Jordan: Econometrician/Statistician – Jordan

Organization: Norwegian Refugee Council
Country: Jordan
Closing date: 21 Nov 2016

  1. BACKGROUND

It is notoriously difficult to know or understand how well-off or how poor refugee families are. They differ in their skills, capacities, assets, and vulnerabilities. Some brought savings with them or benefit from remittances, and others are under economic strain. Factors such as gender, age and disabilities have also affected refugees’ self-reliance in Jordan as well as access to services and assistance. Moreover, given the limited access to livelihood opportunities, many refugees have entered a cycle of poverty, being more exposed to a series of protection risks, and sometimes resorting to negative coping strategies.

Humanitarian actors are committed to ensuring that programmes reach vulnerable refugees according to their specific needs and socioeconomic status. This applies to camp residents as much as it does to non-camp settings. Therefore, organizations in Jordan’s refugee camp settings need to develop a process and a mechanism that, among other things, will measure whether families in the camp are impoverished or not. This will help direct assistance and services in the most effective and equitable way whenever needed. To this end, a Task Force composed of sector-leads and NRC will be formed in each identified camp, and will work in collaboration with the Consultant in each location.

The Consultant will be hired through NRC to work within an inter-agency team, and will lead the design of processes and mechanisms to predict the socioeconomic status of families in Zaatari and Azraq camps, as well support the design of a Household Income and Expenditure Survey (HIES) according to the information gaps identified in each camp following the analysis of existing data sets.

  1. ASSIGMENT OBJECTIVES

Under the supervision and guidance of the above mentioned Task Forces, led by UNHCR, the Specialist will review existing vulnerability assessment frameworks, targeting criteria, assessment results, available data sets and data collection methodologies in Jordan and similar humanitarian contexts. The Specialist will facilitate participatory consultations with the refugee community and key informants in order to develop a qualitative understanding on what factors influence poverty and wealth of refugee families in the camp.

Based on her/his analysis, the Consultant will identify information gaps and will determine which data has to be collected through a HIES in order for he/she to conduct exploratory analysis and determine the most relevant methodologies to measure the socioeconomic status of refugee families in Zaatari and Azraq camps. In close coordination with the Task Forces, the Specialist will work together with UNHCR assessment partner for designing tools to be used during the necessary data collection exercise/s. Moreover, he/she will work together with UNHCR information and data management teams to ensure that designed tools are compatible with UNHCR systems such as proGres and RAIS.

Once data is collected and complete, the Consultant will clean and treat the data and conduct exploratory data analysis on income and expenditure patterns.

Scope of work and deliverables:

The consultant will undertake the following for both Zaatari and Azraq camps:

  1. In close consultation with UNHCR staff, the Task Forces and sector-leads, prepare a detailed methodology and workplan for the assignment which will be reviewed and adjusted on a monthly basis

  2. Maintain the Task Forces, sector-leads and UNHCR staff updated on all the developments;

  3. Liaise and consult with the key VAF members on technical advice and sharing of experience and best practices;

  4. Desk review to assess the potential methods to use for socio-economic stratification of the population into quartiles. This desk review will include current methods employed including the VAF and WB in poverty mapping, proxy means test, principal components analysis, multidimensional poverty analysis;

  5. Undertake all relevant activities to data field collection including:

  6. Facilitate participatory consultations with the refugee community in order to seek their inputs for designing the methodology to measure socioeconomic status of refugee families in the camps;

  7. Based on desk review, identify information gaps, and design the needed research tools (HIES) in close collaboration with UNHCR’s assessment partner, particularly stratification and sampling strategy;

  8. Design a sampling strategy;

  9. Train enumerators;

  10. Program the survey into mobile platform data collection tool;

  11. Develop the model to predict the welfare of families in the camps (subjected to the above point);

  12. Based on the findings, and if a modeling approach is appropriate, identify a set of options for viable proxies for poverty/wealth (e.g. income, expenditure, assets).

  13. Cleaning and Analyzing the data in Stata;

  14. Running agreed upon analysis to test different variables and methods for robustness for poverty assessment;

  15. After review of results and agreement on the methodology, generate a wealth score into four quartiles for each household;

  16. Generate final report and present preliminary findings on overall welfare in the camps;

  17. DURATION AND ASSIGMENT DUTY STATION

The duration of the assignment will be between 88 and 132 work days over 6 months depending on the agreed work plan. The duty stations will be Zaatari and Azraq camps, Jordan. Daily transportation from Amman to the camps will be organized by NRC. The consultant will report administratively to NRC but will be under the direct supervision of UNHCR for the outputs of the consultancy. The Consultant is expected to carry out his/her functions from NRC and UNHCR premises. Office space and equipment will be provided by NRC.

D. REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS, EXPERIENCE AND COMPETENCIES:

All applicants must address each selection criteria detailed below with specific and comprehensive information supporting each item.

Education:

  • Advanced university degree (Masters or PhD) in statistics, economics/econometrics, social science or related area with excellent quantitative research skills.

Experience:

  • Minimum 10 years’ experience in designing and implementing quantitative research projects within humanitarian and/or development contexts;
  • Extensive experience in designing quantitative and econometric tools and conducting analysis;
  • Extensive experience in analyzing large data sets;

· Five years’ experience in applied econometric analysis for poverty assessments and ideally for targeting exercises;

  • Experience leading on data collection for a Randomized Controlled Trial is preferable.

Language requirements:

  • Fluency in written and spoken English. Arabic is an asset.

Competencies:

  • Ability to perform a variety of specialized tasks related to the project;
  • Well-organized and with strong coordination skills;
  • Problem-solving attitude;
  • Focuses on result and responds positively to feedback;
  • Consistently approaches work with a constructive attitude;
  • Delivers quality outputs under pressure;
  • Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities;
  • Shares knowledge and experience.
  • Strong interest and exposure to development and humanitarian issues, especially in the area of poverty assessments.

  • REMUNERATION

The position will be remunerated based on a daily lump-sum. The lump-sum will include all travel to and from home country (if living outside of Jordan), accommodation while in Jordan, equipment, phone calls and any costs associated with undertaking the Scope of Work. Non-resident income tax rate is 10% and is to be deducted from the contract amount and paid by NRC to the tax department. For Jordanian nationals/residents, the tax is 5%. An income tax clause has to be included in the contract with the percentage that will be deducted and paid to the tax department. NRC also provides the consultant with the receipt (proof of payment) within 1 month. Tax at 10% will be deducted from any payment and so should be included in the lump sum. The successful candidate will receive his/her payment following clearance of the pre-agreed milestones.

  1. APPLICATION PROCEDURE

Interested consultants must submit their application through the Webcruiter website by 22nd November 2016.

  • Motivation Letter, setting how specifically how the applicant meets the recruitment criteria and comments in the TOR and key considerations in their approach.
  • A lump-sum daily cost in USD including all costs and 5%/10% tax depending on which is applicable.
  • Completed application form.

How to apply:

https://www.webcruiter.no/WcMain/advertviewpublic.aspx?oppdragsnr=3256769212&company_id=23109900…

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