Terms of Reference
Daring to Shift (D2S) is a project funded by Global Affairs Canada and implemented by Digital Opportunity Trust (DOT) and its local partners. D2S aims to enhance the resilience and economic inclusion of participating unemployed and underemployed youth (between the ages of 18 and 35) and their communities in regions of sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East. The project works to develop and support the leadership and decision-making power of young women to enable them to thrive and take advantage of economic opportunities despite barriers that they face. The project takes an innovative approach to scaling up youth empowerment, leadership, and social entrepreneurship.
DOT has appointed One South (OS) to undertake multi-country needs assessment (NA), gender analysis (GA), and baseline study (BL) for the D2S project. This exercise will cover the 9 project contexts in which DOT will be operating and expanding (Ghana, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Malawi, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia).
To this end, One South through DOT and its partners is seeking the services of Research Managers in countries where DOT is operating and expanding to coordinate data collection activities for the D2S Project.
The assignment places strong emphasis on youth-led processes and engaging youth in the research. Therefore, a young candidate with experience and knowledge of youth-led businesses in the target region is preferred for this position. Previous experience working on issues relating to youth and gender should be highlighted in the application.
Position: Research Manager (Multiple Positions)
Duration: Approximately 2 days pre-training + 8 days data collection and report writing. The exact survey duration and starting date will be
confirmed before contract signing
Location: DOT countries (Ghana, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Malawi, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia)
Reporting to: One South Consultant
Responsible for: Recruitment and supervision of quantitative and qualitative researchers; conducting key informant interviews and qualitative sessions; manage day-to-day in-country data collection logistics, implementing quality assurance and management processes to ensure research closely follows the design
Scope of Work
- Understanding the activities and objectives of the program and the exercise(needs assessment, gender analysis and baseline study)
- Interviewing and scoring a pre-selection and of field workers and support staff expected to perform work associated with the evaluation (mainly Quantitative Enumerators) 3. Assist in the organization of the Enumerator Training Workshop. This includes sourcing a suitable training venue and assisting One South Consultant during training sessions. 4. Conduct qualitative sessions (key informant interviews and other participatory sessions) in line with the research design set out by the One South team that includes:
- Recruiting participants for sessions
- Following research ethics as set out by One South
- Scheduling and coordinating interviews with respondents
- Recording all qualitative sessions and providing audio recordings to the transcription team
- Coordinating transcriber team
- Completing consent and debriefing forms for each qualitative session conducted g. Compiling all transcripts, debriefing forms, and audio files provided for the One South team
- Supporting and coordinating Quantitative Enumerators with data collection exercises by adhering to guidance and quality assurance processes provided by the One South Consultant that include:
- Developing field protocols to enable enumerator teams to sample participants b. Creating a logistical plan that includes a schedule of data collection
- Coordinating enumerator team to complete data entry process using mobile data entry system provided by One South (including spot check, and other baseline quantitative tools)
- Making sure consent is obtained from the participant(s) prior to starting the interview/survey and scheduling interviews in advance via telephone.
- Collecting and recording data as accurately as possible and within the established timeframe (including daily targets)
- Organize and co-facilitate an in-country findings validation workshop
- Completing a context report and reflection exercise following template and guidance provided by One South
- Seeking technical assistance from the One South Consultant where necessary 11. Representing Digital Opportunity Trust, One South, and project partners in a professional and courteous manner at all times.
- Diligently following instructions received from the One South Consultant. 13. Handing in assignments on time and complete, and reporting all problems to the One South Consultant.
- Maintaining your own health and safety.
- Entering all data into the data collection software
- Reporting suspected abuse (physical, sexual or mental harm) to the One South Consultant as soon as possible.
- The deliverables for the post-holder shall be the following:
- Logistical Plan (including schedule and recruitment plan for sessions, schedule of data collection activities)
- Audio recordings, transcripts, and debriefing forms for all sessions specified in sampling design and following target area distribution and sampling requirements
- Cleaned dataset entered into online platform reflecting data checks
- Weekly and Final Field Report following agreed on a template
- Draft context and reflection report following the template provided
The candidate is expected to have the following qualifications and skills:
- Knowledge and experience of youth entrepreneurship and youth-led business climate in target regions (young researcher strongly preferred)
- Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Anthropology, Education, Social Sciences, Economics, Business Administration, Psychology, Development, Humanities, Statistics, or related fields • Experience managing mixed-method data collection exercises, including field team management and implementation of quality control processes.
- Good computer skills – especially the ability to use Microsoft Word and Excel, internet. • Access to a computer – having your own laptop would be an added advantage. • Prior experience using tablets or other electronic devices in data entering. Prior experience using ODK or KoBoToolbox would be an added advantage.
- Very good communication skills in English and local language(s)
- Report writing skills
- Good understanding and skill of properly managing field expenses and coaching of team members.
- A resident of the target area.
To apply for the Research Manager position, please use the following application form: https://ee.humanitarianresponse.info/x/byMGSMN3 by 07 August 2021. In addition, please send a short capability statement to firstname.lastname@example.org regarding your suitability for the Research Manager post.