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Fruit Assurance Plan Consultant

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Position summary:

Lead the development and implementation of an Assurance plan to improve the cases management and monitoring, strengthen the current assurance system by implementing additional assurance interventions and prevent occurring issues.


Activities and tasks:

Strengthen current assurance system

  • Further Develop & Implement the Banana Assurance Action plan, to address current gaps & problems, to improve rules, policies, procedures & monitoring.
  • Deploy project group for roll out & monitoring.

Implement a prevention plan

  • Revise the audit reports of the past, to prevent future issues/ weaknesses.
  • Monitor the database to identify high risks.
  • How to establish relations with the certification bodies (CBs).

Improve case management and monitoring

  • Better procedures to manage decertification & attacks.
  • Set-up internal task force, incl. legal, dealing with cases. 


Type of deliverable



  • Develop a Fruit Assurance Plan to strengthen the current assurance system and address the main challenges and risks. The plan includes a case management process and a prevention plan.

Data management

  • Review and monitor current certified operation to identify risks.
  • Review and monitor CBs quality.

Cases management

  • Manage and follow up cases as defined in the Cases procedure.


  • Develop regular reports that record the progress achievement, risks and challenges.


If Consultant Firm, a dedicated staff person with the following qualifications is required, if consultant is an individual, the following demonstrated skills and knowledge are required:

  • Relevant knowledge and experience in law, labor conditions, or related social topics;
  • Experience with certification standards;
  • Written and verbal proficiency in English and Spanish;
  • Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal;
  • Strong management skills:  detail-oriented, high analysis capacity, efficient problem solving.
  • Ability to travel


Commensurate with experience.


Desired start date: October 15, 2019


Applicants are requested to submit the following documents to Claudia Medrano, Latin America Standards & Assurance Manager by email ( and to Maria Angélica Bonilla ( by no later than 10 October 2019.

  • A cover letter, of no more than 2 pages, which provides a summary of the consultant or organizations relevant experience, expertise and contacts
  • A work plan, which includes clear timelines and the person responsible
  • CV for individual consultant or CVs for each member of the project team for organizations
  • A fixed price budget, which details daily rates and expenses