Research, Statistician, Data Analyst Consultant
- Post Date:October 7, 2021
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- Career Level ConsultantQualification Master’s DegreeExperience 3-5 Years
- Industry Non Governmental
Duty Station: Harare, Zimbabwe
Type of Appointment: Consultancy Contract
Estimated Start Date: As soon as possible
CFA Reference Number: CFA2021/010
Closing Date: 13 October 2021
Zimbabwe currently faces several migration challenges. While characteristics of migration in Zimbabwe often mirror those of the region, Zimbabwe has increasingly become a country-of-origin transit and destination for migrants. Migration patterns have been complex, marked by an increase in informal cross border movement, migration of highly skilled nationals and survival migration of the poor and impoverished. Since March 2020, following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, over 330,000 Zimbabweans have returned to the country signifying a reverse in the predominant trends. Most migrants returned due to the socio-economic impacts of the pandemic and the lack of support of host countries in social services.
Government’s ability to evaluate and improve its mitigation policies and development plans to address these higher numbers of returning migrants are limited, and these limitations are exacerbated by the lack of adequate data and analysis that highlights the factors driving migration as well as the needs of this vulnerable population.
Experiences of forced displacement put significant psychological and social stress on individuals, families, and communities. In addition to having to cope with the socio-economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and psychological aftermath of adverse events, migrants often face important challenges and stressors in transit, including physical protection risks, restricted opportunities for employment and education, racism and xenophobia, and the lack of hope for the future. It is common for migrants and mobile populations to adopt harmful or unhelpful coping strategies. particularly where there are limited, or non-existent, social support structures.
Addressing the vulnerabilities of migrants is not only a question of protection, but also a matter of policy coherence and good migration governance. IOM has been collaborating with the Government of Zimbabwe to strengthen the capacity of front-line workers at Points of Entry (POE), improve border management and ensure the protection and dignity of migrants, but there is still a lot of additional support needed to ensure that migrants have access to basic services upon arrival and support for their reintegration. To ensure the provision of support and basic services there is need for quantitative and qualitative information on the profile of vulnerable migrants returning to the country, that willinform not only initial recovery activities but long-term interventions to address the root causes of migration. The profiling of returnees entails the collection of information from returnees, required for the planning, implementation and monitoring of programmes and policies related to emergencies, early recovery, and development.
Nature of the consultancy.
To develop a Socio-Economic Assessment and profiling of Zimbabwean migrant returnees affected by the COVID-19 pandemic to identify their needs and vulnerabilities and developed an informative report on the reintegration and recovery programming required.
- Develop a Survey/Questionnaire adjusted to the context and the purpose of the exercise to ensure that relevant information is collected at Province/Ward/district and Household (HH) level.
- Design the methodology, including the targeted sample population per province and ensure availability of an adequate database of individuals to be interviewed.
- Conduct inception meetings with relevant authorities.
- Engage and train enumerators supporting the exercise.
- Work in coordination with partner agencies in the data collection process, data cleaning and validation of information.
- Coordinate and supervise data collection, validation, and quality of information.
- Ensure quality data structures for the analysis of data, use of proper statistical analyses, and implementing visualization best practices in created content through the necessary software.
- Translate data into digestible visual infographics, using innovative and cutting-edge tools and formats.
- Design and layout of the final report to meet data analysis needs with the findings of the exercise as a final product of the consultancy.
- Apply IOM’s data protection principles
2. Key Performance indicators (KPIs) for the evaluation of results
- Number of monitoring reports or dashboards built.
- Number of stakeholders meeting coordinated.
- Level of accuracy and reliability of data.
- Production of an efficient, user-friendly data base with the target population, with easy identification of locations.
- Efficient use of resources to conduct the exercise.
- Timelines of the final report (Deliverable).
- Increased quantitative and qualitative data on Migrant returnees.
- Number of Humanitarian/Developing partners making use of the report.
3. Consultancy deliverables.
The consultant will be responsible for providing the following:
- Initial Work Plan/timeline/ methodology and sample/ Development of Questionnaire for the applicable survey
- Progress monitoring report responding to KPIs.
- First Draft of the final report (Socio-economic Survey)
- Final Report – Socio-Economic Survey on Migrant returnees 2021
4. Duration of the assignment.
The consultancy is expected to take place over a period of 2 months after signature of contract.
The Consultant will be required to spend 60 percent of the consultancy time at the project sites in the focus areas of IOM’s work across the country.
As the Client, IOM shall provide necessary support to the Consultant to execute the assignment during the duration of the consultancy. These shall include, but not limited to, access to relevant project documents necessary for execution of the duties under this consultancy.
5. Education, Experience and/or skills required
- Master’s degree in Information Management, Computer Science, Media or Social Sciences or a related field from an accredited academic institution with two years of relevant professional experience; or
- University degree in the above fields with four years of relevant professional experience.
- Experience in Information Management, management and coordination of information flows, data management including collection, storing, processing, and analyzing data to generate information products.
- Demonstrated experience in skillfully identifying, evaluating, and implementing external services and tools to support data validation and cleaning
- Expertise in graphic design software and cutting-edge technologies, preferably InDesign
- Knowledge of infographics programs such as info. Gram, Canva, etc. is an asset.
- Excellent design skills, including typography, layout, color theory, etc.
- In-depth knowledge of the latest technological developments in information technology and information system
- Proven skills to analyse statistical information.
- Ability to formulate IM-related technical requirements and Operating Procedures.
- Ability to translate planning-specifications into technical briefs for data capture and analysis, and vice versa.
- Ability to compile and holistically analyse diverse datasets.
- Experience in handling confidential data.
- Demonstrated team building and information management skills.
- Demonstrated understanding of different data collection methodologies.
- Experience in advanced data visualization and information design skills.
6. Institutional arrangements and schedule of payments.
- The Individual Consultant will work under the close supervision of the IOM Zimbabwe Emergency, Preparedness and Response Unit (PRU) and in collaboration with the DTM team
- Regular meetings (in person or via Skype/ weblink/ Zoom / Teams) between the Consultant and the project team will be facilitated by IOM.
- IOM as the Client shall provide necessary support and approvals to the Consultant.
- All communication with IOM and reporting will be done in English.
Schedule of payment:
The payments will be made upon completion of the following deliverables:
Key Activities/Expected Deliverable %
Initial Work Plan/timeline/ methodology and sample/ Development of Questionnaire for the applicable survey: 10
Progress monitoring report responding to KPIs.: 10
First Draft of the final report (Socio-economic Survey): 40
Final Report – Socio-Economic Survey on Migrant returnees 2021: 40
All payments shall be issued as per the terms and conditions of the Purchase Order (PO) based on the disbursement on satisfactory submission of documents stated above.
8. Application procedure/how to apply.
The prospective consultant should submit a technical proposal with detailed methodology, provisional work plan, and budget proposal of no more than USD 3,000.00 (Three Thousand United States Dollars/ not inclusive of travel fees) no later than Wednesday the 13th of October 2021 to [email protected]. Late submissions will not be considered.
The submission should include the following:
- A technical and financial proposal (Financial proposal should be “all-inclusive” and include a breakdown. The term “all-inclusive” implies that all costs – professional fees, communications, utilities, consumables, field research – that could possibly be incurred by the Contractor are already factored into the financial proposal).
- A cover letters.
- A detailed CV.
- Three references and,
- Examples of two recent consultancy reports produced.
When evaluating the competing applicants, IOM will consider the written qualifications and capability of each candidate based on the information provided by the applicants, and any other information obtained by IOM through its research.
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