Covid-19 Research Consultant

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Covid-19 Research Consultant

  • Post Date:August 4, 2021
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  • Career Level Consultant
    Qualification Degree
    Experience 5-10 Years
  • Industry Non Governmental
Job Description

Caritas Zimbabwe with the support of  funding from Caritas Australia is implementing an 8 months humanitarian response in 5 Catholic Dioceses on a project titled: National Covid 19 Response intervention.Caritas Zimbabwe is looking for a consultant to conduct a research which  seeks to assess   the degree of socio-economic impact of COVID-19 on lives, livelihoods of the ‘’out of reach’’ people particularly women, youth and people living with disabilities in   micro, small to medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) in urban areas. The research is expected to   identify suitable livelihoods projects to address the situation


Caritas Zimbabwe is the official Catholic Agency for humanitarian and development work in Zimbabwe operating under Zimbabwe Catholic Bishops’ Conference (ZCBC). The organization was established in 1972 as a Commission for Social Services and Development (CSSD), and later renamed Catholic Development Commission (CADEC) .The organisation was the church’s   initiative in responding to the emergency that prevailed in the country during the liberation war. Since its formation, the organisation has continued to provide a beacon of hope for millions of the poor -women, men, and children in times of hardship and contributes to the achievement of social justice in relief, recovery and development contexts.

In 2014 the organisation was registered locally  as a Private Voluntary Organisation (PVO 25/2014) in terms of subsection (5) of section 9 of the Private Voluntary Organization Act (17:05). The organisation was rebranded to Caritas Zimbabwe to identify itself with   member organizations of Caritas Internationalis (CI) ( CI is an international

confederation with a network of more than 165 Catholic relief, development, and social service organizations in over 200 countries and territories working to build a better world, especially with and for the poor regardless of their religion, race, gender, or ethnicity


After Novel Corona Virus (COVID-19) was first reported from Wuhan City, Hubei Province of China, on 31 December 2019, the Government of Zimbabwe declared consecutive periods of level 1 to 4 lockdown measures. On the other hand, the government   promoted vaccination as effort to curb spread of the pandemic. The lockdown measures have continued following the recognition of new variants of the corona virus some of which has origins in South Africa and India, these variants appear to be more transmissible and responsible for driving the aggressive second , third and probably fourth waves of infections across the country.

The corona virus pandemic hit Zimbabwe when its economy and livelihoods were already fragile following several socio-economic disruptions in the past decade. The socio-economic implications of the COVID-19 outbreak became apparent soon after the first cases were officially declared.  Businesses and vulnerable population groups have been on the front lines ever since. The impact of the pandemic on lives and livelihoods of the poor particularly woman   youth and people leaving with disabilities has been unprecedented in Zimbabwe’s post emergency period of consecutive droughts and Cyclone. Generally, with individuals, having been subjected to consecutive periods of lock down, businesses in both formal and informal sector is experiencing significant decline in scale, sales and incomes, the plight of the poor escalated, to levels which still has to be established


The research   seeks to assess of the degree of socio-economic impact of COVID-19 on lives, livelihoods of the poor with focus on those living with disabilities, woman and youth in micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) in urban areas and identify suitable livelihoods projects to address the situation


The research should specifically highlight some of the important pre-existing socio-economic factors, and the unfolding economic environment which determine the priorities as well as limitations to livelihoods responses. Recommendations and suggested repositioning of Caritas Zimbabwe should draw emphatically on the findings and observations. A summary of key findings and recommendations should be presented,

The survey should focus among other dimensions on jobs and employment, informal sector, finance and consumption patterns, and social dimensions like education and health. The Research should mostly target the most at-risk population groups, i.e. women and girls, youth (aged under 35),   and people with disabilities

The assessment shall be based on the collection and analysis of primary and secondary data, supported by KII, survey of households (HHs) and the survey of MSMEs in pre-selected economic sectors. A representative sample size for KII, HHs   MSMEs, complemented by in-depth interviews of individuals, KI and HHs, including people living with disabilities, women, girls and youth. The COVID-19 impact Assessment should provide comprehensive and contextually relevant information about the impact of COVID-19 on people’s livelihoods, and adds value to ongoing discussion between the various socio-pastoral arms of the church and Caritas Zimbabwe on how to conduct a coordinated livelihoods response.

The research should draw socio-economic background and fundamental situation analysis, as well as unfolding situation and measures, which will help Caritas Zimbabwe, the church in general and policy makers to provide a set of plausible and realistic livelihoods projects recommendations to respond to   Covid 19 pandemic


Consultant should have the following experience and abilities:

  • At least 5 years’ research experience in Zimbabwe, with specific experience in working with NGOs/FBOs
  • Experience of carrying out research projects
    • Ability to work independently and at a distance
    • Experience of planning field visits and working closely with project partners
    • Good writing skills
  • Fluency in English, Shona and Ndebele desirable
  • Minimum of 5-10 years of experience in qualitative and quantitative research
  • Good knowledge of Zimbabwe’s socio economic situation
  • Knowledge of Needs assessment will be an added advantage


Interested bidders are invited to forward their Expression of Interest (EOI) and Proposals by email, which should provide financial requirements and full description of the   survey methodology, analytical context of both primary and secondary data.

The EOI will detail the Consultant’s understanding of the Scope of Work, and methodological approach. It will also detail work-plan, including dates/period for when specific tasks will be done. The EOI should also include a detailed budget   The EOI must not exceed 4 pages. Include:

  • Cover letter summarizing the applicant’s skills and past experience relevant to conducting the outlined SOW;
  • Detailed CV(s)/resume(s), with names of three referees and their contact details (email and phone);


The National Coordinator
Email Address: [email protected]

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Closing Date: 15 August 2021