Organization: Norwegian People’s Aid
Closing date: 22 Nov 2016
Terms of Reference – Statistical Research Consultant for the Norwegian People’s Aid Development Programme (Syria)
Norwegian People’s Aid (NPA) is a politically independent membership-based organisation working in Norway and in more than 30 countries around the world. Founded in 1939 as the labour movement’s humanitarian solidarity organisation, NPA aims to improve people’s living conditions and to create societies that are more just and more democratic.
NPA’s work is organised into four main activities: Long-term development cooperation (including humanitarian assistance in times of crisis), mine and explosive clearance, first aid and rescue services, and refugee, asylum and integration work in Norway. NPA adopts a partnership approach to long-term development work (including humanitarian assistance) and commits to support the capacity development of partners in the process of undertaking the work.
Since 2013 NPA has been responding to the crisis in Syria. From 2015 NP has been piloting a development project utilising public opinion poll surveys and focus group discussions. This project is implemented through a partnership framework. The management of partners is undertaken from neighbouring countries and the development and application of rigorous remote monitoring mechanisms is critical. The rapidly changing context in northern Syria means that programming has to be flexible and responsive, without sacrificing quality and accountability.
NPA is seeking to commission an external consultant to take role as a short-term Statistic Research Consultant for a pilot project.
2. Purpose and scope of the work
The purpose of consultancy is to build capacity of NPA staff and partners, as well to support and ensure the quality of the project implementation.
The consultant will:
· Provide capacity building (training, mentor/coaching) for staff and partners who are engaged in the project on survey design, analysis and reporting;
· Assess and assist partner data collection process and data analysis, in terms of the following criteria: accuracy, sampling appropriateness and proportion, relevance of results;
· By the end of each month, based on data collected by partners and inputted by NPA staff, provide a statistical report for the on-going project data collection, and aggregated reports as required;
· Set and provide GIS mapping information from data collected by partners;
· Assist in other analysis and reporting as required.
a) Work Plan: This document will operationalize and direct the consultant services. It will describe how the service will be executed, thus refining and elaborating upon the terms of reference; it will be approved by NPA senior management and act as an agreement between parties for how the consultancy will be conducted. The work plan will include the following elements:
Level of expectations for quality services
Roles and responsibilities
Capacity Building methodology
Information collection and analysis methods from partners
Day by day work plan and time-frame for deliverables
b) Analysis and Reporting: The consultant will:
Review survey instruments
Develop an appropriate database
Design and apply an appropriate analysis methodology to the data set(s)
Provide a monthly and aggregated reports based on the database and results framework/indicators for the project
c) Capacity building plan for staff and partner on statistical data for monitoring and evaluation: The consultant will:
Assess the capacities of NPA staff and partners
Develop capacity development benchmarks
Design and deliver a systematic programme of capacity building for NPA staff and partners
4. Time Frame and deadlines
The evaluation is expected to take a total of 12 weeks spread over 6 months.
The work is expected to commence from the 1st December 2016.
5. Qualifications, skills and experience
Strong statistic background education and high level experience, particularly with statistical programs (i.e. SPSS, SAS, Minitab)
Relevant university degree (Masters preferred) in a field such as development studies, economics, marketing, and a minimum of 5 years progressively responsible experience in Monitoring and Evaluation, or Research and Data Management.
Proven knowledge of the range of applicable qualitative and quantitative research methods to project monitoring and evaluation, market research and opinion polls.
Ability to synthesise complex information and present it in simple language.
Excellent written and verbal English and Arabic language skills.
Knowledge and experience of the Syria crisis essential, and experience with remote management modalities preferred.
Experience working in a multi-cultural and/or international work environment.
Ability to work independently and take initiative; a high level of commitment to delivering quality results in a timely manner.
Strong ICT and GIS mapping skills preferred.
Due to the dynamic situation in which NPA and its partners operate, as well as the potentially life threatening nature of the issues involved, it is essential that the consultant adhere to strict ethical and security guidelines. Consultants have to demonstrate they are keenly aware of particular ethical and security issues that arise from working in this specific environment, including protection of local communities and the need for vigilant data handling and management.
7. Management of the consultant
The Consultant will be directly managed by the Development Programme Manager or delegated staff, with support from the Head of Development Programmes and Country Director.
How to apply:
8. How To Apply
Proposals must include:
A cover letter of no more than 2 pages providing an introduction to the consultant, their relevant experience with reference to the Terms of Reference, and examples of previous work and their availability for the assignment.
A brief proposal of no more than 3 pages outlining the consultants’ understanding of the task and suggested methodologies with explanation and justification.
A 1-page budget, inclusive of fees and all anticipated costs.
A detailed CV, including relevant contactable references.
Shortlisted candidates will be invited for a skype/phone interview during the week beginning the 22nd November 2016.
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