|Date Posted||October 24, 2019|
Training and Consultancy
SEDI Research Field Work Consultancy, Kampala, Uganda
Organization: International Rescue Committee (IRC)
The IRC in Uganda is seeking for a qualified researcher or research assistant who can arrange, conduct, transcribe, and thematically organize interviews with stakeholders involved in the humanitarian and refugee response in Uganda. The field work portion of this project will primarily occur during the months of October and November, after which the consultant must also be available to participate in analysis workshops and other assorted follow-up discussions of the data collected.
Background of Project
The IRC is supporting the development of a Political Economy Analysis of the use of evidence by Government Officials in Uganda. This particular Scope of Services is specifically focused on the use of evidence by officials involved in humanitarian and refugee response.
This Political Economy Analysis is being carried out as part of the inception period of DfID's 'Strengthening the Use of Evidence for Development Impact' (SEDI) project. SEDI is a successor to the Building Capacity to Use Research Evidence (BCURE) project. BCURE ran from 2013-2017, and was a £15.7 million initiative that aimed to increase the capacity of policymakers in developing countries to use research more effectively, through building the skills, incentives and systems required to access, appraise and apply evidence in decision making.
The previous project, BCURE, was broadly seen as moderately successful, in that it successfully improved the ability of individual policymakers to use research. However, a key goal of the project was to reach a 'critical density' of research-using policymakers that would then build a culture of research-use within their departments, but the project was spread too thin over too many countries, and therefore never achieved this goal. The new SEDI project aims to take a similar approach to BCURE, but based on the lessons learned from BCURE, SEDI will include;
a bigger investment spread over a smaller number of countries, and;
a 'political economy analysis' conducted at the start of the project, which aims to demystify what the project will need to do in order to encourage sustained evidence use.
Period of Performance
The period of performance includes two components: field work for a period two months, and periodic analysis workshops and consultations tentatively between December 6th and January 24th. The contract duration will be between 35 and 50 working days, the vast majority of which will occur during the field work period. All working days will be reimbursed based on a pre-approved daily rate, and will be verified via timesheets. As this is a contract, payments will be made in response to invoices for completed work, specifically after the field work period is complete, and then again at the completion of the project.
Place of Performance
The work will primarily be completed in Kampala, but will require movement between various offices throughout the city. The work will also include travel to refugee-hosting districts in Uganda. Local travel costs will be reimbursed according to a pre-approved process and rate. Local travel will be facilitated by the IRC. We will only reimburse international travel in extenuating circumstances.
During the field work period, the consultant must set up and conduct interviews with a list of stakeholders that is developed in consultation with IRC (primarily Government Officials) who are relevant to humanitarian and refugee response within Uganda. The IRC will provide the consultant with a set of interview questions and a methodology, which the consultant will then need to review as part of this scope of work. The consultant will then use this set of interview questions to collect the data. The consultant will also need to transcribe the interviews, as well as conduct an initial thematic mapping of responses.
Because the scope of work is concentrated on interviews, the consultant should be proficient in written and spoken English and should have strong interpersonal skills.
The consultant must have a demonstrated understanding of humanitarian and refugee response in Uganda, the use of research evidence by practitioners and decision-makers in Uganda, and/or the workings of Government Offices in Uganda.
Preferably, the consultant should have pre-existing knowledge and contact with key stakeholders involved in humanitarian and refugee response in Uganda.
The consultant must have at least 1 year of previous qualitative research experience.