Short term consultancy - Market Analysis in Solomon Islands
The New Times, New Targets Project aims to improve sustainable and inclusive access to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services and facilities within schools, clinics and communities in rural Solomon Islands. The project is an Australian aid initiative implemented by Plan International Australia in partnership with Live & Learn Environmental Education on behalf of the Australian Government. The project is being implemented in the Western area of Guadalcanal Province, Solomon Islands and aims to improve the health and wellbeing of approximately 15,000 rural Solomon Islanders by improving the quality and accessibility of WASH services in 22 rural schools, 8 clinics and 60 communities.
The purpose of the consultancy is to support the New Times, New Targets project to investigate the potential for market based solutions to support water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) outcomes in rural communities in West Guadalcanal. This includes development of recommendations for practical ways to strengthen and support market engagement in the provision of WASH services and hardware in the target area. The analysis and recommendations should extend to enablers of a strong market such as financing, supply chain connections, business mentoring and training, entrepreneurship etc. WASH services and hardware should include community and household water components and maintenance services, toilet hardware and installation services/advice and menstrual hygiene products (sanitary wares). The Project has a specific focus on promoting gender equality and social inclusion. Considerations for gender transformation must be considered within the market assessment and should therefore be central to the research approach, questions and subsequent recommendations. Identifying opportunities to strengthen women’s opportunities, skills and economic empowerment is of high interest to the Project and the outcomes of this ToR.
The preferred applicants will ideally have;
- An in-depth understanding of rural markets in a Melanesian context
- Proven experience of running, advising and/or supporting small-scale enterprise in developing countries
- Experience working in Solomon Islands
- Experience conducting market research
To apply, please provide an expression of interest outlining;
- Key roles and qualifications/experience
- Proposed schedule, methodology and approach (2 page maximum)
- Contact details of at least 2 Referees
- Clarifications to any questions or information herein
CLOSE Date: 30th August 2019