Tuesday, June 28, 2016

CRS/Indonesia is currently hiring for SenseMaker Data Collection Consultant

Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is a US – based voluntary organization working in more than 80 countries around the world to assist people victims of disasters, people in need and the disadvantaged regardless of race, belief or nationality. CRS has been operating in Indonesia since 1957 under the Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Social Affairs with programs primarily in the areas of community development, humanitarian assistance, Disaster management and Emergency Response. 
CRS/Indonesia is currently hiring for SenseMaker Data Collection Consultant for PAR – TaMPIk Project to support Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Indonesia and partners, Socio–Economic Development Commission of the Diocese of Atambua (PPSE-KA) and Yayasan Mitra Tani Mandiri (YMTM) at Atambua with baseline data collection for the PAR – TaMPIk project using the SenseMaker methodology.


Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Indonesia, in partnership with PPSE – KA and YMTM, has implemented Sustainable Agriculture for Enhanced Resilience (SAfER) project in Belu District, West Timor, from October 2013 through June 2016. This project was designed to address the core problem of low food production as a result of the erratic rainfall that affected food security at farming family level. The SAfER project has successfully reached more than 1,800 farmers and increased community’s capacities to perform appropriate farming technologies and soil water conservation techniques and practices that have resulted in improved production of corn, vegetables, and beans.  The improved production has enabled the farmers to sell their products for cash income to enhance their food security. Farmer groups have been strengthened through intensive accompaniment and practices with field officers and cadres, and they have now worked in group, which made the farming activity such as land preparation, planting and harvesting more efficient. Stronger farmer groups were one of the key contributing factors to increasing the community resilience. 
Building on the learning and success of the SAfER project, CRS and the two local partners plan to expand the project interventions to serve communities in another 10 in the same district. The new project, the PAR – TaMPIk project, will target another 1500 farmers. Key project activities will include community development management – related training for PPSE field staff and local government agriculture field officers, agriculture appropriate technology training for the target farmers, mitigation activities and marketing activities.
To measure the project achievement of resilience at community level, CRS will apply SenseMaker methodology to collect qualitative information in the baseline and endline.


The consultants will collect baseline qualitative data from the target communities targeted in the SAfER II project, which approach is subject to generally accepted and valid data collection methodology in regards to the tools development, sampling design, training and field testing parameters, etc. as prescribed in the Terms of Reference for SenseMaker Baseline for the PAR grant attached to this SoW as reference.
Specific roles and responsibilities of the Consultants include:
·         Attend 4 days training of  Sensemaker facilitator  training in Atambua, Belu District
·         Ensure daily target number of narratives (and signifiers) are collected as directed by the team leader. Normally in one day, 1 consultant collect 4 narratives (and signifiers).
·         Participate in weekly briefing or spot-checks of narratives and signifiers throughout the data collection process to ensure quality of data.
·         Communicate problems in a timely manner to MEAL Coordinator and or field team leader
·         Take part in daily / weekly data collector team debriefings. Frequency of debriefing will be decided at the end of debriefing meeting.
·         Establish confidence with the participants,
·         Use empathic communication.
·         Be comfortable and sensitive with emotions which in some cases might emerge specially during the narrative.
Phases and Methodology
·         Orientation. The consultants will participate on Sensemaker facilitator training to understand the overall objectives of Sensemaker methodology, tools, and scope of works of the team to achieve the targets.
·         Feedback mechanism.  The consultants will coordinate with SAfER field team and / or MEAL Coordinator on a daily basis to address critical ad hoc issues that may affect the outcomes of overall research and provide guidance on the way forward.
·         The methods/tools for this research are:
o   Key Informant Interviews are facilitated at the household level.  Interviews are used to collect participant’s narratives.  Signifiers are then used for participants to self-analyse their own narratives. 
o   Technology.  Tablets will be used to collect data.


The Consultants shall produce the following deliverables in a form and content satisfactory as per guidance given during the training to CRS country program:
·         62 narratives and signifiers collected (overall, estimated 4 per day, per data collector).
·         Report of challenges and good practices
The following milestones will be used to track the process and progress toward successful completion of the work and deliverables outlined in this scope of work:
·         Training for consultants on SenseMaker data collectors training in Atambua, Belu district on July 12 – 15 2016
·         Data collection at the field level, 16 July – 10 August 2016


In 10 SAfER II project target villages in the District of Belu, NTT, Indonesia.


12 July – 16 August 2016


CRS will pay daily rate which includes meal expenses, and reimburse other allowable expenses based on receipts of actual transaction for travel, such as gasoline expenses and/or public transportation expenses
Consultant will stay in the village together with field officers (or in Atambua and manage to travel to the village everyday)


CRS retains sole ownership of all quantitative and/or qualitative data collected during the study/work described in this SoW along with the right to publish, present, or use any study results for instructional, research, or publication objectives.


Specific Qualifications for consultants are:
-          Experience in conducting quantitative and qualitative assessments and surveys;
-          Experiences in data collection methods and tools, paper based or using information communication and technology (ICT) devices or tablets;
-          Ability to work with minimum supervision
-          Willingness and ability to travel and live in the village
-          Good interpersonal, organizational and written/verbal communication skills, including in cross-cultural settings;
-          Fluency in Indonesian and Timor (Belu) local language
-          Demonstrated personal accountability and driven to serve others
-          Establish confidence with the participants or respondents
-          Empathic communication with the team and respondents
-          Manage the emotion which in some cases might emerge specially during the narrative collection
Candidates who meet the above qualifications are encouraged to apply and email their CV before June 29, 2016 to mariaJosephine.Wijiastuti@crs.org , mungga.yohanesedu@crs.org and Iwan.Tarmizi@crs.org  
"Only short-listed candidates will be invited via e-mail/phone for Interview”

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