Somalia: QUALITATIVE RESEARCH

Concern Worldwide is an international non-governmental humanitarian organization dedicated to the reduction of suffering and working towards the ultimate elimination of extreme poverty in the world’s poorest countries.

Expressions of interest are invited for the following consultancy opportunity:

QUALITATIVE RESEARCH

BACKGROUND

REFANI (Research on Food Assistance for Nutrition Impact) is a consortium including ACF Concern Worldwide, UCL and ENN, undertaking three studies on the nutritional impact of cash/vouchers in humanitarian settings. Concern Worldwide and UCL are conducting one of the studies amongst IDPs in the outskirts of Mogadishu: “Assessing the Role of Cash Transfer Programmes in Reducing the Risk of Acute Malnutrition in Somalia”. This is a controlled trial to test the effect of an unconditional cash transfer on the risk of malnutrition. It is a mixed methods study and the qualitative component will be crucial in helping us understand the mechanisms by which the cash transfer works, or fails to work, to reduce the risk of malnutrition.

Since qualitative research capacity is extremely limited in Somalia, a consultant is required to take forward this component of the study, in close collaboration with the UCL study team.

PURPOSE AND OBJECTIVES

The consultants will undertake qualitative field research to provide data for the ongoing REFANI-Somalia study. The purpose of the qualitative research is to help explore the context and possible mechanism by which cash transfers may impact on the nutritional status of children and women.

Objectives and Specific Tasks to be undertaken by the Consultant(s)

a) Contribute to finalisation of study tools (FGD topic guides and interview guides) for the qualitative study.

b) Recruit, train and supervise any required study staff (include this in the financial proposal).

c) Conduct field work in selected areas in and around Mogadishu, Somalia, which will involve visiting IDP households. Interviews and FGD will be conducted and recorded if this is acceptable to the participants.

d) Undertake processing of the interviews and FGD; produce interview and FGD notes and (if recorded) transcriptions in Somali and English.

e) Upload all recordings, transcripts, and other documents from the project to a secure file sharing site such as Drop Box or share on digital media with the study Principal Investigator.

f) Prepare a brief report that describes the activities undertaken and the methods used in enough detail for use in peer reviewed publications. The contents of the report should contain all of the components required in the COREQ checklist for qualitative research.

DELIVERABLES/EXPECTED OUTPUTS

a) A concise report that – in addition to findings, conclusions and recommendations – describes the activities undertaken during the consultancy, includes a description of the households and individuals sampled, an itinerary of the field work, the methods used for data collection and any constraints that were encountered

b) Interview and FGD notes in English and Somali c) Where possible, recordings, transcripts, and translations of the interviews and FGD in English and Somali

d) Updates on progress will be required at least every two weeks though informal updates will be provided through day to day interaction with UCL and Concern teams

A digital copy of all data and reports will be required by Concern at the end of the piece of work.

TIMEFRAME

The research will take up to three months including preparation, data collection, analysis and write-up. All works must be completed by 30th October 2016.

LINES OF COMMUNICATION

The consultant(s) will liaise with the Programmes Director in Nairobi and the UCL Study Team to plan and undertake technical aspects of the research.

RENUMERATION

Travel and subsistence costs while in Somalia will be met by Concern Worldwide. The consultant/s will be paid a rate as agreed between Concern Worldwide and the consultants. Final payment is dependent on the submission of a good quality, well-written final report and completion of agreed outputs.

CONSULTANT/S’ PROFILE

a) Masters degree in a social science

b) Strong experience in qualitative fieldwork

c) Proven ability to write high quality reports

d) Fluent in written and spoken Somali and English

e) Good knowledge of the Somalia context

f) Excellent analytical, problem solving, planning, organization, interpersonal and reporting skills.

How to apply:

Interested applicants who meet the above requirements must submit the following;

• A technical (indicate earliest date of availability to undertake and complete the assignment) proposal

• A financial proposal quoted in US Dollars (USD) for the whole assignment

• Cover letter and CV (Demonstration of Capability) If quoting for an organization attach the CV of the Lead Consultant and any other personnel to be involved in the assignment

• A list of previous work done (Work Completion Certificates can be attached) including telephone and email contacts of three (3) referees who can validate technical expertise

All submissions, addressed to the HR Coordinator, Concern Worldwide, Nairobi, must be sent to the following email address: [email protected] with the subject of the email as ‘REFANI Qualitative Research’.

The deadline for submissions is Wednesday 6th July 2016.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for presentation/s and further deliberation/s.

Concern has a Code of Conduct and a Programme Participant Protection Policy to ensure the maximum protection of programme participants from abuse and exploitation.

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