CfA 65-11/21 - Researcher (Consultant)

 

Call for Applications

 

 

Duty Station: Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Application Deadline: 20 November 2021

Position Title: Researcher  

Contract type/duration: Consultancy Category B

Contract duration: 3 months

Grade: N/A

Starting Date: as soon as possible

Reference Code:

 

A. Context

Established in 1951, IOM is the leading inter-governmental organization in the field of migration and works closely with governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental partners. IOM is dedicated to promoting humane and orderly migration for the benefit of all. It does so by providing services and advice to governments and migrants.

Under the overall guidance of the Regional Programme Manager and direct supervision of the Project Coordinator, the Researcher will produce a report based on a conducted scoping study of the community and youth needs, gender dynamics, social cohesion and environmental issues in target communities under IOM Social Cohesion and Resilience Pillar.

For the purpose of this recruitment, IOM puts a focus on building the capacity of individuals, communities, civil society organizations, and government authorities to respond adequately to the needs of vulnerable population, and to provide tailored services timely. IOM is working with a wide range of governmental and non-governmental partners in different fields including reparations for survivors of torture, assistance to vulnerable migrants; counter trafficking in human beings and counter smuggling of migrants, social cohesion and community resilience. The type of activities to be implemented under this project will include engaging youth in environmentally and socio-economically sustainable initiatives.

 

B. Core Functions/Responsibilities

The Researcher (Consultant) is expected to provide the required technical and managerial leadership to complete the Scoping survey in three targeted communities: Bihać, Brčko and Jablanica. The consultant has the overall responsibility to follow and adhere to the proper technical and ethical standards during all phases of the survey/services delivered.

The main purpose of the survey is to identify and create a specific set of monitoring indicators and interventions related to stakeholders engaged in addressing youth and environmental issues. The survey will generate information and data on:

 

  1. the current capacities and organizational capabilities of the institutions involved in addressing/confronting:
  • youth needs
  • environmental issues
  • gender dynamics and gender‐based social issues broadly within their mandates
  1. the status and general awareness on environmental issues implemented by other organizations,
  2. the specific vulnerabilities of girls, boys, women and men to environmental issues, if there is a link to migration and to explore linkages with gender-based violence.   

 

C. Scope of work

The consultant will be expected to undertake the following tasks:

  1. Where applicable, undertake a desk review of all existing reports and surveys to gain an understanding of the current scope and state of youth and environmental issues and linkages to social cohesion and migration reporting process in the targeted communities, and assess areas where further improvement is needed. Desk reviews should result in a context analysis, with citations and sources following IOM standards;
  2. Develop sampling strategies, data collection techniques, data analysis;
  3. Develop survey design, finalized the questionnaire, translation of the questionnaire, survey protocols (manuals and other documents) and pilot testing of the questionnaire with support of project team and community liaison points (CLPs);
  4. Quantitative data collection and analysis of information from different organizations and institutions working on youth and environmental issues,
  5. Key informant interviews (KIIs), stakeholder consultations and other participatory methods used and analyze data collected;
  6. Focus Group Discussions (FGDs) with relevant stakeholders and non‐government institutions.
  7. Ensure quality of supervision and adherence of survey procedures;

 

D. Expected outputs/deliverables:

Detailed and professional report that addresses both, the overall and specific objectives of the survey, and which includes specific recommendations on issues related to youth and environment, social cohesion, gender and migration.  

The report must be concisely addressing the information outlined above. Documentation will include the following:

  • Work plan and Inception Report (with key parameters and indicators to be considered for the survey including the methodologies for data collection and dissemination).

  • Data collection based on desk research, administrative data, and survey methodology conforming to data protection principles, and that comply with SDGs and gender component. 

  • Present results of the survey and prepare a draft report for project team and stakeholder review clearly identifying information relevant to project objectives; as well as data gaps and areas that may require further assessment.

  • Finalize the draft report with inputs form all stakeholders, including IOM personnel.

  • Submit all the working files and final dataset (in all formats) including the raw data.

  • A comprehensive and well organized Final Report complete with standard reporting formats (main body of the report should be a minimum 30 pages in length, excluding TOC, tables and annexes).

  • An Abridged Report synthesizing the main findings and indicators of the survey (not to exceed 5‐10 pages in length).

  • Case studies with testimony from youth, stakeholders; institutions/local organizations working and/or addressing issues related to youth, ecology, environment and migration management.

  • A set of recommendations on suitable indicators for program monitoring during the implementation of the project and scale up of activities. Recommendations should consider the needs of specific stakeholder groups, and be relevant to the effective impact measurement of programme objectives and outcomes.

 

E. Project Scope and Timeframe

The contract will be awarded for a period of total 30 days, spread over 2 months. Subsequent contract extension for the duration of the programme will be subject to satisfactory completion of tasks, delivery of outputs and endorsement of project team.

 

F. Qualifications and job requirements:

  • Post-graduate university degree or equivalent in research-oriented social science with extensive knowledge of and experience in leading (designing and undertaking) large scale quantitative social/health/economic surveys as well as qualitative research; extensive knowledge and experience with statistical data analysis, and demonstrated competency in using statistical software;
  • Extensive experience in advising academic and government institutions on similar surveys on youth and environment,
  • Proven ability to facilitate workshops and trainings, as well as to lead discussions with researchers and government officials;
  • 2 years of professional experience in gender equality, women’s empowerment and violence against women,
  • Experience in developing, undertaking and managing quantitative research;
  • Strong track record of technical leadership, and proven ability to produce demonstrable results;
  • Strong verbal and written communications skills in English;
  • Demonstrated ability to network with national and local government partners, NGOs and the academic and development community;
  • Familiarity with UN systems and procedures, management and monitoring tools is desirable.

 

G. Work and Payment Schedule with deliverables:

 

Due Date

Activities

End Results/Outputs

29 November 2021

Contract signing

Contract signed and kick-off meeting organized

20 December 2021

Development and finalization of survey design, including sampling framework and survey tools, and submission of necessary approvals;

Inception report containing:

Approved methodology proposal

Approved survey activity plan and timeline

Approved list of contacts to be interview

31 January 2022

Finalize a desk review

Conduct a Key informant interviews with at least 50 stakeholders

Quantitative data collected

Organized three focus groups, one in each community

Collected testimony from youth

Submitted draft report

Case studies with testimony from youth

Presentation on preliminary findings organized for the project team and stakeholders

15 February 2022

Submitted and addressed all the comments collected from the project team and stakeholders

Prepare the Findings presentation

An Abridged Report synthesizing the main findings and indicators of the survey (not to exceed 7‐10 pages in length).

Final Report complete with standard reporting formats (main body of the report should be minimum 20 pages in length, excluding TOC, tables and annexes).

 

 

H. Payment Schedule

 

Due Date

End Results/Outputs

Amount

23 December 2021

Inception report containing:

Approved methodology proposal

Approved survey activity plan and timeline

Approved list of contacts to be interview

30%

04 February 2022

Submitted draft report

Case studies with testimony from youth

Presentation on preliminary findings organized for the project team and stakeholders

50%

21 February 2022

An Abridged Report synthesizing the main findings and indicators of the survey (not to exceed 7‐10 pages in length).

Final Report complete with standard reporting formats (main body of the report should be a minimum 20 pages in length, excluding TOC, tables and annexes).

20%

 

I. Application Procedures

 

Applicants are requested to apply via email sjjproc@iom.int  by 20 November 2021.

 

The consultant is invited to submit application along with a cover page and the technical proposal with the CV for the position. Additionally, application must contain following:

  1. Duly accomplished Letter of Confirmation of Interest and Availability;
  2. Personal CV or IOM CV Form - Personal History Form, indicating all experience from similar projects, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the Candidate and at least two professional references;
  3. Brief description of why the individual considers him/herself as the most suitable for the assignment, and a methodology on how they will approach and complete the assignment.
  4. Financial Proposal that indicates the all-inclusive fixed total contract price, supported by a breakdown of costs based on the deliverables.

 

J. Evaluation Criteria:

 

A two‐stage procedure is utilized in evaluating the proposals, with evaluation of the technical proposal being completed prior to any financial proposal being opened and compared. The financial proposal will be opened only for submission that passed the minimum technical score of 70% of the obtainable score of 100 points in the evaluation of the technical proposal. The technical proposal is evaluated on the basis of its responsiveness to the Term of Reference.

 

In the Second Stage, the financial proposal of all bidders, who have attained minimum 70% score in the technical evaluation, will be compared with total score of 30%. The short‐listed bidding consultant may be asked for a presentation over skype/Teams prior to the final selection. The contract will be awarded to the successful bidder following completion of the entire evaluation process, including negotiation if needed (only in exceptional cases). The successful bidder should sign a contract with the IOM to undertake the assignment.

 

Criteria

Weight

 Score

Max. Point

Technical

  • Academic background (Qualification and years’ experience)
    1. Submit CV (not more than three page with relevant experience)
 

 

 

10

  • Experience in leading (designing and undertaking) large scale quantitative social/health/economic surveys as well as qualitative research;
  • Experience in developing, undertaking and managing quantitative environmental research essential;
  • Strong track record of technical leadership, and proven ability to produce demonstrable results;

 

 

25

  • Methodology and implementation plan
    1. Details and quality (adequacy) of methodology proposed for the assignment
    2. Detailed implementation plan indicating time frame

 

 

25

  • Exposure in working with UN, International Donor and

development agencies

  • Additional resources/logistics which can be made available to conduct the survey

 

 

10

Sub-total A. (Technical)

 

 

70

Technical Score – A

70%

 

70

*Financial Score – B

30%

 

30

Total (A+B) – Combined Score

100%

 

100

 

 

Closing Date: 
Saturday, November 20, 2021
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