Case Study Consultant

Job Title: Case Study Consultant
Duty Station: Yemen
Current Employee    
Salary Level    

BACKGROUND
International Medical Corps is a global humanitarian organization saving and rebuilding lives through health care, training and community development. International Medical Corps works alongside International Medical Corps Worldwide, responding to humanitarian emergencies and communities afflicted by conflict, poverty and natural disaster in more than 20 countries around the world.    

JOB SUMMARY

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Study Rationale and Purpose

The purpose of this study is to generate information and evidence through a case study on the impact of the integration of CMAM households into the livestock distribution and livelihoods activities, and whether this integration has contributed to an improvement in household food security, nutrition and income generation outcomes. Additionally, it is to assess a) the progress made towards project results and whether there were any unintended results, both positive and negative; and b) what can be captured in terms of lessons learned for future livestock-based livelihood activities that are integrated with treatment of malnutrition and preventive nutrition services projects.

Understanding the effects of the integrated livestock and livelihoods intervention on the CMAM intervention in terms of the outcomes of children enrolled in therapeutic feeding programs such as: 1) Reduced rates of relapse; 2) Reduced rates of transfer/deterioration from OTP to SC and TSFP to OTP; 3) Reduced rates of default; and 4) Improved average daily weight gain. As well as, from the integration perspective with nutrition prevention programs, such as: 1) the integrated activities contribute to reduced risk of malnutrition; and 2) the integrated activities contribute to a healthier diet / practice optimum IYCF. 

The study findings will also help to form the cross-sectional snapshot about the population and project status and provide data to inform the implementation of a similar project in the future. Moreover, it will be of great opportunity to identify a number of human-interest stories and develop a body of evidence on Most Significant Change (MSC) as elements of success of the project interventions.

Study Scope and Focus
The focus of the study is primarily to assess the potential sustained impacts of the integration of the livestock program on the CMAM vulnerable households’ food security, nutrition, and livelihoods outcomes and assess quality of interventions to generate forward looking lessons and recommendations that can be applied to strengthening the active program strategy and generally used for planning future programs. 
The main question for this study is: Does the integration of livestock distribution to households with a malnourished child enrolled in the CMAM program positively or negatively affect the household’s long-term ability to support the recovery of the child?

Study Deliverables and Timeframe:

The consultant is obliged to the expected deliverables of this Case Study, which will be:

Phases

Deliverables

Phase 1. Desk Review and Inception

o    Desk review of documents.

o    Finalization of detailed inception report and the study tools.

o    Inception report and tools to be reviewed and approved by IMC Advisory Group before the commencement.

Phase 2. Data Collection

o    Obtain clearance and approvals from all relevant authorities on the study instruments/ tools and field movements.

o    Tailor data collection tools to the different needs and participation of various stakeholders.

o    Pre-test of the study data collection tools.

o    Train enumerators and moderators on the data collection tools.

o    Commence field data collection.

o    Discuss preliminary findings through meetings with IMC Study Advisory Group on daily basis. IMC may extend support in quantitative data analysis which is intended to have timely preliminary findings for discussion

Phase 3. Data Analysis and Reporting

o    Analyze and triangulate all data collected from desk review and fieldwork.

o    Submit the draft report for review and feedback.

o    Address inputs provided. Finalize the final report.

Phase 4. Dissemination and Presentation

o    Dissemination of the final study report findings.

o    Presentation workshop of study findings to IMC program team.

The whole study process from the desk review and inception phase to dissemination and presentation phase is expected to be completed in not more than 30 working days distributed over a maximum of two months of March 2021 and April 2021. A final timeline will be determined jointly by the Study Advisory Group and the consultant. Work progress equivalent to the schedule below is expected. 

Deliverable

Level of Effort

Deadline

Phase 1. Desk Review and Inception

08 Days

March 22nd, 2021

Phase 2. Data Collection

14 Days

April 14th, 2021

Phase 3. Data Analysis and Reporting

06 Days

April 26th, 2021

Phase 4. Dissemination and Presentation

02 Days

April 29th, 2021

Administration Support
International Medical Corps will provide all necessary administration and logistics requirements that will include:

·         Provide project proposal document, data records, reports and relevant organization policies and other internal documentation as appropriate;

·         Provide security briefing and advisory as per IMC SOP;

·         Facilitate meetings with relevant stakeholders, other actors in the humanitarian community;

·         Provide support in locating national team members who can assist in the fieldwork upon request. This support will be provided by MEAL department.

The consultant will remain the sole responsible individual for hiring the study team (e.g. enumerators, moderators, etc.). moreover, the consultant is obliged to secure accessibility and implementation approvals from local authorities in the targeted locations of the study.

Please check below enclosed TOR for your reference.

ACCOUNTABILITY
Reporting to: MEAL Coordinator 
directly supervise    

QUALIFICATIONS
•    Has relevant advanced academic qualification in social science, preferably in a topic related to agriculture, public health/ nutrition, food security, and related fields.
•    Practical experience in project evaluation and evidence-building, covering basic services sectors (e.g. nutrition, livelihoods, food security, etc.).
•    Extensive evaluation expertise and experience, particularly in evaluation of humanitarian assistance and integrated emergency assistances covering basic services sectors (nutrition, and livelihoods).
•    Thorough understanding of different data collection methods (Quantitative, Qualitative, Most Significant Change) and the organization and facilitation of activities such as focus group discussions.
•    Familiarity with humanitarian principles and gender sensitive programming in emergencies.
•    Expertise in any of analytical software packages, including but not limited to STATA and Atlas.ti.
•    Experience in the geographical areas and in Yemen as a whole. 
•    Good communication, advocacy and people skills. Ability to communicate with various stakeholders and express concisely and clearly ideas and concepts in written and oral forms.

“International Medical Corps is proud to provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, disability or status as a veteran.”

How to Apply

Application process

Interested candidates should submit a formal letter of interest which includes:

1.    Technical proposal:  should briefly and clearly describe the following aspects; understanding of the task, technical aspect of the proposal, methodology (strategy, sampling, data collection proposed tools, data processing and analysis, data quality control measures, etc.) and Implementation Work plan timelines.) 
The applicant must adduce a sample of a case study or project evaluation that they documented in similar context with similar sectors and methodologies. The sample should be a short version of 10 pages.
2.    Financial proposal: A full financial proposal should be broken down into modules, detailing the following: consultancy fees, study team fees, questionnaire development cost, data processing and analysis, communication, and reporting costs, presentation workshop cost, and other miscellaneous costs. 
3.    Curriculum vitae (CV): of the consultant applicant and at least three traceable references.

To the email: IMC-YemenHR@internationalmedicalcorps.org

 

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