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Quantitative / Qualitative Research Consultant
Title:Quantitative / Qualitative Research Consultant
Job Location:Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso

Location:                                              Ouagadougou and Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso
Time period:                                        August 2019 – May 2020
Amount of Time:                                Approximately 11 months
Compensation:                                   Daily rate to be negotiated based on prior experience

About ICRW

The International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) has been the premier applied research institute focused on women and girls for the last four decades.   ICRW works with partners to conduct empirical research, build capacity, and advocate for evidence-based practical solutions to change policies and programs.  Headquartered in Washington, D.C., and with regional offices in South Asia and Africa, ICRW conducts research to inform policies and programs seeking to alleviate poverty, promote gender equality and protect the rights of women and girls. ICRW’s focal areas include gender-based violence, healthy transitions to adulthood, economic empowerment, HIV/AIDS, and sexual and reproductive health and rights.

Project Description

This consultancy supports ICRW’s mixed method baseline and endline evaluation for the (re)solve project, which is funded by the Gates Foundation. ICRW is working in coordination with Pathfinder, ideas42 and Camber Collective for this project. Pathfinder is the prime grant recipient and is responsible for implementing (re)solve in Burkina Faso. ICRW is responsible for the external evaluation.

The (re)solve project is taking place in three countries: Burkina Faso, Ethiopia and Bangladesh. Using a combination of market segmentation and behavioral design, the (re)solve consortium has developed different solutions to remove barriers to modern contraceptive uptake for key populations in each country and increase intention to use contraceptives for women and girls who are not using contraceptives and do not want to become pregnant.

In Burkina Faso, (re)solve is working with in-school adolescent girls in 4eme and 3eme. Participating girls will play an interactive board game with other girls in their schools. The game focuses on topics such as healthy relationships, pregnancy risk, and facts and myths about modern contraception. Following the game, girls will be provided with a “passport” to remind them to visit health care facilities if they want to begin to use contraceptives. At the health facilities, there will be posters and name tags for staff members using the same design as the passport to indicate that these are safe spaces where girls are able to safely and discretely uptake contraception if they want to.

ICRW is leading the evaluation of this project. The study is currently planned as a two-arm design, with one intervention arm and one comparison arm. There are two study locations, urban Ouagadougou and Bobo-Dioulasso. The primary objective of this study is to evaluate the solution set described above to see if it will change 4eme and 3eme girls’ perceptions, attitudes, intentions, follow-up behaviors and actual use of contraceptives (impact evaluation). In addition to quantitative baseline, and endline data collection, there will be quantitative research with a subsample of the quantitative sample, right after the game is played. In addition, there will be in-depth interviews with key stakeholders, facilitators of the game, and health care personnel, as well as observation of the games. The study also aims to understand how the intervention was implemented and the effect of that process on the evaluation outcomes (process evaluation).

ICRW seeks a contractor to support the planning, implementation and analysis preparation of the baseline and endline research, which will utilize quantitative and qualitative research methods. The contract will be for a duration of approximately one year, which includes all phases of research. Work will begin with preparation of the protocol and materials for submission to the local ethical review board. The baseline training and data collection phase will follow, with approximately 2-4 weeks of fieldwork in Ouagadougou and Bobo-Dioulasso. We will engage the contractor in this phase from late September through early November 2019. ICRW will hire the contractor for the entire year, but reserves the right to cancel the contract if the baseline phase is not done to the satisfaction of ICRW.

Task Description

ICRW seeks a contractor who has significant, demonstrated experience in conducting quantitative and qualitative research, especially larger-scale research projects. The selected contractor will be responsible conducting the baseline, midline and endline quantitative and qualitative data collection. Below, we describe the activities that will happen in detail:

Protocol Preparation and Submission (July – August 2019): Following selection of the contractor, the contractor will be provided with the research protocol and tools for the project in English. Contractor will oversee translation of the protocol into French for submission to ethical review in Burkina Faso and will liaise with ICRW and Pathfinder staff to ensure timely submission.

Training and Baseline Research (September – November 2019): Following approval of the protocol, it is expected that each member of the data collection team review the protocol and tools and complete an online research ethics certification course if they cannot provide proof of having received research ethics training. Prior to the beginning of baseline, ICRW staff will join the research team in Burkina Faso to conduct a training on the research protocol and tools. ICRW still will likely remain to oversee the first week of data collection.

For all data collection, contractor will oversee recruitment of research participants and will gain informed consent from parents for research participants under the age of 18 and assent from the under-18 participants themselves. For research participant who are 18 years old or over, contractor will get informed consent from the participant his or herself.

The baseline data collection has two parts—quantitative and qualitative data collection. Quantitative data collection will occur with approximately 2500 girls attending approximately 30 schools in in Ouagadougou and Bobo-Dioulasso (roughly evenly split between the two cities) These girls will be the same girls interviewed again at endline; a subsample of the girls will be interviewed at midline (right after playing the game). We strongly prefer data to be collected on tablets.

The contractor will also conduct in-depth interviews (IDIs) with approximately 50 girls at baseline in both cities. These same girls will be followed up with at endline. All qualitative data collection will be conducted with a voice recorder.

For girls involved in the quantitative survey and the qualitative survey, the Contractor will securely store names and contact information for these girls separately from their baseline data to ensure confidentiality and privacy.

Throughout baseline, the contractor will also be responsible for debriefing after each data collection event with the ICRW staff. Debriefing will include processing the event, interpreting notes, and discussing emerging themes. The contractor will clean and prepare all data in appropriate file formats (Stata, Word) and send to ICRW. The consultant will also provide input during drafting the baseline report.

Research activities during implementation: Throughout implementation of the project, contractor will conduct various low-lift research activities concurrent with girls as they play the games at schools receiving the intervention. Contractor will coordinate the midline quantitative survey with a randomly selected subsample of girls participating in the baseline/endline survey. Contractor will prepare this data and share with ICRW similar to procedures described for baseline.

Endline Research (February-May 2020: Endline data collection—which includes both qualitative and quantitative methods—will occur approximately 3-5 months after baseline, as the intervention is intended to have immediate impact on behaviors. The data collection process will be the same as at baseline. In addition, Contractor will conduct approximately 50 additional in-depth interviews with girls. Contractor will also conduct approximately 30 in-depth interviews with intervention staff implementing the project activities for the process evaluation. Contractor will also conduct approximately 20 key informant interviews (KIIs) with stakeholders who have some knowledge or expertise on girls sexual and reproductive health in Burkina Faso. Contractor will prepare this data and share with ICRW similar to procedures described for baseline.

Responsibilities of Consultant/Sub-contractor:

  • ICRW will provide the protocol and accompanying forms, scripts and guides for all categories of participants. The Contractor should be able to contribute to the protocol and tools, including the translation of the tools and modifications based on local knowledge. This includes helping to ensure appropriate wording and translation of the protocol, quantitative survey, qualitative tools, and associated tools, including screening materials.
  • Hire/identify field staff: The Contractor will develop job descriptions for all categories of field staff and receive prior approval from ICRW regarding the core qualifications required before advertising the positions. Given the target population for this study, field staff will include sufficient female quantitative and qualitative interviewers to complete data collection within an appropriate period of time, and with the required linguistic abilities to work in the target regions. Given the sensitive nature of questions and the study population, sufficient in this case will be between 80% and 100% of data collectors. The contractor should suggest the most appropriate team structure to achieve these targets while maintaining a high standard of quality.
  • There should be a local Principal Investigator involved who has substantive experience in the field and holds at least a Masters degree.
  • The contractor will be responsible for all costs associated with the field team activities, including but not limited to salaries, recruitment and training costs, per diems, transport, materials and equipment, insurance and any applicable fees or taxes. In addition to adequate time for data collection, the contractor will include time prior to the start of data collection for training of the field teams (with technical support and participation from ICRW) and pretesting of the tools.
  • Lead or co-lead the training of data collection teams, to include developing relevant training materials, facilitating the training sessions (rental of facilities, etc.), and pretesting the tools.
  • Implement formative research and baseline data collection (quantitative and qualitative methods) and liaise with ICRW team. ICRW’s primary involvement will be to oversee training of data collectors and to provide strategic input in the early stages of data collection. The Contractor will be responsible for all other activities and costs related to quality data collection. Specifically, the Contractor will supervise fieldwork, data collection, and data management and assume responsibility for quality control. The Contractor will provide regular feedback to ICRW during the data collection process, including:
    • Frequent (daily or every other day, as agreed upon prior) email or Skype updates reporting the number of IDIs, KIIs, and surveys completed during data collection in the field.
    • Notifying ICRW of any problems occurring during data collection including problems of tracking down respondents, high numbers of refusal to respond, as well as any difficulties implementing certain questions.
    • A weekly update consisting of a synthesis of daily briefings.
  • Data cleaning, including developing with ICRW key data checks, identification and documentation of errors, missing data, and inconsistences, and the correction of these issues where possible.
  • Record and transcribe verbatim all qualitative data collection events and translate into English.
  • Perform administrative tasks in English – particularly contracting and financial reporting. If no staff are able to conduct these tasks in English, then translation costs should be included in the budget.
  • Contribute to analysis and the writing of final deliverables.

Anticipated reporting requirements and deliverables to submit to ICRW within 30 days after each relevant phase is completed:

  • Proof of receipt of translated protocol by a Burkinabe ethical review board
  • Field report in English describing the training, field-testing and data collection process and basic characteristics of the sample/data collected; and the revised/final data collection tools back-translated in English.
  • The raw and cleaned quantitative data sets in STATA.
  • Verbatim transcripts in English of all IDIs and KIIs.
  • Input into the analyses of findings from the fieldwork.
  • Input into the final written reports.

Interested organizations are asked to submit a proposal that includes:

  • A technical narrative no longer than four pages describing how they will accomplish the tasks described above. English preferred, but French accepted as well.
  • A detailed budget with budget notes
  • CVs of key personnel who will be engaged in the data collection. Data collection firms/organizations must also submit an institutional capacity statement.
  • Brief paragraph summaries of 3-4 examples of similar data collection work conducted with the past two (2) years. The summaries should include descriptions of the past efforts, covering the scale of data collection, the methods used, experience with digital data collection tools, field strategy (including interviewer/researcher recruitment, team structure, quality control systems, etc.), data management approach, quality control systems, etc.
  • 2-3 references that can be contacted regarding the quality of the organization’s work

Required Skills:

  • Master’s degree in a related field (sociology, gender, international development or other social science) required for the local PI, PhD preferred.
  • Contractors must demonstrate significant experience (at least 5 years) with both quantitative and qualitative research design, implementation, analysis and reporting.
  • Significant facilitation and interviewing skills.
  • Significant experience in large scale surveys.
  • Demonstrated experience conducting research on sensitive topic areas related to health, such as sexual health and reproductive health and/or adolescents and youth.
  • Fluency in English and French.

Interested candidates should submit a resume, daily rate requirements, and contact information for at least two references.

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