Consultant - Assess Environmental Aspects Related to Marine Ecology and Post-harvest Loss

The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) is a Swiss-based foundation launched at the United Nations in 2002 to tackle the human suffering caused by malnutrition. Working with both government and business, GAIN aims to transform food systems so that they deliver more nutritious food for all people, especially the most vulnerable. GAIN’s Indonesia Postharvest Loss Alliance for Nutrition (IPLAN) project facilitated the establishment of the Jejaring Pasca-Panen untuk Gizi Indonesia (JP2GI), based on a decree from the Director of Community Nutrition, Ministry of Health which mandates cooperation with the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries. In September 2019, JP2GI became a fully independent association. Information about GAIN PLAN program can be found at and information about Indonesia PLAN activities can be found at:

As a leader in identifying and delivering solutions to address malnutrition, GAIN seeks to strengthen the value chain for nutritious food thus making nutritious diets more affordable and accessible for vulnerable populations. To this end, we take a market-based approach and promote investment in local private enterprises along the value chain. With our strategy, we hope to reach a formative, sustainable and scalable solution to food insecurity and malnutrition. One issue which needs to be resolved in food system’s transformation is food loss and waste (FLW). The scale of the problem is staggering. Each year 1.6 billion tons of food worth about USD 1.2 trillion are lost and wasted. The 2017 Food Sustainability Index placed Indonesia as the second biggest country in the world with FLW issue reaching 300 kg/person/day. This is pity because Indonesia is also the biggest country with wasting and the second with stunting globally as stated in the 2020 Global Nutrition Report.

Looking at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) data (, food loss and waste is different in different region. In South and Southeast Asia, about 90% of food is lost (from production to retail) and 10% is wasted (consumer level). Food loss means nutrition loss as well as environmental loss. The FAO data (Poore&Nemecek, 2018, stated that food and agriculture practices contribute to 26% of global greenhouse gas emission, 50% of global habitable land use, 70% of fresh water consumption, 78% of global ocean and fresh water pollution and 94% of mammal biodiversity. A landscaping study on nutritious food loss and waste in the Indonesian fishery sector (Trilaksani, 2020) defined three levels of FLW causes, namely micro, meso and macro level causes. Micro level causes of FLW in each stage of supply chain from production to consumption as actors’ responses to external factors, including environment. Biological factor such as predator, pest, microorganism exposure; chemical factor (polluted water), climate change; post-harvest environmental contamination during transport and processing are among some issues contribute to FLW in fishery sector in Indonesia.

GAIN Indonesia has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Health, Republic of Indonesia to assist public nutrition improvement programs. One of these is IPLAN, which sets up the JP2GI to bring together the multitude of public and private sector actors aiming to collectively reduce loss and waste of nutritious fish. With support from GAIN, JP2GI has developed its sustainability plan up to 2030, including sharping its vision and mission to reduce food post-harvest loss as a community effort to increase availability, affordability and sustainability of nutritious food through alliancing and collaborating with multi-sectoral stakeholders as well as mapping its assets and developing a roadmap and strategic plan to 2030. To date, JP2GI is focusing on fish post-harvest lost including physical, economic and nutritional losses. Considering that food loss has a robust correlation with environmental impact, GAIN would like to assess environmental aspects related to marine ecology and post-harvest loss to which JP2GI can contribute though its work to reduce FLW in Indonesia.


The objective of this contract is to assess environmental aspects related to marine ecology and post-harvest loss, including the positive changes to which GAIN and JP2GI could contribute and to identify key stakeholders in the environment sector, which can be engaged through  the GAIN and the JP2GI.

Work Description:

We are looking for a consultant/ agency to:

Conduct a desk-review landscaping study on environmental impacts related to marine ecology and post-harvest loss and recommend applicative solutions.

Identify key stakeholders in marine ecology, post-harvest loss and other environmental issues which can be engaged through the GAIN and JP2GI and their corresponding issues of interest. 

Develop recommendations to multilevel key policy makers to reduce negative environmental impacts and fishery post-harvest loss.


Approved study proposal and the corresponding ethical clearance.

Report on landscaping study and stakeholders’ assessment.

Final report and recommendation. 


The work shall be conducted from December 2020 to March 2021.


Consultant is expected to submit an offer for consultancy work inclusive of operational costs for travelling and research/assessment activities.


Please submit your proposal to GAIN (email: with the subject line “Assess Environmental Aspects Related to  Marine Ecology and Post-harvest Loss” by 1 December 2020

The proposal should include:

-          Your understanding about the concept and the work,

-          Personnel background,

-          Budget, and

-          Work experience (similar experience is highly appreciated).

For more information, please contact Rahmi Kasri (