Leading the Consortium for Sustainable Alternatives and Voice for Equitable Development (CO-SAVED), Aide et Action is seeking a consultant to carry out baseline study research in selected fisheries communes in 10 districts across Kampot, Kep, Koh Kong, Preah Sihanouk provinces, Cambodia. Survey respondents are expected to be fisherfolk, children, local authorities, civil society organisations, education actors, private sector representatives and social enterprise actors.
In partnership with the European Union, CO-SAVED is a four-year consortium project comprising over 40 nongovernmental organisations, civil society organisations, local government and authorities, social enterprises, and private sector businesses. Founded on an innovative model of sustainable growth and development through cross-sector collaboration, CO-SAVED seeks to drive progress toward the sustainable development goals in Cambodia.
Targeting Kampot, Kep, Koh Kong, Preah Sihanouk provinces, the overall objective of the project is for communities to become more resilient through sustainable local economic development, enhanced service delivery and green growth, all of which contributes to reducing poverty and inequality.
The objective of the baseline study:
Our objective is to establish initial baseline indicator values against which our project performance and impact can be measured.
With specific objectives, type of indicators to be included and measured in addition to background variables are:
- Percentage of community members living below the poverty line.
- Employment opportunities and awareness of public services related to doing business and the perception of quality of such services.
- Perception of and access to WASH facilities in schools and public spaces.
- Community and school WASH practices.
- Awareness of LA’s initiatives targeting Local Economic Development (LED).
- Awareness of the benefits of education, the importance of environmentally friendly development (green growth) and risk associated with climate change.
- Prevalence of out of school children per household, characteristics of OOSC, and their barriers in access to relevant and quality education.
- Parent’s level of engagement with regard to their children’s education.
- Ease of doing business in the community.
In addition, the study should capture information that supports analysis of cross-cutting issues as indicated in project documents, i.e., working with vulnerable groups (children with disabilities, minorities, youth), and gender equality.
Scope of the work and timeframe
The assignment is expected to begin in June 2021, and be completed within 6-8 weeks after the contract is signed by both parties.
In close collaboration with the Aide et Action team and consortium members, the firm will carry out the following tasks:
- Develop a detailed work plan and timeline of the baseline survey, and share with Aide et Action;
- Assist with the baseline survey framework and finalize the methodologies based on the proposal submitted (i.e. formulate clear survey objectives, sampling frame and sample size, data collection tools and methods);
- Write an inception report including a detailed work plan outlining survey methodology, scope, sample strategy, analytical plan, respondent selection procedure, quality control procedures (including strategies to avoid bias at all levels of the research process, with special focus on the researcher bias and the acquiescence bias).
- Conduct KIIs to provide context and as input to survey instrument design.
- Finalize the various questionnaires with the support of Aide et Action team;
- Translate questionnaires into Khmer and script for data capture software;
- Provide appropriate training for a team of experienced enumerators;
- Pilot test (minimum two interviews per target group by each enumerator. Analysis of the pilot test result is expected to identify and deal with potential issues);
- Ensure quality of data collection in the field (dealing with consent for recording purposes);
- Clean data and prepare analysis using SPSS or similar software;
- Produce the draft report of the baseline survey;
- Present preliminary findings and analysis during a workshop with Aide et Action, partners and relevant stakeholders;
- Submit the final baseline survey report (maximum 35 pages excluding annexes, and other relevant documents such as raw data).
The consultant/consulting firm is expected to work in close collaboration with the Aide et Action Monitoring, Evaluation, Learning, and Innovation Team to finalize work plans and the design of the detailed methodologies below as required:
- Desk review: a review of project documents and other publications relevant to the project scope.
- Collection of secondary data: Comparable and available secondary data should be collected.
- Focus Group Discussion and Key Informant Interviews: To provide context and as inputs to the design of the survey instrument, it will be necessary to talk to key informants and groups. These should represent Fisherfolk, Local Authorities, CSOs, Education Actors, Entrepreneurs, and MSMESas well as CO-SAVED implementing partners.
- Collection of primary data for household survey: The primary objective will be met by carrying out a household survey in target areas. The data collection method should be face to face using CAPI/TAPI to enable geographical tracking of interviews as well as other measures of quality control made possible by digital technology. Length of Interview (LOI) should not exceed 45 minutes to avoid problems associated with subject fatigue. All respondents should be asked about their willingness to participate in further interviews relevant to the project.
For the household survey, with a population approximately 10,000 households a sample size of 370 households (minimum) will yield an error margin of ±5%. This assumes a 95% level of confidence. And interviewing will be conducted with the head of household and respective children attended preschool, primary and lower secondary education in each household.
Targeting 47 communes in 10 districts this methodology assumes a homogenous population and will allow acceptable analysis on the total base. At district and commune level comparisons should in most cases be able to indicate differences.
Note: Quality will be the responsibility of the consultant/consulting firm. In case quality is compromised interviews relevant to the issue must be replaced. With the right effort, most issues can/should be identified early in the interviewing process, consequently a strategy to ensure this is expected.
Strict compliance with COVID19 regulations is a requirement as well as following the EU standard for conducting surveys in general populations.
Qualifications and experience
The consultant should have expertise in carrying out baseline surveys. The consultant(s) should have good experience with participatory research methods and tools. They should have competency in managing and organizing and interpreting quantitative and qualitative data and information.
The consultant(s) should have the following academic qualification and experience:
- Team leaders should have a minimum Master’s Degree in social studies or any other developmental field with minimum 10 years’ experience in undertaking similar types of studies.
- Team members should have relevant experiences in their respective areas with 5-year experiences including field level data collection and qualitative research in similar types of studies.
- Comprehensive understanding of the tools development and draw the information from the baseline data and analytical report writing skills.
- Strong capability and skills of key staff involved in managing fieldwork to ensure quality of collected data, and in respect of research ethics, norms and standards (i.e., respondents’ consensus, confidentiality of the identity… etc.
- Good track record in delivering the results of the assignment in a timely manner.
- Good track record on respecting child rights, human rights, women, and diversity during the research process.
- Be flexible and responsive to changes as part of the reviewed assessment and feedback process.
- Be able to effectively communicate in person, as well as in groups with a wide range of stakeholders including senior government officials, European Union, and other donors, civil society and local governments.
- Demonstrated excellent writing and communications skills in English and Khmer
Application process and timeline
Aide et Action invites interested individuals and firms to download the full Terms Of Reference and review them carefully before submitting the following application documents:
- Expression of interest outlining how the consultant(s) meets the selection criteria and their understanding of the ToR and methodology
- CV of the consultant(s) who will undertake the evaluation
- One recent example of a similar evaluation report written by the applicant
- Both the “Technical” and “Financial” Proposal. For the technical proposal, please indicate any assistance you may need from Aide et Action and the consortium partners.
The deadline to submit a proposal is by 5.00 pm (Cambodia time) May 31, 2021. Please send the proposals and attachments by email to AEA: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Questions can be directed to Ms. Sophearith Chhy by email: email@example.com.