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Bangladesh (re)solve Research Consultant
Title:Bangladesh (re)solve Research Consultant
Job Location:Dhaka, Bangladesh

Location of work: Dhaka, Bangladesh

Time Period: September 2019 – November 2019

Amount of Time: 20 Days over approximately 3 months

Deadline: September 6, 2019

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
We are seeking a qualified researcher who will support ICRW’s mixed method baseline 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 Bangladesh. 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 Bangladesh, (re)solve is working with women 18-49 years of age to improve their uptake of modern contraceptive methods. The intervention targets Marie Stopes Bangladesh (MSB) clinics in urban Dhaka and some of their partner pharmacies to provide 1) planning prompts, 2) enhanced pill packaging and supportive communication from providers, and 3) training modules for providers working with Oral Contraceptive Pill (OCP) users in urban Dhaka.

ICRW is leading the evaluation of this project. The study is currently planned as a mixed-methods randomized control trial design. The primary objective of this evaluation would be to test if solutions taking part in MSB clinics targeting pill users accessing services at MSB clinics are able to change their consistency of use, appropriateness of use, intentions, follow-up behaviors and use of services to switch to family planning methods that are more appropriate for them and are preferably long term(impact evaluation). We also aim to understand how the intervention was implemented and the effect of that process on the overall evaluation (process evaluation). Specifically, we will use baseline/endline quantitative surveys, in-depth interviews (IDIs), brief quantitative surveys, qualitative interviews, key informant interviews (KIIs) and observations to gain insights for our impact and process evaluation. Work on the process evaluation is outside the scope of this consultancy.

ICRW seeks a skilled consultant to supervise the baseline data collection and manage the baseline data collection team. The research consultant will be responsible for the following:

1. Review and become familiar with (re)solve study, tools, and forms;
2. Help with data collection training preparation including developing specific modules;
3. Assist lead Principal Investigator (PI) to implement the overall research study training;
4. Lead the quantitative training;
5. Oversee data collection in the field (in field total of 2 weeks); and
6. Coordinate data management and cleaning.

The contract will be for the duration of three months. Work will begin with a review of study materials including but not limited to protocols, tools, guides etc. The consultant will be responsible for co-facilitating a week long training for data collection staff with support from an ICRW staff member and supervising the first week of baseline data collection on their own including conducting quality control and troubleshooting any issues that may arise during this time. The consultant will provide daily check-ins for ICRW staff during this week and will provide a brief report following data collection.

Task Description
ICRW seeks a consultant who has significant, demonstrated experience in conducting quantitative and qualitative research, especially larger-scale research projects, and in providing training for data collectors to do the same. The consultant will be responsible for training and facilitating 1 week baseline data collection training and supervising the first week of quantitative and qualitative baseline data collection. Below, we describe the activities that will happen in detail:

Protocol Review and Training Development: Following selection, the consultant will be provided the research protocol and tools for the project in English and Bengali. The Consultant will liaise with ICRW and the research team to develop a 7-day data collection training for in-country data collection staff. The consultant may be asked to help develop specific training modules including, but not limited to, survey/interview techniques, obtaining informed consent, data management and data quality control.

Training of Baseline Research: Prior to the beginning of baseline, the consultant will assist the lead PI to implement the overall research training on the research protocol and tools. The consultant will be responsible for leading the quantitative data collection training for data collection staff. The consultant will support the ICRW staff member when training both qualitative and quantitative data collection staff in joint sessions.

Oversee Data Collection: The consultant will oversee various aspects of data collection including supervising data collectors and helping to troubleshoot any issues that may arise for both qualitative and quantitative data collection. The consultant will be responsible for monitoring quality check during the first week of data collections through spot checks, field visits with data collectors, and debriefs with data collection staff, local research team, and ICRW staff.

Consultant Responsibilities:

  • Plan and coordinate closely with the ICRW lead PI and local research team leading up to the site visit.
  • Review all project documentation, research strategy and other preparatory materials.
  • Plan and facilitate data collection training and lead quantitative data collection training sessions;
  • Travel with data collection staff in the field and supervise data collection and report any issues to lead PI.
  • Participate in daily debriefing with ICRW staff and research team to conduct on-site rapid analysis of the collected data to inform ICRW’s report of the study findings.
  • Availability for a maximum of 20 days in the duration between September 15, 2019 and December 30, 2019. 

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

  • A detailed field report of describing the training and the first week of data collection in the field, including identifying any challenges that might cause delays for the research team.

Required Skills:
Required skills and qualifications include:

  • Master’s degree in a related field (sociology, statistics, international development or other social science) required; PhD preferred.
  • Significant experience (at least 5 years) with quantitative research design, independently leading management of research projects and supervising large teams.
  • Fluency in English and Bengali.
  • Familiarity with local context of Dhaka, including issues related to sexual and reproductive health, contraceptive use, and local language and customs.
  • Experience with gender focused research.
  • Experience working with non-governmental organizations.

Interested consultants should submit a statement of interest, resume/CV, 2-3 references, and fee requirements.

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