Study of Women-led Coconut Enterprises in Southeast Asia (Indonesia)

  • Mid-level, Short-term contract assignment
  • Posted on 21 October 2019
  • Indonesia
  • Closing on 8 November 2019
  • Current

Job Description

Assignment : Study of Women-led Coconut Enterprises in Southeast Asia (Indonesia)

Period of Performance: 1/11/2019 – 31/1/2020

Contract Type: Competitive bidding


USAID Green Invest Asia, a facility of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), supports mid-growth agriculture and forestry companies with strategies, assessments and advice to improve their sustainable commodity production and business practices. In doing so, we ready companies for investment and help them access sustainable financing from banks, impact funds, climate funds and other institutions in our financial network. Simultaneously, we work with private financial institutions to diversify, grow and de-risk their sustainability portfolios by matching investors to a pipeline of profitable, investment-ready agribusinesses. USAID Green Invest Asia also supports a gender lens approach to finance and investing based on evidence that businesses which prioritize women can increase production efficiencies and innovations.


Asia produces about 80 percent of global coconut production, with over 50 percent coming from Indonesia and the Philippines[1]. Coconut products are experiencing increased popularity, with global demand increasing by 500 percent in the past decade. In 2018, the world imported over USD 1.4 billion of fresh and desiccated coconuts. China is the largest importer of coconut products by far, with over USD 220 million of imports in 2018, followed by USA (USD 123 million), and The Netherlands (USD 81 million)[2].

About 95 percent of coconuts is grown by smallholders, typically in plots of up to three hectares. While demand increases, annual average production has fallen by 0.1 percent since 2010. In Asia, productivity is estimated to decline more than 80 percent by 2027 due to aging trees. At this rate, demand for coconut products will far outpace supply. While still nascent, sustainability within the coconut industry has garnered increased attention and efforts to promote industry-wide sustainability standards have been led mainly by industry players including Barry Callebaut, Franklin Baker, Mars, Cargill, and BASF. These efforts include ensuring that new coconut trees are planted, improving farmers’ livelihood by promoting intercropping with other commodities, and strengthening product traceability.

With women playing a key role in coconut production and being key consumers. it is essential that efforts to improve the sustainability of the sector are gender-sensitive and consider women’s specific role and expertise, as well as needs and challenges, for the benefit of industry. USAID Green Invest Asia has an opportunity to significantly contribute to how industry players define sustainable coconut standards and influence the development of the industry.


USAID Green Invest Asia seeks to hire a local coconut and sustainability expert based in Indonesia to support the coordination and implementation of a study of women-led coconut businesses in Indonesia.

The study will focus on collecting primary data through:

  • Consultations with key industry stakeholders for an overview of market characteristics and trends (industry networks, producer organizations, large domestic and international buyers, traders, producers);
  • A concise online survey of women-led coconut businesses to understand key characteristics of this segment, such as average size, years in operation, focus within the value chain, finance needs;
  • In-depth interviews with 4-5 coconut women-owned enterprises in Indonesia to better understand their needs, challenges, and perceived growth opportunities in the industry.
Duties and Responsibilities

The local coconut and sustainability expert will be responsible for the following tasks:

  1. Introductions to key industry stakeholders in the coconut industry and support in scheduling meetings;
  2. Join USAID Green Invest Asia Gender Advisor in meetings with key industry stakeholders and provide minutes of meetings, planned for December 2019;
  3. Support in data collection and drafting of brief overview of coconut sector in Indonesia;
  4. Join USAID Green Invest Asia Gender Advisor in visits to 4-5 women-owned coconut businesses and write case studies based on pre-agreed template. Visits might require travel to different provinces
  5. Distribution of a brief online survey among women-led coconut enterprises & collection of findings from at least 50 enterprises.

The assignment is expected to require approximately 20 days of work. The Local Coconut Expert will report to USAID Green Invest Asia Gender Advisor.

  1. Notes of meetings with key industry stakeholders by December 18th, 2019
  2. Case studies of women-owned coconut businesses by December 20th, 2019
  3. Overview of coconut industry in Indonesia (written report) by December 20th, 2019
  4. Survey data collected by December 20th, 2019
To Apply

Interest candidates should submit CV and brief cover letter highlighting relevant experience to by November 8th, 2019.



About the Organization

At the heart of Pact is the promise of a better tomorrow. The promise of a healthy life. Of a decent livelihood. Of sustainable natural resources that benefit communities. Now more than ever in its 42-year history, Pact is helping millions of people who are poor and marginalized discover and build their own solutions and take ownership over their future.
Pact enables systemic solutions that allow those who are poor and marginalized to earn a dignified living, be healthy, and take part in the benefits that nature provides. Pact accomplishes this by strengthening local capacity, forging effective governance systems, and transforming markets into a force for development.

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