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Sep 20, 2017

International Rescue Committee Qualitative Researchers Consultancy in Hagadera, Kenya

International Rescue Committee (IRC) 

Consultancy for Qualitative Researchers - Hagadera
 
Sector: Women's Protection and Empowerment

Location: Kenya

Employee Type: Consultant

Employee Category: Not Applicable

Terms of Reference
 
Background: SASA! is a Swahili word meaning NOW and acronym for Start, Awareness, Support, Action implemented in four different phases. SASA! is about rethinking power- your power, my power and the power we can have together. 

Our power to learn and inform, to support and to create change for safer and healthier relationships and communities in order to prevent violence against women and HIV. This is achieved through different segments of activities entailed in local activism, media and advocacy, communication materials and trainings. 

The SASA! methodology is basically a community mobilization approach for preventing violence against women and HIV. SASA! works by guiding communities through a step-by-step process of change and engaging a critical mass of people across all levels of society to bring about social norm change. 

Since 2010 the IRC, WPE department has been implementing the above strategies within Hagadera camp and with the support of Raising Voices in Uganda. 

IRC has done necessary adjustments to SASA! while implementing to fit the camp context. Currently, SASA! is being implemented in more than 20 countries by more than 60 organizations.

The UN Trust Fund (UNTF) awarded Raising Voices funds under a project called Strengthening SASA! implementation through learning and guidance for the purpose of studying the adaptation of SASA! methodology in different settings and producing program guides and tools that strengthen SASA! adaptations in the future. 

This Adaptations Study is a collaborative effort across five key partners: Raising Voices that will coordinate overall study, University of California, San Diego the research partner; Beyond Borders in Haiti, a SASA! partner, representing a ‘non-African’ context, IRC in Kenya a SASA! partner, representing a humanitarian context and Women’s Promotion Center in Tanzania a SASA! partner, representing a rural context. 

Through the study, we will develop user-friendly tools to guide future adaptations of SASA!

It is with the above knowledge, that the IRC seeks the services of a consultants or a consultancy firm to carry out the second wave of data collection for the SASA! Adaptation research in Hagadera Camp.

Description of Tasks

The research team will collect qualitative data and participate as core members of the qualitative research team. 

Working closely with the IRC and Raising Voices. 

The team will;
  • Undergo a 2 day training in Nairobi with a focus on reviewing the project and its goals, research ethics, and best practices in qualitative data collection. In addition, the focus group and interview guides will be reviewed at length. The research team will be expected to attend both days of training, and sessions before travelling to Dadaab for the data collection.
  • Facilitate 8-10 Focus Group Discussions (FGDs) or In-depth Interviews (IDIs) in the Hagadera camp. Each FGD / IDI will last approximately 60-90 minutes. The data collection is expected to be completed in 5 days. During these FGDs and IDIs the researcher will also be expected to take participants through the informed consent process and register participants using a structured roster. All the FGD’s and IDIs will be voice recorded.
  • Prepare a field report highlighting key issues raised within two days after completion of data collection.
Expected Deliverables and outputs

Expected deliverables include;
  • Completion of a 2-day training,
  • Facilitation of 8-10 FGDs or In-depth interviews,
  • Completion of FGD rosters,
  • Daily debriefs with the research team
  • Production of a field report after completion of data collection highlighting key issues arising.
Research Team composition

The research team should be gender balanced and composed of two (male and female) senior researchers and two (male and female) note takers.

In addition the team should consist of Somali speakers as Hagadera camp is mostly inhabited by the Somali community.

Time frame & Worksite Arrangements

The work is expected to be completed in a period of 10 days including travel between Nairobi and Dadaab. 

The research team will be expected to make effective and efficient use of time and other resources related to the project. 

It is imperative that the research team be able to deliver on their commitment to the project within the agreed-upon timeframes.

The research team is expected to work onsite on a full-time basis. Hotel accommodations, travel, and accommodation while in Dadaab will be provided to the research team. 

IRC will provide the research team with office and work space for daily debriefs. Access to project-related resources, including journals, relevant research documents will be made available to research team as necessary.     

Key Qualifications

The research team should be available full time for this work from 1 – 11 November 2017. 

In addition, the team should possess a specific set of skills and qualifications necessary for the position. 

This includes:
  • Research Skills: The senior researchers should possess extensive knowledge and understanding of gender issues in the region, preferably including violence against women. In addition, the Researcher should have a minimum of 1 year (2 years preferred) professional experience facilitating FGDs and IDIs.
  • Education: Ideally, the research team will possess an advanced degree in the social sciences, however this may be substituted for extensive experience as a field researcher.
  • Languages: It is essential that the research team speak Somali at a fluent/ native language level, as well as be fluent in English.
  • Interpersonal Skills: The research team should have strong interpersonal skills in order to enable the establishment of relationships that are necessary to build rapport/generate nuanced and credible data. This involves respect for and sensitivity to local cultural norms and practices.
  • Computer Skills: The research team should be proficient in Microsoft Office programs, in particular Microsoft Word.
In addition, the should consultants be;
  • Flexible and tolerant
  • Highly sensitive to cultural and religious dynamics
How to Apply

Interested applicants should submit the following application materials to;
  • Technical and financial proposal for the assignment including CVs of the research team
  • A cover letter, highlighting your specific qualifications for this research
CLICK HERE to apply online

The application deadline is 02nd October, 2017. 

Only those candidates who are under serious consideration will be contacted.

Kenyan nationals are encouraged to apply.

Disclaimer: Please take note that International Rescue Committee (IRC) does not ask for any fees in connection with its recruitment processes. In the event that you receive any request  for payment of any sort, please get in touch with us on Tel: +(254-020) 2727730, Email:  [email protected]   or report to the nearest police.

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