education and livelihoods in coffee-growing regions.
    • Describing all aspects of sustainability and the hand-over to other stakeholders in the region.

 Organization

This action is a joint collaboration between SC Germany and SC Guatemala CO on behalf of Tchibo GmbH. SC Germany will be the lead on the coordination of the project. Both, SC Germany and SC Guatemala CO will provide technical support to the consultant. SC Guatemala CO will coordinate the consultant’s field visit in Guatemala.

The consultant will report to SC Germany directly.

Deliverables

In line with the established responsibilities of the consultant the deliverables are:

  • Two-week field visit
    • Interviews with local stakeholders, the projects beneficiaries and the project team
  • Screening of all materials and reports developed over the course of the projects duration, prior, during, and past the field visit
  • Compiling an impact document meeting the following criteria in addition to the roles and responsibilities above:
    • English language
    • Revised document to be delivered to SC Germany at the latest by 31 July 2018
    • Including a short version (Management summary)
    • No layout required

Budget

The assignment is budgeted with 8.000 € plus travel costs, which will be reimbursed by Save the Children according to internal guidelines.

Deadline for applications

Please submit your application to jobs@savethechildren.de until 17 December 2017, including a CV, a personal capacity statement, detailing the relevant experience related to the assignment and appropriate references.