Qualitative Data Collection and Analysis Consultant

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  • Posted on 3 September 2020
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Job Description

Assignment Title: Qualitative Data Collection and Analysis Consultant

Department/Location: Nigeria

Technical Point of Contact: Project Director

Type: Consultant

Classification: Consultancy

Overview:

IBTCI is seeking a Nigerian Qualitative Data Collection and Analysis Consultant to participate in the final evaluation of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Girls Education Programme (GEP3) in Northern Nigeria. The evaluation will help UNICEF, Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Education, state Ministries of Education, and other stakeholders to determine the relative effectiveness of a range of interventions intended to strengthen access to and the quality of basic education of children, particularly girls, in marginalized communities in six states of Northern Nigeria. Key foci include improving enrollment by girls and keeping them in school as they acquire skills in life and in livelihoods. GEP began in 2012 and expanded to six states: Bauchi, Katsina, Niger, Sokoto, Zamfara and Kano. The evaluation will also include a seventh state, to be determined, as a control. It will feature a number of quantitative and qualitative approaches to collecting data. Overall, it is expected to last from October 2020 through June 2021, with most of the data collection and preliminary data analysis taking place between October 2020 and February 2021. We anticipate a six-person team combining Nigerian and international specialists plus data collection and support staff. This position is contingent upon award.

Using your background and subject matter skills, perform the following tasks on specific task orders and/or contracts. Tasks could include, but not be limited to:

Scope of Work:

  • Under the guidance of the Team Leader, collaborate with other team members in refining and conducting the evaluation.
  • Working in collaboration with other team members, provide guidance and support in the identification, design, refinement, and implementation of qualiitative studies, surveys, analyses, and the like, including identification of the most appropriate potential approaches to addressing particular issues
  • Providing guidance in making use of data collected and/or provided by other entities
  • Design the sampling frame and draw the sample for qualitative surveys
  • Provide input on training materials for qualitative survey enumerators and observe training sessions
  • Provide quality assurance for the data collection; including reviewing data cleaning and syntax along with conducting spot checks of survey data
  • Analyze all qualiitative data and prepare findings, including calculating indexes and developing any useful charts and graphs
  • In collaboration with the Quantitative Data Specialist, providing direction and guidance to any organization contracted to conduct field data collections and analyses, including but not limited to surveys, interviews, observations, M&E datasets, and the like.
  • Design the sampling frame and draw the sample for the quantitative survey
  • Provide input on training materials for quantitative survey enumerators and observe training sessions
  • Provide quality assurance for the data collection; including reviewing data cleaning and syntax along with conducting spot checks of survey data
  • Analyze all qualitative data and prepare findings, including calculating indexes and developing any useful charts and graphs
  • Prepare, refine, and deliver reports and presentations
  • Carry out other assignments and activities as directed by the Team Leader

Serve in the above consultant capacity to support the IBTCI technical practices of Crisis, Conflict & Governance, Agriculture & Food Security & Economic, Education & Growth and Global Health and/or Business Development divisions.

  • This position does not authorize/require the consultant to directly communicate with IBTCI clients.
  • This position does not authorize/require the consultant to have decision making authority on final work product.

Minimum Requirements:

    • At least 8 years of experience designing, conducting, and implementing qualitative studies in developing countries, including participation in evaluations and/or assessments
    • Extensive experience with a diverse range of qualitative inquiry and analysis
    • Extensive experience designing and conducting qualitative studies and integrating qualitative findings with quantitative survey data
    • Expertise in analyzing approaches intended to improve access to education for highly disadvantaged children, especially girls, and to improve learning, including design of appropriate instruments.
    • Strong communication and interpersonal skills required
    • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English required

Education: Advanced University degree (Master or PhD) is desirable or long years of experience in relevant work.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Demonstrated ability in effectively assessing educational programs and needs of youth, in particular, children
  • Experience in using non-traditional and innovative evaluation methods including child friendly and remote data collection methods
  • Knowledge of UNICEF programming strategies, field work, procedures and organizational culture
  • Carries out responsibilities in a timely and pro-active way
  • Strong knowledge of qualitative and quantitative evaluation approaches
  • Demonstrated professional knowledge of data processing software, such as SPSS
  • Works effectively with stakeholders in order to achieve common goals
  • Knowledge of additional sectors involved in Education Programming
  • Ability to assess programs in terms of what worked, what did not work and why
  • Solid knowledge and experience in Evaluation

Supervisory Responsibilities: This position does not have supervisory responsibilities.

Travel: Travel within Nigeria will be required.

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

About the Organization

International Business & Technical Consultants, Inc. (IBTCI), a U.S. based international development consulting company established in 1987, has worked in over one hundred countries and implemented over three hundred projects. IBTCI serves government agencies, private sector companies and several donor agencies. IBTCI specializes in Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) across many sectors including, but not limited to, conflict and crisis, democracy and governance, economic growth, education, environment, and global health.

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