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

Location of work:     Dhaka, Bangladesh

Time Period:             September 2019 – May/June 2020

Deadline:                   September 2nd, 2019

About ICRW

The International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) is a non-profit research organization dedicated to the empowerment of women and girls and the promotion of gender equality. ICRW works with partners to conduct empirical research, build capacity, and advocate for evidence-based, practical ways to change policies and programs. ICRW has its headquarters in Washington, DC, with regional offices in New Delhi, India and Kampala, Uganda.

Project Description
This consultancy supports ICRW’s mixed method baseline and endline evaluation for the (re)solve project in Bangladesh, which is funded by the Gates Foundation. ICRW is working in coordination with Pathfinder, ideas42 and Camber Collective for this project.

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.

ICRW seeks a contractor to support the planning and implementation of the evaluation, 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., This includes conducting both rounds of data collection and supporting the process evaluation. Each round of data collection will involve approximately 3 months of fieldwork in Dhaka, while work for the process evaluation will be lightly interspersed throughout the project. We will engage the contractor for training of research team and the first round of data collection from late September 2019 through early January 2020. ICRW will hire the contractor for the entire period of performance, 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 for conducting the three rounds of quantitative and qualitative data collection as well as some data collection for the process evaluation. Below, we describe the activities that will happen in detail:

Training and First Round Data Collection (September 2019- January 2020):

Following approval of the research protocol (facilitated and obtained by ICRW), it is expected that each member of the data collection team reviews 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 Dhaka 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 participants, all of whom will be over 18 years of age.

The impact evaluation data collection has two parts—quantitative and qualitative data collection.


Quantitative data collection:

To obtain the sample size needed for the evaluation, the required sample is 970 women at clinics (485 in intervention clinic areas and 485 in control clinic areas in 1:1 ratio). To balance feasibility of implementation with a need to mitigate clustering effects, we will thus implement (re)solve solution in 3 MSB clinics and have 3 control MSB clinics, for a total of 6 clinics involved in the evaluation.


Qualitative data collection:

In depth interviews with women and health care providers will also be conducted by the contractor. There will be 36 in-depth interviews with women users and 10 with health care providers.  For all survey and interview participants, the Contractor will securely store names and contact information for these participants separately from their baseline data to ensure confidentiality and privacy.

Throughout each round of data collection, 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.  Following data collection, consultant will submit raw and cleaned data sets to ICRW. The consultant will also be involved in analysis and drafting the report for each round of data collection.

Process Evaluation (throughout Implementation):

Throughout implementation of the project, contractor will conduct various low-lift research activities at pre-determined points. This will include direct observation of 6 provider client interactions in each intervention clinic and see whether the intervention tools are being used and 24 in pharmacies using a mystery client approach to observe how the enhanced pill packaging solution is being carried out. Additionally, there are key informant interviews of pharmacists (12), pharmacy clients (12), program managers (3).  Some details regarding research activities are subject to change but will stay within range of 50-60 activities. Contractor will enter data into a computer file and send to ICRW.

Second Round Data Collection (May - June 2020):

Endline data collection—which includes both qualitative and quantitative methods—will occur approximately 6 months after the first round, as the intervention is intended to have immediate impact on behaviors. The data collection process will be the same as during the first round of data collection, including interviews with women and providers. In addition, Contractor will conduct approximately maximum of 30 additional key-informant interviews with program implementors, including health care providers and health extension workers.

Responsibilities of Consultant/Sub-contractor

  • Verify accuracy of translations: 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 modifications based on local knowledge, as needed. Initial translation will be done independent of the Contractor, but Contractor will be responsible for reviewing translation to ensure appropriate wording and translation of the quantitative survey 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 exclusively 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. The contractor should suggest the most appropriate team structure to achieve these targets while maintaining a high standard of quality.
  • Appropriately budget for staff and expenses: 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 (including tablets or printing of adequate numbers of recruitment forms, consent forms, and questionnaires), insurance and any applicable fees or taxes. In addition to adequate time for data collection, the contractor must include time prior to the start of data collection for training of the field teams (with technical support and participation from ICRW) and piloting 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 piloting the tools.
  • Lead data collection with appropriate quality assurance mechanisms: 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 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 with tablets/digital data collection, re-locating respondents, high numbers of refusal to respond, as well as any difficulties asking certain questions.
    • A weekly written update.
  • Adhere to all ethical protections outlined in the study protocol, including following specified procedures for recruitment and consenting of study participants, proper storage of data (especially identifiable data), and all other ethical procedures specified.
  • Clean and correct quantitative data, 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.

 Anticipated deliverables (due within 30 days of the completion of each round of data collection):

  • Field report in English describing the research activities conducted, timeline, basic characteristics of the sample/data collected, challenges experienced and how addressed;
  • Raw and clean quantitative data sets in Stata; and
  • Verbatim (i.e. word-for-word) transcripts in English of all IDIs and KIIs, as applicable.

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, in English;
  • 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 within the past two 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.; and
  • 2-3 references that can be contacted regarding the quality of the organization’s work.

Required Skills:

  • Project Lead (local PI) should have a Master’s degree in a related field (sociology, gender, international development or other social science), PhD preferred.
  • Significant experience (at least 5 years) with both quantitative and qualitative research implementation, analysis and reporting.
  • Significant experience conducting large-scale, mixed-methods surveys.
  • Demonstrated experience conducting research on sensitive topic areas related to health, such as sexual health and reproductive health.
  • Fluency in English and Bangla.
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