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  • Consultancy - Household Economic Analysis at Plan International

  • Posted on: 6 December, 2018 Deadline: 17 December, 2018
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  • Plan International is an independent development and humanitarian non-profit organization that advances children’s rights and equality for girls. We support children’s rights from birth until they reach adulthood, and enable children to prepare for – and respond to – crises and adversity. We believe in the power and potential of every child, but know this is often suppressed by poverty, violence, exclusion and discrimination.

    Working together with children, young people, supporters and partners, we strive for a just world, tackling the root causes of the challenges girls and vulnerable children face. We have been building powerful partnerships for children for over 80 years and are now active in more than 70 countries, driving changes in practice and policy at local, national and global levels using our reach, experience and knowledge. Plan International is registered in Nigeria with the Corporate Affairs Commission.

    In North East Nigeria, Plan Nigeria works with communities, civil society organizations, development partners, government at all levels and the private sector in education; improve community health services, youth and citizens’ participation in governance and creating economic opportunities and livelihoods for the poor, building resilient communities through our emergency and humanitarian response.

    Consultancy - Household Economic Analysis

     

    Consultancy Assignment:
    Location MICHIKA and ASKIRA UBA
    Length of Assignment 26 working days
    Dates of Assignment 7 th January, 2019 to 11 th February, 2019
    Reporting to M&E Coordinator, Plan International Nigeria Head of

    Programmes and Business Development

    • Key Working Contacts Livelihood specialist, and Project Coordinator
    • Project BMZ PROJECT
    • Responsible Persons for TOR Plan International Nigeria- Monitoring & Evaluation Manager
    • Purpose/Objectives of the Consultancy:
    • To conduct a Household Economic Analysis for possible cash-based interventions to improve livelihoods under the project: “Reconstruction project for the improvement of basic and social services as well as
    • livelihoods of conflict-affected populations in Borno and Adamawa states in Nigeria”.

    Scope of work:
    The scope of work for the Household Economic Analysis are:

    • Ascertain the percentage and extent of vulnerable households affected by the conflict.
    • Report on specific gender strategies and livelihood activities involving women and youth-led households in accordance with the Do No Harm principles.
    • Conduct an analysis of the Minimum Expenditure Basket (MEB) of households based on the current report of the Working Group on Cash in the Northeast of Nigeria and use it to categorize vulnerability and
    • Use the joint Cash Feasibility Study conducted by Plan International and other stakeholders in Askira Uba, Michika and Magadali to discuss the use of relevant cash transfer modalities for the implementation
    • of a gender-sensitive livelihood program in project communities.
    • Conduct household surveys using already trained enumerators in the communities.
    • Upon completion of the survey, present a preliminary report
    • Organize a learning workshop with community stakeholders, Local Government Areas (LGAs) and state representatives to provide recommendations and activities for the intervention.
    • Support the project team, on the basis of the analysis report, to select 2,000 vulnerable households led by women and adolescents as beneficiaries.

     

    Survey methodology:
    A qualitative and quantitative survey will be conducted using appropriate methodological study design in targeted local government area of Borno and Adamawa state of North East Nigeria. The consultant will
    develop appropriate data collection tools with appropriate study design, sample size determination and sampling technique and gender transformative approach. The consultant will submit a draft methodology
    to Plan international for approval.

    The methodology will include but not limited to:

    • Review of documents
    • Focus group discussions
    • Key stakeholder interviews
    • Programme staff interviews
    • Literature review
    • Analysis of existing data

    Key Activities:
    The consultant(s) activities, outputs and working conditions are outlined below.
    Overall Responsibilities: The consultant will lead and coordinate the overall survey process.

    Specifically, the consultant will undertake the following:

    • Prepare technical proposal with work schedule and a separate financial proposal and submit to Plan International Nigeria for review not later than the date specified in the announcement.
    • Hold preliminary discussions with, Emergency Response manager, CO M&E manager and project coordinator and with key stakeholders.
    • Design appropriate data collection tools/procedure with appropriate study design, sample size determination, sampling technique and gender transformative approach (to be discussed and
    • agreed with Plan International team prior to the commencement of the actual survey).
    • Develop and translate data collection tool to the local language (Hausa and other Language)
    • Develop appropriate training and field manual with local language to guide data collection process.
    • Recruit and manage experienced and professional data collectors/interviewers and supervisors/team-leaders
    • Design and manage training for supervisors and interviewer’s/data collectors.
    • Oversee the data collection process to include: survey pre-test/Pilot test; and ensure effective management of data collection teams by supervisors.
    • Collected data will be entered and cleaned and analyze applying using EPi info version 7 and SPSS software and submit the softcopy of the data file with findings.
    • Produce draft report on findings (per required format and data request).
    • Incorporate comments from the project team into draft report and produce final report.
    • De-brief the project team and other Plan International employees both at field and country office (after initial field trip and upon submission of report).
    • Coordinate with the emergency unit to disseminate study findings to respondents and other stakeholders.
    • Prepare and submit electronic copy of the raw data and final report, and two hard copies of the final report within the specified time of agreement.
    • Produce final report and make relevant amendments/enrichment based on the draft report comments.

    Outputs/Deliverables:
    The consultant should submit schedule as per the following outline or with own expertise

    S/n Deliverables

    • Final proposal
    • Survey tools and discussion guides
    • Training and field manuals
    • Database template for data entry submitted before data entry (for review by Livelihood specialist and M &E manager)
    • Cleaned database with descriptive statistics and analysis (2 hard and soft copies)
    • 1 st draft of report (2 hard and soft copies)
    • Final survey report (3 hard and soft copies with RW-W CD)

    Duration of Consultancy:
    The consultancy work is expected to commenced 7 th January, 2019 to end 11 th February, 2019. The consultant, however, is required to submit the detail schedule attached with the technical proposal.

    Plan International’s Responsibilities
    The Emergency Response Manager and livelihood Specialist will facilitate the following responsibilities
    by:

    • Providing consultants with literature review materials and other necessary documentations.
    • Linking consultants to relevant stakeholders, especially in Maiduguri.
    • Ensuring effective coordination of the study logistics to facilitate the consultant(s) in undertaking the assignment.
    • Consolidating Plan International’s comments for incorporation by the consultants.
    • The BMZ project coordinator and M &E officer based at Mubi field office will provide support for field data collection by:
    • Coordinating with the consultant to ensure the quality implementation of the study on ground
    • (e.g. training and supervision of interviewers)
    • Ensuring field survey logistics are on track e.g. providing accurate and comprehensive beneficiary information to inform the sampling, mobilizing/informing beneficiaries/local
    • authorities about survey.
    • Providing additional information on ground.

    Ownership of Research Data/Findings
    All data collected for this study shall remain the property of Plan International Nigeria. Any work produced resulting from this study must cite Plan International Nigeria and BMZ as a primary or
    contributing author.
    Reporting:

    The general report outline, if necessary can be provided during commenting the draft report however; at minimum it should include the following:
    Executive summary
    Introduction section (background information about the project target area, project itself, etc.),

    Literature review

    • Objectives for and intended use of the evaluation
    • Survey methodology and limitation of the study,
    • Description of the programme/project work evaluated
    • Results
    • Conclusion and recommendations
    • Names and detail contact information of those conducting the survey.
    • Annexes
    • The following disclaimer should be included in the report.
    • “This document has been produced with the financial assistance of German Federal Ministry for Economic
    • Cooperation and Development (BMZ), The views expressed herein should not be taken, in any way, to reflect the official opinion of BMZ.”

    Time frame
    The consultant is expected to strictly follow the following schedule:

    • S.N Activity Date
    • Survey Proposal finalization
    • Study tool development
    • Travel to survey area
    • Training for data collectors and pilot test
    • Field data collection
    • Draft preliminary and Raw data report
    • Final report

    Selection criteria for consultant

    • Advanced experience in evaluating gender equality, youth development and or youth focused projects, preferably in the field of youth life skills and development programmes. This includes
    • previous experience conducting Focus Group Discussions and Interviews.
    • Ability to conduct meetings with senior persons at government, Bi-lateral and NGO level
    • Ability to work on own initiative and to meet deadlines
    • Attention to produce and present high quality accurate presentations/reports
    • Ability and willingness to travel to deep field location
    • Excellent command of written and spoken English

    Desirable

    • Good skills in documentation and reporting
    • Familiarity with youth unemployment issues in Adamawa and Borno States
    • Experience/understanding of Child Rights Programming and development

    Method of Application

    Procedure for recruitment of consultant

    The potential consultant should:

    • Provide curriculum vitae detailing knowledge/experience in the above areas.
    • Provide a report showing work on similar previous assignments.
    • An outline of how he/she intends to go about the consultancy.
    • Propose an expected consultancy fee.
    • Possible dates he/she will be available to commence the consultancy.
    • Provide name of two references that can attest to the consultant capability to conduct the consultancy.
    • A team from Plan International Nigeria will score the documentations provided by the potential consultant
    • based on their technical “know how” and expected fee on the basis of 75% and 25% respectively.

    Complete applications should be submitted electronically to: Nigeria.Consultant@Plan-International.org
    stating TOR topic in the subject of the email

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