Consultant Baseline Survey and Randomized Control Trail (RCT): Community Initiatives to Promote Peace Nigeria
Mercy Corps
Abuja, Nigeria
4d ago
source : Devex

Job Description

Project Location : North West and North Central Nigeria (Kano, Kaduna and Katsina, and Plateau, Kogi and Benue States.

Background :

Since the late 1990s, Mercy Corps has managed over 100 peacebuilding and conflict management projects in over 30 countries and regions, making Mercy Corps a true leader in the field.

We currently implement 34 peacebuilding programs in some of the world’s toughest places The Community Initiatives to Promote Peace (CIPP) is a 60-

month Cooperative Agreement with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). It is implemented by Mercy Corps, in partnership with Pastoral Resolve PARE, Interfaith Mediation Centre IMC, Savannah Centre for Diplomacy Democracy and Development-

SCDDD, and African Radio Drama Association ARDA CIPP aims to : Promote peaceful coexistence and collaboration in Nigeria by mitigating violent conflict in at-

risk communities in six states of Nigeria’s North West (Kaduna, Kano, and Katsina States) and North Central (Kogi, Benue and Plateau States) through an integrated, multifaceted program that (1) empowers communities to prevent and respond to violence and violent extremism by strengthening key skills and relationships, and (2) fosters an enabling environment for peace through policy advocacy, media outreach, and linkages to development programs.

Mercy Corps is looking for a consultant to design and implement the baseline survey (in Six states) for this program and an RCT on the mediation component in three states.

The person will utilize and build on tools and approaches developed by Mercy Corps through its rich history of rigorous, thoughtful analysis.

The person will adopt cutting-edge survey and research techniques such as endorsement and list experiments among others to get at sensitive issues that make data collection on peacebuilding programs challenging, and any other sets of applicable data collection tools to assess violent extremism vulnerability and resilience at the community level.

Purpose / Project Description :

The Consultant (who will be a co-PI on the research) will work on two specific aspects of this project : 1) the CIPP baseline data analysis and report and 2) an RCT on the mediation component in Plateau, Benue and Kogi states.

Under this specific SoW, the Consultant will contribute to the research design (including methodology and sampling), monitor the randomization, analyze and write reports, and collect social network data.

The baseline study will focus on the collection of data / information for a set of performance indicators outlined in the program results framework.

The baseline survey will form the basis for the impact evaluation other than setting the baseline and targets for possible revision of program indicators.

The Consultant will work closely with Mercy Corps staff on the baseline and RCT in the Middle Belt. The Consultant will have responsibility for ensuring quality of the data.

The Consultant will be responsible for co-leading the RCT, writing the baseline report and working closely with the PIs, the Chief of Party, M&E Manager, and CIPP program staff and enumerators.

The Consultant will have oversight on all content related issues on the research, and work with relevant staff.

Consultant Activities : The Consultant will :

The Consultant will :

  • Support the research design, including randomization methodology and sampling
  • Input into survey modules for community members, leaders and disputants
  • Developing the pre-analysis plan and writing code
  • Remotely monitor data collection to ensure high quality of data (i.e., data quality checks)
  • Analyze baseline data and draft report
  • Work with CIPP team to collect data on leaders and disputants, including social network data
  • Work with the CIPP team and PI on scheduling of activities to ensure validity of the randomization
  • Manage endline data collection of the RCT, including refresher with enumerators and data quality checks
  • Analyze RCT endline data
  • Work with co-PI on drafting report
  • Consultant Deliverables :

    The Consultant will develop the following deliverables :

  • Draft report of the baseline study submitted to Mercy Corps within an agreed timeline between Mercy Corps and the Consultant (soft-copy)
  • A presentation of the key findings and recommendations to Mercy Corps and other stakeholders in Abuja (this is optional depending on if the consultant chooses to remain in country during report write up, however, consultants able to complete this deliverable will be preferred.
  • Either way, an online presentation will be required to be made to MC).

  • Power calculations and sampling
  • Pairwise randomization
  • Input on surveys for communities
  • Final baseline report submitted to Mercy Corps
  • Timeframe / Schedule :

    It is expected that the work will be performed over the course of one year, with concentrated work in September-October 2019 and July-

    August 2020, with periodic field work throughout. A final timeline will be developed in consultation with Mercy Corps at the beginning of the consultancy to establish deadlines for submission of deliverables.

    The required inputs for the year will be approximately 4 months.

    Consultant Background :

  • 5-10 years of experience in a relevant technical field
  • M.A. in peace studies, political science, psychology or relevant social science;
  • Proficiency in R, or Stata;
  • Experience conducting field research in developing countries, or equivalent professional experience working in developing countries;
  • Willingness to be located in Nigeria for a minimum of Four months during the data collection and analysis
  • Willingness to work in a context with higher than normal risks.
  • Desired :

  • Experience living, working, and / or conducting research in a conflict-affected or post-conflict context in sub-Saharan Africa;
  • Experience working on large-scale experimental or surveys in transitional environments;
  • Lived in a transitional environment for a substantial period of time;
  • experience in experimental design, statistics, survey research, or computer science.
  • The Consultant will report to :

    The Chief of Party Community Initiatives to promote Peace.

    The Consultant will work closely with :

    Mercy Corps’ Director of Evidence and Influence, Mercy Corps Nigeria’s M&E Manager, The CIPP DCOP, National Implementing partners as well as community representatives and beneficiaries.

    Fostering a diverse and open workplace is an important part of Mercy Corps’ vision. Mercy Corps is an Equal Opportunity Employer regardless of background.

    We are committed to creating an inclusive environment.

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